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 also a certified in Trauma-Informed Yoga.
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 you'r at!” I use Cognitive Behavioral therapy, motivational interviewing, and holistic approaches to help you on your journey to stability and wellness.
Additional areas of focus: LGBT, Relationship issues, Family conflicts, Trauma and abuse, Grief, Intimacy-related issues, Eating disorders, Sleeping disorders, Parenting issues, Anger management, Career difficulties, Coping with life changes, 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, Post-traumatic Stress, Pregnancy and Childbirth, Prejudice and Discrimination, Process addiction (porn, exercise, gambling), Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), Self-Harm, Self-Love, Sex Addiction, Sexuality, Women's Issues, Workplace Issues, Young Adult Issues
Clinical approaches: Client-Centered Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Mindfulness Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Solution-Focused Therapy
MI LPC 6401018344
Laverne is the most experienced therapist I have ever had in my life. I was so messed up when I turned up on her appointment list and she helped me to make sense of the mess and put things in place to empower me!
I need this in my life, thank you
Written on Feb 07, 2024 after therapy with Laverne for 2 years and 10 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, intimacy-related issues, sleeping disorders, parenting issues, self esteem, bipolar disorder, and adhd
I have been working with Laverne for some time now, and she has no doubt played a role in my successes over the years. Laverne is knowledgeable, incredibly intuitive and smart, kind, understanding, and an effective practitioner. We have worked through a variety of issues over the years and I am much better off for it.
I appreciate Laverne’s perspective, support, and expertise. I highly recommend working with Laverne if you get the chance. I am so grateful for her presence in my life.
Written on Aug 15, 2023 after therapy with Laverne for 3 years on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, trauma and abuse, self esteem, anger management, coping with life changes, and adhd
Laverne is amazing, I strongly recommend her to anyone.
Written on Nov 24, 2022 after therapy with Laverne for 2 years and 4 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, addictions, intimacy-related issues, self esteem, anger management, bipolar disorder, coaching, and adhd
Lavern is empathetic, knowledgeable, and a fierce advocate for my priorities and wellbeing.
Written on Sep 15, 2022 after therapy with Laverne for 1 year and 5 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, trauma and abuse, and coping with life changes
Laverne is a well equipped professional in terms of most concerns. She is empathetic and friendly and makes sure that I'm comfortable. I would highly recommend her to anyone who's looking for a more personable type of therapy.
Written on Jan 11, 2022 after therapy with Laverne for 1 year and 3 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, trauma and abuse, and eating disorders
Laverne is amazing. I value my sessions with her immensely. My life is evolving in ways that I love and Laverne has been an invaluable part of my journey and growth. I highly recommend her as a therapist.
Written on Dec 09, 2021 after therapy with Laverne for 1 year and 5 months on issues concerning grief, self esteem, coping with life changes, and compassion fatigue