Meet the Providers

The providers at Perspectives Therapy Services are diverse in their training and areas of expertise. Our crew is made up of psychologists, marriage and family therapists, social workers, licensed professional counselors, psychiatric nurse practitioners, yoga instructors and therapy dogs. Common features of all the professionals at PTS is that they are friendly, welcoming, compassionate and super skilled at delivering effective care.

We invite you to browse our clinical roster and “get to know” a little about the team. When you are ready to schedule an appointment, contact our intake department at 810-494-7180. Here, one of our intake specialists will match you with exactly the right provider based on multiple factors including what brings you to therapy, therapist specializations, insurance coverage and scheduling availability. Our team is eager to welcome you to an experience that has the potential to be life changing!

I operate from a strengths-based perspective and a systems theory, which means that I try to see the positive in situations and believe we all have been influenced by our environment. I believe that we can choose to change how we respond to ourselves and our environment in order to change our future.

It is my belief that all women deserve to feel alive and live a life of joy and purpose. In our sessions together, we will work to create a counseling relationship built on safety and trust, so that you may feel free to fully express yourself and find healing for your soul. In order to have true emotional and mental wellness, a person must be seen the way they really are: a complex human-being who is made up of many different components but whose whole body functions as one. A holistic approach to mental health care is the best way to understand the connection between a person’s mind, body, and spirit.

I believe that the foundation to positive work in therapy starts with a safe and genuine therapeutic relationship. Individuals and families are able to explore and cultivate changes, while finding balance. I believe you are the expert of your own life, and my role is to provide support and foster healing through different modalities. I strive to provide care in a collaborative way that allows for personalization based on specific needs, cultural backgrounds, and the strengths of the client as well as the family system. It is a privilege to listen to your experiences and to work with you through your journey.

Through a collaborative approach that meets your needs, I strive to help you improve your quality of life and provide you with the tools for you to access your own unique strength and reach your fullest potential. I am devoted to making you feel empowered in your pursuit towards achieving your personal goals. I will allow you to explore and reflect upon your feelings and values with certainty, integrity, and dignity in a welcoming, empathetic, and safe environment. I look forward to fostering a trusting and therapeutic relationship with you while you embrace life’s challenging journey.

I believe in offering a welcoming, compassionate and respectful therapeutic relationship which recognizes the fact that we’re all doing the best we can with the tools we have. I believe change will occur when we embrace our strengths and discover other ways to effectively meet our needs.

I use elements of psychodynamic, emotionally focused and cognitive behavioral therapy in my practice. I believe that all people have personal insight, resiliency and ability to change. I also believe that all people need to be validated, encouraged, and valued. I use those fundamentals when working with individuals, couples and families. I aim to help my clients achieve their goals for treatment by providing them with support, a new perspective and tools to facility change. My approach to therapy focuses on the ability to recognize internal barriers that prevent change, promoting self-growth and restoring connection. I strive to create a safe, client-centered, and comforting therapeutic environment.

I believe in a holistic path toward healing and self-actualization. Whether you find yourself struggling with relationship issues, work stress, depression, anxiety, divorce, remarriage, postpartum depression, blended family concerns, adjustment to life transitions or coping with grief and loss, I will assist you in realizing your own unique strengths and individual qualities that will allow you to evolve toward your ideal level of functioning as well as develop skills that will assist you beyond your therapy experience. I utilize an eclectic, holistic approach, working with individuals from a solution-focused, strengths-based, cognitive behavioral, humanistic perspective, in an environment free from judgement.

The therapeutic relation is a delicate dance built upon trust, communication, and a sound alliance. I strive to create a therapeutic environment that is emotionally safe, while exploring and digesting deep-seated issues. I utilize Cognitive Behavioral Therapy as well as Solution Focused approaches. As a therapist, my job is never to judge a client’s journey; but rather, explore his/her path and ensure his/her needs are being met.

