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Brad Messenger Counselor Michigan Psychological Care

Brad Messenger

LMSW, CEO

Brad graduated from Michigan State University School of Clinical Social Work with his master’s degree in Social Work, specializing in cognitive behavioral therapy. Brad spent time working for St. Vincent Catholic Charities and Michigan Prisoner Re-Entry Initiative, where he witnessed the remarkable effects talk therapy has on physically and mentally ill patients. Not long after, Brad joined forces with CCMC and established CCMC Psychological Services and directed his psychology expertise towards an integration of psychology and primary care. Brad now oversees the operations of CCMC Psychological Services, Gratiot Psychological Services, Midland Psychological Services, and Bay City Psychological Services.

Corrie Lovejoy is a Counselor at Michigan Psychological Care

Corrie Lovejoy

Regional Manager

After several years in customer service, Corrie Lovejoy graduated from Grand Valley State University in 2012 with her bachelor’s degree in Psychology.  Realizing that she was much better behind the scenes, she decided not to pursue a degree in counseling, but rather came to manage a counseling office in 2014.

Clinical Directors

Jessica Charron is a Psychiatrist in Clinton County, MI

Jessica Charron, PsyD, LP

Clinical Director - CCMC

Jessica graduated from Michigan State University with a bachelor’s in Psychology and received her master’s from the Center for Humanistic Studies. Jessica then acquired a Doctor of Psychology from the Michigan School of Professional Psychology.

Following school, Jessica trained at a private practice in Farmington Hills and also performed in-home therapy for foster care in Detroit. Jessica has been with CCMC Psychological Services since they opened their doors in 2010.

In her spare time, she enjoys singing karaoke, playing disc golf, cooking and rollerblading.

Melanie Mitchell is a Psychologist in Midland, MI

Melanie Mitchell, PsyD, LP

Clinical Director - Midland

Melanie is originally from Virginia and received her bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the College of William & Mary. She then moved to Atlanta and received her master’s and doctoral degrees from the Georgia School of Professional Psychology at Argosy University. She has experience in private practice, college counseling, community mental health, and training and supervision of graduate students and is currently licensed to practice in Michigan, Illinois, New York, Virginia, and North Carolina.

Melanie specializes in relationship issues, identity and self-esteem, and trauma. Her approach to therapy is interpersonal in nature as she focuses on creating a safe, warm environment where clients feel comfortable taking risks and exploring difficult issues. She also specializes in psychological evaluations and has evaluated children and adults of all ages for various reasons, including learning disability/ADHD assessments, as well as more general evaluations for diagnostic clarification and therapeutic recommendations.

When she’s not in the office, Melanie enjoys attending concerts, cooking with friends, spending time with animals, binge watching tv shows, exploring new places, and reading.

Amanda M. Patterson is a Psychologist in Alma, MI

Amanda M. Patterson, LPC

Clinical Director - Gratiot

I received my Bachelor’s in Psychology and Masters in Counseling from Central Michigan University. Prior to joining the Gratiot team, I developed my clinical skills providing individual and couples therapy at CCMC Psychological Services and at the Central Michigan University Counseling Center.

I enjoy working with children, adolescents, and adults. I will use a variety of approaches in our sessions in order to understand and treat the root causes, not just the symptoms, of your issues. I prefer cognitive-behavioral, strength-based and relational therapy techniques that are designed to address you as a whole person. I believe that this deeper exploration and understanding allows for meaningful and sustainable healing and growth. I aspire to empower others in finding the path that can lead them to a more fulfilling life and engage them in their journey towards meaningful and lasting change.

When I am not in the office providing hope to others I can be found spending time with my husband and two daughters, Tori and Bella. Hobbies of mine include camping, swimming, reading, jogging, dancing, singing, and really anything at all to do with music. I look forward to working with you and hope to help you make a meaningful change in your life.

CCMC Psychological Services Care Providers

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Megan Hodges

Patient Advocate - CCMC

Megan loves creating a warm and friendly environment for clients and colleagues. She is working on her Bachelor's degree in Psychology at the University of Michigan. She intends to pursue a Master's degree in social work once her undergraduate studies are completed. 

In her free time, Megan enjoys binging true crime podcasts, playing tabletop games with friends, and spending time up north with family.

Cheyenne Mendham Patient Advocate - CCMC

Cheyenne Mendham

Patient Advocate - CCMC

Cheyenne is a St. John's graduate and she has spent her time in the workforce running multiple businesses.  She hasn't decided what her ultimate career goal is, but she has a strong commitment to customer service and client care.  Her goal is to leave a lasting, positive impression and provide the best possible experience to anyone coming to CCMC Psychological Services for care.

