Set Forth

Counseling for teens and young adults in Traverse City, Michigan. Specializing in trauma therapy and supporting LGBTQ youth and their families. Also offering trainings for professionals pursuing authentic connection within their organizations and the populations they serve.

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All walks of life are welcome. I strive to provide a therapeutic environment that is judgment free, whole-hearted, and completely focused on you; that recognizes and supports who you truly are and will be.

We all go through painful experiences, sometimes way more than we can handle in one lifetime. We can become lost and forget that being human is about more than survival. We doubt ourselves, lose sight of our bravery, intelligence, and how incredible we actually are. We forget that there is a SELF in there and that it is the only one on earth. It’s a brilliant, limitless, generous, wise, tough and tender self.

About Nikki Wald, LMSW

Owner of Set Forth Counseling, LLC and a clinical licensed master social worker providing counseling to teens and young adults, ages 13 - 24 in Traverse City, Michigan.  Nikki writes letters of support for clients seeking gender affirming medical intervention per WPATH standards


Services & Offerings


Individual Therapy

Focused on you as an individual with a frequency that fits your process, schedule, and most importantly, matches the pace you are seeking. If this is your first time in counseling or you aren't sure if I am the right fit for you, I offer free consultations, no strings attached.


Working with young people can often be a group process. Please contact me to discuss your interest in caregiver-child therapy and/or group therapy involving more members of your family. This goes without saying, but family is defined by who we care for and who cares for us! There are no limitations to what Set Forth Counseling considers a "family". 

Organization Training

Trainings for groups, service providers, and classrooms on topics including Empathy, Motivational Interviewing, LGBTQ topics ranging from gender identity to individual rights, and Working with populations experiencing housing instability. My presentations are flexible and applicable in a multitude of settings. Contact me to discuss your training needs. 


Get In Touch.

I am currently accepting new clients and offering trainings. Inquire today to get more information!