John Curphey, MDiv MA LMFT

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, Pastoral Counselor, Somatic Experiencing Therapist for Trauma Work


Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary (Massachusetts)
The Adler School of Professional Psychology (Chicago)


The Michigan Association of Marriage and Family Therapists, Ordained in the Presbyterian Church in the United States of America, Trained in Somatic Experiencing Therapy

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After serving the church for many years as a pastor, I attended the Adler School of Professional Psychology (Chicago) to strengthen my therapy skills for work with families, couples and individuals. Since then, I have nearly twenty years of experience helping clients find healing resources within themselves and emotional support in their relational network. In the last six years my training has taken me in the direction of trauma work and body awareness. I am now integrating those skills in my work as a therapist to help people attend to their spiritual, emotional, and physical wellbeing.

I have an empathetic and understanding stance. As a pastor, I help people find spiritual direction. As an emotionally attuned therapist I support clients through emotional distress and confusion. As a Somatic Experiencing Therapist, I support people through the trauma events of their lives. I assume that people can heal with the right support and inner desire to heal. Most people find me approachable and humorous. I believe that humor and the ability to “take in” the goodness of life are keys to well-being.

I see therapy as a partnership where I can be a supportive and understanding coach. There are critical transitions throughout life and it is often at those difficult junctures that clients need support to take the next step in their life journey with new courage and hope.

Somatic Experiencing Therapy (body-based therapy) is often used as an adjunct to talk therapy because traumatic memories are “held” in the body. People experience pain and/or bodily constriction and emotional consequences. SE brings regulation back into the nervous system. This body-based therapy helps clients feel more alive in the present.

Emotional integration is essential for healthy relationships. As clients become self-aware their relationships grow and they find deeper intimacy.
Ultimately our healing comes from God. A mindful posture is critical. Clients receive what they most need so that they can flourish and serve their community in fullness of health.

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John works with all ages in the Grand Rapids area, and is available for distance appointments as well.


  • Relationship Issues
  • Anxiety
  • Adults with child abuse
  • Early in life trauma
  • Men’s Issues
  • Grief and Loss
  • Spiritual Concerns
  • Leadership and conflict in the church
  • Pre-marriage Counseling

Insurance and Payment:

  • Blue Cross/ Blue Shield
  • ASR
  • Physicians HealthCare (ASR)
  • Blue Care Network
  • Blue Cross Complete
  • Straight Medicaid
  • McLaren
  • Meridian


Treatment Orientation

  • Family Systems
  • Rogerian
  • Somatic Experiencing Therapy
  • Existential
  • Psychodynamic
  • Dream Work
  • Theological
  • Emotionally Focused


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  • Interested, but still have questions about Somatic Experiencing Therapy what an experience with John is like? We offer a FREE 15 minute Phone Consultation.
  • Ask questions and get answers that will help you figure out if this is the right path for you. With a free 15 minute consultation, no credit card information is required to schedule. Just pick a time that works for you and we will put you on our calendar. We require two-business days notice to add, change or cancel an appointment. Schedule now.