James Mitchell, M.A., L.M.S.W. 
616-402-6326   800 Monroe NW, Suite 318

James is a co-founder and therapist at Third Coast Counseling Center. He does individual, group, couple, and family therapy with adults, adolescents, and teenagers. James has two M.A.’s from Boston College (1984): one in Counseling Psychology, and one in Theology. He was also trained in Family Therapy at Family Therapy Associates of Ann Arbor, and received training in hypnosis. 
     He has worked as an outpatient therapist for his entire career. He has worked for Newaygo County Mental Health, YWCA Domestic Crisis Center (as the Assailant Therapist), Bethany Christian Services, Community Counseling and Personal Growth Ministry (for over 17 years), and now at Third Coast Counseling Center. He has had contracts to provide counseling/therapy at several Grand Rapids Area schools, including Discovery Alternative High School and St. Andrew’s Catholic School. He currently co-leads a group for adolescent boys at East Grand Rapids Middle School. 
      Married for more than 25 years, he has two sons, 6 cats, and 2 dogs. 


  •  Family work
  •  Working with high school age clients
  •  Family of origin issues
  •  Parenting issues
  •  Chronic health issues
  •  Sexual abuse issues
  • Domestic violence issues (victim and perpetrator)
  • Dealing with anger 

Cecilia Skidmore, M.A., L.P.C. 
313-443-7581   800 Monroe NW, Suite 318
Cecilia is the former executive director of Community Counseling and Personal Growth Ministry, and is co-founder and therapist at Third Coast. She has hosted the public radio show "Open Mind" on WGVU (88.5fm) for over ten years. 


  • Women's issues
  • Career Counseling
  •  Alternative Lifestyles
  •  Spirituality
  •  Grief work
  •  MBTI: Cecilia works with the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator for individuals, couples, families, and businesses.  This approach is particularly helpful when focusing on managing personal change and/or change in organizations.
  • Testing Services:  Cecilia is qualified to perform a variety of useful psychological and personality tests, including: Myers-Briggs Type Indicator, the Strong Interest Inventory, ADD/ADHD testing, and others. 

Ron Skidmore, M.A., M.A., M.Div., L.P.C., C.A.A.C. 
616-334-3420   800 Monroe NW, Suite 318   
Ron has over 30 years of counseling experience in a variety of settings: community mental health, pastoral counseling, substance abuse counseling and private practice.  He is a Certified Advanced Addictions Counselor and an Internationally Certified Advanced Drug and Alcohol Counselor.  Ron also has experience in pastoral ministry and counseling and is adept at helping people with the psychological dimensions of spiritual questions and practice.  His specialty is helping people get "unstuck" by enabling them to build motivation for changes they want or need to make, especially in regard to addictive, compulsive or self-defeating behaviors.  Ron is a trainer in the method of Motivational Interviewing and a member of MINT, the Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers.


  •   Addictive/Compulsive behaviors
  •   Depression/Anxiety
  •   Codependent/Self-defeating behaviors
  •   Self-Esteem/Self-Confidence
  •   Enhancing Motivation for Change
  •   Spirituality
  •   Training in the method of Motivational Interviewing for professionals 
  •   in behavioral health and medical practice    

Much like the neighborhoods where we are located, we are an eclectic mix of individuals: each of us has different interests, both personally and professionally, and different therapeutic specialties. However, we share a common goal: to provide a supportive and compassionate environment within which individuals, couples, families, and groups can find the emotional, cognitive, and spiritual tools to help them grow and develop as human beings.  

Third Coast Counseling Center, LLC, is made up of  professional counseling therapists in private practice. We are located in Grand Rapids, MI and our mission is to facilitate the healing and growth of people through counseling, education, training, and consultation. 

Heather Wiszczur, LMSW, CAADC 
616-335-0638   800 Monroe NW, Suite 318    
Heather is a Master's level Clinical Social Worker and a Certified Advanced Drug and Alcohol Counselor. Heather is experienced working with individuals, couples, and groups on issues related to mental health, addiction, and other life stressors. Heather's strength as a therapist lies in her compassionate, strength-based, and supportive approach. She actively partners with clients to explore current and ongoing issues, and to create and work toward goals to improve coping skills and well being.


  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Stress Management
  • Postpartum Depression
  • Women's Issues
  • LGBT Issues
  • Chemical Dependency and Addiction
  • Grief and Loss

Who We Are

Melissa J. Langley, MSC, LPC
616-328-3756   1514 Wealthy St. SE, Suite 236
The foundation of my practice is based on the 4 principles of Empathy, Encouragement, Awareness, and Empowerment. I believe the objective of counseling is to help individuals make sense out of emotional chaos. This comes through primarily understanding two things:

1. We are products of our environment, we do what we know.
2. We all have the power to change unhealthy or unwanted behavior.

     My experience as a Crisis Counselor as well as an individual counselor has given me experience with just about any issue. Please let me know what you’re struggling with and we can determine together if I can be supportive to you.
       I also focus on the following: Interpersonal relationships, Parenting challenges, Challenges faced by College Students, Anxiety/Stress, Workplace issues, Multi-Cultural Issues, as well as help individuals explore options to determine and choose their life path. 
     I believe the work we do as counselors is sacred and I count it a privilege to be entrusted with your most fragile feelings and situations.