Joanne Vanderveen Counseling, PLLC

Joanne Vanderveen, LMSW


Joanne Vanderveen, LMSW

Do you feel anxious, sad, or stressed out from trying to navigate life on your own? Are you feeling misunderstood in your relationships, disconnected from loved ones, or stuck in patterns you feel powerless to change? Are you questioning aspects of your identity, striving to find a purpose, or deconstructing from beliefs which cause you internal conflict? If so, you have come to the right place.

No question is inappropriate to ask, no issue is too challenging to face, and everyone deserves to be treated with dignity and respect. By creating an open and safe environment, thoughts and feelings can be freely expressed without fear of judgment or shame. My counseling style is collaborative, warm, respectful, empathic, and engaging. I am a good listener, and my goal is to help you make sense of your circumstances through life-giving conversations, life-altering revelations, and emotional connections. I utilize a wide variety of approaches depending on your needs, and I apply a client-centered approach.

I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in the state of Michigan with over 5 years of experience working as a Clinical Crisis Counselor and Family Therapist. I have specialties in both Marriage and Family Therapy and School Social Work as well as advanced training in Couple Communication™ and PREPARE/ENRICH.  I have helped many individuals, couples, and families address communication concerns, depression and anxiety, trauma and abuse, parenting and family difficulties, grief and loss, and work-life balance.

I realize that it takes courage to reach out for help and I would be honored to partner with you on your journey. I am offering teletherapy at this time. To schedule an appointment click on the link below or call Great Lakes Psychology Group at 800.693.1916. You may also call to book a free 15-minute phone call consultation.

“When we can talk about our feelings, they become less overwhelming, less upsetting, and less scary.”

Fred Rogers
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Individual Therapy

Anxiety, depression, mood disorders, stressful or traumatic life events, past trauma, the loss of a loved one, chronic pain, life transitions, illnesses, feeling different from others, or feeling isolated and alone are all common reasons why people might reach out to speak to a counselor. The good news is that you are not alone, and I am here to help.

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Couples Counseling

Whether you are dating, contemplating commitment, in a dedicated partnership, or desiring a relationship tune-up, couples counseling is a great place to gain insight into your relationship, provides opportunities to resolve conflict and strengthen healthy communication patterns, and fosters the development of greater levels of intimacy.

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Family Therapy

Family relationships can be complicated and difficult to navigate, especially when there are frequent arguments, parenting concerns, financial distress, anger issues, adjustment issues relating to divorce/family blending/major transitions, and behavioral health problems. Family therapy can be beneficial to restore family cohesion.

Your emotional awareness and ability to handle feelings will determine your success and happiness in life.

Dr. John Gottman, Ph. D

My Specialties

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“Even the worst impulses and feelings spring from parts of a person that themselves have a story to tell and have the capacity to become something positive and helpful to the client’s life. The point of therapy isn’t to get rid of anything but to help it transform.”


Modalities I Use:

  • Acceptance & Commitment (ACT)
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
  • Couple Communication™
  • Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)
  • Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy
  • Gottman Method
  • Imago Relationship Therapy
  • Internal Family Systems (IFS)
  • Motivational Interviewing
  • Person-Centered Therapy
  • Strengths-Based Therapy
  • Positive Psychology
  • Psychodynamic/Psychoanalytic
  • Solutions Focused Therapy
  • Structural Family Therapy
  • LGBTQIA+ affirming
  • Support for faith deconstruction
  • Recovery from ministry burnout
  • Trauma-informed care
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Contact Joanne:

  • Great Lakes Psychology Group Phone Number: 800.693.1916
  • GLPG Email:
  • Professional Email:

Insurances Accepted:

  • Aetna
  • Auto Insurance
  • BCBS
  • BCN
  • Beacon Health Options
  • Cash/Private Pay
  • Cigna/Evernorth
  • Cofinity
  • McLaren
  • Multiplan
  • UBH
  • Ulliance EAP
  • VA CCN