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, and appeared as a lifestyle expert on local news stations.
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. In the years since her return to professional Psychology, Dr. Marks developed the Psychological Fitness Training™ approach based upon her Anatomy of Fulfillment model, and is presently offering online training and developing new courses and a coaching system. In her free time, Michelle is a blogger for the Albany Times Union, enjoys nature, travel, learning about all kinds of things, being with family and friends, savoring good food and drink, and appreciating good music.
After coming out of the fog of 4 decades of dieting, Michelle began exploring alternatives to living under the oppression of diet culture. Thus, the Anti-Diet Alternative was born. Thank you for visiting!