Alexis Schneider, MA, LPC, ADS, CPCC

Owner + Integrative Therapist

Your in the right place if you are ready to move forward & reclaim your LIFE!  Lotus Life is a heart-centered, service driven, Integrative Wellness, Coaching and Counseling practice designed with YOU in mind...

Everyone has a GIFT and everyone has a STORY. Sometimes your story is your gift! I am Alexis Schneider, Founder of Lotus LIFE  and honored to “CLAIM” CANcer as part of My Story.

With great passion and commitment, my healing journey and over 20 years of experience in the rehabilitation, health & wellness field fuels me to help individuals with significant challenges. I am a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) that has traveled the cancer journey from caregiver, patient, survivor, advocate and now Certified Professional Cancer Coach (CPCC). In addition to being a self-driven, life long learner of everything Holistic, I recently became certified as an Acupuncture Detoxification Specialist. My belief is that everything is figureoutable and a natural solution exists for any problem or ailment.

Since 1999, I have been helping people LIVE their BEST LIFE despite some of the most challenging circumstances. My mission is to empower men & women by helping you heal, mind, body, soul & LIFE!

Specializing In:
•Life sustaining injuries
•Disability Adjustment
•Trauma & PTSD
•Depression & Anxiety
•Grief & Relationship
•Chronic Pain
•Autoimmune & Cancer

Both interconnected and inspired, I provide psychotherapy and coaching to educate and empower, through Integrative Therapeutic Services for the body, mind, and spirit.

Integrative Services Offered
(SEE FAQ & Book ME Tabs for more information)

Wellness Services:
     •
Auricular (ear) acupuncture
     • Aromatherapy
     • Infrared Sauna Therapy
     • Wellness Educator for The Wellness Company

Coaching Services:
 
(in person & online nationwide (via Zoom)
    • Life Coaching
    • Integrative Cancer Coaching
    • Health Coaching

Psychotherapy Services:
(in person & virtual telahealth to MI residents only -out of network reimbursement available)
     •
Individual Therapy
     • Family / Caregiver Therapy
     • Relationship Therapy
     • Therapy Groups
(Cancer-from diagnosis to surviving; Thrivorship - Life with Cancer; Coping with cancer)


Classes, Workshops and Speaking opportunities available in person & online

*See FAQ for all the details you need to make NOW your time for CHANGE!


Office located at
1106 N Cedar St (Suite 200B)
Lansing, MI 48906

Call 517-599-0613 or contact me here to schedule your FREE 15 min consultation!


Alexis' intuition, gentle spirit and genuine personality are so evident the first time you meet her. She has a powerful story and a resilience that encourages, empowers, and inspires!

Sabrina Gauer

Young Cancer Survivor

Alexis is a true inspiration and empathatic healer. We were diagnosed about 6 months apart, so she walked much of my journey shortly before I did. Alexis exhibited strength, joy, and positivity throughout her long stretches of active treatment. Alexis immediately changed the way she, and others, looked at 'Cancer' by referring to the disease as 'CANcer' . She committed to fighting the fight with courage and humility, and beating it....because she CAN. While others turn bitter when they hear they have stage III triple negative breast cancer with a positive BRCA gene, Alexis continues to shine as a beacon of light to others who may feel lost or alone. Her passion for bringing peace, health, clarity, and sense of belonging to each and every survivor that she comes in contact with is exemplary.   

Amber Meyers

Breast Cancer Thriver

Alexis is energizing, uplifting, and, simply, a great light that shines in our world.

Jan Bidwell, MSW

Therapist / Meditation Instructor

When you are able to receive a genuine ear, along with the encouragement you so rightfully deserve, you are already ten steps ahead from where you stood this morning. It is tremendously difficult to open up to another being, let alone reaching out for help in the first place. When I didn't know where my next step would take place, I stayed put. Alexis reached out to me one day and told me that I was exactly where I needed to be even though I couldn't exactly see it for myself. I made weekly appointments in which I opened up to Alexis who provided me with exceptional support and information on where and how I could take my next step. Currently, I know I am exactly where I was meant to be. I am among the sides of those I love and helping out a woman with whom I share such a powerful connection with. I know, sincerely, that I am where I stand now because of Lotus Life Counseling. If Alexis hadn't brought out the light she saw in me, I don't think I would have been able to see it in the first place. Bless you for being the woman and person you are, you have the capability to bring back the passion in people along with the ability to make anyone feel like they are talking to someone they've known their whole life. Thank you for helping me back onto my path.

Bonnie Reed

Client

Alexis is an extremely empathetic listener and teacher, and has a strong intuition when it comes to dealing with others.  She quickly learns individuals needs and develops a strategy to help them reach their goal. She makes it clear that each individual is important and has valid thoughts, opinions, and goals. Alexis is an incredible motivator and one of  her most inspiring qualities. She pushes people to reach outside of their comfort zones in a safe environment. Even if on the first try a group member wasn’t willing to take that step, she would come back later using a different approach to give the participant another chance to enhance and broaden their abilities. She inspires those around her to live more positively and to strive for improvement in multiple facets of life. 

