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Meet our team

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Mike Walton, MDiv, MA, LPC

Phone: 616-426-9034, ext. 500
Email: mwalton@secondstorycounseling.com

Masters of Divinity - Calvin Theological Seminary
MA in Counseling - Cornerstone University

My story has instilled in me a desire to step into the broken areas of people’s stories to help them find healing and the ability to write a new story. Every story has it’s highs and lows and sometimes we need help taking all the pieces of our story and making sense of them. My passion is to help you take those pieces and make sense. Together we will find healing in the midst of life’s pain, and I will walk with you to help you better understand your place in the larger story in which we find ourself.

When I’m not helping individuals and couples navigate their stories, I enjoy good books, good friends and good food. In my spare time, I enjoy exploring these activities in the great city of Grand Rapids, MI. I can be found enjoying this time with my wife and two sons. 

My Approach

I approach counseling with the understanding that no single theory or technique can explain our complicated stories. My counseling approach is rooted in a person-centered and narrative approach aimed at understanding your story and your search for meaning and purpose in life. Early sessions will focus on getting to know your story and building a strong therapeutic relationship. Later sessions focus on incorporating multiple theories including mindfulness, family systems, cognitive behavioral therapy, and solutions focused therapy, to help you identify incongruences with your true identity and pursue healing and a healthy means of living out your story.


What You Can Expect

Your story is sacred and you can trust that it will be treated with dignity and respect. We will work together to create a safe environment where you can explore your story and begin the transformation process to find peace and healing. Your experience will be unique to you as we explore how to help you live the story you are uniquely designed to live. You will be equipped with the tools you need to embrace your story and find healing. 

 

Accepted Insurances

Blue Cross Blue Shield

ASR Health Benefits

Molina

Medicaid

Meridian

McLaren


 

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Kelly Crabb, LMSW

Phone: 616-426-9034, ext. 501
Email: kcrabb@secondstorycounseling.com

Masters of Social Work - Baylor University

My story has given me a passion to walk alongside others through both the mountaintops of life and its darkest moments. I desire to help others examine their own story and to help them find their place in this world. We all feel lost and broken at times, and each chapter of our lives influences who we are and how we view the world. My goal is to help clients examine these chapters and walk with them in their brokenness as they learn to view themselves in light of the bigger picture of their story.

When I am not working with clients I enjoy exploring new places, painting & poetry, playing guitar, good books and journaling, as well as drinking Bigby coffee. One of my favorite things to do is to go on adventures with my husband, three kids, and two dogs.

My Approach

I approach counseling from a strengths perspective, recognizing each person has different positive attributes and strengths and has the ability to be resilient in the face of adversity. I recognize each chapter of life we find ourselves in may have different needs and may need different techniques and approaches. I utilize a variety of theories in my work including cognitive behavioral theory, narrative theory, solution-focused theory, and motivational interviewing, recognizing that what may be effective for one client on their journey may not be effective for another. We will focus on building a strong rapport in the beginning sessions. As we continue, we will focus on implementing techniques and theories that are specific to your goals, needs, and areas of healing. Finally, together we focus on empowering you to live out your story, empowering you with tools and hope to carry out the next chapter of your life.

What You Can Expect

My goal is to create a safe environment together, where we can dig deeper into the pages of your story and provide a safe place where your story can be heard, and healing can take place. Each story is unique and sacred and will be treated with the dignity and respect it deserves.

 

Accepted Insurances

Blue Cross Blue Shield

ASR Health Benefits

Molina

Medicaid

Meridian

McLaren


 

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Denise Boldt, MA, LLPC

Phone: 616-426-9034, ext. 502
Email: dboldt@secondstorycounseling.com

MA in Counseling - Cornerstone University

My story has uniquely directed me to want to engage in helping others with events in life that leave us needing healing and wanting something different. I enjoy working with clients who are ready to examine the chapters of their story, discovering how they arrived where they are at, then searching and applying pieces that will help them write a new chapter.  

When I am not  working with clients, I enjoy going to coffee with my friends, and spending time with my family. I also enjoy going to movies, reading books, playing board games, and cards.

