When it comes to mental health, prevention is key.


Hi, I’m Michelle Bersell and I’m the founder of The International Institute for Emotional Empowerment. My unique background as teacher, psychotherapist, author and speaker combined with my own life experience has allowed me to teach thousands of people around the globe how to turn negative emotions into their greatest allies.

I’d love to teach you too! 

Whether it’s been leadership or employee-wide training in Emotional Empowerment, 98% of individuals agree they:


  • Gained skills to overcome negative emotional experiences
  • Feel more empowered to address anxiety, anger, guilt,
    frustration and disappointment
  • Know how to build stronger emotional resilience

What leaders are saying about working with the International Institute for Emotional Empowerment  

The Emotional Empowerment course, which was delivered by Michelle Bersell for a Kohl’s director level executive leadership course, was incredibly well received. The leaders were better able to understand the emotional energy they often have to deal with such as anxiety, guilt, frustration and disappointment. As well, they learned to identify triggers to more quickly drive positive behaviors and reinforce positive actions. This course enhanced self-awareness and also provided tools to support individual and team member mental health needs. The course was particularly relevant given the turbulent 18 months that all business leaders have had to deal with during this extended COVID environment.

Marc Chini, Chief People Officer of Kohl’s

When you get numerous unsolicited emails thanking you and telling you a training has changed their lives, you know that you have brought the right training to meet the needs of your workforce. That has been our experience in working with The International Institute for Emotional Empowerment. In these times you need to focus on the mental health of your workforce so they can come to work as their whole selves. If your goal is to take care of your people’s emotional well-being and mental health, look no further. The insight provided is unique, insightful, and spot-on to address the psychological needs of today’s employee.

Shanan Lazorchak, Human Resources Business Partner at Acelero Learning

Our emotional empowerment training with Michelle was wonderful. She was great to work with and took time to adapt the session to include our corporate strategy and address the specific needs of our employees. The session provided our employees with the tools to best address challenging emotions like disappointment, anger and anxiety, especially in the wake of the pandemic. The Zoom session was interactive and engaging and we received great feedback from participants that they felt supported during these challenging times.We would recommend Michelle’s training to any corporation looking for ways to support their employees’ mental health.

Ingrid Cordelino, Senior Technologist & Leader of WIN (Women of Ingredion Network) at Ingredion Inc.

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What participants are saying:

“I want to personally thank you, I have been going through a major life changing event in my life, and flipping the script makes me feel a sense of relief. I have gone to therapy for the last 6 months and haven’t felt the sense of empowerment and sense of calmness and relief that you have given me! You are amazing and so insightful! This is the best training we have had so far!”

“I struggle with anxiety and depression and I learned a lot of strategies to cope. I appreciated the Big 5 and took a ton of notes that resonated with me. I think this will be beneficial in our program as more groups go through this training.”

“This training changed my outlook on life.”

“This training was…insightful!!! Informative!!! Much needed!!! and life changing for me because I now I need to love myself and take care of myself and others. I now understand I cannot control everything and instead on giving that the power to control me, I will focus on what I can do and not to set myself up for failure. I cannot change the past just the now.”

The Gap that Emotional Empowerment Fills:

Despite the unprecedented levels of mental and emotional health challenges people are facing, they lack practical understanding of why they are experiencing negative feelings and what they can do to feel better. Emotional Empowerment provides science-based tools to guide individuals to recognize what is causing them to feel emotions such as anxiety, sadness, anger, frustration and guilt, while providing guidelines to behaviors to help diminish negative feelings.

Emotional Empowerment is NOT the same as Emotional Intelligence:

Emotional Empowerment teaches you how to understand and dissolve your emotional triggers, which results in less negative feelings to manage, as well as stronger emotional resilience.


The Business Case for Addressing Emotions:


Of Employees believe their well-being is an organization’s responsibility

$1 Trillion

Per year is the loss in productivity due to depression & anxiety
(World Health Organization)

550 Million

Workdays are lost due to stress on the job
(The American Institute of Stress)

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