Carolyn Michaels (She/her/hers)


I am passionate about helping individuals and couples deepen their connections, strengthen their communication, and enhance their intimacy.

Marriage & Family Therapist in Philadelphia, PA
Supervised by Deirdre Cosgrove Andrews, LMFT

  • Free Initial Consultation
  • Contact
  • Individual
  • Couples

About My Clients

As we move through life, we all learn ways of interacting with others through observing our families and peers. Many of us realize over time - for example, when as adults we respond to a romantic partner like we would to our parents - that what we've learned isn't working for us anymore. If you're feeling stuck and playing out old relationship patterns that no longer serve you - welcome. I'm here to help you recognize, get curious about, & gradually let go of what isn't working for you anymore.

My Background and Approach

A lot of people hear "marriage and family therapist" and assume I only treat married couples. Not true (although I do love working with couples)! Being an MFT means that I think and operate relationally and systemically, rather than individualistically. I want to explore how your connections and attachments, from childhood onward, are affecting you today. In addition, you'll hear me use a lot of "parts language" - i.e "what part of you was in the driver's seat during that argument with your partner?" From there, we will get to know and understand your internal system of parts: their needs, roles, and relationships to each other. In working with couples, I frequently incorporate theories and interventions from the Gottman Method. We'll talk about building and maintaining a strong foundation of shared understanding and value in your relationship, identify the core issues underlying your conflicts, and practice more constructive and assertive ways to address issues in the relationship.

My Personal Beliefs and Interests

I am a member of the LGBTQ community and strive to provide competent and affirming care especially to trans and nonbinary folks. I also am working to educate myself on providing therapy from an anti-racist and decolonized perspective. If I'm not familiar with or aware of something important to you (from your favorite TV show that I've never heard of, to a blind spot in my understanding of white supremacy) I won't ask you to educate me - I'll do the research. I know how frustrating it can be to spend precious therapy-hour time explaining something to your therapist. I am a member of Philly DSA and passionate about socialist and pro-labor movements. I have also volunteered as an abortion clinic escort and strongly believe in free and easy access to reproductive healthcare. When I'm not with clients or procrastinating on paperwork, you can find me embroidering, watching nerdy TV, playing video games, and hanging out with my cat, Noodle.

I offer online counseling in the following states:
I have experience with the following
  • Judaism

At A Glance

  • Experience: 5 years of practice
  • Languages: English
  • Rate: $90 - 140/session


856-425-2593 Email Carolyn
106 Gay St
Philadelphia, PA 19127

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