Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, JD, LMSW-, Clinica, CAADC
My main areas of practice include: alcohol and drug addiction, relational conflict, anxiety, depression, grief/loss, trauma and PTSD. I work with a client centered, interpersonal approach to confidentially support and respond to the individual uniqueness of each client. I focus on creating open and direct dialogue using an element of humor to create relational safety.The level of ongoing anxiety and stress accompanying addiction as well as from everyday life tends to be relentless, overwhelming and at times, traumatizing. My goal is to assist clients in building insight and personalized skills to reduce distress and experience meaningful, corrective, emotional experiences.
Thank you for visiting! Seeking the help that you need can be a challenge so congratulate yourself for taking the first step. As a behavioral health provider I am happy to partner with you to achieve your goals. I view each of my clients as unique, distinct and capable of greatness. I provide a holistic approach to care, addressing the relationship between the mind, body and spiritual condition. Let's work together to achieve the best you!
I have experience working with children and adults with PTSD, complex trauma, anxiety, depression, grief, parenting, ADHD, child welfare issues, and suicidal ideation. I have specialty training in Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT), Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), and the practice and use of mindfulness strategies. I have seen and experienced the process of trauma recovery and can understand the various levels trauma can impact people's lives. Nurturing a healthy thought-life is a helpful tool towards building resilience and strength in trauma and various other mental health needs.
Making the steps towards healing and growth can be difficult. I am a strong believer that we were never designed to navigate through life alone. Life can be incredibly challenging at times, and more often than not in ways that we would never expect. Whether you are feeling depressed, anxious, hopeless, or maybe experiencing grief, you deserve a safe space to process. I strive to always meet my clients where they're at in an inclusive and non-judgmental space. My hope is that we can work collaboratively together to embrace challenges, identify your strengths and develop healthy coping skills to help you thrive.
Currently - - Accepting New Clients - - Everyone deserves a safe space where they can show up as their authentic self without fear of judgement. You've found that space. A space where you can feel heard and seen as you navigate feelings that often come with life's transitions and challenges. Together we will create a space for you to explore who you are in the present moment and make space for who you hope to become.
Feeling stressed and anxious due to worldly events? Struggling with life in general? I am doing in person therapy for those who need face to face interaction. I also offer teletherapy, both phone and zoom sessions. I have over 8 years of experience working with families, adolescents, adults, and children. Helping people reach their full potential is my passion. My areas of expertise is working with those who struggle with addictions, spirituality, trauma, depression, and anxiety.
My background encompasses working with at-risk youth K-12, college and graduate students, families and older adults. My goal is to teach people life skills that will give them purpose, hope and vision of transformation, personal growth and positive mental attitude.
You deserve to live a life that leaves you excited to wake up every morning. Are you ready to make a change in your life? It takes courage to ask for help, but the rewards of doing so can lead to a lifetime of fulfillment. I understand and have experienced the emotional challenges life has to offer. In working together, we will cultivate growth by understanding the obstacles that you face and develop solutions that can help you gain control of your life and achieve your goals. Ultimately, therapy can lead you to greater self-awareness, self-esteem, and most importantly, a more fulfilling life. Evenings and Weekends work great!
**Accepting New Client's** Are you struggling with a loss of interest in normal activities or with a feeling of hopelessness, do you feel consumed with grief, struggle meeting goals, maybe you find it difficult to communicate effectively with family, coworkers, or friends. Life has many transitions and you may need help coping with them (new or loss of a job, college, empty nest, etc). I offer you a safe nonjudgmental space to assist you with finding solutions to your concerns. I am a Limited Licensed Professional Counselor & Limited Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist & I can't wait to help you through your therapeutic journey.
(Currently accepting new clients. Immediate openings, including weekends). It can be difficult to find the right therapist. While I provide research-based psychotherapy, my approach is a bit more unique than other therapists; I implement humor and creativity, along with compassion and candidness, into each session while still meeting a client’s specific needs. My easygoing and laid back approach aligns with my target demographic of teens and young adults. Additionally, I also offer evaluations, assessments, and testing, including IQ, personality, and behavioral analysis, such as ADHD screening.
