Mark Walstrom, L.P.C.

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 Deciding to be a counselor was not just a career decision for was a sense of vocation that I knew was the right path....a natural choice given my lifelong curiosity and interest in human nature, human potential, and spirituality, as well as the feedback I received from peers and others that I listen well, pay attention to details, and genuinely care about others. In working with individuals, couples and families, I try to bring those qualities, and more, to the counseling process.Your well being and the well being of your loved ones is of utmost importance to me.
Each person that I work with I view as a unique expression of life and a holistic matrix...a physical, mental, emotional, social, sexual, spiritual being. Disharmony (anxiety, depression, chronic ill-health, relationship conflict, or unhealthy stress) happens when one or more of those dimensions of being are out of balance. My approach is simple, relevant to today's challenging times, an integration of time-honored, traditional approaches with contemporary, cutting edge applications, and focused on helping you thrive. I will offer you practical tools and teach you ways to get some relief from your suffering and struggles...but our work together can go much further. I'm committed to being a catalyst for the necessary movement in your life that will clear out issues at their core and free you up to experience the power and joy of being alive...regardless of your life circumstances. This is not a is reality therapy...a process that brings about permanent life-affirming change.
First, we discuss your needs and personal goals for counseling. In assessing your needs, I will take into consideration the "whole" of who you are, not just the symptoms or presenting problems that you come into counseling with. Next we discuss the road map of how to get there. Then comes the laying of the foundation for the necessary movement...establishing building blocks for new growth and fundamental personal shifts. The results that occur are different for each person and their unique circumstances, however, this process typically will move you beyond symptom management to a state of wellness. You don't just feel "better" experience renewal, an ease of being, and come to know and live deep peace.
With a truly holistic, psychospiritual counseling approach comes the responsibility to be able to facilitate an empowering, in-depth, holistic healing process.To that end, I have earned graduate degrees or credentials in counseling psychology, spiritual direction/spiritual formation, and holistic health care, as well as engaged over the past 25 years in rigorous professional training from nationally and internationally recognized mentors, teachers, and guides in various disciplines and backgrounds who have helped me understand the true nature of healing and how to be a catalyst and guide for embodying it. Most important, I remain an eager student of the art of counseling and of life, and continue to consciously engage in my own personal growth and transformation, knowing that a healer can only help another go as far as they have gone in their own growth. Ultimately, the way I practice counseling is the way I live life...fully engaged in the present moment.
I feel blessed to be able to do this work. It is a privilege to help people of all walks of life at a very personal level. I take the work seriously but also bring a presence of ease and lightheartedness to the sessions. Getting well does not have to be a painful process. The best part of this work for me is seeing the excitement and joy when an individual, couple, or family makes progress toward their goals.
Thank you for taking the time to know more about myself and my practice.

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Grand Rapids MI