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Therapy is a valuable resource that offers us an opportunity to redirect our steps and re engage with what brings purpose, peace and meaning. In partnership with you, my hope is that you will experience deep and lasting change.

Soma Counseling and Wellness was founded on the philosophy of holistic healing for the mind and body. 'Soma' derived from the Greek word for body in its wholeness reflects our commitment to addressing mental health within the context of physical and emotional well-being. Just as soma represents the integrated whole, our approach integrates various therapeutic modalities to support clients on their journey towards wholeness and self-discovery.


Michelle Rathburn

I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and Yoga educator committed to collaborate with you on your path towards emotional, relational and holistic wellness.  I practice from a systemic and trauma informed approach to address the issues clients are seeking to explore. 


I believe that one’s family of origin has a significant impact on their sense of self and how they operate in relationships. In your therapeutic process with me, I will compassionately encourage you to cultivate curiosity about your inner world. Together, we will examine the beliefs and patterns that may be limiting personal growth, relational satisfaction and emotional wellness. My training and education in yoga uniquely informs my clinical approach, integrating principles of mindfulness and somatic psychotherapy to promote holistic healing and self-awareness in the individuals I work with.

I received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from The University of San Diego (2001) and a Master of Science degree in Marriage and Family Therapy with a Certification in Medical Family Therapy from Seattle Pacific University (2007). I am trained in Gottman Method Couples Therapy as a Level 2 practitioner and 200 hour Registered Yoga Teacher with specialized training in prenatal yoga and yoga for mental health.

I was raised in Southern California and after several moves around the country, I am grateful to call Georgia my home with my husband, a Navy Veteran, our two children and family dog Annie . When I’m not in session I enjoy creating memories with my family, playing tennis, paddle boarding with friends and cheering for the Atlanta Braves. 


There is an intricate connection between the body and the mind. Throughout my work with clients, I often hear them describe the physical manifestation of their emotions from various life experiences. It can be challenging to identify how these experiences land within the inner landscape of the body and impact your social and emotional world. Which is what called me into learning more about the ancient practice of yoga  and integrating it into my clinical work.  


“Being able to feel safe with other people is probably the single most important aspect of mental health; safe connections are fundamental to meaningful and satisfying lives.”


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