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Our Team of Skilled Therapists

We love serving our community with empathy and compassionate care.

Jennifer Braman

LMSW, PLC


Angela Vargas-Avendaño

LMSW, PLC

 

Our Team

We are grateful for the opportunity to serve you.

Jennifer Braman

LMSW, PLC

Jennifer, Therapist and Co-Founder, provides services with a focus on supporting adults, couples and children. Jennifer is known for her transparent, practical style of speaking, teaching and coaching. Her passion is to guide others into a meaningful and purposeful life, particularly in the areas of personal growth, emotion management and self-esteem. Jennifer enjoys talking to young people and adults, encouraging them to do their best, love themselves and to reach for the stars.


Jennifer has been a licensed social worker for the last 18 years with experience working with children, adolescents and their families. Her approach to counseling is to allow clients a safe place to share their story, to try to gain an understanding of their internal struggles and to help clients to gain confidence to set and achieve goals for themselves. With a welcoming environment and a resolve to help others to feel good about themselves and their futures, she will walk alongside you in meeting the goals that you have for yourself.


Jennifer offers individual, couples and family counseling. With a philosophy of strength based, solution focused therapy, Jennifer will help you rediscover your internal strength by providing caring, empathetic and genuinely supportive counseling. Jennifer specializes in support offered to those who are experiencing transitions such as a divorce, separation, or grief as well as those who may be struggling with anxiety and or depression.


Offering hope and healing to children, youth, adults, couples and families.

Angela Vargas-Avendaño

LMSW, PLC

Se Habla Español


Angela, Therapist and Co-Founder, is a Licensed Master Social Worker who specializes in providing individual and family therapy to children and adults experiencing a variety of issues; depression, anxiety, trauma, substance use, and parent/child relational issues. With over a decade of experience in the mental health field serving as a Clinical Social Worker, she has acquired an eclectic skill set, providing her with the necessary tools to work alongside a diverse group of clients and professionals.


Angela earned her MSW from Grand Valley State University (GVSU) and also holds a Bachelor of Social Work and a Bachelor of Arts with a major in Spanish and minor in Psychology. She is trained in the evidence based practices of Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) and Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavior Therapy (TFCBT). Angela also specializes in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) therapy. Angela is bilingual (Spanish and English) and understands the impact of multicultural differences.


Angela is a strong believer in the power of hope, resilience, personal growth, new beginnings, and healing. Through a shared experience in the therapeutic process, it is her wish that you will find peace, intent, resolve, and the path that lights your way to discovering your authentic self... Illuminate.

Heather Giese

LMSW, PLC

Heather, Therapist, is a Licensed Master Social Worker who brings over 25 years of experience in working with children and families. Heather earned her Bachelors Degree in Criminal Justice from Michigan State University and earned her Masters Degree in Social Work from Western Michigan University. 


Heather’s background comes from her work with Bethany Christian Services, the Department of Human Services and with local school settings as a School Social Worker in the Newaygo county area. 


Heather specializes in working with young children, adolescents and young adults.