Who's Counseling For

Therapy for high achieving men and women, anywhere in Virginia, who are stressed, anxious or overwhelmed and want to get their groove back.

Life can be hard, overwhelming, and downright exhausting sometimes. It is easy to lose yourself when you are juggling so many responsibilities and worries. You might numb out with food, tv, social media or other substances. You may simply give up on your dreams because there seems to be no room for them anymore. Sometimes you do your best to shove everything down but it pops right back up, giving you a nagging feeling of constant unhappiness.

Are you a successful person whose life seems great from the outside, but on the inside you are struggling? Are you left wondering “is this all there is?” after working so hard to achieve your goals? Are you going through a transition or looking to make major changes in your life? Are you ready to get unstuck from thoughts and behaviors that are dragging you down and feel a spark of joy again? You have come to the right place.

My clients are intelligent and insightful people who just need some help focusing on the most important changes to make and deciding on the actions to take that will create change quickly. If this sounds like you, then we may be a great therapeutic match.

I can help you take control of your life now, reconnect with your inner happiness, and get your outer well-being in health, relationships, and finances back on track.

How will we do this?

What the therapy process looks like

Well, here is the short version:

Step 1.

Get a solid background on the issues you facing, when they began and how they are affecting you now.

Step 2.

Clarify your values, goals, and needs for therapy.

Step 3.

Process any negative thoughts and emotions that are bothering you.

Step 4.

Practice new behaviors together to help you establish new patterns in your life and achieve the balance you want.

Step 5.

Celebrate the small changes in your life that are making a big difference.

Step 6.

Reassess what you need and use the appropriate methods (such as mindfulness, CBT, emotional regulation, meaningful goal-setting).

A Little Bit About Me

I am Dr. Michele Kielty

Hi. I’m Michele and “love of learning” is my top character strength. I am ENFP on the MBTI and an Enneagram type 4. If that means nothing to you, rest assured that I will rope you in soon enough so you can understand more about who you are at your core. I love understanding people and what makes them tick and helps them thrive. I have lots of tools to help you and I will seek out new ones if needed for your situation.

My passions for adventure and learning have come in the forms of: obtaining a certificate in cyber-security; recently spending four months in Italy after gaining Italian citizenship and studying the language; and taking many trainings on holistic wellness methods.

I am a true optimizer and I strive to experience a full life and be the happiest person possible. I love to help my clients from diverse backgrounds of any kind create the experiences they most desire. I truly believe we are all capable of deeply influencing our own lives, and in doing so, we can enrich the people around us.

I have plenty of real-world human experiences just like my clients. I have navigated a busy career (I am a Professor of Counseling) while prioritizing my treasured role as a Mom. I have walked through life’s highs in parenting, remarriage and wonderful adventures with dear friends and family. I have grown through life’s challenges in dealing with illness and divorce as well as parenting teens and young adults. I have given and received help in life and as I see it, whichever side you are on, it can be a sacred space. I look forward to sharing that space with you.


I have a Ph.D. in Counseling and I am a Licensed Professional Counselor in the state of Virginia. I am an Associate Certified Coach through the International Coaching Federation. I am also trained in mindfulness and I provide trainings to others on self-care and mindfulness

This depends on the person and is client-driven. When you feel you have made the progress you want, you can always stop or pause counseling

Currently I take limited insurance. I can provide a Superbill for you to submit to your insurance company for Out of Network benefits if I do not accept your insurance.

My hourly fee is $225 per 60-minute session for private pay clients

Counseling Testimonials

What they are saying


Since working with Michele I am less anxious and much happier in my life. Michele worked with me to set better boundaries with my family members and my wife and to voice my own needs in both assertive and caring ways.


As a busy Mom, I lost myself and was just going through the motions of life. I found myself feeling down, overeating, and spending way too much time on social media. Michele listened to me and helped me put self-care and fun back into my life. I am feeling happier and I am enjoying my kids and family so much more.


I was having trouble asking for a raise at work. Michele helped me realize that I kept repeating negative beliefs like “I don’t deserve it” and “I am not good enough”. We worked on these beliefs, and practiced what I could say to my boss. I ended up getting the raise and a better work schedule!