Introducing Justyne Ortquist MS, MEd, LLPC

Justyne Ortquist is a limited license professional counselor (LLPC) located in Grand Rapids, MI. She completed her bachelor’s degree in psychology from Michigan State University. Throughout her undergraduate study she was active in both the clinical and research side of the mental health field. She worked as a patient care provider at Pine Rest Christian Mental Health’s inpatient unit and completed a psychometric internship at their consultation center. She was a research assistant for two research laboratories and in 2013 presented a poster of an independent research study at the Behavioral Genetics Conference in Marseilles, France.

In 2014, She moved to Eugene, Oregon to attend University of Oregon’s progressive Prevention Science program. It is a one-year Master’s of Education program focused on the extensive research on the factors that make health and wellness interventions and programs effective and how to implement them in communities to build resiliency and long-term, lasting change. While in this program she began working as a recovery coach at Monte Nido’s Eating Disorder Center of Eugene. Inspired by the skillful therapists she met there, she joined the Couple and Family Therapy program at University of Oregon. Her clinical internships were completed at an integrated health clinic, Volunteers in Medicine, and a clinic which provides child and family therapy within Eugene Pediatrics, Thrive Behavioral Health. She took on several other clinical roles throughout the course of the of the program as well, including a somatic-based play therapy apprenticeship, a facilitator for a survivors of suicide support group, and a parent educator for a Parent-Child Interaction Therapy group.

After graduating from her second Master’s program, she returned home to West Michigan to be close to family. She has gained clinical work experience with families navigating the foster care system, both in home and in residential settings. She also worked for a crisis hotline, which provided experience in both crisis intervention skills and working with individuals in a virtual setting.

Her main area of specialty is relational therapy with couples and families. Her other areas of specialty, in which she has experience working with both individuals and relationships, are trauma, addictions, eating disorders and body image, anxiety, depression, attachment, and communication issues. In all of her therapy she practices from a somatic, trauma-informed mindset, taking into consideration how the brain and body are physically impacted by mental health, trauma, and stress.

She currently accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield, ASR, Straight Medicaid, Blue Cross Complete, Meridian, McLaren, and out of network benefits.

In her free time, Justyne enjoys listening to music, reading science fiction and classic literature, painting, writing poetry, running, watching movies and television, and spending time by Lake Michigan and with her family in Grand Haven.

Justyne Ortquist is currently accepting new clients, and can be reached via phone or email.


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