Health for Life Grand Rapids is a multi-faceted clinic that aims to treat the whole person. Health for Life Grand Rapids houses the Trauma-Informed Counseling Center of Grand Rapids, two Naturopathic Consultants, a Medical Support Clinical Hypnotherapist, and a Health Coach. We’re your one-stop shop for getting to the root of what is troubling you in mind and body, and helping you heal.

Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy​

Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT) is an evidence-based therapy treatment for adults, as well as children and adolescents (and their parents or caregivers) who have been impacted by trauma. Research studies have illustrated that TF-CBT has successfully resolved a broad array of emotional and behavioral difficulties associated with single, multiple and even complex trauma experiences.

TF-CBT is a form of therapy that incorporates cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) to address the specific emotional and mental health needs of children, adolescents, adult survivors, and families who are struggling to overcome the devastating effects of early childhood trauma. TF-CBT is specially tailored to the unique issues of youth suffering from post-traumatic stress and mood dis-regulation resulting from violence, grief, and abuse. As TF-CBT interventions usually target children, a TF-CBT counselor often brings non-offending parents or other caregivers into treatment and incorporates principles of family therapy.

The Counselors at the Trauma-Informed Counseling Center of Grand Rapids (and Health for Life Grand Rapids) are all well versed in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and are all trauma-informed.

Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

Joshua Nave

EMDR Therapy for Anxiety, Trauma, and Minority Groups

Brendan Cole

Counseling and EMDR for Adolescents, Teens and Adults

Justyne Ortquist

Trauma-Informed Counseling and Emotion-Focused Therapy for Couples, Individuals, and Families

Lindsey Beaver

Trauma Informed Counseling for Children, Teens, Young Adults and Adults

John Curphey

Relationship Issues and Trauma Work

Natalie Arnold

Trauma Therapy and Counseling for Women, Children and Couples

All of the Counselors at The Trauma-Informed Counseling Center of Grand Rapids have undergone extensive additional training in order to help you:

Following graduate school, all of the counselors at The Trauma-Informed Counseling Center of Grand Rapids (located inside Health for Life Grand Rapids) have received extensive training in understanding the latest scientific research on neurobiology and how trauma affects the whole person. In addition, all of our therapists have learned at least one, trauma-specific intervention modality, which they have added to their toolbox of techniques in order to best help all people who seek help. This means, that they not only have the same training as your average counselor or therapist in Grand Rapids, MI to conduct traditional counseling and talk-therapy, but they have additional tools and information that will be helpful to people who are looking for more than a “solution-focused brief approach” or a strictly “Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)” approach. More good news: Our therapists all know how to utilized Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Solution-Focused Brief Therapy and interweave those modalities into their personal style. And so, if you are seeking that type of counseling—we also can provide it.

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