Family Therapy in Houghton Lake, MI

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Heidi L. Sura
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LLMSW
Hello All. I am a former English teacher/tutor turned licensed therapist. I love listening to stories and helping people figure out their strengths, abilities and goals. I specialized in trauma while I was in school and have worked with both children and adults. I have worked with the amazing Northern Michigan Children’s Assessment Center in Roscommon as well as with Adult Services and the wonderful people at DHHS. My background is well rounded, and while I tend to lean toward the Marvel Universe v. DC, I can talk a mean game of basketball and enjoy Sunday football with the family . I look forward to hearing your stories and needs.
(989) 368-0528
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Houghton Lake, MI 48629
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Christine Cromwell With Partners In Change
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LMSW
Verified
Verified
Hi, my name is Chris and I have lived in West Branch for the majority of my life. I graduated from Ogemaw Heights High School in 1989 and earned a Bachelor's of Social Work from Ferris State University in 1995. I eventually moved back to the West Branch community and gained experience working with individuals experiencing trauma, substance use, and severe mental illness. I obtained my Master's degree in Social Work from Michigan State in 2019.
(989) 832-2165
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Balance Mental Health & Wellness
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LMSW
Verified
Verified
Balance Mental Health & Wellness provides mental health services for children, adolescents and adults. Our brick and mortar business is based out of Houghton Lake, Michigan and we also provide virtual services throughout Michigan.
(989) 200-4826
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Prudenville, MI 48651
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Beverly A Glaza
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LMSW
Verified
1 Endorsed
Verified
1 Endorsed
Now accepting virtual clients! I can see you next week!
(989) 662-9429
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Prudenville, MI 48651
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Helga Bakk
Licensed Professional Counselor, LLPC, CAADC
Life often teaches many of us that personal growth and change can be a struggle. Oftentimes circumstance finds us taking two steps forward and then one step back. If you're tired of lacking discipline and could benefit from some motivation I can create a partnership with you. I will work with you to increase your self-determination, self-awareness, and self-acceptance. I will help you understand how our current ways of thinking, feeling, behaving, and relating are tied to our family of origin and the programming we received as a child.
(810) 660-1132
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Glennie, MI 48737
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Charity Manke
Limited Licensed Psychologist, MA, LLP
Verified
2 Endorsed
Verified
2 Endorsed
I share my work in northern Michigan, where I grew up and returned in 2012, following eight years in the Metro Detroit area, with several other passions: being active with my family , exploring trails,and dipping my toes in the water.
As a clinical psychologist, my mission is simple: to help you to identify your goals and provide warm, empowering support while you work toward them. My focus is helping teens and adults navigate anxiety, depression and life changes such as divorce, work/school struggles, illness, and loss. Women's issues- the challenges of motherhood and the pressure to "do it all", especially- are of particular interest to me.
(231) 333-5322
Traverse City, MI 49684
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Caroline Giblin
Counselor, LLPC
Verified
1 Endorsed
Verified
1 Endorsed
Family systems will be examined, and restoration will be handled healthfully, if the situation allows.
I hope to help my clients to live their 'best life possible,' progressively, soon! We will incorporate all of your unique life experiences, your unique areas of needed healing, and will take therapy at your pace.
(989) 296-2637
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Midland, MI 48640
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Zane Schwaiger
Marriage & Family Therapist, LLMFT
Verified
Verified
My supervisor, Michael Sullivan, LMSW, LMFT has been practicing family therapy since 1974.
In my work with couples and families, I provide a warm, non-judgmental presence to help you share your story, make discoveries, and meet your goals. I have a particular passion for helping couples, and I also work with individuals of all ages. I see family members as part of a connected system, and I honor each person's need for belonging and independence within their closest relationships. My background in education and love for the natural world shape my connection with clients.
(231) 272-5031
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Traverse City, MI 49684
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Susan White
Marriage & Family Therapist Associate, LLMFT, MA, MS
Verified
Verified
I am a marriage and family therapist specializing in Behavioral Science.
I have several years of experience working with mental health and behavioral health. I have helped individuals and couples recover from trauma related to physical, sexual, verbal, and emotional abuse. Trauma can manifest itself in several ways, including: relationship issues, professional issues, that allow the inability to live in peace and harmony. It can also manifest body image, self-sabotage, and a lack of self-confidence. Some of the modalities I use include Brain Spotting (BSP), Collaborative Therapy and Structural Therapy. Life, financial and other coaching is available from Ramona R Durso, EdD., MBA.
