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I became a therapist because I am passionate about assisting individuals with exploring their capacity for change in order to accomplish their life goals and improve their overall quality of life. I utilize a strength-based perspective and I believe in empowering individuals to achieve their full potential. I can provide a safe, nurturing, and nonjudgmental environment because I recognize the importance of trust in a therapeutic relationship. My goal as a therapist is to assist individuals with gaining insight and develop skills to navigate through their day to day issues. I have a Bachelor's of Science degree in Counseling Psychology and a Master of Science degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. I am a Licensed Professional Counselor and a Nationally Certified Counselor. I have over 13 years of experience in the mental health field. I specialize in the treatment of mood disorders/depression, anxiety, behavioral, trauma/PTSD, stress, parenting/family, self-esteem, and school/work-related issues. I also have a passion for working with young adults (ages 17-21) transitioning into college/adulthood.
Thomas J. Klein
I graduated from the University of Michigan-Flint with a Bachelor's of Science in Applied Psychology before getting a Master's of Arts in Counseling from Oakland University. I have worked with children, adolescents, adults, and couples, facing a number of different life challenges. I treat each person who comes in as an individual with a unique perspective on life. Because of this, I believe in supporting clients, as they progress through treatment in a way that is most comfortable for the individual. I have experience working with people with depression, anxiety, bipolar, post-traumatic stress, OCD, and sexual challenges. I also have worked with victims and perpetrators of domestic violence, sexual abuse, and other crimes. If you are facing any of these things, or if you are making an adjustment to any life changes, I would be honored to help you on your path.
Amber believes people have the wisdom to heal themselves, but sometimes we need guidance to discover or effectively apply it. Her goal as a therapist is to help you build the skills and the courage to listen to your own voice and live the life you desire. Throughout the course of treatment, patients have many opportunities to practice actively focusing on positive change and living in the present; as well as develop healthier relationships with the past and future. Amber combines in-session work with creative, practical take-away exercises; encouraging patients to develop and apply the means to deal with future hardships long after treatment ends. She is dedicated to working with clients in order to foster a safe, relaxed, nonjudgmental and collaborative space. She is compassionate, efficient, enthusiastic and remarkably genuine.
Amber received her Master’s degree in Clinical Social Work from The University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. She works from a strengths-based and person-centered perspective. Amber offers a range of evidence-based treatment options including, but not limited to: cognitive behavioral therapy, trauma-focused cognitive behavioral therapy, solution focused brief therapy, motivational interviewing and dialectical behavioral therapy-informed practice.
Amber specializes in working with adults. With her experience, she is able to provide treatment for individuals who are adjusting to life transitions, struggling with depression, anxiety, mood disorders, personality disorders, trauma, domestic violence, sexual assault, self-harm, grief/loss, stress management, self-esteem and relationship issues.
I became a therapist because I believe in the power of people who have the courage and strength to grow and change their lives. As a person-centered therapist, I am passionate about helping everyday people improve the quality of their lives.
I work with clients from a strength-based perspective; with clinical strengths in depression, anxiety, trauma, family and relationship issues, life transitions, grief and loss, faith-based counseling and women’s issues that include pregnancy and post-partum depression. I offer clients a safe, non-judgmental and compassionate space for discovery, growth, and healing. I utilize a variety of treatment modalities and techniques with an emphasis on Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and Mindfulness.
It is a privilege to be trusted with the life stories of courageous people. I am grateful that my job is to support them during the most challenging times in their lives. If you’re ready to get started, please reach out to connect. I look forward to meeting you.
I received my Master’s degree in Counseling from Spring Arbor University. I am a Licensed Professional Counselor and Nationally Certified Counselor with over 14 years of experience in the mental health field.
For more than 25 years, I have been privileged to provide therapy to individuals and families. I received a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Michigan State University and a Master of Arts in Clinical Psychology from Central Michigan University. Additionally, I hold an Infant Mental Health Endorsement; which is an endorsement for culturally sensitive, relationship-focused practice promoting infant mental health developed by the Michigan Association for Infant Mental Health (MI-AIMH). Therapy can be a brief catalyst toward a new beginning or a safe haven through which to transform in a private and respectful space. Therapy, at its best is collaborative and creative. By combining your strengths with relevant tools, we will move toward your desired outcomes.
Lauren Zolecki-Polzin has over 10 years of experience helping clients of all ages, races and sexual orientations manage mental health and substance abuse issues in individual therapy, group therapy, and couples therapy modalities. She graduated with her Master's degree in Clinical Professional Psychology from Roosevelt University in Chicago, IL in 2007. She has an extensive history of working with people dealing with mood disorders, anxiety disorder, substance abuse disorders, and other disorders in a variety of settings including inpatient and outpatient. Lauren prides herself on being open and affirming working with people from all walks of life! Lauren primary theoretical orientation is Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, however she uses an eclectic blend of therapy techniques as needed and as is appropriate. Lauren is passionate about helping clients reach their therapy goals by making the client an integral part of the treatment plan. She is looking forward to working with you on developing healthy coping skills and overcoming your personal challenges!
Adnan Jaber, PhD
I view therapy as a place for one to be honest with oneself so that they can lead a life that is fulfilling, meaningful, and according to their values. Psychotherapy is a collaborative endeavor that aids individuals in increasing their emotional and cognitive understanding of themselves and gives them a place to come to terms with their losses and be ready to create their own narrative that will give them a better sense of self and purpose.
My experience in therapy involves working with individuals, couples, families, and adolescents. I have worked with people from diverse backgrounds with diverse clinical presentations ranging from relationship difficulties, trauma, depression, and anxiety.
Melody Litkouhi is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who has over 7 years of experience providing therapeutic services in both English and Spanish to children, adolescents, young adults, and families in southeast Michigan. Melody emphasizes learning about and normalizing mental health challenges, gaining self-awareness and acceptance, and mobilizing personal, social, cultural, and spiritual strengths to foster greater emotional well-being. Melody specializes in working with survivors of trauma and is certified in Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy in the state of Michigan. She also has extensive experience working with parents and families, including multi-cultural, blended, and immigrant families, as well as children, adolescents, and young adults with a broad range of mental health and behavioral symptoms and concerns.
Sometimes when you feel broken, you need the help of another to rebuild. But where do you start when you’re seeking a therapist who is empathetic and experienced, supportive and compassionate?
As a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with 18 years experience, I promise I am here to offer you a hand, not a judgment. Over nearly two decades, I have worked with individuals, couples and families specializing in depression, anxiety, grief/loss, bereavement, body image, caregiver stress, family issues, relationship struggles, and adjustment disorders/life transitions. In addition to my Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Social Work from Michigan State University, I am also Board Certified in Oncology Social Work and have extensive training in oncology, terminal illness and medical distress.
Whether your goals are immediate or long range, we will work together to create a plan to make positive changes to your life. The key to those changes is a client-centered, solution-focused collaborative approach in which you learn to take control of your life through self-empowerment.
Together we will focus on the real you; your strengths, resources, resilience, core beliefs and coping skills. You’ve spent a lifetime listening to others. Isn’t it finally time to listen to your own voice?
Please contact Great Lakes Psychology Group and request to schedule with Laurel Martinez. I look forward to meeting you.
Reaching out and asking for help takes courage. Especially when that help involves discussing personal experiences which may bring up negative thoughts about ourselves and make us feel vulnerable. I appreciate the effort you have taken to find a compassionate environment; where you can gain insight and life-long skills to approach your setbacks from a different perspective. My goal is to assist you to become more aware of the unique strengths and characteristics you already possess which will allow you to navigate your current life circumstances with greater self-awareness and confidence, while you develop person-centered alternatives. My door is open for individuals who are specifically looking to identify and address the Cause. This chosen process examines childhood wounds to resolve current symptoms. We develop an experience of safety so you can move toward optimal growth, healing, recovery, and ultimately resiliency to situations that challenge old ways of thinking. A list of how to or quick tips are not sustainable and potentially increases anxiousness and worry that is difficult to control. We cannot think our way out of problems. Effective therapy begins with a bottom-up approach that enhances emotional regulation. A starting point to do this hard, important, and rewarding work.
I am confident our work together will be an alliance that is supportive, goal orientated, and thought-provoking. Our working alliance is established by providing an eclectic strengths-based perspective, which means I help you build upon your individual gifts and resources so that you can come from a place of strength as you learn and grow. As a Clinical Social Worker, I gather information from all aspects of your life; Biological, Psychological, Social, Cultural, and Spiritual Experiences. Once a thorough evaluation is completed, I apply research-based techniques and tools individualized for your needs. The therapy will be a collaborative effort, with the goal of recognizing and reinforcing your potential. My specific area of practice essentially targets unresolved childhood attachment ruptures or the wounds that are expressed as anxiety, depression, anger, addictions, codependency, grief and loss, numbing, acute stress and trauma. When repeated experiences of chaos and suffering occur, we acquire and at times, overdevelop defenses to maximize any sense of safety and connection. As a result, emotional reactivity and the breakdown of problematic behaviors become the barriers to cultivate healthy relationships. This reinforces our negative beliefs and fears. It is typically at this point we become motivated to seek help. It is my intention to be objective and nonjudgmental while you attend to your ‘stuck-points.’
~I look forward to meeting you! I am passionate and committed to guiding you through the healing process toward experiencing wholeness and authenticity~
Thea Swiderska is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker whose experience involves working with diverse populations including children, adolescents, adults, geriatric, families and couples and reflects over multiple clinical settings (psychiatric hospitals, community mental health, healthcare, and hospice). Thea obtained both her Bachelor’s degree in psychology and a Master’s degree in clinical social work from Loyola University Chicago. Thea believes therapy is a collaborative process working towards wellness and achieving goals by supporting clients to become the best version of themselves. Thea’s approach is individualized, supportive, and strengths-based in order to assist clients in reaching their highest potential. Thea’s approach includes cognitive- behavioral therapy, solution-focused and supportive psychotherapy. Thea specializes in assisting clients to manage depression, anxiety, adjustment disorders, low self- esteem, relationship/peer difficulties and trauma. Thea believes that we are often faced with challenges throughout different stages of life, but that this does not define who we are and strives to create a safe space that will allow her clients to gain clarity, acceptance, hope, and balance in order to live a life that they value.
John earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology at the Franciscan University of Steubenville, OH in 1985 and a Master of Science in clinical psychology at Eastern Michigan University in 1988. He has practiced psychology as both a direct services provider and as manager of mental health programs in the Michigan prison system for close to 30 years. He has worked with men and women providing a wide range of individual and group therapeutic interventions. He has developed and conducted a variety of therapy modules in areas of anger management, stress management, trauma recovery, grief and loss, existential / life-purpose therapy, addiction recovery, cognitive skills development and managing emotions—such as those associated with anxiety disorder and depression.
