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500,000 people sought help at Thriveworks in the last year

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12 therapists available at Grand Rapids Charter Township
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ACCEPTING NEW CLIENTS

ASR, Blue Care Network of Michigan, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan | BCBS, +18 more
Military / Veteran, Chronic Illness, Medical / Health Issues, Self Harm, Domestic Abuse, +22 more

I am a white woman with nearly four years of experience working with many different populations and in various fields within social work.

ACCEPTING NEW CLIENTS

ASR, Carelon, Cigna | Evernorth, +17 more
Narcissism, Anger, Behavioral Issues, Coping Skills, Self Esteem, +10 more

As a professional who has had to ask for help before, I know this process can be intimidating and difficult, but let me reassure you that seeking assi... As a professional who has had to ask for help before, I know this process can be intimidating and difficult, but let me reassure you that seeking assistance is a courageous step towards personal growth and emotional well-being. Read more

ACCEPTING NEW CLIENTS

Aetna, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan | BCBS, Cigna | Evernorth, +3 more
Anger, Behavioral Issues, Coping Skills, Self Esteem, Stress, +10 more

As a woman who grew up in an adoptive family, I understand the unique issues of trauma, belonging, and navigating the unpredictable changes in life.

ACCEPTING NEW CLIENTS

Aetna, ASR, Blue Care Network of Michigan, +16 more
Military / Veteran, Chronic Illness, Medical / Health Issues, Self Harm, Domestic Abuse, +23 more

I have a wide range of experience to help me understand the individual needs a person may have.

ACCEPTING NEW CLIENTS

Aetna, ASR, Blue Care Network of Michigan, +18 more
Domestic Abuse, Behavioral Issues, Coping Skills, Self Esteem, Stress, +10 more

As an older woman who has been affected by much of what life has to offer, I can empathize with many areas of trauma and joy and learning how to heal ... As an older woman who has been affected by much of what life has to offer, I can empathize with many areas of trauma and joy and learning how to heal from and celebrate those events. Read more

ACCEPTING NEW CLIENTS

Aetna, ASR, Blue Care Network of Michigan, +23 more
Military / Veteran, Chronic Illness, Medical / Health Issues, Self Harm, Domestic Abuse, +20 more

I understand what overcoming is...I had to overcome childhood trauma. I've been there. Healing from trauma is not easy, but you're worth the time and ... I understand what overcoming is...I had to overcome childhood trauma. I've been there. Healing from trauma is not easy, but you're worth the time and the effort. You have this one life, and it's important that you are able to show up for it in a way that you can feel good about, be at peace about, and be proud of. Read more

ACCEPTING NEW CLIENTS

Aetna, ASR, Blue Care Network of Michigan, +22 more
Chronic Illness, Medical / Health Issues, Anger, Behavioral Issues, Coping Skills, +15 more

I enjoy helping people, whether it be with every day struggles or major life events, to help them to discover and utilize their strengths and capabili... I enjoy helping people, whether it be with every day struggles or major life events, to help them to discover and utilize their strengths and capabilities. Read more

ACCEPTING NEW CLIENTS

Aetna, ASR, Blue Care Network of Michigan, +22 more
Chronic Illness, Medical / Health Issues, LGBTQIA+, Coping Skills, Self Esteem, +14 more

I am passionate about helping adolescents and adults address their unique challenges so they can live more fulfilled lives.

ACCEPTING NEW CLIENTS

Aetna, ASR, Blue Care Network of Michigan, +22 more
Coping Skills, Stress, Sleep / Insomnia, Anxiety, Depression, +1 more

As a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, my role is multifaceted. I am a mental health advocate, educator, and clinician.

ACCEPTING NEW CLIENTS

Aetna, ASR, Blue Care Network of Michigan, +21 more
Self Harm, Domestic Abuse, Anger, Behavioral Issues, Coping Skills, +18 more

ACCEPTING NEW CLIENTS

Aetna, ASR, Blue Care Network of Michigan, +17 more
Anger, Coping Skills, Stress, Addiction, Bipolar Disorder, +3 more

I like to focus on identifying your strengths and help you to maximize them to overcome your obstacles.

