About Lena Agnew, LMSW


earned my Master of Social Work degree from Western Michigan University. I have over 7 years of experience in the world of social work, ranging from home-based therapy to crisis intervention and medical social work. Most of my experience have been working with community social work, assisting with at risk populations in the Grand Rapids area. I have had the pleasure of assisting individuals and families through the hardest times of their lives, including working as an advocate/therapist for victims of domestic violence (i.e., verbal, financial, emotional, physical abuse), working as a social worker in the local emergency departments, and working with families who have suffered significant grief/loss. Some of the techniques and therapeutic interventions that I am currently trained in are brief solution focused, CBT, motivational interviewing, and crisis intervention techniques/ trauma informed care.

I believe that clients are the experts of their narrative/story, and my hope is to encourage and empower you to continue on your path. My role in your journey is to walk alongside you, offering alternatives and tools to assist in your growth. My hope is to provide culturally sensitive, and supportive care to all of my clients.

 I love to spend free time recharging with my wonderful/supportive family, listening to music, and enjoying the beautiful Great Lakes in Michigan.

My hope is to provide culturally sensitive, and supportive care to all of my clients.  

Specialty Training

Continuing education is important in practice and for my own personal growth. As a Clinician, I am focused on continuing education and growing in my skills with DBT and other upcoming techniques in the therapy realm. I am currently pursuing my growth as a clinician by engaging in DBT Training, hoping to serve and help larger populations.

Contact Me

[email protected]

Emergencies: If you are experiencing an emergency or if your need is of an urgent nature, please call 911 or go to your local hospital. Contacting me does not constitute a client therapist relationship unless you are a regular client who is being seen by me in my office.

Bilingual and Multicultural therapy
Children and Adolescents
Trauma and PTSD

Domestic Violence
Family Conflict
Grief and Loss
Life Transitions
Racial Identity
Relationship Issues
Self Esteem
Substance Use
Trauma and PTSD
Women's Issues

Mental Health
Mood Disorders
Personality Disorders
Thinking Disorders

Treatment Orientation
Cognitive Behavior Therapy
Dialectical Behavior Therapy
Motivational Interviewing
Solution-focused Therapy
Play Therapy

Children (6 to 10)
Preteens/Tweens (11 to 13)
Adolescents/Teenagers (14 to 19)

Gay Allied
Lesbian Allied
Non-Binary Allied
Queer Allied
Racial Justice Allied

If you decide to use your insurance benefits for “behavioral or mental health,” contact your insurance company and ask the following questions:

Do I have outpatient mental health benefits?
Do I have a deductible to meet for in or out of network benefits?
If yes, how much is your total deductible?

If yes, how much of the deductible has been met?

Can I be seen by a LLMSW, LMSW, TLLP, LLP, LLPC, LPC, LLMFT, LMFT, or PhD?
Does my insurance allow supervision by a PhD or LMSW?
Is my therapist in or out of network?
If my therapist is out of network, what will my insurance cover for out of network services?

How many visits am I allowed per year?
If there a limit on visits, how many have I used already?

What is my policy plan year (i.e., January to January or September to September)?
Do I need a referral or authorization in order to be seen for therapy or testing?
Will my insurance cover individual and group therapy are on the same day?
What is my copay amount per session?

"I love working somewhere where I am valued as a person and for my strengths. I love working with likeminded people that work to see the company grow and that also want each other to grow. Dr. Agnew help fosters the dreams of the people that work at AFBHS. The compassionate culture is something that drew me in."

-Danie Duron, MA, LPC, Lakeshore Clinical Director

"I love the balance of owning my own private practice, with the benefits of also being part of a collaborative team. We get to socialize, learn from, and brainstorm with a team of therapists who each bring something special to the table. Since this is an established practice, the details of billing, paperwork and finding referral sources are things I don’t need to worry about. Our support staff is wonderful. This is a black-owned, racially diverse therapy practice that meets the needs of our diverse clientele, which is immensely important in a diverse world. I love that AFBHS is an antiracist private practice. Lastly, this is a practice where we are invested in seeing each therapist grow a sustainable practice. In our meetings, we talk about what makes this work sustainable, we check in with one another, and we support one another. I have worked in a number of other practices over my career and have found that this is one of the most emotionally healthy places I have ever worked. I love it here. I think you might too." -Eric Nykamp, LMSW