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Therapists by Location
Brighton Clinic Lansing Clinic Highland Clinic Howell Clinic

Scott Adams, MA,LPC,NCC
Susan Burton, LMSW
Tara Freni, LLMFT,LLPC
Jennifer Ganshorn, LMSW
Sarah Harrier, LMFT
Tianna Hoppe-Rooney, PhD,LMFT
Sandra Johnson, PhD, LP
Karen Kerr, LMSW
Carly Komáromi, LLMFT
Rachael Krefman-Castellon,LMSW
Kate McKee,PhD,LMFT

Karen A. Bailey, LPC
Kristen Boeskool, LMSW
Kathleen Burns-Jager,PhD, LMFT, LLP
• Starr Golembiewski, LLMFT

Ashley Gulker, LMSW
Tianna Hoppe-Rooney, PhD,LMFT
Sandra Johnson, PhD, LP
Travis Johnson,M.A.,LMFT
Michael Madigan, LMSW
Jacqueline Newsome, M.A., LMSW
Melissa Patrick, LLMSW
Heather Rosales, LMSW, CAADC
Anna Scates, M.A., LMSW
Drew Schafer, LLP
Melanie Slep, LPC, LMFT, NCC
Bill Tyler, M.A., LMFT
Terry Witherspoon, LPC

Susan Burton, LMSW
Misty Chung, LMSW
Leslie Dicosola, LMSW
Deborah Giola, MA, LPC
Cathy Hofsess, LLMSW
Tianna Hoppe-Rooney, PhD,LMFT
Sandra Johnson, PhD, LP
Andrea Lunn, LMSW
Anna Moreno, LMSW, SSW
Erin Rose, LMSW
Sharon Rudy, MA LPC, NCC
Jenna Sielaff, LMFT
Kayla Valley, LMSW
Chelsea Wright, LMSW, CAADC

Scott Adams,MA,LPC,NCC
Andrea Dillon, LLMSW
Tara Freni, LLMFT,LLPC
Jennifer Ganshorn, LMSW
Tianna Hoppe-Rooney,PhD
Bobbi J. Kelsey, LMSW
• Darlene K. Kimmel, LPC
Carly Komáromi, LLMFT
Monica Laming, LMSW
Anne Marie Moskal, LMSW

Fenton Clinic
Cathy Hofsess, LLMSW
Hannah Purves, MA, LPC
Marianne Sylvain, LLP
 
Alphabetical Listing

Scott Adams, MA, LPC, NCC


Scott Adams, MA, LPC, NCC

 


Education and Credentials:

  • Master of Arts in Community Counseling from Eastern Michigan University
  • Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Central Michigan University
  • Licensed Professional Counselor
  • National Certified Counselor
  • Air Force Veteran

Special Interests:

  • Trauma
  • Family conflict
  • Adolescent social, emotional and behavioral issues
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Relationship issues
  • Parenting concerns
  • Self-esteem/assertiveness issues
  • Grief and loss
  • Adjustment to life transitions and stressors
  • Working with Veterans

Philosophy: 
"My philosophy as a therapist is to always meet the client where they are in life. This could include conflict with a spouse, children or any of the number of curveballs life throws at us. Life has many stressors and changes that can be difficult to handle at times and my goal is to help you through these challenges. I work with my clients to determine what goals they want to achieve in therapy and how best to do so. It has always been my objective to work for the goals of the client and to realize everyone has different backgrounds, beliefs and experiences that make us who we are."

Personal Statement: 
"Therapy can be a very challenging and rewarding relationship that is built on mutual trust and respect that I strive for with every person I work with. I believe allowing someone to help us navigate through life is not a sign of weakness, but of great strength. I truly appreciate helping clients and for you allowing me to be a part of your life during this time."

Practice Location:
Howell, Brighton

Phone Number:
734-812-9356

 

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Karen A. Bailey, MA, LPC


Karen A. Bailey, MA, LPC

 


Education and Credentials:

  • Master of Arts in Community Counseling from Siena Heights University
  • Bachelor of Arts in Communication from Michigan State University
  • Licensed Professional Counselor
  • Member of the American Counseling Association
  • Member of the Michigan Counseling Association
  • Member of the Lansing Counseling Association

Special Interests:

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Emotional and behavioral concerns in children and adolescents
  • Couples Therapy
  • Adjustments to life transitions and stressors

Philosophy: 
"Positive change unfolds through a genuine therapeutic relationship attentive to the mind, body and spirit of each person. In working with individuals and families I find it helpful to focus on the strength, resilience and hope of life's journey, empowering each person's innate ability to understand, explore and accept change. "

Personal Statement: 
"I strive to listen unconditionally to every aspect of an individual's life journey, emphasizing the importance of listening as a component to strong relationships. It is a privilege to engage and guide clients to a deeper understanding of their unique beliefs, values and purpose in life. I believe healing, growth and meaning are accomplished through this thought-filled therapeutic relationship. I am honored to work with each of my clients and am often impressed by their insightful wisdom. "

Practice Location:
Lansing

Phone Number:
517-719-4048

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Kristen Boeskool, LMSW


Kristen Boeskool, LMSW

 


Education and Credentials:

  • Master of Social Work from Michigan State University
  • Addiction Studies Certificate, MSU School of Social Work
  • Bachelor of Arts in Social Work, Michigan State University
  • Licensed Masters Clinical Social Worker (LMSW), State of Michigan
  • Member of the National Association of Social Workers

Special Interests:

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Life transitions
  • Stress management
  • Grief and loss

Philosophy: 
"I strive to provide a safe and non-judgmental space where thoughts, emotions, behaviors, and symptoms can be explored for deeper meaning and understanding. I use a person-centered and strengths-based approach while utilizing various therapeutic approaches to best meet clients' needs and goals."

Personal Statement: 
"Everyone is faced with challenges and barriers throughout life. Therapy is an opportunity to be heard and understood while being guided through a process of positive change. I'm honored to join clients in their journey to a happier and more fulfilling life."

Practice Location:
Lansing

Phone Number:
810-534-7265

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Kathleen Burns-Jager, Ph.D., LMFT, LLP


Kathleen Burns-Jager, Ph.D., LMFT, LLP

 

 


Education and Credentials:

  • Ph.D. Family & Child Ecology, MFT Specialization:  Michigan State University
  • M.S. Counseling, Mental Health & Marriage and Family: Barry University, Miami Shores, FL
  • B.A. Communication: Loyola University of Chicago
  • Fully licensed as Marriage and Family Therapist in Michigan
  • Holds a Limited License as a Master's-level Psychologist in Michigan
  • National Certified Counselor
  • Clinical Member of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy
  • Approved Supervisor through AAMFT
  • Board Member of the Michigan Association for Marriage and Family Therapy

Special Interests:

  • Kathleen has specialized in working with families and children at risk.  She is the Director of the Families in Transition (FIT) Program in partnership with child welfare.  Her practice philosophy focuses on facilitating family empowerment and she has published and presented on family-based therapy in the child welfare system.
  • Kathleen is comfortable providing therapy for a wide variety of presenting issues including: grief and loss, women’s issues, trauma, depression and anxiety, parenting concerns, adjustment to life stressors, and child behavior problems.   
  • Additionally, she has specialized training in Trauma-focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and is a member of the American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children.

Philosophy: 
“It’s a privilege to be a therapist and to be able to be with people through the tough times that life often brings.  My goal is always to practice with the perspective of strength, kindness, cultural competence, equality and sensitivity.  I believe that therapy is about developing connection with self, family and community; making sense of the meanings that we hold for ourselves and our relationships, through the joys and sorrows that life has to offer us.  Therapy is around to help us make life more manageable, meaningful and joyful.”    

