Michelle Tirella Ventura grew up in the Boston area and moved to Berkeley after receiving her Master’s in Education, with a concentration in School Counseling. Michelle has been active in the field of education/inclusion services for the past fourteen years in the East Bay where she has served children and families as a preschool director, director of inclusion services, and where she has supported neuro-diverse populations.

After receiving her M.A. in Counseling Psychology Michelle joined the Child Therapy Institute part time. She currently provides individual and group therapy at Washington Elementary school in Berkeley, as well as at the Child Therapy Institute office in Albany. Michelle connects easily with others and she loves working with children, teens, families and her colleagues. Michelle believes in connection and works collaboratively with a strength based approach. Michelle is excited to be a part of the Seeds of Awareness Team as a Regional Manager! She enjoys dance, yoga and world music!