Andrea Howes

Group Co-Facilitator

Alexis is incredibly knowledgeable at what she does. I am humbled to know her, and be able to have experienced her AcuDetox as well as infrared sauna. It was beyond comforting, relaxing, especially in such a comfortable, welcoming feeling when you walk into her office. I look forward to meeting with her again. 

Nikki M.

Renew Treatment Client
Are you FEELING STUCK where you are with no idea how to move beyond your current struggles?

Are you trying to find a way to meet all life's demands, but continuously falling short on time & money?

Are you sick & tired of therapists asking you “how does that make you feel”? without offering real time, honest advice and life coaching skills to help YOU COPE?

Are you tired of counselors taking so much time in the past irrelevant areas of your life and not teaching you the tools of HOW?

SOMETHING HAS TO CHANGE... I CAN’T LIVE LIKE THIS!

If you can relate to these statements, I’m here to HELP!

I’m not your typical kind of talk therapist. Honesty is my highest value and I don’t beat around the bush. I will kindly tell you what YOU NEED to hear in order to get unstuck and move forward. I specialize in holistic health providing you with natural, budget friendly solutions that actually work! I truly believe that everyone has the power to heal from negative thoughts, beliefs and trauma. I have been called a resource guru, gifted connector and passionate healer by many past clients and professional colleagues.

Common issues that I can help with include (but not limited to):

• Aging (a parent or yourself) , including     Dementia/Alzheimer’s & Caregiver Issues
• Auto-immune disease, or other medical issues
• Cancer and Psycho-Oncology 
• Chronic Pain and Chronic Illness 
Disability Adjustment
• Depression; Anxiety Disorders; Panic Attacks
• Grief and Loss
• Relationships 
• Life Transitions & discovering Purpose (your UNIQUE YOU)
• Stress Management 
• Trauma and PTSD
The mental toll of cancer and treatment is often the unsung burden of the entire ordeal. I  provide professional counseling support to help patients cope with the negative psychological effects uniqe to cancer. I help patients and caregivers manage natural reactions to cancer, including anger, sadness, fear and disbelief, which can develop after treatment. Like a Lotus Flower YOU too have the ability to rise from the mud, bloom out of the darkness, and radiate into the world. 

As a Certified Professional CANcer Coach, I provide expert resources for the prevention and treatment options that are available to you... even some that your physician may not know about. I am specially trained to work with cancer patients in the clinical, nutritional, lifestyle, environment, psycho-social and emotional aspects of cancer DIAGNOSIS, TREATMENT, RECOVERY, and SURVIVORSHIP.  I help you understand and navigate the conventional system and to learn how to add evidenced based integrative solutions to discourage conventional risk factors and to encourage the healing process. The end result is an empowered patient who is able to make intelligent, appropriate and confident treatment choices that YOU can be happy with. 

In addition Lotus Life is your one stop resource for DETOXIFICATION from cancer treatments and preventative lifestyle. Integrative services of acupuncture, infrared sauna, aromatherapy and natural health/wellness services are available and affordable to you. See other FAQ for further explanation of each service offering. 
My greatest qualification is that I am down to earth & probably just like YOU! I am a wife, mother to 3 young daughters, career oriented, an active volunteer, and servant leader. 

I have dealt with a few chronic health conditions all my life, along with Triple Negative breast cancer in 2014 that left me with many “consolation prizes” like body image issues, chronic pain, inflammation, lymphedema and surgical menapause at age 37. Therefore I feel that I have an incredibly unique combination of life experience and clinical training to help you discover your own healing.  I realize that there are very few therapists who have the intricate knowledge of how trauma and health problems impact a person's life. 

I have a Master of Arts Degree in Rehabilitation Counseling from Michigan State University and an undergrad in Therapeutic Recreation from Grand Valley State University.  I have a License as a professional counselor (LPC) in the state of Michigan. I also hold a nationally recognized certification as an Acupuncture Detoxification Specialist (ADS). 

In addition I’m certified as an Integrative professional cancer coach & stress management coach. I am a continual learner, research driven to discover the latest and greatest ways to help people and THRIVE on CHANGE! 
RATES:

Intake Therapy Session (90 minutes): $150

    Individual, Couples, or Family Therapy Sessions  (50 minutes): $100

    New Client Coaching Special: $111
(Two - 45 minute Sessions including a 15 min infrared sauna/acupuncture trial)
I realize that the cost of Counseling & Coaching may make it impossible for you to participate.  I am committed to helping you be successful and I am willing to work with you to make it possible.

• Reduced fees are available on a limited basis, please ask for details

• Health Saving Accounts/Flexible Spending Accounts may reimburse therapy sessions, check with your provider prior to scheduling a meeting.

• Meetings can be scheduled on an as-needed basis

• Meeting frequency can depend on your budget for the month

Please contact me if you would like to discuss a discounted fee.