In addition to his clinical work, John has provided professional training seminars in areas of managing disruptive behaviors, maintaining professional boundaries, cultural diversity, crisis management, and trauma recovery. He has also assisted with weekend seminars in marriage enrichment and growth in the spiritual life.
Hello! I have been in the mental health field for almost 20 years and love helping adults reach their full potential. We all have struggles in life and sometimes need assistance with navigating the complexities life throws at us. I believe what happens to us in life is not as important as how we choose to think and react to it. My specialties include depression, anxiety, anger issues, self-esteem, and worrisome/obsessive thoughts. We can work together to help you live the fulfilling and meaningful life that you want.
Sarah is a Limited License Psychologist in Michigan. She earned a Masters Degree in Clinical Psychology from Eastern Michigan University, and a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Virginia Commonwealth University. Sarah has spent the past several years working in private practice settings providing treatment and diagnostic assessments for children, adolescents, and adults with various behavioral and emotional challenges. She provides services for individuals with a number of concerns such as anxiety, depression, academic difficulties, ADD/ADHD, grief, eating disorders, LGBTQ concerns, social difficulties, trauma/abuse, and parenting difficulties.
Sarah additionally offers psychological assessment services for ADD/ADHD and IQ testing. In therapy, she employs an eclectic approach that focuses on integrating a variety of techniques in order to create individualized treatment to help each client meet their goals.
My goal as a therapist is to help guide people of all ages through their current life experiences. I utilize a strength-based approach, designed to bring my client's strengths to the forefront while encouraging development and processing of the more difficult experiences and feelings impacting you. I aim to decrease the discomfort my client feels while striving to improve long term coping skills. I have found success utilizing a trauma-informed, relational approach and I work exceptionally well with those suffering from Depression, Anxiety, Trauma, maladaptive behaviors and inattention as well as many other presenting issues.
I graduated from Michigan State University with a Master's Degree in Clinical Social Work and am licensed through the State of Michigan. I've provided therapy for the last 10 years with children, adolescents, adults, and families. I've trained frequently in evidence-based practices emphasizing the relationship and behaviors.
I have extensive experience working in complex cases, developing more positive behaviors and increased understanding. I have also been trained in Reflective Supervision, a specialized form of supervision designed to create depth in therapy. I provide this supervision and receive it as well, creating a more "whole" experience.
I believe that every individual travels their own path and that no two paths look exactly the same. I am here to both walk your path with you and serve as a tour guide along the way. I thrive working with clients who are seeking this journey and looking to build a relationship that will assist them in gaining insight, skills and passion to achieve their most fulfilling life. Client's who are struggling with borderline personality disorder, emotional difficulties, distress tolerance, self-harm, interpersonal struggles, imbalance, addictions, anxiety, depression or bipolar disorder are well-served by my experience and skill set. I have extensive experience providing individual/group Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT). DBT is effective for the treatment of Borderline Personality Disorder and has also been used to treat mood disorders, anxiety, and addiction. I have 10 years experience in treating trauma, mood, behavioral, and addictive disorders using an integrative approach.
Dr. Abbate is a licensed psychologist who earned her Doctorate in Clinical Psychology from the Illinois School of Professional Psychology. She specializes in working with children, adolescents, young adults, and families. Dr. Abbate uses a client-centered and CBT approach with her patients to help them feel accepted and understood as they work together to challenge automatic thought processes and develop new coping skills. Dr. Abbate has experience treating individuals presenting with depression, anxiety, trauma, life transitions, Autism Spectrum Disorder, Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), learning disorders, parenting difficulties, and domestic violence.
My mission is to help clients of all ages find hope, healing and new beginnings in their lives. Through therapy, clients can identify their goals through identifying their strengths, supports and other protective factors. For example, clients may be seeking healing after loss, coping skills to help them with depression or anxiety or support moving forward after trauma. As a therapist, I am a listening presence who uses a variety of tools and techniques tailored to the client's needs and circumstances.
My specialty is grief and loss which encompasses loss due to death, divorce, adoption, illness, trauma or other losses. I work with individuals, couples and families.
I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. I specialize in working with children ages 3-17, but also work with adults. I have extensive training in play therapy. I use play therapy as an effective tool to assist children in expressing their feelings and working through problems.
I am also trained in Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy which is an evidence-based treatment approach for children and adolescents who have experienced trauma such as sexual abuse, physical abuse and domestic violence. In addition to trauma, I have experience in working with children and adults with depression, anxiety, marital counseling, grief/loss, and family transitions/changes such as divorce.
It is crucial for us to have the courage and motivation to break our own unhealthy cycles and gain insight into our potentials. You deserve a respectful, individualized approach to therapy, and I am committed to helping you create and maintain healthy changes in your life. I am an empathic and supportive therapist who will also be direct and challenge you to move forward to reach your goals. With five years of clinical experience, I work with you so you can become your best advocate, strengthen your will to run against self-sabotaging thoughts and behaviors, and find/maintain relationships that will nurture your inner self. Having worked with diverse, ethnic and cultural populations, I value diversity and cultural sensitivity as a strong component of my work with each individual as it provides an open, safe environment for us to work together. Utilizing approaches that are evidence-based and tailored specifically to you, I invite you to come to feel heard and understood without judgment so you can find the balance you are looking for and the light in the darkness you experience.
Throughout my career as a clinician, I have worked with a variety of adults and some adolescents experiencing different obstacles in their paths such as life transitions, work-related issues, mood disorders, infidelity in intimate partner relationships, and social/family relationships. Additionally, I have extended experience with individuals who struggle with post-traumatic stress, anxiety, emotional regulation, domestic violence or gender-based violence, human trafficking, personality disorders, and some forensic cases. My work in community mental health, as well as outpatient hospital settings, has allowed me to integrate various clinical approaches such as using dialectical behavior therapy, solution-focused therapy, cognitive behavior therapy, narrative therapy, psycho-education, and some expressive therapies. I believe our thinking patterns, emotions, and how we decide to behave or deal with hard situations as humans, impacts our overall well-being. I am here to support you, and I am dedicated to helping you identify and explore barriers, discuss problem-solving, and develop and practice skills you can use outside of session to achieve your goals and live the life you want to live.
B.S. in Psychology – Natural Science at Loyola University Chicago
M.A. in Counseling Psychology at The Adler School of Professional Psychology (now known as Adler University)
Emily has a Masters of Arts degree in Professional Counseling from Liberty University in Lynchburg, VA and is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC). She considers counseling to be her calling and service to hurting individuals and couples in need of hope and a new direction. She takes great care in assisting her individual clients and couples with processing their concerns and finding healthy tools to repair broken relationships and live a more meaningful life.
Emily is passionate about her work and specializes in couples counseling, working with relationships in need of healthy communication and conflict management skills, rebuilding emotional trust, and recovery from relationship trauma and infidelity. Emily offers faith-based counseling for clients in need. She is person-centered and works from an individual or family systems approach to healing using cognitive-behavior therapy (CBT), including boundaries and mindfulness therapy. She specializes in building healthy relationships using her training with world-renowned researchers and experts, Dr. John and Julie Gottman with The Gottman Institute in Seattle, WA and their relationship skill-building techniques. Emily is experienced in working with women’s issues, including postpartum depression, post-natal anxieties for new or adjusting mothers and families, including generalized anxiety and depression.
Know that whatever brings you to therapy, Emily will be a safe place where you will find encouragement, personal strength, and life-solutions. Emily‘s goal will be to create the best therapeutic experience that meets all of your personal and relationship needs.
Shelley Bultje LMSW received her undergraduate and Masters degree in Social Work from the University of Michigan. She has experience working with children, adolescents, and families on an array of diagnoses and difficulties. Her specialties include working with transitional age youth (i.e. teens/young adults) and survivors of trauma. Shelley is passionate and devoted to working with young people, helping them feel empowered as they navigate through a critical and challenging stage of development. Shelley is also a guest lecturer at the University of Michigan School of Social Work.
Sometimes, life sucks, people are mean, and most talk about themselves and don't listen. Maybe it's because they are going through their own things, maybe it's because they don't know how to help. I've been on both sides of the spectrum of going through my own thing and also needing someone to listen.
My goal is to help clients figure out what caused life to suck and provide access to supportive tools and methods.
I'm very personable and utilize conversation as a way to connect with my clients. My goal is to support and assist with processing needs. I’m not here to tell you what you did wrong. I specialize in psychotherapy and individualized assessments to assist my clients in accomplishing their goals and functioning at their best.
Becoming a therapist was an absolute dream of mine. I’ve been providing effective counseling since July 2013 for individuals, children, and families. I received my undergraduate degree at Bennett College for Women in North Carolina. My focus was on social work with a minor in sociology. During that time, I interned at Guilford County Health Department working with new mothers and babies. I also volunteered with the YWCA as a mentor to young teen moms and adolescents. I later went on to complete my Masters of Social Work at the University of Michigan. While there, I interned at the Children’s Hospital of Michigan and clinically advised doctors and nursing staff about cultural competence and family dynamics. I later furthered my career by becoming endorsed as a level two Infant Mental Health therapist with an increased focused on attachment and relationship building. I’m married with one child and a cat named “pop tart."
I received my BA in Psychology from Michigan State University and my MA in Counseling from Oakland University. I’ve spent several years working with children, families, and individuals to help them achieve their goals.
I am trained in the use of Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) for adolescents and Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavior Therapy (TF-CBT).
I specialize in diagnosing and treating Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), Oppositional Defiant Disorder(ODD), Conduct Disorder (CD), Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Depression, and Anxiety.
I also assist with parenting skills, dealing with trauma, coping with grief, managing impulsive behavior, school problems, bullying, self-harm, and family issues
My objective as a therapist is to help you function at your full potential. I believe that everyone can benefit from therapy, whether you’re looking for relief from specific debilitating symptoms, you’re feeling “off,” lost, and stuck, or if you’re seeking greater meaning in life.
I approach treatment through a multi-systemic lens, with an emphasis on psychodynamic, existentialist, humanistic, cognitive, and family systems methods. I value and foster insight, as I believe that building awareness of lifestyle patterns can aid in dealing with current issues as well as prepare for future ones. I value the exploration of internal processes because I believe that the way we think about things can shape how we feel and how we behave. I also value the therapeutic relationship as a powerful mechanism of healing and change. The experience of having someone listen to you and validate your feelings can be curative in itself. Further, I strive to understand the world through your eyes and provide a space for you to process your thoughts and emotions and to workshop your ideas and ambitions. I will help you tap into your inner knowledge and strengths as well as teach you skills that will aid you in carving out a satisfying life.
