For Families

at Health for Life Grand Rapids

Family Therapy

Family counseling looks to reduce conflict and distress between family members and better overall interactions inside the family. It is a form of psychotherapy that is used by the therapist. Family counseling often looks to see all family members that are being affected by a conflict, but sometimes it is not fully necessary. Many times, family counseling focuses on the patterns or systems that need change to better the family relationship. This is what makes it different than individual counseling. By channeling in on the system of the family, the therapist can work to strengthen the family. “Strengths based treatment” is often what family counseling is called because it works with the family as a whole and not necessarily the individual people in the family.

The aspect of family counseling is to work with the entire family to address specific needs and issues. It focuses on the health of the family, including the psychological health, mental health, and any life transitions that may be affecting the family. Having the family work together collaboratively to solve the problems regarding the family is one focus. Families face many hardships together, including things like financial hardships, death in the family, stressful events going on, divorce, and many other factors that may have a strain on the relationships in the family.

Family counseling is also good for families who are struggling with mental health. It can be challenging for a family to face mental issues that impact the entire family. Many health-related issues can cause harm to a family including substance abuse, chronic illness, depression, and anxiety, as well as issues regarding communication, like interpersonal conflicts and behavioral problems in children and teens. Many families face these issues, but they do not need to face them alone.

Success Stories

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    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 [...]

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

    "Nicole Cain, ND MA is an incredibly talented healer, the best I’ve ever had. She is more than a doctor who gives you 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." - [...]

  • Name - Dr. Matthias

    Professional quote: “Dr. Ronald Matthias: I am the doctor I am today in large part because of Nicole Cain, ND MA. There is no better Naturopathic doctor that I have worked with who has an amazing ability to relate to her patients. She is tough, thorough, and detailed, and her patients love her for it. I am proud to [...]

  • Name - Actual Patient

    Patient quote: “Nicole Cain, ND MA 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 Nicole Cain, ND MA I was taking 5 different medications and I have been able to discontinue [...]

  • 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 [...]