Michelle Li, MSW, RSW, Psychotherapist

Michelle Li

Education & Training

Michelle completed her Master’s of Social Work degree from the University of Toronto, specializing in the mental health and health stream. Michelle holds certificates in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (DBT) skills training, as well as Emotion-Focused Therapy (EFT). She is also clinically trained in mindfulness-informed approaches, Solution-Focused Brief Therapy (SFBT), Narrative Therapy, and Motivational Interviewing. She is interested in integrating neuroscience-informed psychoeducation during her sessions with clients. Michelle also spends her time working as a Psychotherapist, supporting working professionals and executives at Medcan. Michelle’s practice is informed by her previous experience working as an inpatient Social Worker at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH), supporting adolescents and adults with acute mental health and substance use challenges.

Theoretical Approach

Michelle strives to integrate various evidence-based treatment approaches to best fit her client’s needs within their unique sociocultural context. By practicing from a trauma-informed, strengths-based, and anti-oppressive lens, Michelle aims to establish a safe and non-judgmental space for clients to work through their emotional distress and meet their treatment goals. She takes a collaborative approach to guide clients through their journey of self-exploration and strengthening their toolbox of coping strategies. Michelle believes clients are the experts in their own lives, and she hopes to highlight how race/ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, ability/disability, and economic background can influence the processing of your unique experiences and sense of identity.

Michelle holds an eclectic stance and incorporates components of different therapeutic modalities to individualize psychotherapy for each client, including:

  • Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)
  • Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (DBT) skills
  • Emotion-Focused Therapy (EFT)
  • Narrative Therapy
  • Solution-Focused Therapy
  • Mindfulness-based approaches

Michelle has experience working with clients with various presenting concerns, including:

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Trauma
  • Interpersonal Conflict
  • Emotion Dysregulation
  • Stress Management
  • Self-esteem/Self-worth
  • Adjustment to various life stressors
  • Disordered eating
  • Body image
  • Work-life balance

Personal background

Michelle is a first-generation Chinese-Canadian who immigrated to Toronto at a young age. Growing up in a multicultural city, she is attuned to the impact of race/ethnicity, culture, immigration, socioeconomic status, social inclusion, religion, ability/disability, gender, and sexual orientation on one’s sense of self and worldview. Michelle takes a cultural humility approach to understanding clients’ unique life stories, recognizes her privilege in bearing witness to clients’ lived experiences, and strives to support clients during their process of healing and growth.

Memberships

Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers (OCSWSSW)

Ontario Association of Social Workers (OASW)