Welcome! My name is Kristi J. Karel and I am a licensed clinical social worker with an advanced certification in alcohol and drug counseling and I am trained in EMDR and working towards EMDR certification. I am also the owner of Intentional Journey Counseling and provide supervision and clinical consultation to our staff and others in the community. I am also an NASW approved supervisor in the state of Michigan for candidates seeking full licensure as an LMSW.

I specialize in the treatment of individuals with complex trauma histories or C-PTSD and/or individuals with dissociative or depersonalization episodes or disorders. Clients who seek out treatment with me may have the following traumas: history of intimate partner abuse, history of childhood abuse/neglect, history of sexual abuse, and/or witnessing violence or loss of a loved one. I also have a passion for working with young adults going through difficult life transitions.

I also work with clients to address concerns with depression, anxiety, relationships, life transitions, and self-esteem. Sometimes these symptoms go hand-in-hand with a trauma diagnosis or they are stand alone issues for clients. I also hold an advanced certification in alcohol and drug counseling.

My approach to therapy is holistic, strength-based, and interpersonal; working with you to help identify goals and grow into the best version of yourself. I am also trained in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), cognitive behavioral therapy, trauma-focused therapy, motivational interviewing, and behavioral approaches.

I want to personally welcome you and hope that I can inspire you to make positive changes in your life.




Ages: Young Adults, Adults


I specialize in working in the following areas:

  • Trauma & PTSD
  • Dissociative Disorders
  • Depression/Anxiety


I also work with the following issues:

  • Addiction
  • Alchol Use
  • Codependency
  • Coping Skills
  • Divorce
  • Domestic Violence/Abuse
  • Dual Diagnosis
  • Emotional Disturbance
  • Grief
  • Life Coaching
  • Life Transitions
  • Peer Relationships
  • Relationship Issues
  • Self Esteem
  • Sexual Abuse
  • Stress
  • Women's Issues


Mental Health:

  • Dissociative Disorders
  • Mood Disorders




Kristi J. Karel

Kristi J. Karel, lMSW, CAADC


I currently accept the following plans:

  • Blue Cross Blue Shield of MI Plans
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield - Federal
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield - MESSA
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield - Out of State plans
  • Prioirty Health - Commericial plans
  • Self Pay

Please call our office staff at 269-588-1441 Press 3 to schedule an appointment with Kristi

Intentional Journey Counseling Services, PLLC

4341 S. Westnedge Ave

Suite 2212

Kalamazoo, MI 49008


Phone: 269-588-1441

Fax: 269-775-7551


E-mail: hello@intentionaljourneycounseling.com


All are Welcome here!


Kristi now has openings coming up in September for EMDR clients. Please contact our office to snag a spot today!