Laurie-Lynn Schmit


Laurie-Lynn Schmit


Professions: Clinical Social Worker, Counselor
License Status: I'm a licensed professional.
Primary Credential: LMSW
Billing and Insurance:
I am an in-network provider for:
  • ASR/Physician's Care
  • Blue Care
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield (BCBS)
  • Magellan
  • Meridian Health Plan
  • Optum/United Health Care
  • Priority Health
  • Reliant Behavioral Health
  • Reliant Behavioral Health EAP
  • UMR
  • ValueOptions
Fees: I also participate with Reliant Behavioral Health EAP and may be able to work with other EAPs. Sliding scale fee available based on proof of household income.
Free Initial Consultation
Evening Availability


233 Fulton St E Ste 226
Grand Rapids, Michigan 49503

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My Approach to Helping

Are you tired of talking in circles and ready to move forward into true Authentic Living? When I began my own journey to personal growth over 27 years ago, talk therapy initially helped...and yet more active healing processes are what really propelled me forward. I found my calling, and I now support clients in active healing, which means: talking, writing, experiencing, expressing, contemplating, crying, laughing, playing, pretending, creating, moving, breathing, and more. These combined techniques have great potential for deep insight, emotional release, and lasting healing. I offer individual counseling, couples counseling, and process-experiential small group therapy focused on deep healing topics such as Living An Authentic Life. I meet clients right where they are currently, in each session, which means no judging. I also offer free phone consultations to see if we will be a good fit to work together on your journey of healing today! I take BCBS, Priority, Magellan, ASR Physicians Care, Value Options, some Employee Assistance Programs (EAP), or sliding scale based on income. I have some evening availability and can typically schedule initial appointments within 1 day - 2 weeks.

More Info About My Practice

I have been intrigued and very moved personally by the work of Dr. Brene Brown. Integrating her perspective and research findings into my work with clients has been a beautiful shift in my counseling practice and opens the door to speaking about facing difficult emotions. I have kept up on the research about trauma and it's impact on the brain and body, and integrate this knowledge into my counseling work as well.

My Therapy Focus

I am a therapist who is not afraid to actually go deep with their clients, letting them crywail, pound pillows, scream in pillows, and I'm experienced with how people hold traumapain in their bodies. Research now supports what I've known for 25 years which is that people need to move their bodies and be active in their healing process to truly heal the past and get better. Talk therapy can work for some, but not always for people whose issues are due to abusetrauma that they've locked away in their bodies. I believe in emotional expression and that's one effective way to deal with pain and to heal. My office space is actually conducive to doing "loud" work too as it's very private. I've worked through much of my own childhood abuse history and feel honored to assist others in their healing. I started with years of talk therapy and felt like I was getting NO where until I did "experiential" work (experiencing instead of just talking) for my own healing. I know it works!

Services I Provide

  • Coaching
  • Creative Arts Therapy
  • Group Therapy
  • Individual Therapy & Counseling

Ages I Work With

  • Adults


  • English

Client Concerns I Treat

  • Abuse / Abuse Survivor Issues
  • Adjusting to Change / Life Transitions
  • Anxiety
  • Body Image
  • Caregiver Issues / Stress
  • Codependency / Dependency
  • Emotional Abuse
  • Emotional Overwhelm
  • Emptiness
  • Fear
  • Forgiveness
  • Grief, Loss, and Bereavement
  • Health / Illness / Medical Issues
  • Helplessness / Victimhood
  • LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender) Issues
  • Life Purpose / Meaning / Inner-Guidance
  • Midlife Crisis / Midlife Transition
  • Perfectionism
  • Posttraumatic Stress / Trauma
  • Self-Actualization
  • Self-Care
  • Self-Compassion
  • Self-Confidence
  • Self-Criticism
  • Self-Doubt
  • Self-Esteem
  • Self-Love
  • Shame
  • Social Anxiety / Phobia
  • Trust Issues
  • Women's Issues
  • Worthlessness

Types of Therapy

  • Body-Mind Psychotherapy
  • Breathwork
  • Contemplative Psychotherapy
  • Creative Art Therapy
  • Drama Therapy
  • Emotionally Focused Therapy
  • Expressive Arts Therapy
  • Guided Therapeutic Imagery
  • Mindfulness-Based Interventions
  • Person-Centered Therapy (Rogerian Therapy)
  • Positive Psychology
  • Process Oriented Psychology
  • Psychodrama
  • Psychodynamic
  • Self-Acceptance Training
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