Health for Life Grand Rapids Counseling

Health for Life Grand Rapids is a counseling practice with many excellent counselors in Grand Rapids, MI.

There are many counselors in Grand Rapids, MI, but Health for Life Grand Rapids has several great counselors–each with their own set of unique skills to help you or a family member. If you are looking for counseling in Grand Rapids, try out Health for Life Grand Rapids, MI.

Alexa Bates, LMSW, is a therapist in Grand Rapids, MI that offers therapy for adults, couples, children and families struggling with depression, anxiety, and trauma. Alexa identifies as a white, cisgender female. Alexa graduated from Western Michigan University with a masters in clinical social work. Alexa spent time during her studies as an intern therapist at a private practice in the area where she spent the majority of her time working with women, couples, and families. Following graduation, Alexa went on to be a community based therapist for Kent County, where she worked extensively with at-risk youth and families. She spent much of her time working with individuals who experienced trauma, and is formally trained in Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT). Alexa enjoys empowering clients to recognize their strengths and potential in life, and feels honored to partner with them on their healing journey. She welcomes all clients regardless of age, race, gender, or background.

Amanda Miller, LLP is a therapist serving all of the Grand Rapids, MI and West Michigan area in person as well as all of Michigan through online telehealth therapy.  Amanda Miller is a graduate of Western Michigan University in Counseling Psychology. Amanda works with adults and adolescents and utilizes Psychodynamic techniques, EMDR Therapy, and more.  Her therapeutic experience involves evidence-based interventions utilizing a strengths-based approach in addition to behavioral interventions and mindfulness practices. Amanda has experience working in a variety of therapeutic settings including inpatient, residential, and outpatient settings, and has experience working with a wide range of clients. Amanda is dedicated to continuing education and will research and consult with colleagues whenever an unfamiliar client concern is presented. Amanda is a white woman and a mother of 3 children.

Anna Utter, LLMSW is a therapist serving all of Michigan through online and in-person therapy. Anna is a graduate from Wayne State University with a Master of Social Work degree. She obtained her Bachelor of Social Work and Minor in Psychology from Grand Valley State University. Anna has continued her education becoming trained in EMDR, TF-CBT and DBT.  Anna provides individual therapy from a trauma-informed lens, specializing in working with survivors of sexual assault and neglect. Although all ages are a pleasure to work with, Anna continues her specialty counseling adolescents, young adults and adults. Her approach is rooted in person-centered, believing there is no one evidence-based modality that fits all. Instead, Anna meets her clients where they are at, acting as a guide who holds the lantern.

Ashley Dykstra is a therapist serving all of Michigan through in person therapy in Grand Rapids and online telehealth therapy. Ashley uses she/her pronouns and is married with two children. She is a graduate from Grand Valley State University and has a Master of Social Work degree. Ashley provides individual and family therapy from a trauma-informed lens for children, adolescents, and adults. Her therapeutic experience has been focused in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), and Solution Focused Therapy. Ashley’s therapy approach is rooted in evidence-based interventions utilizing a strengths-based approach, mindfulness practice focused on the unique individual.

Ben Zimmerman, LLMSW, is a therapist serving the Grand Rapids, MI area through online telehealth and in-person therapy. Ben is a former chef and utilizes all his past work experiences to provide a grounding therapeutic experience for his clients. Graduating from Louisiana State University with a Master of Social Work degree, Ben provides individual counseling and therapy from a trauma-informed lens. His approach focuses on the client within their environment utilizing open communication, motivational interviewing, and client feedback-informed services. Anger, depression, anxiety, grief, eating disorders, and substance abuse are some of the areas Ben specializes in. Ben is a white, cis-gendered man that uses he/him pronouns.

Billie Walters, LMSW is a counselor in Grand Rapids, MI. Billie is a natural healer and has unique methods of helping people through anger, depression, trauma, anxiety, grief, and much more. Learn about Billie today by going to her page.

Brendan Cole, MA LLPC, provides counseling and EMDR for adolescents, teens, and young adults. Brendan uses many techniques including EMDR (Eye Movement, Desensitization, and Reprocessing), and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy to help clients find clarity and lead healthier lifestyles. Additionally, Brendan has a specialty in working with athletes and their mental game along with performance.

