Bernadette Rapaich, LMSW (Licensed Clinician)
Bernadette is a licensed clinical outpatient therapist. With over ten years of experience in the human service field, she has worked with diverse populations of children, teens, young adults and adults. She earned her master’s degree in Clinical Social Work from Western Michigan University, with a focus in trauma-centered therapy and family therapy. She received a bachelor’s degree in Psychology also from Western Michigan University, with a focus in holistic health.
She has a Person-Centered therapeutic approach, believing that therapy will look different depending on each unique person and their individual needs. Her therapeutic approach is inspired by blending Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy with mindfulness, meditation, art and music therapy. She has experience working with anxiety, depression, suicide, self-harm, ADHD, LGBTQ+ population, gender identity issues, interpersonal issues, disabilities, academic stress, grief, and life transitions.
Every person will experience loss and hardship, but no one should suffer alone. I may not have a magic wand to wave away all problems and pain, but there is magic in therapy, it can help you to transform your life. Change is not instant nor without hard work, but I will be there to support you with a safe, non-judgemental space.
As a Michigan native with a passion for nature, I love exploring our beautiful state. I find peace outdoors, whether it be hiking in the woods or walking along the lakeshore. Other things that bring me joy in life: reading, my pets, spending time with my loved ones, traveling, growing my garden, yoga, rainy days, live music, photography, and learning.