LPCs in Michigan need your help (Scope of Practice under attack) Michigan to lose it's counselors

A few points we would like to make clear:

1. If LARA's proposed rules go into effect before HB 4325 is signed by the governor, then LLPCs and LPCs will not be able to diagnose or use counseling techniques - it will be illegalfor LLPCs and LPCs to diagnose and use counseling techniques.

 

a. This means LLPCs and LPCs will not be able to bill under someone else (as has been done in the past) because you will not be able to use counseling techniques (conduct mental health therapy).

b. If the legislature passes HB 4325 into law after LARA's proposed rules take effect it will nullify the rules.

2. If HB 4325 is signed by the governor (before LARA's proposed rules go into effect), then law will clearly define our scope of practice among other things (supervision, etc.), and LLPCs and LPCs will be able to practice mental health therapy in the same way they have for decades (since 1989). Passing HB 4325 will negate the need for LARA's rules.

3. Our focus now and over the coming weeks must be to influence legislators to move HB 4325 quickly to Governor Whitmer. Please be thoughtful/diplomatic about what you write on public sites. Stay focused on the goal of contacting legislators.

4. If at all possible, attend and speak at the public hearing on LARA's proposed rules on October 4th. This is imperative. We want a large volume of testimony on record. IF IT IS IMPOSSIBLE FOR YOU TO BE PRESENT, PLEASE SEND WRITTEN TESTIMONY. Written comments must be submitted by 5:00 pm on October 4th to the following email:  BPL-BoardSupport@Michigan.gov   Tell the Board of Professional Licensing how this will hurt your clients, and the financial/career crisis this will cause you and your business or the business you work for. The hearing is being held at the G. Mennen Williams Building Auditorium, 525 W. Ottawa St., Lansing, MI 48893 and starts at 9am.

5. Please join MMHCA - your memberships fund the essential lobbyist we have employed to help move HB 4325 through the system. MMHCA is the only organization funding a government relations professional who is working on HB 4325. Go to our mobile friendly website to donate and/or join. www.mmhca.org .

6. Use this living excel document to easily access legislators' contact information and action steps all in one place. Tremendous thanks to Benjamin Reisterer for creating and maintaining it. https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1fkuYQciUwYXhj32iaK1e_75dFTxwYv1M2N8D8XssvAM/edit?usp=drivesdk&fbclid=IwAR1FCcxgdSz8XFOqJa4az0Lsuw837kPIBOas3i_U1wIibLzl3IJ0iI8bCUY

7. Read MMHCA's September newsletter for more information and to access important documents via links.

8. Many people still don't know about this dire situation. OUR ABILITY TO PRACTICE OUR PROFESSION IS AT STAKE! Tell every graduate student, LLPC and LPC you know about this information asap. Have them sign up to receive MMHCA emails like this one (go to mmhca.org/articles/and at the bottom of the September newsletter is a button to sign up to be on the mailing list).

9. Dr. Sara Sue Schaefer will be presenting on October 1, 2019, at the Kalamazoo YWCA in their lower multi-purpose room. This is a very important meeting to attend from 7:00pm to 8:30pm. The presentation will also be live streamed on the Facebook group Michigan LPCs for HB 4325 & Against LARA SOP Changes - Counselors & Allies.

Dr. Sara Sue Schaefer has been instrumental in working on this issue for many years. She will be presenting about what we can say and do at the hearing on October 4th to further our cause. The YWCA is located at 353 East Michigan in Kalamazoo.

10.MMHCA has a Facebook page you can follow as well. It's called Michigan Mental Health Counselors Association.

11.Please do the following (use the excel document link in #6 for contact information):

a. Continue contacting Governor Whitmer and encourage support of HB 4325.

b. The Ways and Means committee meets about HB 4325 on Wednesday, 10/2/19. Contact the committee members about how urgent it is to pass the bill out of committee asap so it can move to the House of Representatives for a vote.

c. Contact Senate Majority leader Mike Shirkey via phone and email to respectfully request that he support HB 4325 and bring it to the Senate for a full vote as quickly as possible once the bill gets to the senate. Explain that HB 4325 does NOT expand LPCs' scope of practice, it only solidifies what we have already done for over three decades.

d. Contact the Speaker of the House Representative Lee Chatfield and urge him to put the bill up for a vote WITHOUT AMENDMENTS as soon as possible.

