Rick Guttersohn, LLMSW is a social worker dedicated to helping individuals and organizations experience healing, transformation and growth. Prior to his work as a counselor, coach, and consultant, he had a successful career as an Executive Director, transforming a declining nonprofit into one of the premier grief support organizations in Southeastern Michigan.
Rick’s leadership philosophy and approach is influenced by his years of experience working with people after a loss. He received his MSW from Wayne State University with a concentration in social work leadership, and received his BSW from Spring Arbor University. Rick also completed a two year ministry internship leading small groups and serving people in recovery. Prior to social work, Rick spent ten years in retail management and sales before changing career paths and dedicating his life to serving others.
BEHIND THE IMAGE
Rick’s passion to bring hope to the hurting was fueled with his personal journey with finding hope and purpose in the midst of pain and hardship. Rick battled depression and shame as a teen and young adult which eventually turned into a serious struggle with suicidal thoughts at age 26. Through the support of others and a renewed faith, Rick began on a journey of healing and self-discovery that led to a decision to pursue social work and help others with similar struggles.
In 2014, Rick’s family was rocked by grief, when both he and his wife both lost their mothers. Shortly afterwards, they discovered fertility challenges that meant they’d likely not be able to conceive a child together. Rick found hope by committing to his own grief work and investing the healing he found into the lives of others who had experienced loss.
Rick attributes much of his career success to finding meaning and purpose with his past painful experiences. His desire to bring these healing and recovery principles to leaders in addition to those who are grieving is fueled by the ‘BEHIND THE IMAGE’ leadership philosophy he developed while being responsible for others in the midst of his own struggles and grief.