About Us

Guidance for Growing is a dream come true for us!

When we met in 2003, we spent many hours talking about a future in which we would work together, blending our passions for healthy living & helping people.  Most traditional therapy & counseling practices miss the important connection between physical body & mental well-being, offering a one-size-fits-all, cookie-cutter approach to programs.  That method simply does not work for making long-term changes.

Additionally, because it’s clear to us that lifestyle choices affect mental health, we were frustrated about people being treated for anxiety, depression & stress without consideration or conversation regarding the role of nutrition & activity in their lives. Likewise, how could people with near-constant weight struggles not be asked about the state of their relationships, careers & overall happiness?

Top it all off with the plethora of contradictory, confusing & overwhelming wellness advice out there & no wonder so many of us are stuck, not knowing how or where or when to start making changes!

Thus, a dream was born: To build a different practice, one that offers an integrative & individualized approach to health & wellness.

To make this dream a reality, we cultivated our individual passions over the next several years:

Jason, is a licensed therapist with additional training in alcohol & other drug abuse & addiction, gambling & process addiction, personal training, & EMDR for trauma & anxiety.  Mikaela, is a board-certified health counselor currently working toward state-licensure for therapy & has completed several other trainings focused on nutrition, emotional eating, the gut-brain connection & dietary theory.  Our skills & areas of expertise compliment each other & we’re beyond thrilled to be working with the individuals & families right here in our hometown. Life is good!

Recognizing that people live, work & play within a unique system of relationships & circumstances, we now have a practice that looks at the whole person, rather than only at his or her “problem.”  Because no two people are the same, we leave the cookie-cutting for the kitchen & instead provide individualized programs & accountability in order to best meet your particular needs & goals. We help you see the many strengths & motivations that you already have, & empower you to discover what works for you, so you can let all the contradictory & confusing health advice out there roll right off your back, Jack!

Learn more about the specific signature services and programs we offer for your health, wellness & recovery:

Living your best life happens one step at a time. We provide those steps with accessible services & attainable goals that allow individuals to live the lives they’ve dreamed of.  We look forward to meeting you soon!

In wellness,
Jason & Mikaela

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Professional affiliations

We are professionally verified by Psychology Today.

Additionally, Guidance for Growing is a proud member of the following professional groups (click to visit their websites):

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