So many people have experienced a confusing time of life when they were unsure of their path. Some people graduate from school and don’t know which company to work for. Others want to start their own business but aren’t sure how to do it, or if it’s even the right plan at all. Others find themselves yearning for a different career than the one they have and want to make a drastic change. Other folks might be retired but aren’t finished contributing to the world. All of us have felt the turmoil of transition.

Transitions can be especially challenging if you aren’t sure what your next move is going to be.

My custom Wayfinding Program is designed to help people create concrete options for their next chapter of life. Together we will work through formal assessments of your strengths, interests, and assets. We will do a logistics analysis of your qualifications, finances, and network. Then we will determine several plans that showcase your strengths, address your interests, and make sense for your financial situation. We will launch your life toward the plan you choose.  While we work together, you can stop worrying about not having a plan and enjoy the process of self-discovery.  In 6-8 weeks you will have a renewed purpose and a solid action plan.

Call or email and let’s get started!


Call 828-458-0313


New Workshop for Parents of Adult Children in Ann Arbor Michigan

HURON COUNSELING SERVICES, Renew Hopeand VAN MEERTEN CONSULTING present a one-day workshop about Parenting Adult Children. 

January 25th, from 8am-10am at 916 Fuller Street in Ann Arbor. Register here or by calling 828-458-0313. $65

When your children become adults, your whole family must make changes to allow for their new role. The specific changes are different in every family, and they are not always smooth or short-lived. As parents, we can gain clarity on this period of change by reflecting first on our own expectations.

Who is considered an ‘adult’ in your family? Is there a vague “other” status between child and adult? What privileges are allotted to adults or young adults in your family? What responsibilities do adults or young adults have in your family? Do you and your spouse agree about these privileges and responsibilities? If not, how do you handle disagreements? How do you communicate your expectations to your spouse and children?

The most common challenges in families with adult children are:

  1. The timing and content of next steps for career or school for children
  2. Money
  3. Romantic partners of children and parenting style of grandchildren
  4. Adult child behavior and habits in your home
  5. The tone of emotional exchanges between parents and children and among siblings
  6. Managing the emotions of redefining a relationship
  7. Disagreements between parents about how to handle these issues

In this custom workshop, we will pinpoint specific areas of growth for each participant, and role play new ways to behave in routinely painful or frustrating interactions. Group members will draft and practice key phrases and body language for the situations that bother them the most.

Julie Boyd specializes in family and couple’s counseling, and has two young adult children herself. She leads multiple seminars about parenting emerging adults. Sylvia van Meerten’s background is in autism and mental health. This has given her unique insight on the unspoken-but-very-important expectations in all families, and the wide variety of methods used to communicate with adult children. You will leave our workshop refreshed with new ideas, practical skills, and resources for the future.

January 25th


916 Fuller Street Ann Arbor Mi


Register online

Register via phone: 828-458-0313


Julie Boyd, MA, LPC




Sylvia van Meerten, MA LLPC