Things Are Tough

… especially with COVID-19. But, now is as good a time as any to get the support you deserve.

Offering individual therapy, couples counseling, family therapy, and life coaching in Kalamazoo and throughout Michigan.

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COVID-19 Response

We’re here for you emotionally… and virtually.

As a pro-active response to COVID-19, we are offering solely telehealth sessions at this time. For more information, please visit our “News” page.

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A Holistic Approach

Helping you find natural healing.

Whether you want to avoid taking medication, get to the true root of your problems, or find natural ways for you to heal yourself and transform your relationships, you are in the right place. We seek to help you integrate what your whole Self is designed to do: heal.

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Client-driven
Whether traditional counseling, personalized life coaching, or telehealth visits at your convenience, you are in the driver's seat.
Efficient
It's not "just talk." We create a treatment plan with you to track progress. And, you can always expect hear from us within one business day.
Holistic
You are the expert. We want to help you improve your life holistically - mind, body, spirit, and soul - as naturally as possible.

Who we Serve

Do you find yourself worrying all the time, even about the “small” things? Maybe you’re sick of being “the responsible one” who does things for everyone else but yourself. Maybe you have some unhealed past interactions with your partner that has been affecting your relationships. Maybe you’re having a hard time with “pandemic boredom” or “COVID fatigue.” Or, maybe you are struggling to know what to do with that teenager who just won’t listen.

Whatever, you are experiencing, you are not alone. Whatever your needs are, you have come to the right place. We offer a variety of counseling services offered by a variety of therapists with different backgrounds to fit just what your needs are. We literally will meet you right where you are in life with virtual therapy via secure telehealth services.

Individuals

Individual counseling is often the treatment of choice for a variety of issues: depression, anxiety, trauma, substance abuse/addiction, and couple/family issues that have escalated so much it is difficult to have progress with multiple people present. It provides the most freedom to work on what you feel you need to work on since it doesn’t involve anyone else’s needs but yours.

Couples

Couples counseling is for those looking to improve or repair their partnership or simply be better co-parents. Couples counseling can also be added to individual counseling for those looking to increase their support network, learn improved coping skills, or have assistance and accountability for treatment of symptoms like anxiety, depression, and addictions.

Families

To address past or current patterns of discord within a family, advance the power of individual therapy or couples counseling, or gain insight into the best approach to treating various mental health symptoms, family therapy can often be a helpful. This structure of therapy is also recommended for those who, based on their culture, place strong importance on their family and/or community.

Teens

Raising a teenager is hard enough in itself. It is often a time of great change and tension within a family. So, whether your teen is requesting therapy for symptoms of anxiety or depression or is simply out of control and even resistant to talking to someone or acknowledging anyone but you is the problem, we have therapists who know what to do. You don’t have to struggle alone.

Hear our owner, Ashley Carter Youngblood, speak about her original vision of Inner Peace Counseling, PLC as Kalamazoo’s best source for quality, holistic therapy.

While we have come far expanding our vision to offer telehealth to those in broader Michigan, we are committed to providing the same personal, quality, holistic services.

What Makes Us Different

Choosing a therapist and the office to support you in your personal growth is an important decision! Finding the “right” therapist to accompany you on your journey is not about competition. There are plenty of great therapists. But, since all therapists are not the same and each counselor has their own unique style of therapy, we believe there are several qualities that make Inner Peace Counseling, PLC a great choice for your personal growth.

Therapy is all about  the connection between you and another person. Research shows that it is the quality of the relationship with a therapist, not the specific theories or techniques used, that creates positive outcomes. So, we want you to feel that the therapist you are working speaks to your whole Self – body, mind, and spirit.

To help offer this connection, our therapists are trained in various treatment orientations like Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Trauma-Focused Recovery, Acupuncture, Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT/”Tapping”), The Gottman Method for couples counseling, Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR), Narrative Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, and Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy.

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Professionalism

We believe that quality care includes actively discussing progress via a “treatment plan” and pledging to return communication through secure platforms within 24 business hours.

Partnership

You are not a person in isolation. So, talking with your other healthcare providers (with your permission) is a standard of care we take seriously to best support you.

Diversity

Not only do we have a Diversity and Inclusion Policy that we honor for both our staff and clients, but our therapists offer a variety of backgrounds and educational perspectives.

Ease

To allow you to focus on your personal growth, we keep things easy by assisting you with insurance benefits and offering prompt billing so that you never have to chase information.

Holistic

It’s not just a buzzword.

At Inner Peace Counseling, PLC, we believe in healing the WHOLE person – mind, body, spirit, and soul. We see you as the expert of your own life and our role as one of support in helping you take your journey towards personal discovery and freedom.

