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8 Amber Hickman

Amber Hickman

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.

8 Heather Raitz

Heather Raitz

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~

8 Ruchi Ray

Ruchi Ray

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)

8 Emily Jeffries

Emily Jeffries

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.

8 Brittany Sanders

Brittany Sanders

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."

8 Nicole Friedlaender

Nicole Friedlaender

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.

8 Daniel Stettner

Daniel Stettner

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.

8 Harvey Finkelberg

Harvey Finkelberg

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.

8 Diane Toby

Diane Toby

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. 

8 Meghan Hardy

Meghan Hardy

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.

8 Dustin Marsh

Dustin Marsh


I am honored to have the opportunity to be considered as someone who can contribute to the differences in your life you are looking to work towards. My practice of therapy is comprised of a variety of experiences both personal and professional that have contributed to the work we will do.

My approach to therapy is Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, which is a form of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT). The focus is to develop 'psychological flexibility", which is a fancy way of constructing a way of moving past being stuck in our thoughts and feelings to take action in meaningful ways. This is done by creating a means to approach difficult circumstances openly, center ourselves, and develop actions to move us towards the person we want to be. This approach to therapy is supported in the science of human behavior and shown to be helpful with a wide range of mental health, relational, and situational difficulties.

Personally, I have experienced loss, emotional strife, and had many challenges academically throughout my life. I have come to a place of practicing what I teach, and find myself to be grateful for the challenging situations I have endured to get where I am NOW. This place of 'now' will be quite important in the work we do, and provides a place for us to work even if you don't know where to start.

I am married to a wonderful spouse, father of two, and an active member of advocating for human rights. I enjoy reading, exercising, eating healthy, growing my mindfulness practice, making adventures, laughing, and above all - spending time with my family.

I hope we have the opportunity to begin working towards the person you truly aspire to be.

With compassion.

8 Jennifer Di Falco

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.

8 Rashanda Will

Rashanda Will

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.

8 Debbra Bronstad

Debbra Bronstad

Are you tired of the repetitive arguments?  Does conflict leave you and your partner feeling defeated?  Debbra can help you learn to talk about the most difficult areas of your relationship in a way that builds intimacy and understanding rather than frustration and distance.  Debbra is trained in Gottman Couples Therapy, based on 40 years of research on what makes relationships work.  She can show you the key behaviors that transform relationships to bring respect and closeness rather than heartache.  If your partner is reluctant or unwilling to come in for therapy, Debbra can help you begin to make strategic changes in communication and behavior to shift the negativity.

Dealing with grief?  It may be due to the loss of a loved one, a divorce or break-up, or from some of the more than 40 different types of losses that interrupt familiar patterns of life and relationships.  These can include moving, job or career changes, illness/disability, miscarriage, change in financial status, a best friend moving away, empty nest and many other life transitions that can leave you feeling bewildered, stressed, sad and even angry.  As a Grief Recovery Specialist®, Debbra is equipped to help you take the specific steps necessary to heal your heart after loss using The Grief Recovery Method. 

Debbra has over 20 years experience in church ministry and can provide faith-based counseling for those who desire this.

Debbra works with clients dealing with:

  • Anger management
  • Anxiety
  • Childhood sexual/physical/emotional abuse
  • Codependency
  • Death of a child/miscarriage
  • Divorce recovery
  • Empty nest
  • Grief/loss
  • Guilt
  • Infidelity
  • Life transitions
  • Marriage/relationship conflict
  • Post-abortion grief
  • Second marriage
  • Spiritual issues
  • Trauma/PTSD

Training and Affiliations:

  • Bethany University, Santa Cruz, CA - MS Clinical Psychology
  • University of Michigan, Ann Arbor - BA Psychology
  • American Association of Christian Counselors
  • Internal Family Systems Therapy
  • Gottman Couples Therapy
  • Certified Grief Recovery Specialist

Debbra is licensed as a Marriage and Family Therapist in Michigan, California and Colorado. She is also able to provide telehealth sessions via video conferencing.