e. Keep the language simple when contacting legislators e.g. "HB 4325 puts into law what has been the practice for 30 years." Educate the senators about the current situation.

f. Letters to the editor and news coverage are great and noticed by legislators.

g. Remember - all the contact information you need is in the excel document here:

https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1fkuYQciUwYXhj32iaK1e_75dFTxwYv1M2N8D8XssvAM/edit?usp=drivesdk&fbclid=IwAR1FCcxgdSz8XFOqJa4az0Lsuw837kPIBOas3i_U1wIibLzl3IJ0iI8bCUY

Keep up the outstanding advocacy for our license, our colleagues and our clients. It is an honor to be side by side with you in this effort.


James Blundo MMHCA Executive DirectorNapoleon Harrington MMHCA PresidentMMHCA Public Policy CommitteeAcuitas LLC, the MMHCA Retained Lobbyist

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Next MMHCA Board Meeting

MMHCA Members are invited to attend the next MMHCA Board meeting on Friday, October 18th, at 10:00 am. Location is Ashland Theological Seminary in Southfield. Guest speaker includes Andrea Cascarilla from Acuitas LLC. Must RSVP to attend, contact jamesblundo@att.net.

Frequently Asked Questions:
HB 4325 and LARA's Proposed Counseling Rule Changes

by

MMHCA Retained Lobbyist Andrea CascarillaLegislative Director

What rules changes is LARA proposing?

The actual text of LARA's proposed rule changes may be found here. To be clear, some of the proposed rule changes are not contentious and make necessary and appropriate updates. Others related to R338.1751 and R338.1757 are a cause for serious concern.

First, LARA is recommending the repeal of virtually all the rules that define a licensed professional counselor's scope of practice under R338.1751. These are the current rules that have been recognized as part of a counselor's scope since they were first promulgated after the passage of the Licensed Professional Counselor statute in 1988. Instead the department insists these definitions should apply only to the educational preparation of counselors and not to counseling practice.

Second, LARA is also pursuing the repeal of the rules identifying the requirements for providing counseling supervision (R338.1757), one of which is specific training in supervision. This training is a national standard for professional counseling.

What would the impact of these changes be?

R338.1751:

Included in the repeal of the definitions in the rule is the practice of "counseling techniques" and the related ability to "diagnose and identify the problem". Without these and numerous other definitions, the counseling scope of practice will be severely restricted.

These changes in scope also put Michigan's LPCs in violation of the American Counseling Association's Code of Ethics (E.5.a. Proper Diagnosis), which requires the proper diagnosis of a client's mental disorder before treatment and could subject them to permanent expulsion from the profession.

Under Michigan's public health code, LPC's are legally required to comply with their professional code of ethics. They will be violation of this statute. Ultimately, these rule changes will prohibit Michigan's 10,000 licensed professional counselors from continuing to practice in the state and leave hundreds of thousands of residents without the treatment they need.

Additionally, insurance companies will no longer cover services of LPCs as a diagnosis is required for reimbursement.

R338.1757:

If this rule regarding counseling supervision requirements is rescinded, counselors who provide supervision without training would be practicing in violation of the ACA's Code of Ethics (F.2.a Supervisor Preparation).

Furthermore, LPCs who received their supervision in Michigan may not be eligible for licensure in other states because their supervisor would not be qualified in the state to which the counselor is moving.

Why is LARA proposing these changes?

The Attorney General's office raised concerns a few years ago as to whether the counseling rules were properly aligned with the counseling statute, questioning whether the rules exceed the statute. Since LARA only has the authority to promulgate rules, not change statute, they have proceeded with the only option available to resolve this concern: repeal the rules in question.

What is the status of the proposed rule changes?

Despite the unanimous objections by the Board of Counseling, on July 18, 2019, LARA filed a formal request for rule making and submitted its draft rules. The associated Regulatory Impact Statement for the proposed rule changes was filed on August 28, 2019.

This action triggered the setting of the required public hearing, which is scheduled for Friday, October 4 at 9:00 am at the G. Mennen Williams Building Auditorium located at 525 W. Ottawa Street in Lansing, Michigan.

