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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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Elyse Danielson, LMSW

*Currently not accepting clients*

I have over twelve years of clinical experience initially in a hospital setting so I have a special passion for all things medical.  I transitioned into private practice and fell in love with helping clients achieve their best quality of life. I am experienced working with children, adolescents, adults, older adults, couples, and families from all walks of life. My interests are in trauma therapy, adjustment to new or chronic illness, anxiety, depression, grief, and loss.  However, I am more than 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 EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing) and find it a huge asset to a client’s healing journey. EMDR is 90% curative and can work on a multitude of challenges, not just trauma. I also will use a collaborative approach borrowing from several different therapy modalities. I find Cognitive Behavioral Therapy approach extremely useful to work on changing the way we think about the challenge- which is often half the battle. I also use elements of strength-based counseling, solution focused therapy, and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) routinely in sessions. I also am happy to provide spiritual based counseling if requested.


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.

Betsy Howell, LMSW

Welcome!  May I be the first to congratulate you on taking this step toward increased health, wellness, and peace?  If it is wholeness and restoration your restless heart seeks, and if you're open to the crucial role that Jesus the Divine Physician can play in that healing, then allow me to introduce you to the peace of Jesus Christ, in whom all things are restored and made whole. 


Together we will partner with Jesus and the Holy Spirit to address anxiety, depression, trauma, grief, stress, and a variety of other mental health conditions to bring you to the fullness of your identity, gifts, and talents in the Lord.  Classically trained in the therapeutic techniques of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Solution Focused Therapy, and Motivational Interviewing, I marry together themes of JPII's Theology of the Body, prayer, and Inner Healing techniques to identify the root of your concerns, bring those concerns to Jesus for healing, and address mindset, disordered thought patterns, and unhealthy behaviors along the way. 


I am happy and excited to work with a variety of Christian believers, as well as those questioning the Faith, and non-believers too.  While I believe that true healing can only be fully realized in Jesus Christ, I also believe that modern therapeutic techniques offer excellent insight, coping skills, and effective treatment methods for mental health conditions.  I take great joy in working with children, as young as 5, adolescents, adults, older adults, couples, and families. I am humbled and grateful for this opportunity to partner with you in this time of healing and self discovery, as you become the best version of yourself, the self God uniquely, un-repeatedly, and irreplaceably designed you to be.


"Perhaps you were created for such a time as this." Esther 4:14

Allie VanSickle, LMSW

Allie VanSickle, LMSW 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 recently completed the triple P (Positive Parenting Program) and is excited to implement this when working with families.  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).  Allie is very excited to be adding EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing) to her services provided.

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 have also added safe EMDR to my services offered.


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, LMSW

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 EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing), 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.

Jennah Cooper, LMSW

Jennah graduated from the University of Alabama Birmingham with a Bachelor of Science in Health Science and the State University of New York at Buffalo with a Master's in Social Work.  The focus of Jennah's social work education was on providing trauma informed care, with studies including addiction, child welfare and mental health and disability. Jennah completed an  internship in the public school system working with students in Pre-K through 12th grade and also adults of all ages in the inpatient setting at the county trauma hospital.  Jennah has since worked for 9 years as a clinical social worker in the inpatient hospital setting, 2 years in behavioral health specifically.  Jennah provides a warm, safe and encouraging environment to explore goals, motivations and strengths for improving overall well-being, both physically and emotionally.

Jennah's particular interests include anxiety, depression, adjusting to new medical diagnoses and physical health changes, and empowering individuals entering new seasons of life to find the strengths and positives in new challenges and situations.  Jennah enjoys working with clients of all ages and incorporates cognitive approaches as well as solution focused and strengths based counseling.  Jennah is also happy to incorporate faith based principles into counseling as requested.

Melissa A. Williams, LPC, CAADC

I am fully licensed professional counselor and a certified alcohol and drug counselor. I have been working with adults, families and adolescents for the past 8 years and my special areas of interest are substance use, anxiety, depression, stress, anger management, family conflict and other life stressors. I have a strong passion for working with adults and adolescents who are experiencing difficulties due to substance use themselves or within the family. 

