Welcome! I am glad you found the Counseling Center of West Michigan. This is where it starts. My goal for every session is to create an open and welcoming environment where you will feel relaxed and are able to process openly. Therapy will be a space where you learn more about YOU and learn how to take care of YOU.
Now let me tell you a little bit about myself. I am a masters level social worker and I have 14 years of master level experience. Through the years I have worked with clients dealing with various issues; such as depression, anxiety, postpartum depression, grief and loss, trauma, and substance abuse. Prior to being a clinical therapist I worked in an Intensive outpatient program for mental health. Working there taught me about various mental health disorders and the symptoms of the disorders. I also worked along side with psychiatrists where I learned about our brain chemistry and how our anxiety and depression affect the brain chemistry. I am also knowledgeable about the different psychiatric medications that help decrease symptoms. As well as working in mental health intensive outpatient I have worked with mothers and their babies in an intensive mother baby program. This program worked with mothers dealing with PMAD (Perinatal Mood Anxiety Disorder), previously known as postpartum depression.
The clients I see range in age from 16 years old to 65 years old. I see clients who have depression, anxiety, mood disorders, PMAD, and Bipolar Disorder. I also see people who are in crisis, have a history of trauma, dealing with grief and loss, substance abuse/ recovery, and going through life transition, such as the transitioning from high school to college or college to “adulting.” I also specialize in woman’s issues and working with new moms dealing with anxiety or depression.
I am trained in many therapeutic modalities that I use based on what my client’s needs are. Mindfulness, Insight Oriented therapy, Self-Compassion therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Solution-Focused Therapy are my specialties. However, I am skilled in many other modalities and will use what I feel is needed for the client.
So lets get started! I look forward to working with you.