My Approach

I begin your journey by using a narrative approach to learn more about you and your story. I find this useful in establishing a working relationship and it provides helpful incites into who you are and who you desire to be.  Together we will work to develop your story to make this desired person a reality. Once we have journeyed together for a few sessions, I begin to incorporate theories and approaches based on your goals.  Every story is unique so I work with you to identify theories or technique that best fit you as you work toward health and healing.  Some theories and techniques that I may use are narrative therapy with cognitive reframing, exposure therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy, mindfulness, solution focus therapy and family systems.

What You Can Expect

As we work together you can trust that you will be treated with the dignity and respect your story deserves. We will work together to create a safe environment where you journey towards health and healing.

 

Accepted Insurances

Blue Cross Blue Shield

ASR Health Benefits



 

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Lauren Puckett, MA, LPC

Phone: 616-426-9034, ext. 503
Email: lpuckett@secondstorycounseling.com

Masters of Counseling-Cornerstone University

My story has motivated and encouraged me to come alongside those who are in need of direction and healing. Our stories are ever-changing and though many of these stories include times of trial and heartache, I believe that healing is possible when we come together and write a new story. My desire is to become part of your team and be able to enter into the parts of your story that don’t make sense and that need to be worked through. I believe that we can come to understand your story and move towards healing as well as getting to know how your story will unfold. When I’m not working with others on understanding and developing their stories, I enjoy watching movies, spending time with my husband, friends, family, and exploring the outdoors. In my spare time I love singing, practicing yoga, and running. I believe that self-care is essential for our wellbeing and therefore make it a priority.

My Approach

My counseling approach often depends on what is best for those I meet with to help them heal in the way that works for them. My primary approaches include: narrative therapy and person-centered therapy. I believe these approaches help acknowledge and emphasize your story to bring healing. I like to include Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy when possible and beneficial for the individual. Initially, our time spent together will begin with the privilege of getting to hear your story and building into our therapeutic relationship. Then, we will move forward by utilizing various therapeutic approaches to help you understand how the future chapters of your story will be written.

What You Can Expect

It can certainly be intimidating to share your story with someone you haven’t yet met but know that time will be taken to build trust and get to know each other. Your story is important and unique to you. When we work together, we will create a safe space where you will be treated with the utmost dignity and respect. It is important to me that you feel safe and comfortable while working together to make change and bring healing to your story.

 

Accepted Insurances

Blue Cross Blue Shield

ASR Health Benefits

Molina

Medicaid

Meridian

McLaren


 


Mark L. Holloway, MA, LLPC

Phone: 616.426.9034, ext. 504
Email: mholloway@secondstorycounseling.com

MA in Counseling - Cornerstone University

My story has motivated and encouraged me to come alongside those who are in need of direction and healing. Our stories are ever-changing and though many of these stories include times of trial and heartache, I believe that healing is possible My story has given me an opportunity to come along side individuals who have been overcome by what life has thrown at them and are experiencing feelings of loss, pain and hopelessness. By walking along side of you and encouraging you through these times of trouble and confusion, I will help you gain a better understanding of who you are, where you need to be and what steps you can take to get there. This is my passion, goal and desire for you on this journey. When I am not helping individuals move towards healing, I can be found grilling out with my family, playing in the garden, going fishing (which I need to do more of), and am looking forward to spending every minute I can with my new grandson.

My Approach

While I like to work from a cognitive/behavioral approach to counseling, I do not limit my approach to use one specific form of counseling. We are all different and respond to theories and techniques differently. To identify a plan that will work for you, I use the first few sessions to get to know you, your situation and where you are at in your journey. We will look at your personal strengths and support systems currently in place and strategies for building resiliency for your journey. Together we will formulate a plan that works specifically for you and will move you towards creating goals that are attainable for you.

What You Can Expect

Our journeys can be intimidating and scary at times. This is why it was not meant to be done alone! We will create a safe environment for you where you will be free to express yourself in a way that helps you feel comfortable and at ease. It is in this secure place that we can find a transformational peace and healing while equipping you with the tools you need to continue on this journey of life.

 

Accepted Insurances

Blue Cross Blue Shield

ASR Health Benefits



 


Audrey Aukeman, MA, LLPC

Phone:  616.426.9034, ext. 507
Email: aaukeman@secondstorycounseling.com

MA in Counseling - Cornerstone University

My story has inspired in me a passion for coming alongside others throughout life’s journey. As a lover of storytelling, I truly enjoy getting to know people through listening to them share their experiences and learning what they think and feel about the things that are important to them. I believe that counseling can be a place where sharing stories leads to greater connection, clarity, and healing. My desire is for clients to develop an understanding of their own unique story as well as hope and skills for the future as their story continues to unfold.

