MEET OUR THERAPISTS
Deleska Crockett-Grekin, Ph.D, LLP
Deleska earned her Master’s Degree in Applied Psychology from New York University. Deleska also completed a 2000 hour APA accredited internship at the University of Michigan’s Counseling and Psychological Services in Ann Arbor. She completed her Ph.D in Counseling Psychology from Indiana University Bloomington in 2015. She began working with clients in 1995 and has licensure from the State of Michigan to practice counseling with supervision. Deleska is a therapist as well as a musician. Her passion and expertise is working with creative artists. She often integrates the use of expressive/creative arts in the therapeutic process.
Deleska also has interest and expertise with issues related to spirituality and religion, chronic illness, cultural adjustment, grief and loss, women's issues, and various forms of trauma.
Deleska's clients have been diverse in terms of sexual orientation, ethnicity, age, gender identity, religion, socio-economic status, ability, and cultural backgrounds. She is committed to practicing with sensitivity to multicultural considerations.
Susie earned her Master’s Degree in Clinical Psychology from Eastern Michigan University in 2003, completing practicums at the Center for the Education of Women (CEW) and the EMU Psychology Clinic. She worked at the University of Michigan for 11 years, coordinating research projects and providing case management to pregnant women and new mothers coping with prenatal and postpartum depression, anxiety, extensive trauma histories, bipolar disorder, and substance abuse while balancing parenting and healthy self-care. While at UM, she co-facilitated parenting support groups (Mom Power) for mothers in recovery in partnership with Home of New Vision, as well as published several articles and two book chapters on perinatal mental health. Finally, Susie has 15 years of experience with psychological testing and clinical interviewing, specifically ADHD, learning disability assessment, and DSM-5 diagnosis. Please see Psychological Testing under Services for more information.
Susie has licensure from the State of Michigan to practice counseling and psychological testing with supervision. She works from an interpersonal, humanistic-existential, and feminist psychodynamic perspective, with an emphasis on co-creating safe, non-judgmental spaces in which pain can be transformed into strength. She enjoys working with clients who may not feel that their mental health is supported by society or have multiple identities, particularly pregnant individuals, LGBTQIA folks, parents, and trauma survivors.
As a sex-positive, Kink Aware, and Poly Aware professional, Susie has extensive experience working with clients exploring polyamory and consenual non-monogamy, including individuals, couples, triads, and quads. She believes that psychological wellness can be harshly impacted by intolerance of diversity, and is dedicated to exploring each client’s unique pathway to healing.
Susan Hamilton, M.S. LLP
Joy Saniyah, Ph.D., LP,
Founder & Director
Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT-200)
Certified Kemetic Yoga Teacher
Reiki Level II Practitioner
S. M. Fitzgerald, LMSW, CST (Fitz), Assistant Director of Operations
Fitz (they/them) earned their Master’s Degree in Social Work from The University of Michigan in 2013 and completed a Post-Masters clinical fellowship at the University of California Berkeley. In 2016 Fitz completed The University of Michigan’s Sexual Health Certificate program and has been an AASECT Certified Sex Therapist since 2019. They are fully licensed to practice in the State of Michigan.
Fitz approaches therapeutic work from a multicultural feminist framework. They integrate specific interventions from a variety of modalities including CBT, DBT, mindfulness, motivational interviewing, harm-reduction, and compassion focused therapy to best support each client. They acknowledge that client’s multiple identities and experiences impact their presenting concerns and as such dedicates her client interactions toward developing collaborative, mutually agreed upon goals and solutions. Fitz has experience supporting clients with anxiety, depression, adjustment to life changes, grief and loss, trauma, relationship issues, minority stress, HIV, identity exploration, and sexual health concerns.
Fitz has a particular passion for working with LGBTQIA identified clients and is an advocate for those exploring gender identity, including transition support. They have training in working with clients/couples with concerns about sexual health, sex and intimacy, sexual functioning, is supportive of those exploring ethically/consensually non-monogamous relationships, and is a kink-aware provider. Fitz has experience working with clients from diverse backgrounds in regards to socioeconomic status, race and ethnicity, age, gender, and sexuality.
Shannon Tatum, LMSW, Assistant Director of Quality and Development
Shannon earned her Master’s Degree in Social Work from the University of Michigan and has been a fully licensed clinical social worker since 2009. She has over 8 years of clinical experience working with children, youth, adults, and families in southeastern Michigan. She believes strongly in the mission and Code of Ethics of social work to “enhance human well-being and help meet the basic human needs of all people, with particular attention to the needs and empowerment of people who are vulnerable [and] oppressed….”
She has worked with clients from diverse backgrounds in regards to socioeconomic status, race and ethnicity, sexual orientation, and gender identity and expression. She has strong experience and a particular passion for working with LGBTQ youth and adults. Shannon is an advocate for the LGBTQ, ethically/consensually non-monogamous, and kink communities and believes that much of what we label as “dysfunction” is often a result of our culture’s devaluing of individual differences.
Shannon uses a strengths-based, collaborative, eclectic approach based on each client’s individual needs that includes cognitive behavioral, feminist, and humanistic perspectives. She has experience working with mood and anxiety disorders, including depression, bipolar disorder, generalized anxiety, OCD, and trauma, as well as grief and loss, adjusting to life changes, and relationship issues. She also has extensive experience with parenting support and guidance. Shannon believes in integrating the following in her therapeutic work with clients: developing awareness and understanding of each person’s experiences; strengthening communication and coping skills; and connecting people with community supports to help sustain therapeutic gains.
Joy's (she/her) vision for Integrative Empowerment Group is to provide a safe space for clients to feel heard, understood, and empowered regardless of their identities, beliefs, and ways of living and loving.
Clinically, Joy is passionate about working with those who are traditionally marginalized in society and underrepresented in help seeking environments. Joy practices from a multicultural feminist perspective with the goal of collaborating with clients (individuals, couples, groups) toward reaching mutually agreed upon goals. She has extensive experience working with womxn of color and clients who identify as LGBTQA. Joy is an advocate for those exploring gender identity including transition support. Finally, she is an experienced Kink and Poly Knowledgeable professional.
Joy graduated with a Master's Degree in Organizational Psychology from Teacher's College at Columbia University and a Ph.D in Counseling Psychology from Fordham University in New York City. Joy has over 13 years of experience working with college students at several major universities including three years at Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. Joy has been a fully licensed psychologist since 2010. Joy is a Registered Yoga Teacher as well as a Reiki Level II practitioner.
Laurin Tuxbury-Elliott, LMSW, ACSW
Laurin (she/her/hers) earned her Master’s in Social Work from the University of Michigan in 2012 and is a fully licensed clinical social worker in the State of Michigan. Laurin began her career at SafeHouse Center working with survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault. She spent five years employed at Ozone House, working with at-risk youth ages 10-20 and their families. Recently Laurin was working in the medical setting, providing services to clients across the life span on a multidisciplinary team. Laurin is currently employed with Michigan Medicine providing psychotherapy to youth through the Regional Alliance for Healthy Schools.
