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Peaceful Mind Counseling Services Welcomes You

What To Expect At Your Visit

Guiding You On the Path of Self-Healing

Making the decision to come to therapy is a huge step and we will strive to make this process as comfortable and goal focused as possible. We work with a wide range of challenges from anxiety and depression to adjustment issues and grief. Whatever your needs may be, we are here to offer support. Therapy is a process of growth and self-discovery, and in our sessions we promote self empowerment and movement toward a better quality of life. We are confident that one of our skilled clinicians will be the perfect fit to help you on your road to overall well-being.

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Services We Offer

With You Every Step of the Way

Individual Therapy

Family Therapy

Couples Therapy

Child and Adolescent Therapy


Counseling Staff

Elyse Danielson, LMSW

I have over eight years of clinical experience. I am experienced working with children, adolescents, adults, older adults, couples and families from all walks of life. My particular interests are in adjustment issues, anxiety, depression, adjustment to illness or new diagnosis, post traumatic stress disorder, and grief and loss counseling. However, I am more then willing to tackle any challenge facing my clients and come up with a collaborative solution for the best quality of life possible.

In session, I utilize Cognitive Behavioral approaches, as changing the way we think about the challenge at hand is often half the battle. I also use elements of strength-based counseling, solution focused therapy, and person-centered therapy. I also am happy to provide spiritual based and Christian based counseling.


I have recently started the certification process for EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing) and I am excited to bring this new approach to the practice.

I work very hard to provide a warm and comfortable environment for a client to receive therapy and look forward to helping empower my clients to realize their potential, self-worth and value.

Katie Collins, LPC

Does it seem like your life is always “happening” to you?  That you are constantly reacting to the world from an emotional, out-of-control place?  Do you constantly feel as though you need to control the world and other people around you to feel safe and secure?  Can you envision different results for your life, but are unsure of how to get to them?  If you are ready to step out of this space and into a life of confident, intentional actions and relationships, I am here!

I combine Cognitive Behavioral (CBT) skills, mindful self-compassion, and psychoeducation about the brain to help you understand, organize, and manage your mind.  Through our work together, you will become an expert at identifying how your brain actually creates the results in your life, desired and otherwise.  You will gain the skills you are looking for to make sense of your emotions, behaviors, and relationships with others, and you will be able to decide from a purposeful place what is, and isn’t, serving you.  You will be able to make calculated decisions and have your own back in doing so.  

My expertise is working with teenage (16+) and adult women seeking assistance with depression, anxiety, relationship concerns, low-self esteem, life stress, work/school stress, weight management, and substance use. 

I look forward to helping you create life you really want!  Talk to you soon!

Betsy Howell, LMSW

Betsy Howell, LMSW, is a therapist at Peaceful Mind Counseling LLC, and a fully licensed clinical social worker. Betsy completed her Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology at Albion College, and her Masters of Social Work at Michigan State University, where she also completed a fellowship in social work with older adults. 


Betsy is prepared to treat clients with a variety of mental health concerns. Her special areas of interest include depression, anxiety, stress, grief and loss, and adjustment disorders. She is very open to assisting clients with a variety of concerns and loves to explore new, creative ways to make a positive impact on the lives of her clients. Betsy enjoys working with clients of all ages and has a special passion for older adults and adolescents. Betsy has a very calming presence and a unique ability to create a healing, accepting environment for her clients. Her genuine, emphatic nature eases her clients into a therapeutic relationship in which they feel empowered and inspired to achieve their goals and live life to their fullest potential. Betsy utilizes a holistic, person-centered approach to therapy in which she believes that to truly achieve health a person must address their needs spiritually, physically, mentally, and socially. She will utilize a variety of approaches tailored to the needs of her clients including cognitive behavioral models of therapy, solution focused, motivational interviewing, and strength as well as faith-based counseling. Betsy is a member of the National Association of Social Workers and has a passion for her community.

Allie VanSickle, LLMSW

Allie VanSickle, LLMSW takes an open-minded, sincere, validating, and direct approach to treatment. Allie believes the individual is the expert on their own lives and takes a holistic approach to supporting the individual's growth and empowerment. Allie works collaboratively with clients and allows the individual's comfort/readiness to guide the therapeutic process. Allie specializes in assisting children and youth, those struggling with eating disorders, OCD, and/or attachment issues.  Allie is passionate about working with the deaf community and is proficient in ASL.

She is comfortable with integrating a variety of methods, including Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral, Trauma-Focused, Solutions-Focused, Strength-Based, and play therapy techniques (age dependent).

Deciding to engage in treatment is a big step, please feel free to reach out to me if you have any questions.

