HealthFinders Collaborative (HFC) is excited to announce an addition to its provider staff. Michelle Ortiz will serve as a bilingual, full-time mental health therapist, providing individual therapy in English and Spanish to children, adolescents, and adults.

Offering bilingual mental health services represents HealthFinders’ commitment to doubling our impact and meeting the needs of our community. In the Rice County area, there is a shortage of access to mental health counseling services for people who are uninsured or under-insured – and even less access to bilingual services. Michelle’s role will fill this critical need for our neighbors.

A Qualified Expert

Michelle completed her Master of Science in clinical mental health counseling, with concentrations in Alcohol and Other Drugs and Eating Disorders, at the University of Wisconsin–Stout. She received her Bachelor of Science in rehabilitation studies, with concentrations in Substance Abuse and Addictions and a certification in Drug and Alcohol Studies, at the University of North Texas.

Michelle has worked in the field since 2015, providing mental health services in various locations, including day treatment facilities (level one and level three) as well as school-based, home-based, and outpatient services. Michelle is licensed through the state of Minnesota. She has extensive experience working with trauma, anxiety, depression, and behavioral issues and provides outpatient counseling in Northfield and Faribault.

Michelle’s special areas of interest include:

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Grief and Loss
  • Oppositional Defiant
  • Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity
  • Relationship Issues
  • Life Transitions
  • Teenage Issues
  • Anger
  • Multicultural Issues
  • Abuse/Trauma Concerns

Partnering and Expanding

In addition to a presence in local clinics, HealthFinders is proud to partner with local high schools to offer mental health services to students. Michelle sees students at both Northfield and Faribault High School.

“We live in a fast-paced world, but here at HFC I get to provide a caring, safe, and open space to remind clients that they matter,” says Michelle.

With this service expansion, HealthFinders is able to truly treat the whole patient – bettering their bodies, improving their oral health, addressing social determinants they face – and now supporting their emotional well-being.