Clinicians

  • Justine Braford, LMSW
  • Tara DeRoo, LMSW
  • Mary Lier, LMSW
  • Nancy Kingma, RN, LLP, LPC, NCC
  • Sophie Werkhoven, LMSW

cawm Clinicians:

justine Braford, lmsw

Justine is a licensed clinical social worker with a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from Michigan State University and a Master’s Degree in Social Work from the University of Michigan with a specialty in Interpersonal Practice and Health. She has worked with all ages in hospital settings and in the community with at-risk children, adolescents, and their families. Justine has experience in crisis intervention with individuals and families and mood and anxiety disorders. She specializes in areas of sexual functioning including differences in desire, low desire, out-of-control sexual behaviors, and LGBTQ issues. She conducts sex therapy with both individuals and couples. 

 

Tara deroo, lmsw

Tara is a licensed clinical social worker, earning a Bachelor’s in Social Work from Calvin College and a Master’s of Social Work from Western Michigan University. She provides mental health services to individuals, families and couples who are experiencing varying levels of difficulties due to life situations or mental health concerns. Tara’s professional experience includes working with psychological or emotional problems such as stress, anxiety, depression and mood disorders. She also has years of experience within a hospice setting, providing services to individuals and families facing life threatening illnesses, grief and loss. Tara develops personal treatment plans; utilizing CBT, Play Therapy, and other treatment methods to address individual’s feelings and find new ways to deal with, and alleviate, distress. She has also facilitated grief and loss educational groups for children and adults.

Mary B. Lier, Lmsw

Mary is a licensed psychotherapist with over 20 years of clinical experience treating adults, children and families. Mary is a graduate of Calvin College and the University of Michigan. She is well recognized for her specialties in treating all level of anxiety disorders and in particular co-occurring behavioral health issues such as depression, grief, ADHD or chronic health problems. Mary is also certified in EMDR and treats a variety of trauma & stress disorders. She frequently presents on these topics to area churches and community groups. Mary currently teaches for Western Michigan University and provides crisis counseling for area businesses and colleges following traumatic community events.

Nancy Kingma RN,LLP,LPC,NCC

Nancy has been supporting women, children, and families for more than forty years.  She is licensed as both a nurse, (BSN, University of Michigan), and a therapist, (LLP, LPC, Western Michigan University). She is also a National Certified Counselor and has certification in Holistic Health. In combining these two professions, Nancy motivates and encourages individuals and families to move toward wholeness, health and their ultimate purpose in life. Nancy's obstetrical background gives her a unique perspective in caring for mothers and families dealing with postpartum depression. Additionally, her 15 years as Bereavement Coordinator at Spectrum Health and Helen DeVos Children's Hospital have established Nancy as a leading expert in grief and loss, particularly with families having experienced the death of an infant or child. Nancy specializes in trauma, complex trauma, anxiety, and phobias, and is an Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) trained therapist.

 

 

 

Sophie Werkhoven, LMSW

Sophie is a licensed clinical social worker with years of experience working with individuals and families; with a strong focus on children and adolescents. She has a Bachelor’s of Art from Grand Valley State University and Masters Degree in Social Work from Western Michigan University. Sophie has extensive training in Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT) to help children develop coping skills manage the effects of trauma, and support healing. She is known for her work in helping children and families to deal with anxiety, depression, ADHD, adjustment disorders, behavioral modification, anger, emotional dysreglation, and mood disorders. Sophie has a history of working in schools. She supports children and parents in dealing with school related issues by promoting skills to improve academics, behavior, and advocacy. Sophie is bilingual in Spanish and English.

 

 

 

 

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