Michele Lansing, MA, MS Ed., LCSW

Therapist; Director, Connect

Michele Lansing is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and industry leader with ten years experience as an educator and mental health expert. Prior to moving to Chicago, Michele taught middle and high school in Brooklyn, NY – focusing on mathematics, science, and sex education. She was a grade leader and served on the school’s Quality Improvement Team. Through her work as a public school teacher, Michele witnessed how many children are tied down by life’s stressors and are unable to devote themselves to their education. From these experiences, Michele decided to make the transition into social work.

During her graduate studies, Michele interned at two prestigious Chicago-area non-profits, Heartland Alliance and JPA. While at JPA, she received extensive psychodynamic and psychoanalytic training. Post-graduate, Michele remained at JPA providing child and family therapy. Michele currently works for JPA as a staff therapist and Director of Connect, providing individual and couples therapy to parents, and providing expert consultation and training to teachers and administrators. She has also been instrumental in the development and implementation of multiple JPA programs (Connect, Connect2Kinder, and Test Anxiety Program) which seek to support students, their families, and teachers in cultivating stronger and healthier relationships.

Merging the fields of education and mental health, Michele aims to bridge the gap between school and home by working with teachers and parents to provide children with a loving and safe environment where they can flourish.


  • BA, Psychology and Child Mental Health Studies, New York University
  • MS, Education, City University of New York’s Brooklyn College
  • MA, Clinical Social Work, University of Chicago’s School of Social Service Administration

Areas of Specialty:

  • Trauma
  • Non-directive play therapy with children and adolescents
  • Parenting and family concerns
  • Couples
  • Intersection between education and mental health
  • School culture and discipline policies
  • Equity in Education

Professional Memberships:

  • National Association of Social Workers (NASW)

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1707 N. Halsted St.
Chicago, IL 60614

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