Michelle Hommert-Helm, MSW, LCSW, CADC, PCGC

Michelle Hommert-Helm, MSW, LCSW, CADC, PCGC

Michelle is a licensed clinical social worker (LCSW) in the state of Illinois.  She earned her Master of Social Work from Illinois State University in 2005, and also holds a Bachelor of Social Work from Illinois State with a specialization in child welfare.  Michelle has been providing individual, group, and family counseling services in both inpatient and outpatient settings since 2005.  Her work focuses on utilizing cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) while also incorporating abstinence only and harm reduction strategies when working with addiction. Michelle earned her Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor (CADC) certification in 2006 and her Problem and Compulsive Gambling certification (PCGC) in 2017.  Her experience in the field of substance use and gambling has provided opportunities to help individuals make difficult life changes, work through family conflicts, and restore healthy relationships.

 

Pairing her empathetic nature with her sense of humor, clients feel at ease with Michelle. She strives for every client to feel heard, understood, and respected while supporting them in finding healthy solutions to life’s difficulties. Being well-versed in a number of treatment approaches, she is able to provide client-centered treatment, with a customized approach tailored to each client.  She has a special interest in addressing concerns related to depression, bipolar disorder, anxiety, ADD/ADHD, autism spectrum disorder, binge eating disorder, addiction, codependency, LGBT+ issues, women’s issues, relationship concerns, parenting skills, family conflict, self-esteem, life transitions, and daily stressors.

 

In addition to her treatment practice, Michelle has personal experience with parenting a child with special needs. Michelle has learned to adapt her own parenting style to meet her child’s individual needs, as well as how to navigate her local public schools in order to advocate for best learning practices for her child. With training in Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) therapy techniques and the Collaborative and Proactive Solutions (CPS) model, Michelle can assist families in finding the parenting technique(s) that will best suit their unique needs.

 

When Michelle is not working, she enjoys arts and crafts projects and spending time with her family and reptiles.