GFM The 
Synergy Center

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Administrative Staff and Team



Valarie has a Master's Degree in Social Work from Western Michigan University and an undergraduate degree in Business Administration also from Western Michigan University.  She has over 15 years of experience in the Behavioral Health field.  Over 12 years ago, her desire to see change and transformation was her driving force to birth GFM The Synergy Center.  She saw a need to provide culturally sensitive,  relevant programs within hard to reach areas and services in the community she serves. Valarie's love and compassion to see those in hurting helped and healed led her to continue to expand programs and services that extend beyond the borders of Kalamazoo.  When available to counsel her specialty area is  Faith Based Counseling, especially to those in leadership (pastors, and leadership team members), Marriage and Couples, adults and teenagers.

SUE KOHL, MA, LLP ,Clinical Manager 

Sue has a master's degree in Counseling Education/Counseling Psychology from Western Michigan University. She is also a Certified Addictions Counselor. Sue has over the past 25 years of working in a variety of substance abuse and mental health settings. Sue joined GFM The Synergy Center in November 2012 where she practices outpatient therapy with clients suffering from addictions and mental health issues. Substance abuse, depression, anxiety, low self-esteem, grief and loss. Michigan Driver's License reinstatement, domestic



Faith brings to GFM The Synergy Center several years of office and customer services experience. Her experience is an asset to the agency and the individuals served.  Faith iis currently pursuing a Master in Counseling through Spring Arbor University and has a Bachelor of Science in Education from Western Michigan University.

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