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Counseling Services in Grand Rapids, MI

I’m Olja Haglund, a therapist partnering with people in Grand Rapids, MI to discover healthier ways to face life’s challenges.

I understand that before you schedule a visit, you may want to get to know me and my practice a little better. On this page, you’ll find basic information about what to expect from working with me and the services I provide.

What Happens During Therapy Sessions?

This is by far the most frequently asked question I hear from my clients. While every person’s therapy sessions will be different, depending on their goals, I tell people that counseling appointments are like scheduled chats with a trusted advisor. You will visit my office, a 100% judgement-free and stress-free zone, to discuss challenges and life changes you’re dealing with, past experiences that are holding you back, and whatever else you want to discuss. Our sessions should help you achieve greater self-awareness, develop coping skills, and generally lead a more satisfying life. I work with individuals and couples, including premarital counseling, in my Grand Rapids practice.

Olja Haglund Counseling Services

Individual Therapy

Anxiety

Anxiety plays a crucial role in our daily lives. The flipping stomach, racing heart, and whirring thoughts associated with anxiety can actually help us to perform at a higher level and keep you safe in dangerous situations. However, when the anxiety that helps us to put on a great play or do well in a job interview starts to control our smallest choices, it can be a real problem. If your anxiety is making many of life’s choices for you, I can help you to take back control and relieve this unnecessary and unwanted stress.

Individual Therapy

Depression

We can all feel sad, unmotivated, and even hopeless during difficult times. When these emotions are persistent, out of proportion to your situation, or have no underlying cause, it can make accomplishing daily tasks a real struggle. Depression is more than sadness. It is a weight that presses down on the mind and body, keeping you from being the complex, functional, and fulfilled person who you truly are. The good news is therapy can help take some of that weight away and let you feel like yourself again.

Individual Therapy

Trauma & Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

Trauma comes in many forms. While most people immediately think of military men and women, police officers, and others who frequently witness or experience violence when they hear trauma or PTSD, anyone can go through trauma. If you’re struggling to heal following a traumatic event, let’s talk about how therapy can help you move beyond this distressing experience to lead a full and thriving life.

Individual Therapy

Substance Use Disorders

Addiction can negatively impact every aspect of your life, but when you’re ready to make changes, working with a therapist can help. As part of your recovery or relapse prevention plan, creating a network of individuals who will offer you support, is important, and as a therapist, I can play an integral role as a member of your recovery network. From helping you develop coping skills for triggering situations to providing you a safe space to explore the root of your addiction, therapy can really be an effective part of your treatment plan for substance use disorders.

Individual Therapy

Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)

DBT was originally developed to help individuals who struggle with borderline personality disorder, but today, it’s used to help anyone who wants to make changes in how they approach situations, deal with stress, and handle other struggles. From substance use disorders to mood and personality disorders, DBT offers an evidence-based therapy solution that’s an effective means of improving daily experience.

Individual Therapy

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) & Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT)

Trauma comes in many forms. While most people immediately think of military men and women, police officers, and others who frequently witness or experience violence when they hear trauma or PTSD, anyone can go through trauma. If you’re struggling to heal following a traumatic event, let’s talk about how therapy can help you move beyond this distressing experience to lead a full and thriving life. CBT and MBCT are two different counseling approaches that are based on similar explorations of how we experience the world. CBT asks individuals to reflect on how their thoughts, feelings, and actions are connected and how making changes in one of these areas can influence the entire complex reality of experience. MBCT combines a CBT approach to therapy with mindfulness, focus on the awareness of your present moment and acceptance of current feelings, thoughts, and sensations. In combination with talk therapy, mindfulness practices, like meditation, are proven helpful for individuals who struggle with chronic depression, anxiety, and other disordered moods.

Individual Therapy

Clinical Supervision

Are you a recent graduate or limited licensed social worker looking for supervision towards your full license in your area? I’d love to work with you. I have the necessary experience and qualifications to provide clinical supervision for clinicians who are seeking to take their professional skills to the next level. A supervisory relationship is built on trust, confidentiality, support, and empathic experiences. Supervision can be a powerful experience that provides a professional relationship that promotes continued development of clinical skills and strengthen abilities to provide services in an ethical and competent manner. A supervisory relationship can also promote personal and professional identity and increase cultural competency. Other qualities inherent in the supervisory relationship include constructive feedback, safety, respect, and self-care. Please don’t hesitate to reach out to me to learn more about clinical supervision in my office.

Individual Therapy

Couples Therapy

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Get Started with a Phone Consultation

If you’re interested in learning more, let’s get started with a 15-minute phone consultation today. You can use my contact form or call the office to set up this consultation. If you do not reach me via phone, please leave a voicemail, and I will be in touch within 24 hours.