After this public hearing, the rules can be certified, and a report submitted to the Joint Committee on Administrative Rules (JCAR). JCAR, a legislative body, has just 15 session days to review the rules. Their only course of action if they object is to introduce legislation within another 15 days to repeal them. After the JCAR review is completed, the LARA Director can adopt the rules.

When would the proposed rules take effect?

The rules changes were written with immediate effect. Given the above timeline these proposed rule changes could be in effect as early as November of this year immediately rendering Michigan's 10,000 licensed professional counselors unable to diagnose and, therefore, unable to legally practice in our state.

What can be done to oppose the proposed rule changes?

Any member of the public may comment in opposition of the proposed rules changes at the October 4th hearing. Written comments may also be submitted electronically any time before 5:00 pm on October 4th to BPL-BoardSupport@Michigan.gov

What organizations are opposing the proposed rule changes?

The following are some of the organizations that have expressed opposition to LARA's proposed rule changes:

MMHCA (Michigan Mental Health Counselors Association)

CMHAM (Community Mental Health Association of Michigan)

MHA (Michigan Hospital Association)

MPCA (MI Primary Care Association)

MATCP (MI Association of Treatment Court Professionals)

MPFFA (MI Professional Fire Fighters Association)

ACA (American Counseling Association)

MCA (Michigan Counseling Association)

NBCC (National Board for Certified Counselors)

MASW (MI Association of Social Workers)

MSCA (Middle School Counselors Association)

Central Michigan University

Eastern Michigan University

Oakland University

Spring Arbor University

University of Detroit-Mercy

Wayne State University

Western Michigan University

Hope Network

Pine Rest

MI AFSCME

Oakland County

How do the proposed rule changes relate to HB 4325?

The proposed rules are the administrative response to the Attorney General's question as to whether the rules align with the statute. HB 4325 is the legislative response.

What does HB 4325 do?

HB 4325, sponsored by Rep. Aaron Miller (R-Sturgis), would codify into statute the existing rules that have come into question instead of repealing them. This preferred solution allows counselors to maintain their ability to properly diagnose and treat individuals with mental and emotional disorders. The bill also makes a number of technical updates to the 30+ year old law.

Does HB 4325 change the scope of practice for licensed professional counselors?

No. It maintains the scope of practice that has been in placed since the Licensed Professional Counselor law was passed in 1988.

Does HB 4325 change who is eligible to be licensed as a professional counselor?

No. It maintains that only those with the education and training in the diagnosis and treatment of mental and emotional disorders and meet the standards of the Council for the Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP) are eligible for licensure.

What is the status of HB 4325?

HB 4325 (S-3) was passed unanimously out of the House Health Policy Committee on September 19, 2019. The bill has been referred to the House Ways and Means Committee. A hearing and vote is expected on October 2. The bill will then be sent to the full House of Representatives for a vote.

How would the passage of HB 4325 affect the proposed rules?

HB 4325 negates altogether the need for LARA's proposed rule by resolving the Attorney General's question. It would nullify the proposed rules if they were to go into effect.

Who is supporting HB 4325?

To date the following organizations have formally taking a position supporting HB 4325, and many more are expected to as future opportunities in the legislative process allow:

MMHCA (Michigan Mental Health Counselors Association)

MPCA (MI Primary Care Association)

MATCP (MI Association of Treatment Court Professionals)

NBCC (National Board for Certified Counselors)

MASW (MI Association of Social Workers)

MSCA (Middle School Counselors Association)

Central Michigan University

Eastern Michigan University

Oakland University

Spring Arbor University

University of Detroit-Mercy

Wayne State University

Western Michigan University

Hope Network

A few related other facts:

Our nation is facing a mental health crisis and there simply aren't enough counselors and other mental health professionals to meet the burgeoning demand for services, according to a recent analysis by the U.S. Health Resources & Services Administration (HRSA).

HRSA estimates nationally we need to add 10,000 providers in each of seven separate mental healthcare professions by 2025 to meet the expected growth in demand.

In Michigan there are nearly 1.4 million adults with mental illness and 67,000 youth suffering from a major depressive episode. The majority of these individuals are not receiving the care they need.

Costs are the reason nearly half of the adults are not receiving the treatment they need. Mental health counselors are uniquely qualified to meet the challenges of providing high quality care in a cost-effective manner.