I work primarily from a Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) perspective. The way we think directly impacts the way we feel and act. Exploring and identifying irrational or negative thought patterns allows us to challenge them and to develop rational thoughts that encourage healthy, positive feelings. Through this process core issues can be identified, and coping strategies and tools can be developed to help us heal and grow. I believe that my job as a counselor is to guide my clients in the process of self-discovery and growth as they work to overcome barriers and obstacles to reach their full potential and enrich their lives. This can only be accomplished through a person-centered treatment approach that allows the client the ability to direct their path and utilize self-determination to change their lives. Each client and situation are unique so I will often pull in elements from other styles of counseling to meet the needs of the client as well. I believe that counseling is a collaborative effort and requires creativity and open mindedness to achieve the best results. 


Nicole Leonard,

I am a fully licensed professional counselor who has over 11 years of experience in the agency and private practice environments.  Additionally, I am a licensed school counselor, which is an asset when working with adolescents managing academic challenges and college planning.  I am also a Career Development Facilitator, who can assist you with the important career and job transitions we all encounter in our lifetime.  My person-centered approach encompasses the holistic philosophy of treating the whole person.  Focusing on the areas of anxiety and depression, anger and stress management, grief and loss, trauma and attachment disorders, addictions and compulsions, my hope is to increase your coping skills to enhance your daily life.  Through self-empowerment and elevating your self-awareness, you will become the best version of yourself.  My empathy is genuine, and I aspire to guide you on your path towards authentic contentment.  You are your own expert, and with compassionate support, you can achieve your personal and professional goals.

Lucy Grippo,

Welcome! I am a Master's level social worker who combines a holistic approach with research-supported therapeutic techniques in my clinical therapy practice.


I graduated from the University of South Florida with a Master of Social Work degree. I am experienced working with those with anxiety, depression, personality disorders, eating disorders, trauma; those experiencing suicidal ideation; and have a special interest in supporting members of the LGBTQ+ community.  I am enthusiastic about working with you through all of the diverse and personal manifestations of mental healthiness.

My practice combines research-based somatic (body) work, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, a trauma-informed perspective, and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy skills to give you an effective, individualized treatment. I have recently added safe EMDR to my skill set.  I have completed certification training in body work for disordered eating and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy. I actively consider the impact of societal circumstances and outside forces on a client's life.  I enjoy working with children and adolescents, as well as adults. My priority is to meet you where you are at and empower you to craft the life of your choosing. I look forward to partnering with you as you take this next step.

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Nadine Vaz, LMSW

Hello, and thank you for taking this step for yourself.


A little about me: I immigrated to the USA from Sri Lanka in order to attend Aquinas College in Grand Rapids,MI. I graduated with my Bachelor of Science in Psychology and then went on to Grand Valley State University, where I received my Masters in Social Work.


I worked in a variety of settings. I started out within the Elementary school systems then branched out to working with adults who are living with mental illness.  I have worked as a Clinical social worker within the Acute and Long Term Acute Care Hospital settings. I have done a lot of work with people who are dealing with grief, loss, adjustment, anxiety and depression. I have also worked in the outpatient setting, visiting people in their homes as they adjust to new realities and helping them and their families formulate life goals and plans.  As your therapist I will come alongside you and together we will find ways to manage your reality. Within a safe, non-judgmental space, we will explore the reasons that maybe keeping you from living your best life.  Utilizing a person centered approach, I will meet you where you are and help you through the process of self-discovery.  I function from a strengths based perspective, to help improve your resilience and help you focus on your unique qualities and strengths.

I utilize elements of cognitive behavior therapy and mindfulness in order to allow you to direct your own path as you become more self-aware. I strongly believe that going through the process of self-discovery will help you overcome barriers, heal and grow.


“You are not a drop in the ocean, you are the entire ocean in a drop” - Rumi

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Julie Hesterman, LLMSW, CAADC, ADS

Hello!  I am a Limited Licensed Master Social Worker, Certified Advanced Alcohol and Drug Counselor, and Acupuncture Detoxification Specialist with a variety of experience partnering
with individuals on their path to living a healthy and fulfilling life.  I earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Human Development and Family Studies from Penn State University and a Master of Social Work from Spring Arbor University. 

I enjoy making meaningful connections while working with individuals of all ages who are struggling with their own unique challenges on life’s journey.  I specialize in Mood Disorders such as Depression and Anxiety, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, Autism Spectrum Disorder, Trauma and Substance Use Disorder.  I am also confident in working with those who may need extra support in overcoming anxiety/stress in times of uncertainty, or of life transitions. 

