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Hidden Gems: Meet Shakeena Brantley of 3 Cord Counseling

Today we’d like to introduce you to Shakeena Brantley.

Shakeena, we appreciate you taking the time to share your story with us today. Where does your story begin?
I specialize in helping Dating, Engaged/pre-marital, and Married couples through their toughest times. This passion came from my own path and walked through marriage. Growing up, I didn’t exactly have an ideal image of marriage. There were no life examples. The examples of marriage came from television shows such as the Huxtables, Family Matters, Brady Bunch, etc. All of which was nothing like what real marriage consisted of. There was no yelling, silent treatments, neglect, or cheating in any of the episodes I saw. They had these cute little problems that were solved in 30 minutes or less with a nice little bow. Everyone listened and understood the other person’s side with smiles and laughs. The funny thing is in real life. Most couples don’t end disagreements in 30 minutes with a laugh. Very much the opposite. Realizing that two different people with two different bringing, two sets of trauma and baggage and different expectations were trying to become ONE! What on earth!?!? How? This question led me to figure out faith binding techniques to help couples have a healthier marriage. It gave me an idea to give couples a fighting chance. By creating my own workshop and course to give couples tools to help with those things. Things like communication, trust, fidelity, children, faith, and finances. My lack of examples and preparation has given me the drive to help couples avoid some of these pitfalls. And even if they have, they at least have the tools to bounce back better than before.

Alright, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall, and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
No, it has not been a smooth road because people have to be vulnerable, honest, and willing to change in my line of work. Which can be very difficult for most people. It can be very difficult to get couples to let their guard down and try; These are not easy tasks I ask of my clients. However, I try to show them it is all worth it. I try to tell them it is worth the investment of time, money, and pride. A healthy marriage comes with a price. The good news is the prize outweighs the cost. Things like pride, deceit, and unwillingness the change also comes with a price. The price that will be paid is their relationship. The challenge is getting couples to see this very thing.

Thanks – so what else should our readers know about 3 Cord Counseling?
I want the readers to know is that 3 Cord Counseling is not your average Couples Counseling practice. Mainly because we are a faith-based Therapist led practice. We have studied and have launched a Clinical and hands-on workshop for couples called “The Couples Clinic.” We are booked for corporate events, parties, retreats, and conventions. Couples Will Benefit By • Promotes and improves healthy communication. • Ensures concerning issues are being addressed and plans are being made to manage them with effective strategies. • Strengthens the connection you have with your spouse and further unifies your union. • Builds trust and affirms your commitment to one another and God. • Fosters community with other like-minded couples, which provides additional support in reaching your marital goals while also increasing the longevity and quality of your marriage. What Can My Spouse and I Expect at a [COUPLES CLINIC] Session? • An encouraging environment for an honest and comfortable experience. • Unique exercises that will challenge you and your spouse to grow as a unit in new and effective ways. • Engaging learning experiences with other supportive couples with similar goals for a healthy marriage. • Opportunities for private one couple sessions with Shakeena to address any areas of concern in a confidential environment. • To take away new techniques that can be applied at home to continue your marriage maintenance outside of [COUPLES CLINIC]. I am so very proud of the awesome feedback we have received from our previous couples. We hope to see some more new faces. Our work has earned us two years in a row, The Best Marriage Counselor of Altamonte Springs, 2019 and 2020.

Can you talk to us a bit about the role of luck?
Honestly, I try not to consider luck. I look at whatever happens, good or “bad” is God ordered. I follow His lead Or at least try to LOL.


  • Couples sessions are $125 for 50 minutes

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