Dr. Michelle Wang
Michelle is an emotional intelligence (EQ) coach based in San Francisco, California. She holds a doctorate in clinical psychology and has dedicated her career to making self-awareness sexy. Michelle has deep interest in healing through non-ordinary states of reality, specifically, Psychedelic-Assisted Therapy and Virtual Reality (VR). She holds a certificate in Psychedelic-Assisted Therapies & Research from California Institute for Integral Studies (CIIS) and is also the Chief Psychology Officer (CPO) and Co-Founder of NewPath VR, a San Francisco based VR company using research-driven applications for emotional transformation with special interest in End of Life matters particularly in the areas of comfort care, anxiety relief, & legacy preservation. Michelle holds interest in the intersection of psychedelics and VR as it relates to consciousness expansion, neurological re-patterning, and moral imagination.
Michelle started her career 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. 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.
In 2013, Michelle made the pivot into the space of Relationships, specializing in Love, Dating, & Marriage, 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 so much time in more traditional healing spaces, Michelle had an itch to extend her research and clinical experience into the community focusing more on non-traditional modalities of healing. In late 2015, Michelle finally scratched this itch and founded Emotional Intelligence Coaching in addition to Momentary, a quarterly dining-in-the-dark experience where darkness is used as a tool to illuminate our inner landscape. Momentary's signature event is a dining-in-the-dark event for romantic couples, which has consistently shown that many of the tools we're looking for - darkness, a few important questions, and warm food to replenish any depletion - are already right in front of us.
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. **CV available upon request.