I am a graduate student intern from Wayne State University’s Counseling Psychology department. In my program, we emphasized Family Systems therapy, which centers on relationships and interactions between individuals. The Family Systems approach can be applied to the individual, as we are all members of relational systems that impact us. I think this is a useful framework for treatment because improving relationships can enhance life overall.
I treat individuals and couples dealing with intimacy, fidelity, communication, and overall relationship issues who wish to improve their personal and interpersonal functioning. I treat adolescents and young adults (incorporating family members when necessary) dealing with school maladjustment, issues concerning identity formation and independence, family boundary issues, and family communication. I also treat adolescents and adults dealing generally with mood and personality disorder-related symptoms including anxiety, depression, stress, and obsessions as well as eating-related issues and sexual issues.
We all go through difficult times and need support from time to time. I work with people of all ages as they go through life's inevitable bumps in the road, whether it's a loss, feelings of sadness/depression, anxiety, or other adjustment issues. I will help you find effective, realistic ways to approach problems in order to solve them. I prefer to deal with the issue, rather than worry about a "diagnosis", with a focus on your own identified goals for wellness. Everyone deserves to be happy and healthy!
I have specialized training in anxiety, trauma, and PTSD; I work with children and adults who have suffered various stressors and traumas: abuse, neglect, loss (divorce/death), etc. I also specialize in children and adolescents dealing with environmental and family difficulties. I am an ally to the LGBTQ+ community and have experience providing support in addressing various stressors and traumas related to gender identification and sexual orientation.
My goal as a clinician is to create a safe, collaborate space for clients. I want to create an environment where children and families can feel comfortable processing their experiences and needs. I love working with kids, adolescents, and adults. I attended Michigan State University, graduating with a degree in Psychology. After which, I completed my Masters in Social Work, concentration in Interpersonal Practice and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, at Wayne State University.
I have ten years of experience working with children and teens in a variety of settings such as schools, foster care/adoption agencies and most recently home-based therapy for children struggling with severe mental illness and behavioral issues. I specialize in working with anxiety, depression, life transitions/stress, school-related issues, and social skills.
My role as a Licensed Masters Social Worker is to work collaboratively with clients to explore, deepen understanding and attend to struggles in order to enhance their quality of life. I believe that building on your existing strengths while developing new healthy coping skills provides each person and family with more tools to navigate struggles, learn and grow.
There are many challenges that we all have faced previously and continue to struggle with now. Counseling is all about how you are feeling, problems that you are having, and where you go with your present and future. It’s really a journey we take together to help you feel better about yourself; empower you to make different use of your capabilities and competencies at this time of your life. I am a clinical psychologist, with training and skills in working with young adults, women, and men; and mature, older individuals who experience anxiety, mood disorders, adjustment problems, serious emotional disorders, relationship challenges; and decreased overall quality of life. I also have specialties in behavioral health issues such as psychological behavioral treatment of morbid obesity, chronic health diseases (cancer; cardiac disease; ADD; kidney disease; orthopedic problems; chronic pain; and disability adjustments) that also contribute to taking away from your overall quality of life and capabilities.
You have the potential for change; which we build upon through strengths and resources that are already present within you. Together we develop a personalized treatment plan that incorporates talking, planning, and implementing a psychological growth process that is emotional, cognitive, and behavioral. This is about my understanding your ‘story’ of who you are, and how you have come to this time and place in your life. We work together with your positives, address conflicts and struggles together - with you learning how to better understand, learn and cope with your past issue. This is about you feeling more empowered to problem solve with what is going on now in the present; and help you feel more confident, capable, and competent in meeting your future goals, needs and wants.
We move forward together with sensitivity, strategies, tactics, and alternate ways of coping with your issues. At times, a psychodynamic approach, cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), motivational interviewing, or interpersonal skills work is utilized, according to our partnership of personal change.
I look forward to meeting you, listening to you, coming to understand you; and together working toward what you aspire for yourself. I am available to meet with you at a convenient time at GLPG. Now is the best time to help you with positive directions at this time in your life and the ‘chapters’ that you are yet to write and experience ahead. Our shared goal is your enhanced well-being and improvements in your overall quality of life.
Deb is a compassionate therapist with several years of experience. She provides a collaborative, relaxing and safe environment to help you work through your thoughts, emotions, and challenges to improve your life. Deb will be your ally to help you determine your goals for change and she will work with you to develop a plan to reach them.
Deb received her Master of Science degree in Social Administration from Case Western Reserve University and a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from Oakland University.
She works with adults using mainly a cognitive behavioral approach and customizes therapy to each client's individual needs and preferences. Her areas of specialty include stress, financial issues, major life decisions including job and interpersonal issues, depression, anxiety, relationship issues, and grief and loss. Deb is passionate about helping clients find their path to a better life.
I seek to provide an inclusive space in which individuals may explore barriers that impede them from living their most authentic life. My therapeutic approach is down-to-earth, sincere, and free from judgment. I truly believe in the healing power of a supportive and collaborative therapeutic relationship. I can help clients shift towards greater self-awareness, and assist them in understanding how to best utilize their natural strengths. My specialties include advocacy for LGBTQ identified clients, Gender Identity (non-binary), Transition Support, Sexuality, Women's Issues, Body Image, Emotional Overeating, Depression, Anxiety, and Trauma.
Dr. Julian Bass is a Licensed Psychologist and has over 10 years of experience in the field. His experience reflects the provision of services in multiple clinical settings (i.e., psychiatric hospitals, residential facilities, and community mental health centers) addressing a myriad of mental health concerns. During his practice as a clinician, Dr. Bass has gained extensive knowledge and practice working with adolescents and adults across various treatment modalities. These Modalities include individual and group psychotherapy, as well as valuable treatment experience working with families and couples.
Dr. Bass received his Bachelor’s and Master’s degree from Fisk University, and his Doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology from Wright State University School of Professional Psychology. Furthermore, Dr. Bass several specializations which include but are not limited to integrative psychotherapy, multicultural & diversity training/interventions, co-occurring disorders, and severely and persistently mentally ill patient populations.
Last, and most importantly, Dr. Bass works tirelessly to engender an environment and healing journey was patients can realize the goals that are most salient to them. Goals that aim to manifest hope, health, wellness, and everlasting growth.
Ashley is a Licensed Masters Social Worker and an alumnus of Michigan State University. She has worked in the helping professions for over 10 years and has found therapy to be the area in which she is most passionate. Therapy is a collaborative process and Ashley will be there to guide and support you as you take steps towards achieving your goals.
Ashley’s approach is person-centered, strength-based, and unique to the individual or family she is working with. Ashley has formal training in Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT), and Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT).
Ashley has worked extensively with all age groups. Her specialties include treating anxiety, depression, personality disorders, PTSD, adjustment disorders, bipolar disorder, ADHD, anger management, self-esteem, and relationship and family conflict.
As a licensed Clinical Social Worker, my goal is to enhance the lives of my patients and their families by assisting them in learning to cope with life's challenges from a strengths-based perspective. I truly enjoy working with others and am passionate about assisting others in enhancing the quality of their lives.
I completed my Master degree in Social Work at Wayne State University in 2015. Since then, I have been providing therapy to individuals targeted towards growth, healing, and gaining coping skills. I have also had experience working hospice and palliative care, providing support to individuals and their families during end of life care and transitions.
I specialize in anxiety and panic disorders, depression, trauma, PTSD, poverty, grief/loss, life transitions, and stress management. I use an eclectic range of treatments targeted towards your needs and goals, including cognitive-behavioral therapy, trauma-focused cognitive behavioral therapy, solution focused therapy, and positive psychology.
As a Limited License Psychologist, I have 20+ years of experience in multiple areas. Several areas of specialization include Depression, Anxiety, Mood Disorders, OCD, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and Anger Management. I have a history of providing individual cognitive/behavioral therapy to children and families with mental health and co-occurring substance abuse disorders. Providing Crisis Intervention, psychological testing, behavioral plans for oppositional behaviors and working with individuals within the Autism Spectrum. I pride myself on being a results-driven clinical therapist with extensive experience in improving and maintaining strong family relationships.
Harvey has extensive experience working with children (beginning at age 4), teens, and adults, with a particular skill in marital and family counseling. Harvey has focused his entire career on helping individuals who come from significantly dysfunctional and disadvantaged environments, including developing programming for individuals with autism and other special needs and administering child welfare programs on a governmental level to ensure quality standards were developed and implemented. At his core, Harvey has a passion for seeing the quality of life improve for the people with whom he works. Currently, Harvey is focusing his therapeutic work with families and couples, utilizing his training and skills in relationship counseling. He also specializes in helping adolescents and adults deal with anxiety and depression.
Education and Experience:
Harvey received his Bachelor of Social Work degree from McGill University in Montreal and his Master of Social Work degree from the University of Toronto. Harvey is certified in Applied Behavioral Analysis (ABA), a treatment approach designed for working with individuals with Autism, and has received training in marriage and couples counseling. Harvey has served in the positions of Camp Consultant and Trainer for camps in Ontario, Pennsylvania, Atlanta, Louisiana, Ohio, Washington, and Michigan, and as the Director of Child Welfare in Calgary, Alberta, as well as serving as an adjunct professor at the University of Calgary, Mount Royal College, Red Deer College, and McGill University. Harvey is also an entrepreneur, using his multiple skills to establish and operate his own camp for special needs individuals.
A bit about Harvey
Harvey is highly skilled in working with a variety of population groups. Harvey uses interaction and play therapy techniques with young children, uses ABA approaches when working with individuals with autism, uses Cognitive Behavioral Therapy with adolescents and adults, empowering them to develop meaningful life direction, and using structural family therapy and narrative therapy approaches with families and couples. Harvey’s approach communicates warmth, acceptance, and a depth of skill that give his patients confidence to make changes in their lives.
Sara is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, who graduated from Western Michigan University with a Master’s Degree in Marriage, Couple, and Family Counseling. She has extensive clinical experience with children, adolescents, and families in a variety of settings. For the past three years she has worked in mental health as a school-based therapist, gaining experience with age groups K4 through 12th grade; as well as working with blended, foster, and adoptive families by providing individual, family, and crisis care. Sara is also certified as a PREPARE/ENRICH facilitator.
Sara believes that each person’s journey in therapy is unique, and focuses on using techniques and styles that are individualized to each’s needs. Sara strongly believes that therapy is a process focused on growth and empowerment based on a foundation of trust and partnership between the client and therapist, with the goal that one can leave therapy with the tools to succeed in their daily lives independently.
