Lindsey Beaver, LLMSW, is a therapist in Grand Rapids that offers trauma-informed talk therapy and a structured EMDR therapy to children, teens and adults. Lindsey identifies as a white, cisgendered female who is interested in helping individuals of all races, backgrounds, sexual orientation, gender identity, value system, and lifestyle. Hailing from Ann Arbor, she recently graduated from the University of Michigan where she was placed at a Partial Psychiatric Program in Michigan Medicine and at a Home-based therapy center in Jackson, Michigan. Lindsey is deeply committed to helping clients uncover and hone in on their strengths in therapy and considers it a great privilege to guide clients into living their most fulfilling life.
On the path of self-realization, there is no one big awakening, but many along the way of varying degrees: some small, some big; and each one of them is like the lotus flower, which grows out of muddy waters.”
Humanity is resilient. When we face pain and hardship or when we get stuck, we find ways to adapt. However, because we are resilient, sometimes we don’t realize which patterns in our lives aren’t working anymore. While those patterns serve us in many ways, some ultimately prevent us from meeting all of our needs and reaching our full potential. Only when we become mindful do we see where our unmet needs in one area rippled into others.
From birth onwards, we unintentionally express these unmet needs in our relationships with others, in our behaviors, even in our bodies. Fortunately, it is never too early or late to transform deeply and write a new story. People naturally move towards a state of healing, but we can get stuck. Once the barriers to fulfilling our needs are removed, each of us has inside ourselves the ability to return to a state of wholeness, growth and empowerment.
As a therapist, I believe that the walls between mind, body, spirit, and surroundings blend into each other. I want to be a guide and an advocate who sees your strengths and can offer you tools you can incorporate into your own life outside of the office, as well as knowledge you can use to better understand yourself. We will collaborate on your goals, and through every phase of treatment to make sure you are feeling secure in your process. I want to offer a safe, empathetic, and nonjudgemental space for you to open up at your own pace.
In particular, I use Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) as well as other tools for children and adults. Therapy can be a challenge, and I sincerely believe you have what it takes to heal. I will also be scheduling Reiki sessions for those who are interested in pursuing distance or in-person energy work in the future. In my sessions, all parts of you are welcome.