Cheri Antonow, LLMSW

Cheri Antonow, LLMSW

(she/her/hers)

Where she studied:

Bachelor of Social Work
University of Eastern Michigan

Master of Social Work
University of Michigan

What she does at Pietruck Therapy Services:

Psychotherapist

Location:

Saline & Virtual

Contact:

Meet Cheri

What is your favorite quote?

“Our journey starts with an understanding that no great good can be done for people if we don’t listen to them first.” -Cornelius Minor

A book that you think everyone should read:

“The Boy, The Mole, The Fox And The Horse” by Charlie Mackesy.

As a child, What did you want to be when you grew up?

A Social Worker, but I also wanted to be a professional swimmer and swim in the Olympics.

What do you do for self-care/self-love?

Being by water, reading a good book, or feeling grounded by standing barefoot in the grass.

What is your favorite place?

West Michigan! I enjoy being by the water and going lighthouse hunting.

If you weren’t a mental health professional, what would you be doing?

I would be a nurse or have a position in healthcare.

What is your go-to “feel good” song?

I have two… Peter Bjorn, “Young Folks” and Toto, “Africa”.

What is your favorite way to move your body?

Yoga or lifting weights

Who is your ideal client?

I think it’s really brave to come to therapy. With that being said, my ideal client is someone who decided to “walk through the door” and show up. What a brave act! For someone to “show up” not necessarily knowing what to expect but being willing to try it anyway. That shows me someone is willing to take their health into their own hands and is willing to do the work, by seeking that additional support. Anyone willing to do that is an ideal client.

Why do you like being a therapist?

I like being a therapist because it focuses on the importance of the client feeling seen and heard, possibly in a way they have never experienced before. Everyone deserves to feel that way and I enjoy being a part of it.

What is something you wish people knew about therapy?

If you feel condemnatory by a particular therapist, it may not be a good fit! You should never feel like you need to protect yourself from your therapist. Yes, it may take time to build a trusting relationship, and therapy can be complex, however, if you are finding that you are continuing to struggle and feel like they are being hyper-critical, it may not be a good fit and that’s okay.

Why/how can people benefit from therapy?

Therapy contributes to an individual’s well-being, which allows them to live a healthier lifestyle.

What is something you’d like clients to know about you (or how you work)?

I think it’s essential to create a safe healing space for my clients as well as knowing that therapy is a collaborative effort. I would like a client to know that they are the experts of their own lives and while I do not have all the answers, together, working as a team, and knowing the importance of our work together, that is what will lead to better outcomes.

What does success in therapy look like to you?

When I think about successes in therapy, it doesn’t have to look like a huge life accomplishment. Success is having an aha moment during a session. It could be completing a task or reaching a goal that may have been difficult for you. I believe in taking one step at a time, day by day, and knowing success in therapy could be big or small and still deserves to be celebrated.

What are your thoughts about the “stigma” of therapy?

Stigma regarding therapy can be tricky. For multiple reasons, someone may not feel comfortable with the idea of therapy, and that’s okay. It is not my job to judge someone who may not be comfortable with the idea of therapy. Everyone has their reasons, as no one fits into a one-size-fits-all category with their comfort around therapy. All I can do is be a resource for questions, concerns, and ideas.

Populations:

Kids (3+), Tweens, Teens, Young Adults, Adults & Families

Treatment Modalities:

  • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)
    Behavior Counseling
    Breath work
    Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT)
    Compassion Focused Therapy
    Creative Expression
    Creative Expression/Art Therapy
    Dance/Movement Therapy
    Expressive Therapy
    Family Systems
    Holistic Therapy
    Integrative Therapy
    Internal Family Systems (IFS)
    Meditation
    Meditation and Mindful Movement
    Mindfulness
    Motivational Interviewing
    Narrative Therapy
    Person-Centered Therapy
    Psychodynamic Therapy
    Psychoeducation
  • Strength-Based Therapy
    Trauma Informed Care
    Trauma Sensitive Mindfulness
    Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT)

Professional Specializations

  • ADHD
    Anxiety
    Autism Spectrum Disorder
    Attachment
    Behavioral Problems
    Bullying
    Bullying and Social Skills
    Coping Skills
    Cultivating Joy
    Depression
    Developmental Disabilities
    Dual Diagnosis
    Educators
    Emotional Regulation
    Empowerment-Based
    Finding Your Truth
    Gender Identity/Body Dysmorphic Disorder
    HAES (Health At Every Size)
    Geriatrics
    Grief and Loss
    Healers and Healthcare workers
    Identity Discovery, Loss, Building
    Infertility
    Insomnia
    Integrative/Holistic Therapy
    Kink Friendly
    LGBTQIA2S+ and Questioning Folx
    Life Transitions
    Meditation
    Mindfulness
    Parenting
    Personal Empowerment
    Psychodynamic Therapy
    Relationships
    Self-Esteem
    Sexual Harassment
    Stress
    Trauma
    Type-A Personality
    Women’s Health & Postpartum
    Work/Life Balance
Therapist Cheri Antonow, LLMSW

Cheri Antonow, LLMSW

(she/her/hers)

Where she studied:

Bachelor of Social Work
University of Eastern Michigan

Master of Social Work
University of Michigan

What she does at Pietruck Therapy Services:

Psychotherapist

Location:

Saline & Virtual

Contact:

Meet Cheri

What is your favorite quote?

“Our journey starts with an understanding that no great good can be done for people if we don’t listen to them first.” -Cornelius Minor

A book that you think everyone should read:

“The Boy, The Mole, The Fox And The Horse” by Charlie Mackesy.

As a child, What did you want to be when you grew up?

