Sekai K. Ward, MFA, LMSW  is a clinical social worker and graduate of the University of Michigan. She has extensive experience working with individuals impacted by domestic violence, depression, anxiety, life transitions, caregiver fatigue and life-work balance issues.  Sekai also works with eating and body image issues.  

Having been raised between two cultures and two races, she is particularly passionate about working with those struggling with issues of identity. Using a non-judgmental and empathetic approach, Sekai establishes a collaborative relationship and creates a safe space for individuals to explore concerns, identify goals and work through issues so they can find peace, meaning and joy in their lives. She utilizes a variety of evidence-based practices such as Motivational Interviewing, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) and short-term Solution Focused Therapy, tailoring treatment to the unique needs of each client.  Sekai enjoys facilitating support groups and has facilitated groups at Community Support and Treatment Services (CSTS), SafeHouse and the Alzheimer's Association – Michigan Great Lakes Chapter. She is a member of the DBT National Certification and Accreditation Association, the National Association of Social Workers and a member of the International Association of Eating Disorders Professionals Foundation.  

Sekaiis a proud recipient of the 2011 Promise award, presented by the Michigan Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Violence (MCADSV), for outstanding advocacy on behalf of survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault.  Sekai also earned a Master of Fine Arts degree in creative writing from Antioch University and believes in using writing as a therapeutic tool to overcome trauma and build resilience. Additionally, Sekai is a field instructor with the U of M School of Social work and supervises MSW interns placed at Girls Group, an Ann Arbor-based non-profit whose mission is to mentor middle and high school girls and help them become first-generation college graduates.