I’m Michelle Sgarlato a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and EMDR therapist. I graduated with my Bachelors and Masters degree in Social Work from Florida Atlantic University.
I spent many years working for a non-profit agency as the director of a day program for adults with severe mental illnesses. There I created and implemented programs to help teach skills that were necessary for those individuals. During my time at this organization I also conducted individual therapy for adults and children experiencing a wide array of concerns. Through this experience I found that anxiety was my passion and began studying different forms of therapy that were proven effective.
My clinical experience expanded when I trained in a treatment called EMDR, a highly effective treatment for trauma. EMDR can be used to treat trauma, self-esteem, anxiety and phobias. EMDR became my second passion, I am still amazed by the impact this treatment has on clients. I truly enjoy the opportunity to pass on my knowledge to others and help them heal from their past experiences.
In 2017 I opened my private practice, MLS Counseling. Opening my private practice was a goal I set for myself in 2012. I wanted to be able to do what I love (helping others through therapy) while maintaining a healthy work-life balance. In 2019 I left my agency position and opened my private practice doors full-time. It has been a wonderful journey and I have enjoyed every moment with each client I have served thus far.