Anyssa Grendel, LMSW
CHILD/ADOLESCENT ~ ADULT ~ COUPLES
Offering a therapeutic approach that focuses on individual strengths, emotional regulation skills, attachment, building resiliency factors, social emotional skills, improving relationship with self and others and incorporating trauma informed practices. Utilizing eclectic approaches from Psychodynamic Therapy, Existential Therapy, Acceptance & Commitment Therapy, Internal Family Systems (Parts work), Emotion Focused and Gottman Method, Cognitive & Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Play/Art Therapy techniques, Psychosomatic and Psycho-education, Trauma-Focused & Mindfulness techniques. Additionally specialized training in Peri-natal thought/mood support. Creating a safe space that cultivates our processing ability in hopes of gaining wisdom out of our wounds. Seeking understanding and development of strategies to improve our psychological flexibility to improve thought, feelings and behavior responses to stressors.
FOR MENTAL HEALTH AND MEDICAL PROFESSIONALS
I always say, "Every good therapist needs a good therapist"
That is why I recognize above and beyond the importance to break stigmas that may prevent mental and medical health professionals from seeking treatment of their own. While supervision is offered for social work licensing it is also important to recognize mental health goes beyond the work we do and can impact our personal lives. As a professional clinician we invest so much into our clients and it is important to remind ourselves that we are only human too. We must take care of ourselves first and foremost to be a grounding influence in our clients therapeutic journey.
All LLMSW/MSW interns are supervised by Anyssa Grendel, BS, LMSW.
All intern therapy sessions conducted by our interns are audio/video recorded for supervision, consulting and educational purposes only. All data is securely stored for a limited time and then permanently deleted.
Anyssa's mission in founding MIND BODY SOULUTIONS was to connect people with practical solutions in addressing symptoms related to psychosomatic experiencing. Her practice focuses on how our mental and physical (felt sense) are connected with an eclectic therapeutic approach to improving the way an individual may think, feel and act.
Prior to starting a private practice in the Grand Rapids area and growing a community based fitness presence, Anyssa grew up in the Detroit area, raised by a single father and her grandmother. Working early on as a young adult in a brand new In-Patient Psychiatric facility in the heart of Downtown Detroit where she carried out various intake/admission functions. After about a year, she felt there was more she could do to impact patient care. She decided to attend Ferris State University where she began to pursue a health related degree. While attending school she worked with children in the local public schools after school program. After a few years she transferred to Grand Valley State University (GVSU) to complete her Bachelor's of Science in Health Communications. Following graduation she worked with adolescents in a secured mental health residential center and Kalamazoo Community Mental Health as a Program Specialist supporting program development and evaluation, Police/EMS/Fire departmental and community education, family support of loved ones with mental health issues and facilitating support groups. It was shortly after taking this role on that her supervisor mentored and encouraged her to pursue graduate school in social work.
Anyssa completed her Masters of Social Work at GVSU and her practicum in pediatric child protection and emergency medicine within the local health system. She went on working for local hospitals and health systems across West Michigan in Skilled Nursing, ER, OB, Cancer, ICU, Med/Surg, school based and community based clinics. Additional experience includes counseling/mental health coordination of a large local school district as well as working for an in-patient psychiatric hospital as a therapist/case manager leading individual and group services.
Anyssa had engaged in her own yoga practice to alleviate tension, chronic pain as a result of spinal curvatures and for her own self care related to school and her profession. She encouraged agencies she worked at to include education on how the body is affected by our mental health but felt there was little motivation for incorporating this into treatment. This led to a decision to start her own business that focused on psychosomatic approaches recognizing that as humans we carry emotions in our bodies. We have certain thoughts that trigger an associated feeling and those emotions translate into sensations in the body which then affect how we react or behave in response to stressors. Anyssa wanted to focus her work on the whole person; mind, body and soul and provide practical solutions or tools to helping people address the present minded and functionality of their life.
In addition to her established counseling practice, Anyssa teaches a variety of fitness classes in the community and in the past led corporate health classes on a contract basis. She has completed trauma sensitive yoga training through Mindful Vinyasa School of Yoga, evidenced based social emotional and school based kids yoga training through Yoga Ed and has taught in residential, detention centers and school based programs. Additionally trained in Barre Connect through NETA and has completed training through MOSSA in indoor cycling.
With a passion for counseling and education, Anyssa works with mental health and medical providers in the field specifically supporting their mental health as they serve others in the community. She has worked for two universities to foster the growth of undergraduate and graduate student development. She is a Distinguished Adjunct Faculty at Davenport University and Instructor of BSW/MSW courses at Western Michigan University and sits on the College of Health Professions and Health and Human Service Case Management Advisory Boards of Davenport University. Supporting the future of the profession. Her practice partners with MSU, WMU and FSU to provide clinical placement field work for MSW graduate students and provides limited license supervision to graduates throughout the State of Michigan.
Anyssa loves animals and research tells us about the benefits of human connection and passionately believes this is true for the emotional support benefits of animals. An owner of many rescue dogs and proud pawrent of a golden retriever that has served as an ESA in her office with clients. She has volunteered with local postpartum support groups and with Junior League of Grand Rapids. Anyssa is currently pursuing her Interdisciplinary Health Sciences, PhD at Western Michigan University. In her spare time she can always be found by the pool, on the golf course or cheering on the MSU Spartans or the Green Bay Packers and yes, she is aware this is unfavorable to many as a Michigan native.
Whatever triggers you also reveals what you need to heal.
More information on the Marriage/Couples focused Gottman Method Approach. Additional fees required for assessments that are above and beyond therapy services and are paid directly to the Gottman Research Institute.