Michelle Nirde, LCSW, LCAS
“I enjoy the opportunity to connect families and individuals to the strong person-centered recovery community environment at CooperRiis.”
Before becoming Admissions Director at CooperRiis, Michelle worked as a therapist in community mental health on an Assertive Community Treatment Team (ACT) in Jackson, Swain, and Macon Counties, North Carolina. Individuals she worked with had been diagnosed with Severe and Persistent Mental Illness (SPMI) and had frequent psychiatric hospitalizations. With the support and by establishing long-term client relationships, she and her team members helped clients achieve their goals proving that they were much more than just their diagnosis.
Most recently Michelle worked with persons who had a history of dual diagnosis and trauma at an Asheville Program before starting their Substance Abuse Partial Hospitalization.
Michelle Nirde earned her Bachelor of Arts Degree from Knox College, IL, and a Master’s Degree in Social Work from Jane Addams College of Social Work, The University of Illinois at Chicago, IL.
Her graduate school internship requirements were an internship in community mental health working with children, as well as counseling with young adults in jobs and career training with and a strong focus on social justice.
Michelle is a ‘dog momma’ to a three-year-old rescue golden retriever mix. Together they enjoy exploring the beauty of Western North Carolina. She also delights in cooking and spending time with her family.