PAYMENT:

Lotus LIFE accepts cash, checks, FSA/HSA and credit cards as formof payment, due by the end of the day of the session. Clients will be charged for appointments not cancelled 24 hours prior to their appointment time.

INSURANCE:

Here at Lotus Life, we do not accept any type of insurance, though you may seek reimbursement for counseling services on your own. 

If you choose to seek reimbursement from your insurance company, we will provide an appropriate diagnosis and receipt to turn in for any potential reimbursement for an out-of-network provider. We are happy to answer any questions you may have about private pay services.

Many insurance companies will cover 50-100% of the fee as an “out-of-network” provider. The best way to determine what portion of the fee may (or may not) be reimbursed by your insurance company is to contact them directly by calling the customer service phone number on the back of your insurance card (there is often a separate phone number for mental health or “behavioral health” services information).  When speaking with your insurance company, you will want to ask them the following questions: 


What are my "out-of-network" outpatient mental health benefits? How much of each therapy session will your insurance provider reimburse?


Do I need to meet a deductible (the amount of money you have to pay before your insurance company will start to reimburse you) before my benefits will begin paying for out of network providers? Have I already paid any of this deductible?


Are there any limitations to services (e.g., only a certain amount of money allowed for mental health reimbursements, a limited number of sessions, reimbursement only for certain types of diagnoses, etc.)?


Do you need any kind of special referral (i.e., from a primary care doctor or your University Counseling Center) before I can be reimbursed?


Do you reimburse for outpatient services provided by a limited license clinician?


How long will it take to get reimbursed after I mail my receipt? 


Where do I need to mail or email my receipt? 


Many individuals who have health insurance elect not to use it for coverage of mental health services, and instead pay for therapy as an "out of pocket" expense, or use their flexible or health savings account.  Coverage and benefits for traditional therapy and counseling services change from one health insurance company to another and from plan to plan, With many health insurance plans, coverage can be partial or very limited. Even if your plan covers all your costs, the co-pay that you would be required to contribute may be higher than the entire cost of the fewer sessions that you will need. In many cases, before you can get reimbursed by your insurance company, your therapist would have to diagnose you with a mental disorder or issue. This diagnosis would be sent to the insurance company and recorded in your medical file. In some cases the therapist would also have to provide additional clinical information to the insurance company, such as treatment plans, summaries or copies of the entire record.
There is no better way to slow down and unwind than spending time in an infrared sauna. Surrounded by soothing warmth, you can let the outside world slip away and feel your muscles release tension.  Our client Amanda says it best, “For people who’ve never been in Sunlighten Sauna, it’s like walking in and all of a sudden feeling like you’re taken away from everything that’s going on outside in the world. The experience is extremely meditative and extremely just calming, cleansing.”

Lotus Life is proud to offer you Far Infrared Sauna sessions from Sunlighten, whose saunas are technologically advanced and are safe and natural.  Their saunas use cutting-edge heater technologies such as Solocarbon® Heating Technology which provide heat all over the body for relaxation, pain relief, to lower blood pressure and much more.

Far infrared saunas are the beginning to complete stress reduction, relaxation, and all-around better health. The heat therapy has been shown in several medical studies to have health benefits and proven relief for patients suffering from arthritis, chronic fatigue syndrome, fibromyalgia, and certain skin conditions. Other major health benefits include pain relief, weight loss, detoxification, lowering of blood pressure and skin purification.

Body Rejuvenation

The far infrared heat is, in fact, a necessary form of energy that all living things require for optimum health. If we don't receive enough far infrared light from the sun, we become ill and depressed. All life forms on this planet--animals, plants and humans, need this abundant far infrared light to be completely tranquil, calm, and healthy. The radiant heat from it surrounds us and penetrates deeply into our joints, muscles and tissues, speeding oxygen flow and increasing circulation. Using a far infrared saunas helps to purify our cells, specifically the fat cells where our body stores waste and harmful toxins, such as cholesterol and heavy metals. When used properly, this healing technology has zero side effects.

A far infrared sauna is an option that may be the perfect solution for you or someone you know and will promote natural body healing which leads to a happier life and healthier lifestyle for you and those around you.
For cancer specifically, infrared sauna treatments are exceptionally promising because of the selective toxicity they have on cells. In a nutshell, the hyperthermic effects of infrared radiation are only harmful to malignant cells, as was explained to me by Dr. Irvin Sahni…by exposing your body to that heat, you’re selectively killing or eradicating those less viable cells, those cancer cells, without hurting your normal cells. And so a far infrared sauna is useful because it can help you sweat, excrete toxins, and in theory, eliminate cancer cells which can’t survive the heat.”

Another study published in the Journal of Cancer Science and Therapy found that after just 30 days of infrared treatment, tumor-infected mice saw reductions in their cancerous masses of up to 86% − even with low-temperature infrared exposures of as little as 77 degrees Fahrenheit (25 Celsius).

