What I do

I help couples learn how to listen to understand each other & communicate differently so they can stop fighting all the time and actually enjoy each other and their relationship.  I help couples go from roommates to soulmates. To learn more, click here.

I help everyday women recognize their worth, minimize their negative self-talk, adjust their priorities, stop trying to make everyone else happy, and learn how to fully enjoy their lives without feeling guilty about it.  To learn more, click here.

I will partner with you to help you reach your full potential, as an individual or in your relationships.

I do this work because I enjoy helping people get out of their own way and become the person they were meant to be and I enjoy helping couples develop deeper, more connected relationships.

My Specialties Include:

My Values

Faith-Based
Authentic
Caring
Clinical Excellence
Committed to Integrity
Connecting with Church & Community

 

 

About Brittanie

Am I the Right Fit For You?

This section isn’t really all about me, it’s all about YOU! It’s a little scary looking for a therapist, wondering if they’re going to be the right fit, or hoping someone will call you back. So, instead of wasting your time telling you all about myself, let me tell you about the kind of client I tend to have the most success with, so you can decide if we’re a match. Once we get that out of the way, I can tell you more about myself, my experience, and my education.

The clients who are the most successful in therapy with me are ones who are ready to tackle things together and recognize that therapy is not a magic wand or a quick fix. They appreciate my honesty, insight, compassion, and attentiveness, as well as my knack for infusing humor into our sessions, sometimes just to lighten things up. They appreciate my straightforward yet gentle way in which I bring to light what’s lying just below the surface of what they’re saying and getting them to really think about things in a different way. My clients say they feel like I “get” them.

Many of my clients have tried therapy before, but it “didn’t work”. Yet the issues were still present and they still wanted help. They experienced therapists who were aggressive or pushed their own agenda and were turned off. Some were afraid that, because of those experiences, they were beyond help. Some clients experienced therapists who just nodded and made reassuring sounds but didn’t say much. I’m neither of those kinds of therapists. I am an active participant in your treatment, and I pay attention to the nuances of what you share with me. I recall those things and bring them into play later when needed. I offer neutral observations that help you clarify what may be going on and identify patterns that may need to be broken.  I come alongside you to help YOU to move them out of the way.  With couples, I provide that neutral third party who can listen and translate” what each person is saying, to help each person better understand the other.

Not Your Typical Therapist

I keep it real. I don’t use a bunch of stuffy clinical words and psycho-babble. I use real talk because, well, you’re a real person. You’re looking for therapy because you want help, not because you want to have to interpret every word I say, just to figure out if I can help you. With that, I encourage you to keep it real too. I let you – the client – take the lead in your sessions and together, we see how things unfold from there. I talk with you, not at you. I guide and support you through your therapeutic journey, but I’m direct when it’s needed. I’ve found that the clients who are the most successful in therapy with me have a few things in common. They come ready to make changes, to figure out what’s been keeping them stuck. They take initiative, follow through, and work hard. They know it’s going to be tough work, but they stay committed to their own personal growth or to the reconnection, growth, and strengthening of their relationship.

Now For a Little About Me

(I mean, it’s only fair since you’ll be opening up your life to me.)

I’ve known since the 8th grade that I wanted to be a therapist when I “grew up”. My friends told me I had a gift for listening and helping, and I was drawn to do so. I read Psychology books and took notes for “fun” during my Summer vacations. But I believe simply that at the core of who I am, I just want to help other people get past the barriers that block their way and live their best lives. I want to see people be successful!

I am a licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in California (License #82203) and Tennessee (Licene #2368).  I am also certified to provide online therapy in Florida & South Carolina.  I have a Bachelor’s of Arts degree in Psychology from Biola University and a Master’s of Arts degree in Counseling Psychology from Trinity College of Graduate Studies. I attended grad school while I was newly married and pregnant with my first child, so you know I was committed to my studies. And I carry that commitment into my work with clients.

I’ve worked with individuals and families from diverse backgrounds and populations, struggling with multiple issues, including generational and complex trauma, substance abuse, domestic violence, physical abuse, anxiety, and depression. I’ve also spent the last 8 years training and coaching Social Workers and Marriage & Family Therapists about communication, conflict resolution, and family engagement.

I provide Clinical Supervision for Associate Marriage & Family Therapists in training and Associate Clinical Social Workers.  And I am a member of both the California Association of Marriage & Family Therapists and the American Association of Marriage & Family Therapists.  I utilize several evidence-based theoretical approaches in therapy and integrate a number of models depending on the issues at hand. Some of these models include:

    • Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
    • Solution-Focused Therapy
    • Motivational Interviewing
    • Narrative Therapy
    • Trauma Informed Therapy

While I can work with you on a wide variety of issues, my specialties include:

Mustard Seed Counseling is a counseling practice that provides professional psychotherapy services to anyone looking for counseling. My services are provided through a secure online video/telehealth platform and are available for anyone residing in California, Tennessee, South Carolina, and Florida.

