My name is Michelle Drapkin, and I help individuals and organizations reach their potential.

Life today moves faster than ever. In order to be successful, organizations must be flexible and responsive to industry trends.

The only problem? Businesses — and people — aren’t naturally built to do that.

That’s where I come in. As an accomplished clinical research psychologist and professional trainer, I understand both the theory and practice of creating high-functioning teams.

I’ve dedicated my professional career to using psychological research to help people. I’ve continually published peer-reviewed literature and secured millions of dollars in funding as project Principal or Co-investigator. Continued university teaching helps facilitate this generative process (examples listed below; a comprehensive CV is available upon request).

As Program Coordinator for the Department of Veterans Affairs I led nearly 500 trainers, consultants, and participants in the application of Motivational Enhancement Therapy, an evidence-based practice for alcohol and substance use disorders based on Motivational Interviewing. I continue to do cross-functional national training as part of the Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers (MINT). In private practice, I also employ cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT), and prolonged exposure for PTSD.

The key to all of this? Aligning change with core values at the individual level. As a leader, I strive to help those around me to see their own worth through meaningful contributions. It’s a collaborative, respectful approach based on autonomy and validation. Through mutual appreciation and trust, we build a rock-solid foundation for growth at both the individual and organizational level.