Kay Foster

Emotion-focused, Inclusive Counseling and EMDR Therapy

Kay Foster, MA LPC


Masters in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Western Michigan University



“There’s nothing more limiting than tapping out of tension and oversimplifying the thoughts and feelings that have the power to help us understand who we are and what we need.” – Dr. Brené Brown

This quote eloquently summarizes my counseling approach. I cultivate a non-judgmental space to process and heal from trauma without minimizing or exacerbating your feelings. Sounds nice, doesn’t it? Quick question, Kay, what’s trauma and do I have it?

Loosely speaking, trauma is something you never got over that is interfering with you having the life you want. For some people, trauma is a single event that changed everything for them (think sexual assault, major car accident, getting fired, etc.). For others, trauma is a series of seemingly minor events from childhood that register in your nervous system in the same way major events can (think neglect, emotional invalidation, unstable living situations, etc.). Some people have experienced both major and minor traumas. As a result, they may go on to develop clinical diagnoses such as Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD), Anxiety, Depression, etc.

No matter your clinical diagnosis (or lack thereof), my approach assists you in treating the underlying cause(s) that are making you feel the way you do as well as what we change right now. Yes, I will make you talk about your childhood. But first, I will assist you in developing the skills necessary to process your trauma without it bleeding over into other areas of your life. To do this, I use a blend of therapeutic interventions including, but not limited, to Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) therapy, Internal Family Systems (IFS), existential-humanistic theories, polyvagal theory, and mindfulness.

I value learning and growing as an individual and am often learning new techniques or skills to incorporate into therapy sessions. As a result, I have specialized in various pathologies including PTSD, OCD (Obsessive Compulsive Disorder), BPD, anxiety, depression, and sexual dysfunction. I have also specialized in various approaches including mindfulness, emotion-focused work, and EMDR. I am currently focusing on “core wounding” (e.g. something that has stuck with you for years) and symptomatology (e.g. when we feel yuck), while attending to emotions and nervous system regulation throughout the session.

If you are looking for a therapist to explore the roots of your symptoms with you, hold space for painful and complicated emotions, and learn new ways to regulate your body, then look no further. If you are interested in gentle but direct feedback, trying new things, and non-directive, deep work, please reach out. I would love to assist you on your healing path.

Note: Kay also offers EMDR therapy for clients who have an established talk therapist and want to supplement their sessions with EMDR. Kay is not taking on virtual clients at this time.

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Kay's Bio

Kay Foster MA LPC is a therapist serving the Grand Rapids, MI and West Michigan area. Kay provides both traditional talk therapy and EMDR therapy as well as a blend of the two modalities. Kay takes a holistic approach rooted in mindfulness, bottom-up regulation, and the existential-humanistic philosophies. Her methodology is trauma-informed and collaborative, which she applies to a variety of mental health concerns. She has experience working with Anxiety and Anxiety-Related Disorders, Mood Disorders, Trauma and Trauma-Related Disorders (including C-PTSD), and Human Sexuality.

Kay has a master of arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Western Michigan University and is qualified to provide counseling services because this program was accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP) and she holds a license to practice professional counseling in the state of Michigan. Kay complies with the American Counseling Association’s code of ethics as well as the American Mental Health Counseling Association’s code of ethics when making professional decisions. Kay has been trained in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) therapy through an approved EMDR International Association trainer. She is currently working on becoming certified in EMDR.