Kathy Carruthers, LMSW, LISW, CAADC, IAADC

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Kathy Carruthers, LMSW, LISW, CAADC, IAADC

Kathy Carruthers, LMSW, LISW, CAADC, IAADC

Kathy is a Licensed Master of Social Work (LMSW), Licensed Independent Social Worker (LISW), Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor (CAADC), and International Advanced Alcohol and Drug Counselor (IAADC). She is attending Walden University for her Doctorate of Social Work (DSW) with a specialty in addiction. She earned her Master of Social Work (MSW) degree from Grand Valley State University.

Before coming to Pine Rest, Kathy worked at a community mental health organization and served patients with severe and chronic mental illness, co-occurring disorders, borderline personality disorder, mood disorders, and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Also, she worked as part of the deaf and hard of hearing program in Kent County, provided community-based substance-abuse services, and provided outpatient therapy services to children, families and individuals.

Kathy uses several different treatment modalities including cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT), solution-focused therapy (SFT), and motivational interviewing. She is willing to weave spirituality into any of her treatment modalities, and she also specializes in serving the deaf and hard of hearing.


  • Codependency Issues
  • Gambling
  • Psychotic Disorders / Schizophrenia
  • PTSD / Trauma / Sexual Abuse
  • Sexual Identity Issues
  • Spiritual / Religious Issues
  • Substance Use / Substance-Related Disorders

Patient Ages

  • Adult
  • Older Adult


  • Retreat Clinic

Blog posts written by Kathy Carruthers, LMSW, LISW, CAADC, IAADC

How Can We Help More People Get Treatment for Addiction?

Posted on: Aug 28, 2020

How Therapy Helps with Addiction Recovery

Posted on: Jan 29, 2019