In her free time, she enjoys crocheting, playing games, and baking for her friends and family.  She also has a big heart for animals and loves to spend time with all of her pets.

Addison Swarthout is a Counselor in Clinton County, MI

Addison Swarthout

Front Desk Supervisor - CCMC

Addison is a hometown graduate with close ties to the community. He enjoys bettering the lives of the patients and the staff at CCMC Psychological Services. Addison is passionate about providing the best possible service to everyone that walks through our doors. In his spare time, you can find Addison spending time with his family, on the basketball courts, or with friends.

Mark Caswell, MS LLPC Care Provider - CCMC

Mark Caswell, MS LLPC

Care Provider - CCMC

Mark completed a Bachelor's degree in Psychology and Social Work at Cornerstone University in Grand Rapids.  He then went on to earn a Master's of Science degree in Mental Health Counseling from Walden University in St. Paul Minnesota.  Mark gained counseling experience as he worked in private practice, providing counseling to adolescents, adults, and couples; and while working as a school counselor and principal at a private high school. 

Mark enjoys working with many populations but especially enjoys his work with adolescents and couples.  In therapy, Mark utilizes many different modalities, including; Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Reality Therapy, Strengths Based Approaches, Choice Theory, and Attachment Theory.  The goal in all of this is to help individuals make meaningful and lasting changes that can help them enjoy their life and loved ones to the fullest. 

Outside of the office, Mark enjoys sports and the outdoors and spending time with his family. 

Robert E. Cartwright is a Therapist in Clinton County, MI

Robert E. Cartwright, MA, LLP -

Care Provider - CCMC

Robert E. Cartwright earned his Bachelor and Master of Arts at Wayne State University. He then went on to teach at public schools. The eagerness to understand why students had problems in learning and behavior fueled Robert’s decision to go back to school for his master’s degree in Clinical and School Psychology. Robert has taught psychology at Cleary University, was Coordinator of the Psychology Lab at Wayne State University and practiced clinical psychology at Ford Hospital.

Robert has been a psychotherapist at CCMC Psychological Services since they opened their doors in 2010. Robert specializes in testing, literacy, ADHD diagnosis and treatment along with psychological counseling. When Robert isn’t in the office, he enjoys various outdoor activities along with reading, watching movies and going to the theater.

Paige Doubler is a therapist in Clinton County, Michigan

Paige Doubler, LLMSW

Care Provider - CCMC

Paige graduated with her Bachelors of Social Work from Michigan State University. She continued her education by earning her Masters of Social Work from the University of Wisconsin - Green Bay.

Paige has experience working with individuals of various ages and backgrounds, including those seeking treatment for depression, anxiety, life adjustments, relationship issues, anger issues, grief, loss, and trauma.

Paige values a strength-based, person-centered approach to therapy. She believes that every person has strengths and the potential to grow, meet their goals, and regain control in their life. She frequently applies Cognitive Behavioral Therapy to treatment, helping clients challenge their thinking and improve emotional regulation.

When Paige is not at the office, she loves to spend time with her family, cuddle with her dog, and cook food for others at her home.

Emma Kahrs is a Therapist in Clinton County, MI

Emma Kahrs, LLMSW

Care Provider - CCMC

After getting a bachelors degree in Art and Social Work form Eastern Michigan University, Emma went to the University of Michigan and received a masters degree in Clinical Social Work. She has clinical experience in many mental health settings working at a women’s center, a memory care assisted living floor, and volunteering with animal therapy, art therapy, youth, and special needs individuals.

She works with a range of ages and issues using a person-centered, eclectic therapeutic style; incorporating many therapy modalities in order to cater to client’s individual needs. She spends her free time running, enjoying her pets, drawing or painting, and spending time with family and friends.

Angela Kersey is a Referral Specialist and Therapist in Clinton County, MI

Angela Kersey, LLPC

Care Provider - CCMC

Angela graduated from Central Michigan University with a Bachelor’s degree in Community Development and went onto receive a Master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health and Counseling from Siena Heights University.  Angela has extensive experience in substance abuse and trauma both professionally and personally. Angela has been sober for over 19 years, and is passionate about helping others who suffer from addiction, trauma, depression and anxiety. When Angela is not in the office she enjoys working out, spending time with family (including her dogs), and going to the movies.

