We strive to help clients develop self-confidence, clarity and effective strategies to the change patterns in their lives that hold them back from living fully, with vitality and well being. We believe that when people are truly heard and their concerns are held with compassion and understanding they experience a shift that opens up new ways of being. Some of the changes our clients have expressed as a result of their growth in counseling are that they are more self compassionate, they have a better understanding of what is important to them and how to be the person they want to be. Evidence Based Practices We stay abreast with current research in the field so that we may provide scientifically sound information and evidence based therapy. Specifically, we utilize Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Family Resilience Therapy and Incredible Years Parent Training when appropriate.
Therapeutic Outcomes Our clients have experienced the following changes in their lives:
More positive relationships
Less anxiety and depression
An increase in self-confidence and ability to achieve their goals
Healing from trauma and loss
An increase in vitality and happiness
Our experience in working with people who are dedicated to creating changes in their lives is that with support and new skills they can achieve the goals they desire.
Areas of Expertise Perinatal Mental Health: Emotional health during the childbearing years
Family Therapy:Helping individuals and families develop positive & loving relationships and resolve conflicts
Parenting: Developing nurturing parenting and effective discipline
Anxiety & OCD: Reducing symptoms and developing coping strategies
Depression: Reducing symptoms and increasing vitality
Trauma: Resolution and healing
Experience & Education Dawn's professional experience spans over 30 years and ranges from providing services as a Child Birth Educator, Doula, Wilderness Guide, Group Facilitator, and Program/Agency Director to a Clinical Social Worker. Dawn earned her Master's in Social Work from Western Michigan University and her Bachelor's in Psychology of Women from Antioch College. She has advanced training in reproductive mental health, family therapy, experiential therapy, psychodrama, ACT (Acceptance and Commitment Therapy), and Incredible Years Parent Training.
Dr. Jerie Oxhandler founded and directed the Center for Human Development in Kalamazoo, Michigan between 1985-1994. She earned her
Ed.D. from Western Michigan University in 1984. Currently, Jerie enjoys providing individual psychotherapy and supervision services.