Personal Statement: 
“I’m just going to say what I think here … Life is about running the hills, swimming through the sparkle in July, M&Ms, diet coke and pretzels, reading spooky stories with your kids, getting out of your comfort zone, meeting people where they are at, and at the end of the day knowing that you contributed to the community in ways that mattered.”

Practice Location:
Lansing

Phone Number:
517-719-8715

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Susan Burton, LMSW


 Susan Burton, LMSW

 


Education and Credentials:

  • MSW Social Work—University of Michigan
  • MA Criminal Justice--University of Detroit
  • Fellow—American Psychotherapy Association
  • Diplomate—American College of Forensic Examiners

Special Interests:

  • Children and Adolescents
  • Family Therapy
  • Conflict resolution
  • Anger Management and Depression
  • Grief and Loss
  • Domestic Violence
  • Substance Abuse
  • GLBT Concerns
  • Disabilities Concerns & Challenges

Philosophy: 
"I believe in the possibility of change. People have tremendous capacity to heal and children, in particular, can be very resilient. When we as adults give to our children the things that we did not get, we heal the child within. I encourage parents to play with their children; this is a great equalizer. As a therapist, I especially enjoy working with children helping them to realize their own power so they can refrain from engaging in self-defeating behaviors. Children face enormous challenges today."

Personal Statement: 
"I embrace a win-win approach and compromising as appropriate, with the ultimate goal of creating healthy and autonomous individuals. I feel honored when my clients allow me to take this journey with them. I work well with all age groups and diverse populations. One of my favorite clinical approaches is that of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, or, making the connections between thoughts, feelings, and behaviors."

Practice Location:
Highland, Brighton

Phone Number:
734-765-8384

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Misty Chung, LMSW


Misty Chung, LMSW

 


Education and Credentials:

  • Fully Licensed Clinical Social Worker, State of Michigan
  • Master of Social Work, Grand Valley State University
  • Bachelor of Arts in Social Work, Calvin College
  • Certified Addictions Counselor (CAADC)

Special Interests:

  • Grief and Loss
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Maternal and Infant Mental Health
  • Parenting
  • Life transitions (parenthood, divorce, death, job change)
  • Emotional concerns in children and adolescents
  • Addiction

Philosophy: 
"I believe that a person is body, mind, and spirit and that keeping these in balance is essential to finding peace and contentment amidst difficult circumstances. I believe that it is not as much about what happens to us in life but our response to what happens to us. I believe that each person is an expert in his or her own life and that the relationship between a counselor and a client is a tool to draw out of a client the best possible solutions for his or her own life."

Personal Statement: 
"I strive to show care to each of my clients and to be fully present and attentive when we meet. I find that very cool things - even changes - can happen in this relationship."

Practice Location:
Highland

Phone Number:
248-667-8678

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Leslie Dicosola, LMSW


Leslie Dicosola, LMSW

 


Education and Credentials:

  • Master of Social Work, Eastern Michigan University
  • Bachelor of Science, Speech and Language Pathology, Western Michigan University
  • Licensed Master Social Worker
  • Lecturer, School of Social Work, Eastern Michigan University
  • Member of the National Association of Social Workers

Special Interests:

  • Children, Adolescents, Adults
  • Parenting issues
  • School issues/School collaboration
  • ADD/ADHD
  • Autism
  • Infant/Toddler Mental Health
  • Disabilities
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Stress Management
  • Separation, grief and loss
  • Life transitions

Philosophy: 
"I believe therapy is a "gift you give yourself." I strive to provide a warm, trusting and relaxing environment where 'listening" to a client's concerns is foremost. Through a collaborative approach, based on a client's strengths, I strive to empower my clients to discover positive solutions to life's challenges creating a sense of mastery and well-being."

Personal Statement: 
""If nothing ever changed, there wouldn't be butterflies." I believe that there is always hope and I believe in the resilience of the human spirit. Change is possible and I would be honored to walk beside you on your journey."

Practice Location:
Highland

Phone Number:
586-482-4494

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Andrea Dillon, LLMSW


Andrea Dillon, LLMSW

 


Education and Credentials:

  • Master of Social Work from Michigan State University
  • Bachelor of Social Work from Central Michigan University
  • Limited Licensed Clinical Social Worker
  • Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Certificate
  • School Social Work Certificate from Michigan State University

Special Interests:

  • Child, Adolescents, Adults and Families
  • Play Therapy
  • Trauma
  • School Related Problems
  • Mindfulness Interventions
  • Social Emotional Developmental, and Behavioral Difficulties
  • LGBTQ+ Concerns
  • Life Transitions

Philosophy: 
"I believe that the foundation to positive work in therapy starts with a safe and genuine therapeutic relationship. Individuals and families are able to explore and cultivate changes, while finding balance. I believe you are the expert of your own life, and my role is to provide support and foster healing through different modalities. I strive to provide care in a collaborative way that allows for personalization based on specific needs, cultural backgrounds, and the strengths of the client as well as the family system. It is a privilege to listen to your experiences and to work with you through your journey."

Personal Statement: 
"It can be daunting to start the therapy process and open up about things that are sometimes uncomfortable, but through our struggles we stumble upon our strengths. Every day is a new learning experience, and I hope that we can all learn together to find a new path."

Practice Location:
Howell

Phone Number:
269-274-6530

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Tara Freni, LLMFT, LLPC


• Tara Freni, LLMFT

 


Education and Credentials:

  • Master of Science - Marriage and Family Therapy, The University of Akron
  • Bachelor of Applied Arts, Central Michigan University
  • Limited License Marriage and Family Therapist, State of Michigan
  • Limited License Professional Counselor, State of Michigan
  • Member, Delta Kappa Lambda - The International Marriage and Family Therapy Honor Society
  • Pre-Clinical Fellow, American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy

Special Interests:

  • Couple Therapy
  • Family Therapy
  • Mood and Anxiety Disorders
  • Depression
  • Relational Issues; infidelity concerns, strengthening trust and communication, parent-child relationship struggles, coping with life transitions, blended families
  • LGBTQ Concerns
  • Grief, Loss and Separation
  • Maternal Health/Reproductive Stressors
  • Self-Esteem
  • Identity Work

Philosophy: 
"The therapeutic alliance, or relationship between you and I, is the most important factor in the therapy process. I will create a warm and accepting environment, free of judgments, where you are able to share your vulnerabilities at your own pace. Using an integrative approach, I will collaborate with you to gain insight into your life and create long lasting, positive change. I hope to equip you with enough tools that the world will seem brighter and you will feel ready to tackle life's obstacles."

Personal Statement: 
"I admire the strength clients show in sharing their vulnerabilities and being self-reflective, so that they can live fulfilling and rich lives - I am privileged to support that growth and to be let into your life for the time that we work together."

Practice Location:
Brighton, Howell

Phone Number:
810-328-3603

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Jennifer L. Ganshorn, LMSW


Jennifer L. Ganshorn, LMSW

 


Education and Credentials:

  • Fully Licensed Social Worker through the State of Michigan
  • Master of Social Work from the University of Michigan
  • Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Michigan State University
  • Member of the National Association of Social Workers

Special Interests:

  • Child, Adolescents and Adults
  • Anxiety and Depression
  • Trauma
  • Emotional/Behavioral Issues
  • Stress Management
  • Relational/Communication Concerns
  • Issues within the Family System
  • Parenting Concerns

Philosophy: 
"Therapy is an individualized process that empowers you to be honest and open, giving you the willingness to accept change. Self-reflection requires the courage to be vulnerable and the curiosity to explore your feelings. Healthy therapy finds and leverages the strengths within to attain your personal goals."

