What To Expect At Your Visit
Guiding You On the Path of Self-Healing
Making the decision to come to therapy is a huge step and we will strive to make this process as comfortable and goal focused as possible. We work with a wide range of challenges from anxiety and depression to adjustment issues and grief. Whatever your needs may be, we are here to offer support. Therapy is a process of growth and self-discovery, and in our sessions we promote self empowerment and movement toward a better quality of life. We are confident that one of our skilled clinicians will be the perfect fit to help you on your road to overall well-being.
Services We Offer
With You Every Step of the Way
Child and Adolescent Therapy
Elyse Danielson, LMSW
I have over eight years of clinical experience. I am experienced working with children, adolescents, adults, older adults, couples and families from all walks of life. My particular interests are in adjustment issues, anxiety, depression, adjustment to illness or new diagnosis, post traumatic stress disorder, and grief and loss counseling. However, I am more then willing to tackle any challenge facing my clients and come up with a collaborative solution for the best quality of life possible.
In session, I utilize Cognitive Behavioral approaches, as changing the way we think about the challenge at hand is often half the battle. I also use elements of strength-based counseling, solution focused therapy, and person-centered therapy. I also am happy to provide spiritual based and Christian based counseling.
I have recently started the certification process for EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing) and I am excited to bring this new approach to the practice.
I work very hard to provide a warm and comfortable environment for a client to receive therapy and look forward to helping empower my clients to realize their potential, self-worth and value.
Betsy Howell, LMSW
Welcome! May I be the first to congratulate you on taking this step toward increased health, wellness, and peace? If it is wholeness and restoration your restless heart seeks, and if you're open to the crucial role that Jesus the Divine Physician can play in that healing, then allow me to introduce you to the peace of Jesus Christ, in whom all things are restored and made whole.
Together we will partner with Jesus and the Holy Spirit to address anxiety, depression, trauma, grief, stress, and a variety of other mental health conditions to bring you to the fullness of your identity, gifts, and talents in the Lord. Classically trained in the therapeutic techniques of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Solution Focused Therapy, and Motivational Interviewing, I marry together themes of JPII's Theology of the Body, prayer, and Inner Healing techniques to identify the root of your concerns, bring those concerns to Jesus for healing, and address mindset, disordered thought patterns, and unhealthy behaviors along the way.
I am happy and excited to work with a variety of Christian believers, as well as those questioning the Faith, and non-believers too. While I believe that true healing can only be fully realized in Jesus Christ, I also believe that modern therapeutic techniques offer excellent insight, coping skills, and effective treatment methods for mental health conditions. I take great joy in working with children, as young as 5, adolescents, adults, older adults, couples, and families. I am humbled and grateful for this opportunity to partner with you in this time of healing and self discovery, as you become the best version of yourself, the self God uniquely, un-repeatedly, and irreplaceably designed you to be.
"Perhaps you were created for such a time as this." Esther 4:14
Allie VanSickle, LMSW
Allie VanSickle, LMSW takes an open-minded, sincere, validating, and direct approach to treatment. Allie believes the individual is the expert on their own lives and takes a holistic approach to supporting the individual's growth and empowerment. Allie works collaboratively with clients and allows the individual's comfort/readiness to guide the therapeutic process. Allie specializes in assisting children and youth, those struggling with eating disorders, OCD, and/or attachment issues. Allie recently completed the triple P (Positive Parenting Program) and is excited to implement this when working with families. Allie is passionate about working with the deaf community and is proficient in ASL.
She is comfortable with integrating a variety of methods, including Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral, Trauma-Focused, Solutions-Focused, Strength-Based, and play therapy techniques (age dependent). Allie is very excited to be adding EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing) to her services provided.
Deciding to engage in treatment is a big step, please feel free to reach out to me if you have any questions.
Cathi C. Barry, LMSW
Thank you for taking this first step in respecting your life and affirming your self importance. As your therapist, I am here to create a nonjudgmental space for you to safely process what is on your mind. We will work together to improve your current state of being. I am here to empower you to become your own healer and therapist in the end, by giving you coping tools and by guiding as you find what is no longer serving you. I will meet you where you’re at, as you don’t have to feel ‘prepared’ for therapy sessions and each one may be a bit different! We will be able to genuinely explore your feelings and inner voice together.
I have been a social worker since 2011 providing counseling in schools, university, and medical settings (including hospice, oncology, and rehabilitation). My approach is strengths-based and solution-focused in addition to processing feelings of grief, trauma, and body sensations that we often unintentionally ignore. I have also added safe EMDR to my services offered.
