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Michele McCormick, Ph.D.

Licensed Clinical Psychologist

Writer, Speaker, Consultant, Educator

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As a clinical psychologist, Dr. McCormick works as a therapist, organizational consultant, and educator.

As a therapist, her current specialty is working with couples and men. For over 25 years, Michele has witnessed individuals, couples, families and organizations reclaim their inherent strength and potential for excellence and living well.

Michele compassionately supports and directs clients in finding relief from stress, anxiety, depression and relationship challenges that interfere with work and marriage.

Dr. McCormick also enjoys collaborating with other mental health, social service, and business organizations. She leads corporate retreats, delivers key notes and develops extensive curricula for training in professional excellence.


Clinical Psychologist at Therapist , Private Practice in Newport Beach, CA

January 1986 - Present (31 years 1 month)
I work as a psychologist with individuals and couples to reclaim their lives and relationships through applying solution-focused, mindfulness-based, attachment-oriented intervention models .

A graduate professor, therapist, and organizational consultant with 20 years of experience, I also counsel and train therapists, medical & social work professionals, and provide coaching to corporate execs.

Adjunct Faculty at University of California, Davis

January 1998 - Present (19 years 1 month)
Teaching County Mental Health Staff and CPS Social Workers across CA extensive curricula for continuing education and professional development.

"For over ten years, UC Davis's Center for Human Services has appreciated Dr. McCormick’s training and inspiration.She has developed and taught core curricula and advanced Trainings-for-Trainers on a wide range of topics: Motivational Interviewing, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Depression and Anxiety, Personality Disorders: Differential Diagnosis and Intervention, Substance Abuse and Domestic Violence, Crisis Intervention, Compassion and Wellness in the Workplace, and Leadership Skills.

The extensive curricula she developed for our Small County Mental Health Departments regional trainings in collaboration with California Institute of Mental Health and the state’s SCERP project was well received as Dr. McCormick taught throughout the state from Humboldt County to Imperial County Behavioral Health Services over two years.

Dr. McCormick’s course evaluations are consistently high as students appreciate not only the depth and integrity of course content but also her enthusiasm and inspirational presentation style."

Michael J. Lawler, MSW, PhD Department Chair
Director, Center for Human Services UC Davis Extension, University of California

Principal, Training & Development Organization at Consult4You

January 1997 - Present (20 years 1 month)
Executive Coaching, Consulting, & Training for Private Sector Businesses. Specializing in Multi- Generational Family Businesses.

Writer, Columnist at Laguna Beach Independent, Firebrand Media

2013 - Present (4 years)
Write "Inside Out" Column - Inspiring, instructive Laguna / Newport stories with a psychological twist.

Host at DimeStories Orange County

May 2009 - Present (7 years 9 months)
A National Open Mic organization in Orange County for reading flash prose.

Founding Board Member at Transition Laguna Beach

February 2008 - June 2011 (3 years 5 months)
Transition Laguna Beach offers a positive approach, as we support our community’s movement toward sustainability and resilience. Through City Council advocating for a comprehensive transportation system addressing pedestrian, bicycle and vehicular safety. Also supporting permanent supportive housing for the homeless. Beyond our borders, we are part of an international network working toward sustainability through local food, water, and energy.

Board Member at EcoViva

2008 - 2009 (1 year)
Civic and Social Organization

Adjunct Faculty, Clinical Psychology Graduate School at Pepperdine University

January 1994 - May 2004 (10 years 5 months)
Taught clinical psychology to graduate students preparing for M.A. as Marriage and Family Therapists.

Consultant, Led Board of Directors Annual Retreat, Las Vegas at Irvine Chamber of Commerce

February 2000 - February 2000 (1 month)

Consultant, Curriculum Development, Training-for-Trainers at New Mexico State Department of Education
1997 - 1999 (2 years)

Founding Board Member, Education Chair at Women of Vision Orange County

1990 - 1995 (5 years)
International Women in Development projects.

Staff Psychologist, Diagnostician at Child Guidance Center of Orange County, Huntington Beach, CA

January 1983 - May 1986 (3 years 5 months)
I enjoyed working as a therapist with children and families. Also working as a clinical diagnostician, I provided complete psychological evaluations for treatment planning.


PACT Institute, Level II Practitioner, Level III Candidate

Psychobiological Approach to Couple Therapy , Stan Tatkin, PsyD

Rosemead Graduate School of Psychology w/ USC for Doctoral Dissertation

Ph.D., M.A., Clinical Psychology, 1978 - 1984

Texas A&M University

B.S., Biology, Psychology, 1974 - 1978
Activities and Societies: President of the Liberal Arts Student Council, Nominee James Earl Rudder Memorial

Award, Undergraduate Fellows Research Program in Gender Studies.

University of California, Los Angeles

Activities and Societies: Writers Studio, Los Angeles Times Festival of Books author.

University of Southern California

Activities and Societies: Los Angeles Times Festival of Books author, 2011; Dissertation, 1984.


Enjoying Family and Community; International Travel; Reading my 3 minute stories @ Orange County DimeStories Open Mic Literary Organization & LA Times Festival of Books; Local or Global Community Development volunteerism; Ocean Swimming; Gardening; Sailing; Hiking in the Colorado Rockies; Reading Sublime & Inspiring Literature; Enjoying the Arts; Creative Writing; Yoga & Mindfulness Meditation.

Skills & Expertise

Couples Therapy, PACT certification@ Level III Candidacy, Psychotherapy, Writing, Speaking, Training, Executive Coaching, Men in Business, Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction, Teaching Clinical Psychology and Attachment Theory for Better Loving, Working with Diversity: Racial-Ethnic Gender, Sexuality, Psychological Assessment, Motivational Interviewing, Clinical Research, Family Therapy

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