Meet the Team
Founder & Clinical Therapist
Chelsea Wiersema, LMSW she/her
Hi! I am Chelsea Wiersema- mom, wife, daughter, sister, friend, counselor, avid concert-goer, board game enthusiast, social justice advocate, and fan of all things West Michigan. I grew up in the Grandville area, and am thrilled to be working with families and children in the community where I was raised! I attended Grand Valley State University for my undergraduate and graduate degrees. Throughout my time in college and beyond, I have been able to experience, and work with, so many wonderful organizations in our community. Despite loving aspects of each opportunity, I found so much joy in the one on one time I got to spend with the families and children I met along the way. I knew that counseling and therapy was the right fit for me! My favorite part of being a counselor is truly getting to know the families, children, and adolescents that I get to work with. Each client is unique, each experience is unique, therefore every hour of my day is unique! It is a privilege to get to work alongside families and help them celebrate their child through their successes and progress in therapy. I love utilizing techniques from play therapy, art therapy, talk therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy, and more. I have clinical experience working with children from ages 5-14 who may be experiencing anxiety, ADHD, social skill/social language concerns, social anxiety, mood dysregulation, family/peer conflicts, and adjustment to life or family changes. I also work with children who are on the Autism Spectrum on social engagement, conversation modeling, social interactions and more! Along with working with children in an individual setting, I also enjoy facilitating family and group sessions for treatment! If you are interested in scheduling a session with me, please feel free to reach out to me directly via email at firstname.lastname@example.org , or by phone (call or text) at 616-294-0754. I am available and more likely to respond much faster by email! I look forward to meeting you soon!
Clinical Therapist & Bi-Lingual Therapist
Emily Murray-Joseph, LMSW she/her
Hi! I’m Emily Murray Joseph, originally from the east side of the state, but I’ve (mostly) lived in Grand Rapids for the last 11 years. I was lucky enough to spend some time living in Spain in recent years as well! I love to travel, read, take walks, and spend time with my family and friends. My daughter and I are also big fans of all things Disney…our current favorite Disney movie is Encanto! I studied at Grand Valley State University, where I received my undergraduate and graduate degrees. When I found social work, I knew I’d found the field for me. I worked in foster care for 5 years, and I’ve spent the last few years as a therapist for teen refugees. Each child and family I’ve had the privilege to meet through my work has a unique story. I am so honored to be able to offer a safe and supportive space for each of them to share that story with me and work through whatever it is that brings them to my office. I am incredibly passionate about helping children and families heal from trauma, especially those involved in the child welfare system and families who speak Spanish or have immigrated to the U.S. I am so excited to continue connecting with kids and their families, offering a space for them to learn, grow, and be fully seen and celebrated. In my practice, I operate from a strength-based, person-centered and trauma-informed approach. I utilize techniques including: art therapy, play therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT). motivational interviewing and mindfulness. My work with children and young adults has focused on: Anxiety Communication skills Depression Family conflict/separation Identity Multicultural/immigration concerns Self-esteem Social skills Stress Trauma If you are interested in talking more about what therapy could look like for you or your child, please call/text (616) 284-1202 or email Emily@humankindcounseling.org.
Clinical Therapist (virtual only)
Savanna Vanderberg-Wright, LCSW, ADHD- CCSP
I have experience in school counseling, inpatient treatment, and medical social work. My specialty is with children, adolescents, and young adults. I have experience working with anxiety, depression, substance use, OCD, ADD/ADHD, behavioral issues, attachment disorders, PTSD, and more. I enjoy working with adolescents and young adults who are struggling with identity, sexuality, and coming of age issues. I typically see adults for trauma, mood disorders, family issues, and parenting help. I offer individual counseling, family sessions, and ADHD testing. I specialize in EMDR which is a therapy that is ideal for chronic pain, depression, trauma, PTSD, anxiety, addictions, some behavioral issues, and phobias. I am a trained QBcheck user for testing of ADHD. I also offer DBT, CBT, TF-CBT, play therapy, talk therapy, parenting strategies, and motivational interviewing. I work diligently to check myself on my biases, privilege, and personal preferences. It is my goal that you never feel judged, less than or shame in my office. Currently VIRTUAL ONLY, Seeing children 12+, and adults 18-40 Please contact me by phone or text: 616-607-4858 or by email (preferred) email@example.com If you want to know more about the products I use or recommend, check out my linktree: https://linktr.ee/savannaathumankindcounseling
Delia Bucci, LLMSW she/her
I have many years of experience working within the psychiatric population. I have had the opportunity to work in acute settings like an emergency department and inpatient hospitalization. I enjoy working with children and teenagers who experience depression, anxiety, school issues, or who just need a safe place to connect. I hold a specific interest working with those with anxiety. I obtained my degree from Western Michigan University and was blessed with many opportunities working with individuals while attending school there. In my free time, I enjoy everything coffee, being outside, and playing with my dog. Here in my office, I offer a safe environment, fidgets, essential oils, and fun. If you are interested In connecting or feel as if I may be a good fit, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org. I look forward to meeting you!
