Counseling and Coaching
Whether you are an individual, a couple or a family looking for help, we trust you will benefit from our confidential, accredited services. Consultations are free! Choose from our specialized services to meet your needs, or let us develop a plan with you. See Traci in her virtual clinic from the comfort of your couch with no need to take time off work or find childcare. Or come to our beautiful healing space! We are fully insured.
We provide traditional counseling services in our Marquette office, as well as innovative online counseling and coaching options!
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I took Tracis Fight 101 class in Petoskey and I learned how to get out of every situation without attacking a person, and I also learned how to attack not even using my fist if needed! This class was SOO helpful and I recommend anyone who is reading this to take her class! She’s a great teacher and she used basic skills that ANYONE can use to get out of a harmful situation. You do not have to have had something traumatic happen to you in order to take the class, it is for anyone to take! Thank you so much Traci!! Definitely going to be purchasing your book as well! Hopefully I’ll see you again soon at another one of your classes!
Written by C.G. April 2019
What can I say about the person who more than any other has guided and coached me through the most difficult challenge of my life. Traci has been kind and compassionate when the situation called for it, yet strong and resolved when I needed to answer the tough questions. Asking me to take responsibility for my life and recovery while working to assure I get back into a daily routine as well as setting and working towards long-term recovery goals. I could not have been placed in more caring, capable hands. Thank you for everything you have done and your continued guidance.
Written by A.M. April 2019
“Traci is amazing! This training was easy to learn and practice and was so incredibly empowering. I recommend it for every woman!”
Written by J.K. April 2019
“This was an amazing experience ❤️ I wish I would have had something like this sooner! Every woman should go through this.”
Written by A.R. April 2019
“I attended Fight 101 with my teenage daughter. It was a great bonding experience for us. Not only did it give us the opportunity to learn physical defensive maneuvers, it also opened up doors to conversation about the importance of taking care of ourselves, watching out for our friends, to my own experience of an attack, and that we can be much stronger than we think. In just a short time, Fight 101 gave us both the skills and confidence to defend ourselves to the best of our abilities. I highly recommend the Fight 101 experience.”
Written by Y. May 2016 After Counseling with Traci for Two Months on Issues Concerning Stress, Anxiety, Addictions, and Depression.
“I couldn’t recommend Traci enough! She is such a lovely human being! When at my lowest point ever, I needed someone to reach out to. There she was in all her glory, calm and collected. Ready to help! What I found fab was the fact that she gets to know you as a person first. We’ve grown into having a lovely relationship, which I feel has helped me open up about everything in my life in more ways than one.
Written by T. May 2016 After Counseling with Traci for Three Weeks on Issues Concerning Stress, Anxiety, and Depression.
“Traci is very friendly and good at making you feel comfortable while also being very helpful and knowledgable in decoding your problems. She is consistent and wonderful to talk to.”
Written by L. July 2016 After Counseling with Traci for Two Months
“Very helpful and understanding, she continues to provide me with tools and techniques to be a healthier version of myself.”
Written by S. October 2016 After Counseling with Traci for Three Weeks on Issues Concerning Depression, Stress, Relationships, Family, and Career.
“Traci is a very kind person and works in every area that I need help in. She has been very patient and supportive with me thus far. She has helped me see the light at the end of the tunnel without the quick fix of medication.”
Written by A. October 2016 After Counseling with Traci for Two Weeks on Issues Concerning Addictions, Relationships, Family, and Parenting.
“Traci listens and can also relate to how I feel. I enjoy our conversations, she is a really big help.”
Written by I. November 2016 After Counseling with Traci for Three Days on Issues Concerning Relationships, Family, Grief, Parenting, and Self-esteem.
“Traci is understanding and makes you feel comfortable with the situation you are in. She gives scenarios or options to consider without putting much pressure on or not imposing on what needs to be done. I like her supportive aura, (even online)!
Written by A, December 2016 After Counseling with Traci for Three Weeks on Issues Concerning Depression, Stress, Anxiety, Trauma and Abuse, and Sleeping.
“Traci is terrific to work with. She’s very enlightened and non-judgemental. Her advice is very reassuring and she goes well out of her way to provide extra, helpful resources for consideration as you work together. Traci addresses me at a very personal level and helps me to not be so hard on myself as I travel on an up and down path to wellness. I hope to continue working with her for some time.”