My ideal client is one that is struggling but wants to improve. Neurodevelopmental disorders are my JAM! ADHD, Learning Disabilities, and Autism Spectrum Disorders is where I direct much of my clinical experience. It's important to me that my clients (and their parents/families/teachers) understand the uniqueness of their disorder and how to turn a perceived deficit into a SUPERPOWER. All children are wonderful gifts, and I love helping children discover and embrace their best selves. A diagnosis does not define you, your child, or your family.
We only know what we know, and unless someone comes alongside us and teaches us new things we cannot grow. I am a Limited Licensed Processional Counselor with an eclectic background which gives me a unique perspective when it comes to mental health and counseling. I specialize in working with children, teens, and family units moving through hard things like depression, anxiety, self harming, divorce, delinquent behavior, trauma, and grief.
I am here to help you navigate difficult situations going on in your life. My goal is for you to feel safe and understood. I enjoy helping people from all backgrounds. My specialty areas include anxiety, depression, trauma, substance abuse, chronic pain, adjustment, and stress management. I believe therapy should take place in a safe, supportive, empowering, and confidential environment. Clients are active in the process, exploring areas including feelings, beliefs, and behaviors while working through personal history and identifying aspects of their lives they wish to change.
Life experiences can impact us in surprising, often difficult and even traumatic ways leaving us feeling out of touch with ourselves and those around us. With over sixteen (16) years of experience working alongside individuals and families in a variety of clinical settings, my clinical approach begins with meeting you where you are at, without judgement or preconceived notions, to help create a safe, warm and welcoming environment for change. Combining my experience as a clinical social worker and as a parent, my aim is to provide resources and tools that can be used to breakdown the barriers that may exist in your life.
I specialize in working with first responders and Veterans, and I help people with sexual and substance addictions as well. As an adoptive parent in the trenches, I am an expert in parenting issues related to fostering and adoption. If you have experienced trauma or events that have been very disruptive to your life EMDR therapy can bring you significant relief. If you feel hopeless that life can get better, or find yourself sabotaging your own successes, EMDR therapy is a great approach. I'm here to help if you are considering a change.
Hi, my name is Dustin. I am a therapist within Kalamazoo, Michigan. I have lived exsperience with mental health issues, poverty, criminal justice, and more. My passion is to reach out to those who have been hit hard with life. I was one who was told I was an impossible case, and here I am today. I have much experience and knowledge to offer help and guidance in rough times.
My ideal client is anyone in need of therapy in their lives. I am open to working with different individuals from all walks of life! I believe that not only can you learn techniques from me, I can also learn from you and your individual life experience! I want to help you achieve all of your therapy goals and anything that helps you to become the best version of yourself!
Picture your mind as a house. Maybe the living room is in disarray, there is that basket of laundry that has been left unattended, and spoiled leftovers need to be discarded. Perhaps you have even stuffed past items in your closet for when company comes over knowing that if you open that door everything will come spilling out. Thinking about this situation, you may be overwhelmed with trying to feel comfortable in your space again. Where do you start? Let me help you declutter and reorganize your mind’s space, letting go of thoughts and behaviors that no longer serve you.
When addiction or mental health issues take over your life it can be incredibly overwhelming. I provide a supportive environment to share your issues and concerns. I will walk along side you on your journey to recovery and stability as you learn accountability and healthy coping skills. Get ready to take back ownership of your life!
I completed a postdoctoral fellowship in Cognitive Therapy at the University of Pennsylvania under the supervision of Aaron Beck, M.D. in 1983. I am a Founding Fellow of the Academy for Cognitive Therapy. My primary interest and expertise is in helping people identify and break free from the negative life patterns that underlie long-standing depression, anxiety, and painful relationships. My style is systematic, focused, collaborative and flexible. I see my first task as creating a safe and stable foundation from which clients can begin to meet their core emotional needs and grow.
What type of mental health professional is right for me?
Some of the most common types of mental health providers in Downtown, Kalamazoo 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 Downtown, Kalamazoo 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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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 Downtown, Kalamazoo 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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