Life can be beautiful; but when we are suffering from depression, anxiety or other symptoms we can lose sight of what really matters to us. Feeling like yourself again, and pursuing happiness is a process we can all learn to achieve with time and practice. Let’s work toward feeling better together!
Having worked for Kent County for years, I have worked with people from all walks of life and all ages and I am glad for the diversity of experiences, as they have helped me become the therapist I am today. As a therapist, I believe that we all have strengths and it is my job to help you move to a place where you feel better and empowered as a person. I am a non judgemental therapist and I believe in accepting ourselves as we are can help move us toward the change or relief we are seeking.
Before working at Health for Life Counseling as a therapist, my experience involves over 7 years helping diverse populations in crisis and trauma throughout Kent county using trauma-informed care in hospital ERs and engaging in clinical social work. I have also worked as a case manager and therapist serving Kent county utilizing Dialectical Behavioral therapy techniques for individuals living with chronic mental illnesses. My internship for graduate school also gave me a great learning experience working at the Kent county jail running a substance use group at the Sober Living unit through Arbor Circle helping individuals with co-occurring disorders.
I have over 14 years of experience practicing and teaching Jiu Jitsu, which is an international sport. This has helped me learn discipline and respect for all people. Through the sport, I have met people from all over the world and it has helped my practice as a therapist. As a teacher, I work to hold myself to a higher standard as I know that my actions will have an effect on my community. I have experience teaching both Men and Women to help them with self-defense, self-esteem, and working on becoming the best version of themselves. Speaking English and Spanish, and coming from multi-cultural background of parents both from the United States and Mexico has helped inform my ability to meet all people where they are at.
Michael Egan, LMSW, is a therapist serving the West Michigan and Grand Rapids and Ada, MI communities. Michael is bilingual and is able to provide counseling sessions in both English and Spanish. In addition, Michael serves all of Michigan through online telehealth therapy. Michael provides individual counseling and therapy from a trauma-informed lens for teenagers and adults. Michael focuses on utilizing a holistic approach to therapy through a trauma-informed lens to help all people in deep ways. Michael has experience working with those suffering from issues such as depression, anxiety, trauma, PTSD, relationship and family issues, anger, as well as substance use disorders.