Written by N. December 2016 After Counseling with Traci for One Month on Issues Concerning Stress, Anxiety, Relationships, Grief, and Sef Esteem.
“Traci has been a huge asset and comfort to me recently. She has accurately pinpointed the areas of my life that need to be worked on and has given me the tools to successfully navigate my issues as they arise. I cannot recommend Traci enough!”
Written by M. February 2017 After Counseling with Traci for Three Weeks on Issues Concerning Relationships.
“Traci is very respectful and understanding. She has helped me break through walls and obstacles in life with her resources. She has helped my partner and I by guiding us through the bumps in life.
Written by A. February 2017 After Counseling with Traci for Two Weeks
“I have only had a few sessions with Traci so far, but I feel a sense of warmth and understanding from her. She is very easy to talk to and has already helped me move in the right direction. I look forward to making progress in the sessions to come!”
Written by S. February 2017 After Counseling with Traci for One Month on Issues Concerning Stress, Anxiety, Trauma and Abuse, and Self Esteem.
“Traci is able to listen and respond with the compassion and knowledge one would expect from a lifelong friend. In my short time with her, she has given me information that truly changes how I feel and how I view my emotional and mental challenges. Traci was always available when I needed her and checked on me regularly. I never felt alone. Thank you Traci!”
Written by H. February 2017 After Counseling with Traci for Three Months on Issues Concerning Depression and Eating.
“Traci’s 20+ years of extensive experience in the mental health field has led her to become extremely warm and compassionate with her patients. She enables one to reach beyond hopelessness and want for a healthier life.”
Written by L. March 2017 After Counseling with Traci for Three Weeks On Issues Concerning Relationships, Family, Trauma and Abuse, and Grief
Traci is very personable, friendly, and understanding. She’s helped me develop a plan of action for our sessions and for my personal growth. I look forward to the continued growth in my personal life from our sessions.
Written by V. March 2017 After Counseling With Traci For One Year And Eight Months On Issues Concerning Family and Relationships.
“I found working with Traci to be a huge relief. She is caring and a good source of resources that helps me take care of myself.”
Written by M. March 2017 After Counseling With Traci For Three Weeks On Issues Concerning Depression, Stress, Anxiety, and Relationships.
Traci has been a warm, empathetic support in my life. I appreciated her thoughtful responses and the resources she provided me.
Written by M. After Counseling With Traci For One Month On Issues Concerning Stress, Anxiety, Addictions, and Self Esteem.
“You’re in good hands. Traci has helped me re-think some of the things that make me anxious, which at one point I had given up on fixing. The amount of money I paid is nothing compared to the benefit of ease of mind I’ve received.”
Written by A. After Counseling With Traci For One Month On Issues Concerning Depression, Anxiety, Addictions, LGBT, Relationships, Family, Intimacy-Related, Eating, Sleeping, And Self-Esteem
“Traci is great. She knows what she’s talking about, she’s seen it all, she’s non-judgemental. I had to quit for personal reasons, but in the month I spent with her, she gave me so many CBT tools to go forward with on my own for a bit. I will absolutely be back to see her again in the future.”
Written by V. July 2017 After Counseling With Traci For Three Months On Issues Concerning Depression, Stress, Anxiety, And Sleeping.
“Best counseling experience I have ever had.”
Written by S. July 2017 after counseling with Traci for two years and two months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, addictions, eating, sleeping, self-esteem, and depression
“Traci is very knowledgeable and capable, but more importantly to me, she is caring and supportive. They say your best friend is the best therapist you can have, and she immediately makes you feel that you have known her forever and she’s that best friend.”
Written by D. September 2017 after counseling with Traci for 6 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, and relationships.
“Traci allows you to open up and helps you find your own answer. Her ability to open your eyes to your own thought process and help you figure out what’s most important is both freeing and without pressure.”
Written By M. October 2017 After Counseling With Traci For Two Weeks On Issues Concerning Stress, Anxiety, LGBT, Relationships, Family, Intimacy-Related, Self-Esteem, Anger, and Career
“Excellent, professional therapist that gets right to the point and guides you with tools that help you define the feeling, and most importantly, get an action plan together that helps you move forward. This is by far some of the most effective therapy work I’ve done.”
