Monica Willson, MS, LLMFT

Practicing in Cascade

Monica Willson

Coming from a diverse background of work experiences. Monica is committed to working from a holistic, culturally sensitive, and client-centered perspective. Her work is primarily shaped by theories of Attachment, Emotional Regulation, Mindfulness, and Internal Family Systems. Monica creates a space to connect with clients to collaboratively gain clarity on the limiting and exhausting patterns that produce pain and stagnancy. Clients are supported in exploring their unique path for growth, healing, and change on an individual and relational level. Through insight, honest feedback, and dynamic change, Monica helps individuals, couples, and families create more functional and less rigid patterns, learn to communicate needs, and fulfill their unique and important role in their life and relationships.

“It is a privilege to be entrusted with each unique person and story I encounter. I am deeply grateful that this is the work I get to do. The profound experiences and real changes that can take place through the therapeutic relationship never cease to amaze me.”

Specialties

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Relationships
  • Eating Disorders (Binge Eating, Bulimia, Anorexia, Other Specified Feeding/Eating Disorders)

Monica has a breadth of valuable clinical experience working with men, women, and teens dealing with disordered eating through a variety of modalities including family, adolescent, individual, and group therapy. Monica has provided therapy in an Intensive Outpatient setting specialized for the treatment of Eating Disorders since 2016 and is currently under supervision for pursuing Certification as an Eating Disorder Specialist. Monica is passionate about empowering individuals struggling from the constant and heavy toll that dealing with any form of disordered eating and negative body image can have on an individual and those who love them.

Other Areas of Focus

  • Couples counseling
  • Pre-Marital Counseling
  • Life adjustments/transitions
  • Intimacy
  • Parent-Adolescent relationships
  • Family conflict
  • Blended Families
  • Adolescents (14-19)
  • Young adult
  • Mid-life
  • Peer relationships
  • Social Anxiety
  • Low self esteem
  • Stress
  • Anger
  • Body image concerns
  • Self harm
  • Suicidal ideation
  • Addictions
  • Bi-Polar
  • Trauma
  • Grief and Loss
  • Personal growth
  • Spirituality

Modalities

  • Individual
  • Couples
  • Family
  • Groups

Monica is a southern California native who came to Grand Rapids in 2015. She earned a Bachelor’s degree in Human Services at Cal State Fullerton in Fullerton, CA and a Masters degree in Marriage and Family Therapy at Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, CA. She has been practicing since 2012. Monica can provide a spiritually integrative focus to therapeutic work based on the client’s desire.

Credentials

  • Limited License Marriage & Family Therapist (LLMFT)
  • Licensed MFT CA #105088
  • Level 1 Restoration Therapist
  • MarriageStrong Group Facilitator
  • Supervised by Gail Hall, LMSW for Certification in CEDS
  • Pursuing Level 1 Training in Internal Family Systems

Monica can also be reached at Psychology Today and Linked-In.

Contact Monica Willson

Call Grand Rapids Therapy Group at 616-591-9000, or send a message.