MENTAL WELLNESS COUNSELING

A HOLISTIC MENTAL HEALTH CENTER

OUR PHILOSOPHY: Counseling + Natural Wellness Services

You’re here because you know that life can be better. Through counseling, we’ll help you identify how best to make progress toward creating a life of wellness. Our mental health therapists take a whole health approach to help individuals, couples and families find balance.

We know it takes a while to decide you need counseling. No matter what that final thing was that made you come here, we want to help.

We also offer on-site wellness services such as massage therapy and acupuncture. These services can aid in your quest for mental wellness and balance by offering enhanced sense of well-being and relaxation. These services can alleviate stress and depression symptoms by releasing endorphins, improving the circulation of blood, and increase oxygen flow. All of which can enhance recovery from diseases and improve mental health. Acupuncture and massage also decrease the stress hormone cortisol, lower blood pressure, reduce the heart rate, and relax muscle tissue.

 

If you’re ready to start a better life and you want counseling + natural wellness support, we’d love to join you in this journey!

MEET THE WELLNESS TEAM

SEE THE QUICK PROFILES BELOW OR CLICK THE ‘MEET OUR COUNSELORS’ TAB TO LEARN MORE ABOUT OUR MENTAL HEALTH THERAPISTS OR WELLNESS SERVICE PROVIDERS

Nicole Ball

Counselor and Owner of Mental Wellness Counseling
Nicole works with clients that are dealing with anxiety and want quick results to get back to life. As well, clients that value a holistic approach to therapy tend to be drawn to Nicole, especially if they are working through a transition such as divorce, life change, or relationship change. Lastly, Nicole takes a compassionate and holistic approach to teaching parenting, working through past trauma, and building coping skills to find more peace in life.

Jeanice Knight-Bogatz

Mental Health Counselor and EMDR Certified Therapist
Jeanice has extensive experience providing clinical services to children, adolescents, individual adults, and families. She uses Family Systems, CBT, and Person-Centered approaches to assist individuals and families in reaching their treatment goals on a holistic level to achieve long term positive change. Her hope is for clients to achieve wellness through healthy integration of life elements, heal from past trauma, and become empowered to overcome life stressors.

Brendan O’Donnel

Mental Health Counselor
Brendan helps those who are experiencing anxiety or depression, coping with complex medical concerns, confronting mortality, or distress related to some aspect of sexuality. He offers a safe and supportive environment to explore pathways to balance and well-being.

Kara Schaub

Acupuncturist
Acupuncture is considered a safe, minimally invasive and effective modality that helps to enhance the body’s natural ability to heal itself in order to restore balance both physically and emotionally. Acupuncture works by increasing blood circulation in the body, decreasing inflammation, and working with the central nervous system by shifting from fight or flight to the rest and digest state. By utilizing a variety of ancient Eastern techniques Kara can eliminate symptoms of stress related disorders such as anxiety, depression, sleep disorders, pain, fatigue, headaches and digestive issues.
Steve Greenman

Steve Greenman

Mental Health Counselor

Call Steve directly on his cell or text phone 231-631-3736 to get started right away. Steve’s specialty centers around the topics of addiction, families in difficult situations, cognitive awareness of bettering oneself and burdens from anxiety, depression, low self-esteem and working with couples.

Christina Walsh

Christina Walsh

Mental Health Counselor

Christina takes a whole health approach to help those with anxiety looking to find calmness balance within their lives. She specializes in working with LGBTQ adults and teens addressing many areas of their lives including sexual orientation, gender expression, gender identity, gender nonconformity as well as mental health, addiction, intimacy, self-esteem, and self-acceptance. Christina also specializes in providing services to those experiencing addiction, substance use disorder, and recovery in finding and maintaining a life of sobriety that works for the individual and promotes overall wellbeing.

Christina Lukas

Christina Lukas

Massage Therapist
Christina believes in the healing benefits of natural health approaches including manual therapy with massage and bodywork. She uses a variety of techniques including relaxation massage and different modalities to reduce pain and stress in mind and body. Massage and bodywork assists the person’s healing process of letting go of tension and anxiety while increasing feelings of being more self-aware, connected and integrated.
Hjarsti Coonrod

Hjarsti Coonrod

Massage Therapist
Hjarsti uses intuition to create a safe and healing environment while connecting with each individual client in order to ensure a productive, and therapeutic session. As a health and fitness enthusiast she has acquired a love and extensive knowledge of movement, learning, and clean and healthy eating.

WELCOME

MENTAL WELLNESS COUNSELING

FROM WORRY TO WELLNESS

DEPRESSION TO HAPPINESS

FRUSTRATION AND CHAOS TO HAVING A PLAN FOR PEACEFULNESS

We help parents who are getting too many calls from the principal to have a plan for their kids and get fewer calls from the school.

Through counseling couples that are disconnected and fighting find that spark that was there and learn how to build the fire of their relationship.

When life seems chaotic and confusing we help to guide and direct you to find peace and happiness.

Clients that are depressed and sad work to create a plan to get out of the house, exercise more, and build happiness into their life.

We’re in the business of transformation! Through counseling, we join you in the process of moving from frustration, anxiety, depression, and hopelessness to having a clear plan for creating a happier and better life.

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?

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 reasons. 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!

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