Behavioral Health at Wellspring Counseling


With counseling at Wellspring, we come alongside you no matter where you are at in your journey. That means understanding what brought you to counseling, and what you want to accomplish through therapy. Based on that information and our assessment, we apply the best approaches and techniques to help you work toward your goal.
While therapy will be different for each person, our goal is to help you work through the challenges in your life, whether they occurred in the past or present, to help you be your best self.

Who is Eligible for Counseling?

Anyone in Michigan can get counseling through Wellspring Lutheran Services. No referral is necessary. In addition to private pay options, Wellspring also accepts the following insurance:

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    Priority Health
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    United Healthcare
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Counseling Services

We offer in-person and online (virtual) appointments for most of our counseling services.

Individual Counseling

You work one-on-one with a counselor, who offers support and guidance. Confidentiality and listening without judgment are hallmarks of our therapists, so you can express yourself freely and openly, and get the most out of each session.

Couples Counseling

Inclusive of marriage counseling, couples counseling offers those who are committed to each other a safe space to work through individual or joint issues impacting the relationship.

Family Counseling

Attended by all or some members, family counseling can help improve communication, resolve conflicts, navigate changes, and work through stressful events. It often deepens connections and helps your family cope better with future challenges.

We Can Work On

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    Anger management

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    Conduct Disorders

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    Eating Disorders

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    Gambling disorders

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    Grief & loss

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    Life transitions

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    Parenting stress & anxiety

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    Postpartum depression & anxiety

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    Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

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    Relationship issues

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    Sexual abuse

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    Stress management

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    Substance Use Disorders

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Therapies Available

Our counselors are versed in many different therapeutic approaches. This is the list of the most commonly used ones.

Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR)

EMDR therapy is an extensively researched and proven treatment for trauma. It is also an effective PTSD treatment. EMDR treatment changes how unprocessed traumatic or triggering experiences are stored in your brain, breaking down and updating these memories so that they no longer cause distress.

Parent Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT)

Parent Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT) is an evidenced-based, short-term parent coaching program for young children with behavioral problems. It is designed to increase positive parent-child interactions, and equips parents to confidently, calmly, and consistently manage their child’s behavior. With PCIT, a therapist observes and coaches the parent in real time while the parent and child interact. If the session is in-person, the therapist is in an observation room with a one-way mirror or in another space watching a live video feed, while the parent and child are in a playroom. If it’s a virtual (aka telehealth) appointment, the therapist will watch via video and coach the parent through headphones.

Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT)

Much like Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, TF-CBT focuses on changing negative thought patterns and behaviors, but also addresses past traumas. TF-CBT is evidenced-based for youth up to 18 years of age. The model incorporates a non-offending support person who is provided with psychoeducation regarding trauma and will be involved throughout the process. The youth identify this support person. A trauma narrative is developed and the youth is able to share this narrative with the support person. The youth will learn about trauma and its impact on the brain and body, triggers and coping skills, as well as how to desensitize from the traumatic experience and enhance their future.

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)

A form of talk therapy, CBT is a very successful therapy that challenges negative, unhelpful, and/or unhealthy ways of thinking and/or behaving, and teaches coping skills to alter these thoughts and behaviors. It sets clients up to manage their mental and emotional wellbeing long after their last session.

Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)

DBT is similar to CBT in that it focuses on changing negative thinking and behaviors, but DBT has an added focus on acceptance of a client’s experiences.

Interpersonal Therapy

Formally known as Interpersonal Psychotherapy (IPT), this evidence-based approach is used to improve relationships and social interactions with others. It can help with social isolation, unfulfilling relationships, grief, big life transitions (divorce, retirement, moving), and highly conflicting relationships (romantic, friendly, work or family).

Motivational Interviewing

Motivational interviewing is used to encourage positive changes in behavior when someone isn’t sure if they want to change, or lacks confidence in their ability to change. It has been proven effective for substance use disorders and as a supplement to CBT.

Psychodynamic Therapy

In psychodynamic therapy, an individual works with a therapist to deeply understand how they feel and think. With this understanding, they can then make better choices to lead healthier, happier lives.

Play Therapy

Geared toward kids, play therapy uses playtime to identify and work through a child’s challenges. Oftentimes kids can’t articulate their issues or process their emotions. Playing is also used to help a child learn coping skills and redirect inappropriate behavior.

Counseling FAQs

Payment and eligibility

Who is eligible?
Wellspring Lutheran Services professional counseling is designed to support Michigan residents ranging from children (age 5 and up), adolescents and adults.
What forms of payment do you accept?
We accept cash and will bill health insurance whenever possible. Most insurance types accepted.
Do you offer financial assistance?
While we don’t want cost to be a barrier to treatment we do not currently have a sliding scale. If funds become available for client assistance this may change in the future.

Session formats and access

How do I schedule an appointment?
To schedule an initial counseling appointment, please call or email us. An intake specialist will gather some basic information and help arrange your first appointment. The initial session will begin an assessment process. This is an opportunity for your therapist to get to know you and learn about your needs and goals. Through this assessment process, your therapist will work with you to develop a plan for your treatment.
Do you offer virtual counseling?
Yes, we understand that professional counseling is not one-size-fits-all, we offer virtual/video sessions in addition to our in-person appointments. Whether you need help managing addiction, anxiety or depression, we are here for you when, where and how you need us.
How many sessions are allowed in a week?
Generally, people are seen once per week when they are starting treatment and session frequency typically reduces over time until discharge. Session limits are generally established as an insurance benefit. You would need to check with your particular insurance company or we could check for you if you call.


What are the signs of a child mood disorder?
All children are different so signs will vary. Generally, if you notice any significant changes in behavior such as their routine, friends, or interests these can all be signs of a mood disorder. Boys often act out and girls often withdraw; Changes in sleep habits, eating and appetite, or hygiene are additional flags. If you experience several of these or are in doubt, please call for a professional opinion.
Do you have a therapist that specializes in helping children experiencing divorce?
We can provide professional counseling to help children dealing with divorce. However, it is important to note that this is not a specialty that requires certification. If you choose our services, be sure to indicate this concern when you call for an appointment.
What is substance abuse?
Substance use disorders have a range of definitions related to use or overuse of mood altering substances. Substance use may lead to addiction or dependence. Medically, dependence requires the development of tolerance leading to withdrawal symptoms.
How long is substance use disorder treatment?
There are several factors that influence the length of an individual’s treatment. These include: Source of referral (court/legal vs self-referred), whether you enroll in group or individual counseling, as well as insurance and collaboration with other providers for which you might be seeking support.
How do I know if I have anxiety or something else?
During the intake process you will complete a thorough assessment which results in an initial diagnosis. A good treatment plan always begins with an accurate diagnosis. Over time, the diagnosis may be refined. Our treatment is considered evidenced based, which means the methods we employ have been tested for validity and reliability, resulting in positive outcomes. If the diagnosis is particularly difficult, then psychological testing may help.

Interested in Counseling?

Contact us to let us know if you’re interested in individual, couples, or family counseling and we’ll follow up with you.

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