Michelle Finley

Michelle Finley, M.A., C.C.C.., Canadian Certified Counsellor

Feeling overwhelmed by anxiety, trapped in harmful coping behaviors, or burdened by chronic pain? You're not alone. As a therapist specializing in these areas, I understand the immense challenges you're facing and the toll they can take on your life. Anxiety can feel paralyzing, no longer using harmful substances can seem insurmountable, and chronic pain can be relentless.

But there's hope. Together, we can explore what's behind your struggles, develop effective coping strategies, and work towards meaningful change while building resilience and self-compassion. I'm here to support you every step of the way on your journey to greater well-being. You don't have to face these challenges alone.

Training & Qualifications

Michelle is a Canadian Certified Counsellor and holds a Master’s degree in Expressive Therapies and Mental Health Counselling from Lesley University. With over 17 years of experience in the mental health field, including more than 10 years as an addiction counsellor, Michelle brings a wealth of knowledge to her practice.

Her diverse background includes serving as a police officer with the Edmonton Police Service for 7 years before returning to counselling. Michelle integrates strategies from various disciplines, drawing from her certifications in Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT tapping) and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, among others.

She is skilled in using expressive therapies such as art, music, movement, and writing, as well as body-based interventions like energy medicine. Michelle employs a blend of cognitive, behavioural, somatic, and energy psychology techniques to support her clients.

Driven by a passion for exploration and learning, Michelle became a Reiki master while pursuing a Bachelor of Science degree at the University of Alberta. She believes in bridging science and spirit, recognizing the interconnectedness of both approaches in supporting her clients' holistic well-being.

Service Language

I offer therapeutic services in multiple languages, including:

  • English

Types of Therapy

  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
  • Multicultural and culturally sensitive therapy
  • Solution Focused Brief Therapy (SFBT)
  • Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT tapping)
  • Motivational Interviewing
  • Mindfulness based therapy

Client Focus

  • Teen / Youth
  • Individual 
  • Veterans
  • First Responders
  • Immigrants / Refugees

Interesting Facts about Michelle

I used to dance for the National Ballet of Canada – I find joy in movement to music and use this when I need to feel more connected to myself.

I love yoga and cookies. Just not at the same time ☺

Areas of Interest & Specialty

  • Anxiety
  • Substance Misuse
  • Chronic Pain
  • Complicated grief and loss 
  • PTSD / Trauma
  • Parenting Issues
  • Relationship issues as individual therapy, not couples therapy.

We're likely to connect and collaborate effectively if:

  • You seek more than traditional talk therapy.
  • You're interested in learning new tools and coping strategies to understand and transform your thoughts, behaviors, and emotional responses.
  • You've explored other therapies and are open to evidence-based and emerging approaches that I draw from.
  • You're motivated to make positive changes in your life and contribute to positive change in the world around you.

However, we might not be the best fit if:

  • You're solely looking for talk therapy without incorporating other modalities.
  • Your goal is to conquer the world without considering the process of personal growth and change.

Within you, there is a stillness and a sanctuary to which you can retreat at any time and be yourself.” —Hermann Hesse

If you are a new client and would like to book an appointment, please call or email us, or use the form on this page to get started.