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.
Lara HakamakiDirector of Corporate Development
Lara graduated from Albion College with her Bachelor's in Economics and Management with a dual minor in Psychological Sciences and Cell & Molecular Biology. She has certifications in Spanish and Osteoarchaeology. She is the head of Corporate Development, so she shares her presence with all of our facilities. She grew up in the Upper Peninsula and loves the outdoors. Lara is a very energetic and outgoing person. Her hobbies include makeup, fashion, cooking, cleaning, sports, and playing with her adorable dog, Jordyn.
AshleyDirector of Administration
Ashley has certifications as a Medical Assistant and as a Medical Biller. She is currently continuing her education and loves helping people, especially those struggling with addictions. When she is not working or at school, she loves to hunt, go camping, and to do off road trail riding. Ashley also loves to hang out with her friends, family, and her spoiled border collie named Sammy.
Kristen BurgerExecutive Assistant
Kristen graduated from Baker College with an Associates in Applied Science majoring in Criminal Justice. She enjoys volunteering in her community and is a proud advocate of the LGBTQIA+ community. Kristen has a strong commitment to bettering the lives of others and providing memorable experiences. When away from the office, she enjoys being outdoors, spending time with her family, loving on her four dogs, attending concerts, and crafting.
Gwendoline Dewitt, PhD, LPClinical Director
Psychology has been Gwendoline DeWitt's passion since high school. She obtained her undergraduate degree in Psychology at Binghamton University, followed by her Master's Degree in Clinical Psychology at the University of Dayton, and PhD in Counseling Psychology at the University at Buffalo. She completed her doctoral internship at Denver Health hospital in Colorado. She has a lengthy history working inpatient with severe and persistent mentally ill individuals, and she has deep compassion for the misunderstood and underrepresented populations. She has spent the last 2 years primarily working in outpatient settings, specializing in work with adults with significant trauma history, personality disorders, and all mood disorders. She also has 7 years' experience in Neuropsychological and Psychodiagnostic assessment. Dr. DeWitt's current focus lies in supervising and training clinicians, in addition to carrying a small caseload of therapy clients. In practice, one can expect a warm and accepting environment, as Dr. DeWitt guides clients to uncover their underlying truths and strengths as they dive into the root cause of their symptoms, healing them from the core. In her personal time, Dr. DeWitt enjoys the outdoors, studying and practicing yoga, and time with her family.
Christopher Morabito, LPCClinical Director
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.
Amanda M. Patterson, LPCClinical Director
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.
Amanda Schulze, LPCClinical Director
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.
Elizabeth Toplyn, PhD, LPClinical Director
Dr. Beth Toplyn holds a PhD in Clinical Psychology from the New School for Social Research in New York City and an undergraduate degree in Psychology from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. While in New York, she worked with individuals and adults across the life span, provided psychological assessments and worked in foster care. Her experience with the foster care population has provided experience in working with issues related to trauma, loss, abuse, adoption and placement. After close to twenty years on the east coast, she returned to her native Michigan in 2006. She has continued to work with individuals dealing with anxiety, depression, ADHD, severe and persistent mental illness and can provide both group and individual DBT informed therapy. Her most recent work has been providing forensic evaluations to adults and teens involved in the legal system allowing her to empathize with those involved in the court system. She looks forward to seeing clients in therapy and helping them to achieve their goals. She has a special passion for DBT related treatment and autism assessment. In her spare time, she plays with her poodle, hangs out with her teen daughter, knits, or throws pottery.
Mitchell S. Weisbrod, PsyD, LPClinical Director
Dr. Mitchell Weisbrod holds a PsyD in Clinical Psychology from Central Michigan University where he also earned his Master’s Degrees in Social/Experimental Psychology and Clinical Psychology. He attended Lyman Briggs College of Michigan State University, earning a Bachelor’s Degree in Biology/Physiology. Dr. Weisbrod is fully licensed in the State of Michigan and holds a certification in biofeedback. He is a member of APA divisions of Health Psychology and Sport, Exercise, and Performance Psychology. He is also a long-time member of the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies and the Association for Applied Psychophysiology and Biofeedback. In his 30+ years of professional practice, Dr. Weisbrod has worked in a variety of clinical settings including inpatient, outpatient hospital, nursing homes, residential, and private practice. He has spent the last four years working for Henry Ford Health-Jackson’s Center for Pain Management as a Pain Psychologist and Psychophysiologist, working with chronic pain patients whose ages range from 14–89 years old. He has many years of experience in Neuropsychological and Psychological assessment as well as treatment of a multitude of psychological and psychiatric disorders. Dr. Weisbrod’s current focus lies in supervising and training the next generation of clinicians, in addition to carrying a small caseload of therapy clients. Treatment modalities are generally person centered, cognitive-behavioral therapy utilizing a variety of evidence based clinical techniques (e.g., mindfulness, biofeedback, stress management, pain management, and relaxation training). In his personal time, Dr. Weisbrod enjoys spending time with his family, hiking, mountain biking, kayaking, playing soccer, traveling, and blacksmithing.
All limited licensed professionals are supervised by a fully licensed professional at our practice.
