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Steven Ward

My name is Steven Ward and I am a Licensed Professional Counselor. I have been a therapist for over 10 years and an intermittent therapy participant for 30 years. I believe in therapy and its ability to help others become their best selves. I have known since the first time therapy made a significant difference in my life, that I wanted to devote my life, time, and energy to serving and helping others by becoming a therapist. I received an undergraduate degree from Spring Arbor in Management and Organizational Development and utilized this to work my way through my Masters in Counseling, also from Spring Arbor University. I began my career in service by providing vocational therapy and case management to the homeless veteran population, and after 7 years of doing so moved on to work with the general severely mentally ill population. My experience working with veterans led me to join cognitive and narrative therapy with philosophy by focusing on new ways to think, feel, and understand the story of ourselves. I have worked with adults at all stages of life, and with more than a decade of experience I have learned strong, evidence-based treatments that offer concrete help. I engage with the real struggles individuals face, including trauma, depression, anxiety, behavioral issues, parenting difficulties, family conflicts and struggles, marital issues, and issues centered around substance use and addiction.

My therapeutic approach is multidisciplinary and includes not only technique work, but cognitive, narrative, and game-based therapy interventions. My style works to create relationships that center on the importance of trust, kindness, and mutual learning. I believe that as a therapist, I have just as much to learn from you the client, as you would from me. I use this approach to create an environment where compassion, mutual learning, and a strong focus on what each client desires for themselves and their life is key. We can then create change without the work feeling burdensome or boring, but instead graceful and collaborative. As stated above, I have faith in the therapeutic process and will bring my considerable knowledge, talents, and compassion in helping you become the best self that you desire to be.