Resources for Recent Master's Counseling Graduates to Keep Learning

It has occurred to me that I am often citing things as facts that may not have been taught in your graduate school. This may cause some odd transference during group supervision.

I was talking to the president of the Michigan Mental Health Counseling Association on the other week and he discussed his efforts to update the curriculum at graduate schools to be in line w/ the latest counseling research and neuroscience. Unfortunately, for me, I didn't get my best training until I was OUT of graduate. In my opinion, many graduate schools’ curriculum is BEHIND the science and best practices. 

Most of what I have learned about "what works" and how to, I learned at conferences, trainings, seminars, and through books and psychology podcasts following graduate school. Obviously, you still need graduate school, but it is FAR LESS comprehensive than I believe it should be to graduate clinicians with the skills and confidence to give excellent therapy to clients.
In case you are interested:

Clinical Training:
So I wanted to share with you that I emphatically recommend you invest in your clinical skills and become formally trained in DBT and/or EMDR.

Conferences

That you attend any conference put on by the Erickson Foundation, especially "The Evolution of Psychotherapy" which is a mega conference and brings together people from across disciplines--it is held every 4 or 5 years in Anaheim, CA near Disneyland. Highly recommend it. 

https://www.erickson-foundation.org/upcoming-conferences/

http://www.evolutionofpsychotherapy.com/

 

I'll be honest, I have been to the American Counseling Association conference and I will attend again--but it was lackluster compared to Evolution or Brief conferences--and I just give them money to pay the lobbyist, so counselors don't lose more rights.

https://www.counseling.org/

Podcasts:

The Trauma Therapist

and OLD episodes of "ShrinkRap Radio"

Jungianthology and Speaking of Jung (if you like Jung)

Of course, you can listen to my podcast, The Intentional Clinician as well : )

 

Below is a list books which have been instrumental to my development as a psychotherapist.

(I have found that local library can be a great source if you don't want to spend the money, or audio books through the "Hoopla" APP--using your library card).

A Way of Being by Rogers

What Should I Do with My Life? By Bronson

Stumbling on Happiness by Gilbert

50 DO’s for Everyday Leadership by Barrett, Wheatley, & Townsend

Connect College to Career: A Student’s Guide to Work and Life Transitions by Helkowski

Career and Life Planning with Gay, Lesbian, & Bisexual Persons by Gelberg & Chojnacki

Happy by Smith

Kaplan & Sadock’s Concise Textbook of Clinical Psychiatry

Multiculturalism and Diversity in Clinical Supervision by Falender, Shafranske, & Falicov

Clinical Supervision: A Competency-Based Approach by Falender & Shafranske

The Heroic Client by Duncan, Miller, & Sparks

The Great Psychotherapy Debate by Wampold

The Heart & Soul of Change; Delivering What Works in Therapy by Duncan, Miller, Wampold, & Hubble

The Feeling Good Handbook by Burns

Group Psychotherapy by Vinogradon & Yalom

The Shyness & Social Anxiety Workbook

 

 

Uppers, Downers, All Arounders by Inaba & Cohen

Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association

Ethics in Counseling and Psychotherapy by Welfel

ACA Ethical Standards Casebook

Assessment in Counseling by Hood & Johnson

Theory and Design in Counseling and Psychotherapy by Susan  Day

Career Counseling and Development in a Global Economy by Andersen & Vandehey

Psychopathology and Society by Nathan & Harris

Drugs, Society and Human Behavior by Hart & Ksir

The Clinical Documentation Sourcebook by Wiger

Coping Skills - Information Sheets and Interactive Logs

Clinical Supervision and Professional Development of the Substance Abuse Counselor

Treatment of Adolescents With Substance Use Disorder

Addressing Suicidal Thoughts and Behaviors in Substance Abuse Treatment

Beyond Psychology by Rank

The Art Spirit by Henri

The Book of Dead Philosophers by Critchley

We’ve Had a Hundred Years of Psychotherapy and the World’s Getting Worse by Hillman & Dentura

The Soul’s Code by Hillman

Re-visioning Psychology By Hillman

Suicide and the Soul by Hillman

The Undiscovered Self by Jung

Man and His Symbols by Jung

Jung by The Viking Portable Library

The Wise Heart by Kornfield

After the Ecstasy, the Laundry: How the Heart Grows Wise in the Spiritual Path by Kornfield

