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Michelle Niehues, MS, LMFT, Marriage & Family Therapist

Michelle Niehues - Marriage and Family Therapist with New Leaf Counseling
Accepting New Clients in Topeka or Online

I believe we have the power not just to survive, yet we deserve to thrive in life.  When my clients first come in, I want them to feel comfortable and at ease.  You deserve to be heard. I hope to build a relationship that allows you to be you, develops understanding and trust, and can be supportive while working through the challenging parts.  I typically find that most of our problems are multi-faceted, and through a systemic framework, I explore the contributing factors with you. As a therapist I hope to:

  • Provide coping skills

  • Find understanding and awareness of your struggle

  • Navigate with you through the challenge

  • Educate 


Being a family therapist has been a lifelong passion of mine, and it is for that reason I have a natural understanding of behaviors, feelings, and interactions.  I received my Bachelor of Science in Family Studies and Human Services with a Minor in American Ethnic Studies through Kansas State University.  I pursued higher education in North Carolina through Pfeiffer University, and I obtained my Master's of Science in Marriage and Family Therapy through Friends University.  Some services I provide include


  • Individuals:  My goal is to meet you where you are at whether you are facing a difficult struggle, not sure where to go next in life, or you want to focus on personal development.  Some specific areas with individuals include distress, grief/loss, trauma, stress, anxiety, self-esteem, domestic violence, emotional management, spiritual/religious growth, and personal growth.


  • Couples: Most of my work with couples includes those who have concerns with relational distress, intimacy, communication, and infidelity.  Also, I provide pre-marital sessions and relationship strengthening.  I try to help couples understand their patterns of interaction, strengths/weaknesses, and underlying fears.  I hope to help couples with both the emotional and logical aspects.  Additionally, I am certified as a Prepare/Enrich facilitator.   


  • Spiritual/Religion:  As mentioned earlier, I believe our life consists of many contextual factors.  Our spiritual and religious journey can be an essential aspect of our lives.  I have found our faith is both our foundation in which our values sit, as well as hope to persevere through our complications.  I have discovered that it is most helpful to let clients choose how they want to approach spirituality in session because I believe we are all in different places.


I am able to take payment from HSA/FSA cards.


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