Infrared saunas are superior for this purpose to Eliminate Toxins: Saunas also help purge the body of toxins, such as heavy metals and chemicals.
Acu-Detox (acupuncture detoxification) is a special type of auricular acupuncture treatment established by the National Acupunture and Detoxification Association (NADA). Acu-detox is performed by placing five small, sterile, disposable needles into specific points on the outer ears.

The five points of the needle protocol are: (1) The Autonomic Point which calms the nervous system and helps with overall relaxation; (2) the Shen Men or "spirit gate," which reduces anxiety and nervousness; (3) the Kidney Point, for calming fears and healing internal organs; (4) the Liver Point for detoxification, blood purification, and to quell aggression; and (5) the Lung Point, which promotes aeration and helps clients let go of grief.

This protocol is most widely used in to help individuals recover from substance abuse, alcoholism, nicotine use, and even sugar and caffeine addictions. However, Lotus Life has been helping hundreds of individuals with anxiety, depression, stress, sleep difficulties, irritability, and the symptoms associated with Toxin Overload.

Exposure to such environmental toxins and chemicals can cause a heavy burden on your body. It interferes with fundamental organ and gland functions. The damage to your liver and kidneys reduces their ability to rid the body of toxins. Both of those organs are targeted in the treatment. 

Clients receiving Acu-Detox often report feeling more optimistic about their recovery, note decreased cravings, and have a feeling of calmness and inner peace which allows for more self- exploration of the underlying factors and aspects of their lives contributing to their addictive behavior. A treatment session usually lasts for approximately 30 min depending on the individual and the setting.
CISTOMIZED CONCIERGE SERVICES
In addition to office or online sessions, I also offer custom tailored services depending on your unique situation and circumstances, which may include any combination of special location, extended time sessions, case management, consulting, integrative services with other health care provides, speaking engagements, wellness education seminars and many other options.

Some examples include:

Visits to your office, home, hospital or other agreed upon location.
Crisis Support – Extended length sessions
Dealing with a Diagnosis
Palistive and End of Life Support
Case management
Stress Management Workshops
Wellness Presentations (Breast Cancer Prevention, Mind, Body & Home Detox, Empowered Life, Emotional Healing & Essential Oils, just to name a few)
Care Provider Integration
Womens Empowerment Intensives

I am also available as a Motivational Speaker, Cancer Advocacy or to present a wellness or health seminar.  In addition, I lead a Young Women’s Breast Cancer Survivors Support group & CANcer Empowered Support Group.

Please contact me to discuss your situation and needs. 
If you don’t find value during your first meeting, let me know and I will gladly refund the cost of the session. Sadly I can’t guarantee all of your problems will be resolved, but I can guarantee you will walk away with a few ideas and possible solutions. 
Created out of the immidate need felt when I was undergoing treatment for stage 3 triple negative breast cancer in 2014. Feeling alone, overwhelmed with the onsluaght of choices, demands and information regarding treatment, I didn’t feel like I had a CHOICE and was part of my CANcer treatment plan. Left feeling completely helpless and disempowered, I prayed for answers and “someone” to show me the way to acheive my desired outcomes. Being the outspoken, disability advocate that I was, even I was left powerless becuase of FEAR. I felt forced to trust the oncology team with my care even though deep within my soul, I knew there should be a better way. A better way to treat CANcer, more options to choose from, decisions that could have been given more time to process and increased access and knowledge about natural/holistic remedies. 

People very badly need practitioners with the knowledge, wisdom and courage to blend the best of Western & Eastern medicine to the advantage of those under their influence. After my “traditional” treaments were complete about 1 year after diagnosis, I went through a whole body awakening setting out on a quest to find natural solutions to the damage that treatments left behind. 

I help men & women who have just been diagnosed with CANcer, are in treatment and those who ask the question “I Survived CANcer Now What?”
If you are in a crisis or any other person may be in danger the following resources can provide you with immediate help.
United States

Emergency: 911
National Domestic Violence Hotline: 1- 800-799-7233
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-TALK (8255)
National Hopeline Network: 1-800-SUICIDE (800-784-2433)
Lifeline Crisis Chat (Online live messaging): http://www.crisischat.org/
Crisis Text Line: Text "START" TO 741-741Self-Harm Hotline: 1-800-DONT CUT (1-800-366-8288)
Family Violence Helpline: 1-800-996-6228
Planned Parenthood Hotline: 1-800-230-PLAN (7526)
American Association of Poison Control Centers: 1-800-222-1222
National Council on Alcoholism & Drug Dependency Hope Line: 1-800-622-2255
National Crisis Line - Anorexia and Bulimia: 1-800-233-4357
GLBT Hotline: 1-888-843-4564
TREVOR Crisis Hotline: 1-866-488-7386
AIDS Crisis Line: 1-800-221-7044
Veterans Crisis Line: https://www.veteranscrisisline.net
Suicide Prevention Wiki: http://suicideprevention.wikia.com




Alexis Schneider, MA, LPC, ADS, CPCC

Owner + Integrative Therapist

About Me

Your in the right place if you are ready to move forward & reclaim your LIFE!  Lotus Life is a heart-centered, service driven, Integrative Wellness, Coaching and Counseling practice designed with YOU in mind...