Hope Beyond Hell by Beauchemin

Restoring My Soul by Mathews

Wisdom of the Peaceful Warrior

 

Pocket Guide to Interpersonal Neurobiology by Siegel

Healing Moments in Psychotherapy by Siegel & Solomon

The Mindful Therapist by Siegel

The Mindful Brain by Siegel

The Neuroscience of Human Relationships by Cozolino

The Neuroscience of Psychotherapy by Cozolino

Neurobiology Essentials for Clinicians by Montgomery

Brainstorm by Siegel

The Whole-Brain Child by Siegel & Bryson

A mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Workbook by Goldstein

Mindfulness Skills Workbook by Burdick

Stimulating Creativity by Stein

Bouncing Back by Graham

The Change Your Life Book by O’Hanlon

Authentic Happiness: Using the New Positive Psychology to Realize Your Potential for Lasting Fulfillment by Seligman

Change 101 by O’Hanlon

Mindfulness by Langer

Mindfulness for Beginners by Kabat-Zinn

The Mindful Way through Depression by Williams, Teasdale, Segal, & Kabat-Zinn

Uncovering Happiness by Goldstein

Moonwalking with Einstein: The Art and Science of Remembering Everything by Foer

Breaking Free of the Co-Dependency Trap by Weinhold

Do One Thing Different by O’Hanlon

On Being a Master Therapist by Kottler & Carlson

Walking the Bridgeless Canyon by Baldock

Resilience by Greitens

The Encyclopedia of Psychology

Existential Psychotherapy by Yalom

The Theory and Practice of Psychotherapy by Yalom

The Complex Secret of Brief Psychotherapy by Gustafson

Cognitive Therapy: Basics and Beyond by Beck

Introduction to Clinical Psychology by Bernstein & Nietzel

Clinical Handbook of Psychological Disorders by Barlow

The Evolution of Psychotherapy by Zeig

Solution-Focused Therapy with Children by Selekman

The Kazdin Method for Parenting the Defiant Child by Kazdin

Creating Training Courses by McCain

Continuing Education for Counselors & Therapists - Elder Abuse: Cultural Contexts, Ethics, Trauma Processing, Sleep Disorders

The Story of Psychology by Morton & Hunt

The Upward Spiral by Korb

The Gifts of Imperfection by Brown

Unchain Your Brain: 10 Steps to Breaking the Addictions That Steal Your Life by Amen & Smith

Freud: Dictionary of Psychoanalysis by Fodor & Gaynor

On Dreams by Freud

What is Gestalt Therapy? Edited by Fagan and Shepherd

Mental Health or Mental Illness? by Glasser

The Identity Society by Glasser

The Power of your Subconscious Mind by Murphy

Anger: How to Live With and Without It by Ellis

Additional Brief psychology reading list by theme:

Science/ Psychology:

The Upward Spiral by Alex Korb, Ph.D

Why Therapy Works: Using Our Minds to Change Our Brains by LOUIS COZOLINO

Pocket Guide to Interpersonal Neurobiology: An Integrative Handbook of the Mind (Norton Series on Interpersonal Neurobiology  by Daniel J. Siegel Ph.D.

***Pretty much any book in the “Norton Series on Interpersonal Neurobiology”

http://books.wwnorton.com/books/book-template.aspx?ser=Norton+Series+on+Interpersonal+Neurobiology

---> it’s all about the science underlying counseling and psychotherapy treatment.

Unchain Your Brain by Dr. Daniel Amen (and other books by Dr. Daniel Amen)

Trauma and Recovery: The Aftermath of Violence--from Domestic Abuse to Political Terror by Judith Herman

Understanding Trauma: Integrating Biological, Clinical, and Cultural Perspectives by Laurence J. Kirmayer  (Editor), Robert Lemelson (Editor), Mark Barad (Editor)

The Body Keeps the Score: Brain, Mind, and Body in the Healing of Trauma  by Bessel van der Kolk Ph.D

The Great Psychotherapy Debate by Bruce Wampold Ph.D

Philosophy/Psychology:

Wiseheart: A Guide to the Universal Teachings of Buddhist Psychology
by Jack Kornfield

The Mindful Way Through Depression by Mark Williams , John Teasdale, Zindel Segal, Jon Kabat-Zinn

