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.

Vision and Values

To promote Trauma-Informed Care in the Grand Rapids and West Michigan community.

  • To educate the general public and healthcare communities on the importance of becoming Trauma-Informed.
  • To provide Trauma-Specific Therapies to the individuals and families of Grand Rapids, Michigan.

The Trauma-Informed Counseling Center of Grand Rapids strives to adhere to SAMSHA’s six key principles of a Trauma-Informed Approach. No matter which therapist you work with or which trauma-specific intervention or type of counseling is utilized, we will hold true to our values across all forms of treatment.

1. Safety

We want all of our clients to feel safe in the counseling office, lobby, and with all of our counselors.

2 Trustworthiness and Transparency

We all have advanced training in both trauma-informed counseling and trauma-specific interventions. We strive to keep up with the latest advancements in the field.

We will do our best to explain why we choose the techniques that we do, explain our methodology, and provide resources for you to learn more.

3 Peer Support

Depending on your unique situation, we may recommend other healing modalities, skills groups, or the seeking of a safe community of people that understand what you have gone through, to help you on your healing journey.

4 Collaboration and mutuality

We promise to collaborate with you on your counseling and therapy. We see our clients as partners and equals in the process of doing therapeutic work. We will not take a “medical model” approach that makes you feel disempowered and less than. We work to honor the person that you are in all circumstances.

5 Empowerment, voice, and choice

We want you to be able to choose your therapist and feel comfortable with your choice. We want you to be informed and choose what type of counseling or trauma-specific intervention you want. We believe in your voice and your choices. We promise to empower you with options and information.

6 Cultural, Historical, and Gender Issues

We seek to honor your personal history, your unique cultural experiences–we will not seek to change your viewpoints. We respect any gender issues that you may have experienced personally.

We understand that it is vital to support recovery and resilience for those individuals and families impacted by trauma. We provide services that are trauma-informed built on the best evidence available and believe in client and family (if applicable) engagement, empowerment, and collaboration.

John Curphey

MDiv MA LMFT

Relationship Issues and Trauma Work

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Bridget Nash

MA LLPC

EMDR & Counseling for Teens, Young Adults, and Parents

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Billie Walters

LMSW

Intuitive Counseling, EMDR Therapy, and Reiki

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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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Lindsey Beaver

MA LLMSW

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

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Joshua Nave

LLMSW

EMDR Therapy for Anxiety, Trauma, and Minority Groups

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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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Michele Figuereo

MA LPC

EMDR and Trauma Counseling for Adults and Couples

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Natalie Arnold

LLMSW

Trauma Therapy and Counseling for Women, Children and Couples

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Jennifer Belmonte

LMSW, CHC

Anxiety, Relationships, and Parenting/Couples Work

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Melodie Whitmore

MA LLPC

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

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Paul Krauss

MA LPC

Counseling, EMDR Therapy, & Solutions

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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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