As a therapist, I make every effort to provide a safe and welcoming space to work collaboratively with clients.  Self-determination is a primary focus, as I believe that change is possible when it is truly desired.  I take pride in treating clients with respect and unconditional positive regard while focusing on a holistic perspective in meeting clients where they are to explore what it is they want to achieve.  Together we search for treatment strategies that best suit clients’ lifestyle. This way clients can feel empowered to reach their goals for living their best possible life.  

Although I primarily use Cognitive Behavioral approaches, I believe in using a blend of evidenced-based therapy techniques to develop unique client-centered plans for treatment.  Spirituality and faith can be terrific supports and are often included in therapy when desired.  I recently added mindfulness, auricular acupuncture and yoga strategies to my practice.  I believe that nurturing the mind, body and soul leads to the most contented self.  I feel my therapy style is eclectic, as I am always adding to my “tool kit”.  I am happy to partner and explore strategies to find what works for you.

Meghan Newman, LMSW

Hi, I’m Meghan Newman and I am a Master’s Level Social Worker and Therapist. I have a BSW from Hope College and a MSW from the University of Nebraska-Omaha. I have multiple years of experience working with people of all ages. I have most recently been working intensively providing therapy to both children and their families to help promote safe, healthy and happy family dynamics. I have also worked with children and teens in a school setting helping with social emotional skills, general mental wellness, both in an individual and group setting. 


My areas of interest include anxiety, depression, eating disorders, and trauma. It is my goal to form a strong relationship with my clients and provide them with a warm and welcoming safe place to talk about their needs. I use a combination of Cognitive Behavior Therapy and Motivational Interviewing with clients to help them in achieving their therapeutic goals. I am also trained in EMDR therapy utilizing this to help aid in processing past trauma. I am empathetic and non-judgmental and it is my goal to help you heal and grow in your work with me. I look forward to navigating whatever challenge you are facing and coming to a solution together.

Julie L. Burdick,

Hello and welcome! My name is Julie. I received my Bachelor of Science in Psychology, with Minors in Social Work and Substance Abuse Services, from Western Michigan University. After graduating from Western Michigan University, I went on to attend Wayne State University and earned my Master of Social Work with an Interpersonal Practice concentration, a focus on Psychodynamic Theory and an Approval for Michigan School Social Workers. Starting in 2013, I have worked in school settings including preschool, elementary, middle and high school.  In my current role, I serve as a high school social worker.

I am skilled in helping people achieve and maintain sustainable executive functioning and organizational skills that in turn decrease anxiety and stress and increase productivity. In practice, I employ a gentle approach that encourages people to be mindful of their thoughts and feelings to help them get to where they want to be on their journey. I have experience and an interest in working with people struggling with anxiety, depression, ADHD, stress management, academic/executive functioning challenges and social issues and additionally, school aged children and adolescents with diverse learning needs such as ASD, emotional impairments and specific learning disabilities.

My commitment is to provide a comfortable, welcoming and safe space for growth where I encourage people to meet themselves where they currently are and to “go slow to go fast” to help achieve their goals. I will meet you where you are at on your journey and we will work up from there, together, to help you find the path that works best for you to achieve health and wellness.

Megan DeHart, LLMSW

Hi and welcome! My name is Megan DeHart. I hold a Master of Social Work degree from Michigan State University as well as a Bachelor of Science in Psychology and human sexuality from Eastern Michigan University. I have a background in early childhood education as well as working within the foster care system with older teens and helping individuals with disabilities hold the highest independence possible.


I have a passion for working with teens and young adults as they transition through the many phases of life. I have an interest in working with individuals who experience anxiety, depression, ADHD, and trauma. I approach therapy from a holistic point of view and love to explore the many factors that play into a person’s life experience while simultaneously using evidenced based therapeutic techniques, such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy skills.


I believe a person is not defined by a diagnosis and strive to assist individuals in understanding their emotions and needs through a non-judgmental and curious lens. I see my role as your therapist as being supportive, present, and compassionate as we work through whatever concerns you may have. I look forward to working with you!

Laura Granlund, MS, RDN, LN

Hello! I am grateful you are here. Thank you for taking a moment to read a little about my practice and how I can support your health and wellbeing. My name is Laura. I am a Registered Dietitian and Licensed Nutritionist with a Master of Science in Dietetics and Human Nutrition. I have a large variety of experience in outpatient nutrition counseling. I have been providing ethical, evidenced based nutrition therapy since 2016.


