My Background

Michelle Hallinan, LCSW

I was born and raised on the East Coast, received my Bachelor of Arts from Colorado College, worked for several years in the nonprofit field and earned a Master of Social Welfare from UC Berkeley in 2005.  I received training at governmental and community mental health organizations, have been a licensed clinical social worker since 2010 and am licensed to practice in both California and Oregon.


Over the past twelve years, while working at Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital and Clinics at Stanford, I counseled diverse populations.  I worked with children, adolescents, adults, couples, families, and facilitated groups, as well as counseled hospital staff following traumatic medical events. 


I spent several years counseling women and their partners in the Perinatal Diagnostic Center, Obstetrics Clinic, Maternity, and the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU), and facilitated a support group for NICU parents.  I also counseled parents of children facing life-limiting or life-long health concerns involved with various subspecialty clinics.  I understand the impact that health concerns have on the individuals involved as well as on the family system. I have an appreciation for and experience with people of ethnic, racial, spiritual and sexual diversity.  


As a mother of two, I am intimately aware of the struggles of balancing work, family and personal responsibilities.  I have found that humor, exercise, and therapy have helped me to both accept and overcome challenges in life.