Everyone has a GIFT and everyone has a STORY. Sometimes your story is your gift! I am Alexis Schneider, Founder of Lotus LIFE  and honored to “CLAIM” CANcer as part of My Story.

With great passion and commitment, my healing journey and over 20 years of experience in the rehabilitation, health & wellness field fuels me to help individuals with significant challenges. I am a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) that has traveled the cancer journey from caregiver, patient, survivor, advocate and now Certified Professional Cancer Coach (CPCC). In addition to being a self-driven, life long learner of everything Holistic, I recently became certified as an Acupuncture Detoxification Specialist. My belief is that everything is figureoutable and a natural solution exists for any problem or ailment.

Since 1999, I have been helping people LIVE their BEST LIFE despite some of the most challenging circumstances. My mission is to empower men & women by helping you heal, mind, body, soul & LIFE!

Specializing In:
•Life sustaining injuries
•Disability Adjustment
•Trauma & PTSD
•Depression & Anxiety
•Grief & Relationship
•Chronic Pain
•Autoimmune & Cancer

Both interconnected and inspired, I provide psychotherapy and coaching to educate and empower, through Integrative Therapeutic Services for the body, mind, and spirit.

Integrative Services Offered
(SEE FAQ & Book ME Tabs for more information)

Wellness Services:
     •
Auricular (ear) acupuncture
     • Aromatherapy
     • Infrared Sauna Therapy
     • Wellness Educator for The Wellness Company

Coaching Services:
 
(in person & online nationwide (via Zoom)
    • Life Coaching
    • Integrative Cancer Coaching
    • Health Coaching

Psychotherapy Services:
(in person & virtual telahealth to MI residents only -out of network reimbursement available)
     •
Individual Therapy
     • Family / Caregiver Therapy
     • Relationship Therapy
     • Therapy Groups
(Cancer-from diagnosis to surviving; Thrivorship - Life with Cancer; Coping with cancer)


Classes, Workshops and Speaking opportunities available in person & online

*See FAQ for all the details you need to make NOW your time for CHANGE!


Office located at
1106 N Cedar St (Suite 200B)
Lansing, MI 48906

Call 517-599-0613 or contact me here to schedule your FREE 15 min consultation!


Book Me

Service Offering

Testimonials

Alexis' intuition, gentle spirit and genuine personality are so evident the first time you meet her. She has a powerful story and a resilience that encourages, empowers, and inspires!

Sabrina Gauer

Young Cancer Survivor

Alexis is a true inspiration and empathatic healer. We were diagnosed about 6 months apart, so she walked much of my journey shortly before I did. Alexis exhibited strength, joy, and positivity throughout her long stretches of active treatment. Alexis immediately changed the way she, and others, looked at 'Cancer' by referring to the disease as 'CANcer' . She committed to fighting the fight with courage and humility, and beating it....because she CAN. While others turn bitter when they hear they have stage III triple negative breast cancer with a positive BRCA gene, Alexis continues to shine as a beacon of light to others who may feel lost or alone. Her passion for bringing peace, health, clarity, and sense of belonging to each and every survivor that she comes in contact with is exemplary.   

Amber Meyers

Breast Cancer Thriver

Alexis is energizing, uplifting, and, simply, a great light that shines in our world.

Jan Bidwell, MSW

Therapist / Meditation Instructor

When you are able to receive a genuine ear, along with the encouragement you so rightfully deserve, you are already ten steps ahead from where you stood this morning. It is tremendously difficult to open up to another being, let alone reaching out for help in the first place. When I didn't know where my next step would take place, I stayed put. Alexis reached out to me one day and told me that I was exactly where I needed to be even though I couldn't exactly see it for myself. I made weekly appointments in which I opened up to Alexis who provided me with exceptional support and information on where and how I could take my next step. Currently, I know I am exactly where I was meant to be. I am among the sides of those I love and helping out a woman with whom I share such a powerful connection with. I know, sincerely, that I am where I stand now because of Lotus Life Counseling. If Alexis hadn't brought out the light she saw in me, I don't think I would have been able to see it in the first place. Bless you for being the woman and person you are, you have the capability to bring back the passion in people along with the ability to make anyone feel like they are talking to someone they've known their whole life. Thank you for helping me back onto my path.

Bonnie Reed

Client

Alexis is an extremely empathetic listener and teacher, and has a strong intuition when it comes to dealing with others.  She quickly learns individuals needs and develops a strategy to help them reach their goal. She makes it clear that each individual is important and has valid thoughts, opinions, and goals. Alexis is an incredible motivator and one of  her most inspiring qualities. She pushes people to reach outside of their comfort zones in a safe environment. Even if on the first try a group member wasn’t willing to take that step, she would come back later using a different approach to give the participant another chance to enhance and broaden their abilities. She inspires those around her to live more positively and to strive for improvement in multiple facets of life. 