Calli Kreutzberger is a Therapist in Clinton County, MI

Calli Kreutzberger, MA TLLP, LPC

Care Provider - CCMC

Calli obtained her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Master’s degree in Counseling Psychology from Western Michigan University. She has clinical experience in a crisis intervention call center, university counseling center, and outpatient private practice. She works with a range of individuals and couples from a holistic, person-centered perspective. Calli uses a creative approach to therapy. She often integrates mindfulness and art therapy into her practice.  For Clinton County Medical Center Psychological Services, she conducts therapy services as well as psychological evaluations. In her free time, Calli enjoys being outdoors, attending concerts, and spending time with family and friends.

Jennifer Lantz, TLLP Care Provider - CCMC

Jennifer Lantz, TLLP

Care Provider - CCMC

Jenny graduated from Western Michigan University with her Master's degree in Counseling Psychology. She was an intern at the Psychological Consultation Center at Pine Rest and at a private practice, where she conducted  psychological evaluations. Jenny also interned at St. Vincent Catholic Charities, where she worked with underserved groups. She works from a person-centered perspective as she believes that clients know more about themselves than the therapist can.

Jenny migrated with her family to the U.S. when she was young. That has led to her passion to help those who feel like a minority. Her experience has focused on helping clients from several different ethnic and cultural backgrounds navigate anxiety, depression, and trauma. Jenny's work includes therapy and psychological assessments, both of
which she can conduct fully in Spanish. In her free time, Jenny enjoys spending time with family and friends, walking her dog, learning about other cultures, and traveling to new places.

Alexia Lunetta, LLMSW Care Provider - CCMC

Alexia Lunetta, LLMSW

Care Provider - CCMC

Alexia Lunetta graduated from Central Michigan University with their Bachelor's degree in psychology and sociology. They continued their education at Michigan State University and obtained their Master's of Social Work. They utilize a humanitarian, strength-based, person-centered, eclectic approach to therapy and they believe that every person is capable of building a happy, healthy life when they have the necessary skill, resources, and tools to do so.

Alexia is a proud member of the LGBTQIA2+  community and is very aware and sensitive to the unique needs and experiences that this community has. Alexia has found that they are especially drawn to helping children and teens figure out who they want to be and how to build the foundations to a life that will bring them joy and fulfillment. Alexia also has a passion for helping couples to strengthen their relationships and eradicate toxic cycles that may be causing distress.

In their free time, Alexia enjoys spending time with animals, doing yoga, creating art, reading books, playing/watching sports, watching shows/movies, playing board games, interacting with nature, playing the ukulele, and being with their friends and family. They are very adventurous and open-minded, so they love to have new adventures and try new things.

Michelle McDonald is a Therapist in Clinton County, MI

Michelle McDonald, LMSW

Care Provider - CCMC

Michelle graduated from Albion College with a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and went on to receive her Master’s degree in Clinical Social Work from Michigan State University. She has done extended amounts of volunteer work with the Muscular Dystrophy Association for 10 years, and has previously worked with troubled youth and their families prior to joining CCMC. Michelle has done extensive work with individuals of all ages, specializing in anxiety, depression, trauma, grief and loss, substance abuse, and ADHD.

When Michelle is not in the office she enjoys running and working out, spending time with family, playing with her dog, and working on various projects at home.

Ainslee Mcvay is a counselor in Clinton County, Michigan

Ainslee McVay, LLMSW CAADC

Care Provider - CCMC

Ainslee graduated from Central Michigan University with a Bachelor's degree in Social Work and followed with a Master's degree in Clinical Social Work from Ferris State University. She has since become a Certified Advanced Alcohol and Drug Counselor (CAADC).  Following school, Ainslee worked in co-occurring substance abuse counseling for over two years. During this time, she developed an eclectic style of therapy with a humanistic approach.

Ainslee strives to empower individuals using a strength-based perspective and person-centered style. Creating a safe, comfortable environment, Ainslee seeks to embrace diversity. She is LGBTQ+ friendly and participates avidly in advocacy within the community. In her spare time, she enjoys reading and quoting Star Wars.

