About Dr. Michelle Nanji

Dr. Nanji will be providing services at Hope Springs starting August 1, 2018.

“I strive to meet my clients where they’re at and empower them to cultivate compassion for themselves.”

-Dr. Michelle Nanji


Information about Michelle Nanji, Ph.D.

Dr. Nanji’s Educational History in Psychology

2017-Internship at Iowa State University Student Counseling Services

2011-2017-University of Iowa, Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology

2010- Creighton University, Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Spanish

Dr. Nanji’s Areas of Specialization or Clinical Interest

  • Children, Adolescents, and Adults
  • Couples Therapy and Relationship Concerns
  • Family of origin concerns and Family dynamics
  • Multicultural and Diversity Issues
  • LGBTQA+ Concerns
  • Trauma
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Identity Development
  • Career Development
  • Self-compassion
  • Mindfulness and Meditation
  • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy
  • Time limited dynamic psychotherapy


Dr. Nanji’s Interests and Background

I approach counseling from a brief psychodynamic lens, with integration of mindfulness based techniques and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT). I strive to meet my clients where they’re at and empower them to cultivate compassion for themselves. I believe change can come when we work on our relationship with ourselves and learn to truly embrace, love and accept who we are. Self-acceptance can be very powerful in building connections and acceptance of others.

I also enjoy being creative in therapy and attend to the individual differences and needs of the people that come in to see me. I like to use tools, such as art, along with therapy to encourage creativity and flexibility in how to approach life’s ups and downs.

I am open to and interested in working with clients across the lifespan with all presenting concerns. I enjoy working with clients from a diversity of backgrounds and seek to respect the multiple identities clients may hold across gender, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, and others. I have experience working with clients presenting with multicultural issues, family dynamics, anxiety, depression, stress management, learning disabilities, identity development, life transitions, gender and sexuality concerns, and relationship issues. I believe in building a strong therapeutic relationship for clients to feel safe and supported during challenging times in their lives. I view my role as supporting individuals to find their own path to a meaningful and satisfying life.


Dr. Nanji’s Multicultural Interests

I am passionate about working with and advocating for people from a diversity of backgrounds and life experiences, particularly those who have experienced marginalization or who are traditionally underserved. I am also committed to engaging in social justice work in my personal and professional life. I have a strong interest in issues related to immigrant populations, racial/ethnic identity development, religion/spirituality concerns, gender differences, and social class.

Dr. Nanji’s Interests in Outreach

I really enjoying doing outreach and going out into the community to share knowledge and skills. I think it’s important to give back and I have done this through volunteering in the community with various organizations like Children’s center for therapy, Johnson county Neighborhood centers, and the Iowa City Shelter house. I have also conducted various outreach presentations for students (i.e. stress management, study skills) and community members (i.e. parenting skills, motivating kids).


Where can I learn more?

You can also learn more about me on my Psychology Today page.