What is the cost of Counseling? The cost of an intake session is $150 and for an individual session it is $130 per session. Sliding scale options may be available. Please ask when you call.

Who does The Family Therapy Place work with?  We work with women, men, children, teens, couples and any individual struggling with relationship issues. The therapists here are well trained to work with people who are struggling with anxiety, depression, postpartum issues, grief and loss, blended family issues, etc. Look at the services page to find out more. 

Can my insurance be accepted? Some insurances are accepted: Blue Cross Blue Shield, Blue Care Network, Priority Health and United Behavioral Health (Optum) are accepted as In-Network.  If you have another insurance we’re able to provide invoices for you to send in to be reimbursed, you’ll first want to verify that you have out of network benefits.

What should I tell my child about counseling? Therapists are “kid helpers”. Children know many helpers and a Therapists job is to help kids understand their "big" feelings. Sometime big feelings are hard to understand and a helper might be needed to know what to do with them. Some teens are resistant to counseling and that is okay. Let them tell us about their resistance. It is a good place to start!

Who should come to the sessions? For a child that is under 12 or if the goal is Family Counseling, a therapist will meet with parents first. This gives parents an opportunity to get to know the therapist and go over the paper work. This also helps the therapist to understand any history and background that will be important to know when working with your child.  At the child's first session they will meet with the therapist alone while the parents wait in the waiting room. This gives the child an opportunity to connect. Your child will do a variety of activities to help them feel safe and open to allowing this new person into their world.  For children who are older than 12, we will bring both Parents and child/teen into the office for a few minutes to go over basic information. Then the child/teen will meet with their therapist alone and the parents will wait in the waiting room. 

What if I am divorced and my child's other parent doesn't want counseling for our child? If parents have joint legal custody it is our policy to have both parents sign consent to see the child. We will meet with the parent who desires counseling and discuss the best option for getting the child's needs met.

Where is The Family Therapy Place Office? 731 Front Ave Grand Rapids Michigan. We are located on the first floor of a big Stone home. It is a warm environment that feels like a home rather than a doctors office. This is part of our belief that maintaining good mental health is as important as maintaining good physical health. We operate from a wellness model of counseling rather than an “illness” model.

What if my child doesn't want to come to counseling? It is typical for kids to be a bit nervous upon meeting a therapist for the first time. There are toys and art supplies and activities that will help lessen the anxiety of the first visit.

Will I hear about what is going on during each session with my child? Parents are asked to give limited confidentiality. This allows the child to feel the freedom to open up and talk about whatever they want without feeling like they will get in trouble. Limited confidentiality means that if anything of concern comes to the therapists attention you will be contacted and we will work together to figure out the best path forward. 

What is Equine Assisted Psychotherapy? Equine Assisted Psychotherapy is a form of therapy that uses horses. Horses are dynamic and sensitive creatures. Since they are prey animals, they have very sensitive mirror neurons which pick up on anything out of normal in they environment. This includes heightened emotion in a client. Through this process, the therapist works with the client and horse to help the client become grounded and learn to manage their feelings and connect with the horse. 

How does the therapist work with clients?  We work from a perspective of believing that we are connected to each other and from an early age are looking for belonging and significance through our primary caregivers. Through our relationships we can learn more about ourselves. We use experiential therapy such as mindfulness, Emotion Focused Therapy, play therapy, art therapy, talk therapy, nature based and animal assisted/equine therapy. This is an experiential process in which the client Is able to explore the ability to relate in secure ways with another person.

What happens in the Parenting Classes? Parenting is hard and all parents who have a child older than 5 minutes has felt the helpless, unsure feelings of how to best discipline a child. Parenting is often filled with high expectations and high shame when things don’t go as we hope. In our classes, we use tools to teach parents how to connect on a deeper level when parenting their children. Our goal is to help parents to raise self-reliant, capable, respectful children who they can find joy in relationship with them. We lead workshops, classes and individual coaching sessions and speak publicly at organizations, churches, schools and daycare centers.  Group parenting classes can be a very valuable experience to gain insight into how others have found success in parenting as well as sharing with the village of other parents the difficulty of raising our precious children.