Her areas of experience and special interest include anxiety, depression, anger management, self-esteem, stress management, self-harm, ADD/ADHD, grief and loss, relational issues, and couples and family counseling.
I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and a member of the National Association of Social Workers (NASW). I have over 20 years of clinical experience working with individuals, youth, children, and families in diverse settings such as social service agency, medical clinic, school, university (MSU), and hospital settings. I am experienced in working with children and youth that have had trauma in their lives, behavioral issues at home and/or school, in addition to specialized training in working with children, youth and young adults with developmental disabilities, particularly Autism. I am certified in Project ImPACT (Improving Parents As Communication Teachers; Ingersoll & Dvortcsak), an intervention that teaches parents/guardians techniques that improve their young child’s (with Autism or other developmental disability) language, social engagement, play, and imitation skills. I also have a special interest in helping individuals with depression, anxiety, eating disorders, life transitions, and grief and loss. I work from a strength-based and client-centered perspective and am passionate about working collaboratively with clients in order to reach their personal goals of self-actualization and optimal empowerment. I am dedicated to serving and learning from all people regardless of race, ethnicity, national origin, religion, spirituality, gender identity, sexual orientation, different ability, age, and economic status.
Christopher C. Harris is a Licensed Professional Counselor from the City of Detroit. He is nationally certified through the National Board for Certified Counselors. Christopher was trained and educated at Oakland Univerity. Christopher owns and operates CCHARRIS Professional Counseling Services. Offering Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) services in schools and organization. He is also the Clinical Director for The Mind Management Institute, a new nonprofit based out of Detroit. He also works with Lawrence Technological University as an Adjunct Professor and a Course-Based Research (CRE) team member.
Christopher has worked, interned, and volunteered throughout the Tri-County area of Michigan for close to 12 years. Including 3 years as a residential therapist for youth and families in the foster care and juvenile justice systems.
Christopher is a Strengths-Based, Solution-Focused, and Trauma-Informed professional. His for-profit and non-profit work centers on advocating for the dignity and worth of people and supporting individuals, families, and organizations as they work to improve their quality of life.
My approach to therapy is person centered. I address each individual like a blank canvas that is ready to be filled with the client’s own and unique behavioral modifications that will lead to a better fulfilled life. Every client is capable. My approach is to bring out to the surface each client’s success capacity by helping them develop and implement the techinque that is most effective. I aim to offer each person a safe haven where they might find some reprieve from their everyday problems.
I am a graduate of the University of Michigan Ann Arbor with a BA in Psychology and a Master’s in Clinical Psychology form the Michigan School of Psychology. I have 4 years of experience working with adolescents, and adults on depression, anxiety, behavioral issues, trauma and much more.
My goal as a clinician is to create a space where individuals do not have to feel alone or judged. I want to create an environment where individuals and families can feel comfortable processing their experiences and needs.
I have national certification in Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, and a strong background in child development. While I specialize in working with children and adolescents that have experienced trauma, I enjoy with all individuals or families to develop positive communication skills, coping strategies, support systems, and self-esteem.
When working with individuals and families I think it is important for them to know that an event may be part of who you are, but it does not have to define your identity.
My name is Michael Lagrou and I have a Master’s Degree in Social Work from Michigan State University. I am an LMSW through the State of Michigan and a Certified Advanced Alcohol and Drug Counselor through the Michigan Certification Board of Addiction Professionals. I work out of the Great Lakes Psychology Group South Gate office and am currently accepting new clients.
I have almost ten years of experience in providing outpatient therapy and have provided therapy to children, adults, couples, and families struggling with a range of concerns. Additionally, I have significant experience working in outpatient substance abuse therapy with both clients and their families as they navigate recovery. I utilize a combination of CBT and strength-based approaches while integrating insight-oriented therapy techniques as appropriate and desired. A client’s comfort level with their therapist is one of the most important factors in creating positive change. I look forward to meeting prospective clients and exploring the positive outcomes and goals that can be achieved through therapy.
Dr. Diane Toby is a licensed clinical psychologist who works with families, children, adolescents, and young adults, and has been in private practice as a therapist since 1992. In 2006, she moved her practice to Illinois. She has a master's degree in counseling psychology and a doctorate in school and counseling psychology from the University of Pennsylvania, with additional post-doctoral training in neuropsychology from the University of Illinois at Chicago. In addition to her private practice, Dr. Toby has practiced as a psychologist in therapeutic and school settings for over 20 years with children, adolescents, young adults, and their families, with particular expertise in family therapy to treat emotional and behavior problems. She enjoys helping families to show acceptance, set limits, and boundaries, and establish trust with adolescents who may feel “different” from others in the family. Dr. Toby also takes pride in her work with young adults who struggle with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), as well as the common emotional difficulties that often accompany this disorder (i.e., depression, anxiety, shame).
She believes that establishing a strong relationship with her clients is crucial. To that end, Dr. Toby ensures that active listening, acceptance, confidentiality, collaboration, and encouragement, are the cornerstones of her therapy. Dr. Toby has had training and experience in conducting Cognitive Behavior therapy, Rational Emotive Therapy, and Attachment-Based Trauma therapy, and uses all of these in her work as a therapist. Her additional expertise in neuropsychology provides her with a broader understanding of her clients' strengths and needs and allows for collaboration with school, medical and health professionals.
Scott Becker, PhD, is a Licensed Psychologist with over 23 years of professional experience. He received his doctorate in clinical psychology from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. Over the past 23 years, he has worked at several universities as a staff psychologist, faculty member, Director of Training, and most recently as the Director of the MSU Counseling Center. His clinical interests include depression, grief and loss, anxiety disorders, complex trauma and post-traumatic stress disorders, existential and spiritual issues, couples and family therapy, and child and adolescent therapy, as well as internet addiction and the overuse of digital technology.
Dr. Becker contributed the psychological commentary to the biography, The Life and Ideas of James Hillman, and he is the editor of Inhuman Relations, Volume 7 of the Uniform Edition of Hillman’s writings. He is currently writing a book on the combined impact of globalization, climate change, and digital technology, entitled Facing Monsters.
Meghan Hardy, MA, LPC, NCC, CAADC is a fully licensed professional counselor in the state of Michigan. Meghan provides therapy services to clients by nurturing a safe environment to explore barriers and obstacles in their lives. She views the counseling experience as a journey to explore adversities by compassionately facilitating discussions that identify, develop, and mobilize the client's own resources and to ultimately improve the quality of life.
Meghan obtained her Bachelor of Science in Psychology and Sociology Degree from Grand Valley State University before attaining her Master of Arts in Counseling Degree from Oakland University. She is a Licensed Professional Counselor in the State of Michigan. She is also a Nationally Certified Counselor (NCC) and a Certified Advanced Alcohol and Drug Counselor (CAADC).
Regardless of the type of issue or type of treatment needed, Meghan provides every client with a genuine, authentic, and non-judgmental experience in therapy. Because her experience has certainly shown that no client or issue is the same, no approach is specifically the same either. For that reason, Meghan tends to draw on a variety of different empirically-sound theories, approaches, and techniques tailored to meet the needs of the client. Specific therapeutic approaches that are used include CBT, Motivational Interviewing, Mindfulness, Brief Psychodynamic Therapy, and Humanistic Therapy.
Meghan has experience with areas of expertise falling within a wide spectrum of mental health and substance abuse counseling, including Generalized Anxiety, Social Anxiety, Depressive and Mood Disorders, Substance Abuse and Addictions, Trauma, Stress and Adjustments, Anger Management, Grief and Loss, Crisis Management, and Relationship Difficulties.
As a therapist, my desire is to understand my clients and use their experience, knowledge, and strengths to work as a team, assisting them to reach their maximum potential. My primary modality is cognitive-behavioral while also incorporating the power of the mind-body connection to assist my clients in attaining well-being. Providing a non-judgmental, empathetic, and compassionate environment offers a safe place for healing and growth. Having many years of experience, I am comfortable and open to working with a myriad of issues. Also, I have had significant training in substance use and trauma. As a result, my knowledge and expertise in these areas are extensive. Regardless of your race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, or gender identity, I am looking forward to working with you.
I have more than 20 years of experience working in the mental health field with children, adolescents, adults, and families. Over the course of my career, I have had extensive experience working with people coping with a variety of mental health disorders, relationship issues, life transitions, parenting and family issues. My approach to therapy is person-centered and I believe that each person's individual journey is a process. Therapy is not to give the answers, but to help each person find their own answers.
I work with clients to help them live their valued life using Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and mindfulness skills. Change is constant and is part of life. With changes, comes stress and anxiety. I focus on teaching my clients coping tools so they are able to respond in a way that is productive and in their control, rather than react, leading to a spiral of further stress and anxiety. I also work with clients struggling with Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders (PMAD), postpartum depression and anxiety. In addition, I am also trained as a Cognitive Behavior Therapist for Insomnia (CBT-I).
ACT is a third wave behavior therapy where the focus is on changing our perception by changing our behavior rather than thoughts; because thoughts and emotions are automatic and therefore cannot be changed. Mindfulness is being able to be in the moment, non-judgmentally (Jon Kabat-Zinn)
I specialize in working with anxiety disorders for all age groups. My new location in Naperville will be offering groups for children, adolescents, and women. The emphasis is on teaching coping skills to manage stress and anxiety.
Jennifer Di Falco
Life is challenging--that is to say the least. Sometimes we feel overwhelmed and hopeless. Often, this leads us to feel lonely, sad, angry, and many other uncomfortable feelings. I am a Licensed Master Social Worker whose job is to help people overcome trials while instilling hope and letting them know they aren't alone. Following six years active duty military service in the U.S. Air Force, I completed graduate school at the University of Michigan and undergraduate at California State University, Sacramento. I have more than 10 years clinical experience working with individuals, groups, families, and couples looking for guidance and support navigating life's challenges as well as serious and persistent mental illnesses. I am trained in many different modalities used to treat depression, anxiety, trauma, loss, substance abuse, and personality disorders. I also specialize in working with military members, veterans, and their families. So what does all this mean? It means I use an integrative therapeutic approach tailored to the unique needs of each person I work with while utilizing Interpersonal Psychotherapy, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Motivational interviewing, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, insight-oriented therapy, and Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing Therapy. I believe working closely with my patients to identify goals and formulating a plan that works for them is key in making changes that help reduce and even eliminate feelings and behaviors causing pain and distress in their lives.
I am passionate about life and continued personal growth and learning. I strive to help others navigate the ups and downs of life while helping them become the best version of themselves.
