Have you considered relationship counseling, but for whatever reason, never made an appointment to speak with a professional? After reading my interview with Megan Broadhead, MS, M.Div, LAPC, I hope you’ll be inspired to make that leap forward!
Megan is a licensed mental health professional with degrees in Religion and Divinity and has a unique approach to working with couples. I am a huge proponent of people utilizing professional counseling services and believe it’s a must-do before entering into marriage. After she and I connecting virtually, we met for lunch and had a lovely conversation about our businesses and passion for helping couples. Would you like to know her highly recommended tool for enhancing sexual intimacy? Keep reading!
EP: What inspired you to become a counselor?
MB: I have always been that person people come to for a listening ear. And I love it! I love allowing others to feel heard. I love practicing being truly present with others. I know how transformative the experience of being truly “heard” can be, and I continually want to grant others this same opportunity.
EP: What makes your practice unique?
MB: This is a great question. Being in Atlanta, folks have many options for their counseling needs. I recognize this and definitely strive to set myself apart by creating and presenting the most genuine reflection of ME in my business. I think that’s what makes my practice unique—it’s a reflection of who I am as a person. I pour myself into my work with couples and with individuals; I don’t pursue something unless it resonates with my sense of self. I aim to be authentic. My personality, experiences, knowledge, and personhood continually interact with clients’ needs, wants, and therapy goals to create a unique counseling experience for every couple who steps into my office.
MB: I earned my BA in Religion, with a minor in Business Administration from Belmont University in Nashville, TN, and then continued on to earn an MS in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Mercer University and a Masters of Divinity from McAfee School of Theology. I think the spiritual/ theological/ psychological integration is unique, and I’m grateful for the experiences I’ve had in learning how to incorporate spirituality into my work with clients who are interested in this. I have enjoyed a wide range of experience that includes chaplaincy rotations in both a hospice and a women's prison, and my clinical counseling background includes work in a community crisis center, an adolescent unit at a psychiatric hospital, and an outpatient eating disorder center.
I am a Licensed Associate Professional Counselor (License #APC003609) in the state of Georgia, as well as a member of and blogger for the American Counseling Association. I am also a certified PREPARE/ENRICH couples counseling program facilitator.
In addition to premarital couples work, other areas of interest, special training, and expertise include: depression, anxiety, life transitions, grief and loss, spirituality issues and faith exploration, relationship issues, and disordered eating and eating disorders.
EP: Do you have any favorite tools or books you recommend to couples for certain kinds of insight?
MB: I use and recommend all of the Prepare-Enrich tools and provide workbooks to my clients, but here are a few of my other favorites:
MB: Anyone who has been in a long-term relationship can tell you it’s impossible to predict what sorts of issues will come up for you as a couple. Premarital counseling is important in that it is an opportunity to learn and develop tools with which to face whatever comes up. If you have ways to effectively communicate, work through conflict, argue effectively (yes, arguing CAN BE effective!), and show love in the ways your partner needs, you will be more readily able and willing to face challenges together. Premarital counseling is sort of an introduction to marriage and to skills that will prove valuable in years to come. It’s a way to begin the process of exploring your strengths and growth points as a couple; you’ll then continue to nurture this exploration process throughout your marriage!
For more on the perks of premarital counseling, go to: http://engagepremaritalcounseling.com/why-premarital-counseling/
If you would like to meet Megan and learn more about her
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