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Meet our team

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Mike Walton, MDiv, MA, LPC

Phone: 616-426-9034, ext. 500
Email: mwalton@secondstorycounseling.com

Masters of Divinity - Calvin Theological Seminary
MA in Counseling - Cornerstone University

My story has instilled in me a desire to step into the broken areas of people's stories to help them find healing and the ability to write a new story. Every story has it's highs and lows and sometimes we need help taking all the pieces of our story and making sense of them. My passion is to help you take those pieces and make sense. Together we will find healing in the midst of life's pain, and I will walk with you to help you better understand your place in the larger story in which we find ourself.

When I'm not helping individuals and couples navigate their stories, I enjoy good books, good friends and good food. In my spare time, I enjoy exploring these activities in the great city of Grand Rapids, MI. I can be found enjoying this time with my wife and three sons. 

My Approach

I approach counseling with the understanding that no single theory or technique can explain our complicated stories. My counseling approach is rooted in a person-centered and narrative approach aimed at understanding your story and your search for meaning and purpose in life. Early sessions will focus on getting to know your story and building a strong therapeutic relationship. Later sessions focus on incorporating multiple theories including mindfulness, family systems, cognitive behavioral therapy, and solutions focused therapy, to help you identify incongruences with your true identity and pursue healing and a healthy means of living out your story.


What You Can Expect

Your story is sacred and you can trust that it will be treated with dignity and respect. We will work together to create a safe environment where you can explore your story and begin the transformation process to find peace and healing. Your experience will be unique to you as we explore how to help you live the story you are uniquely designed to live. You will be equipped with the tools you need to embrace your story and find healing. 

Accepted Insurances

Aetna
ASR Health Benefits
Beacon
Blue Care Network
Blue Cross Blue Shield
Blue Cross Complete
Cigna

McLaren
Medicaid
Meridian
Molina
Priority Health
United Health



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Denise Boldt, MA, LLPC

Phone: 616-426-9034, ext. 502
Email: dboldt@secondstorycounseling.com

MA in Counseling - Cornerstone University

My story has uniquely directed me to want to engage in helping others with events in life that leave us needing healing and wanting something different. I enjoy working with clients who are ready to examine the chapters of their story, discovering how they arrived where they are at, then searching and applying pieces that will help them write a new chapter.  

When I am not  working with clients, I enjoy going to coffee with my friends, and spending time with my family. I also enjoy going to movies, reading books, playing board games, and cards.

My Approach

I begin your journey by using a narrative approach to learn more about you and your story. I find this useful in establishing a working relationship and it provides helpful incites into who you are and who you desire to be.  Together we will work to develop your story to make this desired person a reality. Once we have journeyed together for a few sessions, I begin to incorporate theories and approaches based on your goals.  Every story is unique so I work with you to identify theories or technique that best fit you as you work toward health and healing.  Some theories and techniques that I may use are narrative therapy with cognitive reframing, exposure therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy, mindfulness, solution focus therapy and family systems.

What You Can Expect

As we work together you can trust that you will be treated with the dignity and respect your story deserves. We will work together to create a safe environment where you journey towards health and healing.

Accepted Insurances

Aetna
ASR Health Benefits
Beacon
Blue Care Network
Blue Cross Blue Shield

Mclaren
Medicaid
Meridian
Molina
United Health


 

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Lauren Puckett, MA, LPC

Phone: 616-426-9034, ext. 503
Email: lpuckett@secondstorycounseling.com

Masters of Counseling-Cornerstone University

My story has motivated and encouraged me to come alongside those who are in need of direction and healing. Our stories are ever-changing and though many of these stories include times of trial and heartache, I believe that healing is possible when we come together and write a new story. My desire is to become part of your team and be able to enter into the parts of your story that don't make sense and that need to be worked through. I believe that we can come to understand your story and move towards healing as well as getting to know how your story will unfold. When I'm not working with others on understanding and developing their stories, I enjoy watching movies, spending time with my husband, friends, family, and exploring the outdoors. In my spare time I love singing, practicing yoga, and running. I believe that self-care is essential for our wellbeing and therefore make it a priority.

My Approach

My counseling approach often depends on what is best for those I meet with to help them heal in the way that works for them. My primary approaches include: narrative therapy and person-centered therapy. I believe these approaches help acknowledge and emphasize your story to bring healing. I like to include Cognitive Behavioral therapy and I like to utilize mindfulness and relaxation skills. Initially, our time spent together will begin with the privilege of getting to hear your story and building into our therapeutic relationship. Then, we will move forward by utilizing various therapeutic approaches to help you understand how the future chapters of your story will be written.