Since 1994 I have been actively involved in treating individuals suffering from addictive behavior. (e.g. substance abuse, eating, spending and gambling) My treatment approach is Holistic, focusing on the emotional, spiritual and physical needs of the individual. I have been trained extensively in spiritual direction and twelve step philosophy.
I remind my patients that you can't change the past, but today is a new day which brings the opportunity for a fresh start and a better tomorrow.
Yusra Al-Shawaf is a licensed clinical social worker in the state of Illinois. After obtaining her bachelors degree in psychology from the University of Illinois and her master's degree in social work from Columbia University, she began her work in the hospice care and bereavement fields. Yusra’s academic experiences include motivational interviewing, cognitive behavioral therapy and dialectical behavioral therapy. She specializes in relationship issues, couples counseling, life transitions, grief and loss, chronic illnesses, caregiver support, and depression and anxiety. Yusra’s approaches to therapy are as unique as each client who walks through the door. She works to build genuine relationships with her clients in order for them to feel safe and secure.
I believe that life is a journey with ups and downs that we must face and work through”. When working with people who desire to make changes it is important that the therapist provides a safe, trusting, and supportive environment. I will ensure that I provide confidentiality, a nonjudgmental approach, empathy, and a positive regard. As a therapist, I take on a collaborative approach where we work together for solutions. I will act as a guide and provide you with skills to learn how to better cope and face life’s challenges. It is my hope that through counseling clients will gain better insight, reduce stress, improve resiliency, learn how to manage and alleviate symptoms, and live life more consciously to have better physical & emotional wellness. The therapy modalities I commonly use to assist the client in achieving goals include CBT, TF-CBT, Client-centered, motivational interviewing, DBT, and a strength-based approach.
I have a Master of Science degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Walden University. Currently, I am a Ph.D. Candidate of Psychology at Walden University working on my dissertation. I have over 10 years of experience working in the mental health and social services field. Experience includes working in a clinic and residential setting, schools, mental health facilities, and hospitals. I also have extensive knowledge and experience working with clients of a variety of backgrounds such as clients with everyday life stressors, depression, anxiety, trauma/PTSD, ADHD, emotional/behavioral disorders, substance abuse, severe persistent mental illness, professional athletes, and at-risk youth.
Specialties: Athletes represent a unique population and have different challenges that they may face. Some common issues include performance issues, sadness, anxiety, loss of confidence, stress, decreased self-esteem, and feelings of being overwhelmed. Due to the increased risk of physical injury and risk of mental health concerns, it is important that therapists who understand the athlete experience work with them for increased performance and overall wellness.
Dr. David Rodemaker is a graduate of the Chicago School of Professional Psychology where he specialized in Human Relational Systems and Multicultural Psychology. Dr. Rodemaker is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist and mainly works using Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Functional Analytic Psychotherapy, the Gottman Technique, along with Narrative-, Values-, and Mindfulness-based Therapies. Over the years he has worked with veterans and other survivors of violence as well as clients who want help with issues of sexuality and intimacy. Dr. Rodemaker also offers respectful and culturally competent therapy for Sexual Minorities (GLBTQ, Consensual Non-Monogamy, Leather/BDSM, and Authority-Based) as well as providing spiritually supportive therapy for Religious Minorities as well.
I am accepting and affirming of ALL relationship models including monogamy, polyamory, open relationships, power exchange dynamics, LGBT+ families and others. My goal is to help your relationship, however you define it, to thrive and grow. I do this by working with individuals, couples, and families to address the issues that may be preventing them from achieving personal, sexual, and relational health. I have over 15 years in working with sexual trauma, troublesome sexual behaviors, nontraditional relationships, and kink-aware practice. Of course I also see patients with traditional mental health concerns such as anxiety and depression. All are welcome!
Liz is an LMSW with 10 years of clinical experience working with adults, adolescents and families experiencing a range of issues including life problems, mild and severe forms of mood and thought disorders, anxiety/panic, trauma and PTSD, and domestic violence.
She takes a supportive, compassionate, non-judgmental approach working with individuals and families to use their strengths to achieve wellness.
Hello! I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and have been in the field for the past 20 years. I received my Masters in Social Work from the University of Michigan.
I have had the opportunity to work with a wide range of clients specifically in the areas of grief and loss, crisis, caregiver stressors, family relationships, women’s health and wellbeing, self- esteem and life transitions. My focus is on the client and providing a space that allows opportunities for self- discovery and understanding, developing and strengthening coping mechanisms, and growth. I look forward to meeting you and learning more about your life story and experiences.
I have over 10 years of experience working with children, adolescents, families, and young adults. Taking my cues from you and what is brought to the therapy sessions, I focus on finding an approach that works best in response to the struggles that you are facing.
My education includes a Bachelors degree in Psychology and Criminal Justice from the University of Detroit Mercy, and a Masters degree in Psychology specializing in children and adolescents from the University of Detroit Mercy. I have extensive experience working with those suffering from depression, self harmful behavior, anxiety, educational issues, psychosis, adjustment concerns, stress, and behavioral issues. I have specialized training in parenting and trauma.
Deciding to seek therapy is a first step to a better tomorrow. I would be honored to take that journey with you.
Emily Ann Spears
Emily Spears is a Limited Licensed Psychologist who believes that every person deserves a safe and non-judgmental space where they can progress through whatever challenges they are facing in their life and build the life that they want for themselves. She works with children, adolescents, adults, families, and couples to help her clients identify and process their feelings, learn and build effective coping skill strategies, and repair and rebuild relationships in their lives. As a therapist, her drive is to help each of her clients reach their own personalized goals.
With over a decade of experience in the mental health field and training coming from varied settings, Emily has cultivated a wealth of knowledge and training in many areas. Her specialties include borderline personality disorder, PTSD/trauma, high-conflict couples, self-injury, stress management, effective parenting, and marriage therapy. Emily was educated with an undergraduate degree from Aquinas College and a graduate degree in Clinical Psychology from Madonna University.
Emily looks forward to getting to know her clients for the people they are and helping them on their journey towards increased wellness.
Counseling is a deeply personal process of honesty, commitment, and healing for each person who begins this process. I provide support for my clients as they deal with various personal and mental health concerns by providing a safe environment where they can organize their thoughts and understand their feelings as well as determine their goals. Using a collaborative approach, my clients and I explore how to reach those goals and monitor progress together. Therapy can assist clients to feel more empowered in their own experiences which leads to fewer feelings of distress about future difficulties, and more empathy for themselves. I would feel honored to hear your story and walk with you along the process of recovery and healing.
I am a T.L.L.P. (Temporary Limited License Psychologist) and recent graduate from Wayne State University with a master’s degree in Counseling Psychology. My program focused on Marriage and family therapy, although I provide therapy to clients age 7 and up. I work with clients in many settings including individual, family, and couples therapy. I received my bachelor’s degree in psychology from Central Michigan University.
Thea Simmons, PsyS, LLP thrives on supporting clients to bloom! She is pleased to work with adults, couples, and children who experience challenges with trauma, depression, anxiety, grief and loss, recovery from substance use and food addiction. Thea specializes in helping individuals with compassionate, strength-based, self-acceptance; enhanced self-esteem; mindfulness; and loving self-care. She engages with clients holistically supporting them to find emotional, intellectual, spiritual, social and physical well-being.
Thea graduated from Wayne State University (Psychology), University of Michigan (Public Health) and earned a post-Master’s degree in Humanistic and Clinical Psychology and Education from the Michigan School of Professional Psychology following a successful career in Public Health Administration. Thea has completed Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) training.
Jenny King attended University of Michigan, Dearborn, and completed her MS in Counseling Psychology at California Lutheran University. She has been practicing for 14 yrs in many areas, including depression, trauma, and life transitions.
In addition, she enjoys helping others in the areas of grief/loss and relationship break ups. Utilizing a holistic approach, Jenny encourages a healthy attitude and lifestyle. Her approach is eclectic, adapting her counseling strategies to the needs of the individual. Jenny loves working to help you live your best life.
Sarah has her MA in Mental Health Counseling and is a Licensed Professional Counselor. She works with adults, young adults, families, and couples on a broad range of issues including depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, trauma, substance abuse/addiction, eating disorders, grief/loss, and relationship/family issues. Sarah works from a person-centered solution-focused approach by utilizing Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Emotion-Focused Therapy, and Motivational Interviewing. She provides a warm, safe and non-judgmental environment and focuses on helping her clients to identify problematic thoughts and behaviors leading to negative emotions, and to develop the skills necessary to help make desired life changes.
Amanda Moar Kerbawy
Amanda Moar Kerbawy, PhD, LP is a fully licensed psychologist in the State of Michigan. Dr. Kerbawy provides therapy services to children, adolescents, adults, parents, students, couples, and families. In her clinical therapeutic work, Dr. Kerbawy emphasizes listening, empathy, and support when working with her patients. She additionally strives to empower her patients, and help her patients learn and utilize evidence-based therapeutic tools and strategies in order to best cope with their presenting concerns.
Education: Dr. Kerbawy achieved her BA with honors in psychology from Claremont McKenna College in Claremont, CA. She holds a Master’s degree in Counseling Psychology (with an emphasis on Marriage and Family Therapy), and a PhD in Educational Psychology (with a School Psychology concentration) from Wayne State University.
Clinical Experience: Dr. Kerbawy has carried out therapy, school advocacy, and psychological assessment services in community mental health and private outpatient clinics as well as the public school system. Dr. Kerbawy has extensive clinical experience in the areas of child, adolescent, and adult psychopathology and psychotherapy, as well as cognitive, academic, and psychiatric assessment.
Client Population Served: Dr. Kerbawy currently provides therapy and school advocacy services to children as young as five years old, adolescents, adults, parents, students, couples, and families. She specializes in working with those experiencing Generalized Anxiety, OCD, Panic, Social Anxiety, Depressive and Mood Disorders, ADHD, Defiance and Conduct Problems, Anger, Learning Disorders (in particular Reading Disorders), Stress and Adjustment Disorders, Sleep Disorders, Parenting Difficulties, and Relationship Difficulties.
Therapeutic Philosophy: Dr. Kerbawy provides research and evidenced based cognitive behavioral therapy, and takes a structured and solution-focused approach to therapy. Her goal is to work collaboratively with patients to establish cognitive, behavioral, and mindfulness tools and strategies that help her patients best manage their presenting concerns. Dr. Kerbawy strives to empower her patients, believing the most effective treatment includes patients taking the lead in establishing the desired changes in their lives. Dr. Kerbawy also strongly believes that it is important for one to be able to release their feelings and emotions and receive empathetic understanding and validation. As a result, Dr. Kerbawy makes her office a safe, open, non-judgmental, and empathetic place where one can pursue this release.
