Michelle Daly, MSPH, M.A., LPCC, ATR, IMH-E
Michelle Daly is the Director of the Children’s Mental Health certificate program. Michelle’s background is diverse and multi-faceted, including studies in mathematics and science as well as public health and expressive arts therapies. She is passionate about early intervention and diversity, working relationally with individuals, families and groups from a strengths-based and trauma-informed perspective to enhance growth, healing, and integration. Michelle has engaged in specialized training in Art Therapy; Grief, Loss, and Trauma; Interpersonal Neurobiology, Somatics and Action Methods, Psychosocial Oncology, and Infant Mental Health as well as various integrative trauma treatment modalities including EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) and Sensorimotor Psychotherapy, to name a few.
Michelle holds endorsement as an Infant Mental Health Specialist in the state of New Mexico and is working toward certification in Sensorimotor Psychotherapy. While Michelle has provided mental health clinical services for pregnant and birthing mothers, infants and toddlers, young children, teenagers, adults, and the elderly, she has also offered support through expressive healing modalities for children and adults with cancer and other chronic illnesses and for hospice patients as well as for their families and communities. Michelle’s professional history also includes provision of clinical support and therapy services for survivors of torture, refugees, their families and communities through human rights work as an interpreter and as a therapist. Her extensive travels, international experience, Peace Corps service as a Rural Health Educator in West Africa, and teaching English as a Second Language (ESL) has informed her work with diverse populations. Through her private practice in Santa Fe, Michelle provides therapy, clinical and reflective supervision, and consultation services for individuals and groups.
As adjunct faculty at Southwestern College, she teaches History of Art Therapy, Professional Ethics, Theories of Art Therapy, Clinical Art Therapy with Families, Multicultural Art Therapy with Diverse Populations, and Professional Seminars for interns. Additionally, Michelle has served in various roles with the Creativity for Peace camp, currently holding the role of Director of the Art Program for 2013. Additionally, Michelle is serving as Treasurer on the Board of the New Mexico Art Therapy Association.
Michelle practices mindfulness, creates daily mandalas, and loves to hike and travel. Her Peace Corps service and subsequent travels through West Africa opened her heart to multiple possibilities and prompted her journey into the field of art therapy, grief and loss counseling, and relocation to the Southwest.