Michelle Byrd, M.Ed, LPC
Licensed Professional Counselor, Texas and Colorado
Trauma Specialist and Bold Christian Counselor
Michelle believes that healing and mental wellness is largely a spiritual endeavor. She is passionate about helping you walk in faith in order to find freedom from the shackles of trauma, to discover your authentic wholeness in Christ, and your soul's purpose in this world. Her passion led her into the helping industry where she found a tremendous love for mental health, developmental trauma, and the nature of the human soul. Michelle practices boldly in her faith and encourages her clients to walk the redeeming path of seeking closeness to God's heart among all of life's trials.
Michelle was born and raised in Dallas, Texas. She received her undergraduate and graduate degrees at Texas Tech University (wreck em' Tech!) where she studied Community, Family and Addiction Services, followed by Clinical Mental Health Counseling. Her ever-curious mind and experience in the field led her to continued studies in Biblical Christian Counseling.
She has vast experience in social services and the psychology field including community mental health care with adults, crisis intervention for domestic violence survivors (women and children), social work for inpatient psychiatric hospitalization (adolescents, adults, and geriatrics), various levels of care for addiction treatment in adults including intensive outpatient, partial hospitalization, sober living and residential care, and has been in private practice working primarily with trauma since 2019.
Her experience and training with severe mental illness and addiction led her to the conclusion that the root cause of suffering is almost always unprocessed trauma and separation from God. As she continued in the psychology field, a spiritual awakening flipped her entire worldview upside down as she became a Born Again Christian. As David Powlison says, "I believe in Christianity as I believe that the sun has risen, not only because I see it, but because by it I see everything else." Reading the Bible and taking a deep dive into ancient history led to a profound shift in her heart and an understanding of life and mental health that provided clarity and understanding to a suffering world.
Michelle's therapeutic approach is deeply compassionate, gentle, trauma-focused and emphasizes addressing the "God shaped hole" inside. This path gives us direction to what she calls a Spirit-Lead Life and a solid foundation to navigate a broken world. She is passionate about helping others at the intersection of spirituality and mental health from a biblical worldview. Her Christ-centered approach is supported by neuroscience and various evidence-based therapeutic modalities including: EMDR, Internal Family Systems (IFS) Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Narrative Therapy, and Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT).
Trauma + Grief
Trauma is an unfortunate and inescapable fact of life. Unprocessed trauma and grief can plague our life and mental health when untreated. I approach trauma as an individualized grief process in which you will call the shots of when and how to change your relationship with the past, alongside the support of your faith.
Spiritual health is integral to mental health. Applying the depth of Christian spirituality to mental health is an art which can transform your heart and mind.
Complex trauma is the result of long-term or repeated, inescapable, and severe adverse experiences (usually abuse or neglect), in early development or adulthood.
As a former non-believer who came home to Christ, I welcome all who are experiencing what it means to be "Born Again". I'm passionate about helping you in this transition as you learn to apply your faith to your mental health.
ADHD commonly co-occurring with PTSD which can severely impact our overall functioning when untreated.
I learned a long time ago that addiction is a spiritual issue stemming from trauma. I am an advocate of the 12 step model to recovery and have extensive experience with this community.
Trauma often accompanies a range of co-occurring symptoms, diagnoses, systemic and somatic issues including:
Low self esteem
Poor sense of identity
Physical pain, migraines, headaches, muscle tension, chronic fatigue, chronic illnesses etc.
Negative self-talk, outlook, and core beliefs
Impaired Attachment Style
Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.
Soul Revival Christian Counseling is based in San Antonio, Texas.
Michelle is currently taking adult clients in Texas and Colorado via tele-health with plans to open a local office in the near future.