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"When you move your focus from competition to contribution, life becomes a celebration. Never try to defeat people. Just win their hearts." ~Buddha
Finding the “right” therapist to accompany you on your journey is not about competition. There are plenty of great therapists who provide individual counseling, couples counseling, family therapy, and life coaching in Kalamazoo and other areas of Michigan. And, while all of the profiles of therapists will probably say something like “I love what I do” and that they “offer a warm, safe, compassionate, and respectful presence” (which we would also say, too), there are some things that we feel makes us particularly special both as a team of therapists but also as a business.

Therapy with us isn’t “just talk,” where your therapist just nods their head and asks “How did that make you feel?” Therapy with us includes formally creating a “treatment plan” with you to help direct your time with your therapist and ensure that the time is effective. Professionalism also means that you have direct access to our owner, Ashley Carter Youngblood, to have your questions answered and any concerns addressed.


We recognize that therapy is an investment of your time, money, and energy. We work to respect that investment in several ways. First, we provide you with a private and secure environment in which you can work with your therapist – a comfortable office for in-person visits and a dual-encrypted platform for virtual visits. Second, we offer a user-friendly, easy, online client portal where you can securely communicate with your therapist, pay your bill, or even schedule online. Third, in addition to having direct access to our owner, Ashley Carter Youngblood, we help you determine your insurance benefits and bill daily. So, no more guessing or chasing information or people to have your questions answered. We are the definition of a female-owned and -operated small business. And, we take the business aspect of our therapy practice as seriously as the therapy part!


Therapy at Inner Peace Counseling, PLC is not “just talk” and includes creating a collaborative treatment plan with your therapist. But, we want to respect your time in other ways, too. With our practice, you can expect to hear from us within one business day. And you can expect us to bill daily to help your insurance process smoothly with no delays. We love what we do and are passionate about helping people. But, we also feel that that means the business must run smoothly and respectfully, as well.


Not only do we have a Diversity and Inclusion Policy that helps to illustrate our commitment to our treatment of each other and clients, but our therapists offer vast diversity in credentials, training, and specialties. Our office includes social workers, marriage and family therapists, licensed professional counselors, and even an attorney.

Our credentials include: Certified Mental Health Integrative Medicine Provider, Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor, Nutrition Network Practitioner, Certified Acupuncture Detoxification Specialist, Journey Practitioner, and Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT/”Tapping”).

Our treatment orientations include: Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Trauma-Informed Recovery, The Gottman Method for couples counseling, Narrative Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, and Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy.

Our trainings include: Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR), Suicide Prevention, LGBTQIA+ Diversity Training, and Gottman Couples Therapy Training.


While we are here to support you and have training and experience that we believe can help get you where you want to go, we are not the experts. You are the expert of your life. We take what you are looking for – whether traditional psychotherapy, life coaching, or even support via telehealth – and put you in the driver’s seat. We collaborate with you to offer suggestions and insights. And, we will always be here for you. But, our goal is to empower you by giving you the practical skills and tools that help us eventually work ourselves out of a job!

Inner Peace Counseling, PLC offers individual therapy, couples counseling, family therapy, and life coaching in Kalamazoo and throughout Michigan.
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