8 Mark Iszak

Mark Iszak

Welcome, and congratulations for taking the time to explore counseling as a means to improve your life and increase your experience of happiness and well-being! I am a clinical psychologist by training (PsyD from the Chicago School of Professional Psychology) with a strong generalist foundation of training, and welcome a wide range of presenting concerns that people commonly face. I have worked with individuals of all ages through my experience in schools, outpatient mental health centers, as well as college counseling centers. I enjoy working with a wide range of mental health concerns across the life span, including anxiety, mood/depression, ADHD, relationships, self-esteem, adjustment and life transition issues, as well as family-of-origin concerns.

I work from a warm and supportive stance to facilitate self-understanding, new learning, and personal growth to improve your quality of life. My approach emphasizes a reduction in distress and a resolution of life problems, while valuing your personal strivings toward happiness and fulfillment of your unique potentials. I enjoy working clinically from a holistic perspective grounded in a developmental framework and borrowing from interpersonal, cognitive and behavioral, psychodynamic, as well as Buddhist psychology traditions. I tend to be flexible in my work with individuals, intervening in various ways unique to the individual, her/his concerns, and the context of their life, while helping them learn techniques to act skillfully in their lives as they navigate their growth edges. I enjoy encouraging people to accept and embrace adversity as opportunity for personal and spiritual growth, and help them more fully appreciate their process of growth. I bring a respectful warmth and humor into the therapeutic relationship which helps bring a bit of levity to the task of human change, and believe my clients appreciate this balanced approach toward the therapeutic work at hand.

Deciding to invest in yourself and making necessary or desired changes in your life is one of the greatest gifts you can give to not only yourself but to those you care about and the world at large. Please feel free to schedule an appointment with myself or any of our other mental health providers at GLPG. We can help you get started and help keep you moving forward. I look forward to the possibility that we may work together.

8 Chelsea Peraino Smoots

Chelsea Peraino Smoots

I always knew that I wanted to "help people," as cliche as that might sound. There was no other option for my life than to devote myself to encouraging others, supporting them during their most difficult times, and providing them the tools to find a renewed sense of happiness or purpose.

I grew up in Metro Detroit. I attended Michigan State University, graduating with a degree in Psychology. After which, I completed my Masters in Social Work, concentration in Interpersonal Practice Mental Health, at the University of Michigan. While I worked full-time in the field of social work/mental health, I decided to go back to the University of Michigan to obtain my Masters in Business Administration.

I have a very diverse background in the field of social work/mental health. I wanted to ensure that I obtained the most knowledge possible, as to feel comfortable in addressing all types of issues that my clients might face. The following are some of my roles throughout my years as a mental health professional: inpatient psychiatric therapist, outpatient therapist for survivors of domestic violence/sexual assault, community-based therapist for those struggling with severe mental illness and co-occurring disorders (substance use disorder primarily), behavioral health case manager, clinical social worker on an internal med floor, and medical social work supervisor at a hospice company.

As a clinical therapist with Great Lakes Psychology Group, I can assure you that I will always provide you with the utmost respect, compassion, and judgment free care. My style of therapy is relaxed and calming, while also promoting accountability and self determination. Please review the list of my specialities and contact the office to schedule an initial intake! I look forward to helping you navigate to a healthier, happier future.

8 Sally Barbat

Sally Barbat

Sally is passionate about working with each individual to develop a plan to help them overcome the obstacles they face. As each person is unique, she utilizes an eclectic approach in her techniques to best match each person’s individual needs. She enjoys working with children, families, couples, adolescents, and adults.