I’m here for you and I look forward to our first session together! Some examples of why people may come to therapy with me include making important life decisions, grieving a life change or personal loss, coping for depression and anxiety, modifying behaviors, complex PTSD, addictions, codependency, obsessive thoughts or actions, worry, feeling on high-alert or hyper-vigilance , insomnia, relationship with food, relationship with sexuality, sense of identity and self, concerns relating to family of origin, caregiver fatigue, spirituality, aging, and adjustment to illness.
Please reach out! Our clinic is here to assist you in a confidential setting individualized to your needs.
Brett Johnson, LMSW
Hello, my name is Brett Johnson and I have 12 years of experience working in the mental health field as direct care worker and case manager for adults who receive services through community mental health. I served as a United States Peace Corps Volunteer for two years in Peace Corps Bulgaria’s youth development program. While there, I worked in various orphanages and youth centers to implement projects developing life skills, teaching English, utilizing art therapy, and educating about HIV/AIDS and anti-human trafficking. I received my master of social work degree from Western Michigan University, where I served as an intern for two years at the University’s Sindecuse Counseling Services, providing intake assessments and therapy to college students. While at WMU I also received a trauma specialization and have an interest helping this population.
With a wide range of experience primarily working with adolescents and adults, I use an eclectic approach to therapy, drawing from various therapy models to help you identify effective treatment strategies. I utilize EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing), cognitive-behavioral (CBT), dialectical-behavioral (DBT), strengths-based, solution-focused, mindfulness, and trauma-informed interventions that will allow you to move forward to healing and emotional wellbeing. Also, I have completed level 1 Training in Gottman Method Couples Therapy to assist couples in improving their relationships.
I take pride in my ability to easily connect with others and am devoted to collaborating with you in ways that best meet your needs. I look forward to being there for you and providing a safe, comfortable atmosphere for you.
Jennah Cooper, LMSW
Jennah graduated from the University of Alabama Birmingham with a Bachelor of Science in Health Science and the State University of New York at Buffalo with a Master's in Social Work. The focus of Jennah's social work education was on providing trauma informed care, with studies including addiction, child welfare and mental health and disability. Jennah completed an internship in the public school system working with students in Pre-K through 12th grade and also adults of all ages in the inpatient setting at the county trauma hospital. Jennah has since worked for 9 years as a clinical social worker in the inpatient hospital setting, 2 years in behavioral health specifically. Jennah provides a warm, safe and encouraging environment to explore goals, motivations and strengths for improving overall well-being, both physically and emotionally.
Jennah's particular interests include anxiety, depression, adjusting to new medical diagnoses and physical health changes, and empowering individuals entering new seasons of life to find the strengths and positives in new challenges and situations. Jennah enjoys working with clients of all ages and incorporates cognitive approaches as well as solution focused and strengths based counseling. Jennah is also happy to incorporate faith based principles into counseling as requested.
Melissa A. Williams, LPC, CAADC
I am fully licensed professional counselor and a certified alcohol and drug counselor. I have been working with adults, families and adolescents for the past 8 years and my special areas of interest are substance use, anxiety, depression, stress, anger management, family conflict and other life stressors. I have a strong passion for working with adults and adolescents who are experiencing difficulties due to substance use themselves or within the family.
I work primarily from a Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) perspective. The way we think directly impacts the way we feel and act. Exploring and identifying irrational or negative thought patterns allows us to challenge them and to develop rational thoughts that encourage healthy, positive feelings. Through this process core issues can be identified, and coping strategies and tools can be developed to help us heal and grow. I believe that my job as a counselor is to guide my clients in the process of self-discovery and growth as they work to overcome barriers and obstacles to reach their full potential and enrich their lives. This can only be accomplished through a person-centered treatment approach that allows the client the ability to direct their path and utilize self-determination to change their lives. Each client and situation are unique so I will often pull in elements from other styles of counseling to meet the needs of the client as well. I believe that counseling is a collaborative effort and requires creativity and open mindedness to achieve the best results.
I am a fully licensed professional counselor who has over 11 years of experience in the agency and private practice environments. Additionally, I am a licensed school counselor, which is an asset when working with adolescents managing academic challenges and college planning. I am also a Career Development Facilitator, who can assist you with the important career and job transitions we all encounter in our lifetime. My person-centered approach encompasses the holistic philosophy of treating the whole person. Focusing on the areas of anxiety and depression, anger and stress management, grief and loss, trauma and attachment disorders, addictions and compulsions, my hope is to increase your coping skills to enhance your daily life. Through self-empowerment and elevating your self-awareness, you will become the best version of yourself. My empathy is genuine, and I aspire to guide you on your path towards authentic contentment. You are your own expert, and with compassionate support, you can achieve your personal and professional goals.