Personal Statement: 
"I am passionate about helping my clients overcome life's challenges in a process tailored to their needs. Through empathetic listening, I strive to make my clients feel comfortable and supported on their path to change. I am committed to developing partnerships with my clients, working together to heal in an accepting and understanding environment."

Practice Location:
Brighton, Howell

Phone Number:
810-844-1184

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Deborah Giola, MA, LPC

Deborah Giola, MA, LPC
 


Education and Credentials:

  • Masters of Arts in Counseling from Oakland University
  • Bachelor of Science in Special Education for Emotionally Impaired Students fromWestern Michigan University
  • Licensed Professional Counselor

Special Interests:

  • Behavioral and emotional issues in children and adolescents
  • School related problems
  • Anxiety
  • Crisis Intervention
  • Parenting Concerns

Professional Philosophy:
“A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step."(Lao Tzu) The toughest part of a journey can be getting started but with support and encouragement developed in a therapeutic relationship, all things are possible. Providing a compassionate environment where thoughts, feelings, and behaviors can be explored without judgement is critical to healing and accepting change. I believe in empowering individuals to see their uniqueness and embrace their journey.”

Personal Statement:
“I believe in the human spirit and our ability to support one another at all times. I believe kindness matters. I enter into the counseling relationship with passion, empathy and a desire to help individuals grow. It is truly an honor to be part of an individual's journey.”

Practice Location:
Highland

Phone Number:
248-518-0652

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Starr Golembiewski, LLMFT


Starr Golembiewski, MS

 


Education and Credentials:

  • Master's in Marriage & Family Therapy from the University of Wisconsin – Stout
  • Additional coursework in sex therapy, and diversity in sexual and gender identities
  • Additional training in mindfulness and meditation, specifically Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy
  • Bachelor of Science degree in Journalism from Central Michigan University
  • Member of the American Association of Marriage & Family Therapist
  • Limited Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, State of Michigan
  • Marriage & Family Therapist Training License, State of Wisconsin
  • Certified PREPARE/ENRICH Facilitator

Special Interests:

  • Mindfulness and Meditation
  • Couples Therapy
  • Family Therapy
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Shame
  • LGBTQIA issues
  • Work/Life balance, and transitions
  • Adult Children of Alcoholics
  • Self-esteem

Philosophy: 
"I believe in cultivating a safe, compassionate and non-judgmental environment where change is possible. While I provide individual therapy, I believe we as human's do not exist in a vacuum. We are affected by all the people around us, whether they be family, friends, partners, or acquaintances. I enjoy helping people realize their full potential, and often that means re-learning ways of relating to the important people in their lives. You, the client, have all the tools necessary to live the life you have always imagined; I only hope you'll honor me in walking besides you in your journey."

Personal Statement: 
"Authenticity drives my passion to help others. I understand that sometimes the hardest thing to do in this world is to accept ourselves, and see our own inherent value. I have so much gratitude for the courage and strength my clients display as they learn to accept themselves – warts and all – during their personal growth process."

Practice Location:
Lansing

Phone Number:
517-243-2047

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Ashley Gulker, LMSW


Ashley Gulker, LMSW

 

 


Education and Credentials:

  • Master of Social Work, Michigan State University
  • Evidence Based Trauma Treatment Certificate, MSU School of Social Work
  • Child and Family Advocacy Certificate, MSU School of Social Work
  • Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, Spring Arbor University
  • Licensed Master's Clinical Social Worker (LMSW), State of Michigan
  • Member of the National Association of Social Workers

Special Interests:

  • Trauma
  • Grief and loss
  • Play therapy
  • Childhood and adolescent social, emotional and behavioral issues
  • Life transitions
  • Depression and Anxiety
  • Women's issues
  • LGBT issues

Philosophy: 
"I use a range of developmentally appropriate therapeutic approaches to best meet the diverse needs and comfort levels of my clients. Let's work together to determine how you, your child, or family can work through problems using cognitive behavioral therapy, play therapy, mindfulness, family therapy and/or traditional talk therapy. I believe change is possible in a supportive and positive environment, and I look forward to learning about the strength and resiliency within you that will aide in your growth."

Personal Statement: 
"I have great respect for all my clients and their willingness to engage in a vulnerable process of positive transformation. I take pride providing a safe, welcoming space to support and empower clients as they share their story and work through challenges to develop a more satisfying and fulfilling life."

Practice Location:
Lansing

Phone Number:
517-930-6123

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Sarah Harrier, M.S., LMFT


Sarah Harrier, M.S., LMFT

 

 


Education and Credentials:

  • Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from Alma College
  • Master of Science degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from Seattle Pacific University
  • Clinical Member of American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy

Special Interests:

  • Depression and suicidality
  • Anxiety
  • Grief and loss
  • Marital and relationship concerns: communication, conflict resolution, intimacy/sexuality, respect, and other stressors common within relationships
  • Parenting concerns and stressors
  • GLBTQ community
  • Infidelity

Philosophy: 
"The basis for my therapy practice includes openness, respect, curiosity, and accountability with every client I meet to ensure a comfortable and effective therapeutic process. I believe one of the greatest parts about being a therapist is sharing in other's lives and being privileged to hear stories that have shaped people into who they are and who they would like to become. It is very important for me to work with clients at their own pace in order to create a safe space to share, process, learn, and heal from experiences in order to improve quality of life."

Personal Statement: 
"I have to give a lot of credit to people who come to therapy because it means they are willing to do some work to make positive changes in their lives, and it can be hard work to accomplish! It is truly a privilege to go along with clients on their journey to lead happier and healthier lives."

Practice Location:
Brighton

Phone Number:
517-896-3592

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Cathy Hofsess, LLMSW

Cathy Hofsess, LLMSW
 


Education and Credentials:

  • Master of Social Work from Madonna University
  • Bachelor of Arts in Social Work from Madonna University
  • Limited License Clinical Social Work (LLMSW), State of Michigan
  • Member of the National Association of Social Workers

Special Interests:

  • Trauma and Post Traumatic Disorder
  • Grief and Loss
  • Family Therapy
  • Addiction
  • Pain Management/ Chronic Illness
  • Mindfulness/Meditation
  • Athletes

Professional Philosophy:
“I believe in creating a compassionate and safe environment where the client feels supported and empowered to make meaningful change. At some point in our lives we face challenges. As a clinician, I will work with my clients in assisting them during the journey to a more positive life. I am grateful to be able to work with clients to build trust, create goals, and develop an individual plan to ensure that their needs are met.”

Personal Statement:
“My goal as a therapist is to provide an empathetic and non- judgmental environment that creates a positive therapeutic relationship. I am passionate about working with individuals and families to come to a place where they can be the best version of themselves. Making the decision to seek help is often difficult and it is my goal to make this a positive and empowering choice.”

Practice Location:
Highland, Fenton

Phone Number:
248-215-6640

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Tianna Hoppe-Rooney, PhD, LMFT


Tianna Hoppe-Rooney, PhD, LMFT

 


Education and Credentials:

  • Doctorate from Michigan State University in Marriage and Family Therapy
  • Fully licensed Marriage and Family Therapist
  • Clinical member of American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy
  • Past President, Michigan Association of Marriage and Family Therapy
  • Approved Supervisor through AAMFT

Special Interests:

  • Disordered eating
  • Couples therapy
  • Identity work at all stages of life
  • Grief and loss
  • Depression
  • Anxiety

Professional Philosophy:
“Change is possible within a positive therapeutic relationship where one’s thoughts, feelings and behaviors can be understood, examined and challenged in a safe and respectful way. As a clinician it is my role to guide this process of exploration and vulnerability. It is a privilege to be trusted with people’s hopes and dreams for a better, more satisfying life.”

