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.