Community Partners

These West Michigan businesses and practitioners also advocate mindful living through their work.
We encourage you to support these businesses as well!

Mindful Counseling Grand Rapids

Mindful Counseling GR is a counseling practice dedicated to serving the Grand Rapids area by providing the highest quality counseling and psychotherapy services to our clients.
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Cheryl Blackington, MEd

Cheryl is a retired middle school teacher and found that mindfulness was a great help during her teaching career. As a result, she was inspired to help teens and teachers find ways to deal with the stressors they face using mindfulness practices. Over the past nine years, she has been teaching mindfulness, mindful self-compassion, and mindful parenting. Her practice has grown to include workshops for adults, businesses, and government organizations as well as in-services for schools. Cheryl is committed to offering her passion and beliefs that mindfulness will help us all achieve more balance, peace, and fulfillment.
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Barbara Williams, LPC, CAADC

Barbara offers individual and group therapy focused on helping people have better relationships—with themselves and with the people around them.


The MetaFi™ app is a self-awareness tool designed by therapists to help you mindfully align mind and body while increasing your emotional intelligence. By checking in with yourself regularly, you increase your self-awareness in a way that can improve your relationships, patterns of thinking, productivity, creativity, and stress management. GRCFM and MetaFi™ have partnered to offer you even more support for your meditation practice! Learn more.
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Benjamin Reisterer, MA, LPC

Benjamin is Clinical Director and Psychotherapist at Mindful Counseling GR, as well as the creator of the mindful self-awareness app, MetaFi. Additionally, he is a U.S. Navy SeaBee veteran of OEF Afghanistan.

Benjamin values the invitation to walk alongside you in an authentic and meaningful relationship. Within this relationship, a space for mindful curiosity of the here and now, your past experiences, hopes, emotions, successes, setbacks, and the ways you’ve learned to be in this world can be cultivated—a process of co-creating the possibility for healing and transformation. Benjamin has extensive experience walking alongside clients through anxiety, depression, grief and loss, cultivating meaning and purpose, life changes, sexual identity, relationship issues, and trauma.

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Mindful Discovery Counseling

Dana Boyer, LMSW, CAADC, offers mindfulness informed psychotherapy to individuals, couples, and families ranging in age from adolescent to older adult. Dana works with people experiencing a range of concerns, including addictions, anxiety, depression, post-partum depression and anxiety, job/career stressors, trauma, and relationships.

Continuum Healing

Micah McLaughlin utilizes holistic dialogue, breathwork, and somatic therapies to assist humans in finding their way back to full embodiment and presence. By working to integrate the childhood beliefs, developmental traumas, shock traumas, and patterned behaviors learned in youth, Micah supports people as the learn to FEEL again; making it possible to create a life filled with safety, meaning, and purpose.

Natural Health Improvement Center – Dr. Ann Auburn, D.O.

The doctors and staff of Natural Health Improvement Center believe in restoring health with a holistic approach.

April Kaiserlian LMSW Therapy

April offers creative, experiential, mindfulness-centered psychotherapy and coaching.


Jen Rapanos has developed a distinct approach to working with children and adolescents as a psychotherapist. Drawing from almost two decades of experience working as a school social worker and outpatient therapist, she blends her comprehensive background in mental health with training in mindfulness and yoga to offer an integrated and holistic approach to treatment. Well-Bean is dedicated to providing services and programs that foster the emotional & mental well-being of youth.

Jen offers child and adolescent psychotherapy, yoga & mindfulness classes for youth and families, wellness workshops, and training for parents and educators.

Bryan Nixon, MA, LPC

Bryan is the founder of Mindful Counseling GR and is a Licensed Professional Counselor serving the Grand Rapids area. He deeply believes that as human beings we are formed in relationship, harmed in relationship, and healed in relationship. The way we show up in the world, our strengths, our defenses, our struggles are all informed by our relational experiences. Therefore, he pays close attention to the way the therapeutic relationship takes shape with each of his clients because whatever is not working in your relational life out there will inevitably be repeated within the therapeutic relationship at some point. The therapeutic relationship exists as a healing context where your style of relating to your world can be authentically explored. In this way old relational wounds can become conscious, and healing can occur that offers you deeper freedom.

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Rachael Koeson

Rachael supports embodied healing and transformation toward the birth of a compassionate and collectively liberated world. Trained in the Hakomi method, her role is as a guide in your own self-discovery.


Shamama is a group of leaders in the creative and healing arts who help you tap into your creativity, unleash your power, find your purpose, and discover your voice through special events, workshops, retreats, coaching, and consulting. We find joy around creative play, nature-based activities, breathwork and somatic experiences.

Grand Rapids Wellness Collective

The Wellness Collective of Grand Rapids is a community of holistic practitioners committed to cultivating physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual health. At the collective, we strive to provide opportunities for anyone wishing to deepen their relationship with body and soul in a compassionate, safe, and confidential environment.

Michigan Center for Holistic Medicine – Grand Rapids

(Formerly GR Natural Health) An alternative approach for your health & wellness using the principles of naturopathic medicine.

Root Functional Medicine

Root Functional Medicine combines expertise in functional medicine and nutrition with support to optimize prevention and long-term wellness. We take a holistic approach to treat and prevent illness at its root cause.

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