Hi there, and welcome! My name is Lexi, and as your therapist, I am here to help guide and empower you as we navigate your strengths, goals, struggles, and methods of coping. My purpose is to provide you with the appropriate tools, unique to you, as well as a safe and non-judgmental space of growth and compassion, as we work together to improve your overall mental well-being and explore whatever is on your mind.
In my time as a clinical social worker I have done a lot of work with older adults in a variety of settings. More recently I have worked supporting hospice patients and their families as they navigated their end-of-life journey and the grief and loss that comes with it. I have also provided counseling to those with developmental disabilities and various mental health diagnoses of all age ranges of people (adolescent to adult). My experience and interests include coping with stress and anxiety, depression, bipolar and other mood disorders, life changes/adjustment disorder, grief and loss, exploring and processing trauma, and addressing overall self concept, spirituality, sexuality, and other aspects of life. I like to collaborate with clients incorporating a variety of approaches to therapy such as mindfulness, motivational interviewing, trauma-informed care, cognitive-behavioral (CBT), and dialectical-behavioral (DBT). I also have experience as a graduate intern utilizing art in therapeutic approaches and feel this is very beneficial with all populations of people.
Mental health and stresses of everyday life can be exhausting, and honestly, frightening. But, I promise that you will not have to walk this journey alone. I have a genuine desire to help those I see and I am confident that with a little bit of support and understanding, you can achieve whatever goals you have set! Thank you for taking this first step to bettering your mental wellness.
Welcome! I am a Master's level social worker who combines a holistic approach with research-supported therapeutic techniques in my clinical therapy practice.
I graduated from the University of South Florida with a Master of Social Work degree. I am experienced working with those with anxiety, depression, personality disorders, eating disorders, trauma; those experiencing suicidal ideation; and have a special interest in supporting members of the LGBTQ+ community. I am enthusiastic about working with you through all of the diverse and personal manifestations of mental healthiness.
My practice combines research-based somatic (body) work, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, a trauma-informed perspective, and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy skills to give you an effective, individualized treatment. I have recently added safe EMDR to my skill set. I have completed certification training in body work for disordered eating and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy. I actively consider the impact of societal circumstances and outside forces on a client's life. I enjoy working with children and adolescents, as well as adults. My priority is to meet you where you are at and empower you to craft the life of your choosing. I look forward to partnering with you as you take this next step.
Nadine Vaz, LMSW
Hello, and thank you for taking this step for yourself.
A little about me: I immigrated to the USA from Sri Lanka in order to attend Aquinas College in Grand Rapids,MI. I graduated with my Bachelor of Science in Psychology and then went on to Grand Valley State University, where I received my Masters in Social Work.
I worked in a variety of settings. I started out within the Elementary school systems then branched out to working with adults who are living with mental illness.
I have worked as a Clinical social worker within the Acute and Long Term Acute Care Hospital settings. I have done a lot of work with people who are dealing with grief, loss, adjustment, anxiety and depression. I have also worked in the outpatient setting, visiting people in their homes as they adjust to new realities and helping them and their families formulate life goals and plans.
As your therapist I will come alongside you and together we will find ways to manage your reality. Within a safe, non-judgmental space, we will explore the reasons that maybe keeping you from living your best life.
Utilizing a person centered approach, I will meet you where you are and help you through the process of self-discovery.
I function from a strengths based perspective, to help improve your resilience and help you focus on your unique qualities and strengths.
I utilize elements of cognitive behavior therapy and mindfulness in order to allow you to direct your own path as you become more self-aware. I strongly believe that going through the process of self-discovery will help you overcome barriers, heal and grow.
“You are not a drop in the ocean, you are the entire ocean in a drop” - Rumi
Julie Hesterman, LLMSW, CAADC, ADS
Hello! I am a Limited Licensed Master Social Worker, Certified Advanced Alcohol and Drug
Counselor, and Acupuncture Detoxification Specialist with a variety of experience partnering
with individuals on their path to living a healthy and fulfilling life. I earned a Bachelor of Science
Degree in Human Development and Family Studies from Penn State University and a Master of
Social Work from Spring Arbor University.
