My name is Michele Van Choff and I am a Licensed Certified Social Worker. I am native to the Mississippi Gulf Coast however, I moved to Miami to obtain my Master’s degree in Social Work and practiced for over 10 years in the Greater Fort Lauderdale area. I have worked with diverse populations throughout my career. I am a Certified Clinical Trauma Professional (CCTP) and utilize trauma focused care, with Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Solution Focused Therapy (SFT). I am also trained in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR).
Throughout my career, I have had the honor of working with various populations and believe that has impacted the methods of treatment I offer. I have experience with children, adolescents, and adults. I provide ongoing support for various diagnoses such depression, anxiety, ADHD, Asperger’s, and PTSD. My background as a medical Social Worker prepared me for how complex medical issues can impact mental health. I provided care as an afterhours Social Worker, in the ER/Trauma, Intensive Care Unit, telemetry units, and the Acute Care for Elders unit in a 757 bed Trauma Center that was the flagship hospital of a six-hospital system. This is where I honed my crisis management skills during my role as a medical Social Worker and worked to meet the needs of the community member.
I have worked with first responders as colleagues and clients, on a team in the Emergency Room after trauma events and meeting their mental health needs. My unique perspective that allows me to provide services to first responders and their family members in a culturally sensitive manner.
I had the privilege of working with our service members, their spouses, and children of all branches, but most recently assigned to Naval Special Warfare and US Army Recruiters. I witnessed how the demands of the military lifestyle impact the service member as well as the family. My recent activity in outpatient mental health prepared me for the aspects of private practice and business that I offer today.
Trauma can have a lasting effect on a person. It is recognized as extreme stress that overwhelms a person’s ability to cope. This includes one-time events, such as natural disasters or being a victim of a crime, or recurring experiences like molestation, living with domestic violence, or being exposed to combat. I am aware of how the ongoing effects of trauma or adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) can impact the person who suffered the trauma as-well-as their spouse and children. Trauma can impact anyone, but our military members, first responders, and front-line personnel face ongoing situations that increase the risk. I am here to provide services to our community and offer the specialized experience necessary for those who have been impacted by trauma.
I offer a free 15 minute phone consultation because determining whether a therapist and client are the right fit for one another is extremely important. Call me today for your free consultation: 228-314-3626.
Michele currently accepts most plans through Blue Cross Blue Shield, United, Beacon, Humana, TriCare, First Choice, SAS (including Memorial Hospital), Cigna, Medicare, and Medicaid.