Michelle Farris, M.A., LMFT
Michelle Farris, M.A., LMFT
|Professions: Counselor, Marriage & Family Therapist|
|License Status: I'm a licensed professional.|
|Primary Credential: Licensed Marriage Family Therapist - 48600|
Billing and Insurance
I don't currently accept insurance, but I can provide documentation if clients wish to submit to an insurance company for "out of network" benefit coverage
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Relationships take effort and some skills that most of us weren't taught as kids. Saying what you need and taking care of yourself is a challenge when you're afraid of the other person's reaction.
Talking with family and friends are great but sometimes, you need something more private. Counseling is a safe place to look at what's not working and make changes. Being able to talk about what's really happening helps you feel less alone.
Codependency is about taking care of others while neglecting yourself. It's learning to set healthy boundaries while still being able to give.
For couples, rebuilding trust, and restoring healthy communication are important areas that can go a long way in healing the past. The skills are simple to practice in session and then doing them at home is the next step.
If anger is causing problems in your relationships. I teach simple but effective tools to spot the early warning signs and take batter care of yourself. Anger impacts our stress level, your outlook on life and how you feel about yourself. You don't have stuff it or explode. There are ways to catch it early and prevent hurting yourself or the ones you love.
Email or Call Michelle Farris, M.A., LMFT at 1-800-651-8085 ext. 14523
More Info About My Practice
I am an out of network provider which means that I provide a statement for you to submit to your insurance company for reimbursement. You may want to call your provider and ask about coverage.
I also have an online course on Healing Codependency: How To Create Loving Relationships Without Sacrificing Yourself. This is a 45 minute video that walks you through how to heal codependent habits like people pleasing, and saying yes when you mean no.
The second course I have is called Taming Your Anger and that's also an online video that includes a one hour video and workbook. You'll find these courses on my "Products" page of my website.
Specific Issue(s) I'm Skilled at Helping With
Is anger causing problems in your job or in your relationships? If so, you're not alone. Knowing how to manage anger is a common problem for women too. Stuffing your anger or making indirect, sarcastic comments hurt.
If you're going through divorce, or painful time, you may need help figuring out your next step. I provide gentle support and encouragement so that you can learn how to cope and move past the hurt. Healthy relationships happen when you are willing to look at yourself and stop blaming others. This develops integrity that improves self esteem. You'll learn how to take care of yourself, set boundaries and tell your truth in a way that dines't hurt the ones you love.
How Psychotherapy Can Help
Psychotherapy provides a safe place to share without being judged. It's about developing a trusted connection while learning how to learn from the pain instead of letting it rule you. Therapy explores old beliefs that no longer work.
Therapy doesn't have to take years. All it takes is a willingness to learn and to talk openly about what's happening. It's is a place to find acceptance and not be judged.
Why Going to Therapy Does Not Mean You are Weak or Flawed
Most people can be skeptical at first about whether therapy can help. That's understandable especially if you've been in therapy before and it didn't work. Counseling is about giving hope, support and tools to have a happier life.
There are different approaches and therapeutic styles so it's good to ask questions and find out how they work with your particular issue. Change takes courage. I love the process of psychotherapy because you can learn the skills to improve your life. I've seen it work repeatedly for those who are willing to look at themselves honestly.
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Services I Provide
- Individual Therapy & Counseling
- Marriage, Couples, or Relationship Counseling
- Online Counseling / Phone Therapy
Ages I Work With
Groups I Work With
I love teaching the tools to improve relationships and build self-confidence. I give support and encouragement when you're struggling with depression, divorce/separation, relationship problems, co-parenting, grief and loss, in recovery from alcohol/food addictions, and/or codependency. Teaching you how to say what you mean without saying it mean helps. Being able to manage emotions and prioritize self-care is another part of my practice. It's so important to get the support you need when times are tough.
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