Stacy Couch, LMSW
A clinically licensed social worker with the State of Michigan, Stacy completed her undergraduate degree in family life education from Spring Arbor University and a graduate degree in social work from Grand Valley State University. She has more than 20 years of experience in the social work field.
Prior to working in behavioral health, Stacy focused her career in family preservation programs providing in-home crisis services as a Families First of Michigan worker/supervisor in northern Michigan. This provided the opportunity to learn skills, which include establishing safety plans, teaching parenting skills, locating local area resources for families, and advocating with numerous agencies on behalf of the families she worked with. It also provided training on a variety of issues families deal with on a daily basis, including substance use, domestic violence, homelessness, and parenting and prevention services. She has been providing behavioral health services for more than 20 years.
Stacy is certified in Parent Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT) and PCIT for Older Children, which is an evidence-based treatment for young children with behavioral problems and assists parents in learning skills to handle those difficult behaviors. She is trained and currently working on her certification in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), which is helpful in treating adults, children and adolescents with mental health issues resulting from trauma. Stacy is trained and currently in the certification process of Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavior Therapy (TF-CBT), an evidence-based treatment for children and adolescents impacted by trauma and their parents or caregivers. She has also completed certification in Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST), an evidence based training to prevent suicide by recognizing signs, providing a skilled intervention, and developing a safety plan to keep someone alive.
Stacy believes our past trauma is connected to not only our brain, but also our body. She believes trauma impacts our mental health as well as our social and physical health. She believes in a safe and nurturing environment that promotes “healing” versus “fixing.” Stacy also creates a safe, nonjudgmental environment where individuals can share their true thoughts and feelings without feeling criticized or judged, and that will best promote their own personal healing process.
Stacy’s been enjoying living in Northern Michigan for more than 40 years.