The Crisis of Suicidality in LGBT+ Populations

We need to talk about suicide. Approximately 800,000 people die a year as a result of suicide. Amongst individuals aged 15-24, it is the number one cause of death around the world. Men are more likely to complete suicide, but women are more likely to attempt. Suicide rates are failing […]

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How Do I Know If I’m In A Cult?

When you think about cults, things like Heaven’s Gate or the Branch Davidians or the way North Koreans venerate Kim Jong-Un come to mind. We don’t expect to get caught up in one ourselves in West Michigan, or the United States period. That’s something that happens “over there” or to […]

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Introducing Melodie Whitmore

Melodie Whitmore is a limited licensed professional counselor (LLPC) located in Grand Rapids, MI. She completed her Bachelors of Art in Studio Art (after being a social work major for her freshman year) at Michigan State University. After working as a freelance wedding and family photographer in the Lansing, MI […]

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Counseling For College Students In Grand Rapids

The metro Grand Rapids Michigan (GR) area is home to over 1.07 million people–as it is the second-largest city in the State of Michigan. A large percentage of this number includes college students. If you are a college student in Grand Rapids, MI, you may be impressed with what the […]

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Telehealth Counseling Services Free For BCBS and BCN Members of Michigan

With all this bad news going around, wouldn’t it be nice to hear something positive? We’re here to tell you that there are free online counseling and telehealth services for all Blue Cross Blue Shield (BCBS) and Blue Care Network (BCN) members. From April to July 1st, 2020, BCBS and […]

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On the Fence Regarding On-Line Counseling?

I’ll be honest.  When I first began offering on-line counseling a few years ago, I was a bit nervous.  I felt somewhat bewildered by the concept of it all and found myself wondering – How does on-line counseling work? Won’t this seem a bit awkward? Will people be able to […]

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New to Grand Rapids? We can help with your adjustment.

Grand Rapids is Michigan’s second-largest city with world-class attractions. From upscale dining to year-round gardens, the city impresses thousands of visitors each year with its variety of attractions. For the last decade, the Grand Rapids area has witnessed high economic growth along with many people moving to West Michigan for […]

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Paul Krauss MA LPC is a featured guest on Shrink Rap Radio #652

Paul Krauss, MA  LPC was interviewed by Shrink Rap Radio host, Dr. David Van Nuys. Paul has been a long-time listener of the Shrink Rap Radio and credits the podcast for helping him find his creativity in the way he practices. In this episode, Dr. Dave interviews Paul about his […]

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Why do we have Trauma-Informed care?

Trauma-informed care is so important because it creates opportunities for individuals to regain control of their life and overcome mental health obstacles that otherwise inhibited their day to day life. It’s a strength-based framework that accentuates psychological, physical, and emotional safety.

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Meet Joshua Nave MA LLMSW!

Meet Joshua Nave MA LLMSW!

Meet Joshua Nave MA LLMSW My name is Joshua Nave, and I am one of the Trauma Therapists here at Health for Life Grand Rapids. I specialize in infant/toddler mental health (birth to 5), early childhood development, and child/adult trauma. The primary therapy interventions I utilize are: Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR), Trauma […]

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