Tonya Ratliff


Tonya Ratliff


Professions: Licensed Professional Counselor, Marriage & Family Therapist
License Status: I'm a licensed professional.
Primary Credential: Licensed Professional Counselor


Trinity Family Counseling Center
45445 Mound Rd, Ste 111
Shelby Township, Michigan 48317

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My Approach to Helping

Making that initial contact for counseling takes a lot of courage. You have likely struggled for some time to cope with your problem. It is very difficult to finally admit when a problem has escalated beyond what we feel we can manage ourselves. Losing hope that you can solve your own problems takes a tremendous toll on your sense of self.

In our initial call I will take the time to hear and understand the concerns that you want to address. I will also offer you the opportunity to ask questions about my approach, my expertise, and my experience.

During your first appointment we will take some time to get to know one another, and for you to feel comfortable that I am the right counselor for you. I want to understand what your best hopes are for an outcome to therapy. Within the first couple of sessions, we will set some goals for our time together and we will check in often to see how we are doing toward those goals.

I bring all of who I am to my work as a counselor. That includes not only my education and training, but also my life experience. I welcome an open and collaborative approach to our therapeutic relationship. So, whether you are looking for individual, couple, or family counseling, I urge you to find the courage to make that call.

More Info About My Practice

I have led the Walk With Me Grief Support Group year-round for the past 11 years. Offered to the community at no cost, I provide psycho-education about the grieving process as well as, the opportunity to share with others. Simply call to register.

Trinity Family Counseling Center is a multi-clinician practice. Please consider visiting our website to learn more about our team and our wide range of services.

Lastly, our Couples Connection Class, which is offered each fall, provides couples the opportunity to develop, or perhaps re-invest in, their relationship strengths in the areas of:

-- Communication
-- Roles, Responsibilities & Boundaries
-- Conflict
-- Love, Friendship & Intimacy

Once again, don't hesitate to call for more information.

Specific Issue(s) I'm Skilled at Helping With

Parenting and Blended Families: Having raised a blended family of his, mine, and our children together, I have tremendous compassion for families coping with the effects of divorce and the challenges of remarriage. With five children of my own, I can certainly relate to the overwhelming complexities of parenting--and step-parenting--in today's fast-paced world.

Grief and Loss: I have facilitated a grief support group for several years now, and find working with the bereaved to be especially rewarding. For those suffering the loss of someone that they love--life has changed without their permission. I consider it an honor and a privilege to walk along side an individual during one of the darkest times of their lives.

The Duration and Frequency of Therapy

How long will this take? How often do I need to come? These are a couple of the most often asked questions as one begins the therapeutic process. And the answer to both is... It depends. It depends on the issue bringing you in, your commitment to doing the work required to address it, and your willingness to tolerate the inevitable road blocks that will seem to be in your way of making progress. In my practice, there is no set number of sessions or frequency required, although obviously, regular effort will yield the best prospects for a positive outcome. With all of that said, we can discuss those logistics at the beginning of our work together, and adjust as we make progress toward your goals.

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Services I Provide

  • Clinical Supervision
  • Consultation
  • Family Therapy
  • Group Therapy
  • Individual Therapy & Counseling
  • Marriage, Couples, or Relationship Counseling

Ages I Work With

  • Teens
  • Adults
  • Elders


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Client Concerns I Treat

  • Adjusting to Change / Life Transitions
  • Aging and Geriatric Issues
  • Anger
  • Anxiety
  • Blended Family Issues
  • Caregiver Issues / Stress
  • Child and/or Adolescent Issues
  • Communication Problems
  • Control Issues
  • Depression
  • Divorce / Divorce Adjustment
  • Emotional Overwhelm
  • Family of Origin Issues
  • Family Problems
  • Forgiveness
  • Grief, Loss, and Bereavement
  • Helplessness / Victimhood
  • Inadequacy
  • Life Purpose / Meaning / Inner-Guidance
  • Midlife Crisis / Midlife Transition
  • Parenting
  • Rejection
  • Relationships and Marriage
  • Religious Issues
  • Self-Care
  • Self-Confidence
  • Self-Esteem
  • Sensitivity to Criticism
  • Shame
  • Spirituality
  • Stress
  • Trust Issues
  • Values Clarification

Types of Therapy

  • Bibliotherapy
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
  • Conflict Resolution Therapy
  • Existential Psychotherapy
  • Family Systems Therapy
  • Integration of different therapy models
  • Interpersonal Psychotherapy (IPT)
  • Narrative Therapy
  • Parent Work
  • Person-Centered Therapy (Rogerian Therapy)
  • Rational Emotive Behavioral Therapy (REBT)
  • Relational Psychotherapy
  • Solution-Focused Brief Therapy (SFBT)
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