Sally’s previous experiences have allowed her to develop a wide variety of clinical skills. She has extensive knowledge in helping people work through an assortment of disorders, ranging in severity. She has provided individual, family, couples, and group therapy. She has extensive practice in helping individuals and families understand specific strengths and weaknesses through her experience completing neuropsychological/psychological assessments for most ages (2-100). Sally is a person who understands the fears associated with facing one’s struggles, and offers a warm and safe place to do so. She provides compassion, support, and time, for each person to work through their problems. Sally has been working for the last year with children who have experienced significant trauma, and strongly believes developing a trusting environment is of key importance for each individual.

Sally Barbat, MA, LLP earned her Master of Arts degree in Clinical Psychology with a specialty in Child and Adolescent Psychology from The University of Detroit Mercy. She completed her Bachelor of Science degree with a major in Human Biology at Michigan State University.

8 BreeAna Sobieski

BreeAna Sobieski

As a therapist, I strive to provide a warm, safe, and non-judgmental environment in which individuals feel comfortable exploring and applying growth and change. For some, the thought of seeking therapy can feel intimidating, and for others, it can feel empowering. I work with each client collaboratively to address concerns in a way he or she feels comfortable, whether it is brief therapy focusing on problem-solving for current life stressors, or it is further exploration and identification of deeper issues. My overall goal is to help you identify areas in your life that you wish to address, and to assist you in developing ways to adapt to or overcome your challenges.

I completed my Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology at California State University Fullerton and my Master’s Degree in Clinical Social Work with a Specialist in Aging Certificate at the University of Michigan. In addition to therapy, my training includes medical and geriatric social work. My holistic approach to therapy is eclectic and strengths-based, involving components of Solution-Focused Therapy, Supportive Psychotherapy, Psychoeducation, Mindfulness, and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT). I work with adults in all stages of life. Examples include: academic stress in young adulthood, life-balance for the “Sandwich Generation” in middle adulthood, and changes in health, functioning, and living arrangements in older adulthood. My main clinical interests are anxiety, shame, adjustment, caregiver support, aging and older adulthood, management of life stressors, and overall wellness and well-being.

8 Emily Lemke

Emily Lemke

I am a client-centered therapist who works from a strength-based approach, while using the client-therapist relationship as an important tool in your journey. I value authenticity and vulnerability, in myself and others, and strive to provide this experience from the beginning of our time together. I believe in intuition and the importance of having a sense of humor.

My experience and scope of practice is broad, while I worked in community mental health for the past seven years with high-risk populations in both, Denver and Chicago. I have in-depth training and experience with treating substance use disorders and related behaviors as well as trauma, anxiety and mood and psychotic disorders. I am skilled in working with individuals across the lifespan, and am particularly passionate about adolescents and young adults. My education and early experiences were based in school-social work, therefore I am well versed in navigation and collaboration within education systems, and providing parental support.

I can help support and guide clients in their journeys through life transitions, barriers and stressful experiences, as well as provide a safe, nonjudgmental space to process core believe systems, values, and experiences that have brought you to where you are today. I pride myself in my multi cultural lens of treatment, understanding of cultural impact on well-being, and have experience with immigrant populations. I am fluent in Spanish and I am happy to use this skill in therapy sessions, as desired.