My affiliation with Michigan State University allows me to remain on the cutting edge of evidence-based treatments. Still, I recognize the importance of being personable and listening to my clients rather than simply pursuing therapy in a cookbook-like fashion. I believe that everyone’s story is unique and that they deserve to be heard and listened to.

My philosophy for therapy comes from a place of caring for the person as a whole. This includes mind, body, and spirit as well as consideration and attention to past and present conditions and our interpersonal relationships and connections. We each have our own life’s journey and I believe we can all use some extra help at one point or another along that journey. I see it as a privilege when I get to be the person who is a catalyst for someone else to get that help or to grow or to make the changes they need to in order to better themselves and their lives. Each person is the expert on his or her own life and I believe in a collaborative effort in working together to get the client to where they want to be.

I believe that the change that happens in therapy is rooted primarily in the strong relationship built between therapist and client. I seek to create an environment where therapist and clients work collaboratively to meet the therapeutic goals. Between the therapist’s clinical experience and empathetic nature, client’s motivation for change, and a strong relationship built between the two, I believe the possibility of change can become a reality in the lives of clients.

I believe in creating a compassionate and safe environment where the client feels supported and empowered to make meaningful change. At some point in our lives we face challenges. As a clinician, I will work with my clients in assisting them during the journey to a more positive life. I am grateful to be able to work with clients to build trust, create goals, and develop an individual plan to ensure that their needs are met.

At some point in our lives everyone experiences some kind of emotional pain or stress. At times like this, it is important to be able to create purposeful goals and solutions in a supportive, safe and compassionate environment. My goal is to create this environment where individuals can gain an understanding of their experiences and feelings and then take proactive steps to change their lives in a positive way.

At one time or another, many of us feel as though our lives are becoming unmanageable. I believe that therapy is about change- change in the way we think, react, and/or behave in our circumstances. The relationship between client and therapist is the basis for that change. However, it does not stop there. The client must feel safe in an environment where empathy, freedom to explore, and mutual respect abound. It is my goal to provide each person who comes to Perspectives the opportunity to make those changes. By working together, we will tackle the hard and not so hard issues that are preventing you from experiencing a more joyful life.

A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.”(Lao Tzu) The toughest part of a journey can be getting started but with support and encouragement developed in a therapeutic relationship, all things are possible. Providing a compassionate environment where thoughts, feelings, and behaviors can be explored without judgement is critical to healing and accepting change. I believe in empowering individuals to see their uniqueness and embrace their journey.

The seeds of change are already inside of us. Because we are social beings, these seeds emerge and grow within relationship. Therapy can be a brief catalyst toward a new beginning or a safe haven through which to reflect and transform thoroughly in a private and respectful space. Co-creating a relationship with acceptance and understanding allows the creative self to play with new possibilities toward relating to others and the world. Therapy, at its best, is collaborative and creative.

I believe the relationship between the client and the therapist is the most important part of the counseling process. I don’t believe much change can take place if someone does not feel understood by me and feel they can trust me.

Seeking therapy is a strength that can make a world of difference in one’s life. I believe the therapeutic relationship is a sacred space and time where a person is accompanied, supported, challenged and encouraged to embrace one’s true self that is often masked by unhealthy, familiar patterns.

I enjoy the opportunity to help people. There are some difficult times that people may need help with and having a therapeutic connection with people is to afford them a safe place to process their life experiences.

Life is predictably unpredictable. Despite this, adapting to challenges may not always feel familiar or simple. Feeling understood and accepted is a powerful aspect to dealing with change, but not always available or prevalent. My goal is to provide support and tools while navigating through a variety of struggles and challenges. I strive to provide a holistic therapeutic approach that best fits each individual or couple I work with.

The most important part of therapy to me is the therapeutic relationship itself, and the rapport built between client and therapist. In my part of the relationship, I feel it’s important to meet the person where they are at and help them face their challenges, but also to challenge thinking, and help remind them of positives and opportunities for growth. Change does not happen overnight, and takes time, but allows us to see the strength and resilience of the individual.