I help clients with a wide array of nutrition concerns such as managing complex gastrointestinal disease with medical nutrition therapy, learning how to eat nutritious foods on a tight budget, and integrating medicinal foods into your menu. I can help you manage food allergies and dietary restrictions, show you how to menu plan and meal prep’, manage type 11 diabetes, and the list goes on and on. I have a lot of experience working with folks experiencing or living with an eating disorder. I am an anti-diet, Health at Every Size practitioner who teaches body trust and intuitive eating.


There is absolutely no “one size fits all” method to a lifestyle that is supportive to your physical, mental, and spiritual health.  How you interact with your health behaviors every day is dependent on many factors such a time, taste preferences, income, geographical location, cultural considerations, chronic or acute health conditions, and family size. Every person is unique and all bodies are different. What works for me, may not work for you, may work for the person sitting next to you on the bus. Behavior change that supports our health will never work unless it is sustainable. This is why care that is tailored directly to your needs and preferences is crucial and that is what I provide. I appreciate the diversity of human beings and do not discriminate based on race, age, religion, ability, martial status, sexual orientation, sex, or gender identity. Thank you and I look forward to meeting you. Cheers!


Heather Garner, LPC

Counseling is a journey that I am honored to be a part of.  I take an accepting and compassionate approach.  I will provide a safe space for you to explore whatever is bringing you to counseling at this time.  Although many therapists specialize in specific areas, I have found my passion in learning a variety of theories and techniques, and then tailoring each session to support your specific needs.  Some evidence-based practices I enjoy using are Person-Centered, Mindfulness, Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy, Internal Family Systems, Solutions-Focused, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Coherence Therapy, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, and Strengths-based. 


I connect and easily build rapport with a variety of people and belief systems.  I work with children, adolescents, adults, and couples.  I am committed to helping you gain insights and learn coping skills to empower yourself and reach your goals!


Ana Eberly, LCSW, BCND, CCT

I believe that regardless of where you are in life there is always a daily chance to become the best version of yourself! My goal is to help guide you in this personal transformation, meeting you where you’re at in your journey. Using a variety of different therapies we will find motivation, use education, and create an understanding while personalizing your session to the unique individual that you are!

In session, the following therapies could be used: Psychodynamic (Insight Oriented) Therapy, Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy, Internal Family Systems, Mindfulness, Narrative Therapy, Solution-Focused,
Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Attachment Styles, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Task-Centered/Problem Solving Therapy and Trauma Informed Therapy.

Expect a safe space without judgment, where your personal experiences will be validated with empathy and rapport. I have been working with young adults, adults and couples for 8 years now. My background in education entails receiving my Master of Social Work from Spring Arbor University. I also am a Board Certified Naturopathic Doctor, through the American Naturopathic Medical Certification Board.

I believe that when we physically work on our bodies to create health, we also help align the mind and emotions to achieve a greater chance in obtaining our personalized goals. I look forward to working with you!

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Schuyler Hillard, LMSW

In seeking therapy, you’ve already taken the first step toward your emotional and social well-being and you should be proud as it takes courage to do that. It can be scary to tell your story to a stranger—scary to be vulnerable. As your therapist, I can assure you that I will listen without judgment and will encourage and assist you on your journey. I have unconditional respect and empathy for those who come to therapy and I will provide you with a safe space to explore your concerns.

I am a graduate of the University of Michigan School of Social Work and also a Detroit Clinical Scholar. The Detroit Clinical Scholars Program addresses the mental and behavioral health of racial and ethnic minority children and adolescent youth living in underserved, urban areas. My work with Detroit, Wayne County Mental Health Authority gave me an excellent grounding as a clinician. My experience working in a variety of
settings with diverse populations has helped shape my therapeutic techniques. I have over seven years of experience working with children, adults, and families who have experienced loss, anxiety, depression, and/or trauma.

I believe that everyone is capable of being authors of their own transformations, and I can provide you with support and concrete therapy techniques and strategies that address your individual strengths and challenges. Much of my work centers around positive psychology, a perspective focused on using character strengths and personal values to support and guide behaviors that lead to an optimized frame of mind. I specialize in depression, anxiety, PTSD, sexual health, and trauma and I enjoy helping clients of all ages adjust to changes and challenges in their lives.

