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 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.