I believe that change can occur within a safe, trusting environment. I strive to establish and maintain that environment through meeting clients where they are, and carefully guiding them to where they want to be. My counseling relationships are built on trust, honesty, and mutual respect. I believe that there is always hope in every situation, and I make every effort to help clients find their hope.

Through a strengths-based, holistic approach, I strive to help individuals achieve the goals they have in mind for themselves. I look forward to working with clients to break down barriers, whether they are internal or external from a strengths-based, positive and affirming perspective. I work to engage people in the process of positive change and assist them in achieving personal growth.

As an eclectic therapist I draw techniques and methods from a variety of techniques to better suit each client’s individual needs. I believe that each client should be treated with the individualized attention they deserve. I believe in empowering each of my clients, using my professional education and experience to help them reach their desired goals.

Therapy is meant to help guide, educate or simply support another individual through a difficult thought or period of time. Overall, I believe that therapy is a collaborative experience that is based in a strong working relationship.

Change occurs when both client and therapist are able to work together as a team to co-create a plan of action to uncover the possible constraints that may be blocking the client from reaching his/her full potential. I believe that change is possible for everyone, and I am honored to assist my clients in meeting their goals.

Therapy is an individualized process that empowers you to be honest and open, giving you the willingness to accept change. Self-reflection requires the courage to be vulnerable and the curiosity to explore your feelings. Healthy therapy finds and leverages the strengths within to attain your personal goals.

Positive change unfolds through a genuine therapeutic relationship attentive to the mind, body and spirit of each person. In working with individuals, couples and families it is helpful to focus on the strength, resilience and hope of life’s journey, empowering each person’s innate ability to understand, explore and accept change.

I am committed to creating an enriching, collaborative experience that is built upon mutual respect, acceptance, trust and compassion. My approach is a strength based one in honoring, enhancing and expanding individual strengths and resources for growth, healing and optimal functioning in all areas of life and relationship. I offer a variety of treatment modalities based on individual need and preference including insight oriented psychotherapy, interpersonal empowerment, compassion focused and expressive therapies along with cognitive behavioral strategies and mindfulness to develop a specialized plan that can evolve over time.

It is important for me to build a strong relationship with my clients and meet them where they are at. I draw from a variety of theories and work collaboratively with my clients to find the best fit. My goal is to create a safe and respectful environment that supports vulnerability and promotes change. You are the expert of your life, and I am here to listen, and offer another perspective.

It’s a privilege to be a therapist and to be able to be with people through the tough times that life often brings.  My goal is always to practice with the perspective of strength, kindness, cultural competence, equality and sensitivity.  I believe that therapy is about developing connection with self, family and community; making sense of the meanings that we hold for ourselves and our relationships, through the joys and sorrows that life has to offer us.  Therapy is around to help us make life more manageable, meaningful and joyful.

Growth can only come from a place of love and understanding. Every person has the potential for change and through a careful balance of compassion and accountability, we can help make changes in your life so you can enjoy your blessings. It is an honor and a privilege to walk with you for a while on your journey and be a resource for building the life you want.

I strive to provide a safe and non-judgmental space where thoughts, emotions, behaviors, and symptoms can be explored for deeper meaning and understanding. I use a person-centered and strengths-based approach while utilizing various therapeutic approaches to best meet clients’ needs and goals.

I believe that every person has their own story to tell and that therapy sets the foundation to begin telling it. By providing an open, non-judgmental atmosphere, people are able to begin telling their story in their own way. As a therapist, it is a privilege to work with people on this powerful and healing journey.

I believe therapy is a “gift you give yourself.” I strive to provide a warm, trusting and relaxing environment where ‘listening” to a client’s concerns is foremost. Through a collaborative approach, based on a client’s strengths, I strive to empower my clients to discover positive solutions to life’s challenges creating a sense of mastery and well-being.

