Dawn Carlen



We all encounter struggles and challenges in life. Sometimes we can manage difficult problems independently, but what a blessing it is to have someone you trust walk beside you, working together to come to a place of healing, restoration, and peace. Dawn has always had a heart-felt passion for helping others and believes that being a therapist allows her to work toward the fulfillment of her life’s purpose.

Dawn has an MA in Counseling Psychology from Western Michigan University and is a TLLP in the state of Michigan. As a psychologist, Dawn focuses on connecting closely with her clients to form a strong therapeutic alliance; so that together, they can work to overcome challenges and obstacles in the lives of her clients. Dawn works primarily from a Cognitive Behavioral Theoretical perspective (CBT), which hinges on the concept that our thoughts and behaviors are linked. By shifting our thoughts, we can change our behaviors, which in turn leads to positive outcomes in our lives. Dawn has a diverse work history and a wealth of life experiences that include working as a pregnancy counselor, aiding in refugee resettlement, helping women in crisis, and the supervision of a homeless shelter.

On a personal level, Dawn is an adoptive and refugee foster parent and has 4 adult children that are the pride of her life. In her free time, Dawn enjoys spending time with her family, friends and best little buddy, her dog Poco.  She enjoys traveling, taking long walks, working out, photography, exploring new places, and spontaneous road trips.  

Dawn welcomes clients of all ages. Her areas of specialty include Grief and Loss, Adoption and Foster Care, Anxiety, Depression, Trauma / PTSD, and Sexual Abuse.

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 Spring Lake Office

17224 VanWagoner Rd
Spring Lake MI 49456

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 Jenison Office


1388 Baldwin St. Suite A
Jenison MI 49428

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Grand Rapids Office
1465 3 Mile Rd NW
Grand Rapids MI 49544

(In Orchard Hill Church)




Fremont Office

4040 West 72nd Or M-82
Fremont MI 49412

(In Midwest Psychology Building)

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