Birchwood Counseling

A place where you can heal, strengthen, and grow.

Ashley Jansma MA LPC, Director

West Michigan has been my home for the past 8 years and I am thrilled to be able to practice counseling in the heart of the community that I love. My story began on the east side of the state where I graduated from Rochester Adams High School before continuing on to Central Michigan University. Here I earned my Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education, and immediately went on to pursue my Master of Arts in Professional and School Counseling. Through my various experiences at Central, I found my passion for trauma work and continued to deepen my love for working with children and adolescents. Upon graduation, I completed contractual work with the U.S. Navy providing sexual aggression and bystander intervention education and advocacy to sailors and marines. I transitioned into direct therapy work here in Grand Rapids with two local non-profits for 7 years before pursuing my dream of opening my own counseling practice. Outside of work I love spending time with my husband and daughters, exploring Michigan State Parks, baking, and DIY home improvement projects.

I work with children (Age 3+), adults, and families coping with a wide range of concerns. My areas of strength include anxiety, depression, grief and loss, PTSD, sexual abuse, problematic sexualized behaviors (Children 3-10), and trauma. Additionally, I am formally trained in EMDR and TFCBT for children.

"Only when we are brave enough to explore the darkness will we discover the infinite power of our light." -Brene Brown

It is an honor to be entrusted with the stories held by each of my clients. I look forward to the privilege of helping you discover how your story can be used to create meaningful change and allow you to start living the life you have hoped for.

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