Laurin believes therapy is a collaborative process, offering space to meet each client where they are at and tailoring services based on individual style and needs. She is passionate about reducing stigma around mental health services, and practicing with strengths based and person centered approach. Laurin approaches therapy from a feminist perspective believing empowerment is central to the therapeutic process. She utilizes an eclectic style incorporating therapies such as CBT, DBT, Motivational Interviewing, and mindfulness.
Laurin is particularly passionate about collaborating with LGBTQ2SIA+ populations, including working to explore gender identity and providing transition support. Laurin has vast clinical experience in areas of sexualized violence, domestic violence, complex trauma, anxiety disorders, depression, attachment, foster care/adoption, pregnancy, infertility, perinatal mood disorders, and conflict within youth and families.
Nina Nabors, Ph.D, LP
As a multicultural feminist therapist, Nina believes that the client is the expert in their own life. Her role as the therapist is to assist the client with gaining insight and an understanding of why they are in distress. Nina believes many difficulties we experience stem from unresolved issues from past experiences and/or relationships. We often bring these issues into our current relationships whether it be romantic, work, school, or family. Our experiences are also impacted by the connection between our cultural identities including our race/ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, age, ability status, religion) and our environment. Racism, sexism, heterosexism, ableism and other forms of oppression impact our ability to function at our best. Nina believes the goal of therapy is to thoroughly explore current distressing situations, how or whether they connect to past experiences and together with the client determines the best approach to resolving distress.
Nina has over 20 years of experience in working with clients in various capacities. She has worked with children and families during and after earning a masters degree in clinical psychology from Illinois State University in 1988. Nina furthered her education at the University of Florida where she earned her PhD in clinical psychology in 1994, specializing in neuropsychology and rehabilitation psychology. Nina has worked with clients individually and in couples and her current practice is focused primarily on working with adults. Nina’s primary orientation is multicultural feminist and she work’s from an insight oriented, relational approach. Areas of expertise include anxiety or fears, lingering sadness or depression, relationship concerns (couples/marital, separation/divorce, family conflict), work & school related concerns, identity exploration & discovery (sexuality, cultural background, gender), and adjustment concerns (disability, ethnicity/racial, gender, sexual orientation). She has been a fully licensed psychologist in the state of Michigan since 1997.
In addition to her practice, Nina work’s as a university administrator in a university committed to educating working adults at a distance. She mentors students through their dissertation research focusing primarily on multicultural psychology in all its forms. Nina’s research interests include the psychology of oppression and privilege , multicultural psychology and adjustment to disability and she has numerous publications and presentations in these areas. This means that she is committed to remaining current on treatments deemed best by her discipline to work with particular forms of distress.
Craig VanKempen, MPH, LMSW
Craig (he/him/his) earned two Master’s degrees in Social Work and Public Health from the University of Michigan and has been working as a clinical social worker since 2010. He has extensive experience working with LGBTQ+ clients and practicing supportive therapy. He worked with a diverse clientele at AIDS Partnership Michigan in Detroit where he provided individual and group psychotherapy to people living with HIV. He also has a special appreciation and talent for working with adolescents, having worked at the Corner Health Center in Ypsilanti providing therapy to adolescents and young adults, and working with health centers around the nation in order to make their practices, policies, and environments more adolescent-friendly through the Adolescent Health Initiative at the University of Michigan. He also worked in adolescent development before becoming a therapist, directing a camp focused on youth leadership.
Craig’s clinical interests include relationships and couples/relationship counseling; LGBTQ+ issues, including coming out and transition; sexuality, including sexual compulsion; death, loss, and grief; and identity development. He uses an eclectic approach with tools from CBT, DBT, mindfulness, and Motivational Interviewing, depending on each individual client’s particular need. He will work with clients to develop a personalized treatment plan and goals for achieving the gains that they want in therapy. He celebrates the different intersecting identities of each person and makes sure to integrate that into the therapeutic process.
Craig has a special interest in working with polyamorous individuals and relationships, and is knowledgeable about and welcoming to different types of sexuality, including BDSM/Kink.
Annette Marciel, LPC
Annette believes that healing and empowerment are wholly achievable and begin with a trusting therapist-client relationship in a supportive, accepting therapeutic environment. She approaches therapy as a collaborative process of exploration and empowerment, and provides affirming, non-judgmental, strengths-based treatment emphasizing the individual. Her work with clients is firmly rooted in humanistic and interpersonal approaches, and is informed by an eclectic variety of modalities, including EMDR, DBT, ACT, and Emotion-Focused Therapy, adapted to individual needs.
Annette has extensive experience working with the LGBTQ+ community and provides a sex-positive, affirming space. She also has extensive experience working with people coping with a diverse range of concerns, including trauma/PTSD, anxiety, depression, self-esteem, relationships (both monogamous and ethically/consensually non-monogamous), race, ethnicity, sexual orientation and gender identity, life transitions, substance misuse, chronic illness, sexual assault, and grief and loss. Annette is also a kink-aware counselor.
During her ten years of clinical experience, Annette has worked at a variety of community agencies and clinics, including Whitman-Walker in Washington, D.C., providing care to adults in both mental health and addiction services in individual and group settings. Annette earned her master's degree from the University of Tennessee and also completed the National Group Therapy Institute two-year program at the Washington School of Psychiatry. She is currently working toward EMDR certification through EMDRIA.
Aesha Mustafa, LMSW
Aesha earned her Master’s Degree in Social Work from the University of Michigan and has been working as a clinical social worker since 2013. Prior to Integrative Empowerment, she worked at the Corner Health Center as a clinical social worker and case manager, specializing in pregnant and parenting adolescents.
Aesha’s clinical interests include clients working through financial strains, academic and occupational challenges, ADHD and planning related issues, depression, anxiety, stress, LGBTQIA issues, relationship concerns (monogamous, non-monogamous, kink), eating disorder and body image concerns, and cross-cultural/multicultural issues. She has a particular interest working with individuals from traditionally marginalized and underserved communities.
She aims to understand how clients’ multiple identities intersect and influence their lives. Aesha strives to create a collaborative therapeutic relationship in which the client feels empowered to direct and tailor sessions to best fit their needs. Her therapeutic approach includes utilizing techniques from feminist, multicultural, cognitive behavioral and dialectical behavioral therapy, and motivational interviewing.
Outside of the office, Aesha is a PhD student in Higher Education at Michigan State University. Her research interests explore higher education’s role in promoting students to develop a propensity toward civic engagement, diversity, equity, and inclusion.
Jo Serrapere, MA, LLP, CAADC
Jo Serrapere, MA, LLP, CAADC (she/her/hers)has been a therapist for over 20 years treating both mental health and substance use concerns. She is an alumnus of the University of Michigan and The Center for Humanistic Studies (now named Michigan School of Professional Psychology), and has a specialty in trauma and depression treatment. Jo particularly enjoys working with clients within the LGBTQQIA and creative artist community. She is a performing musician and songwriter as well as a psychologist, and values the role of creativity in the healing process. Jo is also the daughter of a transgender parent and is a parent herself to an 8-year-old daughter. She primarily sees adults individually and occasionally works with couples in her practice. She will split her time between the Integrative Empowerment Group and St. John Providence Eastwood Clinics in Livonia.
