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Michelle Hastings, Ph.D. - Understanding Minds - St. Louis

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Michelle Hastings, Ph.D.

Licensed Counseling Psychologist

My Areas of Interest:

I am honored to provide you a space for growth based on sound clinical research and wisdom to alleviate your pain, focus on your strengths, and encourage real change. I have over ten years of experience working with individuals, couples, and families on a wide variety of presenting issues, including anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, relationships, and addiction.I understand the very unique challenges that come with life transitions, such as work-life-family balance, grief and loss, identity, and religious and spiritual issues. In addition, I also enjoy and have extensive experience working with those in the health care and helping professions (doctors, pharmacists, attorneys, therapists, and other caregivers).


My Style and Approach to Therapy:

Empathy, authenticity, and unconditional acceptance are the fundamental qualities I cultivate in the relationships with my clients. I try to create a safe place where they can be vulnerable and validated while also gaining the room for self-compassion, hope, healing, and change. My approach to therapy is holistic, though I am drawn to attachment and person-centered theories within a multicultural framework. I also strongly resonate with the research on shame, vulnerability, and wholehearted living by Brene Brown. I value collaboration and support in the therapeutic process while also being direct when providing feedback. Essentially, the theories and interventions I use vary and depend upon my client’s unique presenting issue, cultural background, needs, and readiness.


Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology, University of Missouri-Columbia
M.Ed. in Counseling Psychology, Concentration: Community/Agency, University of Missouri-Columbia
BFA in Performing Arts, Stephens College 


Research, Training, and Experience

Internship: University of Texas-Austin Counseling & Mental Health Center
Professional Experience: St. Louis College of Pharmacy, Director of the Counseling Center
Teaching: Adjunct Assistant Professor, University of Missouri-Columbia

  • Diversity Issues In the United States
  • Diversity Issues in Schools
  • LGB Issues in Schools
  • Undergraduate and graduate levels
Research Interests: Work-Life-Family Balance, Shame & Vulnerability, Attachment, Identity, and Religious and Spiritual Issues
Integrated Life Advocate (in training) with ThirdPath Institute


Professional Affiliations
St. Louis Psychological Association