I enjoy making meaningful connections while working with individuals of all ages who are
struggling with their own unique challenges on life’s journey. I specialize in Mood Disorders
such as Depression and Anxiety, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, Autism Spectrum
Disorder, Trauma and Substance Use Disorder. I am also confident in working with those who
may need extra support in overcoming anxiety/stress in times of uncertainty, or of life
As a therapist, I make every effort to provide a safe and welcoming space to work
collaboratively with clients. Self-determination is a primary focus, as I believe that change is
possible when it is truly desired. I take pride in treating clients with respect and unconditional
positive regard while focusing on a holistic perspective in meeting clients where they are to
explore what it is they want to achieve. Together we search for treatment strategies that best
suit clients’ lifestyle. This way clients can feel empowered to reach their goals for living their
best possible life.
Although I primarily use Cognitive Behavioral approaches, I believe in using a blend of
evidenced-based therapy techniques to develop unique client-centered plans for treatment.
Spirituality and faith can be terrific supports and are often included in therapy when desired. I
recently added mindfulness, auricular acupuncture and yoga strategies to my practice. I believe that nurturing the mind, body and soul leads to the most contented self.
I feel my therapy style is eclectic, as I am always adding to my “tool kit”. I am happy to partner
and explore strategies to find what works for you.
Meghan Newman, LMSW
Hi, I’m Meghan Newman and I am a Master’s Level Social Worker and Therapist. I have a BSW from Hope College and a MSW from the University of Nebraska-Omaha. I have multiple years of experience working with people of all ages. I have most recently been working intensively providing therapy to both children and their families to help promote safe, healthy and happy family dynamics. I have also worked with children and teens in a school setting helping with social emotional skills, general mental wellness, both in an individual and group setting.
My areas of interest include anxiety, depression, eating disorders, and trauma. It is my goal to form a strong relationship with my clients and provide them with a warm and welcoming safe place to talk about their needs. I use a combination of Cognitive Behavior Therapy and Motivational Interviewing with clients to help them in achieving their therapeutic goals. I am also trained in EMDR therapy utilizing this to help aid in processing past trauma. I am empathetic and non-judgmental and it is my goal to help you heal and grow in your work with me. I look forward to navigating whatever challenge you are facing and coming to a solution together.
Julie L. Burdick,
Hello and welcome! My name is Julie. I received my Bachelor of Science in Psychology, with Minors in Social Work and Substance Abuse Services, from Western Michigan University. After graduating from Western Michigan University, I went on to attend Wayne State University and earned my Master of Social Work with an Interpersonal Practice concentration, a focus on Psychodynamic Theory and an Approval for Michigan School Social Workers. For the last nine years, I have worked in school settings including preschool, elementary, middle and high school. In my current role, I serve as a high school social worker.
I am skilled in helping people achieve and maintain sustainable executive functioning and organizational skills that in turn decrease anxiety and stress and increase productivity. In practice, I employ a gentle approach that encourages people to be mindful of their thoughts and feelings to help them get to where they want to be on their journey. I have experience and an interest in working with people struggling with anxiety, depression, ADHD, stress management, academic/executive functioning challenges and social issues and additionally, school aged children and adolescents with diverse learning needs such as ASD, emotional impairments and specific learning disabilities.
My commitment is to provide a comfortable, welcoming and safe space for growth where I encourage people to meet themselves where they currently are and to “go slow to go fast” to help achieve their goals. I will meet you where you are at on your journey and we will work up from there, together, to help you find the path that works best for you to achieve health and wellness.
Megan DeHart, LLMSW
Hi and welcome! My name is Megan DeHart. I hold a Master of Social Work degree from Michigan State University as well as a Bachelor of Science in Psychology and human sexuality from Eastern Michigan University. I have a background in early childhood education as well as working within the foster care system with older teens and helping individuals with disabilities hold the highest independence possible.
I have a passion for working with teens and young adults as they transition through the many phases of life. I have an interest in working with individuals who experience anxiety, depression, ADHD, and trauma. I approach therapy from a holistic point of view and love to explore the many factors that play into a person’s life experience while simultaneously using evidenced based therapeutic techniques, such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy skills.
I believe a person is not defined by a diagnosis and strive to assist individuals in understanding their emotions and needs through a non-judgmental and curious lens. I see my role as your therapist as being supportive, present, and compassionate as we work through whatever concerns you may have. I look forward to working with you!