Jasmin Ashakih, LMSW
Jasmin helps clients connect with their innate strengths and goals by integrating evidence-based, solution focused and psychodynamic modalities. She creates a welcoming atmosphere in which individuals are affirmed as they navigate and adjust to the stages and circumstances of their lives.
Having immigrated to the US as a teenager, Jasmin has a unique international perspective that allows her to hone in on concerns of acculturation and otherness. She is fluent in German, Amharic and Tigrinya. Jasmin graduated from the University of Michigan with a Master's Degree in Social Work in 2004 and has 12 years of experience in mental health and interpersonal practice with clients from diverse backgrounds in both outpatient and inpatient settings.
Jasmin’s professional experience includes work with pediatric and adult clients and their families as a Psychiatric Social Worker at the University of Michigan Psychiatric In-Patient Hospital.
She has experience with crisis intervention, individual and group counseling with survivors of sexual assault and domestic violence at SAFE House. Jasmin also worked offering individual and group mental health and addiction counseling at Home of New Vision and with homeless adults at the Delonis Center.
Jasmin has worked with people navigating a diverse range of concerns including anxiety, depression, self-esteem, relationships, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation and gender identity, life transitions, trauma, PTSD, addiction, oppression and discrimination, sexual assault, domestic violence, grief and loss. Jasmin also has unique experience, and a particular passion for, working with the families of people with mental illness. She also works with individuals and families addressing issues of aging and memory loss.
Lindsay Phillips, LMSW, CST
Lindsay earned her Master’s Degree from the University of Michigan School of Social Work in 2012 and is fully licensed to practice in the state of Michigan. Lindsay's preferred pronouns are she/her/hers. Since graduation Lindsay has been working clinically at the University of Michigan now known as Michigan Medicine. Previously she provided acute psychological trauma services in the medical emergency department. She currently provides individuals and couples therapy specific to Sexual Health at Michigan Medicine's Center for Sexual Health.
Lindsay also currently works collaboratively with the obstetrical/gynecology medical team as the sexual health counselor at Michigan Medicine Von Voigtlander Women’s Hospital in the Vulvar Disease Clinic. She is also the sexual health counselor in the prostate cancer survivorship clinic at Michigan Medicine working with post prostatectomy patient's and their sexual partners. Lindsay is a graduate from the University of Michigan Sexual Health Certificate program in dual tracks as a Sexuality Educator and Sex Therapist. She is also a fully certified AASECT Sex therapist.
Clinically Lindsay is passionate about the process of each individual’s therapeutic journey and the deeply interpersonal benefits and strengths that we each hold within us. She approaches therapeutic work from an eclectic, feminist, humanistic, and strength based perspective integrating different intervention modalities to best support each individual. Lindsay has clinical strengths in working with LGBTQ populations, athletes, older adults, sexuality, women's sexual health, and sexual dysfunctions. She is a kink and Poly aware provider.
As a retired team USA synchronized figure skater and recent 2019 Adult US Figure Skating National Champion Lindsay continues to utilize her athletic abilities to assist individuals through movement and dance. She currently teaches the dance and movement class at the University of Michigan for people diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease. Lindsay is interested in the continuation of exploring movement, healing, and sexual health.
Kulkiran (Kulky) Nakai, Psy.D, LLP
Kulky brings a creative, synergistic, and vibrant energy to the workplace. She earned her doctorate in clinical psychology at Adler University in Chicago, IL and her masters in counseling psychology at Argosy University in San Diego, CA. Identifying as a fat and tattooed queer femme of color, Kulky has also experienced marginalization, discrimination, and oppression for these intersecting identities throughout her life. She understands the deep impact that prejudice and stigma has on one’s mental health and wellbeing, and she is committed to socio-political and cultural change in efforts towards social justice and equality. After years of professional training and personal exploration, she is not only fulfilling her calling but is also creating her legacy. Accordingly, Kulky is intentional about helping to cultivate meaningful, healing, and transformative therapeutic relationships so that her clients may become their own compassionate caregiver and agent of change to live an authentic, value-guided, and worthwhile life.
Kulky operates within a relational foundation of humanistic, systemic, multicultural, and feminist frameworks. She values being a strong generalist who can establish a safe and secure therapeutic atmosphere for providing customized, holistic, and evidenced-based individual and group therapy. Clinically, she practices multi-theoretical, trauma-informed, and multiculturally competent treatment, and she specializes in mindfulness-based practices working with marginalized and oppressed communities. Her main treatment approaches include third-wave Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), and Mindfulness Self-Compassion (MSC). She also incorporates narrative, brief-psychodynamic, positive psychology, and creative therapies in treatment. Kulky enjoys working with diverse young adults who have experienced relational trauma, identify as perfectionists, are highly self-critical and shame-prone, have low self-esteem/worth, and/or who may exhibit ineffective coping behaviors such as suicidality, self-harm, disordered eating, and substance abuse. Additional professional interests include mood disorders, complex anxiety concerns (social anxiety, relational OCD), identity development and intersectionalities of multicultural diversity concerns, family of origin issues and attachment/relational concerns.
Alongside her heartfelt therapeutic style, Kulky takes a collaborative, encouraging, and empowering approach to help foster change by developing insight, expanding coping skills, mastering distress or challenges, emboldening self-agency, affirming self-expression, nurturing resilience, and promoting overall wellness. She aims to cultivate the courage and resiliency for her clients to take risks towards vulnerability and connection. She hopes to demonstrate how to let go of unnecessary suffering, to forgive ourselves for our past transgressions, to unapologetically love ourselves for who we already are, to have faith in our goodness and our potential, to wholeheartedly trust our intuitive wisdom, and to believe in the process of healing and transformative growth. Above all, it is the utmost importance that folx who work with Kulky leave treatment having felt heard, seen, valued, understood, and inspired.
Kulky is a transplant from California who has rooted herself in the Ann Arbor community. As a multifaceted individual, Kulky is more than just a psychologist. She is also an amateur podcaster, improv enthusiast, and aspiring femme (drag) queen. Additionally, she has experienced the transformative power of applying mindfulness self-compassion, gratitude, and positive affirmations to her own life, and she understands the courage it takes to step into her own light and power for living a meaningful and authentic life.
Melissa Grey, Ph.D, LP
Melissa is passionate about how psychotherapy can contribute to healing and to improving the quality of life of individuals, relationships, and communities. Melissa (she/her) uses multicultural and feminist perspectives, and she believes that people need to be believed, understood, and accepted as we are. From this starting point, a collaborative relationship in which a client makes empowered decisions about change directs the course of psychotherapy. She tends to use cognitive-behavioral, interpersonal, solution-focused, and acceptance-based interventions tailored to clients’ circumstances.
Melissa has experience working with people who want support or to make changes related to depression and anxiety, trauma- and stress-related concerns, relationship concerns, adjustment, grief and loss, minority stress, and sexual, gender, and other identity-related concerns. She is passionate about working with LGBTQIA clients and is an advocate to those who are exploring gender identity, including transition support. Melissa is Kink-Aware and affirming of the diverse ways people know themselves in relationships and identities, including in consensual non-monogamous and polyamorous relationships.
