Who We Are

Laura Hockenberry, MA LLP LPC


Laura is a passionate therapist, looking to assist you in your journey. Laura believes that a therapist can only take their clients as far as they themselves are willing to go in self reflection and self analysis. Laura provides primarily individual adult treatment and process group therapy. Laura  trained and experienced in providing treatment for the processing of childhood sexual abuse, early childhood trauma, recovery from narcissistic parenting and divorce adjustment. Her intervention is psychodynamic in nature with the emphasis on process of early developmental experiences as a key to understanding present behaviors and awareness.

Chris Postema, LMSW CAADC


Chris is a knowledgable and dynamic therapist. He is a veteran in the nonprofit arena having worked in a variety of community programs for families and children in the Grand Rapids area. Chris’ treatment modalities include: Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Motivational Interviewing, Cognitive Behavior Therapy, Solution-Focused Therapy, and Psychodynamic Therapy.

Julianne Lettinga, MA LPC


Julianne is a dedicated and charismatic therapist desiring to both encourage and listen to you. She believes strongly in the importance of the therapeutic relationship for lasting and impactful  change. Julianne works with individuals, children, teens and families as well as provides group therapy. She has extensive training in the following areas: Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Cognitive Behavior Therapy, Trauma informed therapy techniques and Mindfulness Based approaches.

Ashley Troszok, LMSW


 Ashley is a Licensed Social Worker and received her bachelor degree from Grand Valley State University in 2005 and her masters from Western Michigan University in 2013. Ashley’s goal in life and as a therapist is to live life authentically. She views it as a privilege to be able to work with people every day, to be invited alongside others as they navigate difficult life events, heartache, mental illness, and significant changes to their lives. Ashley’s experience as a mental health clinician has allowed her to witness how resilient people are. In providing therapy to adults, she pulls from her experiences and background working with people who are experiencing depression, anxiety, grief & loss (including neonatal and child loss), parenting children with special needs and adjusting to major life changes. 

Daniel Aupperlee , MA LPC CAADC

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Daniel (Dan) has seven years of experience working with adolescents and families who are struggling with a wide variety of mental health concerns, trauma and substance use disorders. He looks to equip each individual with healthy coping skills that can maximize their full potential. 

He is excited to provide an atmosphere that will allow individuals to walk away feeling empowered to deal with all of life’s challenges.

Allison Kunde, LMSW


Allison's diverse experience has given her a warm and adaptable therapeutic style. She believes in the importance of using current research and effective therapeutic strategies, while adjusting to the broad range of individual differences. She has extensive experience working with individuals coping with anxiety, depression, self-harm urges and trauma.

Heather Hellman, LMSW


Heather is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with experience working with youth, families, and adults in the school, home and medical settings. Heather has worked in many different rolls across the mental health system including, trauma focused work, home-based, case management, medical social work, and outpatient therapy. Heather is passionate about helping kids, families and adults navigate the complexities of life. Heather specializes in treating anxiety, depression as well as mood issues related to health issues, specifically cancer.

Kim Scherencel, LMSW


Kim is a warm, empathetic, and skilled therapist. She is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and has worked in the field as a therapist with children, adolescents, adults, and families for the past 8 years both in home-based and outpatient settings. Kim works wholeheartedly to meet individuals where they are at in their journey to improve their emotional and mental health. With her diverse experience, she uses a variety of evidenced based treatments including psycho-dynamic therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy, solution focused therapy and trauma-focused cognitive behavioral therapy. Kim specializes in treating trauma, anxiety, depression and adjustment difficulties.  

Trauma Sensitive Yoga

Jennifer Monroe


Jen is a 500 registered yoga teacher and owner of Rising Strong, LLC. Though, not a licensed therapist, she brings decades of experience in the health, wellness and human services industries. Her deepest commitment is to empower, inspire and allow you a brave space for healing. 

Jen's goal is to help people become the best version of themselves and guide them to live an empowered and inspired life. Jen believes that yoga goes far beyond the mat and into your entire life. Yoga can be used as a form of movement and exercise, but also as a way to look inward. 

Jen's teaching style brings a balance of strength and softness. She brings a compassionate and encouraging attitude along with a smile. Jen is committed to personal growth. She is passionate about helping others explore where yoga can take them. Her special interests include trauma, grief, body image and addiction.  

Uprising Yoga Group Event


Join us for a 4 week series that will provide opportunities for you to LISTEN to your inner voice, to INSPIRE you towards a brave response and ultimately allow you to RISE and reunite with your radiate and authentic self. Join our UPRISING! No yoga experience is necessary. 

Contact yogajen@risingstrongwellness.com

to reserve your spot for this unique and powerful group opportunity! 

Our Services



Individual therapy is a joint process between a therapist and a person in therapy. We want to assist you in your individual and unique goals for yourself. 



Family can take many forms. Family can become complex and messy sometimes. We desire to serve your special circumstances and individual family needs. 

Children and Teens


Many children and teens have problems that affect how they feel, act, or learn. Children and teens tend to find therapy as an outlet to feel heard and understood in a different way. 



Relationships take work. The best relationships have taken the time to invest in each other deeply. Sometimes relationships suffer or become damaged. We are here to walk with you and your partner to cultivate healing and restoration. 

Sexuality and Relationships


It is very important to us at northeastGRcounseling to provide a safe and accepting space for every gender and sexual preference. We understand that questions, confusion and difficulties are part of the human journey. We are here to walk with you.

Trauma Sensitive Yoga


Trauma-Sensitive Yoga is an empirically validated, clinical intervention for trauma or chronic, treatment-resistant post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). It is a gentle and empowering approach to hatha yoga practice, focusing on helping one express themselves through unassisted movements. 

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3280 Beltline CT Avenue Northeast, Grand Rapids, Michigan 49525, United States