We do not heal in isolation.

For us, holistic therapy is not an isolated incident in an appointment, but is a goal for greater long-term health – emotionally, socially, physically, spiritually, intellectually, financially, sexually, culturally, environmentally, and professionally.

Frequently Asked Questions

Before you make the commitment to change your life, you probably have some questions. We hope to answer the common ones here. But, feel free to contact us with any additional questions not listed here.

How do I know when it is time to get support?

Part of what we want to offer you at Inner Peace Counseling, PLC is the ability to listen to wisdom of your own Self. So, if you are asking that question, there is probably something significant enough in your life that you deserve support for. But, you’re not in this alone. Schedule your free 15-minute consultation today with one of your therapists and have some help answering that question for yourself!

What type of therapy is offered?

We offer individual counseling, couples therapy, family therapy, and life coaching both in-person and via telehealth remotely for those in the Kalamazoo area and in greater Michigan. Because our team therapists includes some who are telehealth-only, make sure to check out their profiles to see who may be the best fit for what you are looking for.

Do you accept insurance or offer self-pay options?

We do! You can find a list of the insurances we can accept here. However, for those not interested in having insurance dictate who they feel would be the best fit for their personal growth, we offer self-pay and sliding-fee scale options. If you are low income, uninsured, underinsured, or have concerns about your ability to pay, please contact us directly to explore sliding-fee scale options.

What are your hours?

We have a variety of clinicians who have a variety of hours in order to best meet your needs. We even have appointments available on evenings and weekends! Contact us directly and let us know about your scheduling needs so that we can find the best fit for you.

What can I expect at the first visit?

Your first counseling appointment will be different from any other appointment. The first appointment will be used to get to know you, your story, and what causes you to seek support. Sometimes this “assessment” phase can last for the first couple meetings if there is a lot that you feel is relevant to what causes you to seek counseling services.

In case you don’t know where to start, which is perfectly normal, we have a set of questions we typically ask that helps us assess where you are and what the next helpful step would be. Connected to this first appointment is something that also sets us apart as a practice: a creation of a “treatment plan.” You and your therapist will collaboratively create a plan for your time together after you feel like you have been able to share what you need to in order to offer a good understanding of your story. This “plan” outlines the issues that cause you to seek counseling, the goals you have to overcome those challenges, and the specific steps that you and your therapist will take to help you achieve your goals.

How long before I see results?

The answer to this depends on a variety of factors that could only be most accurately identified after you meet with your therapist about your situation. However, because this question is so important, here are some things to consider:

We typically recommend weekly meetings with your therapist in the beginning in order to help you both get to know each other better and develop a solid working relationship. Over time, using the “treatment plan” you have identified with your therapist, your strengths will be discussed to help you identify how to fastest reach your desired direction in life. Therapy at Inner Peace Counseling, PLC isn’t “just talking” or your therapist simply nodding their head in agreement. It is our goal to be able to have you leave each session having a specific tool or understanding that can help you improve your life as quickly as possible.

How long does therapy last?

The answer to this question depends greatly on the person and situation. However, because we want to make sure you feel like you have a clear direction in therapy and we want to keep ourselves accountable to you in the process (your time is valuable, after all!), we will use the “treatment plan” created collaboratively with your therapist to help you monitor your progress over time. Since therapy with us isn’t “just talking”, our goal is to work ourselves out of a job by allowing you to have the skills and resources needed to make the the improvements that you desire. And, when you are starting to feel that your need for services isn’t as urgent, we invite you to discuss that with your therapist in order to determine if it is time to consider reducing or eliminating services.

One thing that is essential to remember is, although we take a solution-focused approach to help you get the results you desire quickly, we also recognize that people come and go from therapy based on finances, life transitions, work demands, or other events. So, we have a “revolving-door policy” that welcomes people to work with us, even if it’s only for a short time, or to return after taking time off. There is no shame in returning after time away. Each of us have different needs and seasons in our lives that cannot necessarily be predicted. We will keep our minds open and, while recognizing that, just like anything else, you get from therapy what you put into it, we can have an open dialogue about how to best meet your needs.

What if I feel like it isn't a good fit?

That’s perfectly okay! It happens. Sometimes it is a good fit and sometimes it isn’t. We always welcome feedback from clients throughout the entire process of therapy, even if it is constructive criticism. And, if one of our therapists isn’t the best fit for you, you are welcome to explore services with another provider in our office or work with us directly so that we can provide you with a referral to another office that we trust.

Schedule your appointment today!

We know that the decision about what therapist you work with is a big one. So, we don’t want to talk about us. We want to talk about you! Schedule a free 15-minute consultation with any one of our therapists to see if they are the best fit for your needs.

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