Amy Michaels, LMFT
I'm Amy Michaels (she/her/hers), a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, and owner of Healthy Relations Counseling. I have been a therapist for 18 years, and am a clinical member of both the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT) and the Connecticut Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (CTAMFT). I worked for mental health agencies for the first 11 years of my career, and have been in private practice for the past 7 years. In addition to specializing in couples and family work, I have extensive experience and training in treatment of anxiety disorders, depressive disorders, and substance use disorders. I also have experience working with military families in civil service as a Family Support Specialist for the US Air Force.
My approach to therapy is client-centered, which means that I view counseling as an interactive and collaborative process that is based on the unique issues and needs of each client, couple or family. I assist my clients in working toward the goals that are of greatest importance to them. I strive to help every client realize how powerful they are in their ability to create change and growth in their lives and relationships. My style in sessions is relaxed, flexible, and non-judgmental. I provide a safe, therapeutic environment that strives for respect and cultural awareness, as well as acceptance and encouragement of the diversity of couple relationships with regards to sexuality, gender, and monogamy.
Based on the needs of each client, I pull from various therapeutic models to guide the treatment. These modalities may include person-centered therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), solution-focused brief therapy, emotionally focused therapy (EFT), narrative therapy, and internal family systems therapy.
Extensive Training and Experience
Throughout every job and phase of my career, I have worked with individuals, couples and families on relationship issues. In addition, I have spent time gaining experience in working with specific issues that impact those relationships. These issues include, but are not limited to:
- Mental Health Diagnoses, Including Anxiety and Depression, and Substance Use Disorders
- Premarital Counseling
- Discernment Counseling (where a couple decides whether to work on or to end a relationship)
- Healing from Trauma, Grief, and Loss
- Parenting, Blended Family, and Multi-Generational Family Issues
- Issues facing Military Families
- Issues facing LGBTQIA Individuals and Couples
I love my work, I feel fortunate to be able to do it, and I truly believe in the effectiveness of psychotherapy. I look forward to hearing from you!