I believe the most important part of therapy is to meet people where they are at. We are all on our own journey and moving at our own pace. Therapy is about learning to understand ourselves and within that understanding we find acceptance. Amazing new things happen when we can see things from a different perspective. I’m thankful everyday that I’m allowed to take this journey with you.

I believe that achieving optimal wellness involves comprehensive assessment, intervention & treatment of the whole person – physical, mental, emotional, spiritual and environmental. Listening and honest feedback in a compassionate manner is the core of my practice. Medication may be needed to support the process of healing and recovery. I work with the client to prescribe and monitor the therapeutic value of medications and adjust according.

I believe my role as a therapist is not focused on giving advice and solving client problems, but rather on working with clients to discover their own solutions to their problems and supporting clients through the process of growth and change as they strive to become the best version of themselves.

I believe that merging movement with breath allows us to connect to ourselves on a deeper level. Together we will ground ourselves in a safe, uplifting and non-judgmental space where we can use breath and movement to get out of our minds and into our hearts. It is my honor to journey with you and uncover the balance, strength, self-love and sense of peace that lies within each of us.

No one is immune to stress, overwhelming emotions and various forms of crisis throughout their life. I also believe that you are the expert on your life and I welcome hearing your story in order to walk with you through your life experiences. I aim to create a partnership with you wherein we work to meet your personal goals by discovering and utilizing your strengths, engaging in problem solving, and implementing new strategies for change and growth.

As a parent of a child that was diagnosed with Juvenile Bipolar disorder, I know how hard it is to ask for help and to be vulnerable in therapy. I believe that my experience has allowed me to be approachable and comforting. I have a strong belief in the human heart and I feel honored to be a part of your journey to wellness.

The body may heal on its own, but the mind takes work to heal and get stronger. It is my sincere belief that the most difficult thing a human being can do is to change his or her mind. Counseling is one of the most effective ways to make lasting and meaningful changes in life that I know of. It is not easy, but life gets better and becomes easier the more you work at it.

I believe that a person is body, mind, and spirit and that keeping these in balance is essential to finding peace and contentment amidst difficult circumstances. I believe that it is not as much about what happens to us in life but our response to what happens to us. I believe that each person is an expert in his or her own life and that the relationship between a counselor and a client is a tool to draw out of a client the best possible solutions for his or her own life.

I believe that we all develop and become who we are out of the context of our earliest relationships. What has been hurt in relationships can only be healed through relationships. My role with children, families and adults is to engage in a positive, open and authentic therapeutic relationship where healing, change and meaning can be made, explored and understood. I use a variety of modalities to best fit your needs and with that also a deeper understanding that true change comes through the opportunity to explore and make sense of our past, present and future.

I believe everyone walks into the therapy room with different needs. Maybe the need is to pause and get very present in the moment and to feel. Perhaps there is a desire for problem solving, or to be heard, or to reflect and plan. Whatever the need may be, I feel that my job as a therapist is to meet each and every person where they are and chart a course forward together. I see life challenges and hardships as opportunities, and I believe that healing occurs most efficiently within the context of relationships, including the therapeutic relationship. With the right support, our darkest moments in life can provide the fuel for our greatest growth and transformation.

Often we feel out of control in our lives and this feeling scares us, so we fight it. We fight for control, for stability, for predictability. This fight is exhausting to us because it is never fruitful. If we can work to understand how our mind and body reacts to the events and environment around us, we can then develop an emotional flexibility that allows us to adapt in a more positive way to the negativity we encounter. This flexibility will help release us of this fear and allow us to see what we DO have control over, and that is how we react to, and engage with, life. We begin this process by working on our relationship with ourselves. Working toward being able to accept ourselves with loving kindness, humor and forgiveness gives us a full tank of emotional equity to then deal with what happens outside of our control. Working to be open to change within ourselves and outside of ourselves has a profound effect on our overall happiness.

