Last edited 10/05/2022
Michelle C. Brooten-BrooksLMFT
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What was your path to becoming a therapist? What inspired you to choose this profession?
I am now in-network with Anthem BCBS. I became a therapist because I had a genuine desire to be of service to others. I went back to school later in life, with marriage, motherhood, and life experience going with me. I know first-hand how challenging relationships – all of them – can be. How life happens to all of us and sometimes individually, as a couple or in any of our relationships, we need support and new skills to find our way back to connection. Life is Hard, Therapy Can Help Relationships are hard, coupling and marriage are hard, being single is hard, life when separated or divorced, is hard, adulting is hard, and parenting is often next-level hard – whatever your situation, my belief that therapy can help is why I am here to help others.
In what ways have your personal experiences influenced your work with your clients?
I believe relationships are the most challenging part of our human experience, the most rewarding, and the most important. When our relationships are going well we experience the greatest joys life has to offer us, but when they are not it can be gut-wrenching, stressful, soul-crushing, and anxiety-provoking. Our Relationships Matter Most At the end of the day and at the end of life, it’s our relationships that matter most, which is why I focus my practice on relationships. None of us are born with relationship skills and yet we’re all dealing with many different relationships on a daily basis. Therapy can provide strategies, coping skills, and peace of mind. Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy I think attachment explains a lot about relationships. I’m trained in attachment-based Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy, Attachment-based Family Therapy, and I have trained for six years with a clinical supervisor who has 30 years of experience as a relationship specialist.
What does a first session with you look like?
To start, I explain a little bit about myself to give clients a chance to settle in. Then, I want to hear what is bringing the client or clients to therapy, and what do they hope to get out of therapy? Growth is Uncomfortable I'm aware that by the time a client is sitting in front of me, it took a lot of courage to get to that spot and therapy can feel uncomfortable, so I aim to put clients at ease as quickly as possible. I work to be present and attuned, literally tuning in and focusing on the client and what they are saying. I also tell clients what I'm thinking so they aren't left wondering, or worse, feeling judged and analyzed. Working Toward Change If we can accomplish the clients’ goals quickly in a few sessions, I’m all for it. If clients want to spend more time in therapy, I’m fine with that too. Overall, I want clients to feel that together we are working toward the change and relief they are seeking.
Divorce & separation
Georgia Blue Shield
|Marriage & Couples Counseling||$125|
Types of Therapy
Marriage & Couples Counseling
Young Adults (18-24)
Treatment Approaches / Modalities
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
Strength Based Therapy
Culturally Sensitive Therapy
Emotionally Focused Therapy
Family Systems Therapy
Marriage and Family Therapy
Training / Certifications
Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy Externship, June 2021
Myers-Briggs Type Indicator, Type 1 & 2 Certified Practitioner, July 2016
- Georgia, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, MFT001828
Master's Degree in Marriage & Family Therapy, Valdosta State University
Bachelor's Degree in Journalism & Communications, University of Florida
Therapist: Before opening my private practice, I worked in community mental health at Behavioral Health Services of South Georgia. I worked with all ages from 4 to 74. I served a diverse population of clients with a variety of issues from addiction, ADHD, trauma, PTSD, depression, and anxiety, as well as severe and persistent mental illnesses. Much of the time, I served clients in severe crisis. I had a short amount of time to become worthy of their trust and help them restore hope. While I enjoy working with children, adolescents and teens, I find telehealth is better suited to adults. When adult relationships can be helped, it helps the entire family. Health & Medical Journalist: I have worked as a journalist since 1998. I write regularly for The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, VerywellHealth.com, and other publications.
Frequently Asked Questions About Michelle Brooten-Brooks, LMFT
It’s not uncommon to have questions before starting therapy. Michelle Brooten-Brooks, LMFT, has answered a few of the questions they receive most often from new clients.
Is Michelle Brooten-Brooks accepting new clients?
Yes, Michelle Brooten-Brooks is accepting new clients.
Does Michelle Brooten-Brooks accept insurance?
Yes, Michelle Brooten-Brooks accepts insurance, including Anthem and Georgia Blue Shield.
What types of therapy does Michelle Brooten-Brooks offer?
Michelle Brooten-Brooks offers therapy for couples, families and individuals.
Does Michelle Brooten-Brooks offer in-person appointments?
No, but people in Georgia can book Michelle Brooten-Brooks for virtual appointments (teletherapy).
Does Michelle Brooten-Brooks offer online therapy?
Yes, Michelle Brooten-Brooks offers online therapy to people in Georgia.
How quickly can I see Michelle Brooten-Brooks?
Michelle Brooten-Brooks typically can speak with new clients within 48 hours. You can see their current availability and request an appointment on their profile page.
What languages does Michelle Brooten-Brooks speak?
Michelle Brooten-Brooks conducts therapy sessions in English.
Can I book an appointment with Michelle Brooten-Brooks online?
Yes, you can easily book an appointment with Michelle Brooten-Brooks online using Choosing Therapy’s directory.