Trauma & PTSD, Anxiety & Depression, Family Counseling, Grief, Chronic Illness
Brandi was raised in Southeast Michigan and earned her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Social Work from Michigan State University. She has spent the past several years working with Lansing individuals and families in Palliative Care and Hospice Care services who were experiencing the challenges of chronic life-limiting illnesses. Brandi has experience working with individuals and families dealing with a wide range of issues including anxiety, depression, trauma, and grief. She also works with children ages 11-18 years old, in addition to young adults and older adults.
Through her experiences, Brandi has learned that each individual and family unit is unique in how they process their thoughts, feelings, and behaviors. Many people experience intrusive thoughts, feelings, and behaviors that lead to negative, self-destructive patterns that can cause difficulty in all areas of their life. Brandi uses empathy and compassion to collaboratively work with clients to identify and challenge those problematic patterns. She believes that the therapeutic relationship is created through mutual trust, honesty, and open-mindedness.
During therapy, Brandi focuses on helping clients identify and utilize their current abilities and tools to explore, establish, and reinforce new positive changes and patterns. Her goal is to help clients explore, assess, and establish coping mechanisms so they no longer feel overwhelmed and frustrated. Therapy can and will be difficult but every individual and family possesses the ability to learn, grow, and heal.
Brandi currently lives in the Grand Ledge area with her two friends, Lexy and Charlie, and their cats, Dale and Max (aka Boots). She has four plants that she cares for: a eucalyptus, a jade, a succulent, and a Nanouk. Brandi enjoys spending her leisure time reading, crafting, camping, and hiking.