Personal Statement:
“I continue to learn from my clients daily and use these life lessons regularly. A wise man once said ever so softly in session with me, “we only get one shot at this” (referring to life) as he considered making significant changes. It is our responsibility to ensure it is the most wonderful, joyful experience that we would be proud to call our own. Giving this power to anyone but ourselves is a big mistake. Empowerment is a remarkable tool that will bring about even more remarkable results.”

Practice Location:
Brighton, Highland, Lansing, Howell

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Sandra Johnson, PhD, Clinical Psychologist


Sandra Johnson, PhD, Clinical Psychologist

 


Education and Credentials:

  • Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the University of Detroit
  • Fully licensed Psychologist in the State of MI
  • Adjunct Professor of Psychology Former Forensic Psychologist for State of MI and Wayne County criminal courts

Special Interests:

  • Couples Conflicts
  • Family Affairs
  • Women's Concerns
  • Employment Matters
  • Mood and Anxiety Issues
  • Lifespan Adjustment
  • Psychometric Assessment

Philosophy: 
"A psychotherapist is a conduit to change. I believe that everyone has the ability and desire to improve her or his life; to maximize the gift that is life. I seek to facilitate such development through compassionate, dynamic participation in the transformation process."

Personal Statement: 
"The key to growth is love. All that is helping, caring, sharing, restoring, forgiving is love. These are my fundamentals."

Practice Location:
Brighton, Highland, Lansing

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Travis Johnson, M.A., LMFT


Travis Johnson, M.A., LMFT

 


Education and Credentials:

  • PhD Candidate at Michigan State University's Marriage and Family Therapy Doctoral Program
  • Master of Arts in Marriage and Family Therapy from Syracuse University

Special Interests:

  • Anxiety
  • Couple Therapy
  • Play Therapy
  • Under-served populations

Philosophy: 
"As an insight-oriented therapist I believe change starts within the individual. I work to push my clients to be inwardly focused, bringing a warm, optimistic perspective to the therapeutic encounter. I have been influenced by experiences abroad, including research, social justice, and clinical encounters. I am dedicated to building expertise in contemporary counseling, research, and family social policy."

Personal Statement: 
"My primary theories of therapy include narrative and cognitive-behavioral. It is important for me to be mindful of the uniquenesses that each client brings and customize the therapeutic encounter based on what is needed. I know this may change from week to week and I strive to be flexible enough to follow the client while also providing a solid direction for change. "

Practice Location:
Lansing

Phone Number:
315-313-5979

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Bobbi J. Kelsey, LMSW

Bobbi J. Kelsey, LMSW
 


Education and Credentials:

  • Fully licensed clinical social worker, State of Michigan (LMSW)
  • Master of Social Work from the University at Buffalo in New York
  • Bachelor of Science in Social Work from Utah State University with minors in Sociology, and Family, Consumer, and Human Development
  • Law and Society Area Studies Certificate
  • Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) therapy trained

Special Interests:

  • Adolescent social, emotional and behavioral issues
  • Trauma
  • Mood Disorders
  • Anxiety Disorders
  • Self-esteem/assertiveness issues
  • Grief and loss
  • Relationship issues
  • Adjustment to life transitions and stressors

Professional Philosophy:
“My philosophy for therapy comes from a place of caring for the person as a whole. This includes mind, body, and spirit as well as consideration and attention to past and present conditions and our interpersonal relationships and connections. We each have our own life's journey and I believe we can all use some extra help at one point or another along that journey. I see it as a privilege when I get to be the person who is a catalyst for someone else to get that help or to grow or to make the changes they need to in order to better themselves and their lives. Each person is the expert on his or her own life and I believe in a collaborative effort in working together to get the client to where they want to be.”

Personal Statement:
“I hope to be able, in some small way, to help alleviate some of the discomfort or stigma associated with mental health therapy. Our body's natural inclination is to heal itself. If we get a cut, it will bleed, we can bandage it, and in time it will heal. Sometimes we need a little more support for the healing to occur. For example, if you break your leg do you stick a band aide on it and call it good or do you go to a doctor? The doctor cannot heal your leg immediately, but he can put a cast on and provide other measures to help your body heal. I view therapy as another resource and support for individuals who may need additional help in order to heal or who want to improve their overall wellbeing. If we don't hesitate to see a primary care doctor when there is a need, I hope we can also get to a place where we don't hesitate to see a mental health professional when there is also the need.”

Practice Location:
Howell

Phone Number:
734-636-0188

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Karen Kerr, LMSW

Karen Kerr, LMSW
 


Education and Credentials:

  • Master of Social Work from Wayne State University
  • Fully Licensed Clinical Social Worker
  • Member Academy of Certified Social Workers
  • Member National Association of Social Workers
  • Member Michigan Association of School Social Workers

Special Interests:

  • Grief and loss
  • Anxiety and depression
  • Transitions of adolescence and young adulthood
  • Divorce
  • Parenting special needs children
  • Addiction/impact on families
  • Support groups
  • Mindful self-compassion
  • Spirituality

Professional Philosophy:
“I am committed to creating an enriching, collaborative experience that is built upon mutual respect, acceptance, trust and compassion. My approach is a strength based one in honoring, enhancing and expanding individual strengths and resources for growth, healing and optimal functioning in all areas of life and relationship. I offer a variety of treatment modalities based on individual need and preference including insight oriented psychotherapy, interpersonal empowerment, compassion focused and expressive therapies along with cognitive behavioral strategies and mindfulness to develop a specialized plan that can evolve over time.”

Personal Statement:
“I believe that we are all striving to become our personal best and to enjoy happy, healthy and loving relationships that begin first with self-acceptance. I also understand that we share a common humanity in which we are all faced with challenges that can feel insurmountable. The depth of courage it takes to examine our lives to get in touch with what is not working along with the source of our unhappiness continues to inspire me. I am awed by the resiliency of the individual in navigating difficult life circumstances or relationships as well as the healing and growth that can take place through the process. I truly believe that we all have the capacity to change patterns of thoughts and behavior that contribute to disabling stress or dissatisfaction and that all wounds can heal to the extent of leading a richer, more meaningful and happier life!”

Practice Location:
Brighton

Phone Number:
734-660-5610

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Darlene K. Kimmel, LPC, CSOTS

Darlene K. Kimmel, LPC, CSOTS
 


Education and Credentials:

  • Bachelor of Science in Elementary /Special Education, PA
  • Masters of Counseling, Spring Arbor University, Spring Arbor, MI
  • Licensed Professional Counselor, State of Michigan
  • Trauma-Informed Certified, University at Buffalo School of Social Work Office of Continuing Education

Special Interests:

  • Depression
  • Anxiety Management
  • Stress and Anger Management
  • Parenting Issues
  • Substance Abuse
  • Trauma
  • Couples Therapy
  • Grief/Loss Issues
  • Co-Occurring Disorders

Professional Philosophy:
“At one time or another, many of us feel as though our lives are becoming unmanageable. I believe that therapy is about change- change in the way we think, react, and/or behave in our circumstances. The relationship between client and therapist is the basis for that change. However, it does not stop there. The client must feel safe in an environment where empathy, freedom to explore, and mutual respect abound. It is my goal to provide each person who comes to Perspectives the opportunity to make those changes. By working together, we will tackle the hard and not so hard issues that are preventing you from experiencing a more joyful life.”