Getting to know Dr. Kerbawy: Amanda grew up in Minnesota and attended college in Connecticut and California. She fell in love with the California sun and beaches! After college, she moved to Vail, Colorado for 2 years to work, ski, hike, and camp. Amanda then moved to Michigan to attend graduate school. She cherishes her experience living around the country, meeting a diverse group of people. She feels this exposure has influenced her to establish an open and non-judgmental perspective, positively impacting her therapeutic work. In Amanda’s spare time, she enjoys chasing her very active three-year-old daughter, reading on her deck, going for walks, spending time on the lake with her husband and daughter, and skiing.
Amanda is passionate about her psychological and therapeutic work, and helping her patients establish the healthy mental, emotional, and behavioral lifestyle that they want and deserve.
Janet Schryer Donahue
Life is challenging. We all have times in our lives when we really need somebody to talk to. That person needs to be trustworthy, invested in seeing us succeed, and non-judgmental. Rather than using a prescribed plan, they need to hear us and see our unique strengths and areas to develop.
Janet is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) and Nationally Certified Counselor (NCC) who works with individual adolescents and adults. After completing her Master’s in Counseling at Oakland University, she went on to gain credentials as a Certified Clinical Trauma Professional and advanced training in counseling Children and Adolescents.
Janet creates a warm, collaborative environment seeing each client as a unique individual. She is skilled at integrating components of numerous methods based on the client’s needs including but not limited to: psychodynamic, cognitive behavioral, narrative, solution-focused therapies, motivational interviewing, prolonged exposure therapy, cognitive processing therapy, play and art therapy. She has advanced training and experience working with clients who present with substance abuse, and is a practitioner of Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR), levels I and II. She has extensive experience helping survivors of severe trauma and refugees.
Janet also holds a school counseling license and has worked with students in various districts. She understands the school frontier when working with youth.
Janet works with individuals ages 8-80 who experience a variety of challenges. She is a speaker on the topic of trauma and how it affects our lives, having made presentations at the MISD, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, working with medical students in training through OU, and various civic groups.
I am a Licensed Professional Counselor, and National Certified Counselor with 17 years experience. I have worked in both in-patient and out-patient settings with adolescents, adults, couples, and families, with a focus on the person as an individual. I have experience working with individuals with depression, anxiety, bipolar, trauma, PTSD, family issues, parenting problems.
Are you struggling in your life? Have you been trying your hardest to manage and resolve the issues causing the struggle, but have had no success? You're not alone. I've been there myself. I have the personal and professional experience, to assist you with ceasing the struggle and live the life you desire. Come and visit with me. Let's talk and develop a plan together on how I can assist you in achieving life long skills, so you don't have to struggle anymore.
Struggling can be depleting. When you struggle your body, mind, and spirit do as well. Soon you may experience changes in appetite, energy, health, and relationships. When days turn to weeks and weeks turn into months, your body begins to signal a change is in order. Often times people feel lost and out of control. Depression, anxiety, mood imbalance, and autoimmune disorders result and medicine isn't the only solution. Learning what's at the core of the struggle is and that's where our work begins.
I've worked with both children and adults for 16+ years. I specialize in parent-child relationships. Whether you have children or not, you were once parented. The relationship between a parent and child spans the lifetime. Our work together will ensure your relationship with yourself and others is healthy.
Thinking about our problems is hard. According to the Cleveland Clinic, we experience approximately 45,600 negative thoughts per day, Without a space and place for peace, the battle continues and so does the suffering. End the battle. You've found the place; we'll create the space together.
I believe that with support and the right therapeutic relationship you can make the changes you want in your life. I am currently in the Sexual Health Certificate Program at the University of Michigan. With my training, I am competent to treat a number of sexual issues including lower desire or unequal interest between partners, arousal issues, performance concerns, and sexual pain disorders. My approach honors and addresses situations in the past, but also gives you ideas about how to feel better in the here and now.
I have years of experience working with survivors of domestic and sexual violence. I have a special interest in working with LGBTQ communities and folks doing activist work. I use a combination of Cognitive Behavioral, Feminist, and Narrative approaches. I’d love to meet with you and talk about how we might work together.
I am comfortable working with folks experiencing the following situations:
- Trauma recovery
- Folks needing support with gender transition, trans or non-binary folks
- Coming out issues
- Sexuality issues
- Kink/poly relationships.
- Relationship issues
- Activists, Social Workers, or any first responders, who need support regarding secondary trauma.
- Family members of people with chronic mental illness, who need emotional support
Neil Kosofsky is a licensed Marriage & Family Therapist. He completed his graduate studies in Clinical Psychology at Antioch University of Los Angeles. Neil has experience counseling couples, adults, children and adolescents, treating issues that include marital difficulties, divorce and family breakups, child/adolescent behavior problems, depression and anxiety, religious/spiritual issues, grief counseling, anger management, substance abuse, compulsive behavior, life transitions and adjustments.
In addition, Neil is an ordained rabbi with eleven years experience pastoral counseling with congregations in California and in Ohio. Neil’s training is in psychodynamic and attachment theory. He enjoys working with clients from various cultural and religious backgrounds.
Josh views life as a process of learning, about ourselves, the world, and our place in it. Challenges and difficulties arise in people's lives a various points, and for various reasons. These provide an opportunity for growth and change, either through adapting and overcoming our problems, or through learning something new. Josh focuses on where each person is in their life without judgment, and works to facilitate growth and improvement in the situation through whatever means that particular person finds most effective.
Josh received his bachelor's degree from Eastern Michigan University, double majoring in both Psychology and Philosophy, and master's degree from the Michigan School of Professional Psychology. Josh provides a individual centered approach that supports and empowers clients. Josh has worked with all manner of mental health issues in the past, with a focus in transitions, grief, and loss. Life transitions are often difficult to handle alone, but no one has to handle them alone.
Therapy is a cooperative journey; your wellness is the destination. My goal is for you to find the greatest fulfillment in your life. I provide a peaceful, nurturing, creative environment where, together, we can find your answers. I serve as a mirror to help you see what you would like to improve, and what you might like to discard. I help individuals, couples, and teens achieve greater self-awareness, improve relationships, and create healthier communication. I assist clients in learning to be present to their experiences, accountable for their actions and help them to Actively Choose their own highest potential. Together, we will clarify your goals, identify your needs and create a healthy, lasting peace in your life.
I consider it a privilege to work alongside others who are going through a difficult time. I have seen many occasions in which difficult times become transitions into a more meaningful and gratifying life. My desire is to build a trusting relationship with you so that you feel free to discuss any and all of your concerns. Together we will discuss your goals for change and the best way for us to achieve them.
I have over 15 years of experience providing psychotherapy, as well as considerable experience prior to obtaining my Masters. As an adult, I have always been involved in some type of service and or church ministry that provides an avenue that helps people achieve a better life. Better by their definition, not what the world presents as happiness. My experience is with a wide diversity of people, with a wide array of concerns. I have experience with mental disorders, addiction, and those who have both. I have also invested much time and energy working with healthy individuals who are going through a difficult or transitional time. Some of my clients are Individuals who habitually find themselves disrupting their happiness by way of some type of self-sabotaging behavior. I can help you identify these patterns and stop the behavior.
I am also trained and experienced in providing Christian Counseling, for those individuals who specifically request this. However, I respect and provide treatment for anyone regardless of their religious or personal values.
I received My Masters of Counseling at Oakland University. Immediately after graduation, I was accepted into Oakland’s Mental Health Specialization Program which was an additional year of study in mental health disorders. In 2009 I completed a two-year program at Michigan Psychoanalytic Institute. This provided me with advanced training in psychodynamic interventions. I have also participated in extensive training in trauma and loss through The National Institute for Trauma and Loss Center.
I am a Limited License Psychologist specializing in working with individuals, couples and families in a compassionate, non-judgemenatal environment. I am passionate about helping clients work through life struggles, mental health issues as well as relationship issues.
The most important factor in facilitating change is the client-therapist relationship. My role is to provide an atmosphere of unconditional positive regard without judgement. Each person has the capacity and desire for personal growth. B.S., Exercise Physiology, Eastern Michigan. M.A.T., Master's in the Art of Teaching, Biology, University of South Carolina, M.A., Professional Counseling, Siena Heights University. Currently, enrolled in PhD Counselor Education program at Wayne State University. Certified Dialectical Behavior Therapist. Theoretical approach: Integrative informed by Humanistic, Cognitive Behavioral, Existential, Solution Focused, Dialectical Behavior, and Reality Therapy. Areas of Interest: Evolutionary Psychology, Sport/Performance Psychology, Couples Counseling/Communication, Family Dynamics, PTSD/Trauma Counseling.
Stephanie graduated from the University of Michigan-Flint with a Bachelor's of Science in Clinical/Community Psychology. She graduated from Oakland University with a Master's in Counseling with a specialization in child and adolescent counseling. She has worked extensively with children, adolescents, and adults that have anger, anxiety, or depression. She also has experience working with blended families, foster families, and couples.
Robyn S. Heiler, MS, LPC
Robyn is a Licensed Professional Counselor who received her Master’s degree in Counseling Psychology from Chestnut Hill College in Philadelphia, PA. She completed her Bachelor of Science degree with a major in Social Work from Indiana Wesleyan University. Robyn has over 19 years experience in the Human Services field where she worked with children, adolescents, families and couples in a variety of settings.
Life is hard. No one is immune to stress, fluctuating emotions, and various forms of difficult changes throughout their life. Taking the first step always requires bravery! You are not alone. I consider it a privilege to walk alongside you in your journey. No two stories are alike. We would aim to create a partnership wherein we would work to meet your personal goals by discovering and utilizing your strengths, engaging in problem solving, and implementing new strategies for change and growth. I would provide a safe, nonjudgmental, and caring environment where you could gain the support and insight you need to grow in self-awareness and develop positive coping skills.
