Life has a way of knocking us down, doesn’t it? It can be tough to create a life that feels fulfilling. We can find ourselves dissatisfied in our relationships, career, or life, and it can be difficult to shake the nagging sense that life has not turned out how we expected or hoped. Perhaps, you are struggling with a difficult boss or a job that doesn’t quite seem to fit your skill set. Or perhaps, no matter matter how hard you try you cannot seem to make progress with your relationships (whether that be your spouse, significant other, family, or friends), and it continues to be distant, disconnected, or conflicted.
Practicing since 2005, I work with children and teens, families and individuals and specialize in trauma, attachment, behavioral issues, children's mental health, relationship issues and transitions with the family life cycle. I assess clients and their presenting concerns with a welcoming, non-judgmental , solution-focused approach. My client-centered manner empowers the individual to realize strengths and assets available to them and how to compensate for and overcome identified barriers.
The clients that I have had the opportunity to work with are among the bravest people I have met. It is that courage that leads people to reach out and ask for help with what they are unable to do themselves. I am humbled to be a part of that process. Using a combination of cognitive behavioral techniques, mindfulness, empathy and levity, we can work through issues of anxiety, depression, and eating disorders of any kind.
We are a collective bunch of counselors who specialize in counseling middle and high school students, college students and young adults. See, all of us here have struggled in different ways, and it’s those experiences that have lead us here to work at 3rdchair. Whatever you’re struggling with, we’ll do our best to help you get through it and be a better and stronger person for it.
It is my goal to help you create change in your life and develop new understanding as you face life's challenges. Together we will maximize your ability to achieve personal fulfillment, explore the enormous capacity within you, and reach a healthy state of balance and well-being. I enjoy working with a diverse clientele. Most individuals I see are dealing with anxiety related disorders, relationship issues, grief and loss, or simply adjusting to a life transition. I look forward to the opportunity to meet you and discuss your needs and expectations.
Life can get messy. Maybe you found yourself in a situation you didn't choose for yourself, or maybe you can't seem to shake that gnawing anxiety or the voice that says "you will never be enough". Perhaps you found yourself reeling in the wake of someone else's choices, or maybe even your own. Or maybe you are a parent watching helplessly as you see your son or daughter struggle. That's where I come in. I value the opportunity to be invited into life's most fragile areas and walk alongside you toward freedom, wholeness and hope.
Are you Searching for Help with Coping with Major Life Issues such as gender/sexual identity, family relations, job stress, feeling down or anxious? Are you having trouble with your child's behaviors or concerned about their moods and emotions? Dr. Matthew Clark offers supportive therapy with helpful suggestions for you or you and your family. Spirituality can be a part of your treatment if this is an area of interest. Behavior management programs that have proven effective are offered. Education and guidance around LGBTQ+ issues.
I am a seasoned, compassionate therapist, with over 20 years of counseling experience in assisting you to navigate life and heal inside and in your various relationships, bringing out your very best. EMDR is the most recent and powerful tool for healing that I have acquired to help you find inner strength and peace when other approaches have fallen short. I am also skilled in helping you gain and maintain your addiction recovery. My most unique specialty is helping those with short-term memory loss learn and retain information vital to living a safer and more normal life, once again.
At one time or another we all experience challenges in creating the lives we desire. I am passionate about working collaboratively with you to aid you in developing healthier relationships and learning effective strategies to overcome life's obstacles. I aid clients in addressing issues such as: trauma, anxiety, depression, identity development, sexual abuse, sexual assault, women's issues, and relationship concerns. By developing a greater understanding of ourselves and our relationships I believe that we can find greater meaning in our lives.
"My style is warm, genuine and supportive. I am an interactive therapist and will work with you to discover and honor your inner strengths. I am supportive and listen to assist you to find solutions for new life directions, I believe strongly in the client/ therapist relationship."
I believe all people generally have the resources to help themselves, yet sometimes simply need a safe, trustworthy professional to work through issues, identify goals, make healthy decisions and take steps necessary to live life more fully. I use an integrative and holistic approach that draws largely from acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT), solutions-focused and cognitive behavioral theories. I recognize and respect the fact that individuals have widely varying perspectives and needs. Lastly, I am fully virtual and offer either phone or video sessions.
I am outgoing, and enjoy travel, nature, animals, and connection. I use my personal experiences with divorce, blended families, women's issues, grief/loss, relationship issues, and more. This allows me to join with clients in working through their issues and experiences, while providing skills and tools to overcome them. When working with a client, I believe the most important thing is connection. Having the opportunity to give clients a voice and space to talk freely about issues, fears, beliefs, and anything in between is an honor. In connecting to my client's experience I can show them what it means to truly be known.
