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About Relationship Therapy.us

Telehealth Therapy for Adults

Have a therapy appointment in the comfort and convenience of your home or office.

With Self-Pay, Choice is in Your Hands

With a self-pay private practice, the power of choice is in your hands. You choose the therapist, you choose how many sessions, you choose the length of therapy, and you choose whether you will bill your insurance. Your treatment plan, notes, and diagnosis can remain between you and your therapist.

Across the State in Georgia

Currently offering therapy services throughout the state of Georgia.
Will be adding other states in the southeastern U.S., soon.

Michelle C. Brooten-Brooks, M.S., LMFT

Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist

“Life is not meant to be tolerated and endured.
You are meant to thrive.
I want to help you strive to become your greatest self.”

 

 My Background
I became a therapist a little later in life, after gaining life experience, through both marriage and motherhood with my three children.

My Experience
After graduating with a Master’s in Marriage & Family Therapy, I worked in community mental health with all ages.

Many of my clients were in active crisis. I had to quickly restore a sense of hope, help them find relief, and guide them toward their healing.

Relationship Therapy
Good relationships don’t just happen, and none of us are born knowing relationship or communication skills. I have learned as a therapist that when a relationship is healed through skills gained in therapy, a family is too.

My Approach & Philosophy
As a journalist with nearly 25 years of experience, the best parts of gathering stories emerge by simply having a conversation.

My Therapy Style

Therapy to me is about helping people make sense of their lives. My style of therapy includes:

  • Therapy with me is conversational, collaborative, responsive, and interactive.
  • You won’t have to guess what I’m thinking because I think out loud.
  • I take minimal notes to be more present.
  • My focus is on what the client wants to get out of therapy and their goals.
  • My therapeutic techniques vary, but I always use a strengths-based and solution-focused approach.
  • I strive to be of service, to be genuine, concerned with the best interest of my clients, and to be worthy of my clients’ trust.

“At least you care…”
One day, a client said to me, “Miss Michelle, what I like about you is that you’ll be honest with me and you’ll tell me the truth. Sometimes even if the truth is what we need to hear, it can be hard to hear –  at least I know you care.”

Highlights of my
Expertise
Education,
& Training

Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist

Licensed in the state of Georgia. Earned a Master of Science in Marriage and Family Therapy from Valdosta State University in 2018.

Crisis Counselor & Community Mental Health Outpatient Therapist

Experience working with diverse populations from ages 4 to 74. Including people in active crisis, severe trauma, PTSD, and serious and persistent mental illness (SPMI).

Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy Externship training

Completed the EFCT Externship in June 2021.

Attachment-Based Family Therapy training

Completed level 1 training in ABFT with Drexel University in 2020.

Certified Practitioner & Other Training

  • Certified practitioner of The Myers-Briggs Type Indicator Step I and Step II personality assessments.
  • Enneagram Atlanta workshops: The Enneagram & Relationships, The Three Instincts of the Enneagram, and The Wisdom of the Enneagram.

Health & Medical Journalist

Earned a Bachelor of Science in Journalism & Communications in 1996. Freelance reporter for The Atlanta Journal-Constitution and expert writer for Verywell Health.com.

Ready to Make a Change?

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RELATIONSHIPS

“They say it takes two to tango,
but I believe one person doing the right things
can shift the entire relationship.”

Mark Webb, LMFT

STRIVING

“The journey of
a thousand miles
begins with
a single step.”

Lao Tzu

LIVING

“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.”

Randy Pausch
The Last Lecture

STRIVING

“If you do not try, you’ll never know
what might have been.”

Gabby Douglas

RELATIONSHIPS

“Out of pain can come strength
and a deeper sense of connection,
if we learn to use the power of love.”

Dr. Sue Johnson

LIVING

“Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?”

Mary Oliver

STRIVING

“You are never too old
to set another goal
or to dream a new dream.”

C.S. Lewis

THRIVING

“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.”

Maya Angelou

LIVING

“Work like you don't need the money. Love like you've never been hurt. Dance like nobody's watching.”

Satchel Paige

RELATIONSHIPS

“In friendship or in love, the two side by side raise hands together to find what one cannot reach alone.”

Kahlil Gibran

Contact Info

Address

Online-Only Telehealth Therapy

Hours

By Appointment Only

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