Who Is Michelle Salzman?
Michelle is a registered nurse and a licensed clinical social worker with over 30 years experience in servicing others in need. She is a graduate of Saint Teresa’s Academy High School. She received her nursing degree from Avila College in Kansas City, Missouri. She received her Master’s Degree in Clinical Social Work from the University of Kansas.
The uniqueness of her dual licenses provides her the ability to view clients and their concerns in a manner which takes into consideration both their physical and emotional needs. Being able to treat the “whole person” more effectively, due to her experience in two professions, increases the options and support for her therapeutic practice.
She provides a safe, nurturing atmosphere where clients learn new options and behaviors. She believes it takes much courage and strength to change what is not working for you. With that wisdom, we allow the truth to inspire our authentic selves.
Her goal with clients is to provide encouragement to change the behaviors, thoughts, and feelings which are decreasing their quality of life. In learning these new skills, the client gains independence and freedom to create a balanced, healthy life.
Michelle is married, has two daughters, and lives in Overland Park, Kansas.
Experiential Learning and the Mindful Educator:
Beginner's Mind: New eyes, seeing something for the first time.
Non-Judgment: Not labeling.
Acknowledgement: Letting things be as they are.
Non-Striving: No aversion to change whatever arises in the moment.
Equanimity: Balance, allowing yourself to be with change with greater wisdom.
Letting Be: Let things be as they are.
Self-Reliance: Helps you see yourself for yourself.
Self-Compassion: Cultivates love for self without self-blame or criticism.
"A journey suggests movement in the world. On a physical level, this means setting one foot in front of the other and staying in motion. In order to find our way home we must walk the path of awareness carefully, step by step, moment by moment, absorbing the wisdom of the earth and expanding into the spaciousness of the sky. It is the feet that carry us forward, and the feet that bind us to a standstill. They are the vehicles for our journey and point us in the direction of our search."
"The surprise of Dorothy's adventure is that what she wanted was inside her all along. Although we travel great distances, ultimately there is no path and no outer destination to reach.
Home is the acceptance of what already lies within."
The Wisdom of Oz
by Gita Morena, Ph.D.