Brittani Decess, MA, LPC is a therapist in Grand Rapids, MI. Brittani identifies as a queer cis-gendered white female; uses she/her pronouns. Brittani has worked with a variety of individuals and families across the life span using talk and creative therapies to aid clients in healing and processing.

Caitlin Quantock (she/her) is a licensed social worker serving adults in person at our Grand Rapids office and across Michigan via telehealth. She studied psychology at Michigan State University and obtained her Master of Social Work degree from Grand Valley State University. Caitlin gained her clinical experience at non-profit agencies where she served individuals struggling with substance use disorders, PTSD, anxiety, depression, and other concerns. She also has the privilege of teaching social work college courses and volunteering on crisis intervention teams. Caitlin specializes in using mindfulness-based cognitive therapies and somatic practices along with EMDR for trauma processing. She has also experienced the benefits of Internal Family Systems first-hand and is pleased to offer services using this theory to engage clients in deep healing of their emotional wounds. Caitlin enjoys working with individuals identifying as LGBTQIA+, those curious about or practicing non-monogamy, and does not believe in “TMI” when it comes to therapy.

Caley Weisgerber, LMSW, identifies as a white cisgender, progressive Catholic woman who currently is in a closed monogamous relationship.  Her practice is sex-positive and gender-affirming. Caley loves to utilize mindfulness, cognitive behavioral therapy, and dialectical behavior therapy skills to help people who are struggling through negative patterns and move from surviving to thriving. Caley is an advocate for all people and works to empower them through education. Caley is also trained in Internal Family Systems and works with people to get to the emotional roots that may be difficult for them, so that they can fully express themselves and get their needs met.

Dana Kennedy, LLMSW, is a relational therapist serving the Grand Rapids area and all of Michigan through online telehealth therapy. She has a Masters degree in Social Work from Grand Valley State University, and has been practicing social work for over 6 years. Dana provides individual and family therapy from a trauma-focused, strengths based approach, and her background is in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Motivational Interviewing, and Ecological counseling. Her practice is rooted in the power of relationships, authenticity, and compassion.

Elif Piromari, LLMSW, is a therapist serving all of Michigan through online telehealth therapy, as well as a presence in Grand Rapids and the West Michigan area. Elif is a recent graduate from Auburn University with her degree in Master of Social Work. Elif provides individual counseling and therapy from a trauma-informed lens for children, adolescents, and adults. Her therapeutic experience has mostly focused on Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy working with child victims of abuse and neglect. Elif’s counseling approach is rooted in evidence-based interventions including holistic approach, implementing mindfulness, and behavioral strategies. Elif welcomes all individuals regardless of their age, background, and struggles.

Gabby Cook, LLMSW, is a therapist serving all of Michigan through online telehealth therapy. Gabby is a white, cis-gendered woman that uses she/her pronouns. Gabby is a graduate from Michigan State University and has a Master of Social Work degree with a certificate program in Evidence-Based Trauma Treatment. Gabby provides individual counseling and therapy from a trauma-informed lens for adults. Her therapeutic experience has mostly focused on Cognitive Processing Therapy for PTSD working with survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault. Gabby’s counseling approach is rooted in evidence-based interventions utilizing a strengths-based approach in addition to behavioral interventions and mindfulness practices.

James Love, LLMSW, graduated from Fordham University in The Bronx, New York, and also holds a Masters from Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, CA. With multiple years of experience in spiritual direction, James shifted to focus on individual and family therapy. He specializes in men’s mental health, family-oriented treatment, spirituality and grief. James has experiences working with clients from a variety of backgrounds with quite different needs.

Jennifer McKinstry, LPC, is a therapist in Grand Rapids, MI offering personalized therapy to individuals. Jennifer provides a safe and non-judgmental environment, including experience in working with individuals from diverse cultural backgrounds and individuals in the LGBTQIA+ community. Jennifer has extensive experience in the area of sexuality, sexual violence, and spiritual issues, including spiritual abuse and faith reconstruction. Jennifer believes in helping others become the best version of themselves, and that the journey towards wholeness is always worth it.

