Megan Gunnell, LMSW
Founder & Director of the Thriving Well Institute, Psychotherapist, Writer, International Retreat Leader, Public Speaker and Coach working in Grosse Pointe, MI. A leading expert in wellness, self-care and mindfulness, her work helps clients transform, restore and reach their highest potential. A dynamic public speaker, she has presented and facilitated workshops and retreats globally in Finland and Costa Rica and nationwide most notably at the Bryant University Women’s Summit, Rhode Island, at Miraval Resort and Spa, Arizona, at Red Mountain Resort, Utah and for notable institutions such as M.D. Anderson and The University of Michigan Comprehensive Cancer Center. With over 20 years experience in the healthcare and therapy industry, she has extensive clinical experience both inpatient and outpatient and a wealth of knowledge to support profound change and growth.
She has hosted 7 international retreats in Costa Rica. She holds a BA from Michigan State University and an MSW from The University of Michigan. She is also a graduate of the Harvard writing and publishing course for healthcare professionals and an advanced level fellow in Guided Imagery and Music from the Mid-Atlantic Institute. She has an extensive background working in Complementary Medicine for diverse patient populations at medical centers such as the University of Michigan Comprehensive Cancer Center, Evanston Northwestern Healthcare, and Bon Secours Hospital. Currently, in her private practice work, she uses traditional talk therapy as well as mandala techniques, guided imagery and music, journaling, dream work, drumming and shamanic journey work to help her clients break through resistance and fully self-actualize.
In order to meet the growing demand for services in 2020, during the global pandemic, Megan also formed a group practice, The Thrive Advantage Group where she and her associates offer individual outpatient psychotherapy services for depression, anxiety and mood disorders. Wife and mother to 2 children, she describes herself as recklessly brave, and a 'recovering perfectionist' who isn't afraid of most challenges!
Podcast Guest: "Successfully Host & Market a Retreat" - on Practice of the Practice Podcast with Joe Sanok
Podcast Guest: "Build Retreats, Travel the World" - on The Traveling Therapist Podcast with host Kym Tolson.
Podcast Guest: "Thriving to Surviving" - on the Modern Therapist's Survival Guide with hosts Curt Widhalm & Katie Vernoy
Podcast Guest: "Building Retreats" - on the Empathy Rising podcast with host Marissa Lawton
Podcast Guest: "5 Tips to Thrive as a Therapist" - The Productive Therapist Podcast with Host Uriah Guilford.
Podcast Guest: "How to Host a Successful Retreat" - All Things Private Practice Podcast with Host Patrick Casale.
Thrive Global; 5 Ways to Manage Your Boundaries for a Happier Holiday Season
Thrive Global; The iPhone Was My Security Blanket
Authority Magazine; Women in Wellness Feature
Health Bloggers Community Magazine; Health and Wellness Influencer Feature
Hour Magazine Detroit; Top Docs, Mental Health Feature
Esperanza Magazine; Dysthymia Feature
Happify; 5 Ways to Stop Panic in its Tracks
PsychCentral; The Best Questions to Ask Yourself to Shift Your Perspective
PsychCentral; 9 Tiny Tweaks to Turn a Blah Day Around
UpJourney; How to Stop Being Critical of Others
Modern Creative Life; When Nostalgia Becomes Disruptive
HealthiNation; 8 Clues Your Need for Control is Ruining Your Relationship
"Successfully Host & Market a Retreat" - on Practice of the Practice Podcast with Joe Sanok
"Build Retreats - Travel the World" - on the Traveling Therapist Podcast with host Kym Tolson
"Thriving to Surviving" - on the Modern Therapist's Survival Guide with hosts Curt Widhalm & Katie Vernoy
"Building Retreats" - on the Empathy Rising podcast with host Marissa Lawton
"5 Tips to Thrive as a Therapist" - The Productive Therapist Podcast with Host Uriah Guilford.
"How to Host a Successful Retreat" - All Things Private Practice Podcast with Host Patrick Casale.
"5 Ways to Manage Your Boundaries for a Happier Holiday Season" Thrive Global
Building a Thriving Life with Megan Gunnell - Feature Interview for Founders in Health and Wellness Series in Health Bloggers Community Magazine.
Corps! Magazine Article: "New Institute Hopes to Help People, Businesses Move from Surviving to Thriving"
May 20, 2019