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Health for Life Counseling Grand Rapids is a multi-faceted clinic that aims to help the whole person in a holistic manner. Health for Life Counseling Grand Rapids houses the Trauma-Informed Counseling Center of Grand Rapids, Individual Therapists, Couples Counselors, Child Therapists, Family Therapists, and produces a variety of Health Courses (available online), as well as free health blogs and youtube videos. We’re your one-stop shop for getting to the root of what is troubling you and helping you on your journey of healing.

Trauma-Informed Counseling

All of the staff at The Trauma Informed Counseling Center and Health for Life Counseling Grand Rapids are considered Trauma-Informed. While their personal counseling style and modalities may differ, our clinicians are all up to date and understand trauma, which is very important for the therapeutic process of anyone. Our office is a safe space where there will be no shame or blame put upon you for what you are going through (many have experienced such reactions from people in their lives, and unfortunately some non-trauma informed clinicians in the past). Our Counselors all recognize that anyone can experience both psychological (emotional) and physical (somatic) reactions to trauma (and/or disturbing life events). In fact, if someone has experienced multiple traumas, such as a victim of childhood abuse or neglect, the victim of a crime (both the experience and the aftermath), and other complex traumatic events, there may have a diverse set of unwanted symptoms and behaviors. Multiple longitudinal research studies, including The Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACES) Study, found long-term negative mental and physical health consequences that resulted from traumatic experiences during childhood and adolescence. Trauma-Informed Counseling, in general, is more of an overarching approach to providing compassionate and empirically proven care.

A trauma-informed counselor collaborates with their clients to help them understand the origins of symptoms and behaviors that they may be experiencing. Further, a trauma-informed counselor will suggest connections to activities outside of therapy that may help a person better regulate their emotional and physical health. A trauma-informed counselor will utilize interventions and exercises in therapy that are aimed at helping relieve the symptoms that resulted from trauma.  

 

 

Thomcy Thomas

LLPC

Multicultural, Client-Centered Therapy with a Mindfulness Approach - Fostering Self-Awareness and Empowerment in Adults

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Kathryn Barcelona

MS LMSW

Therapy for adults struggling with depression, anxiety, issues, substance use recovery, etc.

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Ashley Dykstra

LMSW

CBT & EMDR Therapy for Children, Teens, Adults, and Families

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Brendan Cole

MA LPC

EMDR for Performance & Trauma Recovery, Couples Therapy, Premarital Counseling

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Natalie Julien

LLMSW

Integrative, Intuitive, Mindfulness-Based,Trauma-Informed Therapy for Women, Parents, & Young Adults

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Caley Weisgerber

LMSW, CAADC

Compassionate and Empowering Therapy for Deep Healing

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Paul Krauss – Clinical Director

MA LPC

Counseling, EMDR Therapy, & Solutions

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Jennifer McKinstry

MA, LPC

Counseling and EMDR Therapy for Trauma, Depression, Anxiety, and Spiritual Issues

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Taylor Mize

LLPC, LLMFT

Empowering Survivors to Heal and Use Their Voice

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Billie Walters

LMSW

Intuitive Counseling, EMDR Therapy, and Reiki

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Michael Egan

LMSW

Counseling that Empowers and Strengthens You

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Jonathan Swiftney

LLMSW

Culturally Sensitive & Holistic Counseling for Adults and Adolescents

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Melissa Wade

LMSW, MA

Strengths-Based, Solution Focused, and Resilience Therapies for Families, Children, Teens, and Individuals

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Gabby Cook

LLMSW, MA

Compassionate, Trauma-Informed Therapist for Adults on their Path of Self-Discovery and Growth

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Amanda Miller

LLP

Guiding Teens and Adults to Recognize their Strengths; EMDR, DBT, and More

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Josh Zheng

MS, LPC

Empowering Counseling for All, EMDR Therapy, Internal Family Systems Therapy

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Ben Zimmerman

LLMSW

Non-judgmental Therapy Space Focused on Personal Development and Empowerment

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Megan Drizin

MA LLPC PMH-C

Telehealth Counseling for Women, Moms, and Couples

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Kori Crask

LMSW

Trauma-Informed Counseling and EMDR Therapy for long-term healing

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Lucas Perkins, Counseling Intern

Culturally Sensitive & Holistic Counseling for Adults and Older Teens

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Elif Piromari

LLMSW

Strengths-Based and Trauma-Informed Therapy for Young Adults and More

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Anna Utter

LLMSW

EMDR, DBT Skills, and Trauma-Informed Therapy for Adults and Teens

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Kay Foster

MA LPC

Emotion-focused, Inclusive Counseling and EMDR Therapy

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Katy Sandison

LLP

Supportive Therapy for Anxiety, Deconstruction Issues, Life Transitions and More

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Sarah Denick

LMSW

Counseling & EMDR Therapy for Women

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Alexa Bates

LMSW

Serving Children, Families, Couples and Adults who are struggling to find a way through difficulties

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Lauren Huisman-Woy

LMSW

Serving Children, Teens, Families, and Adults with Compassionate Counseling including EMDR and TF-CBT

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Nicole Cass

LLMSW

Sex therapist using creative Solutions and Trauma-Informed Counseling for Couples, Adults, and Teens

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Dana Kennedy

LLMSW

Relational, trauma-informed, strengths-based therapy with a foundation of authenticity and hospitality to heal and grow

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Maxwell Schuiteman

LMSW

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

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Li0n0d0sey0 0Bea0ver

MA LMSW

Trauma Informed Counseling & EMDR for Teens, Young Adults and Adults

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Shanna Beebe

MA, LLPC

A non-judgemental space for deep healing from trauma, abuse, and relationship wounds.

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Brittani Decess

MA, LPC

Counseling through a trauma-informed, inclusive, and equitable lens for individuals, relationships, and families.

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James Love

LLMSW

Specializing in Adults, Men’s Issues, & Therapy with Children from a grounded, authentic, and non-judgemental perspective

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Katerina Guerrero

LLPC, LLMFT

Empowering Your Journey: Culturally Inclusive, Integrative Therapy for Healing and Growth

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K’Quiana Griffin-Knowling

MA LPC

EMDR, Empowerment, and Healing for all

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Ke0l0l0y B0e0nz0in

LMSW

Therapy from an Intersectional Systems and Holistic Lens

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Margie Muñoz

MA, LPC

Trauma Informed Counseling, Mindfulness-Based, and EMDR Therapy for Teens, and Adults

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Taylor Freund

LMSW

Trauma Informed and Internal Family Systems informed Counseling for Adults

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Katy Jaramillo

MEd, LPC, ATR

Counseling and Art Therapy for Adults and Teens: Empowerment and Healing from Medical and Neurological Trauma + Existential Concerns

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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 Counseling 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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