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Individual Therapy

We welcome all individuals, youth and adults, burdened from traumatic experiences, childhood trauma, anxiety, depression, low self-worth, or the pressure that life can sometimes bring.  We specialize in supporting those impacted by foster care, adoption, and caregivers of adoptive and foster families.

Why therapy? Because what you are feeling on the inside needs to be released and therapy can be that escape.  Suppressed feelings can lead to emotional breakdowns. Imagine a pipe that is blocked with emotions, building up like water, trying to get through to the other side. Eventually the pipe will burst, causing chaos! This chaos in our lives resembles unhealthy ways of coping, such as addiction, overeating, depression, isolation, negative relationships, and angry outbursts.

Through collaboration and the identification of their individual strengths, we assist clients to:

  • Develop positive coping skills to help with daily life stressors
  • Gain better communication skills and create boundaries
  • Mentally cope with life transitions or stressful life events
  • Replace negative self-talk
  • Develop wellness goals
  • Improve relationships and interactions with other people
  • Improve management of behavioral challenges

While there are so many advantages to participating in therapy, the benefits are not limited to the people who participate. For example, one person can go to individual therapy and both intimate partners can benefit from improved communication and relationship interactions.  So, take the step! Allow our compassionate therapists to walk alongside you as you process your emotions to make better decisions and live a more fulfilling life.

Walk and Talk Therapy

This is walking and talking during your therapy session, rather than talking to your therapist virtually or in a room, sitting in designated chairs. It can feel quite intense for some clients, to have the therapist sit opposite them. Walking next to each other, side-by-side, even with the social distancing guidelines, can for some feel more equal and less formal. 

When the weather permits here in Michigan, walking and talking during therapy sessions can be very relaxing and peaceful. However, walking isn’t a must, sitting down somewhere in nature is also an option. It means doing therapy outdoors, in nature, often including or bringing nature and movement into the sessions.

Walk and talk therapy begins with the client and therapist meeting at a location they previously agreed upon. It can be helpful in the treatment of anxiety, depression, self-esteem issues, life transitions, stress, anger, bereavement.

Trauma Informed Therapy

Trauma is an emotional response that is caused by experiencing a distressing or traumatic experience.  The traumatic event(s) can cause our nervous system to be on alert and our bodies and minds to become stuck in these reactions.  This might look like being startled at loud noises, shutting down verbally when in a disagreement, or becoming combative or argumentative quickly and easily.  Unprocessed trauma can also get stuck in your body and cause physical pain such as headaches, tightening in the chest, stomach pain, etc.  Living through traumatic events and the emotional response of trauma is distressing and challenging.


Benefits of Trauma-Informed therapy include:
  • Learn coping skills to handle distorted or negative thoughts and feelings
  • Reframe the traumatic experience and make some sense of it
  • Release and move past guilt and shame
  • Improve close relationships and connections with people
  • Reduce irritability, anger, frustration, and increase peace of mind
  • Eliminate or reduce triggers and symptoms of PTSD

Trauma-resolution is not achieved by simply talking about the horrific incidences or loss, but the path to unraveling trauma is through the body as well.  This may include:

  • Breath Work
  • Yoga
  • Guided Meditation
  • Dancing it Out
  • A good ole Massage
  • Exercising Regularly
  • Brainspotting

When we work with the body to gently guide it back to a more settled state, we start to build renewed resiliency.

Although trauma may have affected you, it doesn’t define you, and it can’t erase you! You can gain power over the trauma by not letting it keep you silent!  Allow our trauma trained therapists to help you safely process your trauma, learn healthy ways to cope, and reframe the past hurt and pain as purpose.

Individuals Impacted
by Foster Care and/or Adoption

VOCTC specializes in providing services to Youth in foster care.  For the past 9 years, Tracy has worked in child welfare, and has witnessed the devastating impact this system can have on a person’s life. The circumstances they have been dealt are harsh and unfair. Oftentimes, these young people become adults who are broken, shamed, and misunderstood.

Adoptees can silently experience confusion of identity, which can lead to a variety of other issues such as problems in school, trouble forming healthy relationships, and overall insecurity. However, not everyone in the adoption community has a desire for therapy. People who have been adopted can still support their mental health and improve symptoms of attachment and identity issues through building community. 

Here at VOCTC, we offer support groups for adoptees to foster identity and help to connect you with others who might have had experiences like your own. Regardless to how you have been impacted by the child welfare system, VOCTC welcome the opportunity to work with you to process the pain and emotions caused by your unique story.

Adoptive Families
and Caregivers of Youth in Foster Care

VOCTC provides free consultations, resources, and trainings at a minimal fee to families struggling to address and understand their child’s behaviors in the home. 

For many children, being adopted or connected to the child welfare system is traumatic. Through online and in-person trauma informed trainings, we help families understand the nature of trauma, its effects on children and youth, and ways to manage maladaptive behaviors. 

Ways you can support your child who has experienced trauma are:

  • Be available and give them your full attention
  • When your child seems “needy”, patiently comfort and encourage them
  • Try your best to respond calmly and quietly to unruly behavior instead of reacting with anger, irritation
  • Teach your child relaxation and stress relief
  • Provide your child with choices to increase their sense of control
  • Establish consistent schedules and routines
  • Be predictable and caring to help build trust
  • Realize that a lack of trust, or insults your child throws at you, is not personal; these are trauma-related and are out of your child’s control now but will change over time with patience, emotional nurturing, and relational attunement

By increasing your understanding of trauma, you can help support your child’s healing, your relationship with him or her, and your family as a whole. 

Individual Counseling Fees

        Intake Fee $175         Session Fee $150

Insurances accepted Blue Cross Blue Shield, Blue Care Network, Aetna, Cigna, Oxford, United Healthcare
and Oscar Health.

About Using Insurance

When your services are covered by insurance, we must provide certain private information in order to
demonstrate “medical necessity.” When you pay privately, all of your information is kept private and
there is no requirement of a diagnosis that will be permanently attached to your medical record. If you
choose to pay privately, we can provide you with a Superbill, and you may be able to get reimbursed by
your health insurance provider for out-of-network services.