I honor clients where they are in life or on their spiritual journey. I integrate spirituality whenever it’s welcomed by clients, or leave it out if that’s not your cup of tea. You set the tone for your sessions. I provide an empathetic, safe, and comfortable therapeutic environment where you will not feel judged, but will feel heard, valued, and understood.

Next Steps

I hope this has been helpful in determining if I’m the right therapist for you.

If you have any other questions, please don’t hesitate to contact me by email or schedule a free 15-minute consultation call. If I’m not the right fit for you, I will help you find another therapist who might be.

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Mustard Seed Counseling Center - Brittanie D. Mills, LMFT

ONLINE COUNSELING IN CALIFORNIA, TENNESSEE, FLORIDA,
& SOUTH CAROLINA

Thanks for following this blog post series about Fair Fighting Rules for Couples. I hope you found this information helpful.
If you would like additional help with your relationship, please feel free to check out my website at www.brittaniedmillslmft.com to schedule a free 15 minute consultation.

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Thanks for following this blog post series about Fair Fighting Rules for Couples.  I hope you found this information helpful.  
If you would like additional help with your relationship, please feel free to check out my website at www.brittaniedmillslmft.com to schedule a free 15 minute consultation.

For the wrap up of all 10 Fair Fighting Rules for Couples, you can read it here:
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How often during fights with your partner, does it change from arguing about a specific problem to bringing up all your partner's character or personality flaws. That never helps resolve an issue.
Rule #10 is to Focus on the Problem, Not the Person

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How often during fights with your partner, does it change from arguing about a specific problem to bringing up all your partners character or personality flaws.  That never helps resolve an issue.  
Rule #10 is to Focus on the Problem, Not the Person

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It's so easy to resort to name calling when you're upset and you don't feel like you're getting your point across. At that moment, all you want to do is hurt your partner. But is that really effective in the long run.
Rule #9 - No Degrading Language.

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Its so easy to resort to name calling when youre upset and you dont feel like youre getting your point across.  At that moment, all you want to do is hurt your partner.  But is that really effective in the long run.
Rule #9 - No Degrading Language.

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Rates & Insurance

Insurance:

I do not accept any insurance, therefore, I do not bill insurance directly.

You may be allowed to bill your regular health insurance for full or partial out of network reimbursement of your counseling sessions.  For more information, contact your insurance company regarding “out of network provider” coverage.  If your carrier allows, ask about 1) deductible, 2) restrictions regarding diagnosis and/or sessions, 3) reimbursement rates and 4) reimbursement procedures.  I can provide you with a monthly statement or Super Bill for reimbursement.

Payment:

Rates:

      • $200 per individual
      • $225 per couple

Most major credit cards accepted 

Health Spending Account Debit Cards also accepted.

Cancellation Policy

If you do not show up for your scheduled therapy appointment, and you have not notified me at least 24 hours in advance, you will be required to pay the full cost of the session

Good Faith Estimate

You have the right to receive a “Good Faith Estimate” explaining how much your medical care will cost.

Under the law, health care providers need to give patients who don’t have insurance or who are not using insurance an estimate of the bill for medical items and services.

    • You have the right to receive a Good Faith Estimate for the total expected cost of any non-emergency items or services. This includes related costs like medical tests, prescription drugs, equipment, and hospital fees.
    • Make sure your health care provider gives you a Good Faith Estimate in writing at least 1 business day before your medical service or item. You can also ask your health care provider, and any other provider you choose, for a Good Faith Estimate before you schedule an item or service.
    • If you receive a bill that is at least $400 more than your Good Faith Estimate, you can dispute the bill.
    • Make sure to save a copy or picture of your Good Faith Estimate. For questions or more information about your right to a Good Faith Estimate, visit www.cms.gov/nosurprises or call 800-985-3059.

Location & Hours

Location & Hours of Operation

Sessions are held exclusively online, primarily via the Google Meet secure video platform.  On occasion, due to technical difficulties, sessions may be held on a different secure video platform or by telephone.

Telephone sessions are available if internet connectivity is unstable.

Services are available only for current residents of California,  Florida (Registration TPMF 640  (https://flhealthsource.gov/telehealth/),  South Carolina (Registration: TLC 718 MFT), and Tennessee (License #2368).

To get started, schedule a free 15-minute phone consultation.

Mondays: 7:00 – 9:00 p.m.
Tuesdays: CLOSED
Wednesdays: 7:00 – 9:00 p.m.
Thursdays: 7:00 – 9:00 p.m.
Every Other Friday: 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Alternate Fridays: 3:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Saturdays & Sundays: CLOSED