Meet the Cavewoman
"I am so grateful to know Michelle. She is truly special and she inspires me to be a stronger woman, more in touch with my roots and more connected to my healing path." Participant Testimonial
Michelle Rigling, M.Sc., MBA Transpersonal Counseling Doctorial Candidate
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I have been given the nickname, Cavewoman, because of my love of the wild, natural world and my desire to support others in connecting to the wild, uninhibited, intuitive parts of themselves. I am inspired by the metaphor of the Cave and the archetype of the Wise Woman, and I am fascinated by cave lore and herstories related to the Cave.
I have a background in social work, plus training and degrees that support my work, all of which you can read about in my professional bio below. Yet, for me, none of that is as important as the intuitive knowing I have that THIS is exactly what I am supposed to be doing. THIS is my heart's work and my soul's purpose. THIS is where my skills, talents, interests, gifts, and education all intersect in a purposeful and meaningful way.
At A Glance Creds
Bachelor's Degree: Psychology
Master's Degree: Business Admin
Master's: MSc/Transpersonal Counseling
PhD Candidate: Transpersonal Counseling
Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Professional Certificate
Professional Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Diploma
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Certified International IAW Life Coach & Retreat Facilitator
"My Health, My Life, My Choice" Trainer (TN Dept. of Mental Health)
Certified WRAP (Wellness Recovery Action Planning) Facilitator
Certified IMR (Illness Management and Recovery) Facilitator
Liberating Structures Facilitator
Bowen Theory Family Systems Group Facilitator
HealthRhythms Drum Circle Facilitator
Ordained Minister, Wisdom of the Heart Church
Michelle's Professional Biography
Michelle has led circles, retreats and wellness events in the Chattanooga area for over 6 years. She is the founder of The Chattanooga Red Tent, The Midsouth Women's Herbal Conference, and Celebrate Your Existence. She also leads community drum circles, private ceremonies, and circle facilitator training.
Michelle is currently a Transpersonal Counseling Doctoral Candidate. She has a Bachelor's Degree in Psychology, a Master's Degree in Business, and both a Bachelor's and Master's Degree in Metaphysical Sciences with a focus in Transpersonal Counseling. Michelle is a Certified Imagine A Woman Life Coach and much of her work has focused on women's empowerment and spirituality. Michelle has a professional social work background. In addition to working in roles such as Director of Recovery, Program Director, and Director of Administration in therapeutic clinical programs, she has been a Wellness and Recovery Coach for over 9 years, cumulatively serving well over 300 private clients. She has also led over 150 circles, groups, ceremonies and retreats. She holds a variety of certifications in traditional, evidence-based, therapeutic programs and interventions such as WRAP, IMR, Family Systems, and HealthRhythms, as well as group strategies such as Liberating Structures.
Experience in trauma-informed care and therapeutic treatment programs as well as education in neuropsychology allows Michelle to bridge the gap between clinical social work practices and ancient healing practices. In addition to insight gained from working in traditional mental health professional roles in trauma-informed care mental health agencies, she pursues a significant amount of continuing education specifically related to trauma each year.
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