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Health for Life Grand Rapids is a multi-faceted clinic that aims to help the whole person in a holistic manner. Health for Life 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 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.  

 

 

Megan Drizin

MA LLPC

Telehealth Counseling for Women, Moms, and Couples

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Jennifer McKinstry

MA, LLPC

Counseling for Trauma, Depression, Anxiety, and Spiritual Issues

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K’Quiana Griffin-Knowling

MA LLPC

EMDR, Empowerment, and Healing for all

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Justyne Ortquist

MS, MEd, LLPC

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

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Bridget Nash

MA LPC

EMDR & Counseling for Teens, Young Adults, and Parents

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Joshua Nave

LLMSW

EMDR Therapy for Anxiety, Trauma, and Minority Groups

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Billie Walters

LMSW

Intuitive Counseling, EMDR Therapy, and Reiki

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Paul Krauss

MA LPC

Counseling, EMDR Therapy, & Solutions

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Melodie Whitmore

MA LLPC

Trauma-Informed Counseling for Women, Young Adults, and Couples

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John Curphey

MDiv MA LMFT

Relationship Issues and Trauma Work

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Nia Wolfe

MA LLPC

Trauma-Informed Counseling for Children, Teens, Adults, and Couples

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Natalie Arnold

LLMSW

Trauma Therapy and Counseling for Women, Children and Couples

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Kathryn Barcelona

MS LLMSW

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

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Jennifer Belmonte

LMSW, CHC

Anxiety, Relationships, and Parenting/Couples Work

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Lindsey Beaver

MA LLMSW

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

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Brendan Cole

MA LLPC

Counseling and EMDR for Adolescents, Teens and Adults

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Adam Nash

MA LPC

Counseling to Help Men and Young Adults Live Healthier Lives

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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 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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