Personal Statement:
“My theoretical framework of choice is cognitive-behavioral therapy. This approach allows for effective and relatively fast relief for clients as we explore thoughts, feelings, and behaviors that are leading to problems in their life. It is my goal to provide clients a pleasant and non- threatening atmosphere where change is possible. I will serve as a compassionate cheerleader for clients who are looking to bravely shift their thinking and behaviors to bring about greater peace and satisfaction in their world.”

Practice Location:
Howell

Phone Number:
810-588-2009

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Carly Komáromi, LLMFT

Carly Komáromi, LLMFT
 


Education and Credentials:

  • Master of Arts - Marriage and Family Therapy from St. Mary's University- San Antonio, TX
  • Bachelor of Arts- Psychology from Oakland University- Auburn Hills, MI
  • Limited License Marriage and Family Therapist, State of Michigan
  • Member of American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy

Special Interests:

  • Family Therapy
  • Couples Therapy
  • Grief and loss
  • Parenting concerns
  • Parent coaching
  • Relationship concerns
  • Depression and mood disorders
  • Anxiety
  • Bilingual Spanish therapy

Professional Philosophy:
“I believe that the change that happens in therapy is rooted primarily in the strong relationship built between therapist and client. I seek to create an environment where therapist and clients work collaboratively to meet the therapeutic goals. Between the therapist's clinical experience and empathetic nature, client's motivation for change, and a strong relationship built between the two, I believe the possibility of change can become a reality in the lives of clients.”

Personal Statement:
“As a therapist, I am committed to helping clients to feel empowered to overcome the obstacles in their lives that prevent them from realizing their full potential. I seek to bring compassion as well as diverse clinical experience to the therapy room to help clients reach their goals and to find flourishment in their lives.”

Practice Location:
Brighton, Howell

Phone Number:
248-491-8607

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Rachael Krefman-Castellon, LMSW

Rachael Krefman-Castellon, LMSW
 


Education and Credentials:

  • Master of Social Work from the University of Michigan
  • Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from Alma College
  • Active Member of the National Association of Social Workers

Special Interests:

  • Addiction/Addictive Behaviors
  • Anxiety
  • Chronic Pain
  • Depression
  • Grief and Loss
  • Life Transitions
  • Stress
  • Self-Esteem

Professional Philosophy:
"The most important thing a therapist can do is to help clients feel valued, accepted, and understood. It is my responsibility to listen, support, empathize, and provide a safe and comfortable environment for clients to express themselves. At the same time, I encourage clients to explore different ways of thinking and practice new behaviors that can help them live more peaceful lives."

Personal Statement:
"I feel honored every time a client chooses to share their story with me. I am constantly impressed by my clients' willingness to problem-solve, examine new perspectives, make changes in their lives, and learn from themselves."

Practice Location:
Brighton

Phone Number:
269-873-5966

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Monica Laming, LMSW


Monica Laming, LMSW

 


Education and Credentials:

  • Master of Social Work from University of Michigan
  • Master of Public Health from University of Michigan
  • Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Michigan State University
  • Fully Licensed Clinical Social Worker
  • Certified Infant Family Specialist Level II
  • Active member of Michigan Association for Infant Mental Health

Special Interests:

  • Social emotional development and behavioral difficulties with children and adolescents
  • Early childhood trauma
  • Family relationships and attachment
  • Maternal health/ Reproductive stressors (post-partum depression, miscarriage, fertility difficulties)
  • Grief and loss
  • Addiction/ Impacts on Family
  • Play Therapy
  • Infant and Child Parent Psychotherapy
  • Mindfulness interventions

Philosophy: 
"I believe that we all develop and become who we are out of the context of our earliest relationships. What has been hurt in relationships can only be healed through relationships. My role with children, families and adults is to engage in a positive, open and authentic therapeutic relationship where healing, change and meaning can be made, explored and understood. I use a variety of modalities to best fit your needs and with that also a deeper understanding that true change comes through the opportunity to explore and make sense of our past, present and future."

Personal Statement: 
"I am very passionate about the opportunity to work with individuals and families of diverse backgrounds and ages and feel honored to be invited on their journey toward growth and change. I learn just as much from the families and individuals I work with as I hope they learn from me. Whether it is through play with a young child or through speaking one's truth with an adult; therapy is a beautiful and powerful process that I believe has endless possibility."

Practice Location:
Howell

Phone Number:
810-845-2133

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Andrea Lunn, LMSW


Andrea Lunn, LMSW

 

 


Education and Credentials:

  • Master of Social Work, Florida State University
  • Bachelor of Science in Clinical and Community Psychology with a minor in Substance Abuse Treatment, University of Michigan-Flint
  • Licensed Master's Social Worker
  • Member of the National Association of Social Workers

Special Interests:

  • Depression and suicide prevention
  • Anxiety and irrational thinking
  • Transitions throughout the lifespan
  • Interpersonal relationships
  • Conflict management
  • Separation, loss, and grief
  • Co-occurring disorders (mental health and substance abuse)
  • Self-determination, empowerment, and assertiveness
  • Adaptive and maladaptive coping strategies

Philosophy: 
"Through a collaborative approach that meets your needs, I strive to help you improve your quality of life and provide you with the tools for you to access your own unique strength and reach your fullest potential. I am devoted to making you feel empowered in your pursuit towards achieving your personal goals. I will allow you to explore and reflect upon your feelings and values with certainty, integrity, and dignity in a welcoming, empathetic, and safe environment. I look forward to fostering a trusting and therapeutic relationship with you while you embrace life's challenging journey."     

Personal Statement: 
"Making the decision to go to therapy can be an overwhelming experience that comes with hesitation, nervousness, uncertainty, embarrassment, or even desperation. Some people might feel uncomfortable at the thought of discussing sensitive or secreted topics, feel ashamed about asking for help, or are apprehensive to discuss personal matters with someone new. All of these thoughts and feelings are completely normal to have! I am here to help ease your reservations and work with you to overcome your life obstacles.

I hold a nonjudgmental approach that reflects cultural competency and sensitivity towards the unique needs and diverse experiences of others. I have worked with multiple age groups ranging from early childhood to late adulthood. I am devoted to helping my clients find resolution, security, strength, stabilization, and self-acceptance through a solution-focused, client-centered approach. I highly value the opportunity that I have to help you achieve your individual needs and desires through personalized and confidential sessions that will promote health and healing. Let today be the start of something new!"

Practice Location:
Highland

Phone Number:
810-279-0515

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Michael Madigan, LMSW

Michael Madigan, LMSW
 


Education and Credentials:

  • Master of Social Work, Mental Health Specilalization from Loyola University Chicago
  • Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from The University of Michigan
  • Bachlor of Musical Arts from The University of Michigan
  • Fully Licensed Masters Social Worker (LMSW) - State of Michigan

Special Interests:

  • ADHD - Strategies for improving attention and coping with hyperactivity
  • Trauma - Recovery and Healing
  • Adult Children of Narcissists and / or Substance Users - Recovery and Healing
  • LGBTQIA - Coping with living in a heteronormative and cisnormative world.
  • Stress / Anxiety - Coping with Stress at Home, School, Work; Coping with Change.
  • Improving Relationships - Family, Couples, Professional, and Interpersonal.
  • Social Skills - Improving Communication and Confidence.
  • Mood Difficulties - Depressed Mood, Mood Swings, Anger, Irritability.
  • Self-Harm and Suicidality - Recovery and Healing.
  • Substance Use - Recovery and Healing

Professional Philosophy:
“The body may heal on its own, but the mind takes work to heal and get stronger. It is my sincere belief that the most difficult thing a human being can do is to change his or her mind. Counseling is one of the most effective ways to make lasting and meaningful changes in life that I know of. It is not easy, but life gets better and becomes easier the more you work at it.”