Laura Granlund, MS, RDN, LN
Hello! I am grateful you are here. Thank you for taking a moment to read a little about my practice and how I can support your health and wellbeing. My name is Laura. I am a Registered Dietitian and Licensed Nutritionist with a Master of Science in Dietetics and Human Nutrition. I have a large variety of experience in outpatient nutrition counseling. I have been providing ethical, evidenced based nutrition therapy since 2016.
I help clients with a wide array of nutrition concerns such as managing complex gastrointestinal disease with medical nutrition therapy, learning how to eat nutritious foods on a tight budget, and integrating medicinal foods into your menu. I can help you manage food allergies and dietary restrictions, show you how to menu plan and meal prep’, manage type 11 diabetes, and the list goes on and on. I have a lot of experience working with folks experiencing or living with an eating disorder. I am an anti-diet, Health at Every Size practitioner who teaches body trust and intuitive eating.
There is absolutely no “one size fits all” method to a lifestyle that is supportive to your physical, mental, and spiritual health. How you interact with your health behaviors every day is dependent on many factors such a time, taste preferences, income, geographical location, cultural considerations, chronic or acute health conditions, and family size. Every person is unique and all bodies are different. What works for me, may not work for you, may work for the person sitting next to you on the bus. Behavior change that supports our health will never work unless it is sustainable. This is why care that is tailored directly to your needs and preferences is crucial and that is what I provide. I appreciate the diversity of human beings and do not discriminate based on race, age, religion, ability, martial status, sexual orientation, sex, or gender identity. Thank you and I look forward to meeting you. Cheers!
Heather Garner, LLPC
Counseling is a journey that I am honored to be a part of. I take an accepting and compassionate approach. I will provide a safe space for you to explore whatever is bringing you to counseling at this time. Although many therapists specialize in specific areas, I have found my passion in learning a variety of theories and techniques, and then tailoring each session to support your specific needs. Some evidence-based practices I enjoy using are Person-Centered, Mindfulness, Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy, Internal Family Systems, Solutions-Focused, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Coherence Therapy, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, and Strengths-based.
I connect and easily build rapport with a variety of people and belief systems. I work with children, adolescents, adults, and couples. I am committed to helping you gain insights and learn coping skills to empower yourself and reach your goals!
Ana Eberly, LCSW, BCND, CCT
I believe that regardless of where you are in life there is always a daily chance to become the best version of yourself! My goal is to help guide you in this personal transformation, meeting you where you’re at in your journey. Using a variety of different therapies we will find motivation, use education, and create an understanding while personalizing your session to the unique individual that you are!
In session, the following therapies could be used: Psychodynamic (Insight Oriented) Therapy, Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy, Internal Family Systems, Mindfulness, Narrative Therapy, Solution-Focused,
Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Attachment Styles, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Task-Centered/Problem Solving Therapy and Trauma Informed Therapy.
Expect a safe space without judgment, where your personal experiences will be validated with empathy
and rapport. I have been working with young adults, adults and couples for 8 years now. My background in education entails receiving my Master of Social Work from Spring Arbor University. I also am a Board Certified Naturopathic Doctor, through the American Naturopathic Medical Certification Board.
I believe that when we physically work on our bodies to create health, we also help align the mind and emotions to achieve a greater chance in obtaining our personalized goals. I look forward to working with
Lisa is the medical biller for Peaceful Mind Counseling Services. She has over 7 year of experience working with insurance companies and can answer any billing questions you may have. Lisa is also the lead referral coordinator.
John is the office manager and assists with referral coordination. He handles internal finances, business planning and logistics. No nepotism here, John has been working behind the scenes since 2018.
Gryffindor or Gryffin (for short) provides emotional support to clients at Peaceful Mind Counseling Services. He loves belly rubs, cuddles, walks, and treats. He is working really hard on not talking to every dog friend who walks through the door, so please excuse him if you hear the occasional "woof." Gryffin loves meeting new people, but sometimes takes a minute to warm up to new personalities. Gryffin is excited to meet you and support you in the therapeutic process.
Bella Luna provides emotional support at Peaceful Mind Counseling Services. Bella specializes in taking long naps, getting belly rubs and eating snacks. She’s always there for you after a hard day, and she will cuddle you when you’re feeling down. Bella is a great listener and rarely interrupts you. To work with her, just holler “Bella Luna” and shake a box of treats. Bella can’t wait to woof with you.
Meet Murphy! Murphy is as cute as can be and is very huggable! He is a therapy dog in training at Peaceful Mind, we have the big hope that he will start loving it here as much as we love him! Murphy struggles with anxiety in big spaces and with new people so please be patient with him, he is still a puppy and very new to the job.