Psychologist in Chapel Hill

My goal is to help you live a life that is fulfilling and meaningful to you. My approach combines an empathic and supportive style with active treatment that is informed by scientific findings. My therapeutic style is highly collaborative and we will develop a customized treatment plan together. My specific areas of specialization are trauma therapy, anxiety, and depression.

I am a licensed psychologist in Chapel Hill, NC with experience helping individuals with some of the challenges that we encounter in life, including trauma, stress, anxiety, depression, and relationship problems. I welcome LGBTQ+ and non-binary individuals and couples.

Psychologist in Chapel Hill

Dr. Sara Michelson


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I have expertise in various evidence-based treatments for adults; specifically, trauma, and am committed to providing scientifically validated interventions. I am a licensed psychologist in the states of Illinois, New York, and North Carolina.

I offer a professional and non-judgmental environment where I listen, ask questions, and strive to broaden our understanding of the underlying issues of distress and unhappiness. Through that understanding and enhanced level of insight, you will learn how to change patterns of thoughts and behaviors. I work with each individual in a way that best suits that person’s needs and enables them to lead a more fulfilling and satisfying life. My approach is primarily cognitive-behavioral, which means that we will consider patterns in how you think, feel, and behave, and how shifting any of these can help you better reach your goals.

I graduated with a B.A. in psychology and comparative literature from the University of Copenhagen and a Psy.D. in clinical psychology from Roosevelt University in Chicago, IL. I have received training in cognitive behavioral therapies at Northwestern University and the University of Chicago. My doctoral research focused on the effects of childhood trauma on later personality development. I completed my predoctoral internship at the VA Hudson Valley Health Care System and a post-doctoral fellowship at Yale University where I specialized in working with veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder. Since completing my graduate training, I have worked in private practice, VA hospitals, the Center for Deployment Psychology, and with public safety and law enforcement agencies in Illinois and North Carolina where I have conducted pre-employment screenings, crisis evaluations, and fitness for duty evaluations.

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