Getting to Know: Michelle Ramirez, M.Ed., LPC, LCDC – Primary Counselor
Michelle graduated from the University of Texas at Brownsville with a Master of Education in Counseling and Guidance and a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology. Her extensive experience as a Licensed Professional Counselor and a Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor includes incorporating 12-Step knowledge and programming with clinical services for people in recovery from substance use disorders and dual diagnosis mental illness. As an Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) trained trauma therapist, Michelle has provided EMDR therapy to numerous clients struggling with trauma issues affecting their treatment. She especially enjoys facilitating process and psycho educational groups, individual sessions and family sessions.
Q: What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever received?
A: My mother is full of wise words, so narrowing it down is difficult. However, I admire my upbringing and the values that she instilled in me. She taught me to be honest, to have respect and to show kindness to everyone, regardless of whether they choose to do the same. Though it’s not necessarily advice, I have learned through her to be the woman I am.
Q: What one word would the people who know you best use to describe you?
A: Compassionate (or unfiltered… Ha!)
Q: What motivated you to choose a career in recovery?
A: My past struggles have been influential in my drive to walk with others through the darkest points of their lives. There is something about witnessing the light coming back on in someone’s eyes that is extremely rewarding. It takes an incredible amount of vulnerability and trust to be open to change, and it is an honor to be allowed to accompany others on their journeys.
Q: Besides working at Clear Springs Ranch, what hobbies, interest, sports, or activities do you enjoy?
A: I am a huge animal lover, so spending time with my pets is a must. I also enjoy spending time with family and friends, thrift shopping, decorating, going to concerts, reading and being active outdoors.
Q: Is there a personal fact you might share that would be hard for others to guess about you?
A: My first language was Spanish, but I’ve forgotten the vast majority of it.
Q: What’s your favorite movie? What’s your favorite book?
A: I don’t have the attention span for most television and movies, but I am a HUGE music buff. I will listen and sing along to most anything. Narrowing down a favorite book is impossible, but my favorite author is Chuck Palahniuk.
Q: Is there anything else you’d like to share about your personal story?
A: There truly is light in the darkness and beauty in pain. Without the struggles, I would have no concept of gratitude or appreciation.