Dr. Jennifer Michels is a clinical
psychologist who treats adults with mood
and anxiety disorders, as well as those
with acute or chronic medical illness. She
also teaches communication skills and
treatment of behavioral health disorders to
medical students and doctors in residency
at Marshfield Clinic.
“I have a deep passion for helping medical
doctors in training understand the purpose
and value of psychotherapy to improve
mental and physical health for patients,”
she said. Residents shadow her and gain
an understanding about treating the whole
patient and providing integrated mind/
Dr. Michels also treats the psychological
needs of patients diagnosed with cancer as
a part of the team of care providers in the
“After a diagnosis of cancer, patients
and their families often have high levels
of anxiety. They may experience grief,
fear, sadness and anger, and often face
major adjustments in their lives due to
disruption of work, changing family roles
and responsibilities,” she said. Dr. Michels
works to assist patients with management
of adjustment difficulties, depression and anxiety that can result from a challenging medical diagnosis like cancer.
Dr. Michels has expertise in cognitive behavioral therapy, which focuses on modifying a patient’s thinking and behavioral patterns for improved wellbeing. Dr. Michels also trains patients in the use of mindfulness techniques to improve stress management and emotional balance through treatment for complex health issues.
Growing up in the Minocqua area, she feels at home in northern and central Wisconsin and was drawn to health care at an early age.
“I’ve always been interested in clinical psychology,” she said. “I enjoy helping to alleviate the psychological suffering that people experience from mental health and medical issues.”
Dr. Michels completed graduate school at Southern Illinois University in Carbondale. She completed an internship and fellowship in clinical psychology at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine & Public Health in Madison.
Dr. Michels enjoys spending time with family and outdoor activities such as kayaking, fishing, skiing and gardening.