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.
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.
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.
Name - Nicole Cain, ND MA
"Nicole Cain, ND MA is an incredibly talented healer, the best I’ve ever had. She gives you more than 7 minutes, nods, pokes, and writes a script for pills. She is like nothing you have likely seen before in healthcare. She’ll completely change your view of what is possible and what WELLNESS can be." - Actual Client
Name - Dr. Matthias
Professional quote: “Dr. Ronald Matthias: I am the consultant I am today in large part because of Nicole Cain, ND MA. There is no better Naturopathic consultant that I have worked with who has an amazing ability to relate to her clients. She is tough, thorough, and detailed, and her clients love her for it. I am proud to [...]
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 [...]