Our Therapists

Peg Kelley

Licensed Professional Counselor

Clients: College Students, Adults, Couples
Specialties: Trauma, Relationships, Anxiety

I specialize in helping men and women break patterns of unsatisfying relationships, break codependent patterns, and develop healthy relationships. Many things we have experienced in life can affect how we interact with others. We can work together to explore what patterns are getting in the way of achieving the types of relationships you have been missing.

Traumatic life events have a way of sticking with us and effecting how we feel our body, how we experience the world around us, what we believe about ourselves, and how we interact in relationships. If you are interested in moving forward your inherent strength and resilience can help you move forward and free yourself from the past.

College students who come to see me often come in needing support managing the pressures of college life. Having independence and academic responsibilities can be stressful. If you are working, playing sports, or engaged in other activities, juggling it all can become overwhelming. Getting good grades is not the only challenge to college life. I help students learn to cope with balancing academics, social life, relationships, as well as their mental health. Learn skills to identify self-defeating thought patterns, learn health relationships skills, and balance the many responsibilities that are needed for a successful college career.

Peg Kelley
MA, LPC

East & West Ann Arbor Offices

Clients: College Students, Adults, Couples
Specialties: Trauma,
Relationships, Anxiety

Kristin Penix

Licensed Master Social Worker

Clients: College Aged Adults, Adults, Couples
Specialties: Anxiety, Depression, Trauma

I work with adults who are coping with life transitions, experiencing depression or anxiety, or want to improve the quality of relationships they have in their lives. Have you asked yourself ``Is this it?`` or maybe you felt like you you should be in a different place by now but find yourself in an unsatisfying job, less than satisfying relationship, and no mentionable hobbies or interest you enjoy? Maybe you have been feeling flat, unmotivated, or anxious about meeting new people? If you feel as though the life you have is not what you had imagined, I can help.

Others may come to me because they have put everything they had in their relationships but they are feeling disconnected from their partner. Have you wondered ``where is this relationship going?``, or thought that no matter how hard you try there is still conflict, walking on eggshells, and feeling as though your partner doesn't value you or have the same relationships goals as you do? It can be painful investing so much time in a person and relationship only to find yourself questioning if that investment was worth it or meeting your needs. I help individual men and women, along with couples, get the relationships they want. Many people find it helpful to have an unbiased third person provide feedback, help you identify what is missing and find words so you can identify your needs and communicate them to your partner. If you are interested in finding support to improve your relationships, I can help.

Kristin Penix
LMSW

East & West Ann Arbor Offices

Clients: College Aged Adults, Adults, Couples
Specialties: Anxiety, Depression, Trauma

Katie Wyss

Licensed Master Social Worker

Clients: Children, Families, Couples
Specialties: Parenting, Trauma, Depression, Anxiety

I work with children, families, and couples cope with the many challenges associated with growing up, parenting, and having successful relationships. I also have experience and training working with children and adults on the spectrum. If you have a child or teen who is coping with trauma, depression, anxiety, or has had a change in behavior that concerns you, I can help. As an experienced child and family therapist I work to provide a therapeutic and interactive space for your child and teen to explore their world, issues, and develop skills to help them reduce symptoms, improve emotional regulation, and develop positive relationships.

Some of the behaviors that parents find troubling might include their child suddenly not wanting to spend time with people they used to be friends with, disinterested in participating in activities they used to enjoy, angry outbursts or seemingly uncontrollable behavior, harming themselves in some way, or getting in trouble at school or with the law. This can be frustrating for a parent, and you may have tried everything you can think of but nothing has helped. Therapy can be just as much of a support and tool for parents as it is for kids. We will work together to identify goals, strengths, and barriers so you child can succeed.

