Michelle Pappalardi, LCSW

Provider type: Therapist

Serving: Adult & Pediatric

About Michelle Pappalardi, LCSW

Michelle Pappalardi treats patients starting at 6 year old.
Michelle Pappalardi is a licensed clinical social worker experienced in working with children, youth, and families. She worked with system-involved youth and families at the County of San Diego over 15 years before coming to PsyCare. Michelle earned her bachelors degree in Psychology and Women’s Studies at Antioch College in Ohio, and her masters degree in Social Work at San Diego State University in 2004. She is comfortable working with many populations, including abuse and trauma survivors, children and teens, clients in recovery, immigrants and refugees, LGBTQ/transgender clients, youth with mood, developmental, and behavioral challenges, young parents, and clients from multiple cultures.

Michelle’s therapeutic approach is nonjudgemental, person-centered, strengths-based, and eclectic. She offers a relaxed, empathetic space where clients can safely express themselves. Michelle uses her rapport with clients to encourage positive self-change. Depending on each client’s needs, Michelle uses methods from the following, and other, therapeutic models: Psychodynamic, Cognitive-Behavioral, Humanistic/Person-centered, Motivational Interviewing, Brief Solution-focused, Mindfulness, Trauma-focused, Family Systems, and Gottman Couples.

Michelle enjoys working with diverse individuals of all cultures, life-styles, ethnicities, spiritualities, sexualities, races, and gender identities. She collaborates with individuals, couples, and families to help them find the best solutions and resources to meet their specific needs.


  • Adolescent/Teen Issues
  • Agoraphobia
  • Anger Management
  • Anxiety
  • Behavioral Therapy
  • Bereavement/Grief Counseling
  • Binge Eating
  • Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD)
  • Bullying
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
  • Cognitive Therapy
  • Couples Conflict Resolution
  • Cultural Diversity Issues
  • Depression
  • Eating Disorder
  • Emotional Overeating
  • Gender Dysphoria
  • Hyperactive Disorder (ADD/ADHD)
  • Irrational Fears/Phobias
  • Loneliness
  • Malaise
  • Marriage Conflict Resolution
  • Marriage Counseling
  • Mental Health Consultation
  • Mental Health Problem
  • Mental Illness
  • Mood Disorders
  • Mood Swings
  • Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
  • Panic Attack
  • Parenting Counseling
  • Phobia
  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) Counseling
  • Pre-College Fears
  • Pre-Move In Couples Counseling
  • Premarital Conflict Resolution
  • Premarital Counseling
  • Psychological Trauma
  • Psychology Consultation
  • Psychotherapy
  • Relationship Counseling
  • Relationship Struggles
  • Separation Anxiety
  • Sleep Disorder
  • Sleep Problems
  • Social Anxiety
  • Stress
  • Stress Management
  • Therapy
  • Worry
  • Education & Certifications

    San Diego State University, Master's in Social Work|Antioch College (Bachelor's)


    San Diego, CA

    6386 Alvarado Court, Suite 210
    San Diego, CA 92120-4907