Who are we?

Here at the Center for Change and Growth we believe in the power of play. We provide play therapy and play therapy training. The Center is committed to encouraging children and playfully resolving family problems with respect and a sense of humor. A wide range of counseling and psychological services are offered to assist children and families with a variety of concerns.

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Meet our team

Dr. Susan M. Carter

Dr. Susan has been a practicing psychologist for more than 19 years. In 1997, she founded the Center for Change and Growth in Southwest Michigan. Since opening her practice she has focused on children and their families.

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Tammy Daly

Tammy Daly is our business office coordinator. She has been the smile on the phone at C4CG for over five years and is available to answer your questions about scheduling or billing.

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Laura Pacheco

Laura’s training in psychology and mental health began in 2004 in her country of origin, Dominican Republic.

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Dr. Watson

Dr. Watson is a Certified Canine Good Citizen, who has been with us in the play room for 6 years. He is a Golden Retriever-Lab breed, a big boy, specifically selected for his good nature, his kind and loving presence, and his playfulness.

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Dr Watson says, “It’s elementary...”


We are moving…my playroom is moving from Paw Paw and Portage to Kalamazoo. Everything is in the wrong place or nowhere! Dr. Susan says, “Your toys are in a box, don’t worry!” But I worry…’what if they’re not [in a …

What is play therapy?

Play Therapy provides a variety of treatment methods, all methods use one or more of the natural benefits of play.  Play therapy differs from regular play because the therapist and/or caregiver helps the child to systematically address and resolve their …

News & events

We are moving!

26 June 2014

We are moving, our playroom is moving from Paw Paw and Portage to Kalamazoo, you will find us there starting 7/1/2014. Our new address is  3315 Greenleaf Blvd. Kalamazoo, MI  49008. Here are some pictures of our new home:  

When to Decide if Your Child Needs Outside Help

23 October 2013

You may appreciate reading the NY Times article for parents on When to know when your child needs therapy? “How do you know when it’s time to get professional help for a child who is anxious, depressed or angry beyond …