Brett VanTol, PhD, Licensed Psychologist

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Brett VanTol, PhD, Licensed Psychologist

Brett VanTol, PhD, Licensed Psychologist

Brett VanTol is a licensed psychologist who has worked at Pine Rest since 2008. Prior to this, he worked in the Lansing area for 15 years primarily in the area of brain injury rehabilitation and chronic pain management.

Brett earned his bachelor’s degree from Calvin College majoring in Psychology. He then completed his master’s degree at Michigan State University in Rehabilitation Counseling with an emphasis in disability management and the return of injured employees back to work. He returned to Michigan State University to earn his PhD in Counseling Psychology in 1998, and has practiced in the area of rehabilitation psychology since that time.

In addition to the practice of psychological therapy and assessments, areas of expertise include coping with serious medical and life changing conditions, family adjustments, and relationship concerns.

Faith Statement

The Christian faith taught to me by my parents has been my faith, too, from a very early age. Taught from a Christ-centered world view, I take this perspective with me into my role as a psychologist.
M. Scott Peck so aptly began his book, The Road Less Traveled, with the sentence, “Life is difficult.” It is in both the joys and the difficulties of our life in these broken bodies that our faith is shaped and molded. Often, however, it is in the difficulties that we become keenly aware of our dependence on God for strength and redemption.

As a psychologist practicing from a Christ-centered perspective, I strive to help individuals understand the biological, psychological, social, and spiritual views of the issues we face and deal with in our daily lives. I attempt to do this with compassion and understanding for the difficult journey many of us encounter as we walk through life.


  • Anxiety Disorders
  • Coping with Medical Conditions
  • Couple / Marital Relationship Issues
  • Grief and Loss
  • Mood Disorders (Depression / Bipolar Disorder)
  • Older Adults / Senior Care
  • Psychological Assessments

Patient Ages

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Older Adult