Personal Statement:
“I enjoy helping others find the fastest, most direct, and most successful route to accomplishing their goals and in solving life's toughest challenges. Your goal is my goal, your struggle is my struggle, we are in this together, now lets do something about it.”

Practice Location:
Lansing

Phone Number:
810-447-0447

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Kate McKee, PhD, LMFT

Kate McKee, PhD, LLMFT
 


Education and Credentials:

  • PhD and M.A., Marriage and Family Therapy, Michigan State University
  • B.S., Family Studies and Interpersonal Communication, Western Michigan University
  • Member of American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy

Special Interests:

  • Couples therapy
  • Health issues
  • Chronic illness
  • Life transitions
  • Certified in the PREPARE/ENRICH program
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Adolescents

Professional Philosophy:
“It is important for me to build a strong relationship with my clients and meet them where they are at. I draw from a variety of theories and work collaboratively with my clients to find the best fit. My goal is to create a safe and respectful environment that supports vulnerability and promotes change. You are the expert of your life, and I am here to listen, and offer another perspective.”

Personal Statement:
“I truly love what I do. I am grateful to the individuals, couples, and families that I have been honored to work with in the past; they have invited me into their lives, during some very vulnerable times, and I have witnessed incredible changes and growth. I am excited for every new client or family I am able to work with. I know that this is the work I was meant to do, and I hope to be doing it for many years to come.”

Practice Location:
Brighton

Phone Number:
810-522-8389

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Anne Marie Moskal, LMSW

Anna Moreno, LMSW, SSW
 


Education and Credentials:

  • Master of Social Work, Michigan State University
  • Phi Alpha National Social Work Honor Society
  • Bachelor of Arts, Psychology, Michigan State University

Special Interests:

  • Anxiety Depression and Mood Disorders
  • Postpartum Depression
  • Relationship Issues
  • Grief and Loss
  • Parenting Difficulties
  • Divorce
  • Remarriage
  • Blended Families
  • Life Transitions

Professional Philosophy:
“I believe in a holistic path toward healing and self-actualization. Whether you find yourself struggling with relationship issues, work stress, depression, anxiety, divorce, remarriage, postpartum depression, blended family concerns, adjustment to life transitions or coping with grief and loss, I will assist you in realizing your own unique strengths and individual qualities that will allow you to evolve toward your ideal level of functioning as well as develop skills that will assist you beyond your therapy experience. I utilize an eclectic, holistic approach, working with individuals from a solution-focused, strengths-based, cognitive behavioral, humanistic perspective, in an environment free from judgement.”

Personal Statement:
“Whenever we face challenging times in life, there lies a unique opportunity for self-discovery and great personal growth. We all possess the necessary strengths to cope with any obstacle we may be presented with. We all have the fundamental right and inherit ability to live out our personal goals and desires in an environment of acceptance, trust and respect. A trusting, authentic and genuine therapeutic alliance will facilitate an individual's discovery of his or her own unique abilities and result in positive meaningful growth that is beyond measure. As your therapist, it is an honor and privilege to accompany you along this profoundly sacred journey.”

Practice Location:
Howell

Phone Number:
248-302-0123

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Anna Moreno, LMSW, SSW

Anna Moreno, LMSW, SSW
 


Education and Credentials:

  • Master of Social Work, University of Michigan
  • Bachelor of Arts, Psychology, University of Michigan
  • Licensed Master of Social Work (LMSW), Michigan
  • Member, Michigan Association of School Social Workers

Special Interests:

  • Working with children, teens and adults
  • Stress Management
  • Assertiveness
  • Introversion
  • Anxiety/Depression
  • Grief/Loss/Separation
  • Life Review Codependency/ Family Systems related to addiction
  • Domestic Violence

Professional Philosophy:
“I believe in offering a welcoming, compassionate and respectful therapeutic relationship which recognizes the fact that we're all doing the best we can with the tools we have. I believe change will occur when we embrace our strengths and discover other ways to effectively meet our needs.”

Personal Statement:
“My goal is to provide practical tools and strategies that help you/ your child meet your needs in a more effective, empowering way. Since these changes can be difficult, I believe it is important to incorporate gentleness and laughter. Some of the therapy techniques I use include cognitive behavioral, play, family systems, solution focused, mindfulness and choice theory.”

Practice Location:
Highland

Phone Number:
248-572-3613

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Jacqueline Newsome, M.A., LMSW


Jacqueline Newsome, M.A., LMSW

 


Education and Credentials:

  • M.A. Social Work from Michigan State University
  • Fully Licensed Clinical Social Worker
  • Member of the National Association of Social Workers
  • B.A. Human Services Baker College

Special Interests:

  • Self-harm
  • Eating Disorders
  • Pre-teen and Teen Issues
  • Anxiety and Depression
  • Marriage/Couples Therapy
  • Sexual Assault/Domestic Violence/Intimate Partner Violence
  • Play Therapies
  • Mindfulness Activities
  • Education and Providing take home resources and information packets

Philosophy: 
"As an eclectic therapist I draw techniques and methods from a variety of techniques to better suit each client's individual needs. I believe that each client should be treated with the individualized attention they deserve. I believe in empowering each of my clients, using my professional education and experience to help them reach their desired goals.

Therapy is meant to help guide, educate or simply support another individual through a difficult thought or period of time. Overall, I believe that therapy is a collaborative experience that is based in a strong working relationship. "

Personal Statement: 
"I believe in creating a relaxing and confidential environment that will allow clients to focus on themselves and their needs. I believe in helping clients to find their inner strengths that they may have lost due to trauma or mental health symptoms. The most rewarding experience for me is when a client realizes how strong they are and uses this strength to better face their challenges. I believe many people need support and to heard by a non-judgmental confidential listener. "

Practice Location:
Lansing

Phone Number:
989-323-7916

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Melissa Patrick, LLMSW


Melissa Patrick, M.A., LLMSW

 


Education and Credentials:

  • Master of Social Work-Michigan State University
  • Bachelor of Social Work-Grand Valley State University, Minor in psychology
  • Limited License Social Worker-State of Michigan
  • Member of the National Association of Social Workers

Special Interests:

  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Mental health disorders
  • Maternal health/Reproductive stressors (postpartum depression, miscarriage, fertility difficulties)
  • Grief and loss (including neonatal/infant/child loss)
  • Substance use/addiction
  • Disordered eating
  • Relationship issues
  • Life stress

Philosophy: 
"No one is immune to stress, overwhelming emotions and various forms of crisis throughout their life. I also believe that you are the expert on your life and I welcome hearing your story in order to walk with you through your life experiences. I aim to create a partnership with you wherein we work to meet your personal goals by discovering and utilizing your strengths, engaging in problem solving, and implementing new strategies for change and growth."