St. Johns/Clinton County
Dannielle BergeronPatient Advocate
Dannielle is very passionate about helping others and making sure clients feel welcomed at Michigan Psychological Care. In her free time, she loves spending time with her three kids and husband, hanging out with friends and other family members. She enjoys the outdoors, especially the fall season. Dannielle loves her Belgian Malinois pup, Hemi, and spends time teaching her new tricks!
Jenae BirchmeierOffice Manager
Jenae graduated from Ovid-Elsie in 2010 and has since spent her working life serving in finance, insurance, and customer service in our community. She is a proud LGBTQ+ ally and loves getting to know our clients. In her free time she enjoys spending time with her 3 (soon to be 4) kiddos, boating with her family and friends in Pentwater, enjoying the beach, salmon fishing on Lake Michigan, going on vacations, MSU football tailgates, and trying new restaurants with her husband, Zach. She hopes to help bring empathy, compassion and more awareness to the importance of mental health to our community.
Kelsey CossPatient Advocate
Kelsey graduated from Delta College with an Associate's degree in Art. She enjoys volunteering in her community and is a proud member of the LGBTQIA+ community. She has a deep care for helping others and bettering her community. In her spare time, Kelsey enjoys spending time with her significant other, their chihuahua named Josie, their six cats, playing video games, and seeing friends. She owns an RV and loves to travel.
Colin is a senior in the process of attaining a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Michigan State University. As an undergraduate, he was selected for Michigan State’s Adolescent Diversion Program, in which he mentored a young individual in the juvenile system for a semester. Through that experience, Colin learned that placing yourself in someone else’s shoes and taking their perspective is one of the simplest ways to achieve an empathetic state of mind. He plans to attend graduate school in the next calendar year with a focus in Clinical Psychology. When Colin isn't studying or working, he enjoys watching films, playing cards, reading about philosophy, and finding ways to better himself.
Claire is a senior at Michigan State University focusing on obtaining a Bachelor's degree in Kinesiology with a primary focus in Psychology. She realized in her junior year that she was interested in Psychology and plans to pursue a career in that field. As an undergraduate, she has worked with a professor on their research project by organizing and selecting data. She has also been on the Dean's List multiple times throughout her college career. She is planning to go to graduate school once she is finished with the intention of becoming a Clinical Psychologist. In her free time, she likes to listen to music, take Polaroid pictures and sit and read in the Botanical garden at MSU.
Taylor Boggs, TLLPCare Provider
Taylor received her Bachelor's degree in Psychology from Rochester College before attending Michigan School of Psychology, where she received her Master's degree in Clinical Psychology. During her academic career, she committed to researching the effects of cognitive-behavioral family therapy with veterans diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder. She has experience working with trauma, depression, anxiety and mood disorders. Taylor believes in a client-centered approach and values the importance of the therapeutic relationship and client empowerment. In her free time, she enjoys immersing herself in nature and spending time with her friends, family, and animals.
Cole Brooks, LLPCCare Provider
Cole received his Bachelor's Degree in Secondary Education Social Studies from Northern Michigan University. He went on to attend the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh, where he received his Master's of Clinical Counseling. Cole has experience with children in many different areas such as education, youth outreach programs, and health camps. His experience has been centered around children, adolescents, teens, and young adults. He uses a person-centered, narrative-based approach and utilizes other treatment modalities to best meet the individual client’s needs. In his free time, he enjoys reading, hiking with his dog, playing video games, and being outside.
Erin Cain, LLPCCare Provider
Erin completed a Bachelor’s degree in Community Services with an emphasis in Family Studies at Siena Heights University. She went on to earn a Master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Siena Heights University. Erin gained counseling experience as she worked at Community Mental Health Authority in the Early Intervention department, focusing on Infant Mental Health. Erin is very passionate about working with children, but also enjoys working with other populations. In therapy, Erin utilizes many different modalities including Attachment theory, Play Therapy, Strength Based Approach, Person-Centered, and many others suited to fit the client’s individual needs. She spends her free time enjoying her family and friends, practicing yoga, running and being out in nature.
Mark Caswell, MS LPCCare Provider
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.
Hannah Frazier, LLMSWCare Provider
Hannah graduated from Michigan State University with her Bachelor’s in Criminal Justice and Human Behavior & Social Services and her Master’s in Clinical Social Work. Hannah has experience working with children in several areas such as behavioral therapy, residential treatment settings, and juvenile probationary services. She has also worked directly with adolescents who have endured experiences of abuse and neglect. Hannah’s practice and experience is centered around children, teens, and young adults. Hannah believes that cognitive awareness is a crucial aspect of working towards mental wellness. She believes that children are incredibly insightful, emotionally intelligent, observant, and that their environment(s) and interactions play a significant role in their overall development. Hannah utilizes a person-centered approach with clients to best meet their needs and goals. In her free time, Hannah enjoys playing sports and spending time with friends and family.
Emily Goodson, LMSWCare Provider
Emily graduated from Eastern Michigan University with her Master's degree in Social Work with a concentration in mental health and chemical dependency. She has experience working in behavioral health in a primary care setting, working with refugees at a resettlement agency, and working with adults with severe mental illness and substance use. She especially enjoys working with teens, helping them work through issues such as anxiety, depression, life transitions, and self-esteem. Emily uses a strengths-based and collaborative approach believing that every client has unique strengths they can utilize to achieve their goals. Outside of the office, she enjoys spending time in nature, working out, and traveling.
