Dr. Michelle Wang
Michelle is an EQ coach based in San Francisco, California with a doctorate in clinical psychology.
Her specialities include healing through 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 interested in virtual states as they relate to opening up consciousness, neurological re-patterning, and moral imagination. Michelle also integrates VR, cannabis, and darkness into her work with private practice clients who come to her with issues related to loneliness, isolation, conformity, burn-out, and creativity.
Michelle started her career specializing in PTSD. She trained in state-of-the-art clinical institutions including medical centers, VA hospitals, and centers for survivors of torture. 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.
Having spent significant time in conventional spaces, Michelle had an itch to extend her research and clinical experience to focus on under-utilized practices geared towards individuals who do not fit the mold of traditional psychotherapy. In late 2015, Michelle founded Emotional Intelligence Coaching, along with Momentary, a quarterly dining-in-the-dark experience where darkness is used as a tool to illuminate the 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 applications in VR Psychology, cannabis-assisted therapy, and darkness-assisted therapy to address issues related to loneliness, isolation, conformity, and creativity in urban environments.
All photos & art work by Michelle.
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