Robin Padilla is a Therapist in Clinton County, MI

Robin Padilla, LPC

Care Provider - CCMC

Robin is a psychotherapist who works with a variety of age groups that range from children, adults, and couples, on a wide variety of issues, including anxiety, depression, life adjustments, loss, trauma, and relationship issues. Her therapeutic style is an integrative one that utilizes a variety of tools to help create understanding, comprehension, solutions and/or shifts to achieve relief and healing.  Her therapeutic style, while empathetic and compassionate, is lovingly direct, helping to increase clarity and reduce confusion in what is often a confusing time in one’s life, when seeking out therapy. Her passion is helping to create the shift from suffering to empowerment to allow you to move forward in the world, with tools learned through therapy, and thereafter, in the rest of your life. Robin’s educational background includes attending Northwestern University, getting her M.A., in psychotherapy as a counselor.

She draws from both the excellent education she received as well as her own real-life experiences, as a powerful duo-combination, that allows her to both understand and effectively help those that seek therapy from her. She also loves animals and has several fur babies of her own.

Cristy Swarthout is a Therapist in Clinton County, MI

P. Cristy Swarthout, LPC, CAADC

Care Provider - CCMC

Cristy received her bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Arizona State University and then went on to receive her master’s degree in Counseling at the University of Phoenix in Phoenix, AZ. Following her degree, Cristy became a Certified Advanced Alcohol and Drug Counselor (CAADC). Cristy has also received training in Gambling Addiction and Auricular Acupuncture (ear), which is designed to detox the body and side effects from detoxing from substances.

Prior to her career with CCMC, Cristy worked with substance abuse and mental health disorders for 20 years. Cristy is married with two children and has four pets – two dogs and two cats. When she is not in the office, Cristy enjoys running, walking her dogs, watching her children play sports, watching Tigers baseball and reading.

Maggie Valade is a Therapist in Clinton County, MI

Maggie Valade, MA TLLP

Care Provider - CCMC

Maggie graduated with her Bachelor’s in Psychology with a minor in biology from Oakland University, continuing on to receive her Master’s in Counseling Psychology from Western Michigan University. She has experience working with clients of all ages in a private practice setting, utilizing both individual therapy and psychological assessments. Maggie has specific experience working with individuals seeking bariatric surgery, neuropsychological disorders, as well as experience with those seeking more generalized counseling.

She works from a person-centered perspective, as she believes the client should have input in how counseling sessions go and what they want to spend their time talking about and working on. Her work at Clinton County Medical Center Psychological Services includes both therapy and psychological assessments. She enjoys therapy and assessments, as using them together allows for another piece of the puzzle to be revealed. In her free time, Maggie enjoys spending time with friends and family, reading, and watching movies.

Nina Whitehill is a Therapist in Clinton County, MI

Nina Whitehill, LPC

Care Provider - CCMC

Nina graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Secondary Education from Western Michigan University – majoring in history and minoring in psychology. Nina then received her Master of Arts degree in Counseling and has been trained in experiential education along with issues relating to mental health and children.

Prior to joining the CCMC Psychological team, Nina spent one year with Child and Family Services and 22 years as a school counselor. Nina enjoys working as a counselor and finds helping people understand themselves and make positive changes in their lives to be extremely rewarding.

When Nina is not in the office, you can find her working in the yard, ballroom dancing, visiting with her family – especially her granddaughter, Janie – and spending time at the cottage in the summertime.

Gratiot Psychological Services Care Providers

Linnaea Carter is a Counselor in Alma, MI

Linnaea Carter

Patient Advocate - Gratiot

Fresh out of high school, Linnaea started work and maintained a position for 26yrs as a refrigeration repair woman. After that business closed, she returned to school at the age of 47 and received a degree in Medical Office Administration and Medical Office Technology. With her husband, she owns a small town construction company. She decided to put her degree to good use and become a full time patient advocate for Gratiot Psychological Services.

In her spare time, she paints barn quilts; some of which have made their home as far as Florida. She also loves to ride her Harley Davidson Deluxe on trips here in Michigan and places all over the US. When she’s not in the office or on the road, she enjoys boating, gardening and canning homegrown vegetables, and working on the family farm with her two grown sons.

Layla Lalk is a patient advocate / Therapist in Alma, MI

Kayla Lalk

Patient Advocate - Gratiot

Kayla is a recent graduate with her Bachelor's degree in Sociology: Youth Studies Concentration, with a minor in Family Studies from Central Michigan University.  She is currently pursuing a Master's degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at Central Michigan University.  She plans to specialize with children, adolescents, and families.

When Kayla is not working or in class, she spends her free time with her dog, friends, and family.  She enjoys traveling, running, doing puzzles, golfing, and working with children.