Written by M. April 2018 After Counseling With Traci For One Month
“Traci cuts to the chase, she is confident and thorough but supportive and empathic. She believes in what she is doing and so do I. Her knowledge is broad and encompasses mind, body, and spirit. Some of the best talk I’ve ever had. Therapeutic you might say.”
Written By S. December 2017 After Counseling With Traci For Two Years And Three Months On Issues Concerning Eating
“Traci is friendly, fun and helpful. She is a good listener. Her advice is solid and works. I’ve been working with her for over a year now and I will keep working with her.”
Written by G. May 2018 After Counseling With Traci For Two Years And Five Months On Issues Concerning Stress, Anxiety, Grief, And Depression.
“Traci is the best! She is funny, warm, and understanding. She provides really great support and helps you get to the right decisions and outcomes for you. She also has a great approach. She will talk to you and get to know you as a person, which makes you feel really comfortable talking with her about more personal issues. I recommend Traci highly!”
Written by L. June 2018 After Counseling With Traci For One Year And Three Months On Issues Concerning Relationships, Family, Trauma And Abuse, And Grief
“I worked with Traci for about a year and she helped me tremendously. We worked through several topics and she helped provide practical tips on how to cope or work past things. She’s passionate about what she does, friendly and easy to talk to. She also has a good way of making you feel comfortable. I hope our paths cross again.”
Written By H. July 2018 After Counseling With Traci For One Year and Eight Months On Issues Concerning Depression and Eating.
“Traci emulates empathy and consideration. I cannot imagine a better therapist.”
Written By S. August 2018 After Counseling With Traci For 6 Months On Issues Concerning Stress, Anxiety, Trauma And Abuse, Eating, Sleeping, And Anger
“I love her. I feel like she does listen to me.”
Written By B. October 2018
“Traci is a therapist that not only listens to what is going on in your life, she actually is there to help you come up with solutions.”
Written By A. December 2017
“Traci is an exceptional marriage counselor; she posed many thought- and action-provoking questions that really got to the core of our relationship problems. We delved deeply into issues of resentment, trust, and forgiveness. She also provided us with valuable tools to move forward with a more connected relationship. I learned to not be passive and wait for something magical to improve my relationship, but rather to take action.”
Written By K. December 2017
“I have seen a few counselors over the years but I never been so impressed as I was with the therapeutic program that Traci laid out. The goals for our treatment, which were extremely well-structured, were discussed at our first meeting and, while her approach was systematic, it was also quite flexible. She moved at our pace and tailored her tested program to our needs. I feel that Traci very effectively helped my wife and I thoroughly examine our relationship and gave us valuable tools to strengthen our relationship.”
Written by J. December 2017 after working for 3 months in the Trauma Solutions Program
“It’s like having my feet more solidly on the ground for once in my life.”
Written By H. December 2017
“A warm and comforting source of compassion and validation, Traci understands the complexity of the human experience on a variety of different platforms. Her natural talent in this profession allows your experience with her to become reflective, empowering and consistently effective.”
Written By M. December 2017
“Traci gave me hope that I could overcome and continue to manage my
debilitating anxiety when I thought there was none.” 🙂
Written By E. December 2017
“I’ve talked to therapists before and I’ve never had any results or any kind of forward progress. I typically get to a 3-month mark and think they’ve given me enough tools to survive (probably why I’m also getting bad at responding promptly, even though I want and need to talk I’m doing a poor job of prioritizing it and I apologize), and ghost them. This time is different. I feel myself changing and making progress. It’s giving me hope and a sense of control over my life.”
Written By B. December 2017
“I am so happy to be part of this movement. I am amazed at how much more I have learned.”
Written By N. December 2017
“Very well worth it.”
Written By J. December 2017
“Well worth the 3 hours – I would recommend anyone take this class.”
Written By J. December 2017 After working for 3 months in the Trauma Solutions Program
“It’s like having my feet more solidly on the ground for once in my life.”
