DR. MICHAEL-RENEE GODFREY
PsyD, RN, LPC, BC-TMH, CPCS
Rogerian, Humanistic, Client-centered
Experiential eclecticism, based on individual client needs
I am a native of Dallas, Texas. I received a BA in Psychology from UGA in 1993, a BS in Nursing from GSU in 1999, an MA in Psychology, with a counseling specialty, from UWG in 2004, and a PsyD in Sports & Performance Psychology from University of the Rockies in 20
I have practiced as a Registered Nurse since 1999, working in critical care, spinal cord injury rehabilitation, traumatic brain injury, and school nursing. I also enjoy rodeo nursing for fun. I became a nurse to help people heal and to be with those who are making the transition to the other side.
I accepted a commission in the US Air Force Reserve on February 29, 2000; so far, achieving the rank of Major. For 8 years, I served as a flight nurse where I provided support to Operations IRAQI and ENDURING FREEDOM in Germany and Afghanistan, respectively. The American flag means more to me than many people may ever know.
In 2007, I accepted a spiritual calling to psychotherapy. I opened Perfect Peace Counseling Center, with my best friend from high school, Amani, on September 1, 2010. Unlike most counselors, I provide appointments in the evenings and on the weekends - for those who need counseling but cannot take time off work to attend appointments during the day.
I became a counselor because I have experienced more pain in my life than anyone should be subjected to. I knew that God had allowed that pain so I would be able to help others who were broken. I am amazed every time I am in the room with a client at how quietly, yet powerfully, God moves in my clients’ lives. I am humbled to be able to create a space for healing and peace in the midst of life’s storms.
I published my first book, Soul Graffiti: What If Your Mother (or Father) Was Wrong?, in 2014.
In 2017, I founded my non-profit, Purple Ponies Equine Therapy - a 501(c)3 organization that is healing heroes with horses. I travel all across the U.S. facilitating equine assisted psychotherapy (EAP) workshops for my fellow veterans who are struggling to adjust to civilian life after going to war.
On top of everything else, I am an Adjunct Psychology Instructor at Shorter University; and a Court-Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) volunteer for foster kids. On the rare occasions that I have time off, I enjoy horseback riding, baking, reading, swimming, golf, and writing.
Beyond being a nurse, military veteran, counselor, college instructor, author, sport psychology consultant, and CASA volunteer, I am a mother to an adult daughter, a grandmother to a rambunctious granddaughter and grandson, and a friend to many.