Katie Minks Licensed: LMSW, CCTP
In Network: BCBSM, BCN, UHC, Molina and Others
Certified Clinical Trauma Professional; specializes in trauma yoga, mindfulness and relaxation therapies with children, youth and adults.
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 616-499-4711 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 Christian 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.
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 616-499-4711 for assistance.
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......
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.
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.
It's a great place to begin a new path.
Very warm and accepting, makes opening up come easy and feel comfortable . Really helped us truly understand each other as well as ourselves.
The name, Amplified Life, says it all!
We participate with with a number of the area's leading health insurers including BCBSM, BCN, Tricare, Aetna, Cigna, Molina, ASR, Priority Health, Meridian, Medicaid, Medicare, ComPsych, 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 616-499-4711 for assistance.
Certified Clinical Trauma Professional; specializes in trauma yoga, mindfulness and relaxation therapies with children, youth and adults.
Certified Clinical Trauma Professional; Specializing in EMDR, and other trauma-informed therapies for those struggling with PTSD and Complex PTSD.
Specializing in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, narrative therapy, and trauma-informed therapies for those struggling with PTSD, chronic stress and relational stress.
Specializing in using mindfulness, ACT, CBT and play therapies in his work with youth, couples and families.
Specializing in Business Leader Coaching.
Specializing in working in coordination with our licensed therapists, provides support to women experiencing domestic abuse and stress.
Certified Clinical Trauma Professional; in providing CBT, behavioral strategies and creative exercises in her work with youth, adults, and couples.
Certified Clinical Trauma Professional; Specializing in use of CBT, trauma-informed therapies and behavioral strategies to address addictions, and improve relationships.
Certified Clinical Trauma Professional. Specializing in working with young children; credentialed Somatic Experiencing Therapist, uses trauma-informed approach, short term solution focused interventions, motivational interviewing and mindfulness.
Certified Clinical Trauma Professional, specilizes in trauma-informed approach, short term solution focused interventions, motivational interviewing and mindfulness.
Licensed Professional Counselor with PhD in Naturology; specializes in holistic approaches; qualified and experienced in hypnosis. Has worked extensively with families and children.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Counseling and Coaching for couples incorporating proven, Gottman-based assessments and strategies for resolving conflict, and restoring relationships.
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 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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.