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Meet Michelle Ilugbusi, MA

Hello! My name is Michelle Ilugbusi and as a counselor with Peace Within: Counseling for Women I provide a space for others to work towards becoming the most authentic version of themselves.


In order to do that I approach the therapeutic relationship in a collaborative manner, while also being mindful of the intersecting identities that exist within each client. I pull from principles within dialectical behavioral therapy, as well as multicultural and feminist frameworks. My hope is that by the end of our time together you leave with a renewed sense of self and with tools to healthily navigate the roadblocks of life. 


I have experience in a variety of settings: residential treatment program, mental health agency, college counseling center, and college case management. I specialize in working with religious abuse/trauma, grief, adult children of immigrants, and college students of all ages - especially those who identify as first generation.

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Michelle Ilugbusi, MA

Snapshot of Professional Highlights:


  • MA in Clinical Mental Health Counseling, Rollins College

  • BA in English Literature, University of Central Florida

  • Graduate Pre-Practicum in Mental Health, Women’s Residential Treatment program - Seminole


  • Graduate Pre-Practicum in Social Justice, Planned Parenthood of Central/Southwest Florida


  • QPR (Question, Persuade, Refer) Suicide Intervention Trainer


  • Crisis Text Line, Crisis Counselor

Equally important to me are my experiences in professional and heart-based work and volunteer service. Some of my favorites include:

  • Teaching Assistant, Multicultural and Social Justice Counseling - Rollins College

  • Co-facilitator for the Florida Diversity Learning Series and Institute for Sustainable Diversity and Inclusion


  • Two time presenter on the Victim Service Center Podcast


  • Creator of an Anti-racism resource guide

My work at Peace Within: Counseling for Women is to empower you to not only find your voice, but ways in which you can use it to bring about change that feels most aligned to who you truly are.

In Peace,

Michelle Ilugbusi, MA 

Registered Mental Health Counselor Intern– MH 23254

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