Over my 35+ years in the field, I have been searching for what modality of therapy will best serve those seeking mental health services. What I have found, and psychotherapeutic research has proved, is the therapist is the key change ingredient in most successful therapy. Therapy can provide a space where a person is listened, felt, and experienced at such a concentrated level of sharing with emphasis on every aspect of communication. I believe the qualities of an ideal therapist is one who can listen intensely, be nonjudgmental, ego subordinate and unconditionally present. The therapist demonstrates and models how to struggle against seemingly destructive personality habits and how to live more open and less defensively. The therapist presenting as an authentic person that clients can feel comfortable enough with to be open and self-revealing will be key to an optimal therapeutic relationship. “Effective therapists do not attempt to fit their clients into a particular theoretical model; instead, they try to learn from them and in effect, gradually develop a uniquely personal psychological theory for each individual.” -Robert Firestone, PhD In other words, the client is the “expert” concerning their lives. This expertise may be unconscious. Through therapy with an open and self-aware therapist, the process becomes a journey of helping the client, within the therapeutic relationship, to be more conscious, therefore empowered to pursue a healthier lifestyle. This requires
124 Hart St. Marshall, Michigan 49068
Guiding clients to find their true and authentic lives is the primary goal of therapy intervention. As a clinician, I practice from a humanistic approach, which is both trauma-informed and individualized to meet each client's needs. Through compassionate, client-centered methodologies, I work with the client to develop an understanding that allows for healing and growth. I strive to facilitate an atmosphere that is warm, accepting, and judgement free, through which we work together to create a space for the client to explore their thoughts, feelings, hopes and dreams to overcome life’s obstacles. I take a collaborative, strengths-based approach to therapy, and join my clients in their journey to self-discovery. Taking the first step to get help is not easy, but it shows your strength and your innate ability to not only survive, but thrive. Please join me in this journey toward finding and coming into your authentic self.
790 W Lake Lansing RD Suite 200 East Lansing, Michigan 48823
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The Children's Grief Center of the Great Lakes Bay Region
Carson’s Village has collected this list of counselors to make it easier for you to find a grief and bereavement specialist. However, the information about the counselor’s skill and practice areas has been provided by the counselor themselves (or their practice group), therefore, we cannot guarantee the counselors on this list are right for you or your specific needs. We recommend that you schedule a consultation with two to three different counselors. Most will meet with you for a brief consultation free of charge. It is important that you feel comfortable with your counselor, so make sure that you find someone who is polite, accommodating, listens and understands your needs, and is conveniently located (or easy to meet/contact). Use consultations to ask about fees and insurance, if the counselor truly specializes in grief and bereavement (or whatever your needs are), and to assess your fit with them in general. As a rule of thumb, follow your gut and don’t select a counselor until you find someone with whom you feel comfortable and supported. Please note: This resource list is provided for information purposes only and is not an endorsement of the organizations or individuals listed or the services provided.