Jonathan Swiftney

Culturally Sensitive & Holistic Counseling for Adults and Adolescents

Jonathan Swiftney, LLMSW

Education

Masters of Social Work at Western Michigan University, Bachelor of Arts in Psychology at Hope College

Credentials

LLMSW

There are two core principles in which my therapy is founded: every single person is inherently valuable, and every single person is capable of change and growth. In therapy, exploring our past pain, heartache, trauma, and life experiences can often shed light in understanding our current selves and becoming the people that we want to be. I believe one of the most effective ways to approach this is by creating a genuine therapeutic relationship in which we can talk through these things at the pace that fits you best.

Sometimes in life, we reach a point where we might feel lost, confused, disconnected, uncomfortable, alone, or even completely unsure how we feel. My hope in therapy is to meet you where you are at with empathy, accept you for who you are without judgment, and work towards the goals that we establish together. With these values persisting throughout therapy, I believe healing is possible for anyone. We will approach our goals in therapy from a holistic perspective, which means that we will seek to understand our challenges through a variety of lenses: our biology, psychology, sociology, culture, and spirituality.

I have a deep passion for working with people of a variety of cultural backgrounds, providing affirming LGBTQIA+ therapy, working with adolescents/young adults, and people experiencing symptoms of various forms of anxiety and/or depression. I also can provide therapy in Spanish fluently and deeply cherish the relationships this opens me up to.

Areas of Specialty: I specialize in several areas that have a significant impact on the lives of adults, teenagers, and children:

  • Anxiety and Depression: Together, we will explore the roots of your anxiety and depression, and I will provide you with effective tools to manage these emotions and regain a sense of control and well-being.
  • Spiritual Issues: Navigating questions of spirituality and finding meaning in life’s challenges can be both enriching and challenging. I am here to support you in exploring, deconstructing, and reconciling your spiritual journey.
  • Refugees: I have extensive experience working with people who are refugees and the complex trauma that can come along with having to flee your country. We will work together to understand your unique life experiences that have led you to where you are today through a trauma informed lens.
  • Relationship Difficulties: Building and maintaining healthy relationships is a crucial aspect of well-being. I’ll guide you in enhancing your communication skills and fostering meaningful connections.
  • Trauma: Healing from past trauma is a brave and transformative process. Through a trauma-informed approach, we’ll work together to address and heal the wounds of your past.
  • LGBTQIA+: Exploring and understanding our sexuality and gender can be a challenging and confusing journey, but it can also be beautiful and freeing. I will meet you where you are in this process in order for you to feel understood and we will work together to navigate what it means to be LGBTQIA+ in a society that can be heteronormative or unaccepting at times.

Therapeutic Approaches

Person-centered therapy echoes throughout all of my approaches to therapy, which allows us to create a genuine and empathetic therapeutic relationship. Motivational interviewing and solutions focused therapy can allow us to explore the root of a particular challenge directly, as well as help us to understand where to go when we are feeling stuck. My approach blends evidence-based therapies like CBT and mindfulness to help you understand thoughts, manage emotions, and find peace.

We’ll work together to build self-awareness and navigate life’s challenges with greater clarity and resilience.


Insurance Accepted



Jonathan's Bio

Jonathan Swiftney, LLMSW, is a Master’s level Social Worker and licensed therapist. He earned his degree in Social Work from Western Michigan University in 2016, and has experience working with adults, teenagers, and families in non-profit and private practice settings. His approach to therapy is person-centered, collaborative, and strengths based to meet the unique needs of each individual. Jonathan draws from a variety of evidence-based interventions to address anxiety, depression, spiritual issues, refugees, trauma, self-harm, and relationship difficulties.  He is LGBTQIA+ affirming, and emphasizes building a strong therapeutic relationship by creating a safe, non-judgemental space for people to explore, heal, and grow.