Natalie Blauer, LMSW, CAADC
ACCEPTING NEW CLIENTS
I joined Counseling Center of West Michigan to be able to offer folks the kind of therapy experience I would like to have: non-judgmental, perspective-offering, educational, uplifting, honest, and effective. I believe most people seek out a therapist because there is something that isn’t working well in their lives. They want to see change and, somehow, they found the courage and strength to search for some help. If this describes your situation, good for you.
I start by listening to my client and learning about what they are struggling with. I get a bird’s eye view of the individual and the situation and then, over time, we dial it in until we have reached the “core” of the issue. Once we have identified the core, or parts of the core, we make a plan to rebuild in a way that feels more comfortable for the client.
I am passionate about working with people who, despite their fears, are willing to look at what it would be like to change. Change is, by definition, uncertain and uncomfortable. My job is to be here with you and take the steps to rebuild in a way that feels healthy and stable for you.
A little bit about me: I love yoga, spending time with my husband and daughter, and being active outdoors. I love coffee and the Fall. I enjoy hiking, being in Lake Michigan, reading a good book, and watching mindless TV shows.
I completed my undergraduate degree at Michigan State University and started working in the field of social work as a Foster Care Case Manager in 2013. In 2018, I earned my Master’s Degree in Social Work from Grand Valley State University and started working as a substance use disorder therapist at an addiction treatment center in Grand Rapids. There, I did group, individual, and family therapy. I found a deep passion for substance recovery work and working towards putting families back together.
Basically, if you’re willing to be here, I’m willing to be here with you. I hope to see you soon!