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Debbra Bronstad, LMFT, Grief Recovery Coach MI #4101006638

Services

Grief Recovery Counseling

Marriage Counseling

Divorce Recovery

Christian Counseling

What can I say about me? I am passionate about helping individuals, families and couples experience greater peace, hope and joy in the midst of the conflicts and trials of life. No matter what the difficulty, the key to finding peace is in what we believe about our situation.

But many of us have worked hard to change our thinking and yet still fall back into the same patterns of negative thinking that lead to painful emotions and relationship conflict.

I help my clients to have an experience with healthy thoughts that brings transformation and inner healing. Through a unique process, we uncover the root of the problem to recalibrate their feelings so they do not overreact as easily. As a result of this process, my clients find that it is not difficult to maintain the gains they make in therapy.

Prior to returning to school for a master’s degree I spent 12 years as a church counselor and ministry leader helping people find freedom, relief, calm and peace.

In counseling, I help my clients...

  • reduce anxiety
  • get control of negative thinking
  • release guilt effectively in order to feel forgiven
  • deal with grief and loss
  • overcome hindrances to loving your mate
  • learn to communicate more effectively
  • make better decisions
  • put into practice Biblical principles
  • parent more effectively
  • resolve conflict
  • manage anger
  • address spiritual problems
  • experience greater intimacy with God
  • enhance relationships

More about me?
My own experiences with loss and pain led me to seek healing

After experiencing a series of painful losses, I began studying how to recover from grief. I was disappointed that so many grief groups and most grief therapy only provide an opportunity to express the painful and confusing feelings about loss. I wanted a program that would take me to the other side of my grief.

I wanted to feel whole again and resume my former productivity. I wanted to be excited and purposeful about life again.

Finding some answers

Finally, when I found The Grief Recovery Institute® I found the resources I was looking for. I learned about all the misinformation we have about grief that hinders our recovery process when a devastating loss rocks our lives.

I learned that there are a series of specific steps or choices that I needed to make to bring healing to my broken heart. During that short-term process I cried a lot of tears, but at the end, I was done. The grief was completed.

Sure, there are times when I still think of my loved ones who passed away and other losses (and even shed a few more tears), but now the memories of our relationships are not hijacked by regret, resentment or pain. If I have any sadness now (which is rare), it passes quickly and does not overwhelm me. As a result of my positive experiences with Grief Recovery, I became a Certified Grief Recovery Specialist® to help others respond to the pain and confusion of grief positively and rapidly with the same correct steps and choices.

Thank you for visiting my
About Me page

I hope you will find the resources here helpful. I would like to offer you a free 15-minute consultation by phone. You can tell me a little about your need at this time and I can share with you how we could work on that together and answer any questions you have. This gives us a chance to see if we would be a good match to work together.

Life Coaching is available by phone or Skype if you are elsewhere in the United States or around the world. We can talk about your goals and how I may be able to support you in achieving them as a Christian Life Coach.

Education

  • Master’s in Clinical Psychology–Marriage & Family Therapy-Bethany University
  • BA in Psychology-University of Michigan

Additional Training

  • Internal Family Systems Therapy - Level I
  • Certified Grief Recovery Specialist – The Grief Recovery Institute
  • Facilitator and trainer of Transformation Prayer Ministry (formerly Theophostic Prayer Ministry) since 1999
  • Graduate courses in Organization Management and Development – Fielding Graduate University
  • Courses at Christian Leadership University
  • Course at Institute for Life Coach Training
  • Accredited Leadership Values Coach

Associations

  • California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists (CAMFT)
  • American Association of Christian Counselors
  • The Grief Recovery Institute