Melissa earned her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Eastern Michigan University in 2009 and has been a Licensed Psychologist in the state of Michigan since 2011. Her multicultural and intersectional perspective grew on internship at Michigan State University’s Multi-Ethnic Counseling Center Alliance, and her post-doctoral fellowship in clinical health psychology shaped her integrative health perspective. In addition to psychotherapy, Melissa works as a college instructor and mentors students to create empowering contexts for growth and learning. Aware of how powerfully well-being is influenced by broader social and legal contexts, Melissa also advocates for public policy and cultural change.
Whitney Begeman, Psy.D LP
Informed by theories of empowerment and social justice, Whitney seeks to work collaboratively with her clients, honoring each person’s conception of their own strengths, and supporting individuals in creating the lives they want for themselves. She is responsive to the unique circumstances and needs of each client, using tailored interventions from a variety of therapies including, Redecision, Motivational Interviewing (MI), Acceptance and Commitment (ACT), and Dialectical Behavioral (DBT). Mindful of the many ways social institutions and structures impact individual mental health and well-being, Whitney is passionate about creating safe spaces and opportunities for people of all identities to deepen and expand their understanding of themselves. Whitney enjoys working with adolescents, emerging adults, and adults, and has interests in identity development, family of origin issues, and complex trauma.
Whitney earned her PsyD in clinical psychology in 2015 from the Michigan School of Professional Psychology and is a doctoral limited license psychologist (DLLP). She has received clinical training in a variety of therapeutic settings including an adolescent residential facility, a university counseling center, and a community mental health clinic. Additionally, Whitney has over 10 years of experience working in school and community settings with children, adolescents, and families of diverse backgrounds in areas of adolescent sex education, juvenile delinquency prevention, and children’s literacy development.
Katie Murphy, Psy.D, LP
Katie (she/her/hers) believes in the power of psychotherapy and feels honored to walk alongside people as they navigate life’s challenges and uncover their inner resilience. Katie earned her doctorate in clinical psychology in 2015 from the Chicago School of Professional Psychology, with concentrations in both Health Psychology and International Psychology & Human Rights. She specializes in supporting those suffering with stress related concerns, those who have endured trauma and those facing health challenges, as well as those who are navigating issues of identity development and/or life transitions. She is committed to providing affirming services to those of marginalized identities and communities including people of color and LGBTQIA folks.
Prior to joining Integrative Empowerment Group, Katie worked and trained in college counseling centers; with refugees, asylees, and survivors of politically based torture at Chicago’s Marjorie Kovler Center and with cancer patients and their families at Loyola University’s Medical Center. She has specialized training and experience supporting survivors of trauma as well as in offering support and consultation to the legal teams and other professionals supporting such survivors. Katie also has specialized training in understanding how biological, psychological, behavioral, and cultural factors contribute to physical health, chronic illness, stress and healing.
Grounded in the belief that each person has their own unique and multifaceted story which deserves to be honored, Katie builds a trusting and authentic therapeutic relationship rooted in respect and dignity. Accordingly, Katie utilizes an integrated approach to psychotherapy that is individualized, strength-based, and collaborative. She draws heavily on Narrative Therapy, a collaborative and non-pathologizing approach in which people's lives and identities are seen as multi-storied versus single-storied and one’s problems and wellbeing are appreciated within the broader social context of people's lives. Katie’s therapeutic stance is also grounded in various theories such as contemporary relational-cultural theory, feminist theory, oppression/empowerment, and somatic, mindfulness and body-centered approaches. Katie believes the body and mind are influenced by trauma and disease and is passionate about uncovering the unique path to healing and health with the people she works alongside.
Radha Bhatt, LLMSW, Assistant Director of Community Engagement and Outreach
Radha earned her Master’s Degree in Social Work from the University of Michigan. Radha has experience working with children, youth, and adults. She completed her clinical internships at Ozone House and The Women’s Center of Southeastern Michigan. During her time at Ozone House she provided case management, crisis intervention, and emergency services to socio-economically diverse youth populations experiencing homelessness and/or who were at-risk of becoming homeless. The youth seeking services mainly identified as LGBTQQIA and were navigating issues such as trauma, grief, loss, gender/identity concerns, self-esteem, depression, and anxiety. Radha continued working with Ozone House after her internship, as a Youth Specialist. She worked within the residential treatment setting enhancing young people’s coping and independent living skills.
At the Women’s Center, Radha approached her work from a feminist perspective and was able to explore an integrative approach using a variety of therapeutic techniques based on each client’s needs and goals that were identified during therapy. She worked with adults experiencing anxiety, trauma, depression, domestic violence, and emotional and financial stress. Radha recently moved back to the Ann Arbor/Ypsilanti area after two years of working with children at Big Brothers Big Sisters of Tampa Bay. She supervised mentor/mentee relationships by building healthy relationships, monitoring child safety, and strengthening communication skills between mentors, children, and their families.
Radha comes from a multi-cultural and multi-ethnic background and she is passionate about social justice. Radha has particular interest in working with LGBTQQIA communities, individuals/couples with sexual health concerns, and those navigating ethically/consensually non-monogamous relationships. Radha integrates feminist, interpersonal, humanistic, and strength-based approaches when working with clients. She often uses cognitive behavioral and mindfulness techniques when appropriate. Radha enjoys working with individuals who also want to focus on their mind, body, and overall wellness.
Joi Rencher, LMSW
Joi (she/her) has over ten years of social work experience, combined with a Master's Degree from the University of Michigan and is a fully licensed Social Worker. During her seven years at Ozone House Youth and Family Services in Ann Arbor, she provided empathy, advocacy, individual and group therapy to a socioeconomically and culturally diverse population of youth, young adults, and families. Currently, she serves as the Coordinator and Independent Living Skills Coach for the MAGIC Program at Eastern Michigan University. This program exists to alleviate barriers to achieving a college degree for students that have experienced foster care or homelessness.
Through these opportunities, Joi has gained a passion for supporting individuals struggling with depression, anxiety, and other mood related concerns. Joi is passionate about working to support women of color, the LGBTQQIA community, and individuals that have experienced trauma.
Sarah Bryan, Ph.D, LPC
Sarah earned her Master's degree in Mental Health Counseling at Bowling Green State University in Bowling Green, Ohio. She is currently working on her doctorate in Counselor Education at Western Michigan University. She has completed the Gottman Level I training for relationship counseling. She has also completed substantial additional training in multicultural counseling strategies, and with supporting clients as they explore gender identity, both individually and in the context of their relationships. Sarah has made a life-long commitment to working against social injustice of all types. She is particularly passionate about participating in anti-racist communities, and about advocating for social justice for the LGBTQQ community. She has sought additional education for working with clients in polyamorous relationships. She is also a kink-aware counselor.
Sarah's approach to counseling is centered in her commitment to social justice. Her orientation is person-centered; this approach empowers clients to take the lead in their own therapeutic work. Sarah also uses techniques and strategies from a variety of theoretical approaches, including cognitive behavioral therapy, motivational interviewing, and existential therapy. Sarah has experience working with clients who have experienced trauma, depression, anxiety, relationship concerns, anger issues, and addiction.