Kaylin Ziebarth, LMSW she/her
Hi! I am Kaylin Ziebarth - proud dog-mom, wife, sister, daughter and overall animal lover. I grew up in southwest Michigan and moved up to this area around 2016 after coming up this way for school. I fell in love with the area and decided to stay and build a life in this wonderful area! I attended Grand Valley State University for my undergraduate degree and Western Michigan University for my graduate degree. During my graduate studies, I had the opportunity to complete my degree with an emphasis on trauma treatment for children and families. Throughout my academic career and beyond, I was so very fortunate to work with a wide variety of organizations and settings which built a strong clinical foundation for my career. Through these various experiences, I found that one aspect always seemed to connect with me more than the rest, working with children and families one on one. My favorite aspect of working with children, families, and adolescents includes getting to know and develop relationships with every individual. Helping an individual and their families navigate difficult situations and celebrate positive growth in therapy and everyday situations is such a unique and positive aspect of being a part of a family’s therapeutic team. I utilize therapeutic techniques from play therapy, art therapy, talk therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy, trauma focused cognitive behavioral therapy, and more. I have clinical experience working with children from ages 6-14 who may be experiencing anxiety, ADHD, social skill/social language concerns, mood dysregulation, family/peer conflicts, and adjustment to life or family changes. I also work with children who are on the Autism Spectrum on social engagement, conversation modeling, social interactions and other aspects that may accompany this diagnosis. If you are interested in scheduling a session with me, please feel free to reach out to me directly via email at email@example.com, or by phone (call or text) at 616-777-7319. I look forward to meeting you soon!
MSW Intern 2023-2024
Hi! I am Cayla, one of the interns here at HumanKind! Last year, I received my Bachelors of Social Work at Grand Valley State University, and completed my undergraduate field placement at HumanKind. I have had the privilege of coming back for a second year internship while I work toward completing my Masters in Social Work! I have 4 years of experience working as a Residential Support Staff in a home for adults with developmental disabilities. This opportunity has helped me build connections with the individuals, provide a safe space where they can reach independence and communicate their needs accordingly, and support and celebrate accomplishments. I have learned so much through this position and continue to learn every day! My favorite part of clinical work is getting to connect with others in a meaningful way. It is such a privilege to be let in the lives of others! My goal is to provide a safe space for others to express themselves, learn, and grow. I am passionate about mental health awareness and social rights advocacy. I strongly believe everyone’s voice deserves to be heard, and in the power of human connection! Some other things I love to do include painting, drawing, and crocheting. Anything related to arts and crafts, I enjoy! I am also very passionate about music, and singing is one of my favorite hobbies. I love spending time with my family and friends, nature, the beach, and exercise! I am currently accepting a caseload of my own, providing services via Telehealth and in-person. I especially enjoy working with preteens, teens, and young adults, and I have the most experience engaging with anxiety and ADHD.
BSW Intern 2023-2024
Hi there! I'm Jazminne Silva, a senior at Grand Valley State University in the School of Social Work Program, and is set to graduate with a BSW next April. After completing that milestone, I'll be diving into my MSW journey. Right now, I'm the BSW Intern at Human Kind Counseling Group, and I am eager to learn from their top mental health providers. So, why mental health and therapy? I love working with diverse people on their mental health journeys. There's something incredibly rewarding about helping others navigate life's ups and downs. My focus in the mental health field, I hope to specialize in depression and anxiety, working with all age groups, from kids to young adults. Outside of school and work life, I'm all about spending time outdoors and traveling with my friends, family, and my cat Koko.