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Psychotherapist Counseling
Licensed Mental Health Counselor

Michelle Ilyayev

I love what I do. I find meaning and purpose in helping others. I feel pain when I see people suffer, but I am not afraid of emotion.

In order to understand pain, we must have gone through it. I faced hardships which led me to become the devoted counselor that I am today. I am able to connect with people in a non-judgemental manner. I empower them to take risks or face challenges.

My mission is to create a counseling setting that feels safe, where you can be your authentic self while expressing complete vulnerability.


If this is your first time searching for a therapist, you might feel nervous about starting the process. In our approach, we aim to create a safe space for you, so that you can talk about all of your experiences.





Your trust is our top concern. We also don’t publish reviews that contain any private patient health information.

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I've been meeting with Michelle once a week for 1.5 yrs. In this time I have grown in ways I could not believe possible. I am grateful for the patience and understanding that Michelle practices in each of our sessions. There is a comfortabilty that exists that opens the session to personal growth and development. If you are struggling with social anxiety and are ready to take the next step forward then Michelle is a incredible therapist.
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Michelle is an extremely professional and friendly person. Connecting with her, which is really important to me, is easy. Her training and knowledge are clearly evident during our interactions. She explains things in a manner that is clear and easy to understand. You get a real sense that she genuinely cares and is giving you her all. My expectations have definitely been exceeded. I highly recommend her.
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Michelle Ilyayev is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor with a no nonsense approach to psychotherapy. I’ve struggled with depression and anxiety, and I’ve worked with many therapists in the past, often feeling like I wasn’t getting anywhere. While working with Michelle, I’ve had exposure to Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, and it feels much more like science. We’ve developed goals, and we work towards those during every session, her ability to communicate steps to improve is wonderful, and it’s fantastic to see and feel small gains towards better mental health. I’ve worked with Michelle in a one on one therapy setting as well as group therapy. I highly recommend her as a mental health therapist.


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