Katie Wyss
LMSW

West Ann Arbor Office

Clients: Children, Families, Couples
Specialties: Parenting, Trauma, Depression, Anxiety

Marilyn Acton-Dowell

Licensed Professional Counselor
Certified Clinical Trauma Professional

Clients: Children, Teens, Adults
Specialties: Trauma, Parenting, Re-parenting, Depression, Anxiety

I am an experienced child and family therapist who has worked with people of all ages manage their mood, cope with traumatic histories, and strengthen relationships with their children, partners, and themselves. I often work with parents who want help managing their children's behaviors by providing family or child therapy and parenting support. I provide parents with the skills they need to interpret and manage their kids behavior so they can feel more in control, help empower their child to make good decisions, and remove some of the stress and pressures of parenting. I love to do play therapy and have lots of engaging activities for children to express themselves and develop the tools they need to put their thoughts and feelings into words and regulate their emotions.

I also help people who have dealt with challenging or painful upbringings re-parent themselves and manage their thoughts and feelings. Maybe you grew up in a family that did not provide what you needed or caused you harm, that does not mean you must repeat that pattern. If you are feeling you are ready to let go of that past and free yourself from patterns that are getting in our way, I can help. Being a trauma therapist I take into consideration how you have become the resilient person you are today and help you identify and use your strengths reach your goals.

Marilyn Acton-Dowell
MA, LPC, CCTP

West Ann Arbor Office

Clients: Children, Teens, Adults
Specialties: Trauma, Parenting, Re-parenting, Depression, Anxiety

Ashley Hudson

Licensed Professional Counselor

Clients: College Students, Teens
Specialties: Anxiety, Depression, Life Transitions

Transitions in life are often stressful and can result in heightened anxiety, changes in mood, appetite and sleep patterns as well as difficulty in relationships. Clients may notice increased difficulty expressing themselves, difficulty concentrating and short tempered. It can also cause you to feel down, depressed, or increase symptoms of anxiety. Whether you experience depression or anxiety, or a transition in life has thrown you for a loop, I can help you regain a sense of control.

Using mindfulness strategies and a strength-based approach, I strive to assist clients by working to increase their self-worth, providing opportunities to develop awareness of the problems they are facing, and gain new insights of possible solutions. My clients describe their experience in counseling as enlightening, having given them a new understanding of themselves as well as new skills to use in the future when issues arise.

Ashley Hudson
MA, LPC

East Ann Arbor Office

Clients: College Students, Teens
Specialties: Anxiety, Depression, Life Transitions

Robin Skora

Licensed Professional Counselor

Clients: Adults
Specialties: Anxiety, Depression, Grief

I work with men and women finally gain a sense of control over their anxiety and depression. People come in to see me when they feel no matter what they do, they can’t seem to enjoy life, being around other people, and can’t stop the steady stream of negative self-talk running through their head. My clients might become easily irritated with others or don’t see the joy of being around others anymore. Depression and anxiety are both very treatable with counseling and my experience working with clients using CBT and Mindfulness approaches has provided my clients with the tools they need to break these patterns.

Others come to see me due to a significant loss that is having an impact on their lives. I am a support person who can help you navigate the many complex feelings and thoughts that come along with losing someone. Whether you lost someone you were close with or had a complicated relationship, grief is a unique journey that is best to be navigated with compassion and support.

Robin Skora
MA, LPC

West Ann Arbor Office

Clients: Adults
Specialties: Anxiety,
Depression, Grief

Jessica Foksa

Licensed Professional Counselor
Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist

Teens, Young Adults, Families
Specialties: Relationships, Self-esteem, Depression

I’m a marriage and family therapist with experience counseling teens, young adults, couples and families who want to improve their relationships with loved ones or peers. Interpersonal dynamics, stress, demands, expectations, and communication styles can all have a significant impact on how close and safe we feel with others. I work with my clients to help them identify and communicate their needs, establish healthy boundaries, and improve communication so that they can develop the relationships that leave them feeling fulfilled and supported.

Teens and adults alike can suffer from deficits in confidence. Maybe there were life lessons that taught you a thing or two about the world and how you fit in. Imagine letting go of that negative self-talk and beliefs you hold about yourself. I work with clients who feel powerless and realize they are missing out on relationships and activities due to fear.

I help teens and young adults go from feeling down, depressed, and hopeless to feeling empowered, supported, and prepared. Whether you are feeling numb, unable to enjoy life’s pleasures, or out of control of your emotions, I am here to help you feel heard, give you the tools for long term success.

