Laurel Backing


Laurel Backing, MA, LLC

Phone: 616-426-9034, ext. 626
Email: lbacking@secondstorycounseling.com

MA Counseling– Grand Rapids Theological Seminary
BS Psychology – Grand Valley State University

Each person’s story matters. Every life follows its own unique pattern of pain, depression, trauma, opportunities, joys, and despair. At times our stories can feel overwhelming, and we are unsure of what direction to take. My own life has taken many twists and turns that has motivated me to come and walk alongside others as they walk toward healing and growth.

When I am not working, I enjoy spending time with my family and friends. All I need to be content in life is a good book or conversations with friends. I love to travel. This love of traveling and different cultures has provided me with opportunities to live in Taean, South Korea, and Shanghai, China.

My Approach

My counseling approach is always growing and developing with in a trauma-informed lens. I want to ensure that each approach used is fit to the needs of the client, with my primary framework’s being: EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing), Cognitive Behavior Therapy, Acceptance Commitment Therapy. I also draw from emotion focused therapy (EFT), interpersonal therapy (IPT), internal family systems (IFS), depending on the needs of the client.

What you can expect

Beginning a counseling journey can be intimidating for anyone. You may be sharing parts of your story that you have never shared with a stranger. For this reason, my priority is in creating a space that is calm and welcoming where you can be treated with dignity and respect. My hope is that as we work together and build trust you can work toward wholeness on this healing journey.


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