Medication Management

Great Lakes TTC offers medication management for adolescent and adult clients. Our Michigan board certified health care professionals diagnose and treat symptoms based on medical or mental illness (or a combination of both). We treat disorders, including but not limited to: Depression, Anxiety, Bipolar I, Bipolar II, Schizophrenias, Conversion Disorders, ADHD, Personality Disorders, and more.


CBT: Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is a form of treatment that focuses on examining the relationships between thoughts, feelings and behaviors. By exploring patterns of thinking that lead to self-destructive actions and the beliefs that direct these thoughts, people diagnosed with mental illness can modify their patterns of thinking to improve coping skill sets.


DBT: Dialectical Behavioral Therapy

Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) is a treatment designed specifically for individuals with self-harm behaviors; such as suicide thoughts, self cutting, suicidal urges, and suicide attempts. Many clients with these behaviors meet criteria for a disorder called borderline personality (BPD). It is not unusual for individuals diagnosed with BPD to also struggle with other problems—depression, bipolar disorder, posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), anxiety, eating disorders, or alcohol and drug problems. DBT is a modification of cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT).


MI: Motivational Interviewing

Motivational interviewing uses the 5 stages of change and is non-confrontational, non-judgmental and non-adversarial. Our model attempts to increase the client’s awareness of the consequences experienced, risks faced and potential problems caused as a result of the behavior in question. Our health care professionals help clients envision a brighter future, and become increasingly motivated to achieve their goals. The main purpose of motivational interviewing is to engage clients and elicit motivation to make positive lifestyle changes from the client.


IDDT: Integrated Dual Disorder Treatment

The Integrated Dual Disorder Treatment (IDDT) model is an evidence-based practice. This therapy improves the quality of life for people with co-occurring mental illness and substance use disorders by combining substance abuse services with mental health services. It will help address both disorders simultaneously. We offer both long and short term, individual/family and group therapies for our clients with flexible evening appointments and emergent consults as well. Great Lakes, TTC Licensed Master Social Workers offer in-patient consults for area hospitals as well.


Group Therapies

Our practice is currently forming therapy groups that meet nightly throughout the month. Groups vary based on available clients with similar diagnosis. An initial intake/evaluation is required with our therapists to place persons into proper group formations. We strive to offer womens groups, PTSD groups, substance abuse groups, parents groups, and by request, specialty groups can be arranged.


EMDR: Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing

Derek Johnson, LMSW performs EMDR therapy. This type of therapy alleviates the symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder. This is used for individuals who have experienced severe trauma that remains unresolved. When a traumatic or distressing experience occurs, it may overwhelm normal cognitive and neurological coping mechanisms. The memory and associated stimuli are inadequately processed and stored in an isolated memory network. The goal is to process distressing memories and reduction of lingering effect, which allows clients to develop more adaptive coping mechanisms. An eight-step protocol includes having clients recall distressing images while receiving one of several types of bilateral sensory input, including side to side eye movements.EMDR originally was developed to treat adults suffering from PTSD; recently, it has been used to treat other conditions and children.

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