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My name is Matthew VanLinden. I am a Licensed Master of Social Work. After graduating in 2012 from the University of Michigan I have worked in a number of different youth serving roles including the last 3 years serving youth and families as a Masters Level Clinician. I specialize in helping youth and families to navigate difficulties such as depression, anxiety, trauma, ADHD, as well as behavioral issues. I apply a person centered approach and seek to aid my clients in reaching the goals that they hope for in their treatment. If you are seeking services and feel as though I can be of help, please do not hesitate to reach out for a free phone consultation.

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My name is Emilee VanLinden. I am a fully licensed Social Worker and graduated with my degree in 2015 from the University of Michigan. I have worked in a number of child and youth serving roles as both a clinician and supervisor. My area of passion lies with children, families, and new/expecting mothers. I specialize in helping these individuals navigate through depression, anxiety, trauma, and behavioral issues. I enjoy using Play Therapy techniques with younger children and believe that making therapy an enjoyable place to be is imperative to treatment success. Matt and I both believe in applying a person-centered approach to aid our clients in meeting the goals they are hoping to achieve through therapy. If you think we could be a good fit for you or your family, please reach out via email or phone for a free consultation.

*I am currently working on my Doula Certificate and will soon be offering Birth Doula Services.

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My name is Heather and I graduated with my master’s in social work from Western Michigan University in 2018, specializing in trauma over the lifespan and TF-CBT (Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for children and their caregivers). Since then, I have worked at my community mental health agency as a case manager and home-based therapist. I am trained in TF-CBT, fetal alcohol spectrum treatment, and Motivational Interviewing. I also have experience with CBT (Cognitive Behavioral Therapy) as well as family, play and art therapy. I have worked with children and their family’s experiencing anxiety, depression, complex trauma, and family conflict. With my clients, I focus on their strengths and empowering them in their journey. I believe that therapy is about holding a child’s or family’s story and walking alongside them in a non-judgmental and trauma-informed way.

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My name is Taylor Jones. I am a licensed social worker and graduated with my degree from Grand Valley State University in 2017. I have worked with children and families in numerous positions from schools, therapy, and medical primary care settings. My passion lies in working with young children, teens, and families as they go through life transitions. I specialize in ADHD, anxiety, depression, trauma, behavioral issues, crisis/safety planning. I use Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, strength based, trauma lens approach. I believe healing begins in a nonjudgmental, safe place where parents can gain skills to support their children and for kids to openly speak their minds as they navigate life’s difficult moments. I can’t wait to walk alongside you on your journey!

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My name is Jordan O’Brien and I have a heart to serve the people in my West Michigan community. I am credentialed through the State of Michigan as a Limited License Social Worker. I graduated with my Masters in Social Work in 2021 from Campbellsville University in Kentucky. Previously, I have worked in a number of child-centered and adult roles as a clinician and case manager. My area of passion includes children, teenagers, and families. I specialize in helping these individuals navigate through depression, anxiety, trauma, ADHD, and behavioral issues. I enjoy using CBT and Solution-Focused techniques; however, I strongly believe that treatment should be an enjoyable experience and I can be adaptable to a person’s requests. My approach is from a person-centered perspective to aid clients in meeting the goals they desire to achieve while in therapy. If you think I am a good fit for you or your family, please contact me via email or phone for a free consultation.

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My name is Jessica Ladd. I am a fully licensed social worker and graduated with my master’s degree from the University of Michigan in 2019. I have served West Michigan as a social worker for the past 3 years, working with individuals across the lifespan as a case manager and therapist. I specialize in working with people experiencing anxiety, depression, trauma, and life changes. I use Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Motivational Interviewing and am certified in Accelerated Resolution Therapy. I also have experience in play and art therapy. Using a person centered and trauma based approach, I hope to guide clients to healing and achieving their personal goals.

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My name is Jacqueline Rake. I am a limited licensed social worker and graduated with my degree from Grand Valley State University in 2019. My experiences lie in providing therapy to children and families within a school, home, and office based setting. I have found genuine passion in working with young children and families as they navigate through transitional spaces within their life. I specialize in working through anxiety, behavioral issues, depression, and trauma. During sessions, I enjoy maintaining a strengths-based approach, while implementing Play and Sand therapy as well as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy techniques. I believe in providing a safe, genuine space that promotes person-centered growth, understanding, and the collaborative exploration of emotions and experiences within therapy sessions.

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Hello, I'm Kristie Thebo, a dedicated and compassionate therapist with a focus on empowering individuals and families to navigate their mental health journey. As a Limited Licensed Masters Level Social Worker, I hold a graduate degree from Michigan State University and have a strong background in community mental health.

With over three years of experience in Community Mental Health and seven years in various social work services, I bring a wealth of knowledge and expertise to my practice. I specialize in assisting individuals with ADHD, anxiety, depression, and behavioral issues, providing tailored support and interventions.

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