Whether seeking help for a broken relationship or for personal growth, Amy gently guides clients to shift from survival aspects of the brain into higher-level thinking and functioning behaviors, offering folks the possibility of responding more rationally to the stress they experience.
My hope is that you will find working with me to be healing, educational, and enjoyable. I am comfortable working with men and women from diverse backgrounds and have an appreciation for the unique strengths and abilities of each client. My goal as a therapist is to assist people who are moving through life transitions and coping with personal challenges.
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC, LMFT, LMSW, Phd , PA
As compassionate therapists, our goal is to help you uncover your true potential. Our caring multidisciplinary team is ready to guide you through depression, anxiety, anger, mood issues, trauma, relationship conflict, or other life stressors. In a comfortable and supportive atmosphere, we offer a person-centered approach tailored to your needs to help you reach the personal or relational growth you deserve. We hope that you come to know the unique person that God has created you to be in order to live your life in abundance.
Life is hard. No one is immune to stress, fluctuating emotions, and various forms of challenges throughout their life. Taking the first step always takes bravery! You are not alone. I consider it a privilege to walk alongside you in your journey. We would aim to create a partnership wherein we would work to meet your personal goals by discovering and utilizing your strengths, engaging in problem solving, and implementing new strategies for change and growth. I would provide a safe, nonjudgmental, caring environment in which you could gain the comfort you need to grow in self-awareness and develop positive coping skills.
I have a passion for working with teens and young adults who are experiencing life changes, relationship concerns, depression and anxiety. I have also been trained in working with Perinatal Mood Disorders with women who have recently given birth or who are pregnant.
I believe we all desire to live freely, love fully, be our real, true selves, and become our best selves. I want that for myself, and I want that you. But this earth we inhabit is a broken place, and life is messy and complicated. Relationships can be tricky too. Understanding and managing our own emotions, while trying to live with, and care for others and their stuff, often seems like an impossible endeavor. We all struggle with something or someone sometime, and there is no good reason to face yours alone. Life cannot be done on our own - it is too complex. We need others, others need us, and we all need GOD.
Knowing no single approach is right for every individual, I am guided by a strengths-based philosophy allowing me to provide a safe non-judgmental environment to utilize a variety of modalities to meet the unique needs of each client. Spending my professional career specializing in women I have an expertise in intimate partner violence, sexual abuse, substance use, in addition to a variety of techniques to assist in healing.
I am a counselor who has a deep passion for helping individuals, couples, and families through deep hurts and wounds. I have worked extensively with couples who are trying to repair their marriage. I have led divorce groups and helped individuals work through the process of divorce. I have worked with individuals who suffer with depression, anxiety, low self esteem, eating disorders, OCD, addictions, and anger issues. Life is tough. It takes us by surprise and off guard more times than we care to admit. My goal is to help you work through the "stuff" that hinders you everyday.
Coping with your anxiety or depression is hard, especially alone. How about starting in a safe space where, together, we can navigate through this. Are you struggling with communication and problem solving? Life is already too stressful to come home to feeling like no one is being heard or not being able to talk with your loved ones. Are you feeling challenged with the symptoms of PCOS (Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome) like weight gain or hirsutism? I can help you feel supported and process those feelings that come with PCOS. Individual therapy sessions could be truly helpful focusing on the strengths you already have.
In need of someone to listen to you without judging you and work through difficult issues? I provide an Integrative approach using Trauma Focused Therapy, Internal Family Systems, CBT, Interpersonal Therapy, Person-Centered Therapy, Solution-Focused Therapy, and Drama Therapy, where appropriate. I believe it is my job to provide the supportive environment, professional insight, and researched-based strategies to allow the client to grow. I want to help my clients become their best selves.
Now accepting Priority Health Insurance. I see clients (18+) In-Person or Virtually. My wish for every person that walks into my office is HOPE! I believe that caring for one's mental health is as important as their physical health. During your session I am concerned for your mental & emotional health and every aspect that encompasses you as a human being...Mind...Body...Spirit.
Providing a space of safety and acceptance to explore life issues, we work together to begin the process of change. Beginning with a solution-focused approach, we begin with your strengths. A key to this is learning to effectively use tools (coping skills) along with being able to see and understand situations differently. We work together to improve the health of your relationships, the most important one being with yourself, and then other relationships in your life. Problems with alcohol or other drugs can be addressed if that's something you want to work on.
The relationship between you and I is a key component of your treatment outcome. I believe that this therapeutic relationship is founded in a spirit of collaboration, an emotional bond and an agreement on goals and tasks. Two main characteristics of therapy are critical to the building of this therapeutic alliance: expertise and empathy. I am confident in my ability to help resolve any issues in a satisfying manner, prepared in both theory and practice, clear in my thoughts, ideas, and logical in the problem solving process. Of equal importance, I am accepting, understanding and genuinely interested in you and your needs.
I view counseling as discipleship where I come along side you to help you reach your personal hopes and goals for your life. I personally believe that trauma is a mind/body issue and look at therapy in a holistic manor. The things we struggle with today are often caused by past experiences and to find freedom, we need to address that past.
Life can be difficult at times and often we struggle to navigate those challenging times. Marriage and trauma difficulties, in particular, can be very personal and often leave us feeling extremely confused and lonely. As a therapist I use the Gottman Method Therapy and Emotion Focused Therapy to assist couples. I work with my clients to identify a specific cycle of conflict, identify and express personal longings, increase level of intimacy, and put trust/commitment back into relationships. I also use EMDR, and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy to explore, educate and empower those with trauma and each person I come in contact with.
I work with ages 13-adult. My purpose in counseling is to help each client achieve their social, personal, career and emotional development goals. I tailor my approach to each client's needs, always providing an un-biased, non-judgmental, listening ear.
My name is Nichole, I am a solution focused and strengths based counselor with an established practice serving the greater Muskegon area. I utilize a variety of techniques, including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, EMDR, Gottman Couples Therapy, stress management, increasing self-worth, inner child work, incorporation of meditation, mind/body connection, assertiveness training, mood management, DV, and anxiety reduction. I am also very passionate about serving individuals identifying with the LGBTQ+ community. Additionally, I provide ADHD testing, processing of an ADHD diagnosis and coaching services.
*Accepting new clients in Grand Haven!* I specialize in working with women struggling with anxiety, depression, struggles with self-esteem and setting boundaries. I have been told I have an authentic, genuine style. I also enjoy using humor. I have found myself enjoying the work I do with other women in the helping professions. Brene Brown is my jam. When you call to schedule, please specify that you'd like to see me! I utilize the method of "retraining your brain" in identifying distorted thought patterns that we sometimes become stuck in and learning to reframe these thoughts and perspectives. Also love Brainspotting for trauma.
I work with clients who may be experiencing fears, shame, guilt, anger, worry, depression, anxiety, the results of trauma, and those who need a stronger sense of self, value, direction, and hope. My goal is to see you become fully alive as who you are and to enjoy your life to the fullest. I am varied in my approach and often use a combination of person-centered, positive, psychological techniques combined with teaching clients scientific, practical methods for retraining neural pathways and changing unhelpful thought patterns into life-giving ones. I delight in the unique process of learning from and with each client.
What type of mental health professional is right for me?
Some of the most common types of mental health providers in Spring Lake 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 Spring Lake 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 Spring Lake 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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