Welcome Courtney Billington, LLMSW to our team!

I’m really excited to introduce Courtney Billington, the newest member of our team! Courtney works with adolescents and adults, specializing in PTSD, Anxiety/Depression, and especially enjoys working with adolescents and families who are in foster care or are adopted. But I’ll let her share a little about herself —

“Hi. My name is Courtney. I’m still figuring it out. YUP. ME! A millennial who loves all things coffee; FRIENDS; & still figuring life out—in all of it’s wondrous beauty. So, let’s start there. What does beauty mean to you? Is it a tree’s leaves ruffling as the wind gracefully touches the branches? Is it the ocean gently coming across the sand and tickling your toes?

Well, all of life, including those moments, are beautiful. But beauty is not only the peace you find, but also the moments where you find yourself asking for help. Getting to the point where therapy is your response to life’s challenges is not only showing strength, but also acceptance of what your life can become.

I say that I am still figuring it out because that is the truth. I will never say I have the answers, but what I can offer is a listening ear; guidance; and strategies to support where you would like to be in life. My hope to is to be with you on your journey, as you see fit, and to keep your aspirations as our focus. Through working together, we will explore different sensory techniques with music, art, conversation, and mindfulness that will expand across all areas of your life and help you find the healing you and your family are looking for.

I use a variety of skills and mindful practice to increase awareness of your body’s signs and signals to better prepare for differing scenarios. Whether you are in need of support at work due to stress; relationship-building skills; assistance with anxiety and/or depression; self-esteem; or simply encouragement for your next step in life, I am in your corner. We will work through your concerns together.”

Courtney does have some availability, and is able to accept Medicaid, BCBS, and private-pay. Please feel free to reach out to her at (248) 609-3289 or email info@azaleatherapy.com to schedule an appointment or see if she is a good fit for you!

Welcome to our new Clinician, Pam Grzech LMSW-C!

I know I am terrible at updating social media, but I promise that’s a 2021 plan! 2020 has been quite a year, and with the growth experienced, I’ve expanded to a group practice, changed our name to Azalea Therapy and Consultation Services, and am bringing clinicians onboard to support you, our clients, even better.

This being said, I am SO EXCITED to announce a new clinician who has joined my team! Pam has 30+ years of experience and is highly skilled at working with children and treating PTSD.

“My approach is client-centered, which means it’s all about you. I do not have a preconceived agenda or formula. I will listen to your concerns and ask you what your goals are, and we’ll start there. If you aren’t even sure about your goals, that’s ok too, we’ll work together to sort things out. My approach is warm, caring and genuine. I will not give pat answers or advice. You probably have already heard them all. Instead, I will work with you to look at what needs to change and provide support as you work on those changes. We will work together as you work on the issues that brought you here.

I have experience with many areas of concern, such as depression, stress, family issues, coping with health issues, abuse and trauma, grief and loss. I have a vast background in child mental health and working/consulting with parents who seek help with parenting. I love to work with young children!

I graduated from University of Michigan with a Degree in Nursing. In my nursing career I worked primarily in Oncology and Hospice, where I learned to walk side by side with families in some of their most difficult moments. From that experience I realized I wanted to pursue a Social Work degree so I could focus more on emotional needs with families and individuals.

Beginning to work with a therapist can be a bit scary. I understand that, so I will never push you to areas where you aren’t ready to go, and I will always show respect for the work you are doing. Give yourself some kudos for being here!”

Pam is available to begin accepting clients now (Pam currently accepting Private Pay, OON Insurances (superbill provided), Open Path Collective clients). Please complete the form below or email pam@azaleatherapy to request an appointment or consultation! We’re looking forward to serving you together!

“I don’t watch the news, but it’s everywhere. How do I manage the flashbacks?”

It has been a difficult year, hasn’t it? So many traumatic events played out on our televisions, over and over again. It’s hard to watch. It’s hard to know that people are going through so much pain, and that the world has changed so quickly.

For people who have experienced similar traumatic experiences, this exposure can be too much, depending on where they are in their healing journey. The stories and images can cause an increase in flashbacks, panic attacks, nightmares, suicidal ideation and self-harm, among other symptoms.

If you have a loved one who has experienced trauma, whether they outwardly struggle with their pain or keep it internal, show you support them in their pain. Turn off the television, give them space to talk without advice, ask your strong quiet friends if they are okay. Respect their story – let them share what they are comfortable with and sit quietly with them if that’s what they need. Show them you love them, and they’re safe.

If you struggle during these times, please reach out to a friend or family member you trust. Don’t hesitate to reach out to a mental health professional either – we are here to help and support you. We will stand with you. If you are in crisis, call the Suicide Prevention Lifeline at @ 1-800-273-8255. If you have any thoughts of self harm or suicidal ideation, talk to someone you love and get to your local emergency room. Your life matters.

Times can be tough, but now is the time for us to come together as a community. Love each other, despite differences. But keep standing up for those who have been hurt, those who need protection, those who have been mistreated. Advocate for justice. But let’s come together and love each other in these times.

And keep hope. Our children are our future. Support them, love them. Show them you are there to keep them safe, and you’ll do so to the best of your ability. Teach them to love, to accept differences, to see others through eyes of compassion and empathy. Stay positive and believe in a world full of color, a million dreams that we can make a reality.

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Samurai and Mindfulness

“Samurai believed the intense movements required for warfare emerged from a stillness of the mind. Many turned to Zen Buddhist practice of meditation to enhance concentration. On the battlefield, this technique freed warriors from distracting thoughts of uncertainty or fear.”

I was at the Detroit Institute of Arts today and really enjoyed this reflection. Whatever your battle is, meditation is a tool that can be utilized to sharpen your skills and concentration, reducing fear and uncertainty and giving you strength.