A Social Worker, but I also wanted to be a professional swimmer and swim in the Olympics.

What do you do for self-care/self-love?

Being by water, reading a good book, or feeling grounded by standing barefoot in the grass.

What is your favorite place?

West Michigan! I enjoy being by the water and going lighthouse hunting.

If you weren’t a mental health professional, what would you be doing?

I would be a nurse or have a position in healthcare.

What is your go-to “feel good” song?

I have two… Peter Bjorn, “Young Folks” and Toto, “Africa”.

What is your favorite way to move your body?

Yoga or lifting weights

Who is your ideal client?

I think it’s really brave to come to therapy. With that being said, my ideal client is someone who decided to “walk through the door” and show up. What a brave act! For someone to “show up” not necessarily knowing what to expect but being willing to try it anyway. That shows me someone is willing to take their health into their own hands and is willing to do the work, by seeking that additional support. Anyone willing to do that is an ideal client.

Why do you like being a therapist?

I like being a therapist because it focuses on the importance of the client feeling seen and heard, possibly in a way they have never experienced before. Everyone deserves to feel that way and I enjoy being a part of it.

What is something you wish people knew about therapy?

If you feel condemnatory by a particular therapist, it may not be a good fit! You should never feel like you need to protect yourself from your therapist. Yes, it may take time to build a trusting relationship, and therapy can be complex, however, if you are finding that you are continuing to struggle and feel like they are being hyper-critical, it may not be a good fit and that’s okay.

Why/how can people benefit from therapy?

Therapy contributes to an individual’s well-being, which allows them to live a healthier lifestyle.

What is something you’d like clients to know about you (or how you work)?

I think it’s essential to create a safe healing space for my clients as well as knowing that therapy is a collaborative effort. I would like a client to know that they are the experts of their own lives and while I do not have all the answers, together, working as a team, and knowing the importance of our work together, that is what will lead to better outcomes.

What does success in therapy look like to you?

When I think about successes in therapy, it doesn’t have to look like a huge life accomplishment. Success is having an aha moment during a session. It could be completing a task or reaching a goal that may have been difficult for you. I believe in taking one step at a time, day by day, and knowing success in therapy could be big or small and still deserves to be celebrated.

What are your thoughts about the “stigma” of therapy?

Stigma regarding therapy can be tricky. For multiple reasons, someone may not feel comfortable with the idea of therapy, and that’s okay. It is not my job to judge someone who may not be comfortable with the idea of therapy. Everyone has their reasons, as no one fits into a one-size-fits-all category with their comfort around therapy. All I can do is be a resource for questions, concerns, and ideas.

Populations:

Kids (3+), Tweens, Teens, Young Adults, Adults & Families

Treatment Modalities:

  • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)
    Behavior Counseling
    Breath work
    Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT)
    Compassion Focused Therapy
    Creative Expression
    Creative Expression/Art Therapy
    Dance/Movement Therapy
    Expressive Therapy
    Family Systems
    Holistic Therapy
    Integrative Therapy
    Internal Family Systems (IFS)
    Meditation
    Meditation and Mindful Movement
    Mindfulness
    Motivational Interviewing
    Narrative Therapy
    Person-Centered Therapy
    Psychodynamic Therapy
    Psychoeducation
  • Strength-Based Therapy
    Trauma Informed Care
    Trauma Sensitive Mindfulness
    Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT)

Professional Specializations

  • ADHD
    Anxiety
    Autism Spectrum Disorder
    Attachment
    Behavioral Problems
    Bullying
    Bullying and Social Skills
    Coping Skills
    Cultivating Joy
    Depression
    Developmental Disabilities
    Dual Diagnosis
    Educators
    Emotional Regulation
    Empowerment-Based
    Finding Your Truth
    Gender Identity/Body Dysmorphic Disorder
    HAES (Health At Every Size)
    Geriatrics
    Grief and Loss
    Healers and Healthcare workers
    Identity Discovery, Loss, Building
    Infertility
    Insomnia
    Integrative/Holistic Therapy
    Kink Friendly
    LGBTQIA2S+ and Questioning Folx
    Life Transitions
    Meditation
    Mindfulness
    Parenting
    Personal Empowerment
    Psychodynamic Therapy
    Relationships
    Self-Esteem
    Sexual Harassment
    Stress
    Trauma
    Type-A Personality
    Women’s Health & Postpartum
    Work/Life Balance

Background

Cheri Antonow is an LLMSW who received her Bachelor’s degree from Eastern Michigan University and a Master’s degree from The University of Michigan in the area of Child Welfare and Families. Following school, Cheri has experience working as a school social worker and has a passion for working with students to be their authentic selves and cultivating meaningful support for the children and those who love them. Cheri also is experienced in creating and facilitating group and individual counseling sessions for students to help with their targeted behaviors in special education as well as Tier 1 and 2 interventions to overcome behavioral concerns. Cheri has collaborated with families/guardians to build trusting relationships not only to confirm that care is being instilled, but thoughtful planning to ensure that the students would thrive. Cheri has worked with children and adults during all stages of life, working with those who have experienced social/emotional/behavioral difficulties, grief, anxiety-related disorders, trauma, recovery, depression, autism spectrum disorder, other health impairments, emotional impairments and attention deficit disorders.

WHERE TO FIND US IN SALINE

We are located on Saline's Northeast side, off of Industrial Drive, close to Campus Parkway. Our office is located across the street from Saline High School in the Wood Duck Business Park Association.
You will immediately turn left into the parking lot and we are located at the very end of the building, Unit 1. There is free parking in the lot in front of our entrance.
Please come on in, take a seat in the waiting room and your therapist will be out to greet you at the time of your appointment.