McLaren Central Michigan is pleased to welcome Wendy Yoder, M.A., a licensed professional counselor, as a member of its staff. Yoder has more than 10 years experience as a professional counselor, and provides individual, couple, and family therapy. Her expertise includes treatment of post-traumatic stress disorder, acute stress disorder, early childhood trauma, grief, anxiety, and depression.
“I am excited about this partnership with McLaren Central Michigan,” Yoder said. “It shows that mental health is integral to health and well-being.”
Yoder received her Bachelor of Science degree in psychology from Wayne State University and her Master of Arts degree in counseling from Oakland University.
Yoder also is certified in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) by the EMDR International Association. EMDR is a therapy used to treat traumatic experiences and general psychological symptoms. It uses eye movements or other bilateral stimuli to help process memories, experiences, and sensations. Yoder guides the patient through a step-by-step process designed to address a disturbing situation, and to then reprocess and resolve it. EMDR therapy can eliminate flashbacks, feelings of agitation, and inability to experience joy.
Yoder began her career providing therapy to foster children and families at a Lutheran Social Services agency. She then worked at Providence Hospital in Southfield, as a health care counselor and outpatient psychotherapist.
“After navigating the challenges of raising my children, I became committed to helping others with meeting their personal and family needs,” Yoder said.
Yoder is married to Ernest Yoder, MD, PhD, MACP, the founding dean of Central Michigan University’s College of Medicine. They have two children, Nick and Larissa, and one granddaughter, Lucy.
Yoder enjoys all that nature provides, gardening, gourmet cooking, and spending time at personal yoga practices.