Jennifer Lantz, MS LLPCare Provider
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.
Alison Moore, LLMSWCare Provider
Alison received her Bachelor's Degree in Child Development and Psychology from Central Michigan University. She went on to attend Michigan State University, where she received her Master's of Clinical Social Work. Alison has experience with children in many different areas such as childcare and residential treatment settings, and in private practice. She also has experience in Behavioral Therapy, working with children with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Her experience has been centered around children, adolescents, teens, and young adults. She believes that change starts with children and they can be anything and do anything that they believe in as long as they have the necessary tools and resources to guide them along the way. She uses a person-centered and strength-based approach with clients and many different treatment modalities to best meet the individual client’s needs. In her free time, she enjoys reading, playing the ukulele, volunteering, and being outside.
Paige Pung (Doubler), LMSWCare Provider
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.
Neal Perry, LMSW, CAADCCare Provider
Neal received a Bachelor's degree in Organizational Communication and a Master’s degree in Clinical Social Work from Western Michigan University. Neal later received a certification in substance misuse counseling. Neal has worked providing services to individuals experiencing a mental health crisis and adults with intellectual disabilities as a residential supervisor and direct care support staff. Neal also has experience providing outpatient counseling and therapy to youth, adults, families, and groups with mental health and substance use needs. Neal enjoys working with several populations, but specializes in working with older adolescents and young adults with co-occurring mental health and substance use needs. Neal subscribes to a person-centered and pragmatic approach and uses many evidence-based practices and therapeutic modalities including: Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Cognitive Processing Therapy, Mindfulness-Based Relapse Prevention, Solutions-Focused Brief Therapy, and Strengths-Based Approaches from a Trauma-Informed lens. Neal believes empowering others to make self-determined life choices help create safe and supportive opportunities for beneficial, meaningful, and lasting change. When out of the office, Neal enjoys golf and other sports. He is also an avid Science Fiction fan and enjoys time with his family.
P. Cristy Johnson, LPC, CAADCCare Provider
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.
Shelby Schweri, LLPCCare Provider
Shelby has always been drawn to helping others and is endlessly fascinated by their stories. She earned a Bachelor's degree in Human Resources Management from Central Michigan University and worked for several years to empower and educate employees. Following her heart and wanting to help people in a more lasting and holistic way, she earned a Master's degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Cornerstone University. Shelby enjoys working with people of all ages and backgrounds, specializing in trauma counseling. Her passion is working with children, adolescents, and families in creative, hands-on, and transformative therapeutic activities. A firm believer in healing the whole person, Shelby utilizes Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), and Play Therapy to help develop unique goals at a comfortable pace. Shelby enjoys being outdoors, swimming, hiking, running, camping, and hammocking. She enjoys small trips with family and friends but will always choose a weekend at home with her husband, children, and dogs above all else.
Nina Whitehill, LPCCare Provider
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.
Leon Austin, PsyD LPCare Provider
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.
John Bowden-Little, LLCCare Provider
If you were in the market for a fun, engaging, and enthusiastic therapist then you have come to the right place! Here at Michigan Psychological Care we want you to feel heard, accepted, and appreciated. One such counselor is John. He graduated from Saginaw Valley State University with his Bachelor's in Health Science. After spending five years in the medical field, John decided that he needed a change. He attended Central Michigan University and graduated with his Masters in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. Following graduation, John worked for the Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe as a school-based clinician. In his free time John enjoys taking long walks, curling up with a good book, and spending time with his family.
Sara Bruewer, LMSWCare Provider
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 Michigan Psychological Care, I worked for several years as a residential therapist providing individual, group, and family therapy for young children. 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.
Reana Chope-Maliska, LPCCare Provider
Reana received her Bachelor’s in Biological Sciences from Michigan State University and Master's in Counseling from Central Michigan University. Prior to joining the Alma team, she developed her skills working within the school system and in private practice. Reana enjoys working with people ranging from early adolescents to geriatrics. She will use a variety of approaches to guide you as you process your challenges; preferring mindfulness, cognitive behavioral, and client-centered therapy techniques as they allow for a holistic approach. Together, you will focus on empowerment as you work together to identify how to move forward in a life you create; a life which allows you to grow and flourish. When she is not in the office, Reana enjoys spending time with friends and family. Her hobbies include kayaking, hiking, reading, learning, gardening, and personal growth.
Hailey Cooper, MA TLLPCare Provider
Hailey obtained her Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from Bethany College, Kansas and recently graduated with her Master of Arts degree in Counseling Psychology from Wayne State University in Detroit. Previously, Hailey provided telehealth support for a variety of clients through WSU’s Mental Health and Wellness Clinic. She is a firm believer in empowerment through understanding and is dedicated to supporting your healing journey. Hailey has a special interest in treating ADHD and is passionate in her mission to spread education and awareness of the realities of the condition. She brings a holistic and creative approach to treatment, tailored uniquely to each client’s needs. Outside the office, Hailey is often found quilting, walking her cats, and enjoying each day with her husband.