Leon Austin is a Therapist in Alma, MI

Leon Austin, PsyD LP

Care Provider - Gratiot

Leon completed his Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology with a minor in Religion from Southern College of Seventh-day Adventists (now Southern Adventist University) in Collegedale TN. He then completed a Master of Science degree in Marriage and Family Therapy, a Master of Arts degree in Psychology and a Doctor of Psychology degree with a minor concentration in neuropsychology from Loma Linda University in Loma Linda CA.

Before joining Midland Psychological Services, Leon worked in a variety of clinical settings including (but not limited to) rehab and geropsychology, Social Security Disability psychological evaluations, adolescent group homes (for boys and girls) and the Michigan Department of Corrections.

Outside the office, Leon enjoys spending time with his wife Cheryl, reading, walking, bicycling, music and writing.

Anthony Michael Benedict, LLPC Care Provider - Gratiot

Anthony Michael Benedict, LLPC

Care Provider - Gratiot

Once people experience distress, depression or severe anxiety, living life can seem unbearable.  Tony's desire and purpose is to help create therapeutic restoration for everyone.

He helps all clients who seek his services, children, adolescents, adults, or couples, in all walks of life.  He believes in working together, so clients can begin to appreciate themselves as serene, whole, and safe. 

He has studied a large array of therapeutic techniques, such as Gestalt, Existential, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, and many more.   Together he will help find the right approach for each individual. 

Tony is in the St. Johns location on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays.  He is in the Alma location on Wednesdays and Fridays.

Sara Bruewer is a Therapist in Alma, MI

Sara Bruewer, LMSW

Care Provider - Gratiot

I received my Bachelor’s in Psychology from Central Michigan University and my Master’s in Social Work from the University of Michigan. Prior to working at Gratiot Psychological Services, I worked for several years at St. Vincent Catholic Charities Children’s Home in Lansing, MI as a residential therapist providing individual, group, and family therapy. I have been trained in Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy model to help further address incidents of trauma in children and adolescents.

Outside the office, I enjoy spending time with my family and friends. I also like to spend time reading, watching movies, painting or drawing, and being outside.

Lyndsay Chant is a Therapist in Alma, MI

Lyndsay Chant, LLMSW

Care Provider - Gratiot

Lyndsay graduated from Eastern Michigan University with her Bachelor's degree in Psychology. She continued her education and obtained her Master of Social Work from Spring Arbor University.

Prior to joining the Gratiot team, Lyndsay devoted three years of her time to serve individuals with developmental and intellectual disabilities in Adult Foster Care Homes. She also spent two years refining her therapeutic skills here at Gratiot Psychological Services as an intern. She was given opportunities to provide individual, couples, children, and family therapy. Lyndsay practices using a variety of therapeutic techniques based on the needs and input of the individual. She prefers using cognitive behavioral therapy, mindfulness, strengths-based approach, and art techniques as a way to assist clients in developing coping skills, personal strengths, and personal healing. Lyndsay has experience with a wide age range of individuals for a variety of reasons including depression, anxiety, transitioning, relationships, and others. One interesting aspect of Lyndsay's life is that she spent time in the foster care system and was adopted as an adolescent. During this time, she was required to spend time in therapy where she had a negative experience with a therapist. This gives Lyndsay a unique understanding of individuals resistant to seeing a therapist and the motivation to create a warm, safe, and comforting environment for individuals to feel heard, seen, and understood while encouraging them to heal, make changes, and embrace meaningful growth.

Out of the office, Lyndsay enjoys spending time at Crystal Lake, going camping, being outdoors, and exploring new places. She spends a lot of time with her bare eyed cockatoo and her blue and gold macaw. She also enjoys reading, coloring, crafts, puzzles, learning, and spending quality time with her significant other, friends, and family.

Tara Cozat, LLMSW Care Provider- Gratiot

Tara Cozat, LLMSW

Care Provider- Gratiot

Tara graduated from Central Michigan University with her Bachelor's degree in Sociology and specialized her learning towards substance abuse counseling. She continued her education and obtained her Master's of Social Work from Michigan State University.

Tara has worked in the mental health field for many years prior to joining the Gratiot team. Most recently, Tara had worked as a Case Manager working with children and young adults with severe mental health and behavioral issues. As well as working at a residential treatment facility, Tara completed a year as an intern here at Gratiot Psychological Services. As an intern, Tara was given opportunities to provide individuals, children and couples with therapy and has a lot of experience with working with childhood trauma, some substance abuse counseling as well as children and adults with anxiety and depression.

