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Competent, Caring Conversations for Change with Dr. Michelle Gray

Embrace the Challenges

Embrace the Challenges

competent, caring conversations for change with dr. michelle gray

Welcome and Thank You for Visiting My Website!

Thank you for considering me as a resource in your personal, family, or group development.  Please feel free to look through the navigation tabs at the top of the page to find what you are looking for. My office is located in Flagstaff, Arizona, I provide my services under the auspices of Prescott Counseling and Consulting, Ltd.  I have worked in mental health for over 35 years, including individual psychotherapy and counseling, relationship counseling, and organizational consultation.   I am licensed as both a Psychologist and a Marriage and Family Therapist. My education is as follows: 
Ph.D. - Union Institute, 1994
Major: Clinical Psychology
Minors: Organizational Development and Analysis; Family Psychology
M.A. – St. Mary’s Graduate School, 1991
            Major: Human Development
            Minor: Health Psychology
B.A. - College of St. Catherine, 1981
	 Major: Education
            Minor: Expressive Arts
In the years of formal schooling, I received training in Cognitive Behavioral Therapies, Jungian Analysis, Expressive Art Therapies (Art, Psychodrama, Movement), Systemic Relational Therapies (Bowen, Structural, Family of Origin, Constructivism, CBT, Solution-Oriented, and many others), Wellness Counseling models, and Organizational Psychology Models.  Since completing my formal education, I have had continuing/ advanced training in evidenced-based therapies including CBT, EMDR, Mindfulness, Coaching, Solution/ Positive Psychology, Ericksonian Hypotherapy, Action Models, Recovery Models, and many other evidence-based therapies.

 Welcome and Thank You for Visiting my Website!

Hi, I am Dr. Michelle Gray.  I am a Psychologist and Marriage and Family Therapist practicing in Flagstaff, AZ. 

In this website, you will find information about my practice, my background and experience; the services I provide; and my philosophy about change.  

I hope you find this website helpful, and if you should have questions about my practice, please contact me.

If you would like to learn more about my approach to creating sustained change and my qualifications, please see About Dr. Gray.

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Competent, Caring Conversations for Change

Transformation is a way of life, not a moment in time.  Thoughtful conversations can lead us to understand what we want to do next in our growth process.  Whether you are having a challenge in

  • clarifying a problem
  • visualizing a solution
  • determining a method for change
  • motivating an implementation
  • sustaining the change you have already made

A competent, caring conversation can help you reach your goals.

Individual Psychotherapy

Each human is unique, with strengths and opportunities, as well as challenges and problems.  People’s solutions arise out of honoring their innate positive strengths, while learning new ways to embrace and engage with their challenges.  It is my experience that clients enjoy a friendly, direct, and supportive conversation about the problem they want to work on.  There are many ways to understand a problem and it helps to have a competent and skilled outside source to discuss all the possibilities for resolution. 

I enjoy understanding and working with people of from many backgrounds, ages, and problems.  Through the process of collaborative discussion, we determine on what you would like to focus and goals are made to achieve the results you would like to see. I would then suggest several models/ viewpoints from which to view your identified problem and goal.  In each session, we would have a caring and competent conversation, practice a skill to enhance your abilities, and define what “homework” you would accomplish before our next session.

Some of the problems that I especially enjoy working with are:

  • Depression, Anxiety, Stress
  • Relationships: Marriage, Family, Parenting, Divorce Transition
  • Work and Career Decision s  and Transitions
  • Attention and Motivation
  • Health and Wellness: Stress Management and Life Balance
  • Trauma Resolution
  • Family of Origin/ Codependency
  • Complicated Relationships: Family Businesses, Dual Career, Step-Families

Relationship Counseling

The ability to create and sustain healthy relationship is essential to having a full and happy life.  Everyone struggles, at different points, in this challenge. The human species is hard-wired to connect and attach, and when old scripts or new hurts get in the way of this, it is painful and frustrating.  The structure of relationship also grows increasingly complex due to high rates of relational instability, competing demands of dual careers and relationship, multiple households involved in childrearing, physical distance from traditional support networks, as well as many other factors. Despite all this complexity, the essential desire to connect and create something wonderful still is a primary urge for most people.

Each relationship is unique, and there are many frameworks in which to understand and improve a relationship.   I approach relationships with the goal of developing positive understanding and appreciation of each other, enhancing the bonding in the relationship, improving problem-solving and reducing negative patterns of conflict, increasing the capacity for a combined collaborative vision and values, and addressing the specific concerns that make this relationship unique.

I enjoy helping relationships survive and learn to thrive.  My background in family psychology extends 35+ years. I am licensed as a marriage and family therapist, which means that I have extended formal training in both the theory and practice of relational systems therapy, and have trained and supervised other professionals as well.

Organizational Consultation

 In today’s highly competitive environment, the ability to learn is a critical success factor for both individuals and organizations.  Resilience and flexibility are essential qualities for long-term success in such learning.  Facilitating an organization in the development of these abilities and qualities requires the change agent to possess a sophisticated understanding of the process of change, as well as of the unique qualities of the organization’s culture and its population. 

I have extensive education and training in the theoretical and practical foundations of change and have been facilitating the process of transformative change in individuals, groups, and organizations for 30+ years.  I am a seasoned change agent and consultant with strong skills in organizational development and analysis: including collaboration, training, and conflict resolution.  I strive to assist individuals and systems achieve goals quickly by utilizing existing strengths to develop solutions and by teaching effective methods of managing stress and conflict. I am a skilled educator and presenter, and have been nationally recognized as a trainer. I believe in a life-long commitment to learning about transformation processes, seeing “education as a journey and not a destination”. (Rogers, 1972).

Services Offered:

  • Organizational Development & Analysis
  • Team Building and Training
  • Coaching for Effective Leadership
  • Process Consultation
  • Focus Groups
  • Succession Planning
  • Stress Management and Wellness Programs
  • Career Development
  • Conflict Resolution /Mediation

Next Steps...

If you think that you would like to work with me, please call and leave a message on my voice mail.  I strive to return new client calls within 1-2 business days.  We will then have an initial conversation to ask each other questions and determine if we want to work together to make the changes you desire a reality.


Welcome to my Blog!

Welcome to Embrace the Challenges: Progress not Perfection!

Welcome to Embrace the Challenges: Progress not Perfection!

Welcome to Embrace the Challenges: Progress not Perfection, a blog about personal transitions.  This blog will explore ways of making life transitions understandable, easier, and more meaningful.

This blog will contain:

  • short informational articles on the subject of adult development and transition
  • reflections on process of growth and change
  • homework assignments for clients
  • a booklist and summaries of current readings
  • reports on field trips and experiments, examples of growth experiences
  • links to helpful sites and resources
  • interviews with Wise Women/ Men who are either in the countdown to, or just completed, a significant change in life.
  • a comment section where you can express your ideas and views about personal transitions

As a practicing psychologist for nearly four decades, I believe that personal transitions are not “one size fits all”.  I truly believe that we are all constantly becoming the person our soul knows us to be…and that all our worldly endeavors are truly “progress not perfection”.  So as a disclaimer, this blog is a substitute for individualized medical or psychological guidance. That being said, blessings to you who find my posts helpful.

Yours in progress (definitely not perfection),

Michelle Gray, PhD

 

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