Lyndsay Greenfield (Chant), LMSWCare Provider
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.
Timothy M. Higgins, HCP, HADCare Provider
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.
Jason Lowell, LPCCare Provider
Jason received his Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Central Michigan University and his Master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling… FIRE UP CHIPS! Prior to joining the Gratiot team, he completed a year as an intern and did some clinical work over the summer of 2021 at Ronan Psychological Care in Mt. Pleasant, MI. He developed his clinical skills providing therapy to adolescents, adults, and couples. Jason has studied a large array of therapeutic techniques, such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Solution-Focused Brief Therapy, Narrative Therapy, Dialectic Behavioral Therapy, and many more. He has experience with a wide range of individuals for a variety of reasons including ADHD, depression, anxiety, life transitions, and more. Jason incorporates a variety of techniques so that treatment can be tailored to meet each client’s individual needs to foster their own mental health journey. His counseling philosophy is that the function of counseling is a journey of self-exploration by the client, meant to increase their level of self-understanding and self-awareness. During his free time, he enjoys spending time with his dog, Everest, and spending time with family and friends.
Rayna Oswald, LMSWCare Provider
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.
Ally Ramon, LLCCare Provider
Ally graduated from Central Michigan University for both her undergraduate and Graduate degrees. She studied mental health counseling and is now an LLC. Ally is a bubbly young counselor who works well with all genders. She prefers to work with clients 17 years and older. Ally specializes in trauma, anxiety, ADHD, self worth, narcissistic abuse, depression, and much more. She works with a blend of modalities including CBT, mindfulness, and person centered to achieve individualized and specialized care as she knows each client is unique. Outside of work, Ally enjoys shopping, playing with her two dogs and her brothers’ dogs, exercising, hanging out with friends and family, and listening to music (specifically Morgan Wallen).
Jamie Savage, LPCCare Provider
Jamie received her Bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice from Saginaw Valley State University, and her Master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Central Michigan University. Prior to joining the Gratiot team, Jamie worked as a Behavior Technician providing ABA therapy to children with Autism. She completed a year as an intern here at Michigan Psychological Care in the Gratiot office, where she developed her clinical skills providing therapy to children, adolescents, and adults. Jamie has studied a large array of therapeutic techniques, such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Solution-Focused Brief Therapy, Narrative Therapy, Existential Therapy, and many more. She has experience with a wide range of individuals for a variety of reasons including ADHD, depression, anxiety, life transitions, and more. Jamie incorporates a variety of techniques so that treatment can be tailored to meet each client’s individual needs to foster personal growth. Her counseling philosophy is to look at the whole picture – mental health issues don’t happen in isolation, so they shouldn’t be treated in isolation. In her free time, Jamie enjoys listening to music, reading, crafts, and spending quality time with her significant other, family, and friends.
Kevin Stedman, MA LLPC, SCLCare Provider
Kevin earned his Bachelor of Science in Education from Central Michigan University with a math major and physics minor before teaching in the mid-Michigan area for many years. Since earning his Master of Arts Degree in Counseling from Central Michigan University 20 years ago, Kevin has focused on serving students as a school counselor and teacher through a student-centered approach. His therapeutic approach begins with seeking to understand his clients, including their thoughts, behaviors, beliefs, and relationships. Kevin has utilized a variety of therapeutic approaches, including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Solution-Focused Brief Therapy, and Mindfulness practices, among others. He has considered it a great privilege to help others in their life struggles, including anxiety, depression, grief and loss, and many others. He is excited to join the team at Michigan Psychological Care to serve clients across the lifespan. In his free time, Kevin enjoys spending time with his family, watching sports, traveling, and riding his motorcycle.
Chris Stevens, LLCCare Provider
Chris received his Bachelor's of Science in Psychology and Family Studies from Central Michigan University. He continued his education at Central Michigan and received his Master of Arts degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. Chris works from a strength-based, holistic approach to counseling, utilizing an array of techniques such as CBT, Existential, and many more to best meet client's needs. He aims to create a comfortable, non-judgmental, and supportive environment to allow for personal growth and self-exploration. His special interest is anxiety and related topics. Outside of work, Chris spends his time playing table top and online games, camping, traveling, and spending time with friends and family.
Asha Williams, LLMSWCare Provider
Asha received her Bachelor’s degree in Sociology: Youth Studies with a minor in Family Studies from Central Michigan University, and her Master’s degree in Social Work from Saginaw Valley State University. Prior to joining the Gratiot team, Asha worked as a Care Advocate providing case management and therapy to students in higher education. She has experience in home-based and outpatient therapy, where she developed her clinical skills providing therapy to children, adolescents, and adults. Asha has studied a large array of therapeutic techniques, such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, and more. She has experience working with a wide range of individuals for a variety of reasons including depression, anxiety, low self-esteem, life transitions, and more. Asha uses a variety of techniques to ensure that each client is able to achieve their goals. Her therapy approach is to look at the clients' strengths and help them build their confidence so that they can make healthy choices and find solutions that work best for them. In her free time, Asha enjoys doing makeup, painting, reading, listening to music, and spending quality time with her family, and friends.
