Just Breathe

https://www.amazon.com/Just-Breathe-Mastering-Breathwork-Business/dp/B06WVF11XX/ref=sr_1_1?dchild=1&keywords=just+breathe&qid=1587733787&sr=8-1 “Are you breathing right? “ This book is a presentation of several breathing philosophies and techniques.  The author directs us to consider our breath and how we are using it. Then, he shows us several breathing techniques that masters use.  This book is an invitation to try different ways to breath. I think the […]

Mating in Captivity

https://www.amazon.com/Mating-Captivity-Reconciling-Erotic-Domestic/dp/B000IB0EYI/ref=sr_1_1?dchild=1&keywords=mating+in+captivity&qid=1586443276&s=audible&sr=1-1 Is that what my spouse thinks about sex?” This is a book about sexual desire.  Esther Perel is a speaker, author and sex therapist, and she pulled from her years of experience counseling couples to write this book.  She details the path of intimacy and desire for couples.   Perel has excellent insights into couples […]

Hold me Tight

“Love explained!” This is a foundational marriage book.  It was published in 2008 but I think it still holds up.  In the first three chapters, the author describes love and the attachment bond.  There is research that says feeling loved helps the immune system. Conversely, there is physical, mental and emotional impact when we threaten […]


“A practice for such a time as this!” This book is an easy to read introduction to Dr. Siegel’s trademark practice called, The Wheel of Awareness.  The Wheel of Awareness is a mindfulness activity with profound affects on your life. In this book, Dr. Siegel offers a helpful explanation of the science behind this mediation. […]

Welkom to Holland!

We are excited to say we have made it to the lake shore!  I (Dan) have always loved the big lake, especially after attending Hope, where I fell in love with the city of Holland. After graduate school took me to various cities it had been a dream of mine to live and work in […]

ACG Summer Reading List

 What better time to dive into a new book than during Michigan’s beautiful summer months? As you head to the beach, the cottage, the pool, or the campfire this summer think about adding one of these books to your list and reading along with the therapists here at Alliance!  Family / Parenting –No-Drama Discipline: The […]

Cyberbullying and Self-Harm: What you need to know

unsplash-logofreestocks.org By Julie Schillim, LLP, LPCAdolescence, a time in life where exploring independence and social identity are often confronted.  It’s a time when teens are confronted with the challenges of a world that is continually increasing in online social access and platforms.  Terms such as “cyberbullying” have become more common in homes, schools, and counseling offices […]

Join the Conversation

By Heather Miller-Edwardson, LPC, LLMFTIt is oftentimes in the wake of tragedy that we begin to create space for the tough conversations. With recent tragedies in our communities nationwide, we are beginning to discuss our approach to mental health care. Too often individuals face significant barriers to receiving mental health care. Helping Professionals have continued […]

Behind the Chaos

Vance OsterhoutBy Chad Boehm, LMSWADHD, Autism, oppositional defiant disorder, depression and anxiety are some of the most common diagnosable childhood disorders. However, knowing what your child or teen is experiencing may be difficult to decipher as symptoms of these may overlap. Kids, teenagers, parents, guardians and primary care takers are often left with more questions […]

Jedi, Birds, and Hope

As a young boy growing up in the 80s, one of my favorite things to do was to sit down with my Dad, pop in the old VHS recording of Star Wars: Episode IV- A New Hope and sit and watch Luke Skywalker and the Rebel Alliance valiantly wage their battle against The Dark Side.I […]