Cathi C. Barry, LMSW

Thank you for taking this first step in respecting your life and affirming your self importance. As your therapist, I am here to create a nonjudgmental space for you to safely process what is on your mind. We will work together to improve your current state of being. I am here to empower you to become your own healer and therapist in the end, by giving you coping tools and by guiding as you find what is no longer serving you. I will meet you where you’re at, as you don’t have to feel ‘prepared’ for therapy sessions and each one may be a bit different! We will be able to genuinely explore your feelings and inner voice together.


I have been a social worker since 2011 providing counseling in schools, university, and medical settings (including hospice, oncology, and rehabilitation). My approach is strengths-based and solution-focused in addition to processing feelings of grief, trauma, and body sensations that we often unintentionally ignore.


I’m here for you and I look forward to our first session together! Some examples of why people may come to therapy with me include making important life decisions, grieving a life change or personal loss, coping for depression and anxiety, modifying behaviors, complex PTSD, addictions, codependency, obsessive thoughts or actions, worry, feeling on high-alert or hyper-vigilance , insomnia, relationship with food, relationship with sexuality, sense of identity and self, concerns relating to family of origin, caregiver fatigue, spirituality, aging, and adjustment to illness.


Please reach out! Our clinic is here to assist you in a confidential setting individualized to your needs.

Brett Johnson, LLMSW

Hello, my name is Brett Johnson and I have 12 years of experience working in the mental health field as direct care worker and case manager for adults who receive services through community mental health. I served as a United States Peace Corps Volunteer for two years in Peace Corps Bulgaria’s youth development program. While there, I worked in various orphanages and youth centers to implement projects developing life skills, teaching English, utilizing art therapy, and educating about HIV/AIDS and anti-human trafficking. I received my master of social work degree from Western Michigan University, where I served as an intern for two years at the University’s Sindecuse Counseling Services, providing intake assessments and therapy to college students.  While at WMU I also received a trauma specialization and have an interest helping this population.


With a wide range of experience primarily working with adolescents and adults, I use an eclectic approach to therapy, drawing from various therapy models to help you identify effective treatment strategies.  I utilize cognitive-behavioral (CBT), dialectical-behavioral (DBT), strengths-based, solution-focused, mindfulness, and trauma-informed interventions that will allow you to move forward to healing and emotional wellbeing.  Also, I have completed level 1 Training in Gottman Method Couples Therapy to assist couples in improving their relationships.


I take pride in my ability to easily connect with others and am devoted to collaborating with you in ways that best meet your needs.  I look forward to being there for you and providing a safe, comfortable atmosphere for you.

Danielle Nicholls-Slovinski, LMSW, IMH-E(IV)

Relationships are the cornerstone of human life. When relationships have been conflictual or traumatic, or when an important person is lost, current relationships can be impacted and feelings of depression and anxiety can emerge. Parenting can be particularly difficult when feelings of depression, anxiety, and trauma reminders show up, and I specialize in supporting parents in managing their own mental health, particularly during pregnancy and the early parenting years. Though supporting parents is of interest to me, I am passionate about supporting people from all seasons of life in navigating depression, anxiety, and trauma.  I have extensive experience working with both children and adults with a wide range of concerns.

I have over 10 years of experience providing a safe space for people to explore and understand the past and how it impacts the present, and work to integrate feelings and experiences. I use an eclectic, relationship-based approach rooted in attachment and trauma-informed theories. I also provide reflective consultation for mental health professionals.

I am passionate about supporting people to feel fully present and grounded in their relationships and lives! I want to support you in meeting your own goals for mental health and wellbeing. Please feel free to contact me to inquire about services or schedule an appointment. You deserve to feel strong and healthy, and I want to support you on that journey!

Support Staff

Lisa Sebastian

Lisa is the sensational office manager and biller for Peaceful Mind Counseling Services.  She has over 5 year of experience working with insurance companies and can answer any billing questions you may have.  Lisa is also the lead referral coordinator.  


We are so happy to welcome our newest member of the Peaceful Mind Family, Henry! Henry provides emotional support to clients in the practice and is available upon request for most sessions! He loves to be pet, especially having his ears rubbed, and he loves all food- preferably his dog treats. He is working really hard to lose interest in going out the front door, but is excited for new smells, so please do not let him out without his leash being in someone’s hand! If Henry is off leash he is at work in the practice and can not wait to meet every single person who comes in!


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Contact Us

7200 Dan Hoey Rd
Suite G2
Dexter, Michigan 48130

Phone: 734-580-2920

Fax: 734-580-2922

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