Michelle Marks earned her doctorate in Clinical and School Psychology at Hofstra University in 1992. She completed a clinical internship in Rational-Emotive Behavior Therapy at the Albert Ellis Institute under Dr. Ellis, received training in Mind/Body Medicine at Harvard Medical School with Herbert Benson, and has completed certificate courses in clinical hypnotherapy, energy psychology, biofeedback and life coaching. She has been on the faculties of Hofstra University and Mount Sinai School of Medicine; and received national recognition from the Social Security Administration for outstanding leadership and innovation in the areas of medical training, consultation, and mentoring for the New York State Division of Disability Determinations. Dr. Marks is also a Vanguard I graduate of former American Psychological Association president Martin EP Seligman’s Authentic Happiness Coaching program and was involved in positive psychology from the inception of the field. She has been a wellness columnist, consulted with spas, appeared as a lifestyle expert on local news stations, and is the author of A Smorgasbord of Weight Control Tips .
Several years ago, Michelle took a sabbatical from her psychology practice to study tea, which intrigued her because of its time-honored benefits as wellness in a cup. She attended certification training through the Specialty Tea Institute, started a tea company, blended wellness teas for retail and wholesale, and experienced the profound rewards of fulfilling a childhood dream of owning her own store when she opened a gourmet tea house. Presently, Dr. Marks offers personal online consulting and Psychological Fitness Training™ based on the personal development system she designed to strengthen people's ability to cope with challenges, find freedom from mental and emotional burdens, build inner resources, optimize performance, and increase their capacities for happiness. In her free time, Michelle enjoys nature, travel, learning about all kinds of things, being with family and friends, savoring good food and drink, and appreciating good music.