Personal Statement: 
"It takes immense strength and courage to reach out for help. It is an honor and a privilege to be allowed to walk alongside someone through their journey of self-exploration, growth and healing. Before anything else, I believe that it is my job to provide a safe, empathetic, non-judgmental environment for you to share your story. "

Practice Location:
Lansing

Phone Number:
231-620-2750

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Hannah Purves, MA, LPC


Hannah Purves, MA, LLPC

 


Education and Credentials:

  • Master of Arts Degree in Professional Counseling from Liberty University
  • Bachelor of Science Degree in Clinical/Community Psychology from University of Michigan
  • Limited Licensed Professional Counselor

Special Interests:

  • Behavioral and emotional issues in adolescents
  • Crisis Interventions
  • Anxiety Depression
  • Trauma
  • Military Family Issues
  • Faith-based Counseling

Philosophy: 
"I believe that change can occur within a safe, trusting environment. I strive to establish and maintain that environment through meeting clients where they are, and carefully guiding them to where they want to be. My counseling relationships are built on trust, honesty, and mutual respect. I believe that there is always hope in every situation, and I make every effort to help clients find their hope."

Personal Statement: 
"I seek to create genuine therapeutic relationships where clients feel comfortable expressing their deepest concerns within the safety of a non-judgmental setting. I strive to fully understand and empathize with clients and their difficult situations. It is truly an honor to be part of a client's journey to restoration and success."

Practice Location:
Fenton

Phone Number:
810-429-2795

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Heather Rosales, LMSW, CAADC

Heather Rosales, LMSW
 


Education and Credentials:

  • Master of Social Work, Michigan State University
  • Bachelors's Degree in Human Services, Adrian College
  • Certified Advanced Alcohol and Drug Counselor

Special Interests:

  • Adolescents, College Students, Adults
  • Anxiety
  • Behavioral issues
  • Depression
  • Grief and loss
  • Self esteem
  • Stress management
  • Substance use
  • Work stress

Professional Philosophy:
“Through a strengths-based, holistic approach, I strive to help individuals achieve the goals they have in mind for themselves. I look forward to working with clients to break down barriers, whether they are internal or external from a strengths-based, positive and affirming perspective. I work to engage people in the process of positive change and assist them in achieving personal growth. ”

Personal Statement:
“I work to help people navigate their complex worlds in order to live a healthier, happier life. I believe that all components of ones' life are interrelated. Stress, crisis, life changes and uncertainty happen to everyone, often without warning. When crisis or chaos strike, it is comforting to have someone listen in a safe, open, non-judgmental space in which you can uncover the inner strengths and skills you already possess. I work with clients to create this environment, through which genuine healing, change, and self-empowerment can occur. .”

Practice Location:
Lansing

Phone Number:
517-881-4326

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Erin Rose, LMSW


Erin Rose, LMSW

 


Education and Credentials:

  • Master of Social Work from Michigan State University
  • Bachelor's Degree from Central Michigan University
  • Member of the NASW

Special Interests:

  • Addiction
  • Grief and Loss
  • Trauma
  • Emotional/ Behavioral issues in Adolescence
  • Child Welfare
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Aging Parent/ Caretaker
  • Fatigue
  • LGBTQ
  • Stress/ Anger Management

Philosophy: 
"I enjoy the opportunity to help people. There are some difficult times that people may need help with and having a therapeutic connection with people is to afford them a safe place to process their life experiences. "

Personal Statement: 
"In my experience I believe that people want validation of what they have been through, and having that validation means they have been listened to. Knowing that you are listened to lends to the opportunity to create a plan of action for the individual and/or family to actively participate in."

Practice Location:
Highland

Phone Number:
248-667-8610

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Sharon Rudy, MA LPC, NCC


Sharon Rudy, MA LPC, NCC

 


Education and Credentials:

  • Master of Arts in Counseling, Oakland University
  • Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, Wayne State University
  • Licensed Professional Counselor
  • Certified Marriage and Family Therapist
  • National Certified Counselor
  • Approved Supervisor
  • Member of American Association of Christian Counselors

Special Interests:

  • Anxiety
  • Blended families
  • Communication
  • Conflict Resolution
  • Depressed Mood
  • Grief and Loss
  • Life transitions
  • Relationship Issues
  • Self Acceptance issues
  • Premarital Counseling
  • Marital Counseling
  • Faith-based Counseling

Philosophy: 
"You can't change your heritage; it was given to you But you can change your legacy; it's what you give to others."

Personal Statement: 
"I am committed to working with each person in a way that helps them achieve their goals. I believe that counseling is a good option for those who are seeking to change, to understand themselves better, and to explore solutions to their problems. I enjoy working with individuals, couples, and families who decide to seek counseling for a variety of issues. I strongly believe that people have a lifelong capacity to change, and that with motivation, knowledge, and effort, a greater level of physical and emotional health can be achieved. You have the power to create your own legacy."

Practice Location:
Highland

Phone Number:
248-225-6297

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Anna Scates, M.A., LMSW


Anna Scates, M.A., LMSW

 


Education and Credentials:

  • Master of Social Work, Michigan State University
  • Bachelors of Science in Psychology, Michigan State University
  • Fully Licensed Clinical Social Worker, State of Michigan
  • Clinical Social Work with Families Certificate, Michigan State University

Special Interests:

  • Trauma
  • Depression and Suicidal Ideation
  • Anxiety
  • Couple and Family Therapy
  • Mood Instability
  • Grief and Loss
  • Anger Management
  • Eating Disorders

Philosophy: 
"I use elements of psychodynamic, emotionally focused and cognitive behavioral therapy in my practice. I believe that all people have personal insight, resiliency and ability to change. I also believe that all people need to be validated, encouraged, and valued. I use those fundamentals when working with individuals, couples and families. I aim to help my clients achieve their goals for treatment by providing them with support, a new perspective and tools to facility change. My approach to therapy focuses on the ability to recognize internal barriers that prevent change, promoting self-growth and restoring connection. I strive to create a safe, client-centered, and comforting therapeutic environment."

Personal Statement: 
"It is a humbling and inspiring experience to work with dedicated individuals who allow me to be part of their lives. I appreciate each and every story, emotion, achievement and setback that is shared with me! I believe that "we either make ourselves miserable or we make ourselves strong, the amount of work is the same."

Practice Location:
Lansing

Phone Number:
517-862-1615

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Drew Schafer, LLP


Drew Schafer, LLP

 


Education and Credentials:

  • M.A. Psychology, Moody Theological Seminary-Michigan
  • B.S. Behavioral Science, Grand Valley State University

Special Interests:

  • Anxiety (Panic Attacks, Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder, Generalized Anxiety)
  • Depression
  • Anger
  • Child behavior problems

Philosophy: 
"I believe the relationship between the client and the therapist is the most important part of the counseling process. I don't believe much change can take place if someone does not feel understood by me and feel they can trust me. "

Personal Statement: 
"Life is about learning to play the hand we're dealt to the best of our abilities, whether this means finding a way to change our circumstances or learning to adjust to them. "

Practice Location:
Lansing

Phone Number:
734-778-2467

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Jenna Sielaff, LMFT


Jenna Sielaff, LLMFT

 


Education and Credentials:

  • Master of Science Degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from Northwestern University
  • Bachelor of Science Degree in Psychology from Grand Valley State University
  • Pre-Clinical Fellow Member of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy
  • Limited Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist

Special Interests:

  • Emotional and Behavioral Concerns (Children and Adolescents)
  • School-Related Problems
  • Self-Esteem and Bullying
  • Parenting Issues/ Divorce and Co-Parenting
  • Attachment Concerns (Parent/Child and Couples)
  • Family Conflict
  • Relational/ Communication Issues (Parent/Child and Couples)
  • Stress and Anxiety
  • Depression

Philosophy: 
"Change occurs when both client and therapist are able to work together as a team to co-create a plan of action to uncover the possible constraints that may be blocking the client from reaching his/her full potential. I believe that change is possible for everyone, and I am honored to assist my clients in meeting their goals. "

Personal Statement: 
"It is my goal as a therapist to create a warm, caring, and non-judgmental environment for each client. I understand that therapy is a process, and I strive to meet the needs of my clients by working to help them create goals and assist in selecting the most appropriate treatment plan to achieve them. I tailor my approach to meet the individual needs of each client, as I understand there are many paths leading to growth and healing."

