Maxwell Schuiteman

Strengths-Based and Relational Therapy for Adults: Relationships, Men’s Issues, Trauma, etc.

Maxwell Schuiteman, LMSW


Grand Valley State University - Masters of Social Work, Hope College - Psychology & Neuroscience


DBT, TF-CBT, EMDR Trained Level II



My approach to therapy is to work with each person in creating their own roadmap toward meaningful change. What that journey looks like is unique to each person, and deserves to be explored within a genuine, honest, and empowering environment. I prioritize building an authentic therapy relationship that invites people to explore their past experiences to help foster understanding into inner drives, motivations, and conflicts.

My orientation is integrative, drawing primarily on psychodynamic, cognitive-behavioral, and relational frameworks with attention to life experiences, worldviews, and relationship patterns. My approach integrates a blend of person-centered and cognitive behavioral therapy, helping people draw connections between their thoughts, behaviors, and emotional experiences.

I have a holistic perspective and treatment approach and believe that all elements of health and wellness need to be addressed in order to experience balance and work toward a more fulfilling life. My approach focuses on achieving this insight and motivation through establishing trust, building positive self-esteem, and teaching healthy skills for coping. My interventions consider all behavioral and environmental factors, history of trauma, stages of psychosocial development, and cultural components.  I strive to create a supportive, empowering space that is shaped by the people’s values and needs.

I see therapy as both a form of healing and of exploration. Therapy is not only an incredible healing tool, it is a fantastic way to learn more about yourself and learn to be more fully present in your life. It takes courage to begin therapy, and I recognize the strength it takes to be vulnerable. I believe effective therapy is both supportive and challenging and depends on a strong relationship between the therapist and people.

Areas of Clinical Interest:

  • Anxiety
  • Self-esteem
  • Relationship/Marriage Issues
  • Identity exploration
  • Childhood trauma
  • Men’s issues


  • Spending time with my spouse, family, and friends
  • Cheering on Detroit sports
  • Reading books, mainly science fiction and fantasy
  • Being in nature – camping, fishing, hiking

Insurance Accepted

Maxwell's Bio

Maxwell Schuiteman LMSW is a therapist in Grand Rapids, MI who specializes in counseling with adults who are grappling with anxiety, self-esteem issues, relationship troubles, identity difficulties and childhood trauma. Max is also known as a specialist when it comes to Men’s issues and helping build up healthy masculinity in Men. Max is especially helpful in working with counseling for those who are managing difficult relationships, struggling with self-doubt, and breaking down toxic masculinity. Max has years of experience helping people struggling with depression and anxiety as well.  Max enjoys empowering individuals to grow into the people they want to be, while shedding the layers of negative thoughts, behaviors, and relationships that may be holding them back.