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Nannette Gottfried, MSW, MBA

Ms. Gottfried understands that life has many challenges, but at the same time, people have the strength to thrive, when supported through a strong therapeutic relationship. Her desire and ability to really listen demonstrates her belief in people, propelling them to change and enhance their quality of life.

Ms. Gottfried is described as nonjudgmental, authentic, and compassionate, connecting and engaging clients so they feel safe, but she also challenges them gently to help explore and question their feelings, thoughts, and behaviors. Through collaboration and insight, Ms. Gottfried empowers individuals, couples, and families to develop meaningful and lasting changes to achieve their dreams and aspirations. Fostering a strong therapeutic relationship through care and respect, she guides people to incorporate new understanding and skills into everyday life to enhance their well-being.

She brings a vast knowledge base and expertise to work closely with clients to reach their potential with almost 30 years of experience with adults, children, adolescents, couples, and their families. In addition to working in private practice and community mental health, she has worked in schools, in-home counseling, partial hospitalization, and residential treatment. With experience from clinician to director, she brings extensive diagnostic and therapeutic skills. Specialties include depression and anxiety, relationship and family conflict, work issues, anger management, suicidality and self-harm, autism spectrum disorder, trauma and PTSD, grief and loss, crisis management, aging, caregiver stress, infertility and pregnancy, ADHD, life transitions, parenting, divorce, coping skills, abuse (sexual, physical and emotional), LGBTQ and polyamory, and illness management.

While she uses different treatment practices based on need, she focuses on evidence-based treatment, e.g., cognitive behavior therapy (CBT), dialectical behavior therapy (DBT), cognitive processing therapy for PTSD, Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavior Therapy (TF-CBT), and mindfulness. Additionally, family therapy, career counseling, psychodynamic therapy, and psycho-education has helped her clients achieve their goals. Using these approaches to facilitate communication and resolve difficult clinical issues have resulted in working successfully with clients.

Ms. Gottfried’s MBA and previous business experience contribute to her unique ability to assist with thorny, social, and complex work-related issues. Her combined experience in family therapy and business allows her to help clarify issues and navigate through family conflict to transform family and business dynamics.

Ms. Gottfried graduated from the University of Michigan with a Bachelor of Arts and major in Social Work, Master of Social Work, and Master of Business Administration. Her adroitness in working with couples and families was developed as a result of post-graduate training through the Ackerman Institute for the Family, a premier training organization for therapy, particularly related to couples and families.

Nannette Gottfried is a fully licensed Clinical Social Worker in the State of Michigan and holds an ACSW (Academy of Certified Social Workers).

Kathleen Pierson