Meet the Therapists

Amber Norwood

My approach to therapy is warm and non-judgmental. I strive to support clients in finding their own unique strengths and utilizing them to heal from the difficulties in their lives. I believe my role is to meet each person where they are at and to support them in finding hope, love and belonging to promote healing in all areas of life.

I have a broad range of clinical experience including the areas of domestic violence, substance abuse, mental health, trauma, parenting and relational struggles. I have been an affiliate professor of Social Work at Spring Arbor University since 2010 and have work experiences at AWARE, Inc as the Child and Family Advocate, at Highfields, Inc. as a Home-based therapist/Outreach counselor, and at A Healing Place, LLC. I currently own and operate Waves of Change, LLC, and am a volunteer at SOAR Cafe & Farms.

Kaitlynn Panak

My approach to therapy is warm and welcoming. I utilize a diversified therapeutic approach, while tailoring my treatment to the unique strengths and beliefs of each person I have the pleasure of working with. I believe in whole-person-centered therapy, exploring the mental, emotional, physical, spiritual and relational aspects of an individual. I have a strong belief in the practice of mindfulness. I believe every individual is valuable and worthy of finding acceptance and peace within themselves. I am happy to provide faith-based counseling when requested by my clients. I received my Master of Social Work degree from Spring Arbor University. I have a broad range of clinical experiences including, but not limited to substance abuse, mental health, trauma, relational struggles, LGBTQ+ support, adolescent adjustment and teenage pregnancy.

Jennifer Houston

Jen has a broad range of clinical experiences including, but not limited to, Infant mental health, trauma, parenting and relational struggles. Jen has had several years of training and experience as an Infant Family Specialist through the Michigan Association of Infant Mental Health. Jen’s approach to therapy is warm and non-judgmental. She does her best to tailor her treatment to the unique strengths and beliefs of each person that walks into her office. She also believes every individual is valuable and worthy of finding love and acceptance, and that one key to this is learning who they are and how they can grow.
Jen completed her undergraduate work at Spring Arbor University. Jen received her Masters in Counseling degree from Spring Arbor University as well. Jen is a Professional licensed counselor in the State of Michigan. Jen’s experience includes 8 years in the community mental health setting. More recently Jen began to further her experience in private practice.

Jamie Lightner

Over 10 years ago I began working with people as a life coach.  Since obtaining my MSW from Spring Arbor University, I have enjoyed merging the two skill sets.  I am passionate about empowering indiviuals to overcome self-criticsm, doubt, sadness, anxiety, overwhelm, and relationship struggles.  I work with indiviuals, parents, adolescents, and couples, giving them a different lens for self-perception. 
 
I believe that every human being truly has their own answers within themselves. My job is to come alongside you and help you discover yours. The pain of the past forms a belief about our identity for today. It is this skewed perception of self that actually keeps us at odds with our choices about our thoughts, emotions, and behaviors. Using different techniques, such as CBT, mindfulness, and motivational interviewing, I help you process emotions, and identify limiting beliefs that have created roadblocks in your life. We work together to heal from pain, harness the power of true self-acceptance, and create peace and confidence.  

Angela Edward

I have worked in the mental health field for over a decade and a half.  I have worked with clients of all ages but specialize in working with elders & persons impacted by racial identity struggles. I received my Masters of Social Work from Missouri State University. I also have a certificate from the University of Vermont to serve as a Death Doula and I specialize in grief work. I utilize Narrative Therapy and CBT, along with other interventions.

Lauren Colip

I have had a range of experiences including, home-based therapy, school social work, and outpatient therapy. In these experiences, I have worked with children, adolescents, adults, parents, and the elderly. These experiences have included trauma, abuse, neglect, parenting and relationship issues, grief, and mental health issues. I believe each person is unique and deserves to heal and tell their story in a safe environment.

I utilize a person-centered practice and approach each person with what their needs are. I habe been trained in infant mental health through the Michigan Association of Infant Mental Health as well as Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. I utilize a wide range of approaches including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Mindfulness.

My approach to therapy is person-centered and I strive to provide a welcome environment. I believe each client has their own unique capabilities and path in life to follow. I come alongside each person to thrive in their lives and environments.

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