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Couples Therapy, Marriage Therapy, Relationship Therapy
Desperate for relationship relief? Need to improve connection between the two of you? Are you arguing more than you’re communicating? Frustrated by attachment style conflicts? Relationship therapy helps couples gain the skills none of us were taught to improve connection. Includes couples therapy, couples counseling, marriage therapy, and marriage counseling.
Individual Couples Therapy
When one partner can’t come to therapy or is unwilling, there are many things the other partner can do in therapy to shift the dynamic for the better. No reason for one person who is motivated and willing to work on the relationship to be excluded from couples or marriage counseling.
Individual Therapy for Adults
Individual therapy is for adults ready to work toward making changes in their lives. Therapy offers the opportunity to improve issues such as family dynamics, attachment issues, relationship patterns, anxiety, depression, stress management, trauma, PTSD, coping skills, self-growth, self-care, and many other individual therapy needs.
Relationships affect every aspect of our lives, so relationship therapy may include non-intimate partnerships such as adult children and parents, adult siblings, extended family including aunts, uncles, cousins, or coworkers in conflict, even friends with issues, and families affected by grief and hospice end-of-life care.
Meet the Therapist:
Michelle C. Brooten-Brooks, M.S., LMFT
Welcome to RelationshipTherapy.us!
Now in-network with Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield. I am a licensed marriage and family therapist who specializes in adult individual therapy, couples therapy, marriage therapy, and relationship therapy. I serve adults age 18+ exclusively online through telehealth statewide in Georgia. I am also an adjunct professor teaching future therapists, and for 25+ years I’ve been a health and medical journalist. I often write about health and mental health topics.
Can you discuss the undiscussable with them? Can they hear your unhearables?
When choosing a therapist, evidence-based studies show what leads to effective outcomes in therapy is how well you connect with the therapist and whether they are a fit for you. Do you vibe with them? Can you discuss your undiscussable with them? Are you comfortable with them hearing your un-hear-ables? Forging a bond of connection – the therapeutic alliance as it is termed – is the difference that makes all the difference.
Getting You to Striving & Thriving
When you feel safe enough to really explore and divulge the tough stuff that’s when the healing happens and life-changing improvements occur. So, it’s important that you find a clinician who will support your steps toward change, guide your goals, and help you integrate your healing while empowering you toward striving and thriving in your life.
Why I Love What I Do
For more information on why I chose to become a therapist along with information about my therapy style, my therapeutic approach, additional training, and education, check out the link below.
Why Relationship Therapy?
The Importance of Relationships
At the end of the day, and profoundly at the end of our lives, our relationships are what’s most important.
Begin with the End in Mind
When a dear friend with cancer approached the end of life she remarked, “Michelle, life is about the people. Here at the end, all that matters in life is our relationships.”
“…life is about the people. Here at the end, all that matters in life is our relationships.”
“That’s who you don’t want to leave, and worry about when you’re gone,” she said.
It’s About Connection
Relationships are woven like threads through the fabric of our lives. Evidence-based research tells us that our earliest attachments impact the brain’s neural connections shaping us as humans, influencing how we connect, and teaching us what we know of love.
Improving Relationship Skills
However, none of us come into this world with relationship skills which is why relationship therapy can be helpful to strengthen our connections, and help us to make sense of our lives.
Often, the effort to shift the struggle in our relationships begins first with improving ourselves.
–Michelle C. Brooten-Brooks, LMFT
FAQ: Answers to Your Questions
Do you see clients in person at an office?
I do not see clients face-to-face in person. This is a telehealth-only online therapy practice. All clients are seen virtually through video conferencing with ZOOM. Check out our Make an Appointment page for more information on our telehealth services.
Do you see children, adolescents or teens?
Based on my clinical telehealth experience working with children, adolescents, and teens through the pandemic, I have decided to focus my private practice on adults only, age 18+.
What about paperwork?
Everything in our practice is paperless!
Through our client portal, the forms are all online and your information is secured through HIPAA-compliant bank-level security and HITRUST certifications.
Do you accept or bill insurance?
Yes! I am in-network with Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield.
For other insurers, I am considered "out of network." However, you may file your own claim directly. Through the client portal, you will be able to access and download a "SuperBill" that you may submit to your insurer.
I also offer self-pay as an option, and accept all major credit cards, PayPal, FSA & HSA accounts.
Medicare - Due to federal limitations, as a licensed marriage & family therapist, I am not able to bill for or provide Medicare services. Here is a link outside this website to more information: https://www.aamft.org/Advocacy/Medicare.aspx
What payments do you accept?
All major credit cards, debit cards, FSA, and HSA cards are accepted for payment through the client portal when the appointment is scheduled.
If you would prefer to use PayPal, please contact us to arrange PayPal payment.
What equipment do I need for telehealth?
It's as simple as an email address, and a smartphone, tablet, laptop or desktop computer.
Once your appointment is scheduled, you'll be sent a ZOOM link for your video telehealth session.
Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield Provider
For clients with an Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shielf behavioral health policy, insurance billing is available. Your co-pay will be collected at the time of service. Click here for our insurance page:
Self-Pay Equals Self-Choice
RelationshipTherapy.us provides self-pay options for clients who prefer that choice. Insurance often limits coverage to in-network therapists, limits the number of sessions, and the length of therapy. With self-pay, you get a choice.
Telehealth Therapy on Your Timetable
Telehealth therapy is exclusively online in the privacy of your home or office.
Scheduling at Your Convenience
Want to schedule an appointment at midnight? With our convenient client portal, there’s 24/7 anytime scheduling. So you don’t have to wait for business hours to set and schedule your sessions.
Get In Touch
For questions or appointment requests, please fill out the HIPAA-secure form below, and we will respond as soon as possible. Thank you!
“They say it takes two to tango,
but I believe one person doing the right things
can shift the entire relationship.”
“The journey of
a thousand miles
a single step.”
“No matter how bad things are, you can always make things worse. At the same time, it is often within your power to make them better.”
The Last Lecture
“If you do not try, you’ll never know
what might have been.”
“Out of pain can come strength
and a deeper sense of connection,
if we learn to use the power of love.”
Dr. Sue Johnson
“Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?”
“You are never too old
to set another goal
or to dream a new dream.”
“My mission in life is not merely to survive,
but to thrive, and to do so with
some passion, some compassion, some humor,
and some style.”
“Work like you don't need the money. Love like you've never been hurt. Dance like nobody's watching.”
“In friendship or in love, the two side by side raise hands together to find what one cannot reach alone.”