Re-Visioning Psychology by James Hillman

A Blue Fire by James Hillman

Love's Executioner and Other Tales of Psychotherapy  by Irvin D. Yalom

***any book by Yalom: http://www.yalom.com/pagemaker.php?nav=books

Man and His Symbols by C.G. Jung

On Becoming a Person: A Therapist's View of Psychotherapy by Carl R. Rogers

Wherever You Go, There You Are: Mindfulness Meditation in Everyday Life by Jon Kabat-Zinn

Full Catastrophe Living: Using the Wisdom of Your Body and Mind to Face Stress, Pain, and Illness  by Jon Kabat-Zinn

Mindfulness by Ellen J. Langer

Man’s Search for Meaning by Viktor Frankl

Modern Man in Search of a Soul by C.G. Jung

We've Had a Hundred Years of Psychotherapy & the World's Getting Worse

by James Hillman, Michael Ventura

Person to Person: The Problem of Being Human by Carl R. Rogers, Barry Stevens

Self-help (that is mostly research oriented, not fluffy clouds advice):

A Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Workbook by Bob Stahl , Elisha Goldstein Ph.D

The Feeling Good Handbook by David D. Burns Ph.D

Getting Past Your Past: Take Control of Your Life with Self-Help Techniques from EMDR Therapy by Francine Shapiro Ph.D

The Gifts of Imperfection  by Brené Brown Ph.D

Getting your loved one sober by Dr. Robert Myers, etc.

The Relationship Cure  by John Gottman

What Makes Love Last?: How to Build Trust and Avoid Betrayal Paperback by John Gottman Ph.D.

Carl Rogers on Personal Power: Inner Strength and Its Revolutionary Impact  by Carl R. Rogers  

A Recovery Story from Mental Illness:

An Unquiet Mind by Kay Redfield Jamison Ph.D

Expert On Mental Illness Reveals Her Own Fight by Marsha Linehan Ph.D

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/06/23/health/23lives.html?_r=2&scp=1&sq=Marsha%20Linehan&st=cse


Counseling/ Psychology Techniques and Paradigms:


DBT Skills Training: Handouts and Worksheets  by Marsha M. Linehan Ph.D

The Heart and Soul of Change (What works in Psychotherapy) by Duncan, Miller, etc.

The Heroic Client by Duncan, Miller etc.

The Practice of Emotionally Focused Couple Therapy and Emotionally Focused Couple Therapy for Trauma Survivors by Susan Johnson Ed. D

Internal Family Systems Therapy by Richard C. Schwartz

Family Therapy in Clinical Practice by Murray Bowen

Ericksonian Approaches to Hypnosis and Psychotherapy by Jeffrey K. Zeig (Editor)

 

New Healthcare Resource for Grand Rapids, MI

Paul Krauss has created an easy to use website for the people of Grand Rapids called www.GrandRapidsCounselor.com. This website provides a mobile-phone and tablet friendly overview of all the Naturopathic Doctors, Counselors, and Hypnotherapists at Health for Life Grand Rapids providing many different types of therapy.

The Grand Rapids Counselor.com website is easy to use and guides users through learning about counseling, to learning about the people that work at Health life for Grand Rapids, followed by what specific services are offered by the staff, followed by information for new patients (including insurances accepted, cash rates) and an easy to use form to request information. Lastly, the site features an easily accessible contact form where you can request that a Counselor, Therapist, Naturopathic Doctor, or Hypnotherapist contact you directly.

Grand Rapids, MI is the second largest metropolitan area in Michigan, and Health for Life Grand Rapids is working to bring the highest quality healthcare, counseling, therapy, and health education to Michigan. At Health for Life Grand Rapids, there are 2 licensed Naturopathic Physicians from the State of Arizona providing excellent health education at our office. Health for Life Grand Rapids has five counselors providing excellent health education and therapy in the Grand Rapids, MI area. We also have a Clinical Hypnotherapist providing amazing hypnotherapy to clients in the Grand Rapids area.

The staff at Health for Life Grand Rapids are constantly working to make healthcare more accessible. The new website called "Grand Rapids Counselor.com" was a natural extension of this service. If you have questions, you can always call our front desk at 616-200-4433  or  email our manager, Paul Krauss MA LPC at paulk@healthforlifegr.com. Note: Each therapist at Health for Life Grand Rapids has a unique focus and approach to therapeutic process and works to customize care for each person and family they work with.

