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Man Standing in a Field

About Me

    My role in others' lives is a role I carry with great conviction. I have 7 children - 6 were         adopted from the United States and South Korea, and one biological child. I personally         have dealt with grief, infertility and miscarriage, as well as pre and post adoption issues.

‚Äč    My husband and I have also been serving as a host family for almost 2 decades now.         We have taken in students and adults from several countries including Korea, China,           Luxembourg, Spain, Liberia, and more.  I have helped high school and college-aged           individuals who are searching for their purpose and dealing with adjustment and anxiety     issues, and I have mentored individuals and provided them with leadership growth skills.
 
I am a skilled, caring, compassionate, sensitive counselor who is committed to giving you exceptional care.
 

 Education
Bachelor of Science, Interdisciplinary Studies, Bible & Theology – Kuyper College
Master of Arts in Counseling – Cornerstone University
 

License, Certifications & Awards
Limited License Professional Counselor, Michigan

 

Additional Training
Acceptance and Commitment Therapy – Daniel Moran, PhD, BCBA-D
Acceptance & Commitment Therapy: 2-Day Intensive ACT Training – Avigail Lev, Psy.D.
Addiction, Trauma, & Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs): The Neuroscience behind Developmental/Attachment          Trauma and Adverse Childhood Experiences – Linda Curran, BCPC, LPC, CACD, CCDPD
Blended and Blessed – Family Life
Civilian First Responder  - Women at Risk International
CBT for Trauma Treatment: Powerful & Proven Techniques – Martha Teater, MA, LMFT, LCAS, LPC
Cognitive Behavior Therapy: 6 Week Intensive Certificate Course – Jeff Riggenbach, PhD, LPC
Advanced Cognitive Behavior Therapy: CBT for Your Most Challenging Clients – Donald Meichenbaum, PhD
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Insomnia – Center for Deployment Psychology
Reconceptualizing Resilience and Growth in the Wake of Trauma – Center for Deployment Psychology
Suicide Assessment, Intervention, & Postvention for Counselors - Darcy Haag Granville, PhD
The Therapeutic “Aha!”: 10 Brain-Based Strategies to Transform Your Clients and Your Practice – Courtney Armstrong,        LPC, MHSP
Trauma Defined: The Body Keeps Score – Bessel van der Kolk, MD
Understanding Your Grief: Touchstones for Hope and Healing – Greater GR End of Life Coalition
 
Gottman Institute Trainings
Levels I, II, III Clinical Training Gottman Method Couples Therapy – John & Julie A. Gottman, PhDs
Emotion Coaching: The Heart of Parenting – John & Julie S. Gottman, PhDs
Healing Couples from the Betrayal of an Affair – John Gottman, PhD
Therapy Sessions: Live – Julie S. Gottman, PhD
Therapy Sessions: Demonstrations – John & Julie S. Gottman, PhDs
How to Make Relationships Work – John Gottman, PhD
Making Marriages Work by Uncovering Secrets of Sex, Love, and Trust – J. & J.S. Gottman, PhDs
The Seven Principles for Marking Marriage Work – John Gottman, PhD
The Ten Principles of Effective Couples Therapy: What Science Tells Us and Beyond – John & Julie S. Gottman, PhDs
 
Memberships
AACA – American Association of Christian Counselors, Presidential and Marriage & Family Network
ACA – American Counseling Association
APA – American Psychological Association
Gottman Referral Network
Psychology Today Network
 
Activities
Over the years, we have enjoyed hosting many students from abroad for either short-term visits or for the entire school year. I enjoy spending time with my children and grandchildren at our bi-monthly Sunday noon dinners. I play the piano two services a month for my church. I am currently one of the leaders for Apples of Gold, a teaching program for young women and mothers, that meets at my home for twelve weeks out of the year. I love to read and kayak. I love to visit my children and grandchildren that currently live in California, Illinois, Colorado, and my sisters and their families in the states of Illinois and Wyoming. I love to travel - especially in the Caribbean and I also spend a few weeks in Florida in the winter. I am currently in the process of remodeling and updating our home.
 
Donna VanderKodde's profile on the Gottman Referral Network