What You Can Expect

It can certainly be intimidating to share your story with someone you haven't yet met but know that time will be taken to build trust and get to know each other. Your story is important and unique to you. When we work together, we will create a safe space where you will be treated with the utmost dignity and respect. It is important to me that you feel safe and comfortable while working together to make change and bring healing to your story.

Accepted Insurances

Aetna
ASR Health Benefits
Beacon
Blue Care Network
Blue Cross Blue Shield
Blue Cross Complete

McLaren
Medicaid
Meridian
Molina
Priority Health
United Health


 

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Mark L. Holloway, MA, LPC

Phone: 616.426.9034, ext. 504
Email: mholloway@secondstorycounseling.com

MA in Counseling - Cornerstone University

My story has motivated and encouraged me to come alongside those who are in need of direction and healing. Our stories are ever-changing and though many of these stories include times of trial and heartache, I believe that healing is possible My story has given me an opportunity to come along side individuals who have been overcome by what life has thrown at them and are experiencing feelings of loss, pain and hopelessness. By walking along side of you and encouraging you through these times of trouble and confusion, I will help you gain a better understanding of who you are, where you need to be and what steps you can take to get there. This is my passion, goal and desire for you on this journey. When I am not helping individuals move towards healing, I can be found grilling out with my family, playing in the garden, going fishing (which I need to do more of), and am looking forward to spending every minute I can with my new grandson.

My Approach

While I like to work from a cognitive/behavioral approach to counseling, I do not limit my approach to use one specific form of counseling. We are all different and respond to theories and techniques differently. To identify a plan that will work for you, I use the first few sessions to get to know you, your situation and where you are at in your journey. We will look at your personal strengths and support systems currently in place and strategies for building resiliency for your journey. Together we will formulate a plan that works specifically for you and will move you towards creating goals that are attainable for you.

What You Can Expect

Our journeys can be intimidating and scary at times. This is why it was not meant to be done alone! We will create a safe environment for you where you will be free to express yourself in a way that helps you feel comfortable and at ease. It is in this secure place that we can find a transformational peace and healing while equipping you with the tools you need to continue on this journey of life.

Accepted Insurances

Aetna
ASR Health Benefits
Beacon
Blue Care Network
Blue Cross Blue Shield

Mclaren
Medicaid
Meridian
Molina
United Health


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Audrey Aukeman, MA, LPC

Phone:  616.426.9034, ext. 507
Email: aaukeman@secondstorycounseling.com

MA in Counseling - Cornerstone University

My story has inspired in me a passion for coming alongside others throughout life's journey. As a lover of storytelling, I truly enjoy getting to know people through listening to them share their experiences and learning what they think and feel about the things that are important to them. I believe that counseling can be a place where sharing stories leads to greater connection, clarity, and healing. My desire is for clients to develop an understanding of their own unique story as well as hope and skills for the future as their story continues to unfold.

When I'm not working with clients in the counseling office, I also teach theatre classes and voice lessons. In my spare time I enjoy reading; baking; watching plays, musicals, and movies as well as spending time with my family and friends.

My Approach

My approach to counseling starts with whatever your needs are — a person-centered and narrative approach will take into consideration your unique strengths and story. As we develop a strong therapeutic relationship and identify the areas in which you would like to grow, I customize and incorporate theories based on your goals. Some of the theories I enjoy working out of include cognitive behavioral therapy, mindfulness, solution focused therapy, transactional analysis, and family systems.

What You Can Expect

Every story is important, and yours deserves to be heard. When you attend a counseling session, you can expect to be welcomed just as you are, and to be treated with dignity and respect. It is my desire and intention to create a safe space where we can work together to cultivate healing from past hurts, and where you can develop strength for today and hope for tomorrow.

Accepted Insurances

Aetna
ASR Health Benefits
Beacon
Blue Care Network
Blue Cross Blue Shield

Mclaren
Medicaid
Meridian
Molina
United Health


 

Sara Hoekstra

Sara Hoekstra, MA, LLPC

Phone: 616.426.9034, ext. 505
Email: shoekstra@secondstorycounseling.com

Masters of Arts Counseling-Cornerstone University
BA-Elementary Education-Cornerstone University
BS- Bible and Theology-Kuyper College

I have a passion for counseling because of my story. Like many people, my story hasn't always gone the way I planned or expected. When life's challenges present themselves, it can be helpful to have someone who will listen, help assess the situation, and work to help develop solutions to difficult circumstances. I believe the best way to help is by creating and maintaining a safe, trusting environment. In that safe space, you can share your story and I can come alongside as you journey toward healing and finding hope.