When I’m not working with clients in the counseling office, I also teach theatre classes and voice lessons. In my spare time I enjoy reading; baking; watching plays, musicals, and movies as well as spending time with my family and friends.

My Approach

My approach to counseling starts with whatever your needs are — a person-centered and narrative approach will take into consideration your unique strengths and story. As we develop a strong therapeutic relationship and identify the areas in which you would like to grow, I customize and incorporate theories based on your goals. Some of the theories I enjoy working out of include cognitive behavioral therapy, mindfulness, solution focused therapy, transactional analysis, and family systems.

What You Can Expect

Every story is important, and yours deserves to be heard. When you attend a counseling session, you can expect to be welcomed just as you are, and to be treated with dignity and respect. It is my desire and intention to create a safe space where we can work together to cultivate healing from past hurts, and where you can develop strength for today and hope for tomorrow.



 


Sara Hoekstra, MA, LLPC

Phone: 616.426.9034, ext. 505
Email: shoekstra@secondstorycounseling.com

Masters of Arts Counseling-Cornerstone University
BA-Elementary Education-Cornerstone University
BS- Bible and Theology-Kuyper College

I have a passion for counseling because of my story. Like many people, my story hasn't always gone the way I planned or expected. When life's challenges present themselves, it can be helpful to have someone who will listen, help assess the situation, and work to help develop solutions to difficult circumstances. I believe the best way to help is by creating and maintaining a safe, trusting environment. In that safe space, you can share your story and I can come alongside as you journey toward healing and finding hope.

When I am not helping clients, I love to spend quality time with loved ones and friends, hike in the woods, take trips to the beach and be creative. I also enjoy camping with my husband, and my three kids.

My Approach

Counseling is a personal endeavor where you join with a counselor to help define the problem and come up with solutions that work for you. I view all my clients through a holistic lens- I believe the mind, body and soul are all parts of each individual and should be taken into consideration. My counseling is person centered and I like to use narrative therapy. I also utilize Cognitive Behavioral therapy, Mindfulness, Solution-focused Therapy and often look at family systems.

What You Can Expect

You can expect that I will do my best to create a safe environment for you to tell your story. We will work together to identify the problem and come up with a plan to create changes. I will provide assessment, teaching, insight, and help journey with you in the change process.



 


Shawna Johnson, BSW, MSW Intern

Phone: 616.426.9034 ext. 506
Email: sjohnson@secondstorycounseling.com

Bachelors of Social Work – Kuyper College
Masters of Social Work Intern – Spring Arbor University

My story has given me the passion to help people find healing and peace in this broken world. Every story has its ups and downs and highs and lows. When we hit the low points, we can feel defeated and broke. However, when we push through the hard chapters in life and take hold of our own story, we are able to come out stronger in the end. My goal is to walk alongside clients as they navigate through these hard chapters, find their story in the bigger picture, and empower them to push through and make their story one that is worth reading.

When I am not working with clients, I enjoy bowling, golf (regular and mini), Netflix, traveling, playing with my dog, and any good adventure. Most of these things are done with my favorite person, which is my husband.

My Approach

I approach counseling from a strengths perspective, enabling clients to see that they have the strengths and resources that they need to work through the hardships that they face. I recognize that each person is unique and everyone brings different strengths that they can use to help guide their story in a greater direction.

Early sessions will focus on building trust and strengthening the client/counselor relationship. Later sessions will integrate different therapeutic therapies, such as cognitive-behavioral and solutions-focused theory, in order to help the client work through the struggles they are facing. The therapy that is used will depend on what is best for the client, as everyone is different, and everyone has different strengths that require different forms of therapy that will best serve the client. Through these theories and techniques, we will work through achieving specific goals that are set in order to provide healing and peace to the client. Together we will find strengths and resources that will help you rewrite your story.

What You Can Expect

Every story deserves dignity and respect. My goal is to create a safe environment together where you feel that you can share your story and know that it will be heard and treated with the upmost care. Though this, we can work together to create a space where healing can take place and peace can be found.


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