Counseling

at Health for Life Grand Rapids

Each counselor at Health for Life Grand Rapids provides trauma-informed care and have developed different specialties and expert experience to help you with what you are going through. We believe in an integrative model of care and are honored to work with our brave clients.

  • Counseling is a safe, highly effective, and researched-based service that is customized to fit your life and situation.
  • Counseling has been proven to help with all sorts of symptoms (PTSD, depression, trauma, anxiety, substance abuse, excessive sadness, seasonal affective disorder, insomnia, and more) and situations (relationships problems, behavioral issues in children, breakups, premarital, loss of job, moving to a new area, loss of spouse, loss of parents, grief, spiritual issues, and more).
  • Our goal is to help you, no matter what— we don’t believe in labeling or hierarchy.

Check out the profiles of these Grand Rapids Counselors above to see which one of them is the right fit for you.

Each of us has a STORY… how we relate to others, how we navigate change and loss, how we cope with stress. We must learn to manage difficulties and navigate interpersonal relationships as children, much of these adaptations become patterns ingrained on the subconscious level.

For many of us, we realize at some point that life “isn’t going as planned”—-we encounter failed relationships, job loss, health crisis, and financial distress. This realization may be experienced as feelings of anxiety, depression, restlessness, hopelessness, racing thoughts, sleep difficulties, and even physical health issues.

At this point, our minds and our bodies are sending us a message…. It’s time to reach out, and allow another individual to be a part of your journey. Professional Counseling is considered a highly effective tool in equipping individuals and families to re-claim their health and well-being. It’s a sacred, honorable process, in which an individual, couple, or family meet with another human being, who is committed to helping to restore strength, healing, and wholeness. Counseling is something that we at Health for Life Grand Rapids truly believe can benefit EACH and EVERY individual…(yes, even ourselves!).

If you find yourself experiencing irritability, sleep issues, moodiness, difficulties in relationships, it may be that your mind and body are asking you to take the first step, and reach out for help.

We would be honored to be a part of your journey.

Facts about Counseling:

In the Great Psychotherapy Debate (Wampold, 2001), a large meta-analysis of peer-reviewed studies demonstrated that if there are two groups of people with similar problems, those who receive counseling will be better off than 79% of those who do not receive counseling. Twenty years of clinical research concluded that the most important factor in successful therapy is the relationship between the client and therapist. At Health for Life Grand Rapids, we focus on the relationship as well as the latest research and methods to ensure that your experience will not only be positive, but likely transformative.
Counseling is also known as Psychotherapy.

  • Research demonstrates that Counseling works better that medications in the long-term:

With an effective therapist, science shows that psychotherapy even works better in the long-term and is more enduring than medication. In fact, not only is it more cost-effective, but psychotherapy leads to fewer relapses of anxiety and mild to moderate depression than medication use alone—so much so that Norwegian Health Authorities have issued new guidelines concerning treatment of mild to moderate depression and anxiety, stating that psychological interventions, not medications, should be applied first. (Brownawell & Kelley, Monitor on Psychology, October 2011, Vol 42, No. 9)

  • Psychotherapy (Counseling) has been scientifically proven to be effective in treating a wide range of issues:

In clinical trials, psychotherapy has been shown to be effective in treating depression, anxiety, marital dissatisfaction, substance abuse, health problems (including smoking, pain and eating disorders) and sexual dysfunction, and with various populations, including children, adolescents, adults, and elders (Chambless et al., 1998).

  • The overall effectiveness rate of Psychotherapy (Counseling) is actually higher than many commonly practiced medical interventions:

Indeed, psychotherapy is more effective than many accepted, but expensive, medical practices, including interventions in cardiology treatments, geriatric medicine and asthma (Wampold, 2007). Psychotherapy is as effective as or more effective than psychotropic medications for various mental disorders, including many depression and anxiety disorders, and results in lower relapse rates than medications (Hollon, Stewart, & Strunk, 2006;
Imel, Malterer, McKay, & Wampold, 2008).

  • Clinical trial outcomes of Psychotherapy (Counseling) are comparable to actual results in practice:

In addition, outcomes in real world clinical practice are comparable those psychotherapy clinical trials (Minami & Wampold, 2008).”

Read more about Why to Choose Counseling here.

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Ready to take the next step? Have additional questions? Let’s start a conversation.

Want to know more about Counseling and how it could help you? Listen to our very own Paul Krauss MA LPC’s podcast: “The Intentional Clinician”  below:

Learn about Trauma, PTSD, Recovery from Trauma, Trauma in our Culture, EMDR therapy and other treatments for Trauma:

Learn about why counseling is an effective form of treatment:

Learn about Trauma-Informed Care, Neurobiology and Modern Integrated Care:

Health for Life Grand Rapids is a counseling practice offering individual, family, and couples counseling and therapy services to the Grand Rapids and West Michigan community. In addition, we offer behavioral health consulting services to parents. We strive for excellence and we understand that finding the right counselor can be difficult.

Searching for the right counselor can be challenging. Do you live near Grand Rapids, Michigan and are google searching for “Counseling Near Me Grand Rapids, MI “ ? If so, then Health for Life Grand Rapids has multiple talented counselors in West Michigan ready to help you.

Success Stories

  • nicole vega
    Name - Nicole Vega

    Client quote: “Nicole has been my health coach for almost one year.   I am so grateful for her participation and encouragement in my journey as I continue to work towards my personal goals.  Nicole has inspired me to be a better version of who I am through her passion and commitment in helping others.  She has provided me with [...]

  • Name - Nicole Vega

    Client quote: “I met Nicole in grad school. Her warm energy and compassionate soul made her very approachable. She’s always been health conscious, from clean nutrition to mental health stability. When Nicole reached out to me after I’d had my daughter, I was so relieved. I was looking for a way to take charge of my health and nutrition [...]

  • Dr. Nicole Cain, ND MA Expert on alternative psychiatric care
    Name - Dr. Cain

    Dr. Cain was awarded the Doctors Choice Awards top 100 Doctors of the Year in 2016. She was also the winner of the Doctors Choice Awards Family & General Practitioner of the Year in Scottsdale, Arizona in 2016. She was awarded physician of the month in both August and September of 2016. http://www.doctorschoiceawards.org/nominees/dr-nicole-cain/

  • Name - Dr. Matthias

    Professional quote: “Dr. Ronald Matthias has given a 5 out of 5 star rating on November 29, 2016 on Doctors Choice Awards: ‘Dr. Nicole Cain is an amazing physician. I had the good fortune of studying under her while in medical school. I am the doctor I am today in large part because of her. There is no better [...]

  • Name - Actual Patient

    Patient quote: “Dr. Cain is different than any other clinician I have worked with. I know she really cares about me and she spent a lot of time with me working to understand my experience. When I started working with Dr. Cain I was taking 5 different medications and I have been able to discontinue all of them. I [...]

  • Name - Paul Krauss

    Professional quote: "I'm pleased to recommend Paul as a talented and diligent therapist. During our time together as clinicians at Jewish Family and Children's Service, we facilitated adolescent therapy groups and staffed with each other regarding the clients and families we were both involved in providing services for. During these and other interactions, Paul consistently demonstrated professionalism, genuine care, [...]

  • Name - Actual Patient

    Patient quote: “Paul, I think I know why I can be open with you and not all of the other counselors I have seen. Because I deep down truly and fully and in my heart BELIEVE that you CARE, about me, and about everyone. That is how you made yourself SO good at what you do. And that makes [...]