8 Brent Hughes

Brent Hughes

I really enjoy creating a genuinely caring, non-judgmental environment where whomever is in my office can gain a new feeling of hope and confidence that things ARE going to get better.  I’ve overcome challenges, setbacks, failures, deaths, etc, and it's not all been easy,  but there are always changes we can make so you don't feel hopeless or stuck!  I use my life experiences, when appropriate, as well as my professional training, and over 15 years of work in the field of human service to help anyone I can.  My areas of specialization include: caregiver burnout, geriatric issues, dementia, special needs,  ADD/ADHD , depression, anxiety, stress management, grief and loss, chronic health challenges, and marital/family issues, etc.I am more than willing to work with anyone who is in crisis, stressed, anxious, depressed, overworked, struggling with family or personal issues, struggling with relationships or children, health issues etc., but I am also very interested to work with some populations I feel are under served and unnoticed.One group of people I feel need additional support are caregivers. I am referring to family members, spouses, friends or really anyone who provides care for the elderly, disabled, and those with other chronic illnesses. Caregiver burnout is the physical, emotional, and mental exhaustion caregivers experience. Caregiver health issues often follow...Another group of people I feel are often under served and misunderstood are adults/young adults with ADD/ADHD, and even more specifically women.  If you have ever had people mention to you that they notice you having some characteristics of ADD, or maybe even had a doctor mentioned this but you dismissed it.   I can help work with you on coping skills/techniques to help minimize the feelings of being overwhelmed, having racing thoughts, difficulty sleeping, feeling unorganized, always running late, etc.  I do not push medications, but instead will give you concrete, practical tools you can use and add to your everyday life!   In summary,  I hope you reach out for help....either from me or another  therapist who is a good fit for YOU!  My favorite quote: "If you don't like something, change it.  If you can't change it, change your attitude."  You may need some help to embrace this please reach out to someone to help get you on the right path.

8 Teresa Goscicki

Teresa Goscicki

I earned my master’s degree from Wayne State University in Counseling Psychology with an Emphasis in Couple and Family Psychology, and I am a Limited Licensed Psychologist (LLP). I also hold a Bachelor of Arts in Honors Psychology from Wayne State University as well. Having worked with clients in both private and community mental health settings, I have experience treating a broad range of psychological and behavioral issues ranging from mild to severe. My specialties include Depressive and Bipolar Disorders, Anxiety Disorders, Substance Use Disorders, and Adjustment Disorders.

My approach to treatment is an integrative one, allowing me to tailor therapy to your individual needs. I believe the basis of successful treatment is empathy, a client-centered stance, and a strong alliance between client and therapist. Specific therapeutic approaches that I use include CBT, Motivational Interviewing, Solution-Focused Therapy, and Humanistic Therapy.

Regardless of the type of treatment needed, I strive to provide every client with a safe and non-judgmental experience in therapy. My goal is to help you to explore your concerns and to achieve your specific goals while honoring your self-determination and unique strengths. I will work with you collaboratively by providing you with education, exploring treatment options, and helping you to develop the skills needed to overcome barriers and accomplish positive change.

I look forward to meeting you and learning more about how I can help you achieve greater wellness in your life.

8 Amanda Moar Kerbawy

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.

8 Janet Schryer Donahue

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.


8 Katelyn Lipp

Katelyn Lipp

We all reach times in our lives where we feel overwhelmed, when it feels the dust just will not settle, and we feel stuck. Being able to put a voice to your struggles and finding a neutral space for that voice to land is key; I strive to be that person for everyone that steps foot in my office. My goal as a therapist is to help you realize your potential for positive change in a safe and supportive environment.

I earned my Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology from Michigan State University, and then went on to obtain my Master of Arts Degree in Counseling, with specialization in Couple and Family Therapy, from Oakland University. I am a Licensed Professional Counselor and a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, as well as a Nationally Certified Counselor and a Certified Advanced Alcohol and Drug Counselor.

I come from a client-centered, insight-oriented approach, incorporating skills from family systems, mindfulness, CBT, and narrative techniques aimed at meeting the client in their present situation. I have a passion for helping couples and individuals, in achieving balance and obtaining life’s goals, within themselves and in their relationships. Additionally, I have a background in aiding LGBTQIPA individuals work through the unique challenges they face, in an accepting and comfortable environment. I am experienced in the areas of anxiety, depression, addiction/substance use, grief/loss, major adjustments and life changes, self-worth, as well as stress related to school, work, and relationships.

8 Emily Silver

Emily Silver

Emily is a licensed clinical social worker specializing in internalizing disorders, such as anxiety and depression. Emily’s approach is person-centered; meeting the client where they are and working collaboratively to help move them forward and accomplishing the goals they work to set.  Emily approaches each therapy session as a down to earth conversation, utilizing principles of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy to assist clients in problem solving and coping with stressful situations.