· Family Counseling
· Women’s Issues
· Behavioral issues in children
· Mood and Anxiety Issues
· Adjustment issues
· Lifespan Adjustment
· Adoption/foster care
· Faith Based Counseling (upon request)
Karen Farrar is a Master’s prepared Licensed Clinical Social Worker. After graduating with honors from Michigan State University, I devoted my career to working toward empowering individuals and families who are seeking to regain control of their lives. I have diverse clinical experience in areas of:
- Anxiety Disorders
- Major Depression Disorders
- Bi-polar disorder (Type I and II)
- Marriage and Family Conflict
- Personality Disorders (with confirmed diagnosis by board certified MD specially trained in diagnosing psychological disorders)
- Life stage development changes (specialty in geriatric community)
- Sexual Abuse/Assault (adolescent and young adult women)
- Alzheimer’s / Dementia (support for families)
- Attention Deficit Disorder / Attention Deficit with Hyperactivity Disorder
- Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
It is imperative to work together toward self-empowerment through strategic individualized treatment goal planning. I firmly believe in dual participation in order to achieve a successful outcome. Utilization of a dual approach to the therapeutic process through cognitive restructuring of maladaptive behavioral tendencies, as well as self-empowerment therapy has proven to be an effective method toward achieving the positive changes in the lives of my clients.
Lets face it—life can be challenging at times. It is my firm belief that true power comes from seeking to understand why we, as human beings, respond to circumstances that occur in our lives in certain ways. A pro-active approach of self-analysis promotes the healing process, which allows one to become an active participant in their life. My commitment remains steadfast to work with people who are struggling to find their foothold in life due to circumstances beyond their control. I firmly believe that it is the strength and resolve of our humanness that brings us to places of higher awareness and understanding. Regardless of a diagnosis that seems either innocuous or overwhelming—we can become stronger if we have the will to not just survive—but to prevail and thrive.
Kim Anne-Hashoian Smith
Kim Anne-Hashoian Smith
My passion is to help people work though issues and concerns so they can experience a healthy life filled with balance, hope, harmony, and peace.
I have a Master’s degree (MA) in Counseling and a Bachelors of Arts degree (BA) in Math Education. I have over seventeen years combined experience as both a teacher and school counselor in secondary schools. I am a fully licensed professional counselor (LPC) and a Nationally Certified Counselor (NCC). As an experienced counselor and educator, I am uniquely qualified to address all academic, parental, personal, emotional, social and career-development needs.
My practice is dedicated to helping clients identify and enhance their unique potential while encouraging and guiding them to develop healthy coping mechanisms to deal with communications, relationships, anxiety, depression, ADD/ADHD, and improve self esteem. I work with clients to explore problem-solving techniques, develop decision-making skills and collaborate to create cognitive and behavioral plans to manage thoughts, feeling and behaviors.
I am an effective motivator, communicator and advocate. I establish rapport quickly, build trust, and interact with clients on all levels. My talent is connecting with clients, using humor, and using a blend of both encouragement and accountability.
I work with clients age 10 to adults to develop resilience, motivation, and self-respect on their journey to becoming healthy, successful, confident, peace filled people.
I have created and implemented a variety of enrichment programs. Topics include: Parent Workshops, Anti-Bulling/Tolerance, Conflict Mediation, Structured Study Skills, Leadership Camps, and Personality Profile workshops.
Laurice is a Limited License Psychologist (LLP) with over 25 years of experience. She has provided therapy for adolescents, young adults, adults, and members of the LGBTQ community. Laurice received her Masters Degree from Wayne State University In the Marriage and Family Therapy Program. She has experience working with individuals suffering from depression, mood disorders, anxiety disorders, anger management, impulse control and eating disorders. She believes that having both balance and awareness contributes to positive healthy functioning. Laurice utilizes Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and is an Informed Dialectal Behavioral Therapist. She believes that working as a team with her clients promotes a positive relationship in therapy and assists in goal oriented success.
The decision to begin therapy is never easy. Everyone struggles with difficulties that lead to negative emotion, lost opportunities, and past regrets. I would like to offer you guidance in a confidential, non-judgmental environment. Whether you are experiencing dissatisfaction with life or deep depression; together we can build a respectful, trusting relationship intended for your personal growth.
I completed my graduate training in Counseling Psychology with an emphasis on couple and family therapy at Wayne State University. I have experience working with individuals, couples, and families in multiple settings including community mental health and private practice. I primarily work with clients ages 14 and older who are experiencing any difficulty in some or all major areas of functioning - within one's relationship/marriage/family, at work, at home, and/or within oneself. I have specific experience working with individuals exhibiting some of the following concerns: attention deficit disorders, anxiety disorders, depressive disorders, life transitions, obsessive-compulsive and related disorders (including body dysmorphic disorder, hair-pulling disorder, etc.), relationship issues, self-esteem, and sexuality concerns.
I prefer to use an empathic approach to treatment with the goal of providing a normalizing and accepting environment for my clients. I place great emphasis on the need for clients to receive adequate validation and support, as this provides a strong foundation to move forward in the journey of psychotherapy.
Additionally, I utilize both a humanistic and cognitive behavioral framework in therapy. I am particularly interested in using motivational interviewing to promote behavioral change. I view psychotherapy as a collaborative process. More specifically - I believe that client ideas, creativity, and input are all valuable and essential in empowering and moving clients toward making the changes they wish to see in their lives.
Do you feel your life or your child's life can be more fulfilling? As a psychotherapist and certified advanced drug and alcohol counselor I have had many years of experience helping adults and children to improve the quality of their life's.
I specialize in:
- Individual counseling
- Medicare clients - Geriatric counseling
- Substance abuse difficulties
- Couples counseling
- Parenting support counseling
- Children's emotional adjustments
Mental health disorders:
- Bi-Polar Disorder
- Sexual abuse victims
- Driver's license evaluation for restoration
- Court ordered treatments
- Behavioral treatments to stop all substance use
I am also an associate professor for Michigan State University helping medical students in their education of addictions.
For a free consultation call (586) 944-3192
Kim strives to help her clients become empowered in their lives in order to achieve their personal goals and face life challenges in a healthy way. She believes this involves discovering those beliefs, feelings and behaviors that get in the way of those goals and then facilitating change of those impediments to her client’s contentment and fulfillment. A particular interest of Kim's is working with children and adolescents, families and children that have been involved in foster care and adoption, and individuals experiencing grief and loss. In addition, Kim is an experienced Christian counselor and uses a biblically-based counseling approach with any client that seeks faith-based counseling.
Kim received her Bachelor’s Degree from Wayne State University. A major focus of her studies was developmental psychology. She did her graduate work at Michigan Theological Seminary in Plymouth (now Moody Theological Seminary) and received her Master’s Degree in Counseling Psychology. Kim's past experience includes working with children for over 25 years in child care, private homes, and the education system. Her work as a Limited Licensed Psychologist includes working with families and children involved in Child Protective Services, high risk assessment, and clinical practice with children, adolescents, adults, couples and families. She also spent a year teaching English to pre-school and elementary age children in South Korea in 2010.
SPECIALTY AREAS: Child Counseling and play therapy, Adolescent Counseling, Christian Counseling, Foster and Adoption Issues, Attachment/relationship issues, Loss and Grief, PTSD, Anxiety, Depression
Rebecca Longstreet is a Licensed Professional Counselor who works with adults, families and adolescents. She believes that regardless of the challenges we are facing, we should all have a safe, non-judgmental place to process our feelings, grow as individuals and heal. Although the journey to emotional and spiritual healing can be challenging, Rebecca believes it is absolutely possible. Her passion as a counselor is to assist others in receiving healing and wholeness in all areas of their lives.
Her specialties include women’s issues, anxiety, depression, self-esteem, self-injury, sexual assault, eating disorders, Christian counseling, stress management, divorce, parenting and blended families.
Rebecca received her Bachelor’s degree from Michigan State University and her Master’s degree from Oakland University. She has worked in the Mental Health field for over a decade and has a wealth of knowledge and experience working with a full range of mental health issues.
Whatever path you are on and whatever stage of life you are in, Rebecca would love to provide a safe and healthy environment for you to heal and grow and discover the beautiful life that was designed for you.
Selwyn Swanston, MA.LPC is a Michigan licensed counselor with over 25 years of experience working in therapeutic settings. He has worked with children, adolescents, adults, couples and families. He brings a warm, relaxed, caring, and nonjudgmental approach to counseling. This approach fosters trust and motivates clients to strive to achieve the goals they have in mind for themselves. He has a Particularly broad range of experience in working with persons experiencing the following problems: Depression, anxiety, anger management, intimate relationship conflicts, family conflicts, stress management, grief and loss, workplace conflict, disability and substance abuse. Selwyn, s approach to therapy seeks to help persons navigate their complex worlds, as they strive to live healthier and happier lives. He believes in a holistic approach to health; that all components of one, s life are interrelated.
How many times have you convinced yourself that everything will be “ok”? How long have you masked those inner conflicts while attempting to appear normal? What is stopping you from focusing on your own needs? A great Pastor once said “everyone has some secret suffering and private pain”. I shall never forget that quote and have used those very words to better assist my clients during the most difficult times of their lives. Many of us go through our days in such an orchestrated manner that we tend to neglect the well being of our mental and
As life would have it, through my own personal and professional experiences, I am able to provide realistic perspectives and a true commitment to improving the lives of others. I seek to
build insight within my clients in an effort to reduce their distress and assist them with regaining their own sense of power and control. Nearly ten years of experience within the healthcare setting have given me the opportunity to work with depression/anxiety, substance abuse, bereavement, misaligned family dynamics, domestic violence and various psychiatric diagnoses just to name a few. My client population has ranged from children to geriatrics, individuals, couples and groups. Over the years I have become no stranger to those complex scenarios that do not necessarily have straightforward resolutions.
As a proud graduate of Michigan State University (BA-Psychology) and Wayne State University (MSW), I am fully licensed to practice clinical therapy. My therapeutic approaches include but are not limited to cognitive behavioral therapy, existential therapy, psychodynamic therapy as well integrative therapy. However, each encounter is tailor-made to fit your particular needs and goals. If it is necessary to incorporate your support system into your treatment, I certainly welcome that option as well. I provide you with a great sense of optimism even if you are not ready to give it to yourself. I believe that every one of us has a past but should not be defined by it. We all have hurdles that have merely acted as roadblocks to our success and most importantly we all want to be heard. Now is your time to try another way. Infuse your life with action. You owe it to yourself. Let’s take this journey together.
Dr. Rene Nota is a licensed clinical psychologist with over 25 years of experience working with children, adolescents, adults, couples, and families. This experience has strengthened her understanding and response to depression, anxiety, trauma, abuse, and relationship struggles. In addition, she helps individuals problem-solve and manage chronic pain, sleep disorders, and aging/memory concerns. She works with couples to strengthen communication skills and give new understanding and perspective to marital stressors. She helps families recognize and discontinue long-term patterns of parent-child conflict, grief/loss, abandonment, and emotional stressors. Dr. Nota has additional certification as a School Psychologist and State of Michigan endorsement as a Special Education Director. She has extensive experience administering and interpreting cognitive, achievement, and social-emotional testing/evaluation for individuals with special needs or work-related struggles.