Counselors at Health for Life taking new insurance plans in Grand Rapids

Good news for people that would like to utilize insurance for counseling.

Paul Krauss MA LPC a counselor at Health for Life Grand Rapids now accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield, Blue Care Network, United/ Optum, Blue Cross Complete, Reliant Behavioral, CHAMPVA, and many out of network. At times it may be possible to Tricare and MHN as well--it just depends on the situation.

Many other counselors at Health for Life Grand Rapids accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield, Blue Care Network, United/ Optum, and Blue Cross Complete. Just ask your counselor if they take insurance.

The good news is that ALL of counselors can bill your insurance as "out of network" or even work with you on a discounted rate if your insurance does not cover counseling or behavioral health.

Call 616-200-4433 to schedule your complimentary consultation today!

www.healthforlifegr.com

www.grandrapidscounselor.com

Health for Life Grand Rapids, GRAND OPENING! Sept 21st 5:30pm, 2017

Health for Life Grand Rapids Celebrates Their Grand Opening

Integrative Counseling Office Hosts Open House

Grand Rapids, MI: Health for Life Grand Rapids, an integrative mental health facility, will host an open house to celebrate their grand opening. This event will take place on Thursday, September 21st, 5:30-7:30pm EST, at Health for Life Grand Rapids.

Enter your name and email address when you arrive and you will be entered to win one of many raffle items! Items include Norwex products, salon gift cards, a Naturopathic First Aid Kit, and many more. There will be snacks and refreshments for all who stop by.

Dr. Nicole Cain, ND MA is a licensed Naturopathic physician (AZ), who strives to find the root cause of illnesses of all kinds. Paul Krauss MA LPC provides counseling to all ages along with his team of therapists who specialize in a variety of areas. If you or your family is struggling with anything, Health for Life Grand Rapids has a counselor that specializes in an area to meet your needs.  In fact, two of the counselors on the team are not only Licensed Social Workers, but also Certified Health Coaches as well. The team of counselors has a resident expert in working with teenagers, an expert on Women and mothers, as well as a hypnotherapist. 

After years of successful clinical practice in Arizona, Dr. Nicole Cain and Paul Krauss MA LPC opened Health for Life Grand Rapids, located in Grand Rapids, Michigan, near where Paul was born and raised.  Both have over a decade of clinical experience and are notable leaders in their respective fields. They are passionate about providing powerful, safe, and effective tools to the Grand Rapids community utilizing counseling and integrative medicine.

“We don’t believe in short-term band-aides, but in long-term solutions. We want our clients to come out of their experience with us as changed people, who can go back into their community and bring their healthy new perspective and the tools to share with their loved ones.”

Dr. Nicole Cain, ND MA resides in Grand Rapids, but still practices part-time in Scottsdale, AZ as she is a licensed physician in the state of Arizona. Michigan has not yet passed legislation for Dr. Cain to practice as a physician in Michigan, but she is able to provide health education for people based on her years of medical practice in Arizona. Paul Krauss is a clinical supervisor as well and has supervised and trained clinicians for 7 years and has been practicing as a counselor for 10 years.

For More Details visit healthforlifegr.com

Grand Rapids, MI Supervision Group Launches!

Hello all of you LLPCs in West Michigan and Grand Rapids,

Are you looking for a supervision group? If so, Paul Krauss MA LPC's supervision group is an affordable and convenient way to get your 100 hours of supervision. The group meets monthly from 4-8pm on a selected Friday. That way you get 4 hours of supervision with other LLPCs at an affordable rate. 

We have a few spots remaining for the supervision group! Call Paul for the details 616-365-5530.

Or email intentionalgr@gmail.com

Upcoming Dates (Fridays 4-8pm) at my office Health for Life Grand Rapids, 781 Kenmoor Ave SE, Suite C. Grand Rapids, MI 49546

Sept 8th, 2017

October 13th, 2017

Nov 17th, 2017

Dec 8th, 2017

Jan 19th, 2018

I look forward to meeting you all.

Best,

Paul Krauss

Looking for Counselors in Grand Rapids, MI?