LeCreshia M. McKinney, M.Ed, Doctoral Psychology Intern
LeCreshia is a Psychological Intern and is working towards the completion of a PhD in Counseling Psychology at the University of Missouri. She earned her Masters of Education in Counseling Psychology from the University of Missouri in 2009 and has 10 years of experience working with a variety of clients across settings including: The University of Missouri (MU) Career Center, the MU Counseling Center, MU System Employee Assistance Program and the University of Michigan CAPS. She has most commonly worked with client concerns such as: anxiety, women’s identity development, gender role exploration, grief and loss, life transitions/phase of life concerns, LGBTQIA issues, self-injury, anger management, depression, career indecision and coping with past sexual abuse/trauma.
LeCreshia's special interests include working with: survivors of sexual and other forms of trauma, members of the LGBTQIA community, identity development, gender role exploration, racial minorities and other groups whom are often marginalized.
She strives to create a collaborative, empathetic and respect driven relationship between client and counselor; strongly believing in the client’s position as an expert on themselves and their experiences. This perspective is shaped by a passion for social justice and being an advocate for her clients as well as a support as they experience what can be difficult change. Her clinical perspective is informed by a combination of feminist and cognitive behavioral (CBT) approaches.
Her research interests include: group dynamics, racial identity development and prosocial intergroup behavior among racially disparate groups.
Danielle Trieskey, LMSW
Danielle earned her Master's Degree in Social Work from the University of Michigan and has been a fully licensed clinical social worker since 2010. She has over eight years of clinical experience working with children, young adults, adults, older adults, and families in the southeastern Michigan area. Her clients have had diverse backgrounds in regards to socioeconomic status, race and ethnicity, sexual orientation, and gender identity and expression. Danielle believes strongly in empowering people to live their most authentic life.
Danielle has a vivid passion in the areas of sexuality, gender identity, kink awareness/BDSM, consensual non-monogamy especially as how these areas can intersect with people of color and other marginalized communities. Social activism is another passion for Danielle.
Her therapeutic approach combines elements of Person-Centered Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, and Humanistic Therapy. Danielle's hope for every client is to assist them with nurturing a stronger and healthier sense of themselves and their identities.
Diana Quinn Inlak'ech, ND
Board Certified Naturopathic Doctor
Diana (she/her) is a board-certified naturopathic doctor specializing in endocrinology, integrative mental health, and mind-body medicine. She is a graduate of National University of Natural Medicine (NUNM) in Portland, OR and has been in clinical practice for over 12 years. The nature of her work is holistic and vitalistic, rooted in the healing power of nature. Diana’s foundational training is in evidence-based complementary and alternative medicine. She has fused this with mind/body medicine for a science-meets-spirituality approach. She passionately believes in the capacity of body/mind/spirit to heal, and sees her role as that of facilitator to support the self-healing of her clients.
In her consultative practice, Diana compassionately holds a space of empowerment through information, resources, and natural medicine modalities. Diana co-creates a therapeutic plan with clients which may include a variety of modalities: food as medicine, herbal allies and botanical medicine, shamanic healing and the use of ceremony and ritual, homeopathy and flower essences, somatic bodywork, mind/body techniques, and nature-based therapy.
Her practice is trauma-informed with a healing justice lens, grounded in intersectional feminism. She seeks to provide safe space to those who have felt alienated within conventional medicine spaces including the LGBTQIA+ community, people of color, trauma survivors, differently abled folks, and people of size (as a HAES advocate).
Dr. Quinn maintains a naturopathic license in the state of Vermont. Due to the lack of licensing naturopathic medicine in the state of Michigan, she is unable to provide primary care or accept insurance, but she offers a sliding scale in effort to increase access to holistic medicine for those who seek it.
Dave Zellmer, LMSW, LICSW
Dave (he/him/his) earned his Master’s in Social Work from the University of Michigan in 2011, and is a fully licensed clinical social worker in the State of Michigan as well as the State of Massachusetts.
Dave’s approach is relational in nature and incorporates an eclectic range of interventions including CBT, TF-CBT, motivational interviewing, mindfulness and narrative therapy. Dave believes that the therapeutic process is a journey where client and practitioner work together collaboratively to achieve the client’s goals through a strengths-based and client empowerment approach. Dave recognizes that each client’s strengths, needs and goals are unique and he tailors his therapeutic approach accordingly to best support each client. Dave’s clinical interests include LGBTQIA issues; providing gender-affirming therapeutic services to assist clients in accessing necessary medical care; helping clients cope with and manage ongoing mental health needs; grief, death and loss; trauma; school issues; and relationship issues.
Dave previously worked at Ozone House in Ann Arbor, MI, providing therapy services for students age 18 and older in community college and university settings, with a special focus on assisting with adjustment to college, managing emerging and/or ongoing mental health needs (most often involving anxiety, depression, bipolar and PTSD) and safely processing past and/or current traumas. Dave also worked as a family therapist at Ozone House providing strengths-based therapy services to children, adolescents, young adults and their families. Prior to earning his Master’s degree and working as a therapist, Dave was a Wraparound Care Coordinator in the city of Milwaukee where he worked with children and families using a strengths-based model of care, which he carries with him to this day in his therapeutic approach.
Dave is Kink Knowledgeable and Poly-Aware/Poly-Affirming. He believes therapy must be a safe space for clients to explore issues while acknowledging and affirming all of their intersecting identities.
Coryanna Ku, LPC, NCC
Myra Saniyah, LLMSW
Reiki Level II Practitioner
Myra (xe/them/their) earned their Master’s Degree in Social Work and graduate certificate in Women’s and Gender Studies from Eastern Michigan University in 2016. Xe has six years of experience working with youth, adults and families in various settings. Following the completion of their BSW, xe worked for nearly three years in a residential setting with youth in foster care. In that capacity, xe designed and facilitated psychoeducational groups on topics such as grief and loss, sexual assault and other forms of abuse, team-building and emotional literacy. Prior to starting at IEG xe worked as a Support Coordinator at Avalon Housing, providing case management and supportive services to adults and families.
Myra possesses a critical understanding of the social forces creating multiple barriers for individuals with intersecting marginalized identities. Xe is passionate about working with LGBTQIA+ clients, as well as individuals exploring issues related to self-worth, perfectionism, ADHD, trauma, Depression and Anxiety. Xe is also a poly- and kink-aware therapist. Myra approaches therapy from a client-centered, strengths-based, multi-cultural feminist approach. Xe sees therapy as a collaborative journey in which their role is to serve as a witness to clients’ life experiences and a partner in working toward their goals. Xe is particularly skilled at engaging with clients in a warm, non-judgmental manner and creating a space where they feel heard and validated. Myra enjoys integrating mindfulness and meditation techniques, as well as journaling and other forms of creative expression, into the therapeutic process.
Ari Levy-Hussen, M.S., LPC, Ph.D.