Andrea Howes

Group Co-Facilitator

Alexis is incredibly knowledgeable at what she does. I am humbled to know her, and be able to have experienced her AcuDetox as well as infrared sauna. It was beyond comforting, relaxing, especially in such a comfortable, welcoming feeling when you walk into her office. I look forward to meeting with her again. 

Nikki M.

Renew Treatment Client

FAQ

Are you FEELING STUCK where you are with no idea how to move beyond your current struggles?

Are you trying to find a way to meet all life's demands, but continuously falling short on time & money?

Are you sick & tired of therapists asking you “how does that make you feel”? without offering real time, honest advice and life coaching skills to help YOU COPE?

Are you tired of counselors taking so much time in the past irrelevant areas of your life and not teaching you the tools of HOW?

SOMETHING HAS TO CHANGE... I CAN’T LIVE LIKE THIS!

If you can relate to these statements, I’m here to HELP!

I’m not your typical kind of talk therapist. Honesty is my highest value and I don’t beat around the bush. I will kindly tell you what YOU NEED to hear in order to get unstuck and move forward. I specialize in holistic health providing you with natural, budget friendly solutions that actually work! I truly believe that everyone has the power to heal from negative thoughts, beliefs and trauma. I have been called a resource guru, gifted connector and passionate healer by many past clients and professional colleagues.

Common issues that I can help with include (but not limited to):

• Aging (a parent or yourself) , including     Dementia/Alzheimer’s & Caregiver Issues
• Auto-immune disease, or other medical issues
• Cancer and Psycho-Oncology 
• Chronic Pain and Chronic Illness 
Disability Adjustment
• Depression; Anxiety Disorders; Panic Attacks
• Grief and Loss
• Relationships 
• Life Transitions & discovering Purpose (your UNIQUE YOU)
• Stress Management 
• Trauma and PTSD
The mental toll of cancer and treatment is often the unsung burden of the entire ordeal. I  provide professional counseling support to help patients cope with the negative psychological effects uniqe to cancer. I help patients and caregivers manage natural reactions to cancer, including anger, sadness, fear and disbelief, which can develop after treatment. Like a Lotus Flower YOU too have the ability to rise from the mud, bloom out of the darkness, and radiate into the world. 

As a Certified Professional CANcer Coach, I provide expert resources for the prevention and treatment options that are available to you... even some that your physician may not know about. I am specially trained to work with cancer patients in the clinical, nutritional, lifestyle, environment, psycho-social and emotional aspects of cancer DIAGNOSIS, TREATMENT, RECOVERY, and SURVIVORSHIP.  I help you understand and navigate the conventional system and to learn how to add evidenced based integrative solutions to discourage conventional risk factors and to encourage the healing process. The end result is an empowered patient who is able to make intelligent, appropriate and confident treatment choices that YOU can be happy with. 

In addition Lotus Life is your one stop resource for DETOXIFICATION from cancer treatments and preventative lifestyle. Integrative services of acupuncture, infrared sauna, aromatherapy and natural health/wellness services are available and affordable to you. See other FAQ for further explanation of each service offering. 
My greatest qualification is that I am down to earth & probably just like YOU! I am a wife, mother to 3 young daughters, career oriented, an active volunteer, and servant leader. 

I have dealt with a few chronic health conditions all my life, along with Triple Negative breast cancer in 2014 that left me with many “consolation prizes” like body image issues, chronic pain, inflammation, lymphedema and surgical menapause at age 37. Therefore I feel that I have an incredibly unique combination of life experience and clinical training to help you discover your own healing.  I realize that there are very few therapists who have the intricate knowledge of how trauma and health problems impact a person's life. 

I have a Master of Arts Degree in Rehabilitation Counseling from Michigan State University and an undergrad in Therapeutic Recreation from Grand Valley State University.  I have a License as a professional counselor (LPC) in the state of Michigan. I also hold a nationally recognized certification as an Acupuncture Detoxification Specialist (ADS). 

In addition I’m certified as an Integrative professional cancer coach & stress management coach. I am a continual learner, research driven to discover the latest and greatest ways to help people and THRIVE on CHANGE! 
RATES:

Intake Therapy Session (90 minutes): $150

    Individual, Couples, or Family Therapy Sessions  (50 minutes): $100

    New Client Coaching Special: $111
(Two - 45 minute Sessions including a 15 min infrared sauna/acupuncture trial)
I realize that the cost of Counseling & Coaching may make it impossible for you to participate.  I am committed to helping you be successful and I am willing to work with you to make it possible.

• Reduced fees are available on a limited basis, please ask for details

• Health Saving Accounts/Flexible Spending Accounts may reimburse therapy sessions, check with your provider prior to scheduling a meeting.

• Meetings can be scheduled on an as-needed basis

• Meeting frequency can depend on your budget for the month

Please contact me if you would like to discuss a discounted fee.

