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Life is stressful these days, and we're here for you and your family.   Options include in-office counseling, outdoor counseling, and telehealth counseling. Call us at 800-453-7733 to learn how to get started.  

Located just minutes from U of M Metro Health Village in the Byron Center, MI area, our campus is located on a historic, 4-acre property featuring indoor and outdoor counseling spaces.  Our services are preferred by many who seek private, clinical counseling and coaching services, as well as Christian counseling and coaching. 

Our licensed and qualified practitioners deliver best practices including CBT, Mindfulness, Resiliency, ACT, Trauma-Informed Counseling, Couples Counseling, and Life Coaching. For those seeking Chritian Counseling and Life Coaching, Amplified Life is founded on Christian principles and all its staff and therapists are aligned with these principles.  Amplified Life is a trusted provider of the following payers and others.


Welcome to Our Practice

We provide our clients with a one-of-a-kind, private, historic and quaint setting where wellbeing thrives.  Our wooded, 4 acre setting provides a sense of peace and calm the minute you arrive. We're also adjacent to Whistlestop Park, where you can unwind as you stroll around its beautiful pond and wooded trails. We believe people achieve their best by exercising resilience and rest, and we're committed to helping you  experience wellbeing through everything we do.  We also offer a HIPAA-compliant, video-enabled telehealth option.  Call 800-453-7733 for assistance.


Hear What Our Clients Are Saying!

  • The calming grounds and home-like atmosphere puts you at ease as soon as you pull into the driveway. Learning mindfulness from my counselor has changed my life......

    31 year old female

  • My counselor helped me better understand myself...now I'm ready to take what I've learned and start living a more peaceful and enjoyable life.

    58 year old male

  • With the help of Amplified Life our son not only finished the school year successfully, but he was also well ahead of his peers in the areas he was dropping behind on earlier in the year.

    34 year old female

  • It's a great place to begin a new path.

    30 year old male

  • Very warm and accepting, makes opening up come easy and feel comfortable .  Really helped us truly understand each other as well as ourselves.

    29 year old female

  • The name, Amplified Life, says it all!

    62 year old female


Our Panels and Payment Options

We participate with with a number of the area's leading health insurers. In addition to  BCBSM, BCN, Tricare, Molina, ASR, and Priority Health, we also work with Optum, UnitedHealthcare, Magellan, Humana, Shepell, New Avenues, Health Advocate, and others.  Our counseling services qualify as HSA-allowed expenses.. Whatever your need may be, we can help you get started. Questions about payments and insurance?  Call 800-453-7733 for assistance.


Meet Our Therapists

Katie Minks Licensed: LMSW

In Network: BCBSM, BCN, UHC, Molina and Others

Specializing in trauma yoga, mindfulness and relaxation therapies with children, youth and adults.

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Sabreen Polavin Licensed: LMSW

In network with BCBSM, BCN, Priority Health, Molina and others.

Specializing in EMDR, and otehr trauma-informed therapies for those struggling with PTSD and Complex PTSD.

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Emily Jankowski Licensed: LMSW

In Network: BCBSM, BCN, Priority Health, Molina and others

Specializing in EMDR, traum-informed therapies and CBT for those struggling with PTSD, chronic stress and relational stress

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Mike Wiersma Licensed: LPC

In Network: BCBSM, BCN, Molina, ASR, and others

Specializing in using mindfulness, ACT, CBT and play therapies in his work with youth, couples and families. 

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Lyle Labardee Licensed: LPC

In Network: BCBSM, BCN, Priority Health, UHC, Molina and others

Specializing in CISM, and stress management for police officers, firefighters, paramedics and business owners.

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Susan Labardee: Life Coach

Out of Network, private pay

Specializing in working in coordination with our licensed therapists, provides support to women experiencing domestic abuse and stress.

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Allyse Host Licensed: LPC

In Network: BCBSM, BCN, Priority Health, UHC, Molina and others.

Specializing in providing CBT, behavioral strategies and creative exercises in her work with youth, adults, and couples.  

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Katie Reichard Licensed: LMSW

In Network: BCBSM, BCN, Priority Health, Molina, ASR and others

Specializing in use of CBT, trauma-informed therapies and behavioral strategies to address addictions, and improve relationships.

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Dr. Katerberg Licensed: OT/R

Out of Network, private pay

Dr. Barbra Katerberg is a licensed and registered Occupational Therapist specializing in resolution of PTSD in adults and sensori-motor issues in children.

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Common Issues Addressed

Stress

Health & Wellness

Change is all around us and stress is the brain and body’s way of responding to it. Whether we interpret change as real or perceived, short or long-term, stress is the result.

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Parenting

Health and Wellness

Parenting doesn’t need to be a war between you and your child. Effective discipline is proactive, and it encourages positive actions and personal responsibility. It promotes your child’s self-esteem and strengthens relationships between you, your child and their siblings.

