For the past 20 years I have had the privilege of working with children, teens, adults, and their families who are struggling with trauma, relationship issues, anxiety, grief and loss, depression, health issues, school or work problems. I have significant training working with childhood trauma and attachment issues. Many of my clients want to change some patterns that are preventing them from living the life they want or achieving their life goals. My approach to therapy is collaborative and draws from my experience in relationship-based, cognitive behavioral therapy, and family systems work.
Heeren Family Therapy offers counseling for all age groups. We are fully licensed mental health professionals, each with over 30 years of clinical experience. We use treatment techniques uniquely tailored to meet the needs of our clients. Our goal is to offer a confidential, safe, and nurturing environment where clients take an active role in their own treatment. Through the therapeutic process, we help clients gain an intellectual and emotional understanding of their issues so they are empowered to make healthy choices toward wellness. We have a holistic philosophy and will help with referrals to appropriate community resources as needed.
I love helping adolescents and their families! Sounds strange I know, but it's true. I provide a listening ear and create a non-judgmental space for youth ages 11-24 to talk about life, love, friendship, and the challenges associated with transitioning into adulthood. I also work with struggling couples and stressed families, and help individuals deal with things like depression and anxiety. Life puts lots of pressure on individuals, marriages, parents, and families, and I'd love to help you find ways to cope with the pressure and go from surviving to thriving!
On the outside you're trying to keep it all together. On the inside you're falling apart. You feel stressed, overwhelmed, and everything is a struggle. No matter what you do it's never good enough. You're tired of feeling tired and ready for change. I specialize in helping people struggling with depression, anxiety, and trauma. This may show up in your life as low self-esteem, difficulty staying motivated, or feeling overwhelmed by emotions. You've taken a big step in looking for help. Finding a therapist that you feel comfortable with is an important part.
Life is difficult, even on the best of days. Let us stop fighting reality, there are moments of heartbreak, sadness, frustration, joy, elation, fear, self-loathing, passion. My knowledge is based in reprocessing trauma, living the moments of now and exiting "the trance of unworthiness" (Tara Brach) that we live in. Radical Acceptance is described as, "Everything is as it should be, always." We are imperfect humans, I accept you exactly as you are in this moment, with care, support and compassion. Currently seeing clients ages 14+.
Are you thinking about taking the first step toward creating positive change in your life? You've come this far, nice work! Let me support you through this journey and together we will take the next step. I believe we all have hidden strengths and talents we can use to navigate life's inevitable challenges, whether it's overcoming anxious thoughts, navigating the ups and downs of adolescence and parenting, or the desire to improve the quality of your relationships.
Life is about feeling our feelings, processing our experiences, overcoming hurdles and truly LIVING our lives in abundance. These elements contribute to living in the present with our whole hearts. My practice is called LIVE TRUE. I am always being lured to living true. To myself. To others. And to an abundant life. The Live True motto: Summoning strength and beauty. Igniting courage and compassion. May we all pursue what it means to truly LIVE! I offer individual and group counseling. Specialties include single mothers, teenagers, divorce, grief, loss, trauma, relationships, life transitions and career-related issues.
I love the work that I do in helping people learn how to find a fresh perspective on where they are, where they want to go, and how to get there. My gift is in my ability to easily connect with people and I create an environment where we work together to get results. In addition to face-to-face counseling, I am also a certified Life Coach and Tele-Counselor which means that we can work by phone/web, if needed. I have been practicing for over 20 years working with adults, couples, families and adolescents. I opened up Grace Counseling Professionals in an effort to bring counselors together to make a difference in our community.
If your marriage has too much conflict, too little togetherness, or it just feels like you've gone in different directions, I can help you get back on the track you want to be on. Some times the patterns that are developed in marriage need a little jolt in order to shift onto a better path. Working on these issues with practical tools in the context of your life in Christ gives you resources that are unavailable simply working on these things yourselves. If you are an individual struggling with anxiety or depression or relational problems, I can also help you with a plan and tools to handle life more effectively.
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LMSW, CCTP, CCATP, CTMH
Are you feeling increasingly lonely, stuck, or overwhelmed? While we are built to survive and adapt, all of us at some point will likely struggle with change, loss, traumatic stress, intrusive worries, mood swings, relationship difficulties, or self-defeating patterns. We look inside and out for support, relief, and perspective, to help us at work, school, home and in-between. This search can often be exausting and frustrating, which can lead to the wise and couragous choice to ask for help.
