Hello! My name is Laverne Santangelo and I am a Licensed Professional Counselor in Michigan. I am also a certified Wholistic Life Coach and Yoga Teacher. My experience and knowledge in the mental health field and helping professions is vast. I have volunteered and worked in some capacity of helping others to be the best they can be for 25yrs. I am a veteran. I retired from the Army National Guard with 23 years of honorable service
I have had my own personal experiences with mental health and I grew up in a family with close friends and loved ones who struggled with addiction. I understand what is like to seek treatment, face stigmas and overcome barriers to treatment. I have worked in a variety or treatment settings which has developed and enhanced my clinical knowledge throughout the years.
I have worked with women who struggled with shame, guilt and forgiveness after an abortion. I spent several years working inpatient with individuals struggling with substance use and also helping their families understand addiction. I have created and facilitated groups to help women smoothly navigate the numerous seasons of life. I have worked several years in community mental health treating individuals who have severe mental illness and substance use. I have added life coaching to my practice to help individual achieve personal goals and desires.
I am passionate about my clients reaching achieving balance and wellness in all areas of their life! Our minds, bodies and souls can become healthy from counseling, coaching and positive regard.
I used person-centered planning to develop a treatment plans I will work closely with my clients to seek the answers and solutions to whatever stage of life or issue they are experiencing. “I will meet you where your at!” I use Cognitive Behavioral therapy, motivational interviewing, and holistic approaches to help you on your journey to stability and wellness.
- Stress, Anxiety
- Self esteem
- Bipolar disorder
LGBT , Relationship issues , Family conflicts , Trauma and abuse , Grief , Eating disorders , Parenting issues , Anger management , Career difficulties , Coping with life changes , Compassion fatigue , ADHD , Caregiver Issues and Stress , Codependency , Drug and Alcohol Addiction , Emptiness , Family of Origin Issues , Family Problems , Forgiveness , Guilt and Shame , Impulsivity , Life Purpose , Midlife Crisis , Military and Veterans Issues , Money and Financial Issues , Mood Disorders , Multicultural Concerns , Panic Disorder and Panic Attacks , Polyamory / Nonmonogamous Relationships , Postpartum Depression , Posttraumatic Stress , Pregnancy and Childbirth , Prejudice and Discrimination , Process addiction (porn, exercise, gambling) , Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) , Self-Love , Sex Addiction , Sexuality , Women's Issues , Workplace Issues , Young Adult Issues Read more...
Client-Centered Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Motivational Interviewing, Solution-Focused Therapy
LPC #6401018344 (Expires: 2021-05-31)
Laverne is an excellent help in my life and I always look forward to meeting with her. She is a huge part of my support system and keeps me mentally grounded. I couldn't recommend Laverne enough.
Lavrene is an amazing lady, very wise and positive and she has really helped me change my perspective on different aspects of life and myself. I wait to speak to her every weak knowing i will end the call optimistic and energized. My life has changed a lot in the past two years and she has helped me laugh about the hardship, see these changes as normal and to accept myself. I will always be grateful to her, and i recommend her to others as well! It helps so much to have someone you can share with and know they wont judge you.
Laverne is a great listener and always tries to find the best way to target my issue at hand. She has helped greatly with my transition from my previous therapist and made me feel very comfortable.
Laverne is great! She really listens & gives a lot of feedback & brings things back from other sessions or messages I have sent. She is really helping me with issues I didn’t even realize were affecting me. I’ve only spent a short time with her & she’s already helped me loads. I feel like I can talk to her about anything without any judgment. Highly recommend!!
Laverne is attentive and professional. She is awesome! I am so happy I was matched up with her!
Great counselor that listens and provides feedback/ resources. This is a new counselor/client relationship but is very positive. I look forward to the next session .
Laverne continues to keep track of my progress in an organised and professional way, and always offers support and resources that work best to help keep me moving forward. She is also full of life, love, and care, and continues to listen to my needs and shows a want to help me in anyway possible.
Guided meditation has been really helping me with Laverne:)
My sessions haven't been going on for too long and during the first week of messaging, it was hard to tell if this was going to be helpful. But after a video call with Laverne, and having a proper conversation, I felt so much better, in myself and with the counselling process. The activities that Laverne has given me have really directed my thinking and I already feel that I'm making progress. I'm so looking forward to our next call!
I love her! After having anxiety for a long time, she has helped me find relief. Her methods and approaches to my problems is very friendly and helpful. I already feel less anxious and more hopeful.
Doing really well with Laverne so far. Great energy.
Really great councillor, she gave me the space to talk about what was happening and also provided me with insight. Laverne makes talking to someone no longer scary.
She is very attentive and I feel like we are already building a good connection
Laverne is a very calm, wise, and thoughtful person, who communicates well with understanding, and well thought-out answers. I appreciate how she listens to me, and suggests different aspects to view, while still making me feel understood. I truly feel cared about when I talk with Laverne, and reminded of my value, not only as a person, but also my value as one of God's creations. Thank you Laverne!
Laverne is great! Very positive attitude and easy to talk to. Always quick with replies and easy to understand.
Mrs. Santangelo can relate to me 100% and she knows when to jump in and when to listen. I am really glad that I found her!
I only recently started working with her but i could tell immediately she was experienced and compassionate and intelligent. Ive had many years of therapy but something about her resonated with me almost immediately. My opinion may evolve with time but she left a very positive impression from our first interactions
Laverne has been a ray of sunshine for me, and that's exactly what I needed. From the very first session, she challenged me and pushed me to figure out what was really wrong. Since then, she's been supportive and kind and helped me come up with some amazing exercises to overcome my problems. So happy to have found her, and excited to keep working with her.
Considerate & professional.
Lavern is a wonderful individual, she listens so well and was able to support me with her insightful and caring nature. Her liberal and open approach is so valuable and along with her passion for yoga and meditation she was able to help me with anxiety and guilt as well as inspire and empower me. I would highly recommend her. Thank you Laverne.
She is an amazing person, very loving and listens very well to you. She is willing to go the extra mile for you. She is so friendly and I love that she listens with her heart wide open. I would give her 15 out of 10. She is such a nice lady.