ACCEPTING NEW CLIENTS

Aetna, ASR, Blue Care Network of Michigan, +20 more
LGBTQIA+, Coping Skills, Men’s Issues, Self Esteem, Stress, +9 more

Starting Therapy for Black men & women

What is Therapy for Black men and women?

Therapy for the treatment of Black men and women is a person-centered, individualized type of psychotherapeutic care that takes into account the emotional and mental impact of being a black person of color in today’s society. Thriveworks Grand Rapids Charter Township therapists use traditional therapy techniques implemented through an anti-racist lens, addressing issues like racism, colorism, toxic masculinity/misogyny, and others. This type of therapy is meant to create a safe space for black individuals to express their emotions and alleviate their stress in an environment that caters to their unique experiences.

How does Therapy for Black men and women work?

Therapy for Black men and women is much like standard psychotherapy in that Thriveworks Grand Rapids Charter Township therapists will use a variety of approaches depending on each client’s needs. However, it will also heavily incorporate person-centered therapy, which means that every client’s individual experiences, goals, and needs will be at the forefront of treatment.

Is Therapy for Black men and women conducted in person or online?

Therapy for Black men and women at Thriveworks is conducted both in person and online by video. We encourage you to choose the option that works best for you.

How long does Therapy for Black men and women last?

Therapy for Black women and men will last as long as necessary to achieve the client’s therapeutic goals, whether that be a few months or years. Generally, though, true progress will often take at least five months. Thriveworks therapists in Grand Rapids Charter Township, MI will continue to provide care for as long as necessary to help clients meet their therapeutic needs.

Need more help deciding?

Jinneh was just a teen when her mother passed away, and like many who lose a parent, depression overtook Jinneh’s mind and body. When her doctgor prescribed medication, her friends and family members were skeptical. Like many in the African-American community, it was hard to trust the medical and mental health profession. Jinneh did not take her medication, and years later, she still struggled with depression when her college roommate encouraged her to see a therapist. With treatment, Jinneh’s depression lifted, and now, she dedicates her time to educating others on the importance of mental health. Jinneh’s story is not unique. It is chronicled in the Washington Post article, “Therapists say African Americans are increasingly seeking help for mental illness.” Many other African Americans, like Jinneh, have gone without the mental health care they needed. Times are changing, however, and many other African Americans, like Jinneh, are now receiving the therapy they need and deserve.

The therapists at Thriveworks Grand Rapids understand how difficult it can be to start therapy and that African Americans feel that weight more acutely. Our goal is to be a part of the positive trend that is giving African Americans more access to mental health care that is sensitive to their particular needs.

Therapeutic Relationships and Trust

Caucasians go to therapy at twice the rate of African Americans according to a 2010 study, and there are many reasons for this disparity. One of which is that African Americans have not had adequate access to the care they need. Another reason is that American Americans have all too often experienced poor care from medical professionals. “Dr. Satcher in his surgeon general’s report noted that there was less accessibility of mental health services for people of color for a variety of reasons. Part of it is that many of the systems simply aren’t located proximity to where people of color are. Part of it is that many professionals simply don’t know how to diagnose properly African-Americans,” said Psychiatrist, Dr. William Lawson in a 2012 NPR interview.

It is understandable that many African Americans are skeptical of mental health care, and Thriveworks Grand Rapids hopes to offer care that meets these needs—care that is accessible and meets the needs of our African American clients. How can this happen? We believe in building trust into the therapeutic relationship. Here is what therapy at Thriveworks Grand Rapids involves.

Our therapists build trust through demonstrating understanding of and respect for our client’s social and ethnic context. We reject a “colorblind” approach that minimizes and denies a client’s unique challenges and experiences, and instead, we know that cultural context matters to who they are as an individual. Race, ethnicity, and culture all play a role in who people are. Our professionals work hard to make the therapeutic relationship a safe place where trust is the foundation. Our hope is that clients feel free to speak openly about their hopes and dreams, struggle and fears, challenges and opportunities without shame and without fear.