Emily received her Masters degree in Social Work from the University of Michigan and her Bachelors degree in Psychology also from the University of Michigan. She has extensive experience working with children and adolescents in acute inpatient psychiatric settings as well as home based/outpatient settings.


Emily’s experience working in both the home based and hospital based fields has equipped her to handle complicated cases, involving the client, family and school. Emily works to establish a net around each client; identifying strengths, weaknesses and needs and identifying a team to help the client accomplish their treatment goals.


Emily also obtained her certificate in school social work.  Through her training in school and collaboration with student support personnel while working in the hospital setting, Emily is experienced in helping parents and their children, navigate returning to school after absences such as hospitalizations.  She has extensive experience with children and teens who have a history of suicide attempts, multiple hospitalizations and urges to self-harm.


She also enjoys working with adults, struggling with issues such as depression and anxiety, couples, and families.


8 Christie Aoun Mikell

Christie Aoun Mikell

Dr Christie Mikell is a licensed Clinical Psychologist with specialties in child and adolescent psychology, as well as PTSD/complex trauma. Her other clinical interests include: anxiety, depression, grief and loss, relationship difficulties, phobias, and self-injury.

Dr Mikell has worked in group practice for the last two years in the Chicago area, where she obtained her doctorate from the Chicago School of Professional Psychology with a focus on Child and Adolescent Psychology. She received her B.A. in Psychology from Michigan State University. As part of her graduate training, Dr Mikell has worked in a variety of treatment settings, including community mental health agencies, schools, residential treatment facilities, and hospitals.

Dr Mikell approaches therapy with the belief that the therapeutic relationship is one of the most important factors in therapeutic success. She understands that individuals often come to therapy with concerns, worries, or apprehension about this process. Dr Mikell strives to establish a supportive and accepting relationship that allows individuals to feel comfortable addressing their struggles.

She believes that within a supportive therapeutic environment, individuals can better understand their past experiences and how formative, early relationships have shaped their views of themselves, the other world, and others. Through a deeper awareness into relationship patterns and belief systems, Dr Mikell assists clients in developing greater freedom and joy in their lives.

8 Kimberlie Glasco

Kimberlie Glasco

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.

8 Karen Farrar

Karen Farrar

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. 

8 Kim Anne-Hashoian Smith

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.

8 Christina DeAngelis

Christina DeAngelis

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.

8 Christina Isaacs

Christina Isaacs

Christina Isaacs is a Limited License Psychologist with over twenty-five years of experience working with children, adolescents, adults, seniors, couples and families to address most psychological symptoms and disorders. She obtained a Master of Arts Degree in clinical psychology from the University of Dayton, with a specialty in child and adolescent and family services. Throughout her career she has assisted individuals, couples and families by identifying issues and providing non-judgmental, compassionate and effective therapeutic interventions. She utilizes a multi-disciplinary approach by working closely with school personnel, physicians, psychiatrists and other professionals when needed. Christina is well known in the community for her work with children especially those on the Autism Spectrum. Christina specializes in helping all individuals achieve self-acceptance and improved self-worth while addressing specific issues of anxiety, depression, mood disorders, anger management, ADHD, Autism, sleep issues, neurological and cognitive concerns, self-injury, sexual assault, trauma survival, grief and loss, relationship and family conflict. She is also trained in cognitive behavioral intervention for memory, visual perceptual and executive reasoning deficits. In addition, Christina is a Certified Dementia Practitioner and has had special training in Community Trauma Response and Critical Incident Debriefing, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), and Collaborative Problem Solving (CPS).

8 Kim Pauwels

Kim Pauwels

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

8 Shawnteal Pernell

Shawnteal Pernell

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
emotional health.

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.

8 David Waxer

David Waxer

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.