(989) 656-8028
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West Branch, MI 48661
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Ashley K. Castro
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LMSW, CAADC
Verified
3 Endorsed
Verified
3 Endorsed
Are you struggling with anxiety or feeling depressed? Are family or life difficulties leaving you stressed? Are you feeling burned out? Have you experienced trauma? I believe we all need a supportive space to be open without judgement as we talk through our thoughts and feelings and process stress. I'd love to help support you with these or other concerns such as relationship issues, job stresses and faith related difficulties. Working together we will work toward peace and personal growth for a more vibrant life through mental wellness, stress management and healthy boundaries.
(616) 201-3192
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Rockford, MI 49341
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Diane Allen
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LMSW
Verified
1 Endorsed
Verified
1 Endorsed
I have extensive experience in mental health, substance abuse, dual diagnosed clients, anxiety issues, family and relationship issues, post traumatic stress disorder, domestic violence, sexual abuse, grief and loss issues, self-esteem issues, chronic pain, medical issues, adolescent issues, obsessive compulsive disorder and transgender and gay issues.
I have found that everyone can hit a bump in the road. The hardest part of this experience is to walk in the door and ask for help. I value the therapeutic process between my clients and myself, and enjoy as well am honored in getting you into a healthier place. Everyone comes with a different story and event, and I can help you with this. Together we will forge through whatever it is you are struggling with, and I look forward to empowering you on this non judgmental journey. My office is a safe place to land. I look forward to helping you be a healthier you.
(810) 255-0481
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Birch Run, MI 48415
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Bren Shantz
Counselor, MA, LPC
Verified
2 Endorsed
Verified
2 Endorsed
As a therapist, my role is to provide a confidential and safe environment in which you experience empathy, authenticity, and respect. I provide therapy services primarily for adults, meeting with clients in a one-on-one setting. My typical clients are those who are experiencing a variety of personal concerns, such as healing from traumatic experiences, working through relationship problems or family stress, grappling with negative experiences from a religious community, coming to terms with identity issues or mental health concerns, engaged in adoption or foster care, and much more.
(616) 371-5202
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Grand Rapids, MI 49525
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Bainbridge Center for Growth & Development
Licensed Professional Counselor, MA, LLC
Verified
Verified
You have been sitting with your thoughts and seem to recycle your memories. You are excellent at suppressing your hurt and stay busy with work and life as a distraction. You no longer connect with others the way you used to and keep friends and family at a distance. The Pandemic may have increased your anxiety and depression and you are uncertain where to begin. Your worry and fear come out as; anger, sadness and controlling behaviors, due to questioning your worth and self esteem. Will I ever feel truly happy? Will I feel truly loved? Will I find my life path and the career that makes my soul soar? Will I learn to forgive?
(231) 674-1536
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Traverse City, MI 49684
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Chris Fike
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MS, LLMSW
I am committed to and understand transformation processes – at the individual, family , group, organizational, and community levels. I have a strong foundation in the theoretical and practical elements of the change process, and tend to ground my work in trauma-focused, critical, and person-centered approaches. Relationship-building, authenticity, empathy, and explicitly anti-oppressive frameworks are at the core of my personal and professional identity, while a commitment to the values of social justice, dignity and worth of all people, service, integrity, and the centrality of human relationships really frames my professional work.
(989) 301-2185
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Saginaw, MI 48603
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Susan Markey Whitener
Licensed Professional Counselor, MA, LPC
Verified
Verified
My goal is to provide a supportive environment to help people work through life's challenges. I offer a healing cognitive based therapeutic approach that is tailored to the individual or the family . We will focus on helping you learn more about yourself, to identify coping strategies, and when appropriate, we will set goals that will lead to real life changes. Each session will center around your concerns - my intent is to help you process your own experiences and ultimately, develop your strengths.
(231) 928-5409
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Indian River, MI 49749
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Jean Moree
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC, NCC, CCTS-I
Verified
Verified
Specific areas of clinical experience include anxiety disorders, borderline personality disorder, trauma and PTSD, issues related to dysfunctional family systems, family of origin issues, and victims of domestic violence and abuse.