PAYMENT:

Lotus LIFE accepts cash, checks, FSA/HSA and credit cards as formof payment, due by the end of the day of the session. Clients will be charged for appointments not cancelled 24 hours prior to their appointment time.

INSURANCE:

Here at Lotus Life, we do not accept any type of insurance, though you may seek reimbursement for counseling services on your own. 

If you choose to seek reimbursement from your insurance company, we will provide an appropriate diagnosis and receipt to turn in for any potential reimbursement for an out-of-network provider. We are happy to answer any questions you may have about private pay services.

Many insurance companies will cover 50-100% of the fee as an “out-of-network” provider. The best way to determine what portion of the fee may (or may not) be reimbursed by your insurance company is to contact them directly by calling the customer service phone number on the back of your insurance card (there is often a separate phone number for mental health or “behavioral health” services information).  When speaking with your insurance company, you will want to ask them the following questions: 


What are my "out-of-network" outpatient mental health benefits? How much of each therapy session will your insurance provider reimburse?


Do I need to meet a deductible (the amount of money you have to pay before your insurance company will start to reimburse you) before my benefits will begin paying for out of network providers? Have I already paid any of this deductible?


Are there any limitations to services (e.g., only a certain amount of money allowed for mental health reimbursements, a limited number of sessions, reimbursement only for certain types of diagnoses, etc.)?


Do you need any kind of special referral (i.e., from a primary care doctor or your University Counseling Center) before I can be reimbursed?


Do you reimburse for outpatient services provided by a limited license clinician?


How long will it take to get reimbursed after I mail my receipt? 


Where do I need to mail or email my receipt? 


Many individuals who have health insurance elect not to use it for coverage of mental health services, and instead pay for therapy as an "out of pocket" expense, or use their flexible or health savings account.  Coverage and benefits for traditional therapy and counseling services change from one health insurance company to another and from plan to plan, With many health insurance plans, coverage can be partial or very limited. Even if your plan covers all your costs, the co-pay that you would be required to contribute may be higher than the entire cost of the fewer sessions that you will need. In many cases, before you can get reimbursed by your insurance company, your therapist would have to diagnose you with a mental disorder or issue. This diagnosis would be sent to the insurance company and recorded in your medical file. In some cases the therapist would also have to provide additional clinical information to the insurance company, such as treatment plans, summaries or copies of the entire record.
There is no better way to slow down and unwind than spending time in an infrared sauna. Surrounded by soothing warmth, you can let the outside world slip away and feel your muscles release tension.  Our client Amanda says it best, “For people who’ve never been in Sunlighten Sauna, it’s like walking in and all of a sudden feeling like you’re taken away from everything that’s going on outside in the world. The experience is extremely meditative and extremely just calming, cleansing.”

Lotus Life is proud to offer you Far Infrared Sauna sessions from Sunlighten, whose saunas are technologically advanced and are safe and natural.  Their saunas use cutting-edge heater technologies such as Solocarbon® Heating Technology which provide heat all over the body for relaxation, pain relief, to lower blood pressure and much more.

Far infrared saunas are the beginning to complete stress reduction, relaxation, and all-around better health. The heat therapy has been shown in several medical studies to have health benefits and proven relief for patients suffering from arthritis, chronic fatigue syndrome, fibromyalgia, and certain skin conditions. Other major health benefits include pain relief, weight loss, detoxification, lowering of blood pressure and skin purification.

Body Rejuvenation

The far infrared heat is, in fact, a necessary form of energy that all living things require for optimum health. If we don't receive enough far infrared light from the sun, we become ill and depressed. All life forms on this planet--animals, plants and humans, need this abundant far infrared light to be completely tranquil, calm, and healthy. The radiant heat from it surrounds us and penetrates deeply into our joints, muscles and tissues, speeding oxygen flow and increasing circulation. Using a far infrared saunas helps to purify our cells, specifically the fat cells where our body stores waste and harmful toxins, such as cholesterol and heavy metals. When used properly, this healing technology has zero side effects.

A far infrared sauna is an option that may be the perfect solution for you or someone you know and will promote natural body healing which leads to a happier life and healthier lifestyle for you and those around you.
For cancer specifically, infrared sauna treatments are exceptionally promising because of the selective toxicity they have on cells. In a nutshell, the hyperthermic effects of infrared radiation are only harmful to malignant cells, as was explained to me by Dr. Irvin Sahni…by exposing your body to that heat, you’re selectively killing or eradicating those less viable cells, those cancer cells, without hurting your normal cells. And so a far infrared sauna is useful because it can help you sweat, excrete toxins, and in theory, eliminate cancer cells which can’t survive the heat.”

Another study published in the Journal of Cancer Science and Therapy found that after just 30 days of infrared treatment, tumor-infected mice saw reductions in their cancerous masses of up to 86% − even with low-temperature infrared exposures of as little as 77 degrees Fahrenheit (25 Celsius).