Ari is a Native Texan and, like all Native Texans, must begin any “bio” with mention of this fact. She also is a Licensed Professional Counselor and generalist psychotherapist who provides counseling services to adults across a spectrum of cultural difference. She practices within an explicitly feminist-multicultural framework and uses an integrative model that privileges interpersonal, cognitive-behavioral, ACT, and mindfulness-based interventions. Ari’s clinical approach positions meaning and values as core orientations in navigating life’s hardships, as she believes times of difficulty may function as moments for profound connection, transformation, and hope. As a feminist therapist, she works collaboratively with clients to develop practical skills for alleviating current distress while also addressing underlying social, emotional, and relational factors that might get and keep them stuck.
Ari’s areas of clinical practice include: anxiety and depression; relational/interpersonal and family concerns; academic, career, and phase of life transitions (including divorce and retirement); navigation of the academic life cycle, particularly for university faculty and graduate students; acute/chronic health concerns and pain management; grief and loss; minority stress related to racial/ethnic, religious, sexual, and/or gender identity and disability status; ADHD; and ACOA concerns.
Ari Levy-Hussen is a Licensed Professional Counselor. She earned her M.S. in Counseling Psychology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, her Ph.D. in Women’s Studies (Sociology) from Emory University, and her M.A. in Women’s Studies and B.A. in Sociology and History from the University of Texas at Austin. Her academic training centers on the sociology of mental health and illness, disability studies, and the psychological effects of social stigma and discrimination. Her non-clinical professional work includes research consultation, teaching, and mental health-related measurement and evaluation.
Jared Konecny, LMSW
Jared works diligently to establish a meaningful, connected, and attuned therapeutic relationship to ensure that clients feel comfortable, heard, and understood during sessions. He attempts to cultivate an environment of safety and empathy where clients can explore problems, understand their emotional life and pain, process and heal from trauma, and make necessary changes to build more fulfilling and authentic lives.
Jared earned his Master of Social Work degree from the University of Michigan in 2016, with a concentration in clinical social work and a specialization in mental health. He completed his social work field training at the Michigan Medicine Department of Psychiatry adult outpatient clinic where he was staffed on the Depressive Disorders Clinic. Upon graduation, he obtained a two-year Clinical Social Work Postgraduate Fellowship at the Michigan Medicine Department of Psychiatry with one-year appointments in both the Women & Infants Mental Health Clinic and the Anxiety Disorders Clinic, respectively. During this program he received extensive clinical training in evidence-based interventions. including Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Motivational Interviewing (MI), Interpersonal Psychotherapy (IPT), Child-Parent Psychotherapy (CPP), couples therapy, and psychodynamic psychotherapy.
He utilizes an attachment-based, relational framework to inform all of his work with clients and believes in employing a flexible and integrative approach in order to respond more effectively to clients’ individual needs and goals. He also maintains a strong passion for and dedication to anti-oppressive, feminist, and social justice-oriented approaches within psychotherapy. Before pursuing graduate training, Jared worked full-time as an advocate for survivors of sexual assault and abuse at a community-based rape crisis center. He simultaneously worked part-time as a counselor for the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline and performed HIV prevention and education work for an HIV/AIDS service organization.
Camille Jones, LLMSW
Camille understands the importance of a strong client-therapist bond. She seeks to create a space that leaves her clients feeling: supported, heard, and dignified. It is through this foundation, that real healing can begin. Camille believes that one’s presenting issues are often a result of internalized messages that have unconsciously been ascribed to over the course of one’s life. Through fostering the client’s inner: strength, wisdom, and insight, meaningful and sustainable change can occur. To support this, Camille uses components of: DBT, ACT, CBT, Narrative therapy, and motivational interviewing, while using a relational, multicultural feminist approach.
With a master’s degree in Social Work from the University of Michigan, Camille employs a social justice and person-in-environment lens to her work. Camille believes that people of all backgrounds and diagnoses deserve mental health services that are both high quality and affordable. As a clinical social worker, Camille seeks to understand how privilege, oppression, and policy affect mental well-being, and more importantly, how to live in a world that is fair and equitable for all. Camille believes that global change can occur only if we as individuals seek to change ourselves first.
Camille has experience working with folx who have experiences with trauma, depression, anxiety, work/life balance, issues within interpersonal relationships, and parenting concerns. Camille has previously worked at a domestic violence shelter, youth shelter, and in community mental health. Camille encourages and is particularly passionate about working with those that are: POC, men, and LGBTQIA+.
Matthew Stewart-Fulton, LMSW
Matthew (he/him/his) received his Master’s in Social Work from the University of Michigan in 2010, where he completed internships with the Dean of Student’s Critical Incident Response Team at the University of Michigan and at the Women’s Center of Southeastern Michigan.
After graduating he returned to the Women’s Center as an adjunct therapist for several years, working with underserved members of the community. He then took an opportunity to work with a medical school in the Caribbean and moved to the Commonwealth of Dominica. There he worked as an administrator managing issues related to student conduct, conflict resolution, sexual misconduct, critical incident management and disability services. Returning to his hometown of Ann Arbor in late 2018 he joined the team at Integrative Empowerment Group.
Matthew’s interpersonal approach is a collaborative process of support and respect. He follows strengths based, person centered, feminist oriented ideals and is guided by a sense of cultural and personal sensitivity to the diverse backgrounds and life experiences each person carries with them. He has experience with clients working on a variety of challenges related to depression, anxiety, trauma, stress management, relationships issues, loss, employment, life changes, and overcoming barriers to personal success.
Matthew has experience with a range of therapeutic tools which include Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), motivational interviewing (MI), mindfulness, trauma informed interviewing and experiential/adventure activities. He is also a Poly Aware/Affirming therapist.
Amanda Sutherland, LMSW
Amanda’s practice embodies the Hakomi principles of organicity, nonviolence, mindfulness, unity, and body-mind connection. Amanda works cooperatively with her clients, supporting their unique and organic unfolding toward wholeness. She is trauma-responsive and works with issues related to depression, anxiety, spirituality, domestic violence, communication, relationships, parenting, and grief. Amanda believes life is a journey and is passionate about working with those who seek to live authentic and empowered lives.
Amanda received her Master’s Degree in Social Work from WMU and is fully licensed. She has been trained in EMDR, Hakomi, Motivational Interviewing, CBT, and TF-CBT. Her roots are in depth psychology. Amanda is Poly Aware and enjoys working with the LGBTQIA+ community.
Maria Christoff, MA, TLLP
Coryanna (she/her) is a fully Licensed Professional Counselor and is board certified by the National Board of Certified Counselors. She received her BA in Psychology and MA in Counseling, both at Eastern Michigan University. Along with a feminist and multicultural approach, she also practices from an attachment approach, understanding that we all have baggage from our family of origin and significant experiences during childhood. Coryanna works from a Wellness Model, as opposed to the Medical Model. The Medical Model pathologizes and only treats symptoms, while the Wellness Model treats the individual as a whole, considering such things as the sense of belonging within a community and/or family, life purpose and fulfillment, and emotional/psychological strength within.
Throughout her counseling journey, Coryanna has had the invaluable experience of working with individuals and families of diverse backgrounds and needs, including, but not limited to, LGBTQIA individuals and parents, individuals and families of various ethnicities, religions, legal status, and non-traditional families with single parents, no parents, or other family members stepping up to be the parent(s). Coryanna works to provide a warm and inviting atmosphere for each session that is free from judgment. She approaches each session with an open mind to meet the client wherever they might be on their life’s journey.
