We offer IN-OFFICE, OUTDOOR, and TELEHEALTH counseling and coaching options; most insurances accepted.  For more information, call 616-499-4711, We're here to help.


Adults, Families & Youth

We're Here to Help!

Life is stressful these days, and we're here for you and your family.   Options include in-office counseling, counseling in one of our outside spaces, and telehealth counseling. Call us at 616-499-4711 to learn how to get started.   

Located just minutes from the U of M Metro Health Village campus in the Byron Center, MI area, our Telehealth services and historic, 4-acre counseling center is preferred by many professionals seeking private counseling and coaching services. Our licensed and qualified practitioners deliver best practices in care including CBT, Mindfulness, Resiliency, ACT, Trauma-Informed Counseling, Couples Counseling, and Life Coaching. 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.

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

Meet Our Practitioners

Lyle Labardee, LPC

Counselor & Life Coach

Lyle completed his graduate studies at Gannon University with a Masters of Science in Counseling.  Cross-trained in mental health, EMS and public safety, Lyle specializes in serving first responders, and providing support to fellow behavioral health professionals and business leaders.  Lyle is paneled with BCBSM, BCN, Priority Health and others.

Phone: 616-499-4711 | lyle@amplife.us

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Susan Labardee

Professional Life Coach

Susan co-founded and served as owner in two companies with numerous employees, hundreds of contractors and annual revenues in excess of 3 million dollars. Trained and qualified in life coaching, Susan helps women and men navigate life, career and family issues. While Susan's service is not covered by insurance, her $40 per hour rate is on par with most insurance co-pays.

Phone: 616-499-4711 | susan@amplife.us

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Allyse Host, LPC

Counselor & Life Coach

Allyse completed her graduate studies at Loyola University with a Masters of Science in Counseling, and her undergraduate degree at Aquinas College. She has expertise in working with families and youth and specializes in substance use issues. Allyse specializes in substance abuse counseling and works with youth and family.  Allyse is paneled with most insurance carriers. 

Phone: 616-499-4711 | allyse@amplife.us

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Mike Wiersma, LLPC

Counselor & Life Coach

Mike graduated from Cornerstone University with a master’s degree in Counseling. He uses a solution-focused approach to counseling combined with an eclectic mix of other techniques best suited to the individual, couple or family. He prioritizes finding which theories and techniques fit best. Mike is paneled with BCBSM.

Phone: 616-499-4711 | mike@amplife.us

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Sabreen Polavin, LMSW

Counselor & Life Coach

Sabreen graduated from the University of Michigan with her Bachelor's in Psychology and Master's in Social Work.  She is trained in EMDR therapy and helps clients begin the process of healing from trauma. She specializes in treating complex trauma, substance use, anxiety, and depression. 

Phone: 616-499-4711 | sabreen@amplife.us

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Dr. Barbra Katerberg

Lic. Occupational Therapist

Dr. Barbra Katerberg graduated with a degree in Occupational Therapy from Western Michigan University and earned her doctorate from Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions in 2013.    She works with all ages and has expertise in child development, disabilities, sensory processing, trauma and wellness. 

Phone: 616-499-4711 | barbra@amplife.us

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Emily Jankowski, LMSW

Counselor & Life Coach

Emily graduated from the University of Michigan with her Bachelor's in Psychology and Master's in Social Work.  She is trained in EMDR and helps individuals and couples begin the process of healing from hurts, managing life's challenges, and recovering from trauma.  She uses CBT and DBT-informed methods in her work with adolescents and adults.

Phone: 616-499-4711 | emily@amplife.us

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Katie Minks, LMSW

Counselor and Life Coach

Katie graduated from Aurora University with a Master's in Social Work. She received a Bachelor's in Social Work with a Minor in Psychology from Illinois State University. She most recently completed Trauma Yoga Training at Grand Rapids Healing Yoga.  She incorporates a mind-body centered approach with counseling, mindfulness and yoga therapeutics. 

Phone: 616-499-4711 | katie@amplife.us

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Hollie Aardema, LMSW

Counselor & Life Coach

Hollie graduated from Grand Valley State University with a Bachelor’s in Psychology and a Masters in Social Work.   She is trained in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy and Motivational Interviewing. She has expertise working with substance use disorders as well. Hollie is paneled with Blue Cross Blue Shield and numerous other insurers.

Phone: 616-499-4711 | hollie@amplife.us

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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, Winning at Home and others.  Our counseling services qualify as HSA-allowed expenses.. Whatever your need may be, we we can help you get started. 

Selected Areas of Expertise

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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Reducing Stress & Anxiety

Counseling & Coaching

Anxiety assessments, resources and training to reduce anxiety and  develop effective ways of coping with stress using Acceptance and Commitment Therapy.

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Overcoming Depression

Counseling & Coaching

Depression assessments, resources and training to help reduce depressive symptoms and develop new, more effective ways of overcoming persistent blues.

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Succeeding with ADHD

Counseling & Coaching

Struggling with distractibility, difficulty concentrating, or hyperactivity? We'll assess the nature of the issue and the approach that's right for you.

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Child, Youth & Family Counseling

Counseling & Coaching

Looking for help for your child or teenager? We'll develop a collaborative approach that includes teachers and other family members as needed.

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Career Guidance & Job Transition

Counseling & Coaching

Looking for help sorting out a college and career path for yourself or your young adult?  We'll help you explore and discover the right path. 

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First Responder Support

Counseling & Coaching

Serving in law enforcement, EMS or fire services?  Director, Lyle Labardee is an experienced first responder and specializes in serving first responders. 

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Business Owner Coaching

Counseling & Coaching

Small business owners often experience a high level of pressure and isolation. Director Lyle Labardee is an Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year.

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Traumatic Stress Counseling

Counseling & Coaching

Whether you experienced a life threatening incident or years of relationship distress, the toll can be heavy. We specialize in helping people overcome trauma.

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Call 616-499-4711. 
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counseling today.