I believe in the inner strength and wisdom of each individual. As a therapist, I see my role as helping each person access their own wisdom through the therapeutic healing process. Each person deserves to enjoy their life and thrive by being who they are meant to be. Therapy is a collaborative process and I work with clients within a safe, non-judgemental, and non-pathologizing relationship. Being a therapist has been a life-long vision and I am honored to work with each individual. As a gifted, caring and intuitive therapist, I specialize in Anxiety, Depression, Addictions, Eating Disorders, and Trauma.
It's easy to start thinking we can never be happy again. My goal is helping you find your capacity for meaningful change. Having the support system of a therapist is a powerful tool. My approach is direct and engaging (and it is okay for us to use humor). I work with adults and am an active participant in the session. Life transitions can really throw us, and it is not because we are weak, it is because we are normal. I will help you use adversity to become resilient.
I help people get unstuck and recoup a sense of personal competency. I work with people who may be very angry and disappointed, but want nothing more than to feel peaceful. I work with people who are unhappy and want to change their lives with the least amount of conflict possible. I teach people how to balance their rights with the rights of others while maintaining their personal warmth and sense of humor. We determine what is working and what is not working for them. I help people add skills that help communicate their truth effectively, clearly and compassionately. Many people benefit from learning new resiliency skills.
Carl Rogers once said: "The good life is a process, not a state of being. It is a direction, not a destination." However, sometimes the process is difficult and the direction unsure. When you're feeling like life is just too much of a struggle, or you're feeling lost or overwhelmed, you deserve to have a safe place where you can be heard by someone who will guide and empower you toward the personal growth and healing you desire. Life is too short to suffer silently. You can break free from the chains of the anxiety, stress, & the emotional pain you are carrying with you!
As a licensed clinical psychologist I provide brief and long term therapy specializing in treating sexual issues and helping clients improve the satisfaction in their relationships. Working with both individuals and couples, my practice focuses on guiding clients to live a more authentic and fulfilling life through greater intimate connection.
Few people relish change. Sometimes life offers challenges and opportunities. Sometimes it forces change and transitions upon us. It can happen at every stage of life. However, we always have choices about how we face it and how we respond. We can go with it, flow with it and grow with it. It requires a lot of courage. It also helps to approach change with an open mind and an open heart. My approach to psychotherapy is one that is non-judgmental, compassionate, empathic, understanding, safe and supportive.
Licensed Professional Counselor, MA, LPC, CAADC-D, ADS, RYT
Freedom! Ready to get unstuck? You're this far already, reading this. Seeking support proves you haven't given up. It shows you're strong. Heal with talking or spec.-acupuncture. Calm insomnia, ease your body, relieve fatigue or life dissatisfaction. Select TCM methods, or step-by-step techniques to quiet distress, process trauma, soothe anxiety/depression. Suffering alone isn't bravery; you DON'T have to live this way. Break free from diet-culture with intuitive, unconditional eating. Find your natural body size. Change your mood patterns/communication skill. Use a Professional Career Counselor for the job you deserve. Make a plan!
When we are experiencing psychological suffering, it is natural to want to find relief from our distress. Too often, though, our ways of coping or protecting ourselves from pain only lead us to more distress in the long run. We frequently find ourselves back in the same rut, or repeating the same mistakes over and over without knowing why.
There are many approaches to addressing the state of life we find ourselves living in. I practice holistic integrative care that addresses the whole person - mind, body, spirit. Healing is a journey, in which I offer support by creating, establishing and maintaining open and direct relationships with clients. My goal is to assist in bringing balance, and restoring energy and passions through traditional therapies or energy based interventions.
My focus is to help individuals, couples and families acknowledge the strengths they have and to bring relief to defeating beliefs and behaviors.
What type of mental health professional is right for me?
Some of the most common types of mental health providers in Traverse City 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 Traverse City 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.
How to find a specialist?
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 Traverse City, or Child Psychologists in Traverse City.
Many find it useful to use filters to view only psychologists that have experience working with certain issues, like Traverse City psychologists specializing in EMDR.
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 Traverse City 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.
How to use my insurance?
Many therapists accept health insurance. Check to see if your insurance is covered. Feel free to discuss this when you contact the therapist.