Building trust also means offering individualized care. Culture matters, and so does an individual’s unique experiences. Each client has their own perspective, their own goals for counseling, their own experiences. The therapists at Thriveworks Grand Rapids spend significant time getting to know each client and allowing each client to feel comfortable. As the therapeutic relationship progresses, clients often feel free to share more and go deeper. There is no limit to what clients can explore, but often, African Americans choose to work through many issues with their therapist, issues such as…

  • Grief counseling
  • Discrimination
  • Obsessive-compulsive tendencies
  • Racial trauma
  • Executive coaching
  • Depression
  • Couples and marriage counseling
  • Eating disorders
  • Career advancement
  • Child therapy
  • Divorce
  • Anger management
  • Substance use
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder
  • Anxiety
  • Suspected abuse of a child
  • Job loss
  • Addiction
  • Infidelity
  • Psychiatric testing
  • Sexual identity issues

Psychologist Dr. Jeffrey Gardere owns a counseling practice in New York City, and he has “seen an increasing number of African Americans who feel increasingly less stigmatized about coming in and seeking therapy and who also recognize the healing power of therapy.” In the past few years, the African Americans who seek care at his practice has increased 20-25.

Scheduling a Counseling Appointment at Thriveworks Grand Rapids

Is it time for you to meet with a counselor? If so, know that a counselor at Thriveworks Grand Rapids is ready to meet with you. Some issues in life need the guidance and care from a mental health professional. You are not alone. Thriveworks Grand Rapids offers culturally sensitive care that is respectful of your individual needs and experiences. We know that life is hard. Scheduling an appointment for counseling should not be. We have done what we can to make that process as easy as possible. Here are some important things to know about our office:

  1. We have scheduling specialists who answer our phones. When you call, one will answer and help you schedule your appointment. You will not reach a voicemail or automated response.
  2. New clients frequently meet with their therapist the day following their first call. When you are ready to start your therapy, you should not have to wait.
  3. We know that people have busy lives, so we offer evening and weekend sessions.
  4. Many different insurance plans are accepted, and we work with many different insurance companies.

Call Thriveworks Grand Rapids today to meet with a therapist who offers culturally sensitive care.

Pricing & insurance

Our therapists accept most major insurances. We cover 180 million Americans – and offer self-pay options, too.
Learn more about pricing for therapy and counseling services at Thriveworks.

Our Grand Rapids Charter Township therapists and counselors accept 28 insurance plans

  • Aetna

  • ASR

  • Blue Care Network of Michigan

  • Blue Care Network of Michigan Medicare Advantage (HMO | PPO)

  • Blue Cross Blue Shield | Anthem (Blue Card)

  • Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan | BCBS

  • Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan | BCBS Medicare Advantage (HMO | PPO)

  • Carelon

  • Cigna | Evernorth

  • Cigna | Evernorth EAP

  • Cigna | Evernorth Medicare Advantage

  • Compsych

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Self-pay costs at Grand Rapids Charter Township
Talk therapy

