Michelle Pearce, PhD
Integrative Behavioral Health & Psychotherapy
Dr. Michelle Pearce is an Assistant Professor at the University of Maryland School of Medicine. As a Clinical Health Psychologist at the Center for Integrative Medicine, she provides integrative behavioral health consultations and psychotherapy for individuals and couples. Her clinical practice focuses on utilizing the connection between mind, body, and spirit to improve health and obtain optimal well-being.
Dr. Pearce is committed to her personal mission of empowering people to prosper –body, mind, and spirit. She is passionate about helping people achieve their health-related goals and live balanced, peaceful lives. She has helped clients reduce stress, better cope with illness, improve sleep, exercise, lose weight, reduce compulsive eating, improve diabetes management, better manage anxiety, situational depression and life adjustments, and improve overall quality of life.
Her holistic approach to treatment includes a number of mind-body and psychological methods, including cognitive-behavioral therapy, mind-body stress reduction (e.g., breath-work, guided imagery, mindfulness, and progressive muscle relaxation), behavioral change for healthy lifestyles, mindful eating, spiritually-integrated therapy, and motivational interviewing. She also leads mind-body skills training, stress management, and writing for wellness groups.
Dr. Pearce received her Ph.D. from Yale University, after completing an internship in medical psychology at Duke University Medical Center. Her clinical training at Duke included rotations in the Pain Management/Biofeedback Program, Duke Eating Disorders Program, and the Cognitive Behavioral Research and Treatment Program. She completed two post-doctoral fellowships at Duke University Medical Center, one in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and one with the Center for Spirituality, Theology, and Health. Dr. Pearce is a licensed clinical psychologist in the state of Maryland and has received advanced training in integrative medicine from the Center for Mind-Body Medicine. She is also an adjunct Assistant Professor in the department of Psychiatry at Duke University Medical Center and a member of the National Register of Health Service Providers in Psychology.