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Kimberley VanHaitsma, LMSW

Stress, Anxiety Self esteem, Motivation Depression Compassion fatigue
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About me

Hello, and welcome! I’m glad you are here.

My name is Kim, and I am a licensed clinical social worker in the state of Michigan. I have been on the social work scene for 20 years, after a short career in the nursing field, and graduated with an MSW degree in 2002 from Grand Valley State University.

I have a wide and varied background, from working in geriatrics in a health care setting to crisis counseling with high risk clients. For the last 5 years, I have been working with limited license social workers in a supervisory role as they work toward full licensure.

As a crisis counselor, I continually assessed for safety concerns, including harm to self and others. I am well versed in suicide assessment and in-the-moment solution focused counseling, prioritizing safety planning and accessing emergency services when needed. Often, substance abuse, domestic violence, and medication issues proved to be the underlying cause, requiring swift and intuitive assessment skills to rectify the crisis at hand.

Much of the counseling work I am currently involved in centers around boundary setting, compassion fatigue, and self care. Anxiety and depression, however, are increasingly the common thread that can become debilitating, affecting work productivity and personal relationships. I like to use a holistic approach to my work, as the physical body often becomes run down when a person suffers mentally (and vice versa!). I have a heart for individuals who are dealing with the mental agony of chronic physical conditions, as well as their caregivers, who are often equally exhausted.

I am quite flexible in my availability, and can be reached via phone, text, or video. I am very comfortable with providing support over the phone, as this is what I did for years as a crisis counselor. I am not afraid to talk about tough issues, or troubling thoughts you may be experiencing. I am looking forward to coming alongside as you commit to improving your mental health, finding purpose, and experiencing happiness. This is what every person deserves, and I am here to help.

Professional experience

10yrs in practice
Stress, Anxiety Self esteem, Motivation Depression Compassion fatigue

Additional areas of focus: Relationship issues, Family conflicts, Grief, Career difficulties, Coping with life changes, ADHD, Aging and Geriatric Issues, Caregiver issues and stress, Chronic pain illness and disability, Communication problems, Family Problems, Isolation / loneliness, Self-Harm, Visually Impaired

Clinical approaches: Client-Centered Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Mindfulness Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Solution-Focused Therapy

Services offered

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License information

MI LMSW 6801092457


These quotes represent just a few of the many positive reviews that we have received for Kimberley VanHaitsma. We don't pay anyone to provide their review and they are all made voluntarily. Some people's experience receiving therapy with BetterHelp might be different.

Kim is absolutely amazing. She listens without judgement, offers suggestions and advice when asked for them, doesn't when they're not.... It's been amazing to have someone to talk through everything, even when I have nothing to say. She remembers everyone I've ever brought up and even remembers their relationships. She's an incredible therapist and I'm so happy God guides us together.

Written on Apr 01, 2022 after therapy with Kimberley for 1 year and 2 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, self esteem, career difficulties, compassion fatigue, and adhd

Kim has been so helpful to me. She is unbiased and gives me tips and tools outside of our sessions so that I can function better daily.

Written on Mar 17, 2022 after therapy with Kimberley for 1 year on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship issues, and self esteem

I've just started using Betterhelp, but my experience with Kimberley has already been beyond wonderful. She truly listens and pays great attention to detail. It's evident just how much she cares for her clients. She is an amazing Christian counselor and truly a gift from the Lord!

Written on Feb 04, 2021 after therapy with Kimberley for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, and stress, anxiety