Shelley Tindall, LMSW
Shelley is a fully licensed social worker and has been with Pine Rest since October 2009. Prior to Pine Rest, she worked as an outpatient therapist at Behavioral Health Resources in Battle Creek for nine years.
She received her Bachelor’s in Sociology from Calvin College and her Master’s in Social Work from Western Michigan University in 1985.
Other previous experience includes working in a rehab setting with stroke and traumatic head injured individuals and their families. Shelley enjoys working with young people. Her areas of expertise include depression, anxiety, post traumatic stress disorder, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, spiritual issues, divorce, behavior problems, family conflict, and grief.
I do not remember a time in my life when I did not believe that the Bible was the word of God; I try to have Christ at the center of my life, but have, at times, failed miserably. I call myself a Christ follower.
In working with children, teens and young adults, I strive to tap into my clients' Christian faith whenever possible, utilizing this faith as a positive coping strategy in their life. At times I have been able to do this with the family as well. I believe that when able, it is important to encourage my clients to have involvement in the local Christian church, not only for worship and service, but also for a strong, loving social network. I love finding Bible verses to share with clients and families that promote positive thinking in oneself. These are not hard to find! Prayer is important for guiding someone towards strength and peace when dealing with mental illness, but also for experiencing an overall close, healthy, intimate relationship with the Trinity.
I try to pray for my clients on my way to work every day and for me to look at each of them as made in the image of God. If my client is not a Christian, I do not force my Christian views upon them, but instead I attempt to "walk the talk." I love what I do and I feel very blessed to be able to work with the young people that I do.
- Anxiety Disorders
- Childhood Behavior Problems
- Family, Parent, and Child Issues
- Grief and Loss
- Mood Disorders (Depression / Bipolar Disorder)
- PTSD / Trauma / Sexual Abuse
1350 West Centre Avenue
Portage MI, 49024