Michelle Liva, AMFT

Associate Marriage & Family Therapist 

Laura Cotterman, APCC

Michelle Liva, AMFT

Registered Associate Marriage & Family Therapist (AMFT #116811)
Supervised by Sarah Schewitz, Psy.D. (PSY26868)
Pronouns: she/hers
Fee: $175 for 50min session; $265 for 80min session

Michelle Liva is a Registered Associate Marriage & Family Therapist specializing in working with couples to improve their communication and emotional connection. She uses Gottman Method Couples Therapy to provide you with research based skills and knowledge to help you build the relationship you want. She also works from an attachment perspective to help you look at how your past relationships and family history influence how you show up and what you expect in your current relationship.

My Approach & Values

Michelle uses the research backed Gottman Method Couples Therapy approach to teach you healthier ways of communicating and being in a relationship together. The work you will do with Michelle includes learning healthy vs unhealthy conflict management, expressing needs in a healthy way, building and maintaining a friendship with your partner, and sharing appreciation and affection for one another. She will help you explore negative relationship patterns, past hurts, and underlying issues in a safe and controlled environment where you both can learn how to share vulnerably and truly understand and empathize with each other.

Michelle strives to be a soothing and regulating presence in session to foster an environment in which you feel supported, understood, and safe to share your story without fear of judgment. Working from a trauma-informed and attachment-based approach means that Michelle understands the importance of teaching you how to regulate your nervous system and teaching couples how to help regulate each other so that everyone feels safe to have vulnerable conversations. She is trained in the Trauma Resiliency Model (TRM), a somatic approach that explores how trauma is stored within the autonomic nervous system. Through TRM skills, she teaches clients how to recognize and deal with the unconscious physical and emotional reactions that happen inside them when triggered. This helps you build resilience to deal with triggers, stress and overwhelm in more adaptive ways. This results in feeling safer and more calm in all areas of your life, including when in conflict with a partner. 

Michelle has been working with individuals and couples since 2018 and is currently completing her supervised clinical hours for licensure as a Marriage & Family Therapist. She is being supervised by Couples Learn founder, Dr. Sarah Schewitz, who she meets with weekly to discuss client sessions. This means that when you work with Michelle, you get the benefit of two therapists collaborating about the best way to help you.

My Expertise

 

lesbian couple

I view therapy as a collaborative process in which I utilize an attachment lens to explore how past experiences inform current thought processes and behaviors. My goal is to assist partners in fostering relationships with high levels of respect, trust, emotional safety, and compassion towards one another.”

- Michelle Liva, AMFT

Advanced Trainings

 

  • Gottman Method Couples Therapy Levels 1 & 2
  • Trauma Resiliency Model Levels 1 & 2
  • Internal Family Systems Level 1
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Book Your Free Consultation

Let’s get to know each other and see if working together is a good fit.

Contact Michelle

If you do not see current availability for a free 30-minute consultation with Michelle, feel free to email her to get on her waitlist.

(323) 250-2054