We are looking forward to assisting you on your journey towards positive emotional and behavioral health.

Our Clinic Philosophy

Our clinic philosophy is to promote and facilitate the growth of emotionally healthy individuals and families through increased cognitive insight, emotional support, and education. Our clinicians utilize evidence based treatment modalities and develop individualized treatment plans to assist in obtaining your personal goals.


Children and Adolescents

We provide therapy to children of all ages utilizing various age specific approaches.


We provide therapy to individuals seeking an increase in positive behaviors, emotional wellbeing, and interpersonal connectedness.


We provide therapy for couples who desire to become emotionally re-connected, and could be experiencing conflict.


We provide therapy wholistically to families seeking to increase their overall well-being, or who may be experiencing some kind of distress within the family system


Denise Griggs - LMSW, ACSW

Denise has a BS from Central Michigan University with a major in psychology. She obtained her masters in social work from Grand Valley State University in 1992. She has continued her clinical education by attending seminars and trainings on a regular basis. Denise is a licensed masters level social worker in the state of Michigan and is a member of the Academy of Certified Social Workers at a national level. She is a certified Family Wellness instructor and assists in the building of strong families through education of the parent team and the building of a solid marriage.

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Susan Gill - LMSW, ACSW

Susan Gill, LMSW, ACSW is a licensed Masters level Social Worker in the State of Michigan. Susan received her Masters Degree in Social Work from Grand Valley State University in 1998. She received her Bachelors Degree in Social Work from Calvin College in 1996. She has been a member of the Academy of Certified Social Workers through the National Association of Social Workers since 2003 and a Certified Family Wellness Instructor since 2001. She has taught at the University of Phoenix in the Human Services Program and was also an adjunct professor with Grand Valley State University in the School of Social Work. She has provided supervision of MSW interns through GVSU.

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Matt Thatcher - MA, LPC

Matthew Thatcher, MA, LPC is a licensed professional counselor in the state of Michigan and Illinois. In 2011 Matthew was awarded his Master’s degree in clinical psychology from the Illinois School of Professional Psychology, in Chicago. He received his Bachelors of Arts degree from Western Michigan University in 2006, where he majored in psychology and criminal justice. He has been apart of the Northwest Counseling team for well over 3 years, and has taught in an adjunct position at Muskegon Community College.

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Jeffrey Hollander - LMSW

Jeffrey Hollander is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. He received his MSW from the University of Michigan, with Special Studies in Alcohol and Drug Abuse. Jeff has been working with substance abuse clients and families of substance abusers throughout his career. He continues to build his knowledge of substance abuse disorders and co- occurring disorders through continuing education.

In addition to providing services as a Clinical Therapist, Jeff has experience in program development, supervision, and in community relations. He has worked as an outpatient therapist not only in substance abuse but also in geriatrics and as a therapist for individuals with developmental disabilities.

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Topsie VandenBosch - LMSW, CAADC

Topsie VandenBosch, LMSW CAADC, graduated from Michigan State University in 2011 with a Master degree in Clinical Social Work. She was awarded a Bachelor of Social Work degree from Adrian College in 2010. She is a licensed clinical social worker in the state of Michigan, and in January 2016 the Michigan Certification Board of Addiction Professionals granted her the Certified Advanced Addictions Counselor certificate. She has had extensive training in mental health and substance abuse disorders, and continues to attend seminars and trainings on a regular basis. She is the newest addition to Northwest Counseling.

 She specializes in providing  counseling to career focused women who may be struggling with inner confidence and their overall emotional wellness. She also specializes in working with teenagers and their parents who struggle with various behavioral health concerns, and has done intensive co-occurring mental health counseling with teens and their parents in the past. She has worked effectively with adult men and women, both in the correctional facilities and in an outpatient setting, who are struggling with mild to severe mental health diagnoses. She has also provided individual and family counseling to adjudicated youth in residential and outpatient settings.

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Danielle Jandernoa, LMSW, CAADC

Danielle Jandernoa, LMSW CAADC, graduated from Grand Valley State University in 2011 with a Master degree in Clinical Social Work. She was awarded a Bachelor of Psychology and Business degree from Grand Valley in 2008. She is a licensed clinical social worker in the state of Michigan, and became a Certified Advanced Addictions and Drug Counselor in February 2015. She has had extensive experience and training in mental health and substance abuse disorders, and continues to attend seminars and trainings on a regular basis. She is the newest addition to Northwest Counseling.

As a counselor, I strongly believe in the strength and individuality of each and every person.  I work from an eclectic approach; providing a safe, comforting, and accepting environment to allow the opportunity to share your life journey in whatever way you feel comfortable.  I believe that by working through past and current life experiences we may flourish toward gaining insight into ourselves, our struggles, and our problem thought processes and behaviors.  This is often done with Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, psycho-education and Narrative Therapy.  Through this process and utilizing these tools, we can clearly identify the barriers that are preventing you from living the life you desire.  We can then work toward changing those problem thought and behavior patterns to manifest the best version of you.



Northwest Counseling therapists are all fully licensed by the State of Michigan to practice independently. Our clinicians use a host of therapeutic approaches and collectively have over 50 years of counseling experience.


One of our clinicians (Denise Griggs) is certified in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing. Please contact Denise Griggs at denisegriggs@nw-counseling.com for more information.


Our Brainpaint system records your brains electrical activity and analyzes the data to identify sources of symptoms. This data creates a training program focused on personal growth areas. Learn more.


One of our clinicians (Susan Gill) is certified in acupuncture. Please contact Susan Gill at susangill@nw-counseling.com for more information.

Play Therapy

Several of our clinicians utilize play therapy techniques in their treatment of children. Play therapy and artistic modalities are used as the form of expressive language for the child to address their therapeutic issues.


We are available for critical incident stress debriefing and on site crisis intervention.

Substance Abuse and Addictions

We offer Treatment, Assessments, Drivers License evaluations, and ongoing treatment for drug, alcohol and process addictions.


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Northwest Counseling
4175 3 Mile Road NW
Walker, MI 49534



Phone: 616-453-6100
Fax- 616-453-6157

Denise Griggs, LMSW, ACSW
616-453-6100 ext 3

Susan Gill, LMSW, ACSW
616-453-6100 ext. 4

Matthew Thatcher, MA LPC
616-453-6100 ext. 5

Topsie VandenBosch, LMSW, CAADC
616-453-6100 ext 2

Jeff Hollander, LMSW
616-453-6100 ext 6

Danielle Jandernoa, LMSW, CAADC

616-453-6100 ext 7



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