The first time I went to therapy (as a client) I wasn't sure what to expect. Our family had been struggling with some issues in our family business that had begun to impact our relationships so we decided to seek out the help of a professional counselor. The insight we gained and the communication skills we learned were transformative and helped our family heal. It is the reason I ultimately became a therapist. I have a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and an MBA from The University of Alabama and spent the first part of my professional life in sales/marketing. After several years, I "retired" to raise my family. As my children got older I decided to return to the work force but knew I wanted something different. I went back to school and earned a second masters degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from The University of Southern Mississippi.
It was a life changing decision and the best one I've ever made. I love working with clients and helping them gain the knowledge, insight, and skill set to make positive change in their lives. I've worked in private practice and helped clients struggling with anxiety, stress, depression, trauma, and habitual/mindless eating. I've worked in residential rehab for substance and alcohol abuse, as well as process and sex addiction. I have seen up close the impact of addiction on my clients and their loved ones. I've also witnessed the hard work and positive outcomes that are possible.
Therapy is not easy--emotional work takes courage and commitment--but it is worth it. I have seen clients turn their lives around and live a life they never dreamed they could. I draw on many different therapeutic approaches in working with clients but the specific approach I take is dependent on the client and his or her specific needs. In general though, I work with my clients to identify their issue and any underlying factors. We explore what is working in their lives and what needs to change. We collaborate on goals and set a course for establishing those goals. Over the course of this work, clients typically encounter an obstacle (or two, or three!) along the way. It is during the work of navigating these challenges that clients often have their greatest insight and experience personal growth.
My approach to therapy is direct and I like to jump right in. Sessions can be emotionally draining, and you may even cry at times. Sessions can also be extremely rewarding as you begin to experience things differently and see the possibilities before you. Therapy can be the greatest gift you ever give to yourself--and to those with whom you have a relationship. Learning to understand why you think, behave, interact, and love the way you do is transformative. This insight and knowledge gives you the power to direct your own life, make your own choices, and do so with confidence. Perhaps it is time to work with a professional. If you think you might like working with me or if you'd like to visit to see if we would be a good fit, please reach out. Thanks, and I hope to speak with you soon.
Additional areas of focus: LGBT, Family conflicts, Grief, Eating disorders, Parenting issues, Self esteem, Career difficulties, Depression, Coping with life changes, Blended Family Issues, Body Image, Codependency, Commitment Issues, Communication Problems, Control Issues, Drug and Alcohol Addiction, Eating and Food-Related Issues, Family of Origin Issues, Family Problems, Fertility Issues, Forgiveness, Guilt and Shame, Infidelity, Midlife Crisis, Narcissism, Process addiction (porn, exercise, gambling), Sex Addiction, Social Anxiety and Phobia, Women's Issues, Workplace Issues
Clinical approaches: Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Gottman Method, Mindfulness Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Narrative Therapy, Solution-Focused Therapy, Trauma-Focused Therapy
FL LMFT MT4269
MS LMFT T0512
Very supportive! Really helping my with my anxiety.
Written on Apr 05, 2022 after therapy with vinalrae for 2 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, self esteem, and coping with life changes
This is my first time in therapy and let me tell you, the anxiety was crippling the first time I had a video chat scheduled. I wanted any reason to cancel or reschedule. I'm so glad I didn't. Missy was very easy to speak to and had some very good insight to what I was sharing. Yes, the waterworks came on full stream but at no time did she make me feel that was taking away from her hearing me and truly listening to what I was sharing. I highly recommend therapy to anyone who is hesitant to start and I am so glad I was matched with Missy. Looking forward to this journey.
Written on Oct 28, 2021 after therapy with vinalrae for 2 weeks on issues concerning relationship issues, and trauma and abuse
I was extremely nervous about starting counseling but Mrs.Brame is fabulous; she makes everything so welcoming that all my hesitation quickly faded.
Written on Oct 01, 2020 after therapy with vinalrae for 3 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety
I really like her she has really got me through a lot and help me out with the situation I have been going through and I really appreciate her for that she is a very wonderful counselor she have a heart of gold the sweetest I ever met.
Written on Aug 10, 2020 after therapy with vinalrae for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, and relationship issues