Premarital Counseling Traverse City MI

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Ms. Judy Hayes, ACSW, Board Certified Diplomate
(231) 947-5234
814 S. Garfield Ave, Ste B
Traverse City, MI
Specialties
Anxiety or Fears,Chronic Pain or Illness,Depression,Divorce,Elderly Persons Disorders,Gay Lesbian Issues,Loss or Grief,Parenting,Relationship Issues,Trauma and PTSD
Gender
Female
Education
BA, St. Cloud State University, St. Cloud, MNMSW, University of AlabamaYearly conferences and workshops to further my education.
Insurance
Yes
Membership Organizations
Northern Health & Psychological Services

Dr. Lori Gray Boothroyd, Ph.D.
(231) 929-4722
12935 SW Bayshore Dr.,Suite 230
Traverse City, MI
Specialties
Anxiety or Fears,Chronic Pain or Illness,Depression,Life Coaching,Spirituality
Education
My doctorate is in counseling psychology from Michigan State University. My masters degree is also in counseling psychology with an emphasis in holistic health care. I am also a professional certified coach, and a whole health educator.
Insurance
Yes
Membership Organizations
Centered Living, PLLC

Ms. Sacha Feirstein
(734) 237-1976
400 Maynard St. Suite 803
Ann Arbor, MI
Credentials
Credentials: LMSW, ACSW
Licensed in Michigan
4 Years of Experience
Problems Served
Aging, Child Abuse and Neglect, Couple or Marital Issues, Depression, Family Dysfunction, Grief/Loss, Interpersonal Relationships, Multicultural Issues, Physical Illness/Impairment, Pregnancy/Childbirth, Sexual Abuse/Rape, Sexual Disorders, Sexual Orientat
Populations Served
ACOA (Adult Children of Alcoholics), Children of Divorce, Gay/Lesbian/Bisexual, Transgendered, Military/Veterans, Twins, Immigrants/Refugees, Caregivers, Step Families, Chronic Illness, Cancer Patients, Interracial Families/Couples, Biracial
Membership Organizations
HelpPro.com
Age Groups Served
Young Adults (18-25), Adults (26-59)

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Ms. Laurie Epstein Kach
Laurie Epstein Kach, LMSW ACSW LLC
(248) 508-1411
29260 Franklin Road Suite 110
Southfield, MI
Credentials
Credentials: LMSW, ACSW
Licensed in Michigan
17 Years of Experience
Problems Served
Anxiety/Panic Disorders, Attention Deficit (Hyperactivity) Disorder, Autism/PDD, Behavioral Problems, Couple or Marital Issues, Depression, Family Dysfunction, Grief/Loss, Interpersonal Relationships, Learning Disabilities, Obsessive/Compulsive Disorder, P
Populations Served
Children of Divorce, Twins, Step Families, Gifted
Membership Organizations
HelpPro.com
Age Groups Served
Preschool (Under 6), Children (6-12), Adolescents (13-17), Young Adults (18-25), Adults (26-59)

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Ms. Yvonne Makidon
Grand Blanc Therapy
(810) 659-7242
8323 Officepark Drive, Suite B
Grand Blanc, MI
Credentials
Credentials: LMSW, LLMFT, CAADC
Licensed in Michigan
6 Years of Experience
Problems Served
Couple or Marital Issues, Family Dysfunction, Grief/Loss, Interpersonal Relationships, Parenting Issues, Sexual Disorders, Trauma/PTSD, Life Transitions, Attachment Disorders
Populations Served
Step Families
Membership Organizations
HelpPro.com
Age Groups Served
Adults (26-59), Seniors (60 +)

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Nexus Family Services
(888) 743-3139
415 Cass Street, Suite 2A
Traverse City, MI
Specialties
Addictions or Substance Abuse,Anger Management,Child or Adolescent Issues,Christian Counseling,Depression,Domestic Abuse or Violence,Impulse Control Disorders,Loss or Grief,Relationship Issues,Trauma and PTSD
Insurance
Yes

Carolyn Taratuta
(231) 932-0232
Traverse City, MI
Practice Areas
Childhood & Adolescence, Clinical Mental Health, Couples & Family, Depression/Grief/Chronically or Terminally Ill, Mental Health/Agency Counseling
Certifications
National Certified Counselor