Are you looking for a counselor in Grand Rapids, MI to help you with what you are going through? Whether it be relationship issues, depression, anxiety, life transitions, family troubles, difficulties with children, work issues, trauma, or you just aren't sure how to get past what is going on- visit Health for Life Grand Rapids. The skills counselors at Health for Life Grand Rapids in Grand Rapids, MI have the skills and training to help you - each has their own specialization. The counselors at Health for Life Grand Rapids take Blue Cross Blue Shield insurance and more. 

For instance, Paul Krauss MA LPC a counselor in Grand Rapids, MI with over 10 years experience, has extensive experience helping those suffering from PTSD, anxiety, depression and other difficulties. He is extremely skills at working with the parents of teens and young adults. Check out Paul- he can customize a plan for you. 

Billie Walters, LMSW is a natural healer and has a counseling practice in Grand Rapids, MI. Billie has unique methods of helping people through anger, depression, trauma, anxiety, grief, and much more. Billie has the experience and skills to help you.

 Nicole Vega, LMSW CHC is not only an amazing therapist in Grand Rapids, MI. She also is a certified health coach and is a fantastic advocate for women. NIcole specializes in helping women with body images issues, food choices, postpartum depression and anxiety, perinatal mood disorders and more. You can see Nicole as therapist or health coach.

Adam Nash, LLPC is a counselor in Grand Rapids that specializes with teenagers (adolescents) and their parents. Whatever your teenager is going through, Adam can help. He has over 10 years of experience working with teenagers.

Whatever you are looking for, Health for Life Grand Rapids can help.

If you are looking for alternatives to medications, Dr. Nicole Cain, ND MA is an expert healer for both mental and physical issues in Grand Rapids, MI. Dr. Nicole Cain is a board certified Naturopathic Physician (Arizona), and is able to provide education in Michigan.  

Free talks about counseling and psychology, this summer in Grand Rapids, MI

The clinicians from Health for Life Grand Rapids are spending the summer at a popular ice cream and coffee shop in Grand Rapids MI, called JamnBean Coffee- Cascade Location, giving free talks about counseling and psychology. These counselors and therapists in Grand Rapids, MI will be working hard to deliver free talks to anyone who wants to come. 

Some of the topics will be Tips for a Healthy Marriage, How to Drug-Proof your Kid, What is Trauma and PTSD, what do we do about it?, Why try Premarital Counseling?, Why go to Counseling?, What is Unidentified Grief?, How to Communicate with Your Teen, Three Ways to “Trick” Anxiety, What is Health Coaching and how can it help?, Introduction to Mindfulness, What is Anxiety? Tips to manage it and many many more.

JamnBean Coffee Company will be giving customers 1/2 off drinks and ice cream if you mention "Health for Life Grand Rapids" to your cashier. 

For a full list of dates for June and July 2017, check out the details below: 

http://healthforlifegr.com/ask-counselor-jamnbeancoffee/

Thank you for reading!

-Paul Krauss MA LPC

Local Counselor launches podcast about mental health!

Paul Krauss MA LPC's new podcast, The Intentional Clinician is now available on itunes and for download.  

Demystifying psychology through quirky, provocative, and informative dialogues and monologues! Plus practical approaches on living a full and vibrant life. 

Join a Professional Counselor as he works to demystify the topics of psychology and counseling from a down-to-earth perspective. Paul Krauss MA LPC will be discussing practical strategies for applying concepts from counseling and psychology to our lives. The Intentional Clinician podcast dives deep into discussing philosophy and mental health  as a fundamental part of living a full and vibrant life. This podcast will feature stories, interviews, practical lessons, clinical research, and more. Paul Krauss MA LPC practices Psychotherapy in Grand Rapids, MI at an integrative clinic called Health for Life. www.healthforlifegr.com Paul Krauss’ specialties include:  Counseling for Leaders and High Achievers, Overcoming Trauma & PTSD, Quarter-life/ Mid-life Crisis Turn Around Neurological Disorders and Chronic Illness,  Finding a Sense of Purpose, What should I do with my life?, Helping the Parents Of Young Adults, and Mindfulness. Paul will work with anyone he believes he can help with his over 10 years of counseling experience and advanced clinical training. Learn more at www.paulkrausscounseling.com.  Paul is also a Clinical Supervisor and trainer for new counselors who are working on gaining their full license, and for anyone seeking continuing education units. Learn more about that here.