Micah Brown MS, LMFTA
We asked our marriage counselors a few questions about their work so you can get to know them a little better. Read Micah’s answers below.
What do you enjoy about being a marriage counselor?
I enjoy witnessing the positive changes people make when they discover new ways to invest in their relationships. I believe everyone wants the best for themselves and their partners, but some may not have the tools to create the relationship they want. Seeing people unite in purposeful interactions is my favorite part of being a therapist.
What approach do you use in couples counseling?
Problems in a relationship arise when there is a conflict between individual perspectives. It’s normal to have different points of view, but it can be difficult to negotiate those differences. My approach is to help couples use those differences to their advantage in building the relationship they want.
Practically, my work depends on who I am working with. I may work with couples on communication skills, their hopes for the relationship, sexuality, resolving ongoing conflicts, and other sticking points couples often face. Ultimately, my goal is to empower my clients to use the strengths they naturally bring to the relationship to build a healthier and more fulfilling life experience.
What types of couples do you enjoy working with the most?
I especially enjoy working with couples who may be struggling with gender roles or other social pressures that influence relationships. Many conventional assumptions about marriage and relationships can be helpful, but they can also be limiting if those expectations do not fit the people involved.
Most of all, though, I appreciate anyone who is willing to work hard to improve their relationship regardless of what the couple is navigating.
What are you most proud of in your work?
I am proud that I pursued my master’s degree from Purdue. In addition to working as a therapist intern, it exposed me to research experience and completing an original research study of my own. I earned a number of awards, participated in a fellowship and got to travel to various training events. I am also proud of having the opportunity to consult with Indiana representatives in Washington D.C. regarding mental health legislation.
What are your technical credentials as a marriage therapist?
My credentials include:
- Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist Associate in the state of Indiana (pending)
- Master of Science in Marriage & Family Therapy from Purdue University Northwest
- Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Indiana Wesleyan University
- Member of the Association of Marriage & Family Therapy (AAMFT)
- PREPARE / ENRICH Trained for premarital couples
- Member of the Queer and Trans Advocacy Network (QTAN) of AAMFT
- Gottman Level 2 Therapist
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