I know that seeking out therapy can feel overwhelming and uncomfortable, so I’m glad you’re here! I believe counseling is a collaborative process based on honesty, respect, and empowerment in which we work together toward the change you desire. I also believe in authenticity, flexibility, and meeting you where you are. So, please come as you are – there are no expectations here! Additionally, I believe that YOU drive the bus in this therapeutic journey. I recognize that you are the expert of your own experience. My role as a guide is to help you gain long-term, life-changing tools so you can shape your life into the one you desire.
(231) 227-8385
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Boyne City, MI 49712
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Jessie Thompson
Masters Social Worker, LCSW
Verified
Verified
I am professionally trained, experienced and accredited in a variety of evidenced based therapy treatment models including Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), Internal Family Systems (IFS), Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral (TF-CBT) and Christian Counseling.
When you pull back the curtain a bit in this world, you will find deep and ongoing pain in many of us. Suppressing this pain through medications and coping strategies can bring about temporary relief but not everlasting internal peace. Helping you confront and heal the root cause of your anxiety, depression, addiction, anger or other difficulties is my goal.
(989) 499-1433
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Gaylord, MI 49735
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Christine Clute
Counselor, MA, LLP, LPC
Verified
Verified
Individual and family counseling for challenging transitions; marriage, divorce, step-relationships, death and remarriage.
The power to have the quality life and relationships that you desire is in your hands. It just takes courage to take the first step. If you feel lost in a maze that keeps ending up where you started, maybe you need a good guide who can help you arrive at a more satisfying destination. I can help you navigate through the challenges in life so that you end up with more positive results. ( PLEASE NOTE: I only work with individuals 20yrs+ old.)
(231) 225-4172
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Traverse City, MI 49686
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Wendy Dittrich Croll
Licensed Professional Counselor, MA, LPC, LLC
Verified
Verified
No matter how hard you try to move forward, you feel like your taking one step back. You’re a high performer with perfectionism tendencies and always put on a smile, which helps you forget your pain. You feel you will never be fully happy and never be able to fully enjoy life how others do, because of your many losses, attributing to your decreased self esteem. You may keep friends and family at a distance, to protect yourself from yet another inevitable loss. You may have stopped exercising and taking care of yourself the way you used to, since it takes too much work and you're just surviving at the end of another long day.
(231) 742-7095
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Petoskey, MI 49770
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Stacy Athens
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LMSW, RPT
Verified
1 Endorsed
Verified
1 Endorsed
With experiential focus on treating depression, anxiety, PTSD as well as family and behavioral concerns.
It takes a lot of courage to decide to seek help with something that is bothering you or that is a struggle within your life. I find it to be an honor to work alongside my clients in their own journey of healing. Therapy is different for every single person, and an element I have found important, is to operate as a team together with trust and rapport. As a therapist, I am client centered with a focus on building a safe and trusting relationship with my clients, aiding in the ability to share their thoughts, feelings and experiences. I provide alternative views, and often times will encourage continued work outside of session.
(989) 487-1323
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Saginaw, MI 48603
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Family Therapy

What do family therapists do?

A family therapist facilitates the process of understanding and improving how a family functions. The therapist will help family members develop empathy for one another. They’ll seek to understand existing patterns, misunderstandings, and conflicts that arise, in order to help the family arrive at a realistic, unified understanding and develop the coping skills they need to build stronger relationships.

How long does therapy for families take to work?

Therapy manifests differently in every family; a common time frame is 12 weekly sessions, but some families may see improvement after just a few weeks. Families should discuss their goals with the therapist at the beginning of the process and periodically revisit those goals to assess their progress together.

How can you encourage a family member to attend family therapy?

You can encourage family members to attend therapy by expressing with both love and concern the challenges you see and explaining how a therapist could help the family navigate those challenges together. An outside perspective can help everyone feel heard, get on the same page, and develop new skills. If family members are still hesitant, it may be helpful to emphasize that family therapy is short-term—it won’t last forever.

Is therapy for families effective?

Family therapy can significantly improve family dynamics and relationships. Research suggests that family therapy can help individuals understand their role in the family, communicate and solve problems together, reduce conflict and draw boundaries when necessary, and develop coping skills for stressors, major life changes, and mental or physical illnesses within the family.