Outside of the office, Tara enjoys spending time outside with her 2 dogs, her partner, traveling to new places, watching reruns of Friends and spending time with friends and family!

Alesha Hall is a Therapist in Alma, MI

Alesha Hall, MA TLLP

Care Provider - Gratiot

Alesha Hall, MA, TLLP is originally from Isabella County, but has close ties to Gratiot County. Alesha attended Alma College and received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology with an emphasis in Gerontology. While receiving her Bachelor’s degree, Alesha participated in a number of internship and volunteer experiences at Masonic Pathways and Gratiot County Commission on Aging. Alesha went on to receive her Master of Arts degree in Clinical Psychology from the Michigan School of Professional Psychology in Farmington Hills, MI. Through her graduate experience, she interned at Paula’s House Women Empowering Women in Monroe, MI where she worked closely with substance abuse clients and their families. Alesha is very excited to be a part of the Gratiot Psychological Services team.

Michelle Harrast is a Psychologist in Alma, MI

Michelle M. Harrast, LLPC

Care Provider - Gratiot

Michelle graduated from Central Michigan University with a Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling.  She has a bachelor’s and a master’s degree in Professional Dance Performance from Brigham Young University.  Her counseling philosophy is solution-focused with an emphasis on mind-body techniques to help clients manage stress, anxiety, and negative emotions.  Michelle is trained in administering the Prepare-Enrich couple’s assessment tool to enhance her work with couples.  Her counseling interests include facilitating healthy lifestyle habits that support physical, emotional and cognitive wellness.  Michelle looks forward to offering hope for healing with evidence-based counseling techniques suited to each person’s unique needs and interests.  

For fun, Michelle enjoys traveling with her husband and spending time with her family.  When the snow cooperates, she can be found on the cross country ski trails.  She is a fan of creating healthy food and the latest adventure has been learning how to ferment vegetables. 

Timothy M. Higgins is a Therapist in Alama, MI and a Therapist in Clinton County, MI

Timothy M. Higgins, HCP, HAD

Care Provider - Gratiot & CCMC

Timothy is a graduate of Michigan State University and provides hearing care, balance testing and vision care to Clinton County residents. His favorite part of being a provider is seeing his patients’ faces light up with joy when they can finally hear what they’ve been missing. From hearing the voices of grandchildren to the song of birds to the sermons on Sunday morning, better hearing has truly made an impact on the lives of his patients.

When he’s not in the office, Timothy enjoys landscaping, gardening and creating metal sculptures. He is a long-time resident of Elsie, MI where he lives with his wife, Susan, and their three children Sarah, Ella and Jonathon.

 

Tim is available at Clinton County Medical Center Psychological Services in St. Johns: Monday, Thursday, and Friday

Tim is available at Gratiot Psychological Services in Alma: Tuesday and Wednesday

Cherie Lalone is a Therapist in Alma, Michigan

Cherie LaLone, MA LPC, NCC

Care Provider - Gratiot

Cherie graduated from Central Michigan University first in her Bachelor's program where she majored in Secondary Education, Sociology, Social Studies, and History.  It was her privilege to work as an educator in two alternative high school settings, and where she learned that while she absolutely loved teaching, what she loved most about her position was helping the teenagers and young adults struggling with an array of personal, familial, societal, educational, and emotional issues.

In 2011, following much reflection, she decided to pursue a Master's degree in counseling also at Central Michigan University, graduating in May of 2012 with her husband and then teenage sons to cheer her on.  Following graduate school, she worked at the Department of Health and Human Services as a foster care worker, where she learned many lessons about Michigan's Child Protective Services and how to work within that system to advocate for her clients, the children, to get the best possible outcome for them and their families. 

This advocacy for her clients continued through my work as an outpatient therapist within the Community Mental Health system for nearly 5 years prior to finding a home here at Gratiot Psychological Services.  Her time at CMH was well spent, as she earned her full license working with diagnoses ranging from anxiety and depression to Schizophrenia.  It also provided her with many opportunities to continue learning various treatment options which she loves as she can then customize your therapy based on your needs.  She is trained in over 10 evidenced-based practices such as Cognitive Behavior therapy (CBT), Prolonged Exposure (PE) therapy, which is used for treatment of PTSD, the Nurturing Parent Program (NPP), and Brief Strategic Family Therapy (BSFT). 

Her passion is to help others to live life as the best version of themselves, regardless of their age or presenting issues.  She believes that each of us is just one person away from reaching that goal of a happy life, and if she can be that for you then it is a win for you both.

