Michael Barnett is a licensed psychotherapist in Atlanta Georgia with over 25 years of clinical experience. Michael worked in the addiction field for six years before starting a private practice in 1993. Michael is an ICEEFT (International Center of Excellence in Emotionally Focused Therapy) certified supervisor and trainer in Emotionally Focused Therapy for Couples (EFT), and is the founder and director of the Atlanta Center for Emotionally Focused Therapy. He is a partner at Pine River Psychotherapy Associates and Training Institute in Atlanta. Michael is an active member of the National Association for Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Counselors, American Counseling Association, and the Licensed Professional Counselor's Association of Georgia, where he served on their board of directors.
Michael's focus and passion is working with couples and training other professionals who work with relationships. His interest in couple's therapy began early in his career when he noticed that successful treatment healed not only the relationship, but helped individuals transform their core working models and sense of self. He concluded that effective couple therapy could facilitate the deepest levels of change for the individual as well as for the couple. Michael went on a decade-long odyssey of training with the masters in the field in marriage and family therapy, and was introduced Dr. Susan Johnson who developed the EFT model. Michael has taught EFT throughout the United States, and facilitates all of the modules for certification as an EFT therapist and supervisor. These modules include the 4-Day EFT Externship, the Core Skills Training series, and the required supervision consultations for both EFT therapists and EFT supervisors in training.
In addition to his clinical work, supervision and training, Michael is leading a research project that incorporates EFT into inpatient addiction treatment protocols at a leading alcohol and drug treatment center in Atlanta. He and EFT trainer Jim Thomas have co-created a training module using EFT to treat couples on the addictive continuum in outpatient settings. Michael has been interviewed on multiple radio programs, he has been invited to address therapy associations and group practices as a consultant, and has led dozens of corporate leadership development programs.
Michael uses life experience, humor, clinical competence and compassion to present the EFT model to his audiences. He has been described by others as warm, knowledgeable and approachable person and therapist. Self-actualization and growth are priorities in his own life as well. In his free time he enjoys meditation, exercise, spending time with his family and friends, playing guitar, and losing himself in the wonders of nature.
...And the day came that the risk to remain tight in the bud was more painful than the risk to blossom.