When I am not helping clients, I love to spend quality time with loved ones and friends, hike in the woods, take trips to the beach and be creative. I also enjoy camping with my husband, and my three kids.

My Approach

Counseling is a personal endeavor where you join with a counselor to help define the problem and come up with solutions that work for you. I view all my clients through a holistic lens- I believe the mind, body and soul are all parts of each individual and should be taken into consideration. My counseling is person centered and I like to use narrative therapy. I also utilize Cognitive Behavioral therapy, Mindfulness, Solution-focused Therapy and often look at family systems.

What You Can Expect

You can expect that I will do my best to create a safe environment for you to tell your story. We will work together to identify the problem and come up with a plan to create changes. I will provide assessment, teaching, insight, and help journey with you in the change process.

Accepted Insurances

Aetna
ASR Health Benefits
Beacon
Blue Care Network
Blue Cross Blue Shield

Mclaren
Medicaid
Meridian
Molina
United Health



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Matt Krieg, MA, LPC

Phone: 616-426-9034, ext. 501
Email: mkrieg@secondstorycounseling.com

MA in Counseling - Grand Rapids Theological Seminary

Our world can be full of pain, fear and heartache. I have seen these places in my own life and journey. Relational hurts, job loss, feeling overwhelmed by life, all of these are things that I have felt in my story. While we may all walk through dark spaces in our life, we do not need to do it alone. I would be honored to be someone who walks this next part of your story with you.

My Approach

I have been counseling professionally since 2011 when I graduated from Grand Rapids Theological Seminary with my M.A. in Counseling. My areas of focus include sexuality, trauma, and pornography addiction. My counseling methodology utilizes CBT techniques, narrative therapy, mindfulness, and spirituality to help each client assess and meet their needs in ways that lead to a connected, present, and thriving life.

While counseling is an invaluable tool that everyone could benefit from, it is not a replacement for real, thriving community and connection. For this reason, the focus of my counseling is more often on the positive directions we can take our lives rather than just focusing on those things we might want to leave behind.

What You Can Expect

You are a unique individual with a unique story and purpose for your life. While I can help give tools for you to make positive change in your life, I cannot set your life's direction. I will help you identify the call that you feel on your life and work with you to make positive steps in that direction.

Accepted Insurances

Blue Cross Blue Shield
Blue Cross complete
Cigna
Medicaid




William Evans, MBA, MA, LLPC

Phone: 616-426-9034, ext. 509
Email: wevans@secondstorycounseling.com

Bachelor of Science Business Management/Economics
  – Oakland University

Master of Business Administration/Finance
  - Michigan State University

Master in Counseling Psychology
  – Western Michigan University

My story has, like many others, been full of happiness and sadness, hopes and dreams, wins and losses, joy and grief. Through it all I have maintained a desire for personal healing, growth and development; and most importantly, resiliency in the search for life's meaning and purpose. From this comes a desire to help others navigate through difficult times.

I believe that anyone, at any age, is capable of healing and making positive change.

Whether you are suffering from anxiety or depression, facing difficult life transitions, struggling with self-esteem issues, dealing with unresolved childhood wounds and trauma, failing to manage anger, experiencing problems in your relationships, having difficulty leading effectively, faltering in maintaining your physical health and fitness, or not realizing your full potential; help is available. I am passionate about assisting you in arriving at a more peaceful, joyful and successful time in your life.

When I'm not working, I most enjoy reading, playing golf, traveling and socializing.

My Approach

I don't believe we were meant to live with regrets of the past or fears of the future that cause us to miss out on the enjoyment, peace, and fulfilling relationships available to us in the present.

Whether counseling or coaching, I first strive to gain knowledge about where my client has been, develop understanding and empathy for their life experience, examine strengths and limitations, and accept how they have learned to cope with their situation and challenges.

I use many empirically proven psychological theories and techniques from directive solution focused therapy, cognitive behavioral techniques to positive psychology and strengths-based methodologies. I believe that no matter the techniques utilized it is most important that I earn your trust and that you feel confident we are working well together.

What You Can Expect

A counselor/coach that genuinely cares about your well-being and improved emotional, physical and spiritual health. Because the therapeutic relationship is so important to outcomes, I strive to be non-judgmental and remain focused on your continued well-being and personal growth.

I view counseling and coaching as a team sport. Of the 168 hours in a week, we will typically spend only one hour together. I believe that with active collaboration, accountability, and open, direct and honest communication we can accelerate positive change and increase its permanence. You can count on me to be "all-in" in guiding, encouraging and supporting your efforts during this process, especially during the toughest of times.

