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"I only have this moment. 
What I choose in this moment makes all the difference...  
I choose love."
Jon Schoonmaker is a seasoned practitioner in the field of personal healing and empowerment. He has worked enthusiastically over the past 30 years encouraging  individuals, especially teens, in their efforts to bring their best to the world.  He is the founder of Wolakota Youth Programs, a 501(c)3 nonprofit youth serving agency.  He developed and presents the Legacy Program, an empowerment experience for school communities. He is the owner of Omega Youth Empowerment, a private counseling practice. In addition, Jon is a singer/songwriter and his deeply personal music reflects  the truth of his healing work.
Jon is a Licensed Professional Counselor in private practice in Adrian, Michigan.  He is an Adjunct Professor in the Graduate College at Siena Heights University, he is a certified Advanced Clinical Hypnotherapist through the Wellness Institute, and he is a clinical shamanic practitioner trained through the Power Path School of Shamanic Studies.  Jon shares his wealth of experience and unique perspective as a frequent motivational speaker, workshop presenter, and spiritual teacher. 
The primary healing work that Jon provides in his therapeutic practice is trauma reprocessing utilizing brain change interventions to release trauma from the mind and body.  


Jon opened his counseling practice in Adrian in 2010.


Jon utilizes a transpersonal brain change therapeutic approach.  Modeling balance symbolized in the Indigenous medicine wheel, his approach addresses the whole person and strengthens the interconnections between emotional health, cognitive health, physical health, and spiritual health.  Transpersonal Brain Change Therapy moves individuals beyond the management of emotional challenges into deep and lasting healing.  His areas of specialization include:

  • Trauma reprocessing 

  • Interventions for at-risk adolescents

  • Healing from sexual and physical abuse

  • Attachment challenges

  • Grief and loss

  • Adolescent development issues

  • Support for teens and families

  • Crisis intervention

  • Eco-Therapy Interventions drawing on Indigenous wisdom and wilderness experiences


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