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

Tarah Elhardan

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.
Steve Greenman

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.
Joe Sanok

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!
Trisha Short

Trisha Short

Counselor
I have been working with children and families for the past 20 years. I began my work in Early Childhood Development and worked with children birth-12 years old in many environments. I specialize in family therapy, emotional and social skill difficulties, attachment disorders, anxiety difficulties, and early childhood traumas.

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

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    I was recently talking with a friend that said, “You know, I realized recently that there was a last time that I carried my child to bed.” His kids are older now. He went on, “There was a last time.” Then he paused. Whether it is a last time hugging your kids in your home,…
  • How to be happier

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    “The truth is, if what we choose to do with our lives won’t make the story meaningful, it won’t make a life meaningful either.” Donald Miller Let me get this out in the open from the get go: I never intended to write anything more than a check for a bill I needed to pay. This is…
  • Better Family Habits: The 10x10x10 Challenge

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    What is the 10x10x10 Challenge? Quick Version The 10x10x10 Challenge is a way to help everyone focus. It is a way for us to collectively do something together, that will instill entrepreneurial habits that make us succeed. There are 10 tasks Do all 10 tasks every day by 10:00 am Do this for 10 days…
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    With school back in session, emotions are flying high. Excitement mixed with a bit of nervousness is expected. Whether it is your child’s first school experience or just another year, it’s the start of a new chapter in his/her life and yours. As we know all children are different and come to school with their…
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    A number of photos have recently been circling the Facebook-Twittersphere about the trash at the Traverse City National Cherry Festival. As a counselor and psychologist, I’m interested in the human behavior behind the problem. I’ve traveled throughout Haiti, Nepal, Thailand, and much of South America. In those travels, I’ve observed how different cultures view trash.…
  • Traverse City Marriage Counseling

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