Accepted Insurances

Blue Cross Blue Shield
Blue Cross complete
Cigna
Medicaid




Kelsey Rondeau, MA, LLPC

Phone: 616-426-9034, ext. 510
Email: krondeau@secondstorycounseling.com

BA in Social Sciences – Michigan State University

MA in Counseling – Cornerstone University

Life can feel overwhelming.

When life seems to have more questions than answers, more pain than joy, or more uncertainty than stability, I want to be there to walk through the most challenging part of your story with you.

I come most alive in the tensions of life, those areas where beauty and brokenness collide, where strength and weakness walk hand in hand, and where joy and pain are intermingled. I love exploring these seeming contradictions with clients at Second Story, but also in my personal life as I engage the world of foster care and adoption, explore the outdoors and National Parks, attempt my hand at home renovations with my husband, and parent some energetic boys.

My approach

Asking for help can be hard.

I deeply value the courage it requires to make that call and step into our office. My approach is warm, collaborative, and personal. Although my education and experience have taught me about the connection between thoughts and behavior, how trauma affects both brains and bodies, and why change can be so hard, I believe you are the expert of your own story. By building a trusting, nonjudgmental, therapeutic relationship, we’ll be able to connect your expertise with my experience and begin to understand how your story has shaped who you are today. From that foundation we will explore what parts of your story or life are most uncomfortable and determine which theories and techniques will most help you toward the changes you want to make.

(In technical terms, I operate out of an eclectic approach which includes relationally-focused psychodynamic therapy, person-centered therapy, mindfulness, cognitive-behavioral therapy, and narrative therapy. I have additional training in attachment therapy and trauma as well as theological training.)

What you can expect

Working together can be healing.

You can expect our first couple sessions to be spent getting to know each other, reviewing the process of counseling, and discussing what you want counseling to look like. Together, with curiosity and compassion, we’ll work to make sense of the most stressful parts of your life and develop a plan for finding some relief. My desire for our time together is that you know you are valued, that you grow in awareness of yourself, and that you leave each session feeling heard and hopeful.




Phil Nienhuis, Mdiv, MA, LMSW

Phone: 616-426-9034, ext. 513
Email: pnienhuis@secondstorycounseling.com

Masters of Divinity - Covenant Theological Seminary

MA in Social Work - Western Michigan University

Intro

I have two passions in my work.

The first passion is working with individuals, couples and families to alleviate misery and increase wellbeing. (Think: two sides of a coin.)

Misery. Depression. Anxiety. Family conflict. Distress at work. Boredom and lack of challenge. Feeling hopeless and helpless, day after day. The list can go on and on. What's your misery?

Wellbeing. Affirmation of one's value and worth, talents and strengths. Good health. Satisfying relationships. Embracing hope and expressing gratitude. How would your life need to be for you to go to bed at night and be able to affirm, "Life's good. I'm blessed" ?

The second passion is working with people who want to experience satisfaction, purpose and meaning in their work. High school students who are confused about their future. Young adults who feel stuck in a job that's boring and lacks challenge. Adults who are considering a major switch.

Life is difficult. We experience disappointment, pain and adversity in our lives. All this does not take away from the affirmation that we are created in God's image. This simple but profound affirmation gives us deep value and worth. We will be healed and restored. We will be resilient. We will live a full and meaningful life. Embrace hope that you can experience joy and meaning in life.

As a counselor, these are my goals and focus when I work with my clients.

My approach

My approach to counseling is person- and family-centered, whether I'm working with an individual, a couple or a family.

The counseling I provide is grounded in real life. We confront difficulties and adversities. We affirm personal beliefs, values and strengths.

I work with them to clarify their problems, their adversities.

I work with my clients to identify and develop their strengths.

I work with them to clarify and affirm their Desired Future, one in which they will experience joy and meaning in their lives.

I help my clients to strengthen their belief that they, indeed, can experience a meaningful life.

I work with them to develop a clear pathway to make it happen.

What you can expect from me

You can expect from me, as your counselor, to listen to both your problems and concerns, encourage you to affirm and use your strengths to solve these problems (Misery) and embrace "Life's good" (Wellbeing).

You can expect from me to not just listen but also coach you in the attitudes and skills to move from being stuck to moving forward.

In a safe and confidential environment we will explore how to alleviate misery and the pathway to living a life that is fulfilling.

We are not able to edit the first chapters in our story - chapters about our past - but we will write a new chapter about how life is very different and much better.

