Dr. Michelle Wang
Michelle is an emotional intelligence (EQ) coach based in San Francisco, California with a doctorate in clinical psychology. She is dedicated to learning and teaching the art of awareness and the practice of love.
Her specialities include healing through non-ordinary - specifically, virtual states - such as Psychedelic-Assisted Therapies and Virtual Reality (VR) Psychology. She holds a certificate in Psychedelic-Assisted Therapies & Research from California Institute for Integral Studies (CIIS) and served as the Chief Psychology Officer (CPO) and Co-Founder of NewPath VR - a virtual reality start-up using research-driven applications for emotional transformation - during which time she founded the first series of accredited VR Psychology workshops and provided trainings to licensed clinicians from the San Francisco Psychological Association.
Michelle is currently interested in the intersection of psychedelics and VR as it relates to opening up consciousness, neurological re-patterning, and moral imagination. Michelle also integrates VR into her work with private practice clients who come to her with issues related to Social + Dating Anxiety, Urban Loneliness, and Reconciling Childhood Wounds.
Michelle started her career 12 years ago specializing in PTSD - receiving training in state-of-the-art clinical settings including medical centers, VA (Veterans Affairs) hospitals, and centers for survivors of torture. Since then Michelle has acted as a clinical consultant for various organizations, including assisting a Connecticut-based disaster relief team develop a somatic, body-centered treatment protocol aimed to mitigate the effects of post-traumatic stress in school-age children in the immediate period following a natural disaster. In 2017 Michelle joined a team of physicians, activists, educators, environmentalists, and a CNN Africa crew to the Kono District of Sierra Leone where the teams met with orphans who'd lost their parents to Ebola virus and a group of primary school students from a neighboring village. Michelle led meditation circles with the children and introduced the use of movement and stillness as ways of coping with emotional pain and physical discomfort.
Several years ago Michelle made the pivot into the space of Romantic Relationships, specializing in Love & Dating, an area she had longstanding interest in ever since her undergraduate years at The University of Illinois - Urbana Champaign working with premier psychologists in the area of Adult Attachment - a model to help explain why and how we choose the partners we choose. Her interest in this space today centers around Urban Dating - the healthy maintenance of relationships in faster-paced, less predictable modern environments.
Having spent significant time in more traditional healing spaces, Michelle had an itch to extend her research and clinical experience to focus more on unconventional healing practices to provide communities - particularly women and people of color - with greater cultural access to therapeutic services. In late 2015, Michelle scratched this itch and founded Emotional Intelligence Coaching along with Momentary, a quarterly dining-in-the-dark experience where darkness is used as a tool to illuminate our inner landscape.
Michelle has advanced training in Attachment Theory, Somatic Psychotherapy, Mindfulness and Meditation, Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy (EFCT), Relational and Interpersonal frameworks, Psychedelic-Assisted Therapies, and Time-Limited Psychodynamic Therapy.
Michelle is continuing to develop practices and research in VR Psychology.
**CV available upon request.