Jonathan Swiftney, LLMSW, is a Master’s level Social Worker and licensed therapist. He earned his degree in Social Work from Western Michigan University in 2016, and has experience working with adults, teenagers, and families in non-profit and private practice settings. His approach to therapy is person-centered, collaborative, and strengths based to meet the unique needs of each individual. Jonathan draws from a variety of evidence-based interventions to address anxiety, depression, spiritual issues, refugees, trauma, self-harm, and relationship difficulties.  He is LGBTQIA+ affirming, and emphasizes building a strong therapeutic relationship by creating a safe, non-judgemental space for people to explore, heal, and grow.

Josh Zheng, MS LPC is a counselor in Grand Rapids and Ada, Michigan that holds the counseling relationship to be sacred and of the utmost importance in the courageous work of self-learning and healing. Josh specializes in Internal Family Systems Therapy and seeks to cultivate a space of compassion, courage and creativity that can help those struggling with depression, anxiety, trauma, and interpersonal or family conflict.

K’Quiana Griffin-Knowling, MA LPC is a therapist in Grand Rapids, MI who specializes in recovery from trauma, abuse, neglect, substance issues, and helps anyone who is going through a difficult time. K’Quiana has experience helping people marginalized by society and have experienced chronic illnesses. K’Quiana believes in people and she can help you believe in yourself. K’Quiana also has extensive experience counseling people on practical solutions for mental health, as well as parenting and career issues.

Katerina Guerrero, LLPC, LLMFT is a compassionate and culturally sensitive therapist with a deep commitment to providing trauma-informed care serving Grand Rapids, MI, and the West Michigan area. Drawing from her diverse multicultural heritage and background as a military veteran, this unique combination of experiences allows her to approach therapy with a unique perspective of the therapeutic process and an understanding of the diverse challenges that individuals face. Her work spans a wide spectrum, from supporting children and teenagers to assisting adults and the elderly,  all of whom have come from varying cultural backgrounds and walks of life.

Kathryn Barcelona, MS LMSW, is a therapist in Grand Rapids, MI who offers therapy for adults and families struggling with depression, anxiety, substance use recovery, or terminal illness. Kathryn identifies as a white, cisgender female who is currently in a closed, monogamous relationship.

Katy Jaramillo MEd, LPC, ATR-P is a counselor and provisional art therapist serving the Grand Rapids and West Michigan area. Katy’s counseling approach is creative, person-centered, strength-based, trauma-informed, and existential. Katy Jaramillo is a White-Hispanic cisgender woman with the lived experience of her own neurological recovery. She is a passionate ally to underrepresented communities and is interested in helping people of all races, ethnicities, sexual orientations, genders, and abilities.

Katy Sandison, LLP, is a Master’s level psychologist and licensed therapist. She earned her degree in Counseling Psychology from Western Michigan University in 2020, and has experience working with adults, teenagers, and families in community mental health and private practice settings. Her approach to therapy is person-centered, collaborative, and strengths-based to meet the unique needs of each individual. Katy draws from a variety of evidence-based interventions to address anxiety, depression, spiritual issues, self-esteem and body image concerns, trauma, self-harm, and relationship difficulties.  She is LGBTQIA+ affirming, and emphasizes building a strong therapeutic relationship by creating a safe, non-judgmental space for people to explore, heal, and grow.

Kay Foster, MA LPC is a therapist serving the Grand Rapids and West Michigan area. Kay provides inclusive counseling and therapy from a trauma-informed lens. She has work expertise and training in sex-related concerns. Kay’s counseling approach is rooted in existential-humanistic philosophies, and she takes a collaborative approach to treatment. She has experience with Anxiety and Anxiety-Related Disorders, Mood Disorders, Trauma and Trauma-Related Disorders, and Sex-Related Concerns. She takes a holistic approach to counseling, implementing mindfulness, behavioral strategies, and eclectic techniques.

