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Work with Michelle

Counseling | Dreamwork | Ceremony


Dr. Michelle Rigling offers Transpersonal Counseling - a type of counseling that incorporates nature and transpersonal practices. These practices take us beyond the mind and the ego's interpretation of our circumstances and open the door to a deeper journey. When we regard our experiences and challenges as teachers or messengers and interact with them from a place of curiosity, transformation can come from even the most difficult circumstances. The path that unfolds may not be an easy one, but it will be a meaningful one, and it will be authentically yours.


Michelle's specialties include trauma-informed recovery, eco-therapy, spiritual questing, and plant-spirit medicine ceremony. Her approach aims to tend to our mental and emotional wellness AND our intuitive, spiritual, deeper self. Sessions are customized based on each client. Learn more about some of her specialties below or scroll down for more information about counseling, rates and scheduling.

"May you have the courage to listen to the voice of desire that disturbs you when you have settled for something safe." -John O'Donohue

Private Sessions

2023 Rates

1-Hour Sessions

(Counseling, Dreamwork, Coaching)

*In-Person or Virtual*


1 session: $100

3 session package: $275

Eco-Therapy & Custom Sessions

(For clients who want longer sessions, nature immersions, camping preparation, quests, or custom ceremonies)


1hour: $100

2 hours: $165

3 hours: $215

4 hours: $250

Additional Offerings


Initial Consult Call: Free

20-minute Coaching Call: $25


What is the difference between Transpersonal Counseling and Psychotherapy?


Transpersonal Counseling is a holistic approach to mental, emotional, and spiritual care. The primary differences between transpersonal counseling and clinical therapy are the overall approach and the long term intentions of counseling. Transpersonal Counseling does not have have a clinical focus. Clinical Therapists may provide a mental health diagnosis, discuss medications, or collaborate with a client's psychiatrist. These are not services offered through transpersonal counseling. While Michelle is trained in several clinical interventions and traditional processing techniques, and will use them as needed, the goal of most clients is to explore alternative therapeutic practices or holistic wellness

What are examples of Transpersonal Practices?


Transpersonal counseling often involves an eclectic and unconventional blend of practices. Mindfulness, meditation, breathwork and somatic resourcing may be used to support the nervous system and calm the body and mind. Once the mind and body are calm and centered, we will incorporate other practices. In addition to deep conversations and reflections, sessions may involve nature immersion or eco-therapy, dreamwork, intuitive artwork, guided visualizations or journeying, plant-spirit medicine, or other activities that engage the intuitive, creative, or spiritual parts of our being.

Can Transpersonal Counseling Help with Trauma?


Counseling offered by The Cavewoman Way is trauma-informed, meaning that Michelle has an understanding of trauma's effects on the body, mind, and spirit. Her training in in neuropsychology and her experience with trauma-impacted individuals enables her to modify her services in a way that makes them sensitive to trauma's potential impact, regardless of the issue being addressed in counseling. As for trauma recovery, Michelle has training in trauma-responsive practices such as Somatic Processing, Trauma-Informed Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction, the Shamanic Paradigm of Trauma Recovery, and Trauma-Informed Plant-Spirit Medicine that can be incorporated into services. With that said, trauma recovery is often a multi-dimensional process. There are clinical, medical/psychiatric, somatic, and spiritual approaches to working through trauma. Many people experience transformation through a blend of two or more of these. For clients who have a primary goal of addressing trauma, Michelle can offer supplementary service referrals as needed.

How do I schedule a session?


To schedule a consultation call or your first session, email Michelle at

Email Michelle at for a phone consultation or to schedule your first session. 

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