Jessica Foksa
MA, LPC, LMFT

East & West Ann Arbor Offices

Clients: Teens, Young Adults, Families
Specialties: Relationships, Self-esteem, Depression

Stacey Fleszar

Licensed Professional Counselor
Certified Advanced Alcohol and Drug Counselor

Clients: Adults, Couples
Specialties: Substance Abuse, Depression, Anxiety, Trauma

I specialize in helping adults and couples cope with depression, anxiety, and substance use. Clients who come to see me are usually struggling with low confidence or are coping with stress in unhealthy ways. You might even notice that your relationships, work life, or responsibilities might be suffering as a result of not knowing how to cope with the stressors in your life.

You are not alone. Many people have a hard time knowing what to do when life presents unexpected challenges. You might even wonder why others seem to cope so easily but you have a hard time. I can help you develop strong, positive skills that you will have a lifetime.

If you are suffering from depression or anxiety it is not uncommon to have difficulty managing negative thoughts; they might even be keeping you up at night. You might notice yourself wanting to be alone more or lacking motivation to do the things you used to enjoy. If you worry that your mood might be getting in the way of your relationships with your family, significant other, school, or work, I can help. Or, if the only way you have been coping with life is by using substances we can work together to build up a toolbox of healthy skills that will help you manage moods, improve relationships, and reach the goals you have academically or in your career.

Stacey Fleszar
MA, LPC, CAADC

East & West Ann Arbor Offices

Clients: Adults, Couples
Specialties: Substance Abuse, Depression, Anxiety, Trauma

Adesola Garrett

Limited Licensed Professional Counselor

Clients: Women, Teens, Couples
Specialties: Trauma, Depression, Relationships

I provide individual, couples, and family counseling to adults and adolescents. People come to counseling for a variety of reasons—a sudden life change, academic stress, relationship struggles, anxiety, past trauma, loss, and depression are just a few. No matter what your reason is for seeking help, counseling is a space for you not only to be heard, but also to be received with kindness and without judgment.

I strive to create an environment of trust for clients to be able to express themselves freely. My approach to counseling involves building a relationship based on collaboration where together client and counselor decide the direction and goals of each session. Although every approach is unique to the client, I often pull from person-centered, interpersonal, cognitive behavioral, and family systems counseling theories. I have counseled adolescents and adults experiencing a wide variety of issues such as, depression, anxiety, ADHD, complex trauma, PTSD, domestic violence, career and academic issues, grief and loss, and interpersonal struggles.

My other passions in the counseling field include removing the stigma around mental illness and advocating for the use of trauma-informed interventions. I believe counseling can be beneficial for anyone, no matter age, ability, ethnicity, gender identity, nationality, race, religion, sexual orientation, or socioeconomic status. Furthermore, I seek to acknowledge, respect, and incorporate all of these intersecting identities into the therapeutic process.

Adesola Garrrett
MA, LLPC

East Ann Arbor Office

Clients: Women, Teens, Couples
Specialties: Trauma, Depression, Relationships

Heather Gray

Licensed Professional Counselor

Clients: Teens, Young Adults, Adults
Specialties: Anxiety, Depression, College Transitions, Academic Performance

I specialize in helping teens, college age adults and others deal with the challenges of transitioning to college, academic pressures, and depression and anxiety. The challenges presented to teens and young adults who want to succeed can be overwhelming. With the responsibility of getting good grades, performing well in extracurriculars, volunteering, maintaining relationships, and navigating social media, no wonder why teens and young adults are at greater risk of anxiety and depression. An easy person to talk to, I provide support, and guidance to help teens and young adults develop ways to juggle it all, and also take care of themselves and their mental well being.

My client’s usually start to feel supported and hopeful within a few sessions. Together we will come up with a plan to reach your goals and identify your own unique strengths to get to where you want to be. I offer insight, reflection, and tools for you to build confidence, strengthen relationships, and feel like your moods or anxieties are more manageable. Develop a more fulfilling and balanced life where you are engaging in different activities and enjoying time with others.