Written By D. December 2017
“I don’t know where I would be today if I hadn’t had Traci’s help. She knows how to identify what’s happening with my stress, and guides me to find the solution. I would recommend her to anyone needing caring and knowledgeable counseling. I’ve told people more than once that she’s brilliant and a godsend.”
Written By S. December 2017
“Traci quickly made me feel at ease and comfortable sharing difficult information. I appreciate her holistic approach to treatment. The balance of cognitive behavioral therapy and practical strategies has made a significant difference in my day-to-day life. Thank you!”
Written By R. December 2017
“Traci is the best! We have found her to be a blessing in our marriage, for our kids and for our parenting. Life is challenging and her expertise, guidance, and support have been the key for us to lay out a plan for our lives, marriage, and kids to get us where we want to be and live an intentional life filled with love and meaning. Thank you, Traci!”
Written By E. December 2017
“Offering a combination of CBT and open conversation in a healing space, Traci guided me during my postpartum anxiety and depression. She was nurturing and compassionate, yet challenged me to change my way of thinking and do the internal work that was necessary to journey through trauma and grief.”
Written By P. July 2017
“I worked with Traci for over 3-4 months. The sessions were absolutely wonderful. Initially, I was skeptical about online sessions. But Traci was always positive and happy and it helped. I started seeing her with a specific problem but we ended up working through a couple others too. Her tools and resources and the way she explained things was very very helpful. When I compare the person I was before seeing her and after seeing her, I can see how much I have improved and grown. And I owe it all to Traci. She is the best. I would definitely recommend her to anyone who is looking for help.”
Written By R. December 2017
“Traci helped me in 5 meetings more than 3 doctors could for my health in over 7 years. I am so grateful for meeting her and over the past year now I am finally happy and have managed my diverticulitis and anxiety……truly a godsend……I highly recommend her for all your life’s troubles and medical needs. I have told many of our friends about how wonderful she is and how also she is a national speaker.”
Written By K. December 2017
“Traci is kind, easy to talk to, she isn’t like talking to a counselor it’s like talking to your best friend but you get the best advice and so much help :). She makes times for you even when her schedule is impossibly busy! She has helped me in so many important ways, and helped figure things out about myself I never knew to be true. I have accomplished numerous things through her and I’m so thankful every day for her and her amazing help!”
Written By D. December 2017
“Vibrant Health Company is truly a cut above the rest! The services provided by Traci are so evidently shaped by her wealth of experience across a range of disciplines along with her personal attributes of warmth, empathy, kindness, compassion and an awesome sense of humor! Also, the option of online sessions negates so many barriers to accessing quality care. I’ve really benefited from working with Traci and would HIGHLY recommend Vibrant Health Company!!”
Written by M. September 2016
“Betterhelp and Traci have been a relieving and awesome discovery.
I respond best to being asked questions in order to kick start my brain into processing, and Traci is not only helpful in listening and affirming that I’ve been heard, but asks questions and challenges my thought process and outlooks, which is needed in order to learn, grow, and improve. Traci provides articles and more information, which is an incredibly helpful reference for me.
I have been and will continue to tell others about Betterhelp and its benefits.”
Written by E. January 2016
“I don’t know how she does it online but Traci has been more perceptive than my last 3 brick and mortar therapists. She is truly amazing.”
Written by V. January 2016
“Having been in therapy since I was 16 years old (I am now 40) and having the opportunity to seek many many counselors, psychiatrists, and psychologists, I can honestly say that Traci is a godsend. I signed up with this website when my depression and anxiety started spiraling out of control again, and in a few short weeks, I started feeling better.”
“She has all the qualities that make a good therapist: knowledge, technique, empathy, and non-judgmental(ness) – is that even a word.”
“Even if I don’t communicate with her every day, I still find comfort knowing she is there if I need her.”
Written By S. December 2015 After Working With Traci For 1 Month On Issues Concerning Depression, Stress, Anxiety, And Self Esteem
“Traci has been a great help thus far. I’ve been struggling with anxiety and a healthy dose of quarter-life crisis, and Traci’s a great person to talk to. She’s positive, and provides me with tasks and suggestions that usually make me feel better about everything.”
Written by A. December 2015
“I love working with Traci.
She is understanding, I feel nothing but comfortable talking to her. She is patient and her words are always wise and they help. She knows how to help.”