My personal interests inform my work as a collaborative social worker. Art, writing, music, animals, and nature inspire and feed me. I’d love to learn your interests and strengths so that together we can find therapy tools and techniques that suit your individual needs. The journey starts here. Welcome aboard.

Brittany Pearson, LMSW, SSW

Hello and welcome! My name is Brittany. I received my Bachelor of Science in Psychology, with Minors in Family Studies and Human Sexuality, from Central Michigan University. After graduating from CMU, I attended Wayne State University and earned my Master of Social Work with an Interpersonal Practice concentration, a focus on Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and an Approval for Michigan School Social Workers. After interning in foster care, mentoring services, and K-12 schools, I accepted an elementary school social work position within South Lyon Community Schools, and I have been in the mental health field since 2013. In my free time, I am a mother of two and I enjoy traveling, nature, going to concerts, and spending time with my family.


I am passionate about helping individuals and families find balance in their lives with a goal of decreasing stress and increasing productivity and happiness. 

I have experience and an interest in working with individuals struggling with social issues, relationship and/or family stress, anxiety, depression, ADHD, stress management, grief, and academic/executive functioning challenges. 


I am committed to providing a comfortable and safe space for growth by meeting my clients where they are in their journey, and together developing an attainable path towards health and wellness.

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Melissa Martin, LPC

Hello! For over a decade, I have been dedicated to supporting children, teens, adults, and families process through life's challenges. I strive to help clients feel safe and courageous while they focus on their mental health in a positive and empowering space where they are heard, validated, and supported. I honor the healing process and value goal setting. In our work together, I am comfortable using a variety of methods, including, Cognitive Behavioral, Trauma-Focused, Solutions-Focused, and Strength-Based techniques. I am experienced in working with anxiety, depression, adjustment issues, family conflict, and grief/loss. In addition to being a
Licensed Professional Counselor, I am also a Licensed School Counselor.  Through my work in the schools, I have a firm understanding of the academic stressors affecting children, and the college/career uncertainties that many young people face.

I will offer support as you navigate the ups and downs of work, school, relationships, stressors, and uncertainties, while finding balance and hope.

Starting therapy can be challenging, so whether you are feeling overwhelmed, stressed, or anxious, you are welcome here, as you are.

Razia Muhammadi, LLMSW

Hello! My name is Razia Muhammadi. I received my Bachelor of Science in Social Work from Michigan State University. I then attended University of Michigan for my Master of Social Work with a focus on Social Work Practice with Older Adults and Families from a Lifespan Perspective. I am passionate about working with the older adult population as they make major transitions in life. I have experience working with individuals 18 years and up.

My interest is in working with individuals experiencing depression, anxiety, trauma, divorce-adjustment, stress/burnout, and grief/loss. I strongly value the therapeutic relationship and find it very important in building a safe space for both clients and clinicians to learn from one another and grow. My goal is to create a safe space for individuals to discuss difficult things. I will approach each client with the utmost respect, empathy, and cultural humility.

I utilize various treatment interventions, such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Mindfulness,
Interpersonal, Self-compassion, and Motivational Interviewing to help clients reach their full potential. I believe that everyone is deserving of good care provided by committed and compassionate professionals, and am glad you are taking the first step in receiving additional support.


Alijah Jonah, LMSW

Being human is hard. My goal is to help make it easier for you.

I offer therapy services to individuals and couples. I work with people ages 16 and up, using a humanistic, trauma-informed approach. This means that I build strong relationships with my clients, and I believe in the importance of getting to know someone for who they are and how they came to be.

I received my Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Duke University and my Master of Social Work degree from the University of Michigan - Ann Arbor. I have an eclectic approach to treatment that incorporates skills training, mindfulness meditation, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Exposure and Response Prevention, Motivational Interviewing, and Person-Centered Therapy. 

I have experience working with a range of challenges including women’s issues, anxiety, specific phobias, and post-traumatic stress. I also love helping people develop skills for happy, healthy relationships, such as assertive communication and conflict resolution.

I know that reaching out for help is not easy. Take this first step toward the life you want. I’m here to help you feel safe enough to take the next steps.

