About Me

Michelle is a  Licensed Associate Marriage and Family Therapist specializing in individual, couples and family therapy, and maintain a private practice in Waseca MN. Michelle  graduated with a Master’s degree in Counseling from the Franciscan University of Steubenville, OH in 1991 and attained  additional  training in marriage and family therapy at Minnesota State University, Mankato, MN, and her license associate in marriage and family therapy in June 2010.

With over 11 years’ experience as a Mental Health Counselor she is currently serving as a private practitioner working with a broad spectrum of clients. Among her areas of expertise are ADHD, Oppositional Defiant Disorder, Autism, Asperger’s, Alcohol and Substance Abuse and helping families cope with the changes involved with divorce and remarriage.

Michelle Muff is an interactive, solution-focused therapist who implements play therapy with children ages 5-12.   Michelle integrates a holistic approach and believes that treatment needs to incorporate the physical, social, psychological and spiritual aspects of life.  Her therapeutic approach is to provide support and practical feedback to help clients effectively address personal life challenges. She integrates complementary methodologies and techniques to offer a highly personalized approach tailored to each client. With compassion and understanding, she works with each individual to help them build on their strengths and attain the personal growth they are committed to accomplishing.

Master’s Degree in Counseling, Franciscan University of Steubenville, OH, 1991
20 Graduate Credits in Marriage and Family Therapy, Minnesota State University of Mankato, MN, 2007

Licensed Associate Marriage and Family Therapist

Professional Activities and Memberships:
Member of American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy AAMFT
Member of  American Association of Christian Counselors AACC
Member of Association of Play Therapy APT

Setting Experience:
Home-Based Family and Marriage Counseling
Residential Treatment facility for male adolescent clients
Therapeutic Activity Program for children ages 6-12
School Chemical Dependency Counselor
School Mental Health Counselor


Spiritual Counseling

What is spiritual counseling?  Depending on the provider of spiritual counseling you will receive various definitions.  At Compassionate Counseling Services I provide spiritual counseling to clients that desire it. Spiritual counseling addresses the client’s unique perspective of the divine and integrates that belief system into the treatment plan.  The integration of spiritual treatment may include praying with the client, leading the client in healing prayer, discussing practical steps to grow closer to the divine (defined by the client).

My personal belief systems originate from Catholicism.  My Catholic Christian belief is a foundation of my life and serves as a guide to the meaning and purpose of my life. I pray for each and every client during my daily prayer time.

I do not discriminate on the client’s belief system if it does not match mine.  I meet the client where he/she is at.  Depending on the needs of the client or wishes I may or may not integrate spiritual principals into the counseling session.  This decision is approached at the initial intake or first counseling session.  I discuss with each client if they are spiritual or religious and what that means to them.  If this is important to them I will include discussions for integration of spiritual matters into the counseling session. If spiritual or religion plays no part in the client life, then spiritual aspects of treatment are not integrated.

The most important part of the session for me as a professional counselor involves respecting the client’s belief system and integrating that into the treatment plan. I walk on a journey with each and every client, present to them in their pain, sufferings and hope for change.

Hello world!

Hello World!! My name is Michelle Muff and I am a Licensed Associate Marriage and Family Therapist.  I own and operate Compassionate Counseling Services, LLC in Waseca MN.  I provided family, marriage and individual counseling.

My passion is working with parents and children.  I provide play therapy for children ages 5-12. For children, play is there language and toys are their words.  I have a wonderful play room full of specific toys that aid children in discussing their problems with me.  I love working with children that are going through changes in their family and help them express through play what is bothering them.  Client centered play therapy enables the child to freely play while I monitor and track their play.  After I get to know the child I use a more tailored and structured approach to meet their specific need.  Some of their needs involve adjusting to divorce or a remarriage, problems in school, dealing with bullying, academic challenges, sibling issues, blended family issues, or adjusting to a move.  Changes in family life do effect children.  Many times parents underestimate the effect change can have on a child.  Assuming the child is resilient and can handle changes on their own is unfair to the child.  Working with the child and the parent, I  increase effectiveness in bringing about positive adjustment and positive change in behavior.  Many times I bring the parent into the play room and teach them play therapy techniques that they can use in their home.  Parents love to have a structured and identified approach to play that is proven to help their child, increase communication between them and decrease opposition.  I hope to post a picture of my play room soon.

Further post will revolve around family and children services, marriage help and spiritual integration in the counseling session.  I can’t wait to share what I know.  Many blessings sent your way.

Blessings!! Michelle