Staff Salute: Michelle Meyers

Michelle Meyers is a Cincinnati native working as a clinical dependency counselor at Joseph House. Learn more about her background, experience and skills:

What degrees and certifications do you have?
I graduated from Miami University (Ohio) with a bachelor’s degree in marketing with a minor in international business. I received my master’s degree in clinical mental health counseling and have my Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) and Chemical Dependency Counselor Assistant (CDCA) licenses.

When did you start at Joseph House?
I joined the Joseph House team in January 2017.

Describe your role at Joseph House.
I’m one of the counselors on the clinical team. My primary responsibilities are to provide individual counseling, to co-facilitate groups and teach inpatient and outpatient classes.

What is your favorite part about working with veterans?
I admire the veteran population. I’m grateful for their service to our country. They are a constant reminder that our freedom is not free, not even close. I see the sacrifices they’ve made, heard their unbelievable stories, and see the struggles they still have today and the burdens they carry with them. It’s a pleasure to serve them. 

What has been your favorite memory so far working at Joseph House?
I really enjoyed going to equine therapy with some of the veterans at a horse farm in Kentucky. It was neat to see how many lessons were learned from working with the horses that can be applied to the disease of addiction, as well as the development of personal relationships and communications in our everyday lives. Part of it was seeing our clients in a different environment than Joseph House. I was able to see a different side of their character and personalities. Side note: I also ran away from the horses in the stable when I was nominated to do the “food bowl” exercise because I got scared, even though I was specifically instructed NOT to run if I got scared. I managed to trip and completely face plant, which provided all of the clients with a great laugh. One of them coincidentally managed to capture it all on live video. I’m still yet to live it down! 

How can people get in touch with you and the Joseph House team?
If you’re a veteran or know a veteran struggling with addiction, please contact us at [email protected] or 513-241-2965.