Michelle Holleman, Executive Director

MS, LCAS-A, CSAT-C

"Something very beautiful happens to people when their world has fallen apart. A humility, a nobility, a higher intelligence emerges at just the point where our knees hit the floor." -Marianne Williamson




Becoming a therapist has been more of a calling for me than a career. 

I was born and raised in Durham, NC and earned my BA at College of  Charleston. I began a career in journalism as an anchor/reporter for several local t.v. stations in the Southeast before moving to Charlotte almost 20 years ago. I attended Capella University for graduate school graduating Summa Cum Laude with a Masters of Science in Addiction Counseling. I attended my clinical residency and internship at the Cabarrus County facility-based crisis center, a detox facility and mental health treatment center. 


During my training at the International Institute of Trauma and Addiction Professionals (IITAP), I studied under Dr. Ken Adams, Dr. Stefanie Carnes, Dr. Deborah Kaplan, Dr. Rob Weiss, Dr. Alexandra Katehakis and Dr. Kevin Skinner. I am a member of the American Couneling Association (ACA) and the Society for the Advancement of Sexual Health (SASH). 


My therapeutic approach is person-centered, attachment-based, emotionally and trauma-focused. I specialize in the treatment of chronic infidelity, betrayal, sex/pornography addiction, other traumatic relationship experiences, and family systems in addiction. I also specialize in treating process addictions and compulsive behaviors such as emotional eating, sex, gambling, exercise, internet/gaming, spending/shopping, and compulsive work habits. 


In addition to these specialty areas, I treat substance abuse/dependency, trauma, grief and loss, and general life stress concerns. My clinical background includes working in inpatient crisis centers, community health, detox facilities and outpatient clinics.