Heather Grey
MA, LPC

West Ann Arbor Office

Clients: Teens, Young Adults, Adults
Specialties: Anxiety, Depression, College Transitions, Academic Performance

Naomi Avril

Limited Licensed Professional Counselor
Nationally Certified Counselor

Clients: Adults, Children, Teens
Specialties: Grief & Loss, Depression, Anxiety, Spirituality

I work with people of all ages cope with grief and loss and depression and anxiety.
Many people seek counseling for grief and loss if a loved one has died and now their negative thoughts and emotions are consuming their daily life. Perhaps a relationship recently ended and you need help coming to terms with it and to move on, or maybe the relationship was complicated and you now realize that it won't feel better without help. Grief can occur from different forms of loss, and all can be hard to navigate and process without support. Counseling with me can help you find a safe space where you can tell and make sense of your personal story. It can help you feel that you're not alone in your struggles and provide assistance establishing a ``new normal``. I also help my clients identify positive coping strategies to replace ones that aren't working anymore.

I believe that the relationship between counselor and client is a beautiful partnership, and so I strive to help clients feel heard and valued. If you work with me you will have a better understanding of common reactions to the struggles people experiencing loss face and walk away with positive coping skills to better manage them. You can also feel more confident in your own ability to handle tough situations. When clients feel stuck and need extra support to gain insight and find solutions to problems, it is my goal to connect, collaborate, and grow together in the process. I am there to help you achieve wholeness and healing.

Naomi Avril
MA, LLPC, NCC

East & West Ann Arbor Offices

Clients: Adults, Children, Teens
Specialties: Grief & Loss, Depression, Anxiety, Spirituality

Janine McDermott

Licensed Professional Counselor

Clients: Adults, Teens
Specialties: Anxiety, Depression, Transitions

I have several years of experience as a counselor working with teens and adults who are struggling with depression, anxiety, or have faced a big change and it is proving difficult to adjust. Dealing with these issues can be confusing when you are doing it on your own; It can feel like nothing is working. I will help you learn the tools to cope with your anxiety and depression and start to regain a sense of balance that you have lost.

Whether you are concerned for your teen, you are balancing the demands of college life or career and family, I can help. My clients gain greater insight into how their thoughts are affecting their mood and learn strategies to break negative patterns so they can begin experiencing positive and meaningful changes.

Janine McDermott
MA, LPC

West Ann Arbor Office

Clients: Teens, Adults
Specialties: Anxiety, Depression, Transitions

Vicki Iseler

Licensed Professional Counselor
Nationally Certified Counselor

Clients: Children, Teens, Adults
Specialties: Parenting, Trauma, Depression, Anxiety

I am a child and family therapist who works with parents and children coping with difficult situations and behaviors. I have experience working with children in schools, in their homes, and in an office environment helping parents, and children learn the skills they need to find the results they are looking for. If you are worried about a traumatic event that has happened to you or your child, and are wondering how you are going to move forward, I can help. As an experienced therapist who helps kids cope with depression, anxiety, and trauma, I provide a safe and supportive environment so you can learn the skills needed to cope with life challenges and events, as well as find healing.

Other times parents come to see me because there has been a change that has created tension or led to stress, worry, or behavioral issues. Whether transition be starting a new school, losing a loved one, or parents separating or divorcing, change is difficult. Having a support person in your life to help you or your child adjust to the new situation can make all the difference. People who meet me often find me warm and engaging. I like to be incorporate various tools and strategies while working with kids including art and play therapy when it can help people express themselves and manage the big thoughts and feelings that come up when we are faced with life challenges.

Vicki Iseler
MA, LPC, NCC

West Ann Arbor Office

Clients: Children, Teens, Adults
Specialties: Parenting, Trauma, Depression, Anxiety

Melissa Satti

Licensed Professional Counselor Supervisor
Certified Clinical Trauma Professional

Clients: Adults
Specialties: Trauma, EMDR, Depression, Anxiety

I work with individuals who are coping with the effects that trauma, difficult situations or relationships are having on their lives. I primarily use EMDR therapy as a way to help clients finally move forward in life. EMDR is a is a rapid treatment that uses eye movement to help the brain target the core memories associated with PTSD or trauma, desensitize and reprocess them so you can move forward free from the past. Symptoms of trauma might include difficulty sleeping, difficulty controlling the way your body reacts to triggers like tensing up, racing heart rate, detaching, anxiety, worry, nightmares, sweating, stomach aches or body aches, and difficulty controlling emotions.