Written by L. November 2015
“Traci is honestly a wonderful therapist. By that, I mean that she is a balanced combination of thoughtful, compassionate, patient, task and change-oriented, insightful, and has the skill and gift of combining deeper wisdom (and the encouragement of clients cultivating their own) and solid cognitive behavioral understanding, amongst other psychological fields. She gets how the past relates to the present, and the good in exploring that, but keeps most of the work in the present. I also appreciate her humor and that she does not set herself totally apart as a therapist–she is clear that she is sharing the human journey. I think of her as more of a coach, and that dynamic has worked really well for me. “
Written by J. October 2015 After Working With Traci For 2 Months On Issues Concerning Relationship, Sex-Related, And Self Esteem
“Traci has been great. She has a sense of humor when it is helpful which I very much appreciate and she has a way of approaching things that really get me to think through an issue. I am grateful that I was matched up with her.”
Written By S. October 2015 After Working With Traci For 1 Month On Eating Disorders
“I like Traci. She’s not pushy, judgmental or arrogant. She’s helpful and goes at your speed.”
Written By K. October 2015 After Working With Traci For 3 Weeks
“Traci is the best! She and I really click where I was looking for someone to help me holistically. She’s very understanding of my circumstances and gives her opinion from an objective point of view. Her assignments and everything she does to help me is so helpful. I completely recommend her to anyone going through major anxiety/panic issues. We’re going at a good pace and we’re working through my issues. Love Traci!! :)”
Written By A. September 2015 After Working With Traci For 1 Month
“I have worked with Traci for 5 weeks and she helped me through a change of perspective on my life that has proven effective and meaningful. Traci is very patient, caring, and she is an excellent professional that understood my situation and gave me the most proper tools to get out of my impasse. I was hesitating at first about using better help, but meeting Traci and working with her was an absolutely rewarding experience.”
Written By G. September 2015 After Working With Traci For 1 Month On Depression, Stress, Anxiety, and Relationship Issues
“Traci Baxendale Ball has been a lifesaver for me. I had many things going on in my life that I was not able to sort through alone and she was there for every step of the way. She is extremely patient, caring and helps you work through your emotions step by step. She is amazing and I couldn’t thank her enough for what she has helped me get through!”
Written By C. September 2015 After Working With Traci For 1 Month
“Traci was very non-judgmental. With her humor, kindness, and wisdom, she helped me through a bumpy patch in life.”
Written By D. September 2015 After Working With Traci For 4 Months On Depression, Stress, Anxiety, Relationship Issues, Sex-Related Issues, Anger Management, and Career Difficulties
“This method and Traci were perfect for my busy life. She was very effective and helpful. She really helped me find clarity in the overabundance of thoughts that can appear for all of us from time to time. I recommend not only this option for help to people, but from Traci specifically. Thank you, Traci. I will miss how upbeat you are!”
Written By S. September 2015 After Working With Traci For 3 Weeks
“Traci is patient and willing to work at a pace that works for you. She has helped strengthen my marriage and boost my self-esteem. She offers tactics to basically help you help yourself.”
Written By A. September 2015 After Working With Traci For 3 Weeks
“I am very happy to have met Traci! She has helped me in many ways already. I have some major grief and depression issues, but she has made me feel accepted. Talking with her is building me up daily. I’m grateful for her!”
Written By G.I on 08/31/15 After Working With Traci For 2 Weeks On Depression, Stress, And Anxiety, Relationship Issues
“I have been going through a very hard time recently in my life and I can’t even begin to explain how much Traci has helped me work through everything. She helps you step by step and has given me a sense of hope that I didn’t see before.”
Written By J. August 2015 After Working With Traci For 3 Weeks
“Traci has been great. She always seems to know just the right things to say and has given me some great advice, as well as a wealth of tools and resources. I’m using the information she gives me and I really feel it’s making a difference.”
Written By E. August 2015 After Working With Traci For 3 Months On Coping With Addictions, Relationship Issues, Motivation, Self Esteem, And Confidence, Career Difficulties
“Traci has been extremely helpful, and well worth the counseling fee. I think the Betterhelp format is excellent, and highly recommend it to a busy, working professional. I’m very lucky to have found Traci on the site, and I would absolutely recommend her.”