Kelly Benzin, LMSW is a therapist serving the Ada and Grand Rapids, MI communities and serving all of Michigan through online telehealth therapy. Kelly is a graduate of Western Michigan University and holds a Master of Social Work degree. Kelly provides individual counseling and therapy from a trauma-informed lens for adults. Her therapeutic experience has mostly focused on serving those suffering from trauma, and substance use disorders, as well as with people capable of pregnancy.  Kelly’s counseling approach is rooted in evidence-based interventions utilizing CBT (Cognitive Behavioral Therapy), Motivational Interviewing, DBT (Dialectical Behavior Therapy), and MBCT (Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy). Kelly also utilizes a person-centered and feminist theory perspective in her work.

Kori Crask, LMSW is a therapist serving the Ada and Grand Rapids, MI communities and serving all of Michigan through online telehealth therapy. Kori is a graduate of Michigan State University and has a Master of Social Work degree. Kori provides individual counseling and therapy from a trauma-informed lens for adults. Her therapeutic experience has mostly focused on serving those with PTSD utilizing Cognitive processing therapy and EMDR.  Kori’s counseling approach is rooted in evidence-based interventions utilizing CPT (Cognitive Processing Therapy), TF-CBT (Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy), EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing Therapy), DBT (Dialectical Behavior Therapy). Kori also works from a systems and narrative therapy framework. 

Lauren Huisman-Woy, is a therapist in Ada, MI that offers therapy for adults, teens, children and families dealing with trauma, depression, anxiety, and behavioral concerns. Lauren has over 7 years of experience as a therapist. Lauren is trained in EMDR Therapy, Trauma-Focused CBT, the CE-CERT model among other advanced modalities. Lauren graduated from GVSU with a Master’s of Social Work and has served as an in-home therapist, outpatient clinic therapist, supervisor, and trauma therapist.  Lauren enjoys empowering children and adult clients alike to use their strengths and to overcome the trauma. She welcomes all clients regardless of age, race, gender, or background.

Li0n0d0sey0 0Bea0ver, LMSW, provides trauma-informed therapy for children, teens, and young adults. She has extensive experience working with anxiety and depression, has worked for many years with children of all ages, and is trained in (EMDR) therapy for children and adults with a single incident and complex trauma. She also has training in TF-CBT and provides Reiki healing sessions upon request. Lindsey is passionate about helping her clients to identify strengths they were unaware of and to liberate themselves from cycles of trauma so they may write a new and more empowering story.

Margie Muñoz, MA LPC is a counselor in Grand Rapids, MI specializing in counseling for children and adolescents navigating the impacts of trauma including anger, depression, anxiety, and exaggerated reactivity, which can impact experiences at school, at home, and with peers. Margie also has experience working with young adults navigating anxiety and depression as they establish their independence and face complex pressures as they transition into adulthood.

Megan Drizin, LLPC is a counselor in Grand Rapids, MI who offers Telehealth therapy services to West Michigan Families.  Megan is a married mother of one who is dedicated to helping any individual, regardless of race, religion, background, or experience, overcome their struggles and create their ultimate life worth living.

Melissa Wade LMSW is a Licensed Master’s Level Social Worker with over 10 years of experience in the field.  She most recently held a position as a school social worker, where she facilitated individual, small group, and whole classroom social/emotional/behavioral skills lessons. Melissa specializes in working with children, adolescents, and their families. Her approach is rooted in psychoeducation, goal setting, CBT, and skills building, and is strength-based!  Melissa uses a variety of evidence-based interventions and strategies that start with building a safe, trusting relationship.  Melissa is LGBTQIA+ affirming.

Michael Egan, LMSW, is a therapist serving the West Michigan and Grand Rapids and Ada, MI communities. Michael is bi-lingual and is able to provide counseling sessions in both English and Spanish. In addition, Michael serves all of Michigan through online telehealth therapy. Michael provides individual counseling and therapy from a trauma-informed lens for teenagers and adults. Michael focuses on utilizing a holistic approach to therapy through a trauma-informed lens to help all people in deep ways. Michael has experience working with those suffering from issues such as depression, anxiety, trauma, PTSD, relationship and family issues, anger, as well as substance use disorders.