Tristin BoveePatient Advocate
Tristin graduated from Ashford University in 2016 with a BA in Healthcare Administration, specializing in IT. She’s the new kid in the Midland office, but she is enthusiastic about helping people in her community receive mental health services. Tristin is a published author and hoarder of books. In her free time, she enjoys painting, playing saxophone and piano, and spending time with her friends and family.
Jimmy CampbellFront Desk Supervisor
Jimmy graduated from the Delta College Police Academy in December 2021. He joined the MPC team in 2022 and is very excited to provide clients with a great customer service experience. Jimmy is also a musician who plays in a local band and hopes to make it big one day. In his spare time, Jimmy loves to be with his friends and family.
Shari HillOffice Manager
Shari graduated from Northwood University in 2014 with a Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration/Management. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her kids and the light of her life, her grandson, traveling, attending concerts or just staying home and reading a good book. She has had a long career in customer service positions and she looks forward to bringing that skill set with her as she begins her career at MPC, bringing the best experience to clients.
Alyssa Cavanaugh, LLMSWCare Provider
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, LMSWCare Provider
Noele completed both her Bachelor's and Master's of Social Work at Saginaw Valley State University. She has experience in working with adults relating to various issues including anxiety, depression, struggles with self-esteem, and life transitions. 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 emotionally focused methods but largely depends on the needs of the client and their desired outcomes for therapy. Areas of specialization include working with couples and individuals to increase healthy relationship dynamics and change interaction patterns. Noele feels that all individuals deserve the opportunity to achieve their goals and find comfort within their lives and relationships with others. 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 their Labrador. She has a passion for reading and spending time in nature as often as possible. Most weekends will find Noele near a campfire somewhere in Michigan.
Carli Meyerson, LMSWCare Provider
Carli was born and raised in Tampa, Florida then moved to Ann Arbor to complete her Bachelor's degree at the University of Michigan. She returned to Florida to complete her Master's of Social Work at the University of Central Florida. Carli has clinical experience working in a hospital setting and outpatient medical home, providing counseling services to those with a variety of psychosocial issues including anxiety, depression, and trauma, especially to those with physical injuries or chronic health concerns. Carli aims to provide a comfortable and non-judgmental setting for therapy using a strengths-based approach. She believes in the importance of creating a collaborative relationship with the client in order to meet their individual needs and goals. Carli utilizes components from cognitive behavioral therapy, solution focused therapy, and motivational interviewing in her work with clients. In her free time, Carli enjoys being outdoors, cooking, and spending time with friends and family. She is also an avid fan of the Tampa Bay Lightning.
Kenneth Mize, LMSW, CTRS-C, ADHD-CCSPCare Provider
Masters Level Clinical Intern Supervisor
Kenneth graduated with his Bachelor's of Social Work from Saginaw Valley State University. He would later continue his education at Fordham University in New York for his Master's of Social Work. Kenneth has worked with children and families his entire career and enjoys working with any and all populations. He provides an environment for the client to succeed, but also feel comfortable and at ease. Kenneth practices sensory and play therapy with most of his clients as he feels it allows them the best therapeutic environment to succeed in. He primarily focuses on strengths-based therapeutic approaches, CBT, and TFCBT. Kenneth is very open to allowing the client to dictate the pace of therapy and to allow them to achieve their goals on their own time. When Kenneth is not working he enjoys playing and watching sports, volunteering and spending time with his family.
Katlyn Moonan, LLMSWCare Provider
Katlyn graduated from Saginaw Valley State University with her Bachelor's degree and knew right away she wanted to obtain her Master's degree, which she pursued at Saginaw Valley as well. Her experience started out as a domestic violence and sexual assault crisis safe house advocate for women and children, then moved to juvenile probation where she learned working with children and young adults changed her outlook on life. From there, she had two years of experience in the private practice therapy setting where she worked with children as young as three up to young adults. Most recently, Katlyn worked as a behavioral health manager with the geriatric population for a physician's services company. While Katlyn has a wide range of experiences, outpatient therapy is her favorite as she can utilIze a variety of different approaches like motivational interviewing, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, music, arts and crafts, and much more that best suits and helps each of her clients and their needs. The most important thing she wants her clients to know is that she is here to adapt to them as we are all unique and take to different approaches in a therapy setting. It is not a one size fits all. Outside of work, Katlyn can be found running, hiking, traveling, shopping, and volunteering her time to local and international agencies, as well as spending time with those she loves most.
Marissa Ollech, LMSWCare Provider
Marissa was born and raised in Saginaw, Michigan. She completed her Bachelor of Social Work Degree at Saginaw Valley State University. After moving to Colorado, she completed her Master of Social Work Degree at the University of Denver, specializing in High Risk Youth. Marissa lived in the Denver area for nine years, working in various residential treatment facilities. She moved back to Michigan and has spent the past six years helping clients in outpatient treatment. Marissa strives to provide a warm and nurturing environment to help clients feel comfortable and able to thrive. Marissa incorporates Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy, and Motivational Interviewing into her sessions to help clients achieve their desired goals and outcomes. When Marissa is not in the office, she enjoys spending time with her family, being outside (preferably near water), heading up North, baking, singing karaoke, running, traveling, or planning a new adventure!
