Brittani Decess

Counseling through a trauma-informed, inclusive, and equitable lens for individuals, relationships, and families.

Brittani Decess, MA, LPC

Education

Brittani has obtained a Bachelor of Arts in Art Therapy from Alverno College as well as a Masters of Arts in Counseling Education: Marriage, Couples, and Families from Western Michigan University.

Credentials

MA, LPC, Gottman I &II, EMDR Fully Trained Level II

It’s hard to know what you are looking for in a therapist, particularly when you might be fearful to begin the therapy process in the first place. I strive to be an authentic person and therapist. What this means for me is that I am highly animated, use humor, memes, and slang to communicate, and speak, at times, somewhat candidly. I don’t tend toward stoicism and the lack of emotional expression, which I realize is what some people are looking for in a clinician. I also am continuously working on filling the gaps in my education and confronting my own biases on inequality, inequities, and how various systems impact our community to further improve my work as a therapist.

I also view most issues through a relational lens and this is because most human experiences are built upon the foundation of relationships. Sometimes our past experiences with humans are wonderful, compassionate, and help us move toward growth; while other times relationships have been abusive, harmful, and neglectful. Because of this, my specialties in trauma-informed care are related to domestic violence, sexual assault, abuse, and neglect. I also love aiding people in dismantling unhelpful narratives, while helping them with facets of their relationships that many people might recognize as controversial such as unconventional relationship dynamics, boundaries, queer experiences, polyamory, BDSM, and kink.

Lastly, creativity and playfulness often gets incorporated into my work with clients. I utilize my bachelor’s in art therapy to dive deeper in processing traumas and adverse experiences because with the amount of podcasts, books, and docuseries out there, our culture has become very good at intellectualizing our feelings instead of feeling and working with them. Oftentimes, art and play get left behind as we age; I love bringing them back into people’s lives. I have a passion for helping people with their relationships and have worked on developing relationship programs at Health for Life Counseling.


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Brittani's Bio

Brittani Decess is a therapist in Grand Rapids and Ada, MI. Brittani identifies as a queer cis-gendered white female and uses she/her pronouns . Brittani has worked with a variety of individuals and families across the life span using talk and creative therapies to aid clients in healing and processing. Brittani holds a Bachelor’s degree in Art Therapy and a Master’s Degree in Counseling with a focus on Marriage, Couples, and Families. Brittani is also continuing training in EMDR techniques and Couples Therapy Modalities. Brittani has several years of trauma-informed work including facilitating a Cognitive-Behavoral-Therapy curriculum to youth in court system, being a public speaker and educator on topics related to sexual assault and domestic violence, and counseling children, teens, and caregivers moving through the adoption and foster care system before coming to Health for Life Counseling- Ada, MI. Brittani specializes in topics and issues related to lifespan changes/transitions, trauma, anxiety, depression, relationship dynamics (couples, families, and other relationship groupings), attachment, communication, self-esteem, LGBTQ+ , sexuality and intimacy, and impacts of unhelpful social narratives. Brittani approaches therapy by working towards processing the meaning of experiences by exploring the intersectionality of cultural identities and how connections to people, places, and events have impacted the client(s) mental health and other areas most important to them.


Therapy Specializations Available