Mr. Phillip Nienhuis
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Mr. Phillip Nienhuis

Licensed Clinical Social Worker | MSW, LMSW

The StrongHope Approach is grounded in real life. Real life involves a mixture of struggles and achievements; self-doubt and affirmation of one’s beliefs, values and strengths; struggling and loving relationships; choices that are contradictory and confusing.

The StrongHope Approach balances the two side of a coin. It both alleviates Misery and enhances Well-being.

Misery includes depression, anxiety, PTSD and all the other forms of “mental disorders.” It includes the many forms of family misery. It includes distress in the workplace, and chronic pain and illness.

Well-being is the affirmation that “Life is good” in spite of its difficulties. It involves living your life in such a way that you affirm and live out your beliefs, values and strengths. It is having the mindset that you do have the capability to both survive life’s adversities and also thrive in its goodness; developing your strengths; and, developing the confidence to confront the adversity we encounter every day. All this works best, of course, in the faith that it is God through grace who deeply enriches our lives.

This is the StrongHope Approach!

There are two parts to my practice. The first is provided at Bethany Christian Services, Holland Office. At Bethany I provide individual, marital and family counseling, with my primary expertise being in working with adolescents and couples.

I also provide online Career Consultations through StrongHope LLC. The focus here is specifically Career Planning for adolescents and young adults as well as Career Adjustments for adults. For the Career Consultations please email me at [email protected] or visit for more information.

These are the books I most frequently reference:

Love and Respect (Emerson Eggerichs)

Why Marriages Succeed of Fail (John Gottman)

Your Child’s Strengths (Jenifer Fox)

Do Hard Things ( Alex & Brett Harris)

Why Don’t Students Like School? (Daniel Willingham)

Grit: The Power and Passion and Perseverance (Angela Duckworth)

The Path to Purpose (William Damon)

Making Hope Happen (Shane Lopez)

Every Job A Parable (John Van Sloten)

Make Your Job a Calling (Bryan Dik)