Meredith Taft, MA, LPC-S
I am a native of Southwest Michigan and love living here! But, that was not always the case. I moved to Las Vegas, NV soon after graduating college for warmer weather and sunshine. For 5 years I was an English teacher at Centennial High School (the school in the movie Pay It Forward). However, I missed the seasons, people, and small town life in Michigan.
After moving back home, I became a counselor. Just like I came to appreciate the seasons in Michigan, I appreciate the many seasons of life clients experience. I am strengths based and enjoy connecting with clients through the therapeutic relationship. My job is to facilitate growth and healing as clients reach their goals.
One specific type of therapy I use is called EMDR. EMDR is an eye movement technique proven to eliminate the symptoms of trauma, and is used successfully with people experiencing Post Traumatic Stress. I have successfully used EMDR for a variety of issues including physical and emotional trauma, anxiety, depression, and grief. I also implement mindfulness and cognitive techniques with clients.
I have worked with a variety of ages from school children to adults. Before entering private practice, I worked as a therapist in the Kalamazoo Family Reunification Program. I also have experience in home-based therapy working with children and families.
“A Connection is the energy that exists between two people when they feel seen, heard, and valued; when they can give and receive without judgement.” – Brene Brown
I’m a Limited Licensed Professional Counselor. I help individuals find the change they need to live the lives they desire. I am delighted to work with clients of all religious backgrounds, as well as those with none. I offer Christian counseling to Christians who desire to include a spiritual perspective in their counseling process.
It is my goal to educate and empower my clients, providing them with the necessary tools to work through their most difficult challenges. My approach to counseling integrates many important aspects of the whole person, including an individual’s thoughts, feelings, behaviors, and relationships in order to facilitate growth and healing.
I have worked with many different clients over the years. I worked at the Kalamazoo Gospel Mission as a counselor in the substance abuse recovery program as well as at Summit Pointe in Battle Creek as a social worker for adults with developmental disabilities. I have also spent many years working at various special education schools. My counseling specialties include addictions, individuals with special needs and their families, depression, and anxiety.
I was married in 2003 to my wonderful husband, Collin, and we have 3 children. Some of my favorite things are reading, gardening, walking, and coffee.
My name is Chelsea Begnoche and I’m a Master of Arts graduate of WMU’s marriage, couple, and family counseling program. I hold a limited professional counseling license. During college, I worked at Bethany Christian Services providing therapy to foster, adopted, and refugee children. I’m also experienced in home-based counseling.
I believe that every experience you have had, every triumph, every setback, is important and gives meaning to who you are; your whole identity. I believe that every person has the answers they need, and sometimes it takes extra work to find them. I believe that a therapeutic space, where a person can be heard and valued as a person of infinite worth, is incredibly healing. I use a person-centered and strengths-based approach to therapy, as well as Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Play Therapy, and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy.
My specialties include counseling with children and teenagers, trauma, adoption and foster care, anxiety, and maternal mental health.
Outside of providing counseling, I enjoy traveling the world and spending time outside with my husband and our three sons. I also enjoy hiking, painting, playing my guitar, and writing. I have two dogs, two tabby cats, and a beta fish named Kevin.
I would be honored to work with you, no matter who you are or what you are going through. I am committed to walking with you on your journey to live a happier, healthier, and more fulfilling life. The counseling process has been created for just that.
I am a Limited Licensed Professional Counselor who earned a Master’s Degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. My goal as a counselor is to provide you with a safe and compassionate space where you can find peace, healing, and hope. While this journey is yours, you do not have to face it alone.
Throughout the years, I have worked with children, adolescents, and families in a variety of settings including home, community, residential, and outpatient. I have also gained much experience completing neurodevelopmental trauma assessments with young children and adolescents. I am a member of the American Counseling Association, and am recognized as a National Certified Counselor with the National Board for Certified Counselors.
I believe that each individual is unique and special; therefore, I prefer an eclectic approach to counseling, tailoring the treatment plan to reflect the specific needs and styles of each client. I have received specialized training in the treatment of Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders (commonly referred to as postpartum depression or anxiety). Presently, I am working towards my Certification in Perinatal Mental Health (PMH-C), through Postpartum Support International.
Outside of counseling, I enjoy binge-watching Netflix series, taking long naps, snuggling my two kids and four fur-babies, drinking iced-coffee, and road-trips with my husband.