Therapists

Laura Hockenberry, MA LLP LPC

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  • Laura moved to Michigan from New Jersey to attend Calvin College where she completed her undergraduate degree in Sociology. Laura has Master’s degrees from Western Michigan University in both Counseling Psychology and Industrial/Organizational Psychology. Laura has two licenses in the state of Michigan: Limited License Psychologist (LLP) and Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC). Laura has over 20 years of experience working with adolescents, adults, children and families at Wedgwood Christian Services and Bethany Christian Services. She has served as a Foster Care Case Manager, Residential Therapist, Dialectical Behavior Therapy and Trauma Focused – Cognitive Behavior Therapy Clinicians.
  • Laura primarily sees adults who are interested in addressing life changes and transitions, past/childhood trauma, relationship difficulties, chronic pain and life threatening illness. While Laura is trained in a number of treatment modalities her standard mode of intervention is psychodynamic. Patients can anticipate delving into the components of their early development and environmental exposure to ascertain knowledge and understanding about themselves. The focus is primarily on therapeutic process versus information.


  • Contact Laura directly: 
  • Phone: (616) 446-0813

Email: lhockenberry@northeastgrcounseling.com

Chris Postema, LMSW CAADC

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  • Chris is a native of Grand Rapids, MI, attending Grand Valley State University for both his undergraduate degree in Psychology and Master’s degree in Social Work. Chris is also pursuing a Ph.D. in Interdisciplinary Health Sciences, and teaches Social Work courses at Western Michigan University. Chris has 12 years of experience working with children, adolescents, families, and adults. Chris has specialized training in the treatment of trauma and substance use. Chris has also worked in an inpatient hospital and as a foster care case manager.
  • 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.



  • Contact Chris directly: 
  • Phone: (616) 706-2036

Email: cpostema@northeastgrcounseling.com

Julianne Lettinga, MA LPC

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  • Julianne is also native to the Grand Rapids area. She attended Cornerstone University for her undergraduate degree in Psychology and Family Studies and masters through Spring Arbor University in 2013. Julianne is a Licensed Professional Counselor with extensive experience working with youth and families. Julianne has been a mental health clinician working in the social services and non-profit arenas, specializing in inpatient and outpatient DBT skills groups and therapy for teens and their families. Her focuses also include kids, families, young adults and supporting, empowering women as well as grief and loss issues. She is a passionate therapist energized to help you achieve your goals and find a path to where you feel you need to be while discovering new potential for a life worth living.
  • She has extensive training in the following areas: Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Cognitive Behavior Therapy, Trauma informed therapy techniques and Mindfulness Based approaches.



  • Contact Julianne directly: 
  • Phone: (616) 644-3962

Email:  jlettinga@northeastgrcounseling.com


Ashely Troszok, LMSW

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  •  Ashley was born and raised in Michigan. She 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. This opens the door to be able to view the world from a compassionate, caring, and realistic lens. 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. 
  • Recognizing that everyone’s experiences are unique, Ashley uses various evidence based treatment models to help people regain a sense of control and balance in their lives so that they can cope and live their best life regardless of what the current situation may be.  This includes her certification in EMDR therapy model as well as other evidence based approaches. 



  • Contact Ashley directly: 
  • Phone: (616)449-2012

Email: atroszok@northeastgrcounseling.com

Daniel Aupperlee , MA LPC CAADC

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  • Dan moved from New Jersey to attend Calvin College where he majored in elementary education. After teaching fifth grade in Chicago for three years, Dan moved back to Michigan and received his Master’s degree at Western Michigan University in counseling. Dan is Licensed Professional Counselor with a wide variety of experience working with adolescents and families. He has worked in many different capacities at Wedgwood Christian Services for the past 15 years. He has been trained extensively in substance use and trauma. Dan is an empathetic counselor excited to provide an atmosphere that will allow individuals to walk away feeling empowered to deal with all of life’s challenges. 
  • Dan has a wide range of experience in the following treatment modalities: Motivational Interviewing, Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TFCBT), Substance Use Disorder Counseling (SUD) and Cognitive Behavior Therapy .


  • Contact Dan directly: 
  • Phone: (616) 560-1858

Email: daupperlee@northeastgrcounseling.com



About Us

Allison Kunde, LMSW

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  • Allison's diverse experience has given her a 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. Allison's training and experience includes Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, TF-CBT and holistic approaches and work in various settings, She especially enjoys her work with adults and adolescents coping with complex concerns, and providing CE trainings for other clinicians.
  • Allison's training and experience includes Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, TF-CBT and holistic approaches and work in various settings, She especially enjoys her work with adults and adolescents coping with complex concerns, and providing CE trainings for other clinicians.


  • Contact Allison directly: 
  • Phone: (616) 490-4563

Email: akunde@northeastgrcounseling.com


Heather Hellman, LMSW

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  • Heather is a native of West Michigan. She attended Kuyper College for her Bachelor’s Degree in Social work before going on to get her Master’s Degree in Social Work from Western Michigan University in 2014.  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 roles 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. As a cancer survivor herself, Heather can provide genuine, empathetic therapeutic support throughout your cancer journey.  Heather is a passionate therapist who wants to walk alongside you and help you find the strength within yourself to work through your most difficult times as well as helping you learn skills to face life’s challenges with confidence.
  • Heather has specialized training in trauma and substance use. Her treatment modalities include: Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Solution Focused Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy and Motivational Interviewing.


  • Contact Heather directly: 
  • Phone: (231) 557-9366

Email:  hhellman@northeastgrcounseling.com

Kim Scherencel, LMSW

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  •  Kim moved to West Michigan from the Upper Peninsula of Michigan to attend Grand Valley State University where she pursued both her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in social work. Kim is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who has experience working with youth, families and adults in their homes and in the outpatient setting. Her areas of practice include, but are not limited to: working with youth, young adults and families with the clinical focus of trauma related disorders, anxiety, depression, mood disorders and adjustment difficulties. 
  • In addition to specializing in Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TFCBT) and traditional Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Kim utilizes Psychodynamic therapy, Solution Focused Therapy and Mindfulness Based approaches to meet her clients’ needs. She is a passionate and empathic therapist who strives to create a safe and comfortable environment to allow individuals to work on becoming their genuine selves. 


  • Contact Kim directly: 
  • Phone: (616)-951-1161

Email: kscherencel@northeastgrcounseling.com