Talk therapy

Includes individual, couples, child/ teen, & family therapy

First session

$1

Ongoing sessions

$1

Talk therapy

Psychiatry

Includes reducing symptoms with medication & management

First session

$1

Ongoing sessions

$1

Hear from our clients

4.9 Learn about verified reviews
★★★★★
I am loving Thriveworks not only for the convenience of virtual appointments, but this is the first place I’ve tried that has actually helped. My therapist is incredibly kind and helpful and is amazing at helping me with any issues I’m struggling with. They paired me with a therapist that is experienced in the specific areas I needed help with, and it has been wonderful. I would absolutely recommend Thriveworks!
Read more I am loving Thriveworks not only for the convenience of virtual appointments, but this is the first place I’ve tried that has actually helped. My therapist is incredibly kind and helpful and is amazing at helping me with any issues I’m struggling with. They paired me with a therapist that is experienced in the specific areas I needed help with, and it has been wonderful. I would absolutely recommend Thriveworks!
Kelly Jan 2024
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★★★★★
I have worked with Pamela Rybka LPC both personally and professionally. I have found her compassion and expertise invaluable. She has helped with me issues related to aging and grief and loss. If you need someone to help you on life's journey, contact her. Her kindness and gentle confrontation will help you be the best person you can be.
Read more I have worked with Pamela Rybka LPC both personally and professionally. I have found her compassion and expertise invaluable. She has helped with me issues related to aging and grief and loss. If you need someone to help you on life's journey, contact her. Her kindness and gentle confrontation will help you be the best person you can be.
Grand Rapids Jul 2022
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★★★★★
Emily Warning is an amazing therapist. She is very professional and knows how to listen and respond to my concerns. She really makes me feel heard. Thank you Emily, you are great!
Read more Emily Warning is an amazing therapist. She is very professional and knows how to listen and respond to my concerns. She really makes me feel heard. Thank you Emily, you are great!
Grand Rapids May 2022
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★★★★★
I’ve had the pleasure of knowing Cassie personally and professionally for over 10 years. She is an extremely kind and compassionate person. She is an excellent listener, she is very thoughtful, organized and you can tell she genuinely cares about her clients and wants to help. She’s an excellent communicator and I would highly recommend her as a counselor any day!
Read more I’ve had the pleasure of knowing Cassie personally and professionally for over 10 years. She is an extremely kind and compassionate person. She is an excellent listener, she is very thoughtful, organized and you can tell she genuinely cares about her clients and wants to help. She’s an excellent communicator and I would highly recommend her as a counselor any day!
Grand Rapids Mar 2022
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★★★★★
Angel was the sweetest person! I’m so glad I chose this place for help! I felt like a crazy person at first but she made me feel like I was just normal and just going through a lot! I really appreciate angel!
Read more Angel was the sweetest person! I’m so glad I chose this place for help! I felt like a crazy person at first but she made me feel like I was just normal and just going through a lot! I really appreciate angel!
Grand Rapids Jan 2020
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★★★★★
Thriveworks is a blessing. I got an appointment with a counselor within a week. Margaret Rose was wonderful. She was kind and insightful and I felt safe with her. I highly recommend Thriveworks Grand Rapids
Read more Thriveworks is a blessing. I got an appointment with a counselor within a week. Margaret Rose was wonderful. She was kind and insightful and I felt safe with her. I highly recommend Thriveworks Grand Rapids
Grand Rapids Sep 2019
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★★★★★
My son saw Denise for the first time recently and she was great. She seemed very well informed in every area and so willing to help my son with his anxiety. She actually spent time with us and seemed to care. I'm so glad we found her.
Read more My son saw Denise for the first time recently and she was great. She seemed very well informed in every area and so willing to help my son with his anxiety. She actually spent time with us and seemed to care. I'm so glad we found her.
Grand Rapids Jul 2019
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★★★★★
I was in need of a psychiatrist for chronic depression and anxiety. I came across thrive having only a 4 month wait instead 9 to 12 month wait with any other psychiatrist. This was wonderful news. I met Denise as my clinician. She is very empathetic very knowledgeable. She has helped me alot sine my first vist. She is very dedicated to her patients which I truly appreciate. I would highly recommend her for any psychiatric needs. I think she goes above and beyond her role. She is a caring individual. There should be more people like Denise. She needs to be recognized for her work.
Read more I was in need of a psychiatrist for chronic depression and anxiety. I came across thrive having only a 4 month wait instead 9 to 12 month wait with any other psychiatrist. This was wonderful news. I met Denise as my clinician. She is very empathetic very knowledgeable. She has helped me alot sine my first vist. She is very dedicated to her patients which I truly appreciate. I would highly recommend her for any psychiatric needs. I think she goes above and beyond her role. She is a caring individual. There should be more people like Denise. She needs to be recognized for her work.
Grand Rapids Mar 2019
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Where to find us

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Getting here

Thriveworks Counseling & Psychiatry Grand Rapids is located off of Kenmoor Ave SE. We share an office with Paper Plane Therapies, and are located near the ClearChoice Dental Implant Center.

Phone number

(616) 421-9387

Languages spoken by MI providers

  • English
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