Amber Peters, MA, TLLPCare Provider
Amber has been interested in helping people for as long as she could remember. Once she had taken a psychology class in college, she knew she wanted to work in the mental health field. Amber received her bachelor’s degree in psychology at Saginaw Valley State University and worked as a foster care worker before deciding to further her education. Amber later graduated from the Michigan School of Psychology as a master’s level psychologist. Her primary passion is working with children, adolescents, and young adults. Amber has experience working in crisis situations and has worked in an intense hospital program for eating disorders. She has worked with a variety of mental disorders such as anxiety, depression, behavior-related disorders, trauma-related disorders, and eating disorders. While Amber has worked in many different atmospheres, outpatient individual therapy is her favorite. She enjoys using a variety of approaches like cognitive behavioral therapy, psychodynamic therapy, and dialectic behavior therapy. She also enjoys utilizing play therapy and art therapy techniques for those who are interested. Amber works hard to provide a non-judgmental empathetic atmosphere where clients can work toward healing and growth. Outside of work, Amber enjoys traveling, cooking, reading, being with her family and friends, and creating pottery.
Terri Steele, LLP, CADCCare Provider
Terri was born and raised in Madison, Wisconsin. She completed her Bachelor's degree at the University of Wisconsin. She moved to Michigan a few years after graduation. She had many diverse jobs during this time. She completed her Master's of Psychology at Purdue University Global. She is also an addictions counselor with a CADC. She has experience in inpatient substance use treatment and outpatient treatment for substance use and mental health. She has provided counseling for trauma, substance use, domestic violence, and a variety of mental health issues. She recognizes that there is a strong mind-body connection. She believes in the importance of relationships in one's life and will create a relationship with each of her clients. When not in the office, she enjoys traveling, spending time with her family, listening to music, and being outdoors.
Debra Woodman, LLPCCare Provider
Debra Woodman received her Bachelor’s degree from Liberty University and after working in the mental health field, returned to Northwestern University to earn a Master’s degree in Counseling. While working primarily from the psychodynamic perspective, she also draws from approaches such as interpersonal neurobiology, CBT, art therapy, and the feminist/multicultural perspective. Her person-centered philosophy of therapy focuses on strength-based systems within a nonjudgmental therapeutic relationship to overcome some of life’s most difficult mental health challenges. Debra has clinical experience working with individuals of all ages and is passionate about working with the LGBTQIA+ community as well as helping individuals heal from trauma. Through her work as a counselor, she aspires to provide clients with the necessary tools to heal, grow, and thrive. When not working, she enjoys spending time in nature, kayaking, photography, and hanging out with her big goofy dogs.
Brandi LynchOffice Manager
After spending many years in customer service management and leading an HR office for a prison in Texas, Brandi Lynch made her way back home to Michigan to ensure she was an intrinsic part of her niece's and nephew's lives. She is proud to have joined the MPC team and is excited to utilize her leadership and customer service skills in a field that she is passionate about. Brandi enjoys walking and playing with her dog, Holli, spending time with the kiddos, and reading a Stephen King book when time allows.
Charly Dolan, TLLPCare Provider
Charly graduated from Central Michigan University with a Bachelor's degree in Clinical Psychology. She has worked in ABA, as well as with older adults with dementia and other cognitive disorders. Charly continued her education and earned her Master’s degree in Clinical Psychology at Michigan School of Psychology, where she was trained with a humanistic, client-centered orientation. Charly is experienced in individual therapy with adults and teens, psychological assessments, and has worked with various diagnoses. She is excited to continue growing her skills with MPC. Outside of work, she enjoys reading books and spending time with friends.
Marley Fox, MA TLLPCare Provider
Marley graduated with their Bachelor’s in Psychology from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. They continued their studies and received their Master’s in Clinical Psychology from the Michigan School of Psychology. Marley has worked in a variety of mental health and patient care fields, including Applied Behavior Analysis, and managing group homes for those with disabilities. Marley has experience working with individuals of all ages with varying psychological disorders. They are experienced working in individual therapy settings and providing psychological assessments. They work from a person-centered approach and strive to provide treatment best suited for each client. In their free time, Marley enjoys spending time with loved ones and volunteering at their local cat rescue.
Madison Hunwick, LLMSWCare Provider
Maddy earned both her Bachelor’s in Psychology and Master's of Social Work from the University of Michigan. She has experience working with people of all ages, from young children to older adults. She especially loves working with children and teenagers. Maddy also has experience working with incarcerated people and returning citizens. She believes all people are capable of change. Her therapeutic focus is on creating an environment where everyone feels comfortable and empowered to understand themselves and achieve their goals. Maddy integrates techniques from cognitive behavioral therapy and dialectical behavioral therapy into her practice. Outside of the office, she enjoys taking care of house plants and spending time with her pets.
Hope Jennings, LLMSWCare Provider
Hope graduated with her Bachelor’s degree in Social Work from Kuyper College. Hope continued her studies at Western Michigan University, where she received her Master’s degree in Clinical Social Work. During her time at Western Michigan University, she concentrated in Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT). Hope has worked through the TF-CBT model with children and their caregivers for the last two years. She has experience working with children, adolescents, and adults. Her therapeutic focus is about meeting the client where they are and helping to empower them to meet their therapeutic goals. Outside of the office, she enjoys cooking, hiking, kayaking, being outside, and spending time with her loved ones and her dog.