Lauren Marks, LLPC Care Provider - Gratiot

Lauren Marks, LLPC

Care Provider - Gratiot

Lauren graduated from Wayne State University with a Bachelor of Fine Arts and a minor in psychology. She went on to complete her Master of Art in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at Wayne State. She specializes in providing art therapy to a variety of individuals, including adolescents and adults. Lauren has experience helping people overcome severe and persistent mental illness, substance use, and personality disorders. Lauren integrates a variety of techniques so that treatment can be tailored to the needs of each client individually to enhance and support personal growth. She relies heavily on art therapy practices, cognitive behavioral therapy, dialectical behavioral therapy, and creative thinking strategies to provide the best care she can for each client that she sees.

In her free time, Lauren enjoys hiking, kayaking, gardening, and spending time with friends and family. She can often be found either in the woods or in her art studio where she does watercolor paintings of nature and woodblock prints.

Rayna Oswald, LLMSW Care Provider - Gratiot

Rayna Oswald, LLMSW

Care Provider - Gratiot

Rayna completed Associate degrees in Psychology and Sociology prior to marrying and moving to St. Louis, MI. She has spent the last 30 years working with children and adolescents in group home settings and has experience with couples counseling and life coaching. She received her Bachelor’s in Social Work from Central Michigan University, her
Master’s degree in Social Work from Spring Arbor University, and is grateful for her real-life experiences which provide a strong foundation for her work at Gratiot Psychological Services.

Rayna believes that all people tend to develop in consistent stages and have similar needs and desires but have unique biological and neurological responses to their environment. Therefore, Rayna’s personal therapeutic style takes an eclectic, integrative approach. In this manner, each client receives an individualized, holistic approach to therapy. She desires to provide a safe, non-judgmental space for clients of all ages to explore their important life issues, and works
with clients in a collaborative manner to equip them with the skills they need to enhance their lives and reach their personal goals.

When not at the office, Rayna can usually be found interacting with the St. Louis community, either through church gatherings or school functions. She enjoys reading, cooking, and keeping in touch with her birth children, group home children, and exchange students.

Morgan Townsend is a Therapist in Alma, MI

Morgan Townsend, LLMSW

Care Provider - Gratiot

Morgan received her Bachelor's in Criminal Justice and Masters of Social Work from Grand Valley State University.  While at Grand Valley, she participated in multiple internships which gave her experience working with troubled children, adolescents, and their families. She likes to work from a person-centered approach, as she believes the client should be able to have a say on how sessions go. Morgan is excited to gain more experience while working at Gratiot Psychological Services!

When not in the office, Morgan loves to spend time with her dog, family, and friends. She also loves going boating, loves to travel and loves rainy days.

Midland Psychological Services Care Provides

Kelsie Willsey is a Counselor in Midland, MI

Kelsie Willsey

Office Manager - Midland

Kelsie joined Midland Psychological Services in hopes that it would give her the inspiration and push she needed to go back to college. Fortunately for her, she was right!  When she isn't hard at work, she's taking online classes through Southern New Hampshire University in order to earn her Bachelor's Degree in Psychology.

In her free time, Kelsie enjoys spending time with her family, binge-watching Netflix, taking naps with her dog, and volunteering in the community.

Tess Harner Patient Advocate - Midland

Tess Harner

Patient Advocate - Midland

Tess was born and raised in Midland, Michigan. She graduated from Midland High School and is currently attending Delta College to pursue a business management degree. She loves working with others and providing a warm, welcoming environment, and giving excellent customer service to incoming clients. 

In her free time, she loves spending time with family and friends, and when she has time she loves playing guitar and singing. 
 

Alyssa Cavanaugh, LLMSW Care Provider - Midland

Alyssa Cavanaugh, LLMSW

Care Provider - Midland

Alyssa obtained her Bachelor's degree in Social Work at Saginaw Valley State University. For several years, she focused on advocating for survivors of sexual assault and domestic violence. She later went on to obtain her Master's degree in Social Work from the University of Michigan where Alyssa worked with people of all ages as an outpatient mental health therapist at CNS Healthcare, a behavioral health center.

Alyssa provides a person-centered approach with her clients by delivering an open, non-judgmental atmosphere. She believes clients have the ability to make decisions for themselves and the strength to overcome those obstacles. By integrating cognitive-behavioral and DBT techniques with components of a trauma-focused approach, Alyssa aims to guide the client in processing their experiences to grow as an individual.

