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.
Services We Offer
With You Every Step of the Way
Child and Adolescent Therapy
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.
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 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’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 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.
Amanda McClellan, LMSW
Hello! My name is Amanda McClellan and I am a fully licensed clinical social worker. I have a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from the University of Michigan and also completed my Masters of Social Work at the University of Michigan, specializing in Interpersonal Practice + Health.
I have been a social worker since 2011 and I have a broad range of experience, from working with the Veteran population in the Ann Arbor VA Healthcare System to working with adolescents in the school system. My special areas of interest include depression, anxiety, stress, adjustment issues, relationship issues, parenting issues and more specifically working with mothers/caregivers to develop healthy boundaries, increase self-care & develop coping strategies for mom guilt, burn out, and fatigue.
I am empathetic, open-minded and non-judgmental and work very hard to create a welcoming, supportive and empowering environment for my clients. While I am trained in and draw from a variety of therapeutic modalities (including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Strength-Based, Solutions-Focused and mindfulness) I employ a client-centered approach to treatment and strive to tailor therapy to fit each individual according to their unique situation, strengths and goals. I view therapy as a collaborative process and together, we will work to define what you are struggling with and help you identify small steps you can take toward positive change while learning healthy coping skills and strategies you can implement to navigate challenging situations and improve your quality of life.
I strongly believe in the importance of taking care of oneself and commend you for taking this first step in prioritizing your well-being. I am looking forward to joining you on this journey!
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.
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!
7200 Dan Hoey Rd
Dexter, Michigan 48130