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Amanda Rewa— Counselor—Grand Rapids, MI

“Anything that’s human is mentionable, and anything that is mentionable can be more manageable. When we can talk about our feelings, they become less overwhelming, less upsetting, and less scary.” — Fred Rogers

Shame=Hiding

In the human experience, few emotions are more debilitating than shame. Maybe it’s the voice in your head beating you down at every turn. Maybe you find yourself stuck in past mistakes, or overwhelmed by everything that could go wrong in the future. Maybe experience has taught you to find yourself less than in worth, relationship, and ability. In the thick of this kind of pain, vulnerability becomes unbelievably challenging but incredibly healing.

Courage to bring your whole self forward

I am passionate about working with clients to explore the context of their struggles. This means recognizing every part of who you are; social, psychological, physical, and spiritual. We will set goals that represent the change you want to see. Simply bringing awareness to thought and behavior patterns no longer serving you may help kick start that journey. I emphasize self-compassion with all of my clients. This is a process of kindly acknowledging our own suffering before taking practical action towards self-care. Healing doesn’t happen overnight; it takes time to unlearn a lifetime’s worth of shame. Give yourself the grace to move forward in new and powerful ways.

Feel great about you

In the past, I have especially loved working with young adults and issues unique to the woman experience. However, I gladly welcome individuals of all walks of life who find themselves at a crossroads. Many of my techniques stem from Cognitive Behavioral theory, shaped by Acceptance and Commitment Therapy and tailored to the needs of the individual. I maintain a commitment to humility and partnership in the therapeutic relationship. I believe lasting change comes when the consistent effort is applied in and out of our sessions. As you grow in our time together, my goal is to see you empowered to thrive beyond the counseling process.

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