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From Crisis to Connection: Michelle Mays - Creating space for your emotions - Episode 90

from crisis to connection podcast Apr 29, 2021

I welcome Michelle Mays, LPC, CSAT-S to the podcast where we discuss the importance of creating space for our emotions. 

In this episode, we discuss: 

  • Why emotions matter to our individual and relationship wellbeing
  • Differences between how men and women are socialized to deal with feelings
  • How our family patterns impact the way we deal with emotions
  • Why too much emotion is often viewed as dangerous
  • What we can do with ourselves, our partners, and our families to create more space for feelings
  • How we can gather more support from others for allowing feelings 

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Founder and Clinical Director of the Center for Relational Recovery located in Northern VA, Michelle Mays LPC, CSAT-S has over 20 years’ experience in providing individual, couples and group therapy to those struggling with sexual addiction, betrayal trauma, childhood trauma and relationship issues.

Michelle is the founder of PartnerHope, an online portal offering authentic hope and healing for betrayed partners through information, resources, tools, and connections with one another, subject experts and inspiring pathfinders. Michelle is the also the creator of the Relational Recovery Disclosure Prep Model and provides resources, training and support to therapists to help them deepen their skill set around facilitating disclosures.

Michelle is the author of the books The Aftermath of Betrayal and When It All Breaks Bad: Ten Things to Do (and not do) After Betrayal and is the creator of the Relational Recovery Disclosure Prep Manual and Workshop Kit.

Michelle is a Certified Sex Addiction Therapist and Supervisor trained under Dr. Patrick Carnes. She is also trained in Post Induction Therapy by Pia Mellody for the treatment of relational trauma and is in the process of completing her certification in Emotionally Focused Therapy for couples. Michelle is a Licensed Professional Counselor and Supervisor in both Virginia and Washington DC.

Links and resources:

Center for Relational Recovery -

PartnerHope -

PartnerHope blog for betrayed partners -

Braving Hope: Becoming the Hero of Your Betrayal Story 12-week Online Coaching Program -

Hope After Betrayal Private Facebook Group for Betrayed Partners -


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