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Michelle Pearce, LPC, RN, D. Min.
Michelle Pearce is an associate faculty member in the department of psychiatry. As a psychotherapist at the Center for Integrative Health, she provides mind-body therapy for adults with chronic illness, stress, chronic pain, grief, and emotional issues. She also teaches mindfulness and healing Qigong classes and workshops at the center. Dr. Pearce is a licensed professional counselor-mental health service provider, having a master's degree in counseling from Trevecca Nazarene University; a registered nurse, with a master's degree from Yale University; and a doctorate in ministry from the Graduate Theological Foundation. She has worked as an adjunct professor in psychology, has over ten years experience as an oncology clinical nurse specialist, graduate nurse educator, and hospital administrator, as well as volunteering on the American Cancer Society's professional speakers' bureau. She has been teaching Qigong as a mindfulness-based practice for healing and vitality since 2002. Dr. Pearce's advanced training and expertise allows her to integrate meaning-centered therapy, transpersonal psychology, mindfulness-based practices, EMDR, Heartmath™ biofeedback, and spirituality into her clinical practice focused on health and healing.
Michelle is the author of the book Beyond the Rational Mind, The Revelation of Secular Spirituality. "Using the metaphor of the birth process, she invites us to consider our time in human history as the contractions of labor preceding the birth of a humanity that will be characterized by greater spiritual consciousness. Assistance from the best ideas and highest ideals inherent in religion, psychology, science and the healing arts is vitally needed in the birthing process to deliver humanity Beyond the Rational Mind."