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Katie Hamann, LMSW

One of the many things I love about therapy is that it reminds me of how alike we are amongst the division in the world we live in. We go about our different lives with different stressors, challenges, milestones, and memories. Yet…we all experience emotion given these unique experiences and seek safe and supportive spaces to feel heard and to process these feelings. I am honored to provide that space!

Professionally and personally, I have experienced the positive power of therapy, so I believe there is strength and hope in you making this first step. I work with children, teens and adults of a variety of backgrounds. I specialize in attachment and adjustment related challenges, providing therapy to those experiencing trauma, body image concerns, anxiety, depression, ADHD and/or other executive dysfunction. 

I practice with a realistic yet strengths-based approach, incorporating a wide array of treatment modalities and coping skills to meet your needs and goals. Motivational Interviewing, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy Techniques, and Somatic Therapy are a few of my preferences. I also have a passion for guiding others to recognize healthier self-worth and to incorporate more self-compassion. I look forward to working together to reach your optimal well-being!


Rebecca Fried, LMSW

Education: MSW, University of Michigan Ann Arbor, 2010. 


Areas of Practice: Adults, teens aged 16+, older adults, LGBTQ+, couples therapy, financial therapy, EMDR, CBT, DBT


As a clinical social work therapist, I am driven by a genuine desire to empower and support those in need. 


My approach to therapy is rooted in evidence-based practices and a holistic understanding of each client. I draw upon a diverse range of therapeutic modalities in a non-judgmental, down-to-earth environment. 


I also recognize the importance of cultural competence in the therapeutic process and strive to create an environment where clients from all backgrounds feel valued. 


Whether you are dealing with issues related to depression, anxiety, trauma, relationships, or life transitions, I am here to provide support. My goal is to empower you to navigate challenges, build resilience, and work towards a more fulfilling life.


If you are ready to take the courageous step of seeking therapy, know that you are not alone, and I am here to walk alongside you on the path. 

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Zachary Martinchek, LLPC

Who are you? What makes you “you?” How can we meet to assist you in living the best, most meaningful life you can live?

I am a thinker, craftsman by trade, and a counselor in training. I do what I do as I see that we can improve our relations with ourselves and others to better cope with and understand our own issues and potentialities. Our work together may be difficult at times, but it helps both of us to grow. Sessions working through your own difficulties can broaden the way in which we both experience and cope with the world around us.

In our work together, I will ask you lots of questions through dialogue about who you are and wish to be. I am confident that we can discover ways in which you can live a more fulfilling life that is just for you, as you know best.

My approach is in Existential – Integrative Therapy: counseling which deals with coping with and finding meaning in life. It is a thoughtful way of work which is both thought - provoking and active for you to take home with you each time we meet.

My primary research interests are in how people transition through liminal periods throughout the lifespan (such as adolescence or middle age), and in spiritual counseling. Although the latter includes an interest in helping you should you have your own faith or belief systems, it is also a way to look at your own broader view of how the world works.

I am particularly inspired in my work by the wind blowing through the trees across the landscape of life.

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Jaime Brenay, LLMSW

Hello! My name is Jaime. I graduated from Eastern Michigan University with a Bachelors of Social Work and Minor in Psychology; I then went on to get my Master of Social Work from Walden University.


I have always had a passion for working with children and young adults, with a focus on PTSD, anxiety, and depression. My approach to therapy is Person Centered Therapy and Evidence Based Therapy, allowing you to learn about yourself, while also empowering you to reach your goals in and out of therapy. My goal is to make you feel comfortable and heard during each of your sessions.  One of the hardest things in life is reaching out for support and by working on yourself you are already becoming a better you.


I look forward to working with you and helping to become the person you strive to be.


Amanda Grey, LLMSW

Hi! I'm Amanda, an LLMSW with my Masters in Social Work from the University of South Florida, where I graduated in 2021. As a therapist, my goal is to blend evidence-based methods with a humanistic and holistic approach, placing a strong emphasis on trauma-informed care. I believe that each individual’s path is unique, and I am here to provide a safe and empathetic space for you to explore your challenges.


I have worked extensively with children and adolescents who have experienced trauma, as well as adults who are addressing childhood or recent trauma in their lives. I have had the honor of working with survivors of all forms of trauma, and these experiences have shaped my understanding and therapeutic approach.

By integrating evidence-based approaches with holistic care, we can work together to customize our time to address your unique circumstances. My goal is to create a collaborative relationship with you, where we find the modalities and approaches that best suit your journey.