The most important thing a therapist can do is to help clients feel valued, accepted, and understood. It is my responsibility to listen, support, empathize, and provide a safe and comfortable environment for clients to express themselves. At the same time, I encourage clients to explore different ways of thinking and practice new behaviors that can help them live more peaceful lives.

We are all together and connected in this life. My therapeutic approach is to partner with you to identify, clarify, and remove any roadblocks keeping you from reaching your greatest level of being. My work is focused on seeing you as whole person (body, mind, and spirit) while provding nonjudgmental support in a safe, comforting, and respectful environment.

A psychotherapist is a conduit to change. I believe that everyone has the ability and desire to improve her or his life; to maximize the gift that is life. I seek to facilitate such development through compassionate, dynamic participation in the transformation process.

The basis for my therapy practice includes openness, respect, curiosity, and accountability with every client I meet to ensure a comfortable and effective therapeutic process. I believe one of the greatest parts about being a therapist is sharing in other’s lives and being privileged to hear stories that have shaped people into who they are and who they would like to become. It is very important for me to work with clients at their own pace in order to create a safe space to share, process, learn, and heal from experiences in order to improve quality of life.

My philosophy as a therapist is to always meet the client where they are in life. This could include conflict with a spouse, children or any of the number of curveballs life throws at us. Life has many stressors and changes that can be difficult to handle at times and my goal is to help you through these challenges. I work with my clients to determine what goals they want to achieve in therapy and how best to do so. It has always been my objective to work for the goals of the client and to realize everyone has different backgrounds, beliefs and experiences that make us who we are.

You can’t change your heritage; it was given to you But you can change your legacy; it’s what you give to others.

I believe in the possibility of change. People have tremendous capacity to heal and children, in particular, can be very resilient. When we as adults give to our children the things that we did not get, we heal the child within. I encourage parents to play with their children; this is a great equalizer. As a therapist, I especially enjoy working with children helping them to realize their own power so they can refrain from engaging in self-defeating behaviors. Children face enormous challenges today.

I believe everyone can make changes in their life given the necessary therapeutic tools. I also believe every individual deserves to be heard and treated with genuine concern and respect. I place great value in establishing a safe environment for my clients to come to as they share what problems or symptoms they may be experiencing so we can collaboratively implement a plan of action to promote positive change.

The therapeutic alliance, or relationship between you and I, is the most important factor in the therapy process. I will create a warm and accepting environment, free of judgments, where you are able to share your vulnerabilities at your own pace. Using an integrative approach, I will collaborate with you to gain insight into your life and create long lasting, positive change. I hope to equip you with enough tools that the world will seem brighter and you will feel ready to tackle life’s obstacles.

I look at how children are developing at home, at school, with peers, and in other systems to help them function optimally within their environment. Children communicate best through play. Play therapy allows children to live out their true thoughts, feelings and experiences in a safe environment that supports growth and healing.

Change is possible within a positive therapeutic relationship where one’s thoughts, feelings and behaviors can be understood, examined and challenged in a safe and respectful way. As a clinician it is my role to guide this process of exploration and vulnerability. It is a privilege to be trusted with people’s hopes and dreams for a better, more satisfying life.

There’s nothing more important to the therapeutic process than establishing a strong relationship between counselor and client.  Through a collaborative effort, I strive to create a warm, non-judgmental space where clients of any and all backgrounds feel comfortable to tell their stories, and I provide supportive acceptance in a positive environment. Through the therapeutic process I use a variety of modalities, which allow for gentle directive and reflective approaches designed to empower clients, leading to the promotion of growth and healing.

As an insight-oriented therapist I believe change starts within the individual. I work to push my clients to be inwardly focused, bringing a warm, optimistic perspective to the therapeutic encounter. I have been influenced by experiences abroad, including research, social justice, and clinical encounters. I am dedicated to building expertise in contemporary counseling, research, and family social policy.