Coryanna is poly and kink aware, trained and certified in many evidence-based practices. She is trained to treat with EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) and is working on becoming a certified EMDR therapist. She primarily works with clients who are coping with trauma and PTSD, anxiety, depression, grief/loss, self-acceptance/self-compassion, procrastination/rumination, communication issues, relationship counseling, polyamory/consensual non-monogamy, parenting, and LGBTQIA+ issues.
Quinn Phillips, LMSW
Starting from an intersectional feminist and humanistic framework, Quinn collaborates with clients seeking healing and personal empowerment using a variety of approaches. She is passionate about working with people who experience intersections of oppression based on race, class, gender, sexual identity, ethnicity, ability, age, religion, and immigration status.
Quinn is a licensed social worker with a Masters of Social Work from Eastern Michigan University in the concentration of Mental Health and Chemical Dependency. Quinn has comprehensive training in Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) from the Michigan Association of Community Mental Health Boards, as well as training in motivational interviewing.
For four years Quinn worked with at-risk and LGBTQ youth at Ozone House Youth and Family Services. During this time she completed a graduate internship at Washtenaw County Community Mental Health. She has four years of experience supporting people who have experienced homelessness and housing instability at Avalon Housing. While a supervisor at Avalon Housing, Quinn offered an empathetic environment for fellow helping professionals to process vicarious trauma and job-related stress.
Quinn has worked extensively with survivors of physical and sexual violence, as well as people who live with: HIV and AIDS, disabilities, bipolar disorder, PTSD, borderline personality disorder, and psychosis. Quinn has a deep knowledge of various pathways to recovery for people with substance use issues, including opioid dependency.
Quinn is a sex-positive clinician who has provided affirming counseling to sex workers, people who are non-monogamous, and those who identify as kinky. Quinn has expertise counseling adults and youth who are LGBTQIA, gender non-conforming, non-binary, and those who are in the process of discovering their identities.
Kayj Garrison, LMT
Reiki Level II Practitioner
Kayj earned her massage therapy certification from the Ann Arbor Institute of Massage Therapy in 2012, and specializes in neuromuscular and myofascial therapy. Kayj has experience with and is passionate about working with clients from diverse backgrounds including LGBQ identified clients, transgender and gender expansive clients, trauma survivors, and those who live with chronic pain.
Over the past 5 years, she has worked at Beaumont Health Integrative Medicine in Royal Oak and Massage Mechanics in Ypsilanti.Through her 4 years at Beaumont, Kayj received 100 hours of training for hospital and oncology massage therapy and is a Reiki practitioner Level 2. She can treat general medical and cancer patients safely and confidently. Currently based out of Ypsilanti, since 2012 her private practice has been focused on stress relief and tissue restoration mainly with athletes or those with physically active occupations.
Kayj is invested in learning about her clients’ goals and using a variety of techniques to help them move closer to those goals. By utilizing her extensive experience with postoperative patients, Kayj has treated scar tissue and tissue mobilization for transmen after top surgery. During these massage sessions, the clients are taught methods for beneficial self-care at home. She aims to continue her collection of modalities, integrating the needs or goals for each client. Additional modalities Kayj has training in include: Fascial Stretch Therapist Level 1, prenatal, Swedish and deep tissue. This year, Kayj is pursuing a 10 month long training to earn credentialing as a Kink Knowledgeable massage therapist.
Violeta Donawa, MA
Reiki Level I Practitioner
Violeta Donawa, MA is an African-American/ Afro-Panamanian community-based Reiki practitioner and intuitive from Detroit, Michigan. She employs a healing justice framework with her clients that is grounded in "the re-imagination of wholeness at the intersection of intergenerational trauma, current structures of oppression, and a generative and co-created future" (AMC HJ Coordinators 2018). Therefore, Reiki sessions with clients aim to be collaborative, understanding that the client is the expert of their own bodies. Her goal is to facilitate an empowering, beginning-to-end consensual Reiki session that deeply relaxes the client, loosens blocked energy, and relieves pain.
Violeta’s health and healing work has included advocacy for survivors of sexual assault, acute crisis intervention support, Reiki and Ear Acupuncture circles centering marginalized communities, and African diasporic spiritual traditions. She is also deeply passionate about working with those in alcohol recovery. She holds a Master’s degree in Sociology and earned her Reiki Level 1 certification in the Usui System of Reiki Healing in 2014 from Noble Snow Natural Health/ Noble Nieve Salud Natural under Adela Nieves Martinez.
Currently, Violeta is also collaborator within the Detroit-based women of Color collective, Healing by Choice!, and is pursuing a degree in Macro-Social Work at the University of Michigan for the purpose of her heart’s mission - to manifest an integrated healing justice therapy center and institute in the city of Detroit.
Ruth Spalding, LMSW, CAADC
Ruth enjoys creating and working with clients who are coping with mood disorders, substance use disorders, and trauma. She enjoys working with LGBTQ+ identified individuals; while living in Northern Michigan she helped to found the Polestar LGBT+ Community Center that is currently based in Traverse City. She holds a Certificate in Clinical Concerns and Gender Identity and is a Kink and Poly aware clinician.
Ruth empowers clients to work with her by positioning herself as an expert in the field and an equal in the therapy room. Her therapeutic approach is a blend of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), and Psychodynamic approaches. She considers advocacy a basic foundation for clinical practice.
Ruth earned her Master of Social Work degree from the University of Michigan in 2011; she interned at the Women's Center of Southeastern Michigan during her graduate education. She possesses a Certified Advanced Alcohol and Drug Certificate as of 2017. Through her previous work with the Michigan Department of Corrections Ruth worked with those marginalized and oppressed by the prison industrial complex. She has also worked for Washtenaw County's Crisis Response Team and MidMichigan Community Health Services.
Taylor Amari Little
Reiki Level II Practitioner
Tay is a Black queer femme, who is both Muslim and a Hoodoowoman. She’s been a community organizer and exploring political frameworks for the sake of liberation since her early teens. She is a co-founder and main organizer of Islamic Healing Space of A2 and Ypsi (Ann Arbor and Ypsilanti), Michigan’s first and only established space intentionally created to support people of all proximities to Islam, but intentionally centering the LGBTQ+ Muslims, Black Muslims, disabled Muslims, and those who lie at all of those intersections and beyond. She was certified in Usui Reiki Levels I + II, taught under a decolonial framework that also prioritizes Black people, other people of color and Native peoples, while centering and uplifting sex workers as well. She is a student of Criminology and also at Herbal Freedom School (a POC-only school for exploring liberatory herbalism and ancestral healing).
Tay is a medium and two-headed diviner, so an energy healing session with her is a process of bringing your energy back to balance, but also a chance to hear from some members of your spirit team (Ancestors, spirit guides, non-human spirits, etc). This means that throughout sessions, spirits may communicate to Tay different pieces of information, images, messages and other mediums which will then be relayed to the client during the debriefing of the session. Therefore, a session with Tay is a divination or spirit reading,too, just with an added purpose of balance restoration. To ensure that the session is spiritually safe and secure, Tay utilizes the spiritual technology of her religions. Tay also does tarot divination, more personal and traditional forms of divination deriving from her lineages, mentorship and writing that is specific to development of relationships with the Ancestors, facilitation and event organizing.