Being a native Spanish speaker, I also have a strong affinity for working with the Latinx community. I understand the importance of cultural sensitivity and cultural competency, and strive to provide a space that offers both.

Above all, my priority is to ensure that my office is a safe space for everyone. My office will always be LGBTQ+ friendly. I am here to provide you with empathy, understanding, and support as you navigate your path towards healing and growth. I’m excited to be your guide on this journey of self-discovery and healing. Together, we’ll create a safe and empowering space where you can thrive and take ownership of your path.

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Brianna Hatchett, LLPC

My name is Bri. I inspire to help clients find their inner light. I strive to help others find their strengths, gifts and purpose in life. I am a Counselor, Motivator and Positive Influencer, dedicated to help clients blossom into their destined purpose and potential in life.  I leave a little sparkle everywhere I go and in every person's life that I impact. I also provide guidance to educate clients on the Laws of Attraction, and Manifestation.


My specialty is working with children, young adults, teens, minority populations, and single/teenage mothers. I have worked with clients dealing with a variety of mental health conditions and related situational issues including: Depression, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, Trauma, Low Self esteem issues, Domestic Violence, etc.

If you or someone you may know , are ready to Live your BEST life, blossom into the beautiful flower you are, and shine brighter than a diamond, feel free to contact me to start an amazing journey of self love with my assistance and guidance. Namaste


Joshua Costa, LLMSW


My name is Joshua. I have my Bachelor’s in Social Work from Eastern Michigan University and my Master’s in Social Work from the University of Michigan. My focus is on the Welfare of Children and Families. Working with youth is something I enjoy and I love to see them grow and have a better understanding of their emotions. I am passionate about helping youth work through their anxiety, depression, and anger. I like to help children find an understanding of what is going on and help them empower themselves on their journey. I have worked in schools, courts and hospitals to help youth navigate certain stages of their lives.


Taking the time to build rapport with children and teens is something I enjoy doing. Helping children and teens open up and find that happy realization moment of them not being alone is very important to me. I enjoy the process of building trust with the youth I work with to help them build better relationships and self esteem within themselves.

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Andrea Burmeister, LLMSW

In my practice I have worked with a diverse population of people who
struggle with addiction of all types, mental health disorders, unwanted
life changes, trauma, and relationship breakdowns. My work has given me a unique perspective in understanding substance use and mental health along with its impact on the individual and family members including children. Sometimes individuals and families suffer challenging circumstances throughout life but we all have the ability to change by identifying our unhelpful thinking and behaviors, relying on our current strengths while finding the curiosity to learn and implement new skills.

Before practicing in social work, I worked in early childhood for 14
years. I graduated from Eastern Michigan University with a masters in social work with a specific concentration in substance use disorder and mental health. I spent years working in a residential treatment center utilizing therapeutic practices like Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Exposure Therapy, Somatic (body) work and the 12 step program.


Sometimes we feel disconnected from our loved ones or life,
you don’t have to suffer alone. Making the decision to start therapy can be difficult and very rewarding for you or a family member. As your therapist my goal is to create an open, compassionate, nonjudgmental and collaborative environment so that you feel safe sharing personal needs and what matters in your life. I will work with you to develop goals, as we move towards a path of growth. Together we can start to learn how to build skills to regulate emotions, improve communication within our relationships, as well as navigate the resulting changes of life. We can heal life’s wounds and experience the joys that come with a new way of living.


Morgan Michael, LMSW

Hello there! I am incredibly proud of your courage and willingness to begin your therapeutic journey and am honored to walk alongside you, wherever this path may lead us.  


First, a bit about myself. My name is Morgan, and I am a fully licensed Master Social Worker. I received my Bachelor of Science in Psychology with a Concentration in Human Service from Albion College, after which I pursued my Master of Social Work degree at Arizona State University. After returning home to beautiful Michigan, I married my best friend and am now a dog mom of 2 cuddly yet energetic fur babies, Luna and Aspen. 


I have several years of experience working with adults who are coping with depression, anxiety, navigating complex relationships, adjusting to new and existing illnesses, declining health and quality of life issues, as well as loss and grief/bereavement. I am particularly passionate about supporting older adults as they confront and conquer difficult life transitions and am more than willing to address any concerns which clients choose to trust me with. In session, I will utilize components from a wide array of treatment modalities, including person-centered, strengths-based, solution-focused, mindfulness, as well as elements of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT). I am determined to provide the most individualized and effective blend of therapies for each and every client; thus, I maintain a strong desire to continue developing my knowledge and skills across various evidence-based treatment modalities in order to better serve clients.


