Couples Connection Event




The Session Topics are:   

  • Fostering a Positive Relationship
  • Corralling the Four Horsemen
  • How Families Work
  • Shared Goals and Meaning-Making

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No small groups to make you uncomfortable, and no exercises.  Just listen and be together.  Think date night with a purpose!  Childcare is provided where kids will be fed Friday night and Saturday morning and enjoy time with their peers to play.  There will also be live music performed by members of the Brighton FUMC Praise Band!

Friday, April 21st 6:00-8:30pm and Saturday, April 22nd 9:00-11:30am
Brighton First United Methodist Church-Sanctuary and Community Room

Cost: $50 per couple ($70 late registration after April 1) includes dinner, breakfast and childcare. You may mail a check to the church office
(400 E. Grand River Ave., Brighton, MI 48116) or use Pay Pal.

*Donation for children’s’ food and childcare welcome ($5 suggested for 1 child/$10 per family)


Vanessa Brown, Psy.D., LP

Sometimes, it is difficult to share your story with others, especially when that story involves worry, sadness, and discomfort. Each story is unique, which is why I work hard to provide a space that conveys warmth, safety, and empowerment. If you are struggling with anxiety or depression, have questions about who you are or where you are going in life, or if you are feeling like you could really use someone to talk to, please consider making an appointment for us to sit together.

Clients tell me that I am good at challenging them to look deeper into the issue they are struggling. I emphasize using the resources that people have, whether it is family, creativity, or a sense of spiritual connectedness.

I have six years experience as a humanistic psychotherapist. The humanistic approach utilizes a holistic view of the individual and works to help each unique person develop their values, realize their potential, and increase their awareness of themselves and others.

Doctorate degree in Clinical Psychology, PsyD, 2013

Specialist degree in Humanistic Psychology, PsyS, 2011
Masters degree in Clinical and Humanistic Psychology, MA, 2009
State of Michigan Licensed Psychologist (LP)
Areas of emphasis:
Spiritually-integrated psychotherapy

Hoarding behaviors
Anxiety and depression
Play therapy
Women’s issues
Motivation for lifestyle changes
Contact Dr. Brown:
29887 West Eleven Mile Road
Farmington Hills, MI 48336

Mark Phelps, M.A., L.M.F.T.
Mark is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. He enjoys working with individuals, couples, and families.
He dabbles in lots of hobbies, engaging both sides of his brain. He loves his family, and gets a kick out of watching it
grow and develop.  Mike has spoken at numerous seminars on marriage and family.

What is a Marriage and Family Therapist?
Marriage and Family Therapists (MFTs) are mental health professionals trained in psychotherapy and family systems theory. They consider how a person’s relationships -especially their family and/or marriage- are influencing their day-to-day functioning. Hence the label “Marriage and Family Therapist”.

Many MFTs will talk a lot about “the system”, by which they mean “your relationship system”. MFTs view your family (and other relationship systems) not as a collection of individuals, but as a single organism. The system has the instinctive needs for balance and survival. Because those needs are instinctive, the system gets anxious at the appearance of a threat – be it a something or somebody. Thus, all members of the organism are expected to follow certain rules and fulfill certain functions.

Sometimes the rules don’t fit a member of the system. Sometimes a role is too burdensome for somebody. If the members don’t follow the rules and play the roles, then the system gets anxious. It senses a threat. Its instincts kick in, and processes are triggered to get everybody back in line.

Life can improve for a person with the recognition that it is possible to belong with one’s family system, and yet be able to choose how to function no matter how anxious the family system might become. This is one place where the training and experience of MFTs is very helpful. Remarkably -because of a process called “isomorphism”- improved individual functioning in the primary relationship system (the family) almost automatically leads to improved functioning in other systems, such as work and friendships.

All 50 states license and regulate the MFT profession. There are more than 50,000 MFTs nationwide. The Federal government has designated Marriage and Family Therapist as a core mental health discipline. MFTs are licensed to diagnose and treat mental and emotional disorders within the context of marriage, couples and family systems.
Contact Mr. Phelps:
29887 West Eleven Mile Road
Farmington Hills, MI 48336

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