Allow yourself to get unstuck!
Allow Therapy Partners offers a wide range of trauma-informed and trauma-responsive tools to support and empower you, walking alongside you to name your points of pain and promise. With our strengths-based approach, we employ cutting-edge therapeutic interventions including Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), Cognitive Behavioral Therapies, Mindfulness, Body Awareness, Movement Therapy, Emotional Regulation, Self Compassion and the Live Brave Method, to name just a few. All of these modalities focus our time together on identifying and rewriting the sections of your story that are most distressing for you and those nearest and dearest to you.
Conveniently located in Eastown, Grand Rapids, our licensed therapists equip you to safely manage your own wellness. Every treatment plan is client-centered and individually tailored, because struggles are like people, unique and complex. We recognize that you are on a journey that started long before us and will continue long after us, and it is a privilege to share the time we have together bravely discovering your authentic self!
The Guest House
This being human is a guest house.
Every morning a new arrival.
A joy, a depression, a meanness,
some momentary awareness comes
as an unexpected visitor.
Welcome and entertain them all!
Even if they are a crowd of sorrows,
who violently sweep your house
empty of its furniture,
still, treat each guest honorably.
He may be clearing you out
for some new delight.
The dark thought, the shame, the malice.
meet them at the door laughing and invite them in.
Be grateful for whatever comes.
because each has been sent
as a guide from beyond.
Many minds are better than one!
Alicia Wilder, LMSW
It is a privilege to work with individuals courageous enough to face the painful experiences and emotions that often keep us from being our most authentic selves. It is my mission to provide you with the tools to safely explore your inner world. I will journey alongside you toward meaningful transformation and behavior change so that you may awaken the best version of you, the true you that lies within! I do this in a way that is kind and genuine, and I am truly passionate about the sacred work of assisting others in self growth.
I earned my Master’s Degree in Social Work from Grand Valley State University in 2012 and am equipped with training and experience in evidence-based interventions such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), and EMDR. I am also inspired by the power of mindfulness, self-compassion, and Brene Brown’s work on shame and vulnerability, infusing all of these modalities into my therapeutic work! I encourage others to join me in being more present, living bravely, and being kind to ourselves
Dan Slane, LLMSW
Trauma and severe life stressors often affect people for many years, sometimes from childhood well into adulthood. Deep in the unconscious mind, thoughts and feelings may bubble over into symptoms such as physical pain and or emotional distress, disconnecting you from yourself and others. When this occurs, you can feel lost, alone, and out of control, but you don't have to stay stuck. My passion is supporting your healing -- your journey back to wellness and wholeness. It is an honor and a privilege for me to hear you and work to calm your storm, allowing you to grow in new and powerful ways.
I completed my Master of Social Work at the University of Michigan in 2017 and hold certifications in Psychological First Aid, TF-CBT, and Nonprofit & Public Management. I have also been trained in the evidence-based interventions of EMDR, CBT/DBT, the Sanctuary Model of Care, Mindfulness, and shame and negative thought interruption. My clients include children to adults, couples, families and groups struggling with communication, relationships, depression, anxiety, complex trauma, and addiction.
I am also available for consultation with organizations and corporations regarding project and program development, evaluation, grant writing, organizational trauma, burnout, retention, and innovation.
Mary Laframboise, LMSW
Traumas, childhood experiences, and life in general can contribute to many difficulties that show up in our lives. My goal as a therapist is to provide a comfortable environment, thoughtful guidance, and a safe space for you to explore the things that you feel are getting in the way. My approach to treatment includes the use of evidence-based practices such as EMDR, Mindfulness, CBT, DBT, Love and Logic, as well as Trauma-Informed Parenting. By providing a unique blend of social work, therapy, and parenting skills, I offer effective and compassionate treatment for both children and adults.
In 2010 I graduated with my Bachelor's degree in Social Work and in 2014 earned my Master in Social Work Degree along with my School Social Work Certification. I have a wide array of professional experience ranging from foster care in the Michigan child welfare system, social work within the public school setting, as well as providing home-based therapy with Community Mental Health.
Kirk Ferris, LLMSW
Whether dealing with depression, anxiety, trauma, or interpersonal turmoil my goal is to help place you firmly in the driver’s seat of your own life. I approach therapy as a collaborative effort and my aim is to assist each individual in more fully becoming the person that they would like to be. Oftentimes this process involves honesty, courage, persistence, and a willingness to let go of that which no longer serves our best interest. It is my privilege to walk beside you as you navigate this terrain in the hope of a better tomorrow.
In 2010, I obtained my Bachelor’s degree in Philosophy from Central Michigan University and later earned my Master of Social Work degree from Grand Valley State University in 2016. I have formal training and experience with implementing evidence based practices such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT), Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), Motivational Interviewing, and the clinical application of Mindfulness. In addition to psychotherapy, I have extensive experience with crisis intervention and the coordination of clinical care.