Vision and Values

  • To promote Trauma-Informed Care in the Grand Rapids and West Michigan community.
  • To educate the general public and healthcare communities on the importance of becoming Trauma-Informed.
  • To provide Trauma-Specific Therapies to the individuals and families of Grand Rapids, Michigan.

The Trauma-Informed Counseling Center of Grand Rapids strives to adhere to SAMSHA’s six key principles of a Trauma-Informed Approach. No matter which therapist you work with or which trauma-specific intervention or type of counseling is utilized, we will hold true to our values across all forms of treatment.

  1. Safety

We want all of our clients to feel safe in the counseling office, lobby, and with all of our counselors.

  1.   Trustworthiness and Transparency

We all have advanced training in both trauma-informed counseling and trauma-specific interventions. We strive to keep up with the latest advancements in the field.

We will do our best to explain why we choose the techniques that we do, explain our methodology, and provide resources for you to learn more.

  1. Peer support

Depending on your unique situation, we may recommend other healing modalities, skills groups, or the seeking of a safe community of people that understand what you have gone through, to help you on your healing journey.

  1. Collaboration and mutuality

We promise to collaborate with you on your counseling and therapy. We see our clients as partners and equals in the process of doing therapeutic work. We will not take a “medical model” approach that makes you feel disempowered and less than. We work to honor the person that you are in all circumstances.

  1.  Empowerment, voice, and choice

We want you to be able to choose your therapist and feel comfortable with your choice. We want you to be informed and choose what type of counseling or trauma-specific intervention you want. We believe in your voice and your choices. We promise to empower you with options and information.

  1. Cultural, Historical, and Gender Issues

We seek to honor your personal history, your unique cultural experiences–we will not seek to change your viewpoints. We respect any gender issues that you may have experienced personally.

We understand that it is vital to support recovery and resilience for those individuals and families impacted by trauma. We provide services that are trauma-informed built on the best evidence available and believe in client and family (if applicable) engagement, empowerment, and collaboration.

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 Doctors, 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

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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 [...]