8 Michelle Dutcher

Michelle Dutcher

Michelle Connelly is Licensed Professional Counselor with over 15 years of academic and clinical experience.  She completed her Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology and her Master’s Degree in Counseling and graduated with honors from Oakland University in Rochester, Michigan. She also has a specialized post-graduate certification in Psychological Assessments and Testing, as well as, Community Mental Health Counseling.

Michelle began her career in Macomb County where she worked in Community Mental Health gaining extensive experience working with the full spectrum of mental health issues.  Michelle worked directly with the Macomb County Juvenile Justice Center counseling adolescents, teens and their families who were referred for treatment to address behavioral, emotional and substance use issues. She has extensive experience working with children and teens with developmental disabilities, specifically Asperger’s, Sensory Processing Disorders and ADHD assisting the patient and their families with gaining a better understanding of their disability, providing resources and assisting the patient with learning appropriate coping mechanisms and essential socialization skills. Michelle also has experiencing working with adults and couples exploring emotional issues, relationship struggles, life transitions, and many other life stressors that can negatively impact one’s daily functioning.

Her areas of specialty include depression, anxiety, ADHD, Asperger’s, Sensory Processing Disorders, behavioral issues in children/adolescents, parenting issues, relationship issues, infertility and reproductive health issues.  In addition to her clinical work as a therapist, Michelle also provides psychological assessments, including cognitive, achievement, personality and projective measures, as well as diagnosis and recommendations, for children and adults.

As a therapist, Michelle utilizes empirically based therapeutic techniques that have been proven to be effective.  Her approach is one that is nurturing and non-judgmental.  She provides an environment where the patient can establish a sense of safety and trust and works within the therapeutic relationship to find the appropriate balance in life that works for each individual.

Michelle is a Nationally Certified Counselor and a member of the American Counseling Association, the Michigan Counseling Association, National Autism Association, and Chi Sigma Iota, an international honor society for counseling professionals.

8 Tanya Tietema

Tanya Tietema

Tanya Tietema received her undergraduate degree in Clinical/Community Psychology from the University of Michigan-Flint and graduate degree in Clinical and Humanistic Psychology from the Michigan School of Professional Psychology. She utilizes a multisystem approach with a foundation of humanistic/person-centered methods with emphasis on unconditional positive regard and empathy. Her therapy is tailored to the individual’s needs which may include various approaches such as cognitive-behavioral, existential, solution-focused, motivational interviewing, rational emotive therapy, family systems, emotionally focused, and wellness/holistic in order to help achieve rapid results.

Tanya’s clinical experience includes outpatient, inpatient, hospital emergency department, crisis services, substance abuse center, group homes, community mental health setting, and behavioral consultation. She works with adolescents and adults from diverse populations and with individuals, couples and families. Some of the many ways she helps others is to interrupt and replace maladaptive thought patterns, create cohesive relationships, facilitate skill building, develop positive coping strategies, overcome barriers to success, build a positive self image, promote healing while moving forward, and maximizing a person’s full growth potential. Tanya provides a warm, caring, and non-judgmental environment where individuals can relax, explore, and evolve.

She treats a wide array of symptoms and concerns including, but not limited to:
 Depression  Bipolar  Anxiety  Substance Abuse
 Parenting  Autism  Stress  Trauma (PTSD)
 Gender Identity  Grief/Loss  Self-harm  Eating Disorders
 Separation/DTanya provides a warm, caring, and non-judgmental environment where individuals can relax, explore, and evolve.
ivorce  Life Transitions  Domestic Violence  Personality Disorders
 Blended families  ADHD  Schizophrenia  Obsessive-Compulsive

8 Lauren Hahn

Lauren Hahn

Lauren received her Master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from Fairfield University in Connecticut.   She focuses on clients’ strengths by working collaboratively with individuals, couples, and families from a variety of backgrounds.  Lauren’s expertise is in treating relationship issues, specializing in couples therapy and family conflict resolution.  Utilizing her training in family-systems, she addresses the dynamics between people that keep them from feeling emotionally and physically connected, as well as their individual concerns.  She assists clients in achieving deeper emotional intimacy by interrupting disruptive patterns of behavior and beliefs that affect their personal growth and relationship development.