Accepted insurances

ASR Health Benefits McLaren
Blue Care Network Meridian
Blue Cross Blue Shield Molina
Blue Cross Complete Priority Health


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Leo Preston, Intern
Phone:
 616-426-9034, ext. 506
Email: lpreston@secondstorycounseling.com

I am currently studying at Grand Rapids Theological Seminary to attain a Masters in Counseling with a specialization in addictions. I have earned a Bachelor's degree in Bible and Ministry from Cornerstone University.

My passion for counseling is derived from my desire to help teens and young adults reach their full potential and strive to become their best selves. This comes from an understanding that everyone has a unique story that has been affected by many factors, all of which can be used in the growth and development of that person. Leo believes that counseling is an avenue of approach that can help people connect, heal, and move forward in one's life.
Outside of counseling, I enjoy playing and creating tabletop board games, hanging out with friends and family, and enjoying the outdoors.

My Approach

Your therapeutic journey is all about you; therefore, my approach is focusing your needs. This is done through tell and retelling of your story. As our therapeutic relationship strengthens and we begin to identify areas in which you would like to grow, I will customize and incorporate theories based on goals that you set. Some of the theories I enjoy working out of include cognitive behavioral therapy, mindfulness, and solution focused therapy.

What You Can Expect

As stated above, your therapeutic journey is all about you! Your story is important. You can expect to be heard during each session. Furthermore, you will be unabashedly welcomed and invited into a safe space-a place where we are able to work together toward emotional and mental health and healing. Moreover, you will be treated with the highest of dignity and respect. After all, it is my intention that our time together will be a place where you feel free enough to personally grow and move pass/through any emotional/mental ruts along your life's journey.



Nick Burner, Mdiv, Intern
Phone:
 616-426-9034, ext. 602
Email: nburner@secondstorycounseling.com

Master of Divinity - Grand Rapids Theological Seminary
Master of Arts in Counseling (in progress) - Cornerstone University

I believe that every person has a story, and each of our stories is worth telling. Because of this, I am passionate about helping my clients find meaning, beauty and true connection by understanding and fully inhabiting their stories. I love watching people discover and celebrate their unique strengths and resources which can help them navigate their stressors, enrich their relationships, and accomplish their goals.

When I am not partnering with clients in the counseling office, I love to read books (about just about anything), write and play music for fun (mostly on guitar and piano), spend time outdoors with my wife (walking, jogging, biking or kayaking), and enjoy a cup of coffee with (old and new) friends.

My Approach

I believe in a holistic approach to counseling that draws from aspects of both client-centered and solution-focused therapy, while also borrowing from narrative and biopsychosocial theories. I want to learn from your unique perspective, maximize your strengths and resources, and work collaboratively to solve problems. I recognize that there are many different factors that have influenced your life, some which have brought joy and some which have brought pain. I desire to walk alongside you as you find meaning in the various parts of your story and discover the courage and resilience to move forward.

What You Can Expect

When you join me in the counseling office, you can expect a safe space where your experience is listened to, believed, and affirmed. You can count on me to be committed to helping you understand your story and achieve your goals in a manner that is consistent with how you see the world. Finally, you can expect to be treated with dignity and respect as we collaborate for your healing and growth.



Sara Tysman, Intern
Phone:
 616-426-9034, ext. 603
Email: stysman@secondstorycounseling.com

I am currently pursuing a Master of Arts in Counseling from Cornerstone University. I have a Bachelor of Arts in Business and Psychology from Calvin University.

As a counselor, I am dedicated to helping individuals and couples become empowered to achieve their social, personal, career and emotional goals and experience a fulfilling and satisfying lifestyle. I want to get to know you and the story of your life and through a therapeutic counseling relationship help you create a second story that allows you and your relationships to reach their full potential.

Outside of counseling I enjoy spending time with my family and my friends, watching movies, going to the beach, hiking in the woods, appreciating nature, and finding time to relax and unwind. I think taking time for self-care and setting/maintaining healthy boundaries is important, and I make it a priority in my life.

My Approach

Each person's story is unique. My counseling approach is flexible and adaptable to each person and their specific needs. Some of the treatments I use include cognitive behavior therapy, Adlerian therapy, emotion focused therapy and solution focused therapy. When we first meet, I will spend some time getting to know you and your story and then determine which approach will best fit you.

What You Can Expect

I understand that sometimes it isn't easy to ask for help with a personal problem or concern, especially from someone you don't know very well. I will place a priority on creating a safe, welcoming, respectful, nonjudgmental environment where we can together build a trusting relationship. As your counselor, I will work with you to help you find hope and encourage you to improve and grow. I believe a major part of counseling involves providing support and encouragement as we walk together into all the parts of your story, including the painful parts, and together find healing and restoration to create a second story.


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