My main goal is to provide a genuinely nonjudgemental, compassionate, respectful, and safe environment in which clients feel empowered to cope with life’s challenges, learn, and grow. Though the road may be long and winding—grab a snack, crank the tunes, and let’s begin our road trip to healing and fulfillment.


Allison Acton, Intern

I am a nature and animal enthusiast, Registered Nurse by trade, and therapist in training. I have clinical experience as a pediatric nurse in the hospital, outpatient care management and outpatient clinics. In addition to providing patient and family support in my nursing career I have experience in helping survivors of domestic violence navigate their journey of processing their experience. My interests are in helping clients through their healing process from coping with medical diagnoses, trauma, anxiety, depression, ADHD, eating disorders, adjusting to transitions throughout life, and processing grief. I am willing to work with clients of all ages and clients facing a variety of challenges.

I take a collaborative approach to therapy by meeting my clients where they are in that moment. To provide individualized holistic care I use the combination of features from multiple therapeutic approaches including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), trauma-informed practice, mindfulness practices, strengths-based and solution-focused therapy. I believe every client has the ability to work through current challenges and grow as an individual on their journey to wellness.

I work hard to provide a welcoming, compassionate, and safe environment for clients to explore their journey through therapy. I look forward to supporting clients in recognizing their unique strengths, qualities, self-worth, and defining their personal quality of life.

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Matthew Cunningham, LMSW

Matthew earned his Master's Degree in Social Work from the University of Michigan in 2011. He has worked in community-based and clinical settings as a behavioral and trauma therapist. He works with teenagers and adults. Before coming to Peaceful Mind, he worked for over 5 years in a community mental health setting. Matthew has training in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) and Somatic Attachment-Focused Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (SAFE EMDR) trauma therapy. He is certified in EMDR and training to become a consultant for others seeking their certification. He believes that there is a huge spectrum of what can be considered trauma or adverse life events, from childhood disappointments to natural disasters, to exposure to violence, to severe physical or sexual abuse. Matthew has helped people over the entire spectrum find healing in moving beyond the devastating symptoms of trauma to living a more healthy, fulfilling and liberating life.


Renee Nelson, Intern

I am a current MSW student at Spring Arbor University. I also have an MA in Family Studies from Spring Arbor as well. My undergrad is in Family Life Education from Spring Arbor University. I have several years of experience working on an inpatient behavioral health unit and working in behavioral health case management. It has always been my dream to become a therapist. On my off time, I enjoy being outside by the water, taking road trips in my jeep with the top off and spending time with my friends and family watching movies or having a game night.

Administrative Staff


Lisa Sebastian

Lisa is the medical biller for Peaceful Mind Counseling Services.  She has over 7 year of experience working with insurance companies and can answer any billing questions you may have.  

John Danielson

John is the office manager and assists with referral coordination.  He handles internal finances, business planning and logistics.  John has been working behind the scenes since 2018.

Support Animals


Gryffindor or Gryffin (for short) provides emotional support to clients at Peaceful Mind Counseling Services. He loves belly rubs, cuddles, walks, and treats. He is working really hard on not talking to every dog friend who walks through the door, so please excuse him if you hear the occasional "woof." Gryffin loves meeting new people, but sometimes takes a minute to warm up to new personalities. Gryffin is excited to meet you and support you in the therapeutic process.

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Meet Murphy! Murphy is as cute as can be and is very huggable! He is a therapy dog in training at Peaceful Mind, we have the big hope that he will start loving it here as much as we love him! Murphy struggles with anxiety in big spaces and with new people so please be patient with him, he is still a puppy and very new to the job.

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Gus has found his true calling as an emotional support animal after initially being trained in mobility assistance.  His calm demeanor, positivity and appreciation of life will inspire all who meet him.  



Duckie loves to be pet and loves every client he meets.  He helps teach gentleness and self-compassion.  

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2820 Baker Rd
Suite 100
Dexter, Michigan 48130

Satellite Office

7200 Dan Hoey
Suite G2
Dexter, Michigan 48130


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