Written By K. August 2015 After Working With Traci For 1 Week
“Traci has been wonderful! Helped my wife and I head in a direction that will save our marriage. Made some great reading recommendations and behavior changes that have already paid off! Highly recommend!”
Written By T. July 2015 After Working With Traci On Relationship Issues, Coping With Grief And Loss
“Traci Baxendale ball has been a tremendous help to me in my journey to come to terms with the loss of a relationship. Her thoughtful consideration of my ideas, my angst, my troubles, and my fears and doubts have allowed me space to think and consider other options that I didn’t consider before. Her demeanor and sense of humor and the way she challenges me to think have made this work well for me. I highly recommend Traci as a counselor who can make a difference in people’s lives. She’s fantastic!”
Written By J. June 2015 After Working With Traci On Depression, Stress, And Anxiety, Coping With Addictions, Sex-Related Issues
“Traci is patient and subtly re-directs negative statements and thoughts. She has a lot of insight into practical tips for overcoming anxiety and stressing down as well as other problems. I am so grateful for her.”
Written By K. June 2015 After Working With Traci On Depression, Stress, Anxiety, Trauma, Abuse, Sex-Related Issues, and Bipolar Disorder
“Ms. Ball is very proactive and offers tangible means of information and therapeutic aids, such as journaling and routine scheduling, to enhance treatment. Also, her kind-heartedness is very evident. I feel fortunate for having had her appointed as my therapist in every way.”
Written By D. June 2015 After Working With Traci On Depression, Stress, And Anxiety
“Traci is wonderful! She has been empathetic, compassionate and extremely patient. In my experience, she has created a very safe space whereby the concept of opening up and sharing my issues, has become much less daunting. Her sense of hope is inspiring and her warmth and sense of humor have really helped to develop a strong level of rapport. I feel that I can truly trust Traci and that she sees me as a whole person, rather than just the sum of my issues.”
“Traci has offered me a range of effective strategies to address my issues and has empowered me with the skills to take control of my own wellbeing. She has also provided me with very useful links for further reading. Traci’s holistic approach has helped me immensely. I am truly grateful for her guidance thus far and look forward to continuing on with her help. In short, Traci is a champion counselor!! :)”
Written By D. June 2015 After Working With Traci On Depression, Stress, Anxiety, Relationship Issues, Family Conflicts, Trauma And Abuse, Sex-Related Issues, And Parenting Issues
“Betterhelp matched me perfectly with Traci Baxendale Ball. I have been “stuck” for over a decade with a troubled son’s behavior and with Traci’s help I am making better decisions for him and myself to positively change.”
“Traci understands the mental health system and issues relating to the clients very well. She brought compassion and insight to all my questions. I am pleased to continue working with her indefinitely.”
Written By J. June 2015 After Working With Traci
“Traci has been able to talk me through so much and help me deal with my issues in a calm rational manner, and I believe that’s what so many of us are looking for. Thank you, Traci!”
Written By S. June 2015 After Working With Traci On Depression, Stress, Anxiety, Coping With Addictions, Eating Disorders, Sleeping Disorders, Motivation, Self Esteem, And Confidence
“I think Traci is great. I have a really hard time opening up to people and I feel she is one hundred percent on my side and that I can tell her anything.”
“I never would admit my problem before I met Traci, but I think we can work through some things and get me on a better path in no time.”
Written By D. May 2015 After Working With Traci On Coping With Addictions, Relationship Issues, Trauma And Abuse, Sex-Related Issues, And Eating Disorders
“I have been working with Traci only a short time but I have to say that I have really enjoyed the chats and the guidance I have received. She has given me resources to review as well tasks to work on.”
Written By S. May 2015 After Working With Traci On Depression, Stress, Anxiety, Eating Disorders, Sleeping Disorders, Motivation, Self Esteem, And Confidence
“Traci is very positive, encouraging and responsive. She shows she cares deeply and expresses great empathy. She listens to me as the client as to whichever direction I wish to take the sessions and is helpful in sending additional resources, offering compassionate advice and a listening ear. Traci is obviously a very spiritual, empathetic and warm person.”