Michael R. Sytsma, PhD



  • PhD – University of Georgia – Child & Family Development (COAMFT approved Marriage & Family Therapy degree) with a specialization in Marriage and Family Therapy. DissertationSexual Desire Discrepancy in Married Couples
  • MS – Community Counseling- Georgia State University
  • Diploma – Christian Counseling – Psychological Studies Institute
  • BS – Christian Ministry – Indiana Wesleyan University (Marion College)


  • Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) – GA #001970 


  • Certified Sex Therapist (CST) – American Board of Christian Sex Therapists.
  • Certified Professional Counseling Supervisor – CPCS – LPCA GA

Specialized Training:

  • Prepare/Enrich
  • PREP
  • Sex Therapy
  • Sexual Addictions
Michael is a pastor at heart with a clear gift in teaching. He is passionate about marriage and helping couples grow in their marriage. This passion is clearly evident as he engages a room full of couples in looking at their marriage with hope and increased confidence. His giftedness in teaching helps couples learn important truths about marriage in a fun and interesting way.

As a therapist, Michael is a compassionate pastor who is not afraid to encourage you to grow. He believes God gives each of us the strength we need to become all He desires us to become and to grow our marriage into the intimate union God designed. His workshops and seminars have touched many couples in the Southeast. He is a regular speaker at national AACC (American Association of Christian Counselors) and CAPS (Christian Association for Psychological Studies) conferences and to other Pastors, counselors and therapists to the Christian community.

Michael has been working with couples in a variety of capacities since 1987. He is a Licensed Professional Counselor in the state of Georgia, a Certified Sex Therapist, and a Certified Sexual Addictions Specialist (Trainer level). He is also an ordained minister with The Wesleyan Church and has served as a staff pastor for churches with attendance from 30 to over 1000. He is currently appointed to Building Intimate Marriages, Inc. by The Wesleyan Church. Michael received his BS in Christian Ministry from Indiana Wesleyan University, an MS in Community Counseling from Georgia State University, and a diploma in Christian counseling from Psychological Studies Institute. Michael also has a Ph.D. from the University of Georgia in Child and Family Development / Marriage and Family Therapy where he specialized in marital sexual therapy. His dissertation was on “Sexual Desire Discrepancy in Married Couples”. Michael has recently joined with 3 Christian sex therapists in founding Sexual Wholeness, Inc.

Michael and Karen have been married since 1985 and have two sons, Josiah and Caleb.

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Smartfamily Podcast on staying intimate after kids

Dr Mike was interviewed for the Smartfamily podcast on the subject of keeping your sex life strong when you have young kids. The Smartfamily Podcast hosted by family attorney Toni Nieuwhof and pediatrician Rob Meeder. Join us for this conversation.  Listen on your...

Trust Bucket – Rebuilding Trust After an Affair

How do you rebuild trust after an affair? A popular image Dr Mike uses in recovery for many areas of betrayal is his "Trust Bucket". Here he is talking through the image for affair recovery.

Intimacy after Babies – Wire Talk Episode 131

Dr Mike was interviewed for the wildly popular Wire Talk podcast. Wire Talk is the podcast of Birds on a Wire ministry of Karen Stubbs. This group is about serving moms and they do it well. Dr. Mike has been honored to be a speaker at their last couple of SOAR...

Dr. Mike on The Savvy Sauce Podcast

Dr Mike was interviewed for the new podcast The Savvy Sauce. The topic? 10 Common Questions About Sex. I mean, what else would they ask him to talk about? We invite you to check out the podcast. Listen, and let us know what you think. Like it? You might want to...

Sexual Intimacy & Post Affair – Lifegiver Podcast

The Lifegiver podcast aims to be a positive place where military (and first responder) couples can experience positive clinical advice on topics that are unique to their culture as well as high quality uplifting interviews from others who have brought purpose out of...

Pornography and Culture with North Point Care

Dr Mike was interviewed by Ryan Gray for North Point Care on the subject of pornography and culture. While recorded for their care leaders, the video is available on YouTube. Check it out and let us know what you think. Part 2 was focused on Discipline and Discovery.

Who Initiates Sexual Activity in Your Marriage

Who initiates sexual activity in your marriage? Are you ok with how it is? One of the more common areas of sexual dissatisfaction I see in my office is in the area of initiating sexual activity. Complaints of who initiates, how often, and how lovemaking is initiated...

The Good News About Marriage

Would your view of marriage change if you knew the following were true? The actual divorce rate has never gotten close to 50 percent. Those who attend church regularly have a significantly lower divorce rate than those who don’t. Most marriages are happy. Simple...

Thanksgiving Ideas

I have great memories of spending the holidays with extended family as a kid. Sitting around two ping-pong tables in my grandparents basement with a host of Uncles, Aunts, and cousins eating lots of great food. If your family get togethers are enjoyable, relax and...

When She has the Stronger Drive

This article was written for my friend Shaunti Feldhahn's website - Shaunti.com. It is copied here but I recommend you also view it and the comments on her website. While there, sign up for her email list.  - Dr. Mike   When She Has the Stronger Sex Drive; Part...