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.

Specialties

Relationship Issues

Attachment issues

Marriage issues

General Expertise

Depression

Anxiety

Loss/Grief

ADHD

Divorce & separation

Family issues

Fertility Issues

Life transitions

In-Network Insurance

Anthem

Georgia Blue Shield

Fees

First Session$125
Family Therapy$125
Couples Therapy$125
Individual Therapy$125

Types of Therapy

Family Session

Couples Session

Individual Session

Clientele

Young Adults (18-24)

Adults (25-65)

Seniors (65+)

Treatment Approaches / Modalities

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)

Mindfulness Practices

Strength Based Therapy

Attachment-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

Licensure

  • Georgia, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, MFT001828

Education

Master's Degree in Marriage & Family Therapy, Valdosta State University

Bachelor's Degree in Journalism & Communications, University of Florida

Work History

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.

Location

100 N Patterson Street BILLING ADDRESS ONLY NOT ON SITE AT THIS LOCATION, STE 60, Valdosta, 31601, GA