Infrared saunas are superior for this purpose to Eliminate Toxins: Saunas also help purge the body of toxins, such as heavy metals and chemicals.
Acu-Detox (acupuncture detoxification) is a special type of auricular acupuncture treatment established by the National Acupunture and Detoxification Association (NADA). Acu-detox is performed by placing five small, sterile, disposable needles into specific points on the outer ears.

The five points of the needle protocol are: (1) The Autonomic Point which calms the nervous system and helps with overall relaxation; (2) the Shen Men or "spirit gate," which reduces anxiety and nervousness; (3) the Kidney Point, for calming fears and healing internal organs; (4) the Liver Point for detoxification, blood purification, and to quell aggression; and (5) the Lung Point, which promotes aeration and helps clients let go of grief.

This protocol is most widely used in to help individuals recover from substance abuse, alcoholism, nicotine use, and even sugar and caffeine addictions. However, Lotus Life has been helping hundreds of individuals with anxiety, depression, stress, sleep difficulties, irritability, and the symptoms associated with Toxin Overload.

Exposure to such environmental toxins and chemicals can cause a heavy burden on your body. It interferes with fundamental organ and gland functions. The damage to your liver and kidneys reduces their ability to rid the body of toxins. Both of those organs are targeted in the treatment. 

Clients receiving Acu-Detox often report feeling more optimistic about their recovery, note decreased cravings, and have a feeling of calmness and inner peace which allows for more self- exploration of the underlying factors and aspects of their lives contributing to their addictive behavior. A treatment session usually lasts for approximately 30 min depending on the individual and the setting.
CISTOMIZED CONCIERGE SERVICES
In addition to office or online sessions, I also offer custom tailored services depending on your unique situation and circumstances, which may include any combination of special location, extended time sessions, case management, consulting, integrative services with other health care provides, speaking engagements, wellness education seminars and many other options.

Some examples include:

Visits to your office, home, hospital or other agreed upon location.
Crisis Support – Extended length sessions
Dealing with a Diagnosis
Palistive and End of Life Support
Case management
Stress Management Workshops
Wellness Presentations (Breast Cancer Prevention, Mind, Body & Home Detox, Empowered Life, Emotional Healing & Essential Oils, just to name a few)
Care Provider Integration
Womens Empowerment Intensives

I am also available as a Motivational Speaker, Cancer Advocacy or to present a wellness or health seminar.  In addition, I lead a Young Women’s Breast Cancer Survivors Support group & CANcer Empowered Support Group.

Please contact me to discuss your situation and needs. 
If you don’t find value during your first meeting, let me know and I will gladly refund the cost of the session. Sadly I can’t guarantee all of your problems will be resolved, but I can guarantee you will walk away with a few ideas and possible solutions. 
Created out of the immidate need felt when I was undergoing treatment for stage 3 triple negative breast cancer in 2014. Feeling alone, overwhelmed with the onsluaght of choices, demands and information regarding treatment, I didn’t feel like I had a CHOICE and was part of my CANcer treatment plan. Left feeling completely helpless and disempowered, I prayed for answers and “someone” to show me the way to acheive my desired outcomes. Being the outspoken, disability advocate that I was, even I was left powerless becuase of FEAR. I felt forced to trust the oncology team with my care even though deep within my soul, I knew there should be a better way. A better way to treat CANcer, more options to choose from, decisions that could have been given more time to process and increased access and knowledge about natural/holistic remedies. 

People very badly need practitioners with the knowledge, wisdom and courage to blend the best of Western & Eastern medicine to the advantage of those under their influence. After my “traditional” treaments were complete about 1 year after diagnosis, I went through a whole body awakening setting out on a quest to find natural solutions to the damage that treatments left behind. 

I help men & women who have just been diagnosed with CANcer, are in treatment and those who ask the question “I Survived CANcer Now What?”
If you are in a crisis or any other person may be in danger the following resources can provide you with immediate help.
United States

Emergency: 911
National Domestic Violence Hotline: 1- 800-799-7233
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-TALK (8255)
National Hopeline Network: 1-800-SUICIDE (800-784-2433)
Lifeline Crisis Chat (Online live messaging): http://www.crisischat.org/
Crisis Text Line: Text "START" TO 741-741Self-Harm Hotline: 1-800-DONT CUT (1-800-366-8288)
Family Violence Helpline: 1-800-996-6228
Planned Parenthood Hotline: 1-800-230-PLAN (7526)
American Association of Poison Control Centers: 1-800-222-1222
National Council on Alcoholism & Drug Dependency Hope Line: 1-800-622-2255
National Crisis Line - Anorexia and Bulimia: 1-800-233-4357
GLBT Hotline: 1-888-843-4564
TREVOR Crisis Hotline: 1-866-488-7386
AIDS Crisis Line: 1-800-221-7044
Veterans Crisis Line: https://www.veteranscrisisline.net
Suicide Prevention Wiki: http://suicideprevention.wikia.com




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