Ms. Jane Hassinger
Jane A. Hassinger, MSW, ACSW, Psychoanalyst
(734) 761-1015
202 E. Washington, #608
Ann Arbor, MI
Credentials
Licensed in Michigan
30 Years of Experience
Problems Served
Couple or Marital Issues, Depression, Dissociative Disorders, Family Dysfunction, Grief/Loss, Interpersonal Relationships, Stress, Trauma/PTSD, Personality Disorders, Attachment Disorders, Women's Issues
Populations Served
ACOA (Adult Children of Alcoholics), Gay/Lesbian/Bisexual, Step Families, Biracial
Membership Organizations
HelpPro.com
Age Groups Served
Young Adults (18-25), Adults (26-59), Seniors (60 +)

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Ms. Amy Widenbaum
Amy L. Widenbaum, LMSW, PC
(248) 568-9680
15645 Farmington Road
Livonia, MI
Credentials
Credentials: MSW, LMSW, CSW, ACSW, LMFT
18 Years of Experience
Problems Served
Attention Deficit (Hyperactivity) Disorder, Behavioral Problems, Bipolar Disorders, Couple or Marital Issues, Depression, Family Dysfunction, Interpersonal Relationships, Learning Disabilities, Parenting Issues, Phobias, Stress, Life Transitions
Populations Served
Children of Divorce, Step Families, Interracial Families/Couples
Membership Organizations
HelpPro.com
Age Groups Served
Adolescents (13-17), Young Adults (18-25), Adults (26-59)

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Ms. Sue Pabst
Transitions: Counseling Services
(616) 754-9420
507 S. Nelson Drive Suite A
Greenville, MI
Credentials
Credentials: CLMSW
Licensed in Michigan
7 Years of Experience
Problems Served
Couple or Marital Issues, Family Dysfunction, Grief/Loss, Interpersonal Relationships, Sexual Abuse/Rape, Stress, Trauma/PTSD, Life Transitions
Membership Organizations
HelpPro.com
Age Groups Served
Young Adults (18-25), Adults (26-59)

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Happily Ever After: The Benefits of Premarital Counseling

Amanda McMahon Photography
Sure, you and your mate plan to live a long and healthy life together in wedded bliss. But are you equipped with the skills and tools needed to keep the spark ignited long after the wedding ceremony and wedding ceremony are over? Here, we talk with renowned marriage and family therapist counselor Paula Pile as she debunks the myths of premarital counseling and shares her secrets to lasting relationship.

Perfect Wedding Guide: What are premarital counseling and education? How are they different from therapy?
Paula Pile: Premarital Education is designed to give couples the skills that they need to have a successful marriage. Premarital counseling is similar except that it is offered usually with just one couple. Sometimes couples will go from pre- wedding ceremony education to counseling. They usually do this when after having taken the seminar they find one or two issues that they want to deal with that they believe that are unique to them. What those issues might be include such things as dealing with spiritual differences or blended family issues. Premarital therapy focuses on problems that the couples are having. Most couples do not need therapy. Premarital therapy is always available, if the couples need more in depth help than the educational seminars or counseling offer.
PWG: If the couple is happy why would they need to take a course or a seminar?

PP: Premarital courses give couples the skills that they need to navigate the rough waters. Planning a wedding ceremony and learning to deal with marriage stresses is a part of some of the best courses. Most couples get engaged when they are still in the infatuation or romantic love stages of a relationship. Their bodies are producing a lot of hormones that cause them to bond. These endorphins will not continue forever, and in fact last less than two years, so often after the excitement of the wedding ceremony is over they find themselves starting to struggle.
PWG: Weddings are expensive, this is an expense that most couples have not planned for is it worth it?

PP: A study was published in 2006 by Scott Stanley, P.R. Amato, and Howard Markham out of the University of Denver. They found that premarital education reduces the divorce rate of participants by thirty percent. These findings are significant, given that close to fifty percent of couples who marry will divorce. If you think about it, if your relationship works you will spend more time with your spouse than working at your paid employment. Most people would not enter in to a career without any instruction or preparation. One thing that couples need to think about is that there is no correlation between the amount of money spent on the wedding ceremony and marital happiness.
PWG: You helped to develop a course for premarital couples, what made you decide to do to put your time and energies in to that?
PP: I have been working with couples for over twenty five years and too often I see couples...

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