WELCOME

MENTAL WELLNESS COUNSELING

Mental Wellness Counseling is proud to call Traverse City home! We built a Traverse City counseling practice because we love this area, the people, and the families. That’s why we’re trying to make it better, with you. People come to Mental Wellness Counseling for a variety of reasons from depression to divorce, parenting to probation, anxiety to anorexia, we cover a lot of issues. We help people to set goals for their life and find more happiness and fulfillment, will you join us in helping you make life better?

COUNSELORS

MEET THE WELLNESS TEAM

Jen Kraus

Social Worker

I have a passion for working with infants, toddlers, young children and their families. I have worked with families for 15 years, which has equipped me to work with teen parents, child advocacy and parenting group classes. My specialized training in working with infants and their parents to helps each to become emotionally attuned to one another and promote healthy relationships.

Steve Greenman

Counselor

My specialty centers around the topics of addiction, cognitive awareness of bettering oneself and life skills to relief oneself of burdens from anxiety, depression and low self-esteem.

Anndrea Terry

Counselor

I utilizes a highly personalized liberating blend of holistic practices and methods when working with individuals to promote personal healing, growth and transformation from the inside out.

Lucy Seefried

Counselor

I am a life-long native of Michigan who has a passion for traveling, exploring and connecting with others. My university studies and work have developed a multicultural approach through work in West Africa, Russia, Detroit, India and Alaska. I use a client-centered approach and active listening, and strive to balance self-exploration with practical solutions. This creates a safe and trusting environment for change to occur and allowing the creative process of therapy to unfold.

Joe Sanok

Counselor

I have over 10 years of experience working with at-risk youth in a variety of residential and out-patient settings. As the author of several parenting books, I’m uniquely qualified to help you as an individual, couple, or family. I look forward to talking!

Jessica Kelley

Counselor

I work from the desire to help individuals break unhappy and unhealthy cycles. I have experience with children and families, at risk youth, college students, and adults dealing with issues of traumatic brain injury, depression, anxiety, and life transitions.

Tarah Elhardan

Counselor

Through my own personal experiences and research, I have found a passion for nutrition and its connection with mental health. I take a holistic approach to counseling, considering the mind and body as a whole. I strongly feel that one needs to have a healthy mind to live a happy and fulfilling life.

Sarah Hubbell

Counselor

I have been working with at-risk youth for the past 7+ years, and more recently has had much success in working with children through TFCBT who have been through a traumatic experience(s).  I believe that finding the right counselor begins with taking a chance. I will help educate, help you and/or your family to utilize new skills, be happier, and even find new and exciting ways to enjoy a new found hope in life.

Nicole Ball

Counselor

Nicole helps women that have been in or are currently in domestic violence situations through empowerment and compassionate counseling. Nicole has a passion for nature and believes in utilizing ones unique strengths and creativity as a source of healing. Nicole specializes in anxiety, healing from trauma associated with surviving domestic violence or sexual assault, post separation adjustment issues, depression, assisting clients with personal and career goal setting and life transitions.

GETTING STARTED

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW

How do I pay for counseling?

Understanding counseling, insurance, and payment can be confusing. If at any time you want our help, just let us know. We don’t directly bill your insurance for a number of reason. Mostly it is because we want you to have complete control over your records. We’d love to walk you through the process of getting counseling started.

Is counseling confidential?

In Traverse City, it’s usually not a big deal to run into someone. It’s sort of the charm of the area. But when that person is your counselor, you should know exactly how confidential your information is! We take your confidentiality very seriously! 

Not only is counseling protected by federal law, but we go well beyond what is required. We’d love to tell you more if you have questions.

Right Counselor for me?

You always get to choose your counselor. Even if you start with one, you can always switch. We want you to have the very best fit at our Traverse City counseling practice. When we look to bring on new counselors, we look for people that can cover a wide variety of issues. We have counselors that work from infant mental health all the way to retirement. You always have a choice!

TESTIMONIALS

OUR CLIENTS SAY

COUNSELING BLOG

ADVICE FROM THE COUNSELORS

  • Teaching Kids about Money

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    When I was seven, I wanted a skateboard. My parents told me they would pay half of what I could raise. I needed $25. Magically, the neighbors were going out of town for a week and needed meet to fill their bird bath daily. So after school for a week, I walked next door and…
  • Anxiety and Meditation: How to Reduce Anxiety by Establishing a Meditation Practice

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    By: Anndrea Terry, MA, LPC, NCC, RYT, CYLC Once will change your day and more will change your life. According to the Anxiety and Depression Association of American states that “anxiety disorders are the most common mental illness in the U.S., affecting 40 million adults in the United States and older, or 18% of the…
  • You are enough

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    This article appeared in Joe’s monthly column in the Traverse City Record Eagle. Imagine Bonnie. She’s 47 and she’s a middle manager for a local company. The company numbers are down. Bonnie also had a father who was a hard working Detroit factory man. He didn’t have time for excuses. He had grit. From a…
  • Consequences vs. Punishment for Kids

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    By Jessica Kelley As a parent it’s easy to get discouraged from energy exhausted into trying to get an obstinate child to “mind” you. After multiple failed attempts for obedience, you can start to give up, and hence give in to your child’s demands, tantrums, and behavior issues. How does this affect the parent and…
  • How to stop a racing mind before bed

    HOW TO STOP RACING THOUGHTS BEFORE BED
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    Before bed, our brains are preparing to work differently. The brain transitions from active awareness to filing. During sleep, our brain works to discard information that it determines is useless and stores information that is helpful. The evolving brain Over thousands of years of evolution, our brains have figured out that when we are in…
  • Anxiety and Productivity

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    According to the National Institute of Mental Health, 18% of people live with anxiety. Frequently, anxiety co-occurs with depression or substance abuse. Around 75% of first occurrences happen by age 21.5. That means that if you are with five people, one of you will statistically have anxiety. How does anxiety affect individuals in the workplace?…
  • Give Up on New Year’s Resolutions

    GIVE UP ON RESOLUTIONS
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    Download the Green Smoothie Infographic You want to lose weight, stop smoking, or save more for retirement. Every year we do this and every year, 92% of us fail at New Year’s Resolutions. A University of Scranton study found that only 8% of people will succeed in their resolutions. So maybe you should resolve to…
  • Teen Addictions: From Warning Signs to Treatment

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      By: Steve Greenman, MA, LPC, NCC Sam came into my office with fear in his eyes. His father had called me and stated he needed to find some help for his boy – all had not been right for a while. Sam was a freshman in college and had been doing outstanding in his…
  • Help Your Clients Stop Self-Defeating Behaviors

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    By: Steve Greenman, MA, LPC, NCC “All forms of self-defeating behavior are unseen and unconscious, which is why their existence is denied.” Vernon Howard What are Self-Defeating Behaviors?  In their book, Going Home: A Positive Emotional Guide for Promoting Life-Generating Behaviors (Honu Publications 2005), Drs. Gregory and Lori Boothroyd state that “self–defeating behaviors are any behavior or…
  • Why Do People Become Addicted?

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    By: Steve Greenman, MA, LPC, NCC   “Every habit he’s ever had is still there in his body, lying dormant like flowers in the desert. Given the right conditions, all his old addictions would burst into full and luxuriant bloom.” Margaret Atwood When discussing an addiction or dependency, most standard beliefs center around the continued…

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