Mission Statement

Wellness matters. Wellness first.
The mission of WIM is our endless commitment to the highest quality of patient care provided by expertly trained professional clinicians and delivered with welcoming compassion, in a safe and non-judgmental environment. The mission is deeply rooted in our belief that helping others to care for their mental health empowers individuals, families and communities to aid and improve their overall wellness.

A History of Wellness

Wellness matters. Wellness first.
The Wellness Institute of Michigan was founded by Karen Gallagher, LMSW, a fully licensed masters level social worker. Karen has worked for over 30 years in a variety of clinical settings including traditional mental health outpatient, children’s and teen residential services, substance use, addictions, and rehabilitation clinics. She brings this wealth of knowledge to the daily operations of the practice in establishing expert standards of care in the delivery of patient mental health services.

Karen is honored to be affiliated with our group of clinicians as they are able to serve the varying needs of the community.
Services are provided to ages 0 to 100.

It's About Wellness

Wellness matters. Wellness first.
Customer Service
We are unique from other clinics because of the individual one-on-one attention and help that you receive from us. From the time you reach out to make the first contact with our office, we answer your questions and always return your calls as soon as possible. Communication with our patients is our first priority.

Our desire is to truly make this opportunity for your growth an easy and comfortable process allowing you to focus on your counseling experience.
Appointments are scheduled typically within one week of your first contact.
Philosophy of Treatment
Our philosophy of treatment is to treat all patients with dignity, respect, and full compliance with ethical standards of practice. We understand that people have multiple influences and experiences in their lives which may impact their own relationships and style of life. At the Wellness Institute of Michigan, we work with each patient in full consideration of their individual cultural experience, socio-economic circumstances, gender identity, and spiritual and family background. We have deep regard for the person you are and work with you in the direction you want to go to make changes and improve your life circumstances. We are your teammate during your journey with us.
Your Counseling Program
At the Wellness Institute of MI, we believe that your counseling experience must occur in a safe environment as you begin your journey to make change. Our telehealth platforms are HIPAA protected and our office spaces are private and confidential.

Your therapist will work with you to create a very personal counseling plan which provides direction and flexibility. We understand that at some point in life there are unexpected turns and interruptions resulting in stress and emotional issues for everyone. The Wellness Institute of MI recognizes the courage it takes anyone to ask for help, and we offer a warm nonjudgmental welcome to assist you in personal growth.
We address a multitude of problems and life challenges.
Holistic Belief about Therapy
Our core belief is that mental health counseling is part of recognizing the whole person, taking into account family, social, physical and medical factors. We acknowledge that all of these systems are interwoven and contribute to the overall functioning of the individual.
Humanistic Approach
This approach believes that we can assist the individual to rely on his or herself more confidently. We help the person focus on what they know about themselves and use their own healthy strengths as well as build new coping techniques. This approach emphasizes personal security, resilience, accountability, and flexibility. The goal with the Humanistic approach is to improve self-empowerment while building self-esteem.
Integration of Care
We support the notion of integrated care which includes a continuum of health care services. We understand that you may have support from your primary care physician, psychiatrist, attorney, or school counselor, and we are willing to collaborate with those entities on your behalf. All communications with outside organizations or individuals must be in accordance with confidentiality and HIPAA laws.
Confidentiality
Confidentiality is the cornerstone of any therapy practice and must be adhered to at all times without question. At the Wellness Institute of Michigan, we comply with appropriate federal and state confidentiality guidelines. During the first visit to the office, the patient is provided information and forms which indicate the exact nature of our obligations to assure patient confidentiality.
Please feel free to ask your therapist for more details if you have questions.