Mikayla Phan, M.A., MFT
Contact information: email: [email protected]
I hold a master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from Northcentral University and provide psychotherapy and coaching to the Madison area in Wisconsin. I have experience working with individuals and families in crisis, individuals with clinical mental health issues, and troubled children and adolescents with severe emotional trauma, behavioral, and conduct disorders. Examples include but are not limited to Opposition Defiant Disorder, Conduct Disorder, ADHD, Depression, Anxiety, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, Disruptive Mood Dysregulation Disorder, Reactive Attachment Disorder, Autism Spectrum Disorder, Borderline Personality Disorder, and Bipolar Disorder.
I am a member of Delta Kappa, the International Marriage and Family Therapy Honor Society. I am also a professional member of Children and Adults with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (CHADD), Psychology Today, Therapy Den, Kidazzler, the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT), and the Wisconsin Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (WAMFT).
As a psychotherapist:
Life isn’t always easy. Sometimes, even the strongest people amongst us need help to work through some of life’s more challenging problems. Everyone has battles to fight and hurdles to overcome at some point. Whether you struggle with anxiety, parenting, relationship conflict, or a different issue, I will join you in your deepest darkness to help you find your way out.
Being a psychotherapist means it is a privilege to be a part of people’s emotional lives in times of distress. I am afforded the opportunity to be in people’s lives during the lowest, most frightening, and darkest emotional experiences they have ever had. There are many aspects to this experience which are very touching to me as a therapist attempting to move the individual or family through the healing process. The bravest people in this world are those who have the courage to reveal their pain and make the difficult decision to work towards healing.
My mission is to be compassionate while also being committed to providing individuals, couples, and families the education, tools, accountability, and strategies they need to change their lives.
My psychotherapy approach is focused on the notion that the family is a system and that no one is to blame for the conflicts within the family, but rather it is the interactional patterns between the family members which may need to be changed. Therefore, I help the individual, couple, or family facilitate changes and solutions to achieve a different reality than what is currently being experienced. Psychotherapy can be utilized by an individual seeking solutions for desired change where there may be barriers or a feeling of “being stuck” is preventing a preferred outcome. Alternatively, psychotherapy can also be utilized by a couple wanting to work on their relationship, or by a whole family with relational issues throughout the family unit. Interventions may consist of assisting the family in changing the way they interact with each other so that stability can be restored. I specialize in ADHD and therefore individuals and families living with this diagnosis, psychotherapy can focus on helping other family members understand the nuances of ADHD and facilitating stronger relationships within the family and with peers in the social setting. I also offer ADHD psychotherapy for parents. The parenting boundaries, rewards, and consequences effective for non-ADHD children are not effective for kids with ADHD. These sessions consist of related information, parenting tips, strategies conducive to the ADHD brain, and a safe place to ask questions, explore options, or even just vent. Some of the general psychotherapy approaches I utilize are Narrative Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Psychodynamic Therapy, Experiential Therapy, Solution-Focused Therapy, Structural Therapy, Intergenerational Therapy, Contextual Therapy, and Emotionally Focused Therapy.
As a coach:
My passion and area of expertise is ADHD. I have coached individuals, couples, and families with ADHD from toddlerhood, preteens, teenagers, adults, and seniors resulting in over 20 years of saturated experience in ADHD alone. I hold a double certification as a Life Coach from Center for Coaching Certification under Cathy Liska and as an ADHD Coach from JST Coaching under the esteemed Jodi Sleeper-Triplett. I have been a guest blogger for Cathy Liska through the Center of Coaching Certification, and a total of fifteen of my writings have been featured. I have also written a contribution chapter specifically about ADHD, which was published in the 2014 edition of Coaching Perspectives (ISBN-13: 978-0692330135). ADHD coaching is a tailored collaborative partnership by which individuals are empowered to develop the awareness, cognitive processes, behavioral patterns, and environmental structures to overcome the performance deficits caused by weakened executive skills. My approach involves emphasis on educating the patient about ADHD in general, as well as developing a strong knowledge of one’s own ADHD unique to him/herself. Strategies and actions are then designed to strengthen specific executive function skills, and progress is monitored by creating accountability in concert with goals.