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    Are you struggling or overwhelmed?

    Does it seem like you don’t have the energy or focus you need?

    Are you struggling with healing after a deeply impactful event?

    Have you tried to solve the problems in your life on your own and realized you need help from someone else?

    If you answered yes to any of these questions, then you have made the right choice by being here. I know seeking help can be hard. You’ve likely been debating seeking help for months, if not years, but I’m so glad you have taken the courageous step of being here.


    “Something deep in the human soul awakens as things fall apart.” -Michael Meade

    Together we can work to help equip you with the necessary tools to help you face and overcome your challenges. Whether you’re struggling with worry, low mood, or a life-altering event, it is important that you know you don’t have to be alone in this journey. I have the experience to help you achieve your goals, overcome these struggles, and live a more fulfilling and meaningful life.

    I understand no two individuals are the same, and we tailor your sessions together to address challenges unique to you. We will work together to understand the root cause of your struggles and address them with long-lasting strategies, helping you get closer to feeling more grounded and stable.

    If you’re ready to work towards the life you’ve always wanted, I’m ready when you are. Contact me today and let’s get to work.

    About Michelle Esquibel, MA, LPCC

    Michelle Esquibel Itzli Quiahuitl (Obsidian Rain), is a Master’s level, Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor, practitioner of Auricular Detox, certified Dream Tending™ practitioner, and EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) trained therapist. Michelle earned their Master’s in Counseling Psychology from Pacifica Graduate Institute in Santa Barbara, California in 2009. Michelle uses she/they pronouns, is a queer, Chicanx, depth psychology-oriented psychotherapist and practitioner of Curanderismo—the traditional healing practices of their culture.

    Michelle is the Founder and CEO of Integrative Elements New Mexico, LLC, an outpatient private practice which provides psychotherapy, workshops, training, and consultation. Michelle practices on the unceded traditional homelands of the Tiwa People of Sandia and Isleta Pueblos, also known as Albuquerque, New Mexico.

    I work from a depth psychological approach, a soul-tending way of navigating through conscious and unconscious experiences to help you make meaning, find balance, and become aware of that which is trying to spring forth in your growth and healing process.

    Together we work with dreams, images, synchronicities, as well as other important, even sacred, aspects of who you are.

    In therapy I often use nature, music, movement, select readings, and experiential activities to help you connect with and remember who you are and what your medicine is, as we say in Curanderismo. Your medicine is the culmination of your talents, gifts, capabilities, resiliencies, and purpose.

    There are also practical and grounding aspects of my approach. Utilizing evidence-based approaches and other educational resources are keys to helping you get the most out of our work together.

    I am sex-positive, kink/BDsM, and ethical non-monogamy/polyamory competent. I operate from body sovereignty, fat affirming, Health at Every Size (HAES) perspectives. I am also neurodiversity affirming. My work is grounded in Healing, Racial, Gender, Sexual, Disability, Restorative Justice and feminist principles and I work from an intersectional lens. I strive for collective liberation and the dismantlement of systems of oppression. My belief is that ancestral knowledge and traditions are vital to our healing journey and are part of centering integrative and holistic care. As someone who was raised tending an apple orchard that my great-grandfather established in northern New Mexico, I hold the ethic of land as kin and value how this underpins our healing processes. I am also passionate about breaking intergenerational cycles of violence and trauma. 

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