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Joshua Wieringa, LMSW

(he/him/his)

Where he studied:

Bachelor of Arts in Cognitive Science
– University of Michigan
Master of Social Work
– University of Michigan

What he does at Pietruck Therapy Services:

Psychotherapist

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Meet Joshua

What is your favorite place?

Sleeping Bear Sand Dunes, MI and on my motorcycle.

What is your go-to “feel good” song?

 “Hold Me Closer” by Elton John and Brittney Spears

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

I generally do something outside or if the weather is not great then I will cook something.

Other than mental health, what is something you’re passionate about?

I like to volunteer with my friends at a few veteran-focused non-profits. It’s a way for me to continue enjoying the team cohesion that I experienced in the military.

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

I wanted to be Airborne Infantry, which I did for about ten years.

What is your favorite way to move your body?

My favorite way to move my body is on my motorcycle.

What is something you’ve learned about yourself recently?

I have discovered that listening to my body tells me more about what I need than listening to my thoughts.

Who is your ideal client?

I would say my ideal client is an older teen to an adult who is looking to heal, grow, or explore themselves in hopes of finding a healthier and more enjoyable life.

Why do you like being a therapist?

I like being a therapist because I enjoy helping people.

What is something you wish people knew about therapy?

You don’t have to stick with one therapist. Take the time to explore options and styles and find a therapist that helps you live your best life.

Why/how can people benefit from therapy?

Therapy is a great way to gain a better insight into one’s self while challenging yourself to be a stronger and healthier version of who you were yesterday.

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

My approach to others is a client-centric and goal-orientated approach even if that means it takes some time to figure out what the client needs and wants to accomplish with therapy.

What does success in therapy look like to you?

Success is when the client’s intentions are coming to fruition.

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

Not everyone will think you are doing the right thing. So surround yourself with people who truly understand and support you in doing what helps you be a healthier person, physically and mentally.

Populations:

Teens 13-19, Young Adults & Adults

Treatment Modalities:

  • Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT)
  • Mindfulness
  • Motivational Interviewing
  • Psychoeducation
  • Strength-Based Therapy
  • Trauma Informed Care
  • Trauma Sensitive Mindfulness

Professional Specializations

  • Addiction and Codependency
  • Anger Management
  • Anxiety
  • Behavioral Problems
  • Chronic Pain and Illness
  • Coping Skills
  • Depression
  • Disability Adjustment
  • Dual Diagnosis
  • Health Concerns
  • Healers and Healthcare Workers
    Insomnia
  • Life Transitions
  • Mindfulness
  • Pain Management
  • Self-Harm and Suicidal Ideation
  • Smoking Cessation
  • Stress
  • Substance Abuse and Codependency
  • Trauma
  • Veterans
Joshua Wieringa, LMSW Psychotherapist

Joshua Wieringa, LMSW

(he/him/his)

Where he studied:

Bachelor of Arts in Cognitive Science
– University of Michigan
Master of Social Work
– University of Michigan

What he does at Pietruck Therapy Services:

Psychotherapist

Location:

Saline & Virtual

contact:

Service Dog

Meet Joshua

What is your favorite place?

Sleeping Bear Sand Dunes, MI and on my motorcycle.

What is your go-to “feel good” song?

 “Hold Me Closer” by Elton John and Brittney Spears

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

I generally do something outside or if the weather is not great then I will cook something.

Other than mental health, what is something you’re passionate about?

I like to volunteer with my friends at a few veteran-focused non-profits. It’s a way for me to continue enjoying the team cohesion that I experienced in the military.

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

I wanted to be Airborne Infantry, which I did for about ten years.

What is your favorite way to move your body?

My favorite way to move my body is on my motorcycle.

What is something you’ve learned about yourself recently?

I have discovered that listening to my body tells me more about what I need than listening to my thoughts.

Who is your ideal client?

I would say my ideal client is an older teen to an adult who is looking to heal, grow, or explore themselves in hopes of finding a healthier and more enjoyable life.

Why do you like being a therapist?

I like being a therapist because I enjoy helping people.

What is something you wish people knew about therapy?

You don’t have to stick with one therapist. Take the time to explore options and styles and find a therapist that helps you live your best life.

Why/how can people benefit from therapy?

Therapy is a great way to gain a better insight into one’s self while challenging yourself to be a stronger and healthier version of who you were yesterday.

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

My approach to others is a client-centric and goal-orientated approach even if that means it takes some time to figure out what the client needs and wants to accomplish with therapy.

What does success in therapy look like to you?

Success is when the client’s intentions are coming to fruition.

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

Not everyone will think you are doing the right thing. So surround yourself with people who truly understand and support you in doing what helps you be a healthier person, physically and mentally.

Populations:

Teens 13-19, Young Adults & Adults

Treatment Modalities:

  • Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT)
  • Mindfulness
  • Motivational Interviewing
  • Psychoeducation
  • Strength-Based Therapy
  • Trauma Informed Care
  • Trauma Sensitive Mindfulness

Professional Specializations

  • Addiction and Codependency
  • Anger Management
  • Anxiety
  • Behavioral Problems
  • Chronic Pain and Illness
  • Coping Skills
  • Depression
  • Disability Adjustment
  • Dual Diagnosis
  • Health Concerns
  • Healers and Healthcare Workers
    Insomnia
  • Life Transitions
  • Mindfulness
  • Pain Management
  • Self-Harm and Suicidal Ideation
  • Smoking Cessation
  • Stress
  • Substance Abuse and Codependency
  • Trauma
  • Veterans

Background

Josh began his social work career by interning at the Ann Arbor Veteran Affairs (VA) Hospital in the Substance Use Disorder Clinic. There Josh helped veterans achieve their goals with reducing substance use while addressing other concerns such as depression, anxiety, and trauma. He has continued to work at the VA with a dual appointment to UofM as a research therapist. Before entering social work Josh served in the US Army for ten years with deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan. Josh developed a patient centric and trauma informed approach to therapy and became experienced in working with individuals who struggle with suicidal tendencies. Josh is experienced in treating substance use disorders for both harm reduction and sobriety, chronic pain, anxiety and depression, in a diverse population.

Pietruck Therapy Office

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.