Guiding children, teens, couples and adults to help families thrive beyond depression, anxiety, anger, ADHD, self-esteem, grief and more.  Life can be healthier, happier and easier!  Frustrated parents, there are tools to help you reach your son or daughter. There is hope! Struggling teens, there is help!  Hurting couples, it doesn't have to be this way.  We are committed to providing confidential, affordable, high quality services to the families of northern Michigan.

located downtown petoskey

We will do an intake where we discuss your specific situation, your background, your goals, and your needs. Together, we will create a treatment plan specifically for you. And work together to make your life happier, healthier and easier.

We all need a guide sometimes, someone to walk alongside us, listening without judgment, helping us find answers. Real Life works online and in person by listening, encouraging and teaching practical changes for your success.  We’ll work toward your goals together, progressing though our plan until you achieve all the results you’ve hoped for.  The first time is always the hardest.  After that, it gets easier!

what to expect when we meet


After growing up in Hudsonville, Michigan, Jake graduated in 2007 with an Undergraduate degree from Grand Valley State University.  Then finished his Masters Degree in 2015 with Spring Arbor University.  Jake is a certified teacher, school counselor and licensed professional counselor.  

He has been working with people from multiple backgrounds and cultures at schools, camps, churches, and nonprofit organizations since 2003.  

Jake has lived and served in Northern Michigan since 2011.  “In 2014 I was blessed marry to the most compassionate woman I know, and share life with her here in Petoskey.  When I’m not with in the office, I take every opportunity I can to mountain bike and fly fish in the summer or lace up my hockey skates in the winter.”

more about Jake Tracy

more about Libby King

Libby is a Petoskey native completing her masters program with Real Life Counseling. She has completed all needed coursework to qualify her as a clinician and is now starting to clock hours for eligibility to obtain her Limited License as a Professional Counselor.

Libby graduated with her Bachelors Degree in Psychology from Michigan State University in 2018 and immediately started her graduate program at Western Michigan University in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. She spent her time in undergrad doing an intensive internship at the Couple and Family Therapy Clinic on MSUs campus.

Libby currently serves the homeless population and has interest in working with individuals who face trauma and substance use issues. When she is not working she enjoy running, lifting, spending time with family, and playing the piano.