McKenzie Sobczak, TLLPCare Provider
McKenzie graduated with her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor and continued to get her Master’s degree in Clinical Psychology from the Michigan School of Psychology. She spent three years working in neuropsychological research labs focusing on mTBI and neurological recovery after head trauma. McKenzie has experience working with patients of all ages in both an individual setting and psychological assessments. She has experience treating those with serious psychological disorders, as well as those seeking general therapy. She works from a humanistic, person-centered approach and believes clients should have a significant input in their own therapy space. In her free time, McKenzie enjoys spending time with her loved ones, eating great food, and traveling.
Maggie Valade, MA LLPCare Provider
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 Michigan Psychological Care 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.
Kiara AmesOffice Manager
Kiara is currently a student studying for her Bachelor's of Science at Southern New Hampshire University. She enjoys being active in nature and spending time with her kids. She is extremely passionate about helping others. In her free time, she enjoys being outdoors with her family, working with photography, or cooking. Kiara is determined to offer the best care experience possible for clients and help do her part to create a brighter tomorrow!
Lindsay HarbaughPatient Advocate
Lindsay is originally from Michigan, but recently moved back after spending some time in Florida where she received an Associate's Degree in Photography and a Bachelor's Degree in Biological Psychology from UCF. In her free time, she enjoys tending to her plants, working out, and spending time with her boyfriend, cats, and family.
Kendra ValentinePatient Advocate
Kendra is a genuinely compassionate person. She tries to share love and happiness with others whenever she can. She enjoys traveling when she has the free time. Kendra is very family oriented and spends most of her time with her two children. They enjoy being outside and going on walks, always favoring the summer season!
Kylie M. Claffey, LLMSWCare Provider
Kylie obtained her Bachelor's of Social Work degree from Eastern Michigan University. She went on to complete her Master's of Social Work degree from Walden University. Kylie has experience working with various mental health challenges including anxiety, depression, childhood and family trauma, grief, anger, and life adjustments. Kylie utilizes evidence-based practices such as cognitive behavioral therapy, dialectical behavior therapy, and motivational interviewing. She believes in the importance of empowerment, mindfulness, incorporating a strength-based approach and creating a safe, nonjudgmental environment. Outside of the office, she enjoys spending time with her daughter, traveling, reading, art, and music.
Carol Heckaman, LMSWCare Provider
Carol received her Master's of Social Work Degree from Michigan State University in 1989. She also obtained dual Bachelor’s Degrees from Michigan State University in Social Work and Psychology in 1986. Carol has been employed as a Certified School Social Worker for 35 years. She started part-time private practice seven years ago at Dove Counseling Center, moving to John Hand, Ph.D.,P.C and Associates when Dove closed, and then Great Lakes Psychological Services after the retirement of Dr. Hand. Carol is happy to have recently joined Michigan Psychological Care - January 2023. Carol is a proud member of the Michigan Association of School Social Workers. Carol has many years of experience assessing emotional impairments and Autism Spectrum Disorder in children ages 3 to 19 in the school setting. In addition to specializing in treatment with adolescents in the schools, she has worked with a variety of mental health disorders in the past seven years, providing care for both children and adults in her private practice. Carol has treated anxiety, depression, trauma related disorders, bi-polar disorder, adjustment disorders, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, personality disorders, eating disorders, substance use disorders and grief. She has worked with clients on relationship challenges, parenting education, and behavior management issues. Carol finds success in a client centered approach, building trusting relationships to assist in moving through the therapeutic process. A variety of evidence based practices including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Mindfulness, stress management, and psycho-education are utilized in her supportive approach to reach client goals. Carol has been married to her husband for 32 years and has three adult children and two grandchildren. She cherishes time with her family and is most fond of summer time at home where she entertains family and friends at the pool.
Kris Hegedus, LLPCare Provider
Kris received her Bachelor's degree from Hope College in 1983, majoring in psychology. She went on to earn her Master of Arts degree in Counseling Psychology from Western Michigan University in 1985. Since then, she has worked in a wide variety of milieus - from intensive outpatient adolescent substance abuse treatment, to inpatient adult psychiatric treatment. In the last 23 years, she has worked in outpatient settings, specializing in the treatment of mood disorders, including depression and anxiety, as well as relationship issues. She received training in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) in 2008 and has been using that as an effective tool to process trauma. She and her husband Jim have been married for 32 years and have two adult children. She enjoys reading, hiking, traveling, and good coffee with friends.
Alan Houser, LLPCare Provider
Alan received his Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Western Michigan University and his Master's in Counseling Psychology from Western in 1986. He has experience at working in both inpatient and outpatient psychological and substance abuse facilities. He has worked with children and adolescents and adults in the areas of anxiety, depression, and substance abuse; as well as trauma and various types of compulsivity. Alan has extensive experience in testing for ADHD, Autism, and evaluation for guardianship. He believes in creating a safe and judgement free relationship with his clients where healing and personal growth can flourish. He utilizes a variety of treatment modalities, including cognitive behavioral therapy, motivational interviewing, and choice theory to help clients make changes to enhance their functioning and lives. Outside the office, Alan enjoys reading, spending time with his family and working on projects on the family farm.
