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About Michelle

Counselor | Ceremonialist | Cavelorist

Michelle Rigling is doctorate-level Transpersonal Counselor, Certified Eco-Therapy Guide, and Trauma-Informed Sacred Plant Medicine Facilitator. She is a Board-Certified Holistic Health Practitioner with a private practice in Chattanooga, TN. She offers counseling and events that integrate nature, depth psychology, ancient wisdom, and soul-centered practices. Her goal is to empower others to reclaim their own life, reconnect with self and spirit, and navigate life's challenges in authentic ways. She holds space for hard questions, holistic recovery, spiritual questing, and whole-self healing. 

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"Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?"

-Mary Oliver

Professional Bio

Michelle's work is the culmination of over 14 years of professional social work, continuous education in trauma-informed mental health, and years of nature-centered spiritual and wellness event planning. She is board certified and devotes time each year to continued education in neuropsychology and trauma-informed counseling, as well as advancing her skills as a ceremonialist through trainings and apprenticeships.



PhD Transpersonal Counseling

M.Sc. Transpersonal Counseling

MBA Business Administration

BS Metaphysical Sciences

BS Psychology

OM Wisdom of the Heart Church

Certifications & Training


Certified Eco-Therapy Guide

Dialectal Behavior Therapy, PC

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, PC

IAW Life Coach, Int. Certification

Liberating Structures, Facilitator

Family Systems, Group Facilitator 

HealthRhythms, Drum Facilitator

Somatic Processing

Herbal Body Shamanics ©

WRAP © Facilitator

Certified Hypnotist


Teaching Plants Training with Hya Lee, Cherokee Elder


6 Month Hapé Apprenticeship with Chief Haru (Kuntanawa Nation)


Noteworthy Experiences


In-person training with Dr. Clarissa Pinkola Estés


Supervision under Child Trauma Academy Fellow 


CPS © Training with Dr. Stuart Ablon


Teaching at various conferences including the New Orleans Trauma Conference, the Crescent City Trauma Conference, and The Midsouth Women's Herbal Conference

 "Let us push on now, and remember ourselves back to the wild soul."

-Dr. Clarissa Pinkola Estés 

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