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Maria (she/her) is a Latina, biracial, pansexual, non-religious, neurodiverse, psychologist. She practices psychotherapy with individuals, partnerships, families, and groups from integrative psychodynamic, feminist, multicultural, orientations. She works towards affirming diversity and empowering individuals in their difference, rather than pathologizing differences in identities and worldviews. Herfundamental theoretical orientation to therapy is vitalist; she believes clients have the capacity to know themselves and to trust their innate healing processes to work effectively when obstacles on the path to growth, whether internal or external, are removed. This orientation is informed by the Indigenous healing practices of her ancestors, as well as by traditional Western philosophy. Maria believes many forms of distress are caused by multiple forms of intersecting oppressions, rather than by individual deficiencies or intrapsychic problems. Suffering often originates from being situated at a borderland/frontera. Recognizing that situatedness as a source of challenges, rather than internalizing it, is often a major focus of her work. She strives to create a safe and non-judgmental holding environment to support client growth.
Informed by interpersonal and feminist approaches to psychotherapy, Maria emphasizes collaboration, shared goals, strengths, sources of support, and resilience. She seeks to provide services to individuals who have been traditionally underrepresented in mental health settings, especially Latinx clients, economically marginalized clients, and LGBTQIA+ clients. Maria’s clinical focus also includes first generation college students and neurodiverse clients, especially Autistic people and people with ADHD and other learning differences. Maria’s training in university counseling centers has concentrated on developmental concerns typical of emerging adult populations. As such, she often emphasizes psychoeducation and skills building, such as communication and coping skills. An additional aspect of this work is often direct advocacy, fostering connections to community, and increasing self-advocacy skills.
Regarding specific areas of competency, Maria is a generalist psychologist who strongly values integrated healthcare and a mind-body approach to holistic healing. She has worked on multi-disciplinary treatment teams serving clients with eating disorders, PTSD, bipolar disorder, and schizophrenia spectrum disorders. She has experience working with phobias, anxiety disorders, and OCD. Maria provides therapeutic neuropsychological assessment from a multicultural and feminist orientation primarily for ADHD and LD concerns, but also for severe and persistent mental illness, multiple diagnoses, and personality disorders.
Maria completed her doctoral training in clinical psychology at the University of Detroit Mercy and her predoctoral internship Michigan State University Counseling and Psychiatric Services (MSU CAPS). While at MSU CAPS, she received the Paul Dressel award as an outstanding intern in multicultural counseling. She worked in various college and community mental health settings during her training, serving diverse populations in regards to age, race, sexual orientation, ability status, and socioeconomic status. Maria researches attachment and intersubjective personality functioning and is active in the American Psychological Association division of psychoanalysis. She is a member at large of Div. 39 section V, applied clinical psychoanalysis.
Vinny Ancona, LLMSW
Vinny (he/him/his) believes that triumphs over great adversity can act as hooks into the emotional experience. He understands that therapy is a special opportunity to bond with clients and to listen for things that aren't being said. Vinny knows that each client brings their own unique set of lived experiences and patterns of behavior influenced by race, culture, family, peer groups, economic circumstances, ability, queer identities, religious beliefs, discrimination, and various other intersections. He believes that successful therapy is only possible through earning trust and building genuine rapport with his clients.
Vinny approaches therapy from a personalized and holistic framework. He believes this is possible by integrating a variety of unique modalities including existential logotherapy, strengths based positive psychology, CBT, DBT, motivational interviewing, problem solving, creative writing, and psychoanalysis to best support each client. Vinny joins with clients to form a partnership, where goals and solutions are mutually agreed upon, and re-evaluated throughout the evolving collaborative relationship. Vinny has experience supporting clients with existential concerns, anxiety, depression, adjustment to life changes, suicidal ideation, career concerns, grief and loss, trauma, relationship issues, minority stress, and identity exploration.
Vinny earned his Master’s Degree in Social Work from The University of Michigan (U-M) in 2019. He completed the European Clinical Psychology program at the Danish Institute of Study Abroad (DIS) in partnership with the University of Copenhagen in 2015. Vinny has several years of experience working with a diverse range of people. He provided Career Counseling and Values Clarification at U-M’s Career Center, provided psychotherapy at EMU’s Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS), and worked with clients on the neurocognitive spectrum while in Denmark. In 2018, Vinny was selected as a Telluride Fellow, a dedicated community of scholars who critically embraced and evaluated matters of diversity, service, equity, and inclusion.
Vinny has a particular passion for working with LGBTQIA+ identified clients and has provided trans and kink-affirming care. He has also worked with clients investigating mutually agreed upon non-monogamous relationships. Vinny specializes in working with clients from diverse backgrounds who are typically hesitant about engaging in therapy and believes all presenting problems should be viewed through the lens of kindness.
Birch Snogles (b), LLMFT
B (they/them) graduated from Antioch University with a Master’s Degree in Marriage and Family Therapy. B sees people and their experiences within the context of larger systems and has an understanding of how many of those systems can be oppressive and cause the very problems clients seek therapy for.
B takes a non-pathologizing approach to therapy and believes that clients are the experts of their own lives. Working within a harm reduction framework enables B to truly meet clients where they are at and join them in their healing journey. They work with individuals, families, couples and partners of all ages. B is kink knowledgeable and has experience working with polyamorous and open relationship structures. They are sex positive and provide an affirming and safer space for sex workers.
B has experience working with transgender children and adolescents and their families, as well as transgender adults. Taking a collaborative approach, B has experience navigating medical transition with clients and takes an active role in coordinating care. B also works with families and partners looking to better understand and support their queer, trans, and non-binary loved ones.
B practices from a narrative therapy framework and locates the “problem” outside of the individual. Approaching therapy from an intersectional feminist and collaborative framework, b is interested in alternatives to the mental health industrial complex and aims to work toward the de-stigmatization of mental health services.
Ieeia (she/her) earned her Master’s Degree in Social Work form Simmons University in Boston, MA. Ieeia began her career as a Psychiatric Social Worker working with women in the justice system struggling with severe and persistent mental health concerns. She works with individuals struggling with life challenges such as trauma, complex trauma, depression, anxiety, stress and life transitions. She strives to work with the whole person; spiritually, mentally, emotionally, and physically.
Ieeia understands that each person will experience life challenges in their own unique way, and she hopes to help clients strengthen and learn skills that prepare them to better navigate their journeys.
Ieeia’s work at the Women’s Prison and most recently, the Women’s Center allowed her to use integrative approaches using a variety of therapeutic techniques to develop treatment to meet individual needs. She works with teens, students, and adult populations experiencing trauma, anxiety, depression, mental and emotional distress and persistent mental health concerns.
Ieeia works with clients diverse in religion, ethnicity, age, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, ability, cultural background and socioeconomic status. She is certified in Trauma Focused- Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT) and Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT). She is trained in Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR) and works with Internal Family Systems (IFS). Ieeia strives to partner with individuals working through challenges, believing they are the experts in their lives and posses needed strength to develop positive coping skills and make healthy life changes.