Cathi Kelley, LMSWCare Provider
Cathi received her Bachelor’s Degree in Art History and Psychology from the University of Michigan in 1989 and her Master of Social Work Degree from the University of Michigan in 1992. She was employed full time as a Program Director at Catholic Social Services of Washtenaw for 26 years, developing and overseeing the Agency’s Child Welfare programs which included Family Preservation, Foster Care and Adoption, Nurturing Families Washtenaw, and the Washtenaw County Child Advocacy Center. She started part time private practice with John Hand Ph.D., and Associates in 2004 and transitioned to full time in 2018 where she provided care for a variety of mental health disorders for both children and adults. Upon Dr. Hand’s retirement, Cathi joined Michigan Psychological Care in December 2022. Cathi has many years of experience providing care to both children and adults, including families and couples. She finds it most helpful to build trusting relationships through a supportive, non-judgmental client centered approach to help clients achieve their therapeutic goals. Cathi utilizes a variety of evidence based therapeutic approaches, including but not limited to Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Solution Focused Therapy, Mindfulness and Psychoeducation to assist clients through the therapeutic process. She has successful experience treating depression and anxiety disorders, trauma related disorders, personality disorders, bi-polar disorders, LGBTQIA issues, substance abuse disorders and grief. Cathi works with individuals, families, and couples to resolve relationship and parenting challenges throughout the lifespan. She is an active board member for the Jackson County Council for the Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect. In her free time, Cathi enjoys spending time with family and friends, traveling, practicing yoga, and always searching for treasures to stock her booth at the Jackson Antique Mall.
Nancy Lonsberry, LLP, RPT-SCare Provider
Nancy is a Limited Licensed Psychologist and a Registered Play Therapist-Supervisor with over 30 years of experience working with children, adults and families. She received her Master’s degree in Clinical Psychology from Western Michigan University. She is one of the founding members of the Michigan Association for Play Therapy. She began her professional work experience with LifeWays (Jackson-Hillsdale Community Mental Health), where she provided services for adults and children with mental illnesses and emotional impairments in addition to managing an outpatient mental health program. She went on to develop her own outpatient clinic, Journeys of Michigan, where she provided direct treatment as well as administrative and supervision of clinical programs. Nancy has worked in private practice for several years providing treatment for children of all ages and their families, as well as adults. She has experience in providing treatment for many issues including childhood trauma, sexual abuse, behavioral problems, parent-child relationships, attachment, foster care and adoption, child development, attention deficit disorders, autism, stress management, anger management, anxiety, depression, and other emotional impairments. Nancy has served as adjunct faculty for Spring Arbor University, teaching courses in play therapy. In addition, Nancy provides consultation/supervision for play therapists.
Julie Moore, LLMSWCare Provider
Julie received her Bachelor’s in Psychology from Spring Arbor University and her Master’s in Counseling from Cornerstone University. She has had experience working with people from all walks of life, including children, young adults, to older adults. She has experience with counseling couples, individuals with eating disorders, depression, anxiety, trauma, grief, LGTBQ+ issues, and more. She loves working with teens and young adults and is passionate about walking alongside her clients as they pursue healing and wholeness in their lives. Julie draws from a variety of therapeutic approaches to personalize treatment for her clients, many times drawing from Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. Julie’s approach to counseling is collaborative, focusing on following her client’s direction, while also using warmth, humor, and providing a non-judgmental space for clients to be themselves. Julie also offers faith-based counseling. When not in the office, Julie enjoys spending time with family, reading Brene Brown, and drinking coffee.
Lauren Sandtveit, LLMSWCare Provider
Lauren received her Bachelor's in Education from Alma College and her Master’s in Social Work from the University of Michigan School of Social Work. While completing her graduate studies, Lauren specialized in interpersonal practice in integrated health, mental health, and substance abuse. She has experience working with a variety of ages and backgrounds in a clinical setting. Lauren especially loves to work with children and adolescents. She has had experience counseling individuals with anxiety, depression, LGBTQIA+ issues, grief, trauma, behavioral issues, substance abuse, life adjustments, and more. Lauren frequently utilizes a strength-based and person-centered approach, while integrating evidence-based practices such as cognitive behavioral therapy, motivational interviewing, and mindfulness to best fit the needs of her clients. Lauren is committed to creating a safe and comforting environment for her clients. She is here to help clients find the approach to therapy that works well for them and best fits their needs. Outside of the office, Lauren enjoys spending time with loved ones, traveling, reading, and spending time outdoors.
Mark Weatherwax, LLPCare Provider
Mark graduated with his degree in psychology from Michigan State University and attended graduate school in Alabama. He has worked with a wide range of ages using a cognitive behavioral approach to treatment. Mark has worked with individuals who have struggled with concerns ranging from addiction through depression. He believes in a strength-based model and focuses on client care. In addition, Mark also assists with psychological testing including ADHD evaluations. In his spare time he enjoys spending time with family.