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!

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.

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

  • 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

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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…
  • Self-Esteem: Set-Up for Success or Failure

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    By: Steve Greenman, MA, LPC, NCC   Many people go through life expecting the worst. Alfred Alder, the 19th century Austrian psychotherapist, stated: “Meanings are not determined by situations, but we determine ourselves by the meanings we give to situations.” But you can help your clients change their perceptions of themselves and the world and, as…
  • What Happens in Rehab and Recovery

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    By: Steve Greenman, MA, LPC, NCC “You can get the monkey off your back, but the circus never leaves town.” Anne Lamott. In the modern recovery world “rehab” can mean many things. To treat addictions a person can choose long-term (usually 90 days) and shorter-term (30 days to 2 weeks) in-house programs. Each type of program…
  • On Setting Boundaries

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    By: Steve Greenman, MA, LPC, NCC “No” is a complete sentence.” Anne Lamott When I was working at an in-patient recovery center as a therapist, we would discuss boundaries in group. Many of the men in my group were between the ages of 18-30 and had issues relative to their addictive behaviors such as dual…
  • Coping with–and Reducing Stress, Anxiety and Worry

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    By: Steve Greenman, MA, LPC, NCC More often than not, when clients enter my office that are struggling with anxiety, they have immediate need for relief and long term plans to gain coping strategies. Numerous life situations have, in many cases, added up and created the environment for potential relapse back into old patterns for…
  • Wisdom from “On Being a Therapist”

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    By: Steve Greenman, MA, LPC, NCC “Yet it is hard to tread water with someone on our back without drowning.”  -Jeffrey Kottler Jeffrey Kottler throughout his book “On Being a Therapist” sprinkles seeds of wisdom that will not only benefit the inexperienced therapist but the experienced therapist as well. Kottler states that many in today’s…

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