Kari Harburn —Counselor—Grand Rapids, MI

"If you can't run then walk. If you can't walk then crawl. But whatever you do you have to keep moving forward" --Martin Luther King Jr.

About You

It takes courage to attend therapy, and dedication to see it through. Whether you know you need to start talking to someone, or someone else is encouraging you to do it, therapy CAN help you! Are you hoping for self-actualization, need help empowering self-growth, hope to improve relationships, or reduce emotional suffering? You are in the right place!  

About Me 

I have been a therapist for over 15 years and absolutely love what I do.  I have worked in a range of mental health settings, with people from a wide array of backgrounds and life circumstances, supporting people facing difficult issues involving relationships, emotions and mood, work, grief, addiction, abuse, trauma, and family life. I can also help with issues that are harder to describe, such as feelings of alienation, marginalization, feeling stuck, existential concerns, self-doubt, and responses to broader social issues. I offer a space to turn toward, sit with, and learn from these experiences.    I believe in every individual’s ability to create their own pathway to success, and that healing, growth, and change are possible for all of us.  Change and self-reflection can occur within authentic relationships when we feel supported, understood, and seen.  When working with me, I will strive to get to know the whole of you, and I will tailor therapy to your individual needs.  I am a Licensed Professional Counselor in the State of Michigan, MCBAP credentialed Certified Advanced Alcohol and Drug Counselor and Certified Clinical Supervisor, and have participated in and completed a Contextual Behavioral Health Fellowship with The University of Chicago focusing on behavioral approaches to facilitate meaningful change within a radically accepting therapist-client partnership. 

Approach to Individual Psychotherapy

My approach to therapy is grounded in respect and curiosity. I work to create a warm, safe, and accepting space for dialogue that honors difficulties, unearths complex meanings, and enables learning and growth. Whether the engagement is brief and focused or long-term and in-depth, the intention is to foster a greater sense of freedom, a deeper understanding of yourself, and an increased connection to others. My areas of special experience and focus include the following: assertiveness and relational difficulties, addiction; trauma, anxiety, and depression; issues of identity, oppression, personality disorders, cutting, and self-harm.