David Waxer helps you relieve emotional and relationship pain, increase hopefulness, access the power to change and to take practical, effective steps to move forward in your life.
He brings many years of clinical experience and works with adults, families, children and couples. Sometimes he points out strengths and accomplishments you haven't recognized and sometimes, he compassionately identifies actions and reactions that lead to problems or pain. Always, he is a strong ally and advocate for your well being and success.
For couples David teaches and demonstrates effective communications to help you re-experience the close connection that has been weakened or lost. He helps you learn to connect with your partner while also maintaining your individuality. He also works with divorced parents who must share parenting after the relationship has ended.
If you are a young adult or teen trying to find your way in the world of work and love; if you're older and trying to come to terms with your recent or childhood past; if you are any age looking for more meaning and fulfillment (within or outside of traditional religious or spirtual traditions), David brings his skills to your unique situation.
Whether you face depression, anxiety, confusion, subtance abuse, family or work challenges, he brings a deep respect and caring along with a practical approach to help you start taking action and feeling better. He uses the latest information from mind-body research to help you as a whole person, and has studied with some of the most innovative therapists and trainers.
My name is Dr. Patrick S. Murphy. I am excited to be a member of the Great Lakes Psychology Group here in the Southgate office. I have been working with children/adolescents and their families for over 20 years. I started out working in community mental health. I have worked in the schools as a School Psychologist for over 20 years. Additionally, I have always maintained a part-time private practice. I have significant experience working with children as young as aged three thru adolescence and into young adulthood. I employ a genuine and authentic approach in establishing trusting relationships. I mainly utilize a solution-focused brief therapy model. I am experienced in Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT) as well Behavior Modification Techniques.
Life provides many challenges; challenges that are sometimes hard to face and that may seem impossible to overcome. I provide a safe, nonjudgemental atmosphere where clients can explore the challenges they face and partner with them as they seek positive change in their lives.
I think of every client as an individual, and my therapeutic approach is flexible in order to meet the varying needs of my clients. Together we explore patterns of thinking, feeling, and interacting with others and how they may be impacting everyday life and work to make changes that may be necessary to reach personal goals. It's an honor to journey with people in this way.
Dr. Trisha Stock has a doctorate in clinical psychology. She has 25 years experience working in the field of personal growth and development. It is her goal to help you sort through recent challenges and find where you want to make changes in your life and to find your inner resources to achieve those changes. Her areas of expertise are relationships, addiction, trauma, anxiety and depressive disorders. She has experience in working with a wide range of mental health diagnosis. Her belief is that we can only thrive within a therapeutic relationship of comfort, respect, compassion with an open exchange of ideas.
I am an experienced and devoted therapist who is sensitive, caring, and a good listener. I have been doing therapy for 20 years, and have a great deal of experience in working with a variety of people, such as those with depression, anxiety, domestic violence, victims of various kinds of trauma that is believed to be effecting their adult life and relationship issues. If you feel overwhelmed at times, and feel you have no one to turn to, please call me, and we can work together to solve your problems.
Harper West, MA, LLP, is pleased to work with adults, children, families and couples. She specializes in helping individuals improve compassionate self-acceptance, strengthen self-worth, manage fear and shame, and develop mindfulness. For families, she specializes in correcting child and teen behavioral problems by focusing on creating a stronger emotional bond between parent and child, using attachment-based parenting techniques.
Harper has completed two levels of advanced training in Emotionally Focused Couple Therapy (EFCT) (Externship Training and Core Skills Training)
Harper graduated from Michigan State University and earned a master’s degree in clinical psychology from the Michigan School of Professional Psychology following a career in corporate marketing communications.
She is a contributing writer for the #1 Amazon bestseller and #4 New York Times Bestseller “The Dangerous Case of Donald Trump: 27 Psychiatrists and Mental Health Experts Assess a President.” Her self-help book Pack Leader Psychology won an IBPA Ben Franklin Award for Psychology.. Harper is the developer of Self-Acceptance Psychology, which debunks the biological model of mental disorders and offers a new paradigm that reframes emotional and behavioral problems as adaptive responses to fear, trauma, shame, and lack of secure attachment. For more information, go to www.HarperWest.co
I am a Licensed Professional Counselor with over 12 years of experience in clinical settings. Specialty areas of my clinical practice include individual therapy with adults, young adults, teenagers/adolescents as well as family therapy. Over this time I have gained extensive experience in working with families in all their different and complex combinations including biological families, blended families, single parent families, families adjusting to divorce, and families that have been reunited.
I received my Bachelor of Arts (major: Psychology, minor: Sociology) in 1995 and my Master of Arts (Counselor Education/Counseling in Community Agency Settings) in 1999 from Western Michigan University. In addition to these two degrees I also earned a Graduate Certificate in Holistic Health Care while working on my Master of Arts degree. I use evidence based techniques and methods that have proven to be effective through scientific research. This approach is balanced by my knowledge of holistic health principals (mind, body, and emotional awareness/intelligence). I enjoy helping individuals, couples, and families learn how to communicate, manage anger, and resolve conflict more effectively while helping them build more positive, nurturing, healthy relationships with one another. I have extensive experience in helping families and individuals (including teenagers/adolescents) experiencing symptoms of depression, mood swings, anxiety, panic attacks, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, A.D.H.D., Oppositional Defiant Disorder, loss and difficulties adjusting to changes, high risk behaviors, alcohol abuse, low self esteem, high levels of stress, and other emotional, social, or behavioral issues of concern.
Dr. Kerry Leahy is a licensed clinical psychologist. She completed her education and clinical training at Michigan State University (M.A., Ph.D.), the University of Michigan (B.A., fellowship), and Nova Southeastern University (internship). Dr. Leahy has 10 years of clinical experience providing assessment and psychotherapy services to children, adolescents, and adults with a wide range of mental health and adjustment difficulties, such as depression, anxiety, relationship problems, abuse, trauma, dissociation, bereavement, ADHD and learning disorders. Her style is warm, respectful, and collaborative.
Dr. Leahy works together with clients to safely explore thoughts and feelings, develop understanding, and proactively address and manage difficulties and transitions with the ultimate goal of helping clients to feel more vital and lead engaging, fulfilling, and productive lives.
Lynnette Otto obtained her Bachelor’s Degree in psychology from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, and her Master’s Degree in Clinical-Behavioral Psychology from Eastern Michigan University. She began her experience in psychology working with participants of Beaumont Hospital’s HOPE and CARE programs (programs supporting children diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder), providing direct behavioral therapy. She then went on to pursue her graduate internship acting as a consultant at Beaumont – supervising ABA therapists working directly with children, clinical assessments, and developing behavior reduction plans.
Lynnette began her professional career in Genesee County, as a psychologist in the Community Mental Health setting. Here, she works with adults and children with severe mental illness and/or developmental disabilities, writing behavior plans and training staff on implementation. She works directly with schools, day programs, psychiatrists, physicians, clinical team members, courts and legal systems, and community resources to advocate for the best comprehensive and holistic treatment for her clients. She also has experience providing crisis intervention therapy and conducting hospitalization assessments. She is able to provide emergent therapy to children, adults, and/or families in crisis. Lynnette has extensive skills working with individuals who are often suicidal and/or homicidal, and engaging in risky, impulsive behaviors and who may also abuse alcohol or drugs.
Lynnette’s main interest and key specialty is working with parents and children (ages 2+) on skill acquisition and development, problematic behavior, emotional challenges, educational issues (i.e. victims of school bullying, failing grades), social issues, and extreme distress (i.e. suicidal, self-harm, isolating). She has extensive background with children with autism spectrum disorder including Asperger’s, developmental disabilities/cognitive impairment, ADD/ADHD, and Oppositional Defiant Disorder. She also works on family cohesiveness, parent training, and adjustment problems. Other specialties include working with disorders of anxiety, depression, bipolar, schizophrenia, and substance abuse/dependency with clients of all ages.
Lynnette’s clinical approach utilizes a behavioral framework, providing active and effective treatment that is empirically founded. She applies cognitive-behavioral interventions with humanistic methodology, creating a safe and comfortable therapeutic environment, incorporated with providing clients an arsenal of tools to utilize and discover quick results. Her clients often find that they learn a lot about themselves throughout the course of treatment, to create insight into their own change. Lynnette’s therapeutic style will offer a variety of education/teaching tools, hands-on training, and practice. She takes on the role of a supportive guide, as clients actively participate in treatment.
I love working with adolescents and adults. We all face struggles throughout our lives and sometimes having someone there to help is just what you need to get through. I offer a safe, nonjudgmental environment to deal with those obstacles that you may come face to face with.
My passion is to connect with individuals in a way that brings healing, support, and comfort to their lives emotionally and spiritually. I enjoy working with people from all walks of life, however have a lot of experience with the adolescent and young adult population, as well as trauma survivors and those in high risk or crisis situations.
Julie has over 15 years of experience working with children, adolescents, adults, and families. Julie is passionate about making connections with people and guiding them through their struggles. She graduated from Michigan State University with her Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology and the University of Michigan with her Master’s degree in Social Work.
Kathryn Staron, MS LLP CAADC, completed her degree in Clinical Psychology from Madonna University in 2006. She has previous experience working on inpatient units for individuals with dual diagnoses and currently works with children (6+), adolescents and adults in an outpatient setting. Her specialties include Anxiety, Mood and Substance Use disorders. Though trained from a psychodynamic perspective, Kathryn considers herself an eclectic therapist who will utilize techniques that best work for the individual patient. Kathryn is also an Assistant Professor of Psychology and Coordinator of the Addiction Studies program at Madonna University.
Sandra Dougherty, BS, LMSW, is a clinical social worker who obtained a Bachelor of Science in Clinical Psychology with a dual focus in Cultural Anthropology from the University of Michigan- Flint in 2005. She went on to obtain her Masters of Social Work with specializations in interpersonal relations and healthcare from the University of Michigan- Ann Arbor in 2007.
Sandra works with clients ages 5 and older. Her areas of specialization include grief and loss, chronic and terminal illness, chronic pain, geriatric transitions, end of life decisions and caregiver support. She has knowledge of Medicare, Medicaid, Medical Durable Power of Attorney, Five Wishes and long term placement in assisted and independent living environments, adult foster care and nursing homes. She has gained her experience in hospice and palliative care, oncology and private practice. Additionally, she is skilled in working with life transitions, crisis intervention, self-harm behaviors and behavioral challenges in children. She is well versed in multidisciplinary collaboration with school support staff (including school counselors, social workers and interventionists regarding 504 and IEP plans), psychiatrists and primary care physicians.