Lauren is enthusiastic, compassionate, empathetic and committed to creating a safe and supportive therapeutic environment.  Her clinical experience includes youth-based community service organizations and outpatient counseling centers.  When working with children and adolescents, Lauren enjoys incorporating creativity as part of her therapeutic style by leveraging play, art, and drama therapies.

She assesses and treats a wide range of clinical concerns including:

·      Couples Counseling

·      Trust and Emotional Intimacy

·      Family Conflict

·      Divorce and Co-Parenting

·      Parenting Support

·      Anxiety and Stress Management

·      Depression

·      Chronic Pain and Illness

·      Grief/Loss

·      Postpartum Depression

·      Developmental Stages and Life Transitions

·      Disabilities and the Effect on the Family System

·      Identity Concerns

·      Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Issues

Lauren is a licensed marriage and family therapist and is also pursuing additional training and certification in Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy. She is a member of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy and the Michigan Association for Marriage and Family Therapy.

8 Jason Giannini

Jason Giannini

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.

8 Lynnette Otto

Lynnette Otto

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.

8 Laurie Martin

Laurie Martin

For twelve years I have enjoyed providing effective counseling for couples and individuals at New Passages Psychological Services in Macomb County, Graham Health Center at Oakland University and in my own private practice in Rochester, Michigan. I hold degrees in Psychology and Counseling from University of Michigan and Oakland University.

Helping people overcome a variety of problems related to marital distress, infidelity, poor relationships, family issues, depression, anxiety, substance abuse, emotional disconnection, anger, lack of motivation, divorce and coping with difficult life changes is my passion!

My approach combines cognitive-behavioral and solution focused therapy with individualized assessments to assure clients are achieving their goals for counseling and are happy with their counseling experience. With a warm and down-to-earth style, clients are engaged and motivated to identify feelings, behaviors and negative patterns that contribute to problems. During therapy, clients increase their ability to recognize and use personal strengths and resources instead of just focusing on what isn’t working. Clients find this approach to be essential to feeling good about their life and functioning at their best.

Much of my work is with couples, helping them discover hope for repairing their complex relationship problems. They learn how to build strong emotional connections in their relationship while improving communication. Through our work together, many avoid the trauma of divorce and find real happiness in their relationships.

I’m married with two children, love my Australian Shepard, and am currently trying to overcome the challenges of being a beginning violin student.

Welcome to Great Lakes Psychology Group

Thank you for considering our practice for the evaluation and treatment of your patient’s behavioral health needs. We welcome the opportunity to work with you and to serve as your preferred behavioral health provider, offering your patients the discreet and effective service they need and deserve.

Working with Us:

We truly believe that our collaborative approach to treatment is a benefit to both the patient and the referring physician. We keep our physician partners apprised of patient status and progress at all times, allowing for convenient communication with medication management when appropriate.

We would like to thank you for considering us to participate in your patient’s care. Please contact our offices at the number above if you would like to discuss our services further, or call to request more referral materials.

Coordination of Care (COC) is a process in which therapists at GLPG communicate and collaborate with multi-disciplinary professions within the community who are an active part of a clients care team. This may include primary care physicians, psychiatrists or school support staff, to name a few. Engaging in the coordination of care process is an integral part of our individualized and comprehensive psychosocial services. The process is easy to learn and quick to complete. Following receipt of a client’s written consent, a COC form is digitally completed and sent directly to the coordinating professional. The form contains only information pertinent to the coordination of care, such as diagnosis and treatment information. Following initial contact, further information can be shared and received as necessary for the optimization of biopsychosocial wellness.
Sandra Dougherty, LMSW Clinical Social Worker