Steven Sipes, MA, LPC

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Steven Sipes, MA, LPC | Counselor

Experience

Steven is a Licensed Professional Counselor. He received his master’s degree in Counseling from Grand Rapids Theological Seminary. Before Joining Evolve Therapy Group, Steven had the opportunity to gain clinical experience in both outpatient and residential settings. Within his outpatient setting, Steven was able to offer counseling services to a wide variety of clientele ranging from ages 8-65. In his residential experience, he worked with youth ages 8-18 who had suffered severe abuse and neglect throughout their life. Steven’s areas of expertise are with helping people with processing through trauma, finding motivation, managing anxiety, building mastery, and improving their quality of interpersonal relationships. In his free time, Steven enjoys playing board games, watching and playing sports, spending time with family and friends, playing with his new kittens, and participating in basically anything competitive.

As a Licensed Professional Counselor, Steven values working with clients from all backgrounds. Steven strives to support his clients in their journey to become the best version of themselves. One of the ways Steven hopes to achieve this is by providing multiple roles of support within individual, group, and marriage counseling. There is a wide variety of roles that a therapist can play in helping clients meet their goals and improve their quality of life. Below are a few of the key roles that Steven has found most helpful to provide clients:

  • Active Listener – In this role, I hope to help people feel heard and validate what they are experiencing in their everyday life. Sometimes, people just need genuine conversation with others and feel like their life story and experiences matter to move forward. Providing the role of an “Active Listener” helps achieve this.
  • Detective – As a therapist, I strive to offer an expertise on finding patterns and themes within a client’s life. These themes/patterns may lead to valuable insights such as barriers that are preventing people from moving forward, more effective ways to reach goals/get needs met and improving the quality of a person’s interpersonal relationships.
  • Strengths finder – I have found that people can sometimes have a hard time recognizing their strengths. Identifying strengths and helping people build mastery in specific areas of their life is a key component of building therapy. Doing this can improve a person’s self-confidence and support them in taking that next step towards reaching their goals.

Education:

  • B.A. in Youth Ministry and Bible from Cornerstone University
  • M.A. in Counseling from Grand Rapids Theological Seminary.

Modalities:

  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
  • Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)
  • Person Centered/Strengths Based Therapy
  • Motivational Interview trained
  • Trauma Informed Care trained
  • Dialectical Behavior Therapy trained

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