Dr. Jennifer Michels is a clinical psychologist specializing in the treatment of patients with acute and chronic medical illness. Dr. Michels treats the psychological needs of patients diagnosed with cancer as a part of a team of care providers in Oncology.
“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,” Dr. Michels said.
Dr. Michels works to assist patients with management of adjustment difficulties, depression and anxiety that can result from a medical diagnosis like cancer.
Dr. Michels is an expert 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.
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 and Public Health in Madison.
Growing up in the Minocqua area, she enjoys outdoor activities such as kayaking, fishing, skiing and gardening as well as time with family.