Natalie Julien, LLMSW, provides trauma therapy and counseling for women, children, and couples. Natalie is inspired by the holistic and mental health community in Grand Rapids and is passionate about working with children and individuals with a history of trauma. She is excited to work with those individuals to break the cycles of trauma and build a life where they can thrive.

Nick Kondyles, LLPC MA is a therapist serving the Grand Rapids, MI area in person as well as the entire State of Michigan via teletherapy. Nick accepts most health insurance plans. Nick’s specialties are in anxiety, depression, relational issues and identity exploration. He enjoys working with adolescents, adults, as well as the LGBTQIA+ community. He is also interested in serving those experiencing grief and loss, substance use and career development employing interventions such as legacy life review and visiting issues like work/life balance. Nick endeavors to serve those parenting or dealing with relationship struggles, providing supportive services such as learning different communication skills and others in the interpersonal domain. 

Nicole Cass, LLMSW has worked with a variety of folx using a diverse range of creative therapeutic approaches including art and music to support healing and processing. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology and a Master’s Degree in Social Work from Michigan State University. Before joining the Health for Life team, Nicole practiced as a certified school social worker where she supported students who qualified for special education.  Although Nicole loved working in the education system, she is absolutely thrilled to be working as a therapist in a group practice. Nicole is currently working on her goal of becoming a Certified Sex Therapist to add to her diverse repertoire of skills.

Paul Krauss, MA LPC is a counselor in Grand Rapids, MI with over 10 years of experience. He has extensive experience helping those suffering from PTSD, anxiety, depression, and other difficulties. He is extremely skilled at working with the parents of teens and young adults. Paul will customize a plan for you.

Sarah Denick, LMSW, has practiced in West Michigan within the social work field since 2015. Her therapeutic work has mostly focused on children and adolescents who have experienced trauma, as well as their families and other community partners. Sarah is passionate about working with those who have experienced trauma, especially those who have experienced sexual trauma. Sarah is trained in several therapeutic approaches, including Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, EMDR Therapy, expressive arts therapy, and play therapy. When she isn’t spending time with her cat, Pooka, you may find Sarah playing the piano, or reading a mystery novel.

Shanna Beebe, MA LLPC is a therapist working in Grand Rapids, MI. Shanna has experience working with LGBTQIA+ people, non-binary people, individuals leaving abusive situations, pregnant individuals, and those seeking support after experiencing religious trauma/ spiritual abuse.

Taylor Freund, LMSW, graduated from Northern Michigan University majoring in Psychology in 2014. She earned a Master’s in Clinical Social Work from Western Michigan University with a Trauma Specialty certification in 2018. She has experience with individual therapy, family therapy, and couple’s work at Arbor Circle. At Pine Rest in the Partial Hospitalization Program, she was a group therapist for two years and also taught and created materials for mental health classes. She is fully licensed and believes learning is a lifelong endeavor.

Taylor Mize, LLPC, LLMFT is a Limited Licensed Professional Counselor who is also licensed as a Marriage and Family Counselor. She is particularly interested in helping relationships blossom and providing trauma-informed care for clients who struggle with the effects of  Intimate Partner Violence. Taylor also helps those who suffer from anxiety disorders, stress, emotional distress, trauma, and PTSD. Taylor has obtained her Master’s Degree in Clinical Psychology and is dedicated to advocating for all she works with.

Thomcy Mary Thomas, M.A. LLPC (she/her/hers), is an international doctoral student in the Counselor Education and Supervision program at Western Michigan University (WMU). After securing her Master of Arts degree in Counseling Psychology from WMU in 2020, Thomcy now anticipates graduating from her Ph.D. program in the Fall of 2024. Thomcy’s research endeavors are imbued with a strong focus on multiculturalism, leadership development, mindfulness, and self-care. This distinctive blend of interests underpins her dedicated contributions to the field, particularly in shaping the educational journey of counselors-in-training.

Whatever you are looking for, Health for Life Grand Rapids can provide a counseling practice in Grand Rapids, MI.