Trauma-Informed Counseling in General


All of the staff at The Trauma Informed Counseling Center and Health for Life Grand Rapids are considered Trauma-Informed. While their personal counseling style and modalities may differ, our clinicians are all up to date and understand trauma, which is very important for the therapeutic process of anyone. Our office is a safe space where there will be no shame or blame put upon you for what you are going through (many have experienced such reactions from people in their lives, and unfortunately some non-trauma informed clinicians in the past). Our Counselors all recognize that anyone can experience both psychological (emotional) and physical (somatic) reactions to trauma (and/or disturbing life events). In fact, if someone has experienced multiple traumas, such as a victim of childhood abuse or neglect, the victim of a crime (both the experience and the aftermath), and other complex traumatic events, there may have a diverse set of unwanted symptoms and behaviors. Multiple longitudinal research studies, including The Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACES) Study, found long-term negative mental and physical health consequences that resulted from traumatic experiences during childhood and adolescence. Trauma-Informed Counseling, in general, is more of an overarching approach to providing compassionate and empirically proven care.

A trauma-informed counselor collaborates with their clients to help them understand the origins of symptoms and behaviors that they may be experiencing. Further, a trauma-informed counselor will suggest connections to activities outside of therapy that may help a person better regulate their emotional and physical health. A trauma-informed counselor will utilize interventions and exercises in therapy that are aimed at helping relieve the symptoms that resulted from trauma.  

All of the Counselors at The Trauma-Informed Counseling Center of Grand Rapids have undergone extensive additional training in order to help you:

Following graduate school, all of the counselors at The Trauma-Informed Counseling Center of Grand Rapids (located inside Health for Life Grand Rapids) have received extensive training in understanding the latest scientific research on neurobiology and how trauma affects the whole person. In addition, all of our therapists have learned at least one, trauma-specific intervention modality, which they have added to their toolbox of techniques in order to best help all people who seek help. This means, that they not only have the same training as your average counselor or therapist in Grand Rapids, MI to conduct traditional counseling and talk-therapy, but they have additional tools and information that will be helpful to people who are looking for more than a “solution-focused brief approach” or a strictly “Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)” approach. More good news: Our therapists all know how to utilized Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Solution-Focused Brief Therapy and interweave those modalities into their personal style. And so, if you are seeking that type of counseling—we also can provide it.

Trauma-Informed Counseling Center

Health for Life Grand Rapids is a multi-faceted clinic that aims to treat the whole person. Health for Life Grand Rapids houses the Trauma-Informed Counseling Center of Grand Rapids, two Naturopathic Consultants, a Medical Support Clinical Hypnotherapist, and a Health Coach. We’re your one-stop shop for getting to the root of what is troubling you in mind and body, and helping you heal.

Success Stories

  • 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 [...]