Practice Location:
Highland, Brighton

Phone Number:
616-460-4022

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Melanie Slep, LPC, LMFT, NCC

Melanie Slep, LPC, LMFT, NCC
 


Education and Credentials:

  • Master of Arts degree in Community Counseling with an emphasis in Marriage and Family Therapy, Western Michigan University
  • B.S., Family and Community Services, Michigan State University
  • Member of American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy

Special Interests:

  • Premarital and Marital Counseling; Certified in the PREPARE/ENRICH Program
  • Disordered eating
  • Struggles with body image
  • Depression
  • Couple Therapy: communication styles, intimacy and sexuality, conflict resolution, and many other common stressors in couples

Professional Philosophy:
“I believe my role as a therapist is not focused on giving advice and solving client problems, but rather on working with clients to discover their own solutions to their problems and supporting clients through the process of growth and change as they strive to become the best version of themselves.”

Personal Statement:
“I am grateful to my clients for inviting me into their lives.  I pride myself in providing a safe, caring, non-judgmental environment and I feel privileged when clients use that environment to share their thoughts, emotions, and experiences with me.”

Practice Location:
Lansing

Phone Number:
517-402-0979

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Marianne Sylvain, LLP

Marianne Sylvain, LLP
 


Education and Credentials:

  • Masters Degree in Clinical Psychology, Center for Humanistic Studies
  • Bachelor of Arts Degree in Family Life Studies, Spring Arbor College
  • Certified Clinical Trauma Professional

Special Interests:

  • Trauma
  • Family conflict
  • Childhood social, emotional and behavioral issues
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Relationship issues

Professional Philosophy:
“I believe the most important part of therapy is to meet people where they are at. We are all on our own journey and moving at our own pace. Therapy is about learning to understand ourselves and within that understanding we find acceptance. Amazing new things happen when we can see things from a different perspective. I'm thankful everyday that I'm allowed to take this journey with you.”

Personal Statement:
“I offer short term therapy for individuals, families and couples. I focus on strategies to manage stress, depression, anxiety, grief and any life transitions. I provide a mix of solution-focused and mindfulness based strategies to assist you in achieving your goals as quickly as possible. My style is up front and goal oriented.”

Practice Location:
Fenton

Phone Number:
517-304-3968

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Bill Tyler, M.A., LMFT

Bill Tyler, M.A., LLMFT
 


Education and Credentials:

  • Master of Arts degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from Michigan State University,
  • Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Michigan State University,
  • Currently pursuing a Doctorate in Marriage and Family Therapy, Michigan State University
  • Member of American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy

Special Interests:

  • Anxiety disorders, including phobias, panic disorders, and Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder using evidence-based treatment approaches
  • Treatment for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
  • Depression
  • Couples Therapy, including issues of communication, respect, sexual dysfunction, co-parenting and other skills for divorcing couples
  • Infidelity
  • Behavioral Addictions
    • Sexual Addiction
    • Pornography Addiction
    • Internet-based infidelity

Professional Philosophy:
“My affiliation with Michigan State University allows me to remain on the cutting edge of evidence-based treatments. Still, I recognize the importance of being personable and listening to my clients rather than simply pursuing therapy in a cookbook-like fashion. I believe that everyone’s story is unique and that they deserve to be heard and listened to.”

Personal Statement:
“I am proudest of people who enter therapy for the first time or after a long absence. Many people have told me that they have had negative experiences in the past and have waited a long time to return. I know that men, especially, have difficulty coming to therapy due to negative perceptions that still exist. The greatest compliment I ever received was, “I expected you to be a quack, but you talk like a regular person!” I avoid ‘psycho-babble’ and work best with people who are hungry for change in their lives.”

Practice Location:
Lansing

Phone Number:
517-449-3754

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Kayla Valley, LMSW

Kayla Valley, LMSW
 


Education and Credentials:

  • Master of Social Work from University of Illionis at Champaign-Urbana
  • Bachelor's in Psychology with minor in counseling from Lake Superior State University
  • Licensed Clinical Social Worker in the state of Michigan

Special Interests:

  • Relationship Issues
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Difficulties with Adjustments (work-related stress, divorce, loss of a loved one, etc.)

Professional Philosophy:
“Growth can only come from a place of love and understanding. Every person has the potential for change and through a careful balance of compassion and accountability, we can help make changes in your life so you can enjoy your blessings. It is an honor and a privilege to walk with you for a while on your journey and be a resource for building the life you want.”

Personal Statement:
“: Congratulations on taking the first step to feeling better. I am here to help develop insight, build skills, and process emotions so that you can achieve your goals. Using evidence-based practices and true compassion for each person, we can find and utilize your strengths so you can tackle any obstacle. I work with a variety of people facing many different challenges including adjustments in many seasons of life, clinical issues such as depression and anxiety, and family/couples issues, as just a few examples. It is an honor and a privilege to work with you and I can't wait to meet you!”

Practice Location:
Highland

Phone Number:
248-742-5017

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Terry Witherspoon, LPC


Terry Witherspoon, M.A., LLPC

 


Education and Credentials:

  • Master of Arts in Counseling from Spring Arbor University
  • Bachelor of Applied Science in Criminal Justice with a minor in Human Services from Siena Heights University
  • Limited Licensed Professional Counselor
  • Member of the American Counseling Association
  • Member of the Michigan Counseling Association
  • Member of the Theraplay Association

Special Interests:

  • Childhood emotional and behavioral concerns
  • Trauma
  • Grief and loss
  • Play therapy
  • Parent-child relationships

Philosophy: 
"I look at how children are developing at home, at school, with peers, and in other systems to help them function optimally within their environment. Children communicate best through play. Play therapy allows children to live out their true thoughts, feelings and experiences in a safe environment that supports growth and healing. "

Personal Statement: 
"One of my favorite quotes is by Anna Quindlen….'The thing that is really hard, and really amazing, is giving up on being perfect and beginning the work of becoming yourself.' I truly enjoy working with my clients and deem it a privilege that they allow me to work with them."

Practice Location:
Lansing

Phone Number:
269-213-9426

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Chelsea Wright, LMSW, CAADC


Chelsea Wright, LMSW, CAADC

 


Education and Credentials:

  • Master of Social Work, University of Illinois
  • Bachelor of Arts in Psychology & Certificate in Gender and Women's Studies, University of Wisconsin
  • Certified Advanced Alcohol and Drug Counselor

Special Interests:

  • Emotional and behavioral problems in children and adolescents
  • Co-occurring mental and substance use disorders
  • Substance use in adolescents
  • Family issues
  • Parent/child relationships
  • Women's issues
  • Life transitions

Philosophy: 
"At some point in our lives everyone experiences some kind of emotional pain or stress. At times like this, it is important to be able to create purposeful goals and solutions in a supportive, safe and compassionate environment. My goal is to create this environment where individuals can gain an understanding of their experiences and feelings and then take proactive steps to change their lives in a positive way. "

Personal Statement: 
"I know how difficult it can be to acknowledge that there is an issue and even more difficult to take the steps to address the issue. I believe that my clients are the experts on their own lives and my purpose is to provide a unique perspective and facilitate the achievement of their goals. "

Practice Location:
Highland

Phone Number:
815-404-3420

 
 
 
 
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