In her free time, Alyssa enjoys interacting with friends and family. She loves spending time outdoors by going for hikes, soaking up the sun, and looking over nature's beauty. She can usually be found sipping on coffee and listening to music.

Noele Lucius, LLMSW Care Provider - Midland

Noele Lucius, LLMSW

Care Provider - Midland

Noele completed both her Bachelor's and Master's of Social Work at Saginaw Valley State University.  She has experience in working with young adults and individuals of various ages relating to various issues including anxiety, depression, struggles with self-esteem, life adjustments, and social concerns.  

With a strong value placed in lifelong learning, Noele continues to grow her experience and educational training to better serve her clients.  Her counseling style encompasses various approaches including strength-based, cognitive-behavioral, and solution focused methods but largely depends on the needs of the client and their desired outcomes for therapy.  Noele feels that all individuals deserve the opportunity to achieve their goals and find comfort within their lives.  She supports their growth through empowerment and providing a positive therapeutic relationship.

In her personal time Noele enjoys a variety of activities with her husband, two children, and Labrador.  She has a passion for reading and spending time outdoors.  Camping and spending time near the water are two of her favorite pastimes.

Mary Kelly is a therapist in Midland, Michigan

Mary Kelly, LMSW

Care Provider - Midland

Mary graduated from Delta College with her Associate in Art's degree in 2006.  She went on to obtain a Bachelor's degree in Social Work from Saginaw Valley State University in 2008 and completed her Master of Social Work degree in Clinical Social Work at Michigan State University in 2009.  She has worked in both inpatient and outpatient mental health settings.

Mary uses a compassionate and strengths-based approach in working with adult individuals of diverse backgrounds and needs. Areas of her specialty include mood disorders such as depression and Bipolar Disorder, anxiety and panic disorders, intimacy and sexual health concerns, trauma/PTSD, and grief and loss. She strives to provide a positive, non-judgmental, and affirming environment for clients of all types of diversity and backgrounds. She practices Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Dialectic Behavioral Therapy adapted to the needs of each individual client. Mary's goal is to collaborate with each client to create therapy goals, use their strengths, and help create the life they want to live.

In her free time, Mary loves spending time with her two dogs, Bella and Sophia, and her kitten, Amelia.  She enjoys being in nature, visiting the Great Lakes, exploring abandoned places, and anything to do with the paranormal.

Christopher Morabito is a Therapist in Midland, MI

Christopher Morabito, LPC

Care Provider - Midland

Chris received his Bachelor's degree from Central Michigan University and then received his Master's in Counseling Psychology from The University of Southern Mississippi. Chris has worked in private practice and addiction rehabilitation facilities for the majority of his career. He enjoys working with individuals from all backgrounds and ages. Chris provides a therapeutic environment where the client can determine the pace and set the goals they want to work on. Gaining new perspectives and learning strategies to help build the life the client wants to live is part of Chris's therapeutic philosophy. Also incorporated in the therapeutic perspective, Chris primarily works with evidence-based practices and humanistic approaches.  When Chris is not working he enjoys being outside, reading, and spending time with family.

Elizabeth Neymeiyer is a Therapist in Midland, MI

Elizabeth Neymeiyer, LPC, NCC, CAADC, MITS

Care Provider - Midland

Liz graduated from Central Michigan University with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology and a Minor in Neuroscience and went on to Oakland University where she received a Master of Arts in Counseling. Liz has over 13 years of experience working with both children and adults in a variety of settings. Liz has furthered her education and specialties over the years. She is certified as an Advanced Addictions Counselor and has been comprehensively trained in DBT (Dialectical Behavioral Therapy). Most recently she became a Mentoring Institute Trained Supervisor to help new clinicians transition into the field. While trained in many Evidence-Based Practices, Liz prides herself on her human to human relationships with her clients. She promises to meet you where you are at and listen and support you on YOUR journey.

In her free time, Liz enjoys spending time with her dog, Maeve, being with loved ones at the beach and baking all things sweet.

Amanda Schulze is a Therapist in Alma, MI

Amanda Schulze, LPC

Care Provider - Midland

Amanda’s interest in people and their lives combined with her constant need to be creative helped her decide to receive her Master’s degree in Counseling with a specialization in Art Therapy from Wayne State University.  Amanda has clinical experience working with people of all ages in an inpatient psychiatric setting, utilizing group, individual, and art therapy.

When not in the office, Amanda enjoys spending time with her family and being outdoors.  She also is usually working on various art projects like jewelry making, crocheting, painting, and wood burning.

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