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Brendan Kelly, LMSW


Brendan is a Licensed Master's Social Worker who's been working as an outpatient therapist since 2003. Brendan received his Master's Degree in Social Work from Western Michigan University in 2003, and has been working in Grand Rapids, Michigan, since that time. During his career, Brendan has completed the 7-month Extramural Training Program at the Beck Institute for Cognitive Therapy and Research. He has also been certified in Dialectical-Behavioral Therapy through Behavioral Tech, and has received an extensive amount of continuing education in Motivational Interviewing with M.I.N.T trainers. Brendan enjoys being with his wife and daughter, his friends and family, trail running, mountain biking, being at the beach, playing in the snow, or getting outside in any of the seasons in between.

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Lindsay Blair, LMSW


Lindsay is a Licensed Master’s Social Worker with a range of clinical experience. For the last three years, she worked as an outpatient therapist and prior to that she was an oncology social worker in both Grand Rapids and in Washington, DC. Lindsay received her master’s degree from The Catholic University of America in Washington, DC in 2015. She completed trainings through PESI in Alaska, South Carolina, and Michigan to include: cognitive behavioral therapy, acceptance and commitment therapy, dialectical behavioral therapy, mindfulness-based stress reduction, and cognitive processing therapy. Lindsay works with clients to foster a meaning-centered and non-judgmental therapeutic alliance. She specializes with individuals struggling with anxiety/depression, grief, concerns related to gender identity and transition, chronic medical illness, and trauma. Lindsay enjoys spending time with her husband, dog, two cats, friends and family. She loves to teach spin classes, run races, participate in book club, and play her guitar!

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Melanie Fuentes, LMSW


Melanie is a licensed, Master Social Worker with over 10 years of experience in the social work field.  She has a background in grief counseling and has worked as a hospice social worker in the Grand Rapids and surrounding area. Melanie received her master’s degree from Western Michigan University in 2013. She utilizes a holistic approach to therapy that draws on a strengths-based perspective using Solution-Focused Brief Therapy, experience and training in DBT, Motivational Interviewing, CBT and grief and bereavement therapies. Melanie works with clients to develop relationships by actively listening, advocating, and assisting in change through appropriate therapeutic interventions and providing a safe space for healing and growth. She uses these techniques to help clients facing anxiety, grief, PTSD, chronic medical illness, trauma and Depression. She believes therapy is walking alongside someone in their journey of life, helping them process thoughts and choosing how to respond to life’s challenges. Melanie enjoys spending time with her husband, daughter and two cats and finds spiritual connection in nature. She loves to go to the beach, concerts, hike and mostly be outdoors!

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Timothy Pieri, LMSW


Timothy is a Licensed Master's Social Worker and a member of the Academy of Certified Social Workers. Timothy received his Master's Degree in Social Work from Western Michigan University in 1986, and has been a practicing therapist since 1990. He has worked for a variety of non-profit organizations throughout West Michigan, most notably with Arbor Circle from 1990-2009. While at Arbor Circle, Timothy developed, implemented, and facilitated their Intensive Outpatient substance abuse treatment program. He specializes in individual, group, couples, and family counseling, and on helping individuals move from illness to new lives in recovery. He has worked as an Adjunct Professor at both Grand Valley State University and Grand Rapids Community College.  He has been married for over 45 years, and he and his wife have successfully raised six children.

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Cheri Fox, LMSW


Cheri is a Licensed Master’s Social Worker who has cared for individuals throughout her life.  She has practiced as a childbirth educator and birth coach, and as a spiritual director at The Dominican Center at Marywood.  Most recently, she has practiced by providing counseling and support for individuals adjusting to blindness and vision loss.  Cheri has experience leading psycho-education and DBT groups for the day treatment program at Forest View Hospital, and has facilitated support groups for The Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired. She trained at The Ohio State University, State University of New York, and at Western Michigan University where she received her MSW.  She has experience working with individuals in grief counseling, adjustment support, anxiety and depression, and issues around pregnancy, birth and parenting.  Cheri utilizes an eclectic approach of Solution-Focused Therapy, mindfulness, spiritual integration, and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy to invite individuals to wholeness and balance.  Cheri enjoys hiking and walking with friends, biking, cross country skiing, and paddling.   Cheri has been married to her husband Phil for more than 36 years and together they have raised five young adult children. 

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Bethany Bertapelle, LMSW


Bethany is a Licensed Master’s Social Worker with over a decade of experience in helping clients face life challenges, find meaning and purpose during hard times, and learn new ways to care for their mental, emotional, and relational well being. Bethany has undergraduate degrees in Social Work and Political Science from Calvin College, and a master’s degree in Social Work from Grand Valley State University. She has worked in a variety of settings, including counseling teen parents, providing support and therapy for families in crisis, and helping survivors of abuse find safety and healing. Bethany’s philosophy is that we cannot always control what life brings to us each day but we each have tremendous power to learn, grow, embrace our courage, and support one another.  Bethany practices Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing therapy (EMDR), which is recommended by the American Psychiatric Association and the World Health Organization for recovery from trauma, depression, and anxiety. Bethany’s therapeutic philosophy is most strongly influenced by Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), a mindfulness-based, empirically proven framework for changing your relationship to habitual thoughts and feelings and empowering you to take steps today toward what matters most in your life. Bethany loves the beauty of Michigan in all seasons and spends time in nature as often as possible, hiking, cycling, kayaking, and practicing yoga indoors or outdoors. Bethany uses she/her pronouns and aims to provide a therapeutic environment that is safe and supportive for all. You are welcome here.


Tanya Van der Veen, LMSW


Tanya is a Licensed, Master's Social Worker who has worked in the social work field for over 20 years at various organizations in Pennsylvania and Michigan.  Tanya earned her Bachelor's Degree from Calvin College in 1994 and her Master of Social Work degree from the University of Pittsburgh in 1997.  Throughout her professional life, Tanya has focused on helping people in many different capacities.  During he career, Tanya has worked as a pregnancy counselor, a pre-school teacher, a home based therapist, a special needs adoption social worker, and an admissions clinician for a psychiatric hospital.  Tanya's main goal is to provide excellent, client centered, care in a safe and supportive environment.  Tanya enjoys spending time with her son, traveling and spending time with friends.  

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Elizabeth Maher, LMSW


Elizabeth is a Licensed Master's Social Worker who approaches therapy from a strengths perspective. She strives to provide a welcoming, nonjudgmental, safe, supportive and solution focused environment where clients feel heard, respected and understood.  Elizabeth graduated from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor in 2002. Her undergraduate degree is from Valparaiso University in Social Work and Psychology.  In her 19 years of practice she brings experience in many areas including: family and relationship issues, special needs, trauma, anxiety, ADD/ADHD, coping with stress, grief, divorce, attachment, self-esteem and parenting issues.  She uses a variety of approaches to best meeting individual needs that include cognitive behavioral therapy, play therapy, mindfulness and EFT.  Elizabeth enjoys spending her time hiking with her dogs, paddle boarding, sitting on the beach, gardening, and talking/cleaning/cooking with her two children and husband.