Melissa Satti
MA, LPC-S, CCTP

West Ann Arbor Office

Clients: Adults
Specialties: Trauma, EMDR, Depression, Anxiety

Dr. Markita Thompson

Doctor of Nursing Practice
Certified Adult Geriatric Nurse Practitioner
Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner

Clients: Children, Teens, Adults
Specialties: Depression, Anxiety, Bipolar Disorder, Trauma

Dr. Markita Thompson has been recognized as a Top Doctor of Nursing Practice by the International Association of Nurse Practitioners in 2018. Her thorough and holistic approach ensures that your total health is considered when deciding whether or not to introduce psychiatric medications to your treatment.

Being trained in the field of nursing and psychiatry, Dr. Thompson prescribes medications for mental health among other health issues. Having a background in nursing means that she will be evaluating not just at your mental health, but your whole self to make sure that the medication prescribed is best suited for you and your health needs. She also incorporates counseling and Genetic Testing into her services to provide you with the most support available reach your mental health goals.

Dr. Markita Thompson
DNP, AGNP-C, PMHNP

East & West Ann Arbor Offices

Clients: Children, Teens, Adults
Specialties: Depression, Bipolar Disorder, Trauma

Jennifer Simoneau

Licensed Master Social Worker

Clients: Children, Teens, Adults
Specialties: Trauma, Behavioral Issues, Depression, Anxiety

My counseling is centered around helping children, adolescents, teens, and their parents. Parents bring their children in for many reasons. You might feel like no matter how hard you have tried to maintain a relationship with your child they seem to be pulling further away. You no longer enjoy time together, life at home has become tense and full of yelling and screaming. In the competitive world kids live in these days it is common for them to feel tremendous pressure to do well. This can lead to anxiety and worry about their future and how their parents or teachers think of them. Young kids all the way up to college can feel this stress and coping skills can help learn to manage the stress and it may manifest in a variety of undesirable behaviors.

Children, adolescents, and teens also need support when going through traumatic life events and I can help them learn to cope with their worry, stress, and mood. Bullying, abuse, loss of a loved one, or big transitions are all experiences that you or your child may need support with. I provide opportunities for you or your child to communicate using expressive therapies, play, and discussion. Working with me is tailored to the age and needs of my client. I strive to help clients gain insight, develop skills and feel supported so that you can achieve successful results from our time together.

Many parents go through difficulties with their kids. It is impossible to have all the answers all of the time. Part of my job working with kids is also helping parents maintain the changes at home through support and strategies we develop in our sessions. You and your child can learn to communicate, connect, and as a family move forward with the skills you learned here.

Jennifer Simoneau
LMSW

East Ann Arbor Office

Clients: Children, Teens, Adults
Specialties: Trauma, Behavioral Issues, Depression, Anxiety

Jenni Gretzema

Licensed Professional Counselor
Certified Child Life Specialist

Clients: Children, Adults
Specialties: Chronic Illness, Grief & Loss, Anxiety

My counseling is centered around helping children and adults cope with grief and loss, chronic medical illnesses, and depression or anxiety. I help people connect and express what they are going through using play, creative strategies, and activities. I am very hands on and work with my clients to find tools that they are comfortable with, enjoy, and that can help them reach their goals.

Grief and loss can be complex and confusing. The stages come and go and come back again. There is no need to be hard on yourself or go through it alone. I can help you or your child navigate the thoughts and feelings associated with facing new challenges in a way that can help you find resolution and peace.

Other reasons why parents might contact me is because they noticed their child is struggling to manage anxiety. Their child might be too nervous to do things that others don't think twice about. If it is getting in the way of them enjoying activities, their friends, or school, then it might be time to explore it further. Your child can learn the tools that can help them overcome anxiety and I can help.

Jenni Gretzema
MA, LPC, CCLS

West Ann Arbor Office

Clients: Children, Adults
Specialties: Chronic Illness, Grief & Loss, Anxiety

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