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Conflicts

Health and Wellness

Everyone faces conflict in varying degrees at some point in life. Because conflict happens in any relationship, including those at work and at home, no one is immune to its complexities.  How we choose to deal with conflict is unique, as everyone brings his or her own personality and experiences to these difficulties.

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Anger Issues

Health and Wellness

Everyone experiences anger.  We’re biologically wired to become angry in response to potential threats. Anger is often triggered by an event or memory. However, we can’t respond to every obstacle in life with this emotion. Anger management involves learning the signs of anger and how to manage your reaction positively.

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Emotional Abuse

Health and Wellness

Individuals with threatening, intimidating and negative personality traits undermine relationships, households and organizations. Individuals all around us have their own unique personalities. Undoubtedly, we all encounter individuals from time to time with personalities that are challenging, emotionally abusive and even aggressive.

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Sleep Issues

Health and Wellness

The average adult needs between seven and nine hours of sleep for optimal health. Even though we spend roughly a third of our lives asleep, most people know little about it. Our two sleep states are REM, or rapid eye movement, and non-REM. 

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PTSD

Mental Health Concerns

Fear is a normal and even beneficial part of life. In times of danger, fear triggers the body’s fight-or-flight response, alerting us to stay on guard. However, a person struggling with PTSD experiences a reaction whether danger is real or perceived.

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Depression

Mental Health Concerns

Everyone feels sad or down sometimes. For many people, these feelings will disappear or fade after a few days; however, depression is different. It impacts your daily life, and you can’t simply snap out of it.

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Anxiety

Mental Health Concerns

Anxiety   disorders   affect   over   40   million Americans,   interfering   with   daily   activities. Many of these disorders involve panic attacks, which are sudden feelings of intense terror that peak quickly.

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Grief and Loss

Mental Health Concerns

The chance of experiencing loss in your lifetime is 100 percent. Everyone encounters significant loss at some point, and grief is the emotional reaction to that loss. Whether you face the death of a beloved family member or pet, see a marriage or job crumble, or watch your health or finances diminish, some level of grieving will occur.

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ADHD

Mental Health Concerns

Attention Deficit and Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) affects millions of children. However, it’s not just kids who live with ADHD; an estimated eight to nine million adults in the United States (roughly 4.4%) are diagnosed with it. There are three different types of ADHD: Complete, Predominately Inattentive, and  Hyperactive-Impulsive.  Often  the  term “ADD” is used as a catchall for all three subtypes.

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Bipolar Disorder

Mental Health Concerns

Everyone has ups and downs in life, but some people experience a disorder which disrupts their work, school, and/or relationships. Bipolar disorder is a mental illness that impacts your mood, energy levels, and ability to complete daily tasks.

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Alcohol Use

Substance Use Concerns

Did you know you could have a drinking problem without being an alcoholic? You might not be completely dependent on alcohol, but if you still drink excessively, it can lead to serious problems.  About 17 million U.S. adults have an Alcohol Use Disorder (AUD), as well as about 3.4% of teens.

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Rx Drug Abuse

Substance Use Concerns

When it comes to the risk of prescription drug abuse, everyone is susceptible. Especially common among young people, an estimated 52 million have taken prescription drugs for a nonmedical reason at least once. After marijuana and alcohol, prescription medications are the most abused substances in the U.S.

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Binge Drinking

Substance Use Concerns

Having 4-5 drinks within a two hour time span is binge drinking and it can be deadly. One in six Americans drinks to excess, or binge drinks, at least four times per month. Binge drinking occurs when an individual’s drinking pattern causes their blood alcohol concentration (BAC) to be 0.08 percent or higher.

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Alcohol & Drugs

Substance Use Concerns

Time to take a look at how you or someone you love is using alcohol and/or drugs? What we put into our body matters. Substances like drugs and alcohol have a huge impact on our brain and activate its reward system. Often people try to replicate that feeling of being high or intoxicated despite ever-increasing personal loss and suffering.

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Marijuana Abuse

Substance Use Concerns

Marijuana, also known as weed, pot, grass, and Mary Jane, marijuana consists of various parts of the hemp plant known as Cannabis sativa . Within the hemp plant is a mind-altering chemical known as THC. It can be smoked, inhaled with a vaporizer, or mixed into foods or liquids.

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Gambling / Game

Substance Use Concerns

Humans can become addicted to many different behaviors including  gambling and gaming. Many people are able to gamble and engage in gaming apps with little to no lasting effects. However, others find the thrill of gaming and gambling addictive and return to it time and again despite incurring great costs in terms of their relationships, financial security and general well-being.

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COVID-19 Concerns

Homeschooling

COVID Concerns

While you may be finding yourself unexpectedly thrown into home schooling your child or children, aged anywhere from five to 17 years old, it is important to know that more than two million kids are home schooled each year in the United States and that this number has been steadily increasing in recent years. 

