Kathy Carruthers, LMSW, CAADC

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Kathy Carruthers, LMSW, CAADC

Kathy Carruthers, LMSW, CAADC

Kathy is a Licensed Master of Social Work (LMSW) and a Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor (CAADC), and she is attending Walden University for her Doctorate of Social Work (DSW) with a specialty in addiction. She earned her Master of Social Work (MSW) degree from Grand Valley State University.

Before coming to Pine Rest, Kathy worked at a community mental health organization and served patients with severe and chronic mental illness, co-occurring disorders, borderline personality disorder, mood disorders, and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Also, she worked as part of the deaf and hard of hearing program in Kent County, provided community-based substance-abuse services, and provided outpatient therapy services to children, families and individuals.

Kathy uses several different treatment modalities including cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT), solution-focused therapy (SFT), and motivational interviewing. She is willing to weave spirituality into any of her treatment modalities, and she also specializes in serving the deaf and hard of hearing.


  • Anxiety Disorders
  • Codependency Issues
  • Couple / Marital Relationship Issues
  • Mood Disorders (Depression / Bipolar Disorder)
  • PTSD / Trauma / Sexual Abuse
  • Spiritual / Religious Issues
  • Substance Use / Substance-Related Disorders

Patient Ages

  • Adult
  • Older Adult


  • Retreat Center

Blog posts written by Kathy Carruthers, LMSW, CAADC

How Therapy Helps with Addiction Recovery

Posted on: Jan 29, 2019

How Can We Help More People Get Treatment for Addiction?

Posted on: Jan 22, 2019