Dr. Michele Kerulis, Online Faculty

Dr. Michele Kerulis is a professor of counseling with Counseling@Northwestern She is certified through the Association for Applied Sport Psychology, a member of the United States Olympic Committee Sport Psychology Registry, and a content expert in counseling ethics and sport and exercise psychology. She is a Past President of Illinois Counseling Association and holds leadership within the American Counseling Association. 

Dr. Kerulis is an active public speaker, private practice clinical therapist, and blogger for Counseling@Northwestern, American Counseling Association, Association for Applied Sport Psychology, and Psychology Today. Her work with the Counseling@Northwestern blog was recognized as one of the Top Counseling Blogs of 2017.

Dr. Kerulis has received recognition for her work including Illinois Mental Health Counseling Association Distinguished Service Award and Illinois Counselor Educators & Supervisors Innovative Counselor Educator of the Year award. 

Dr. Kerulis clinical areas of expertise include general mental health, sport & exercise psychology, and lifestyle & wellness. Her years of experience as an athlete, fitness professional, and therapist have created the foundation for her belief that the skills necessary to achieve success in sport and performance are the same skills necessary to achieve excellence in life. 

Recent Presentations and Publications:

Kerulis, M. & Shinitzky, H. (2019, October). Ethical Media Interactions in Sport Psychology: Analyzing Ethical Decision Making in Modern Media. Presented at the meeting of the Association for Applied Sport Psychology, Portland, OR. 

Shinitzky, H., Kerulis, M., Karen, C., & Steidinger, J. (2019, August). Unique perspectives of the impact of media on sport psychology. Presented at the meeting of the American Psychological Association, Chicago, IL. 

Kerulis, M. (2018, February). The psychology of horror and cults: An analysis of ‘On Clover Road.’ Presented at the American Blues Theater Town Hall, Chicago, IL.

Kerulis, M. (2018, December). Showing up. Presented atTEDxChicago, Chicago, IL.

Kerulis, M. (2018, May). Analysis of Buddy: The Buddy Holly story: Celebrities’ personal lives, public lives, and the trend of premature death. Presentation at the American Blues Theater Town Hall, Chicago, IL.

Kerulis, M. (2018, April). Getting into the creative zone. Presented at the Savvy Women in Marketing (SWIM) Salon, Chicago, IL.

Kerulis, M. (2018). Sport & exercise in families. In J. Lebow, A. Chambers, & D. Breunlin (Eds.), Encyclopedia of couple and family therapy.New York, NY: Springer.

Kerulis, M. (2019). Experiment in sport. In J. Taylor (Ed.), Comprehensive applied sport psychology: From attitude to athletic success and everything in between and beyond. New York, NY: Routledge.

Kerulis, M. (2016). Strengths based practice of clinical sport psychology. In J. K. Edwards, A. Young, & H. J. Nikels (Eds.),Handbook of strengths-based clinical practices: Finding common factors(pp. 227–237). New York, NY: Taylor & Francis.

Kerulis, M., Goodman, S., & Pinsler, S. (2015) Exercise addiction. In R. Smith (Ed.), Strategies and techniques for substance and process addictions(pp. 263–274). Upper Saddle River, NJ: Pearson.

Kerulis, M. (2012). Aiding student-athletes with identity development. Journal of Counseling in Illinois, 2(1), 39–51.

Counseling Awareness Month: Myths and Facts of Counseling

Each April, the American Counseling Association (ACA) sponsors Counseling Awareness Month to encourage people to learn about professional counselors and the benefits of counseling. Many people are afraid to seek counseling, even though they could benefit from it. Some common misconceptions perpetuate the myth that counseling is scary. However, the following facts will demonstrate that counseling is for everyone and counselors are here to help.

Getting Ready for the ACA Conference

Everyone is excited to attend the American Counseling Association (ACA) Conference and Expo in San Francisco March 16 to March 19. Whether you are an experienced conference-goer or a first-time attendee, these tips will help you get the best out of your conference experience. This list will be especially helpful as you prepare for San Francisco but can also be applied to other conferences.


Building Relationships: How to Celebrate Love While Single on Valentine’s Day

Red hearts, red roses, and red candy boxes everywhere; not to mention mushy couples lost in each other’s eyes and the endless advertisements for greeting cards and other tokens of affection. The overload, in-your-face obsession with Valentine’s Day is enough to make single people cringe during the weeks leading up to February 14. Instead of cringing, consider another perspective. The following ideas can help you celebrate connections in ways that are different from the usual couple-focused Valentine’s Day traditions.

How to Break Out of Social Anxiety During the Holidays

Many people enjoy attending holiday and New Year’s parties and mingling with old and new friends, but some people dread these kinds of social interactions. Some believe that they are the only ones suffering with social anxiety, when in fact, about 7 percent of the population suffers. The good news is that there are effective treatments to help people reduce their anxiety and regain a sense of control over their lives. 

Maintain Your Body and Mind Through the Season of Transition

Seasonal transitions can be difficult for many reasons and can have an impact on your mind and body, often referred to as stress. If you live in a cold climate, the shift from fall to winter means fewer daylight hours and more cold days. It also means shifting into the holidays, a brand-new year, and flu season. The following tips can help you focus on your mind and body during stressful seasonal transitions.

Halloween and Paranormal Issues in Counseling

Things that go bump in the night. Seeing something out of the corner of your eye. Feeling as if something is behind you. Having a feeling that something is not quite right.

These are things that countless people around the world have experienced. Some attribute these experiences to a sixth sense while others believe that there are sound, scientific explanations for them. However, for clinicians the question remains: What is the proper approach of a counselor with a client reporting paranormal issues?