A catalyst can be a person or a thing that precipitates a change. When you see the change, you can be the change!
“There is no greater agony
than bearing an untold story
inside of you.”
What is your story and how will you tell it? Therapy is about your story and looking at how you will construct it and share it. Creating the space for you to tell that inner story, review it, honor it and shape it is how I approach working with people seeking support.
With more than 25 years in the field of human services, my approach to therapy includes helping you honor your strengths, because we all have them. Utilizing a character strengths measurement tool to bring forth and highlight your strengths is a part of every client's work.
You can be the catalyst in your own life, the lives of loved ones and in your communities.
Curiosity is key!
As a licensed clinical social worker I have worked with adolescents, families and adults in the areas of anxiety, depression, as well as grief and loss. I have experience and specialization in trauma-informed treatment, mindfulness, human sexuality, and working closely with
LGBTQIA+ individuals and groups.
I hold a BA from the College of William and Mary in Virginia and a Master’s in Social Work from the Smith College School for Social Work. LGBTQIA+ populations and anti-racism work were the foci of my graduate degree studies. I am a member of the Northwest Michigan ACES Initiative and a Certified ACES Community Champion.
Depression, fear, and anxiety are some of the most common and difficult emotions that we can experience at some points in our lives. Through therapy, we will work together to help you recover motivation, perspective, and joy that you once had in your life.
Many individuals can experience symptoms associated with painful and traumatic circumstances. Adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) can have a life-long impact on individuals , couples and families. Anxiety, fear, and hopelessness are a few emotions that can linger post traumatic events. We can work to help you understand and overcome these symptoms as you identify and utilize your resilience to move through the process of grief and healing.
As a member of the gay community, a presenter and writer in this field, I have worked with many folks to help them move toward being fully integrated in their lives. As we work to match what we know about inner selves with our outer selves and then move to sharing ourselves with our communities, we may need some assistance along the way. Celebration and connection with our true selves and others are the foci in this area of counseling.
Over many years I have had the honor of providing supervision for licensure for dozens of individuals. Following a yin & yang approach to learning and supervision, I have worked with emerging clinicians to understand the day-to-day tools necessary for good therapeutic interventions as well as the larger, humanistic impact of the work on us as individuals, clients, and our greater communities. Emerging clinicians need both head and heart to help clients see their change and become their own catalyst and a force in the lives of others. My approach is to ensure that the supervisee is learning about theory and practice as well as the intracacies of working in the field. Supervisees will learn ethics, interventions and how to conduct feedback loops to ensure their guidance of their clients is meeting the client need. Self-reflection is the other significant piece required in becoming a strong, balanced and long-serving clinician. Knowing one's own story and the impact it may have on the client work on the impact the client work may have on our own stories will be explored in detail.
With more than 25 years in the field of human services, I am available to provide a myriad of training for individuals and teams. I have studied, trained and written on increasing cultural and linguistic competence with individuals with diverse sexual orientations, gender identities and expressions.
Additionally, trainings on the impact of trauma on executive functioning, compassion fatigue and burnout as well as understanding clients with neurological differences have been areas of trainings offered.
Serving on the board of advisors for the Association of Children's Residential Centers (www.togetherthevoice,org) , I was the lead author in our 12th position paper, https://togetherthevoice.org/page/acrc_position_paper_twelfth_series_ensuring_competent_residential_interventions_youth_diverse
This training has been presented at national conferences in the US and Canada and with human service organizations wishing to improve client work.
"Douglas is one of the best therapists I have had the pleasure of working with throughout my career. His clients always end their time with him having undergone a life changing transformation emotionally, cognitively, and personally. He is always willing to explain symptoms, listen to what his clients want and need, and works with them to create goals and achieve them. His wholistic approach to treatment ensures that his clients have a well-rounded strategy to combat issues, and tools to implement independently outside the office. Anyone would be lucky to have a therapist like Douglas."
Walid Fawaz, MD, ABPN, Psychiatrist
Douglas has the unique ability to listen to colleague's training needs and create a comprehensive training plan to address those needs. While facilitating training, he is able to read the room, identify the learning styles and needs of the participants and adjust or modify his training plan to ensure that the learners needs are all met, ensuring a high quality learning experience! He is an excellent facilitator of crucial conversations and creates an environment where all participants feel safe to share and learn from one another, helping to create inclusive communities.
Elizabeth Buchholz, MNS
Organizational Learning Manager, Statewide Non-profit, Virginia
Ontario Association of Child & Youth Care (OACYC) Conference
DHHS Grand Traverse, Leelanau and Kalkaska Counties (MI)
Therapy Today. LLC (Private Practice Group)
National Association of Therapeutic Schools and Programs (NATSAP)
Association of Children's Residential Centers (ACRC)
LGBTQIA+ youth end up in out-of-home care at significantly higher rates than their cisgender, heterosexual peers? Learn more.
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810 Cottageview Drive, Suite 101, Traverse City, MI 49684-2392
Monday 1:00-5:00 (last appointment)
Tuesday 8:30-4:30 (last appointment)
Wednesday 8:30-4:30 (last appointment)
Thursday 8:30-4:30 (last appointment)
Consultation services and training dates by appointment.