Michelle Lepak LCSW
   
Michelle has developed the Presence Psychotherapy model and leads trainings and workshops for mental health professionals.   She has been clinical associate faculty at the University of Pennsylvania’s Department of Psychiatry, and has published in The Journal of Hospital and Community Psychiatry.   She been faculty at the Training Institute for Mental Health where she taught post graduate psychologists and social workers evidenced based Internal Family Systems (IFS) trauma treatment.   At the National Institute of the Psychotherapies, Michelle has led trauma therapy seminars for trauma therapists.  She is an approved consultant for Internal Family Systems therapy (IFS) Michelle has been a psychotherapist and meditator for 30 years and maintains a private practice in Montclair, NJ.
 
Michelle graduated Magna Cum Laude from the Honors Program at the University of Delaware with a degree in psychology. She  received her MSW from the University of Pennsylvania in 1989. 
Certifications and Post Graduate Education:
 
Internal Family Systems (IFS) -. Approved Consultant.
Internal Family Systems Certified therapist.                                                                                                      
Somatic Experiencing (SE): Advanced Practitioner.                                      
Accelerated Experiential Dynamic Psychotherapy      (AEDP):  Certified Level 1 therapist.                                                               
Psycho-analytically trained.  National Institute for the Psychotherapies, NY,NY.
                                    
EMDR:  levels 1 and 2.
 

Additional training and info:

Restorative Yoga Teacher Training.  Completed 3 day restorative training with Jillian Pransky.

Structural Family therapy.  Completed training at Children’s Hospital of Pennsylvania’s, Philadelphia Child Guidance Clinic.

Papers Presented:

Dissociation and Complex Trauma – Presented at the National Institute of the Psychotherapies. NY, NY.  April 2018.

Integrating EMDR and Internal Family Systems.  Presented at the National Institute of the Psychotherapies, NY, NY April 2015.