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Self-Care

COVID Concerns

The year 2020 has brought fear, anxiety, and financial difficulties. It’s also brought about a need for heightened self-awareness. Reduced incomes and difficult job and health situations have encouraged us to be kind, to volunteer, and to give back. But sometimes, it’s easier to show care and concern for others than it is for ourselves.

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Coping with Grief

COVID Concerns

People usually think of grief happening from the loss of a loved one. But grief can happen from any major change or loss. Grief can be experienced as feelings of shock, sadness, anger, and confusion.  Grief can make people feel overwhelmed, lose interest in activities they used to enjoy, sleep less or more, or have changes in their appetite.

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Staying Resilient

COVID Concerns

Resilience is the ability to adapt well in response to stressful events. While many people are naturally resilient, it’s also a skill that can be developed. With practice, we can learn behaviors, thoughts, and actions to help us bounce back after trials. COVID-19, and the changes surrounding it, has brought stress to almost every area of our lives.

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Financial Stress

COVID Concerns

In March of this year, more than three million people filed for unemployment during a single week. In addition to the obvious concerns over physical health, Americans are feeling financial stress unlike any that’s been experienced in decades. Many wonder how best to handle this economic crisis.

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Eating Healthy

COVID Concerns

These days, it can be tough to muster up energy for several things, especially cooking a healthy meal. The coronavirus pandemic has had far-reaching impacts on health and wellness beyond solely disease risk. Several people are working from home, have kids home from school or have a hybrid schedule that is different than what many are used to.

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Treatment Methods

Relationship Counseling

Counseling & Coaching

Counseling and Coaching for couples incorporating proven, Gottman-based assessments and strategies for resolving conflict, and restoring relationships.

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Grief and Loss Counseling

Counseling & Coaching

Struggling with the recent loss of a loved one, friend or pet?  This can be a hard, painful and lonely time.  Grief and loss counseling can help ease the pain and help you discover a new way forward. 

Relaxation Therapy

Counseling & Coaching

Relaxation and related therapies use a body-centered approach aimed at increasing awareness of muscle tension, heart rate and breathing patterns and involves learning how to release tension and  return to a resting state.

MIndfulness Training

Counseling & Coaching

Mindfulness training enhances the ability to be fully present to what's going on within our body and around us. It's the day to day concerns about what happened in the past and what might happen in the future that often creates tension that never seems to end.  Mindfulness enables us to learn how to take a break and restore a sense of calm and peace amidst the busy-ness of life.

Addictions Counseling

Counseling & Coaching

Looking for help with an addiction for yourself or a loved one?  Whether it's food, alcohol, drugs, gaming, pornography, gambling or other issues, addictions counseling meets you where you are.  It will help you understand what's driving your addiction, what's needed for true recovery and how to begin taking steps to a better you.

Christian Counseling

Counseling & Coaching

Looking to keep your relationship with Christ at the center of your our personal journey?  You might even be wondering where He is in your life right now. We'll meet you where you are, pray with you if you like and walk with you as you ask those big questions and search God's word and promptings for you today.

Child & Family Counseling

Counseling & Coaching

Looking for help for your child or teenager? Our Child & Family Counseling services help restore peace and balance in the household.  This begins with understanding the parent's perspective and concerns followed by meeting individually with the child, observing behaviors using play therapy and gaining insights from teachers.

  

CBT

Counseling & Coaching

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is considered a gold standard in therapy approaches as it's a research-backed, proven method for addressing and resolving depression and distress associated with dysfunctional ways of interacting with self and others. CBT helps to improve mood and outlook by addressing and resolving negative patterns of thinking.  

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ACT

Counseling & Coaching

Acceptance and Comitmentment Therapy (ACT) is considered a second generation CBT approach.  It's based on the understanding that our ability to understand and commit to our values depends on our ability to be aware of and accept the thoughts, feelings and behaviors that interfere with this.  

First Responder Support (CISM)

Counseling & Coaching

While police officers, firefighters and paramedics are well equipped to deal with the daily stresses and strains of their jobs, certain situations overload their capacity to process the event. Our First Responder Support program is designed to come-alongside first responders and provide the coaching and counseling needed to help them process the situation so they can overcome the impact and stay at the top of their game in work and life.

Business Owner Coaching

Counseling & Coaching

Small business owners often experience a high level of pressure and isolation. While at times the opportunity to be one's own boss and grow a business can be energizing, at other times it can feel overwhelming. While many depend on the owner, there are often few, if any, in the owner's life who provides a place to just pause, reflect and get perspective. This perspective could dramatically improve the trajectory of the owners business and life. We're here to provide the space to pause, reflect and consider.

 

EMDR & Trauma-Informed Therapy

Counseling & Coaching

Eye Movement Desensitization and Re-Processing (EMDR), and other trauma-informed therapy facilitates recovery from traumatic experiences by enabling those impacted by it to access and process painful experiences and memories that continue to get triggered thereby producing uncomfortable states of hyper-arousal and hypo-arousal. 

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