PsyD, RN, LPC, BC-TMH, CPCS, CAMS-II, CFRC, Therapist,
Dr. Michael-Renee Godfrey’s passion for mental health can be traced back to her own struggles with depression & suicide growing up. She has spent the last 15 years answering God’s calling on her life - being a third set of footprints in the sand for clients who need extra support navigating life. As an experiential therapist, she specializes in helping clients to prohibit their own worst enemy to be between their own two ears, choose guts over fear, and embrace their power. Dr. Godfrey pushes all her clients to learn the power & responsibility of choice, self- compassion when self-esteem fails, respect in accountability, grace when failing forward, and self-love.
Dr. Godfrey spent 11 years as a registered nurse before becoming a professional counselor and sport psychology consultant. Her dual experience enhances her understanding of the comorbidity of physical and mental health. She served as a flight nurse in OPERATION ENDURING FREEDOM; she pours her heart into her non-profit, Purple Ponies, as much as she does her private practice, so she can provide free workshops, across the United States, for veterans struggling to reintegrate. Over the years, she has obtained licensure in over 10 states and received awards for being the Best Therapist in Marietta and Most LGBTQ+ Friendly Therapist in Atlanta.
Dr. Godfrey has one daughter and two grandkids. When not working, she enjoys playing golf, riding her horse Hershey, writing books, playing with her twin French bulldogs, Spanky and Darla, and rooting for the Dallas Cowboys.
Overview: Mental health is an important part of overall health and refers to a person’s emotional, psychological, and social well-being. Mental health involves how we think, feel, act, and make choices. During the Covid-19 pandemic, risks related to both heart and mental health are on the rise. Evidence shows that mental health disorders-such as depression, anxiety, and PTSD, can develop after cardiac events, including heart failure, stroke, and heart attack. These disorders can be brought on after an acute heart disease event from factors including pain, fear of death or disability, and financial problems associated with the event. During this workshop, a team of experts will discuss heart health, risk factors for heart disease, and the impact of heart disease on mental health.