Douglas Cushman, LMSW

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Douglas Cushman, LMSW

Douglas Cushman, LMSW

Douglas is a licensed clinical social worker with 30 years experience in the human services field. He earned a bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Social Work from Hope College in 1983 and a master’s of Clinical Social Work degree from Michigan State University in 1988.

His professional experience includes providing individual, group, and family therapy to children, teenagers, and adults. Douglas is a very versatile clinician and has worked in a variety of treatment settings including residential, foster care, home-based services, outpatient clinic, and hospital in-patient.

Douglas’ areas of expertise include cognitive behavior therapy, dialectical behavior therapy, family and child issues including adoption, depression and anxiety, anger management, grief and loss, PTSD and other trauma-related issues.

In addition, Douglas has a passion to assist patients in developing a stronger Christian faith and approaches therapy from a solid biblical perspective.  Douglas is skilled in helping patients successfully apply the truth of scripture to their specific situations in order to promote healing and long-term growth.

Douglas has been married for almost 30 years, has four children, (two of them by adoption) and he and his wife were also foster parents for eight years.

Douglas participates with Faith Community Outreach, an initiative within Pine Rest that seeks to connect area clergy, churches, and ministries to services available from Pine Rest; as well as develop new services specifically designed to benefit the faith community.

Faith Statement

I was transformed by the saving power of the Gospel many years ago when I was still a teenager. God opened my eyes to believe in the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ, and moved my heart to receive Him as my Lord and Savior. God soon gave me a desire to reach out with compassion to hurting, confused, and broken individuals. (2 Cor 1:3-4) I subsequently obtained a Bachelor’s Degree from Hope College, majoring in both Psychology and Social Work. A few years later I received a Master’s Degree in Clinical Social Work from Michigan State University.

Throughout my professional career I have always sought to integrate my Christian faith into my counseling practice. It has been vitally important to me to remember that while therapy techniques have their place; Christ alone brings lasting peace. “Peace I leave with you; My peace I give to you…” (John 14:27). I have been privileged through the years to see God’s healing power do great things in the lives of many people (Jeremiah 17:14) God’s word is a very important part of that healing process. “All Scripture is inspired by God and profitable…” It is a joy to help people learn to effectively apply the truth of God’s word to their specific life situations. Through the years I have seen the hearts and minds of many men, women and young people transformed and renewed by God’s word. I also teach a variety of effective coping skills to help patients reduce the intensity of negative emotions, but am also careful to ensure these techniques do not violate the truth of Scripture. “But examine everything carefully; hold fast to that which is good” (I Thess 5:21).

As important as God’s word is to me as a Clinician, I am not “preachy” with my patients. I fully realize the importance of a loving and listening ear as a vital part of the healing process. Patients come to therapy with many different needs and struggles and compassionately listening to them share their stories is essential to providing the best treatment. “…Everyone must be quick to hear, slow to speak…” (James 1:19) I would be honored to walk alongside you in your healing journey and by His grace help you become the person God desires you to be.


  • Anger Management
  • Anxiety Disorders
  • Family, Parent, and Child Issues
  • Grief and Loss
  • Mood Disorders (Depression / Bipolar Disorder)
  • PTSD / Trauma / Sexual Abuse
  • Spiritual / Religious Issues

Patient Ages

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Children