Our logo, the lotus flower is known to overcome its surroundings and circumstances and have a fascinating will to live, reblooming every morning with a refusal to accept defeat. Our name represents how water has the ability to wash away, cause renewal and growth and to move you from one place to another. Likewise, we believe people have the same resilience, ability to transform, heal and change.

We can be reached at 734-794-3777 or our contact form when you’re ready to move forward.

Article in SHOUTOUT MICHIGAN with Sheila Burns, Counselor and Business Owner:

Radio NY interview with counselor Sheila Burns:

Publication in Natural Awakenings of Ann Arbor about EMDR by Sheila Burns:

Article in Voyage Michigan, Hidden Gems, featuring Sheila Burns:



With passion and commitment our mission is to provide collaborative support to help people recover, heal and transform, realizing their full potential.

We are all capable of growth and change.  At Refreshing Waters Counseling & Consulting we offer the best researched, innovative, evidence-based interventions available.  Through the therapeutic process you can learn coping strategies that will improve self-care and enhance interpersonal relationships.   You can become the person you want to be, living the life you hoped for.

Refreshing Waters Counseling & Consulting strives to support people of all identities, age, race, gender, culture, ethnicity, sexual orientation, language, mental ability, physical ability, national origin, religious beliefs, spirituality, size, socio-economic status, world view and political perspective.  We offer a confidential, professional environment that respects each person’s unique dignity and worth.


We are resilient beings who possess unique internal strengths that can be cultivated to overcome challenges and promote personal healing and growth.

Refreshing Waters Counseling & Consulting respects and honors each person.  Our practice believes that people are capable of leading meaningful and fulfilling lives by developing their attributes and ultimately enhancing their experiences with family, friends and community.


To equip people with the necessary tools to reach their potential living well-balanced lives with positive relationships.

Refreshing Waters Counseling & Consulting strives to cultivate an optimized environment where people will be motivated to make personal changes.  We prompt people to dig deeper, reach further and find personal fulfillment.  Living in emotional health allows you to positively influence the people around you and make our world a better place.

Refreshing Waters Counseling & Consulting Receives 2019, 2020, 2021, 2022 and 2023 Best of Ann Arbor Award and 2020, 2021, 2022 and 2023 Business Hall of Fame Award.

Ann Arbor Award Program Honors the Achievement

ANN ARBOR — Refreshing Waters Counseling & Consulting has been selected for the Best of Ann Arbor Award in the Counselor category by the Ann Arbor Award Program.

Each year, the Ann Arbor Award Program identifies companies that we believe have achieved exceptional marketing success in their local community and business category. These are local companies that enhance the positive image of small business through service to their customers and our community. These exceptional companies help make the Ann Arbor area a great place to live, work and play.

Various sources of information were gathered and analyzed to choose the winners in each category. The Ann Arbor Award Program focuses on quality, not quantity. Winners are determined based on the information gathered both internally by the Ann Arbor Award Program and data provided by third parties.

About Ann Arbor Award Program

The Ann Arbor Award Program is an annual awards program honoring the achievements and accomplishments of local businesses throughout the Ann Arbor area. Recognition is given to those companies that have shown the ability to use their best practices and implemented programs to generate competitive advantages and long-term value.

The Ann Arbor Award Program was established to recognize the best of local businesses in our community. Our organization works exclusively with local business owners, trade groups, professional associations and other business advertising and marketing groups. Our mission is to recognize the small business community’s contributions to the U.S. economy.

SOURCE: Ann Arbor Award Program