I have worked with adolescents and adults as a counselor and as an educator for more than 17 years. As a therapist, I use a holistic approach to wellness with an eclectic incorporation of many techniques in mental health and education. I believe in empowering clients in determining their best use of resources to overcome obstacles and achieving their overall wellness and potential. I enjoy working with clients who are in transition - end of a relationship, loss of employment, heading to college - to name a few. These are stressful times, and I partner with clients as they navigate these changes.
I help women and girls heal their wounds and transform their lives for the better. Whether your issues are depression, anxiety, decreased self-esteem, relationship issues, PTSD, or other personal issues, you deserve all that life has to offer and you don't have to achieve it alone. Let me walk beside you in your journey as a healing guide.
I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who specializes in the treatment of children, adolescents and adults experiencing difficulties due to the trauma of sexual victimization and domestic violence. I have worked extensively within the Kent County Family Court system and various area agencies in addressing safety and advocacy issues for children and families. Additional areas of clinical expertise include anxiety and panic disorder, marriage counseling and working with divorced parents in establishing an effective co-parenting plan for the children. I have co-facilitated a grief recovery support group for the past 6 years.
I have over twelve years of experience working with adolescents and their families as well as counseling experience with couples, adults, and children as young as seven years old. The areas that I focus on are anxiety, depression/mood, adjustment issues, spiritual issues, oppositional behaviors, anger management, and trauma. I have immediate openings available and more information can be obtained by visiting clearwatergr.com or by calling ClearWater Counseling & Wellness at 616-965-1200.
Our lives are stories and we all want them to be stories worth telling, that give us hope. Maybe you long to rewrite the story you are living. I believe everyone has the ability to change their story. Whether you are a couple, a family, or an individual, you can have hope. I desire to walk alongside you in your struggles and help you to forge a new path. Sometimes all it takes is a listening ear; sometimes it takes long, hard work. But you have the choice-to step out in courage and to start writing a new story.
Therapy is about uncovering desire. It is an adventure in moving past, dissolving or reducing painful problems and embracing life, love and relationships. It is more than words; it is experiencing oneself in ways that are meaningful, whatever that looks like for each person. I work with individuals and couples (gay, straight, poly, trans), who want more from their lives. I believe there is always hope and possibilities and I passionately work with people to discover opportunities for more of what they want in life.
Are you having trouble in your relationship? Increasing arguments, lost trust, resentment, distance and problems with intimacy are some of the issues that make having a happy relationship seem impossible. Maybe you are not sure if your relationship can ever be happy and healthy again or if it will even survive. I believe there is hope for struggling couples to become stronger, healthier and happier by getting clear about why they are where they are and where they want to be -- individually and as a couple -- and what it will take to get there.
I am a Licensed Master Social Worker. I earned my bachelor's degree in History from Taylor University; a Master's degree in Student Personnel Administration in Higher Education from Ball State University; and a Master's degree in Social Work from Grand Valley State University. I have over 25 years of experience working in counseling, training, higher education, non-profit administration, and financial planning. My experience as a clinical therapist, has spanned over 23 years. I enjoy working with individuals, couples, and families. My areas of expertise include depression, anxiety, addictive personalities, spiritual issues, financial issues, and cognitive restructuring.
What type of mental health professional is right for me?
Some of the most common types of mental health providers in Midtown, Grand Rapids are psychologists, licensed counselors, therapists, psychotherapists, and licensed clinical social workers, all of whom diagnose mental health conditions and provide individualized treatment.
Services offered, education and credentials vary by type of mental health professional. Each professional in Midtown, Grand Rapids then may specialize in certain areas, such as depression, marriage counseling, or anxiety. Although many mental health providers are not licensed to prescribe medication, they may coordinate with a provider who can.
Both in-person and online therapy sessions are available from most psychologists.
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You can refine your search using the filters on this page. There are several categories you can filter by to find mental health professionals with the experience you are looking for. You may want to filter for CBT Psychologists in Midtown, Grand Rapids, or Child Psychologists in Midtown, Grand Rapids.
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What method of therapy is right for me?
When it comes to treatment methods, there's no 'right way.’ Each method of therapy can be beneficial for a variety of issues. Psychologists in Midtown, Grand Rapids specialize in therapeutic approaches such as CBT, EMDR, and Interpersonal Therapy (IPT), among others. Finding a psychologist or therapist who is a good fit for you is the most important step to discovering what type of therapy, or combination of therapeutic approaches, will meet your individual needs. Learn what to expect from different types of therapy and how they work.
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