MEET THE STAFF
Our purpose is to provide quality comprehensive professional counseling services for individuals and families that promote healing and health for families and communities.
EJ BAST, MA, LPC
COUPLES MENS ISSUES
CASSANDRA BATES, MA, LPC, NCC, CAADC
ANXIETY ADDICTIONS DEPRESSION SUBSTANCE ABUSE GRIEF/TRAUMA COUPLES EMDR
Personal Statements: “Blessed is the one who perseveres under trial because, having stood the test, that person will receive the crown of life that the Lord has promised to those who love Him.”( James 1:12) I believe that every person has experienced challenges in their lives and I feel that it is in these times of stress that we have the potential to affect the change required to resolve issues which cause personal distress. Although the counseling process requires tremendous courage and determination I believe that facing challenges leads to discovery of one’s own inner strength and creation of meaning. As a counselor it is my role to assist in the process of self-discovery and to tap into inner ability through facilitating the process which allows for individuals to accept personal responsibility and take action in order to achieve resolution.
BARRY BRIGHAM, MA, LLP, LPC
CHILDREN’S ISSUES DEPRESSION
DIVORCE RECOVERY DOMESTIC VIOLENCE
EMDR FAMILY CONFLICT
MARITAL CONFLICT PLAY THERAPY
PTSD SEXUAL ABUSE
SEXUAL ADDICTION SPIRITUAL ISSUES
STRESS MANAGEMENT TRAUMA RECOVERY
Personal Statement: It is my belief that people need truth to be emotionally and spiritually healthy. The Bible is the primary source of truth and directs the counseling services that I provide. My hope is that the loving compassion of Christ is evident in my counsel, whether I am visiting with a troubled married couple or a young child who has been the victim of abuse. The identified desire of the client is the target of the counseling sessions and my goal to help each individual, couple or family experience freedom.
JERRY BROWN, MA, LPC, NCC
ANGER MANAGEMENT SUBSTANCE/RECOVERY
Personal Statement: The counseling relationship begins with and focuses on addressing the client’s immediate and long-term concerns. Real, lasting change involves growth and change in our whole self—thinking, feelings, behaviors, relationships, and spirituality. But there really is hope. Jesus tells us that freedom comes by knowing the truth while we are growing in relationship with Him. It is my desire that clients experience the compassion and grace of Jesus while we pursue truth, change, growth, and freedom together.
PATRICK COFFEY, MSW, LMSW
LICENSED SOCIAL WORKER
ADDICTIONS/RECOVERY SPIRITUAL ISSUES
Personal Statement: I am a Licensed Clinical Therapist LMSW.
My first goal as a therapist is to earn your trust. Together we adjust or recalibrate your perceptions about yourself and your situation until you can see with clarity and awareness. When you see yourself with clarity and awareness your response to life is dramatically different.
ROB COOK, MA, LPC, CFLE, ACS
CONFLICT RESOLUTION COUPLES
PARENTING SPIRITUAL ISSUES
A fundamental objective of the therapeutic process is maturity. Maturity both personally and rationally. For me, the counseling process is viewed from a holistic and comprehensive perspective. Holistic meaning physical, emotional, intellectual, and spiritual. Comprehensive means we utilize a multidisciplinary partnership when appropriate, to facilitate your goals and objectives throughout the change process.
DIANNA CRAWFORD, MSW, LMSW
LICENSED SOCIAL WORKER
CHILD/ADOLESCENT SOCIAL SKILLS ANXIETY DEPRESSION CONFLICT TRAUMA
Personal Statement: Working as a therapist is my dream job! It is my mission to help people discover and develop their God-given strengths and abilities so they can cope more effectively with life’s challenges. Through trauma-informed, solution focused practices, my goal is to help my clients navigate through their stormy seasons with increased grace and confidence.
CANDACE DAVIS, MA, LLPC
18 & OLDER EATING DISORDERS ADDICTIONS GRIEF
CAREER COUNSELING IDENTITY
DEPRESSION SPIRITUAL DISCOVERY
Personal Statement: Taking the first step towards change, healing, and freedom can be one of the hardest, yet one of the most rewarding. Acknowledging the need you have for help or change is that first step. I consider it a privilege to be invited into your journey.
In partnering with you, it is my aim to develop a safe and open therapeutic relationship while coming alongside you to achieve your goals for therapy and ultimately empower you to create a new normal of healthy choices along your journey. I believe that the power of choice is central to your success in counseling. Through a combination of psycho-educational approaches, behavioral techniques, and evidence based practices I can help you navigate your choices that are necessary to achieve your goals.
LISA DEKRYGER, LLPC
ANXIETY MINISTRY CONFLICTS
DEPRESSION FAMILY/PARENTING RELATIONSHIP CONFLICTS COUPLES
LIFE EVENTS & TRANSITION SELF ESTEEM
Personal Statement: My approach to counseling is integrative, using both counseling theories and biblical principles (when desired) together to bring about growth, healing, and positive change. Clients will be met with acceptance, genuineness, and positive regard as we look at to assess their needs. Treatment planning will be individualized care.
TEAH DOYLE, MA, LPC
EMDR SPIRITUAL ISSUES
BLENDED FAMILY ISSUES
Personal Statement: I love being a counselor and find such honor in being able to walk with clients through their difficult times and battling their deepest fears. I feel strongly that Jesus has set me apart for this work. I believe in the healing power of Jesus and feel He is the author of lasting change. I believe the primary source of God’s truth is the Bible and so look to it as the authority in the services I provide. (John 17:17) My prayer is that He will work through me to help others experience healing from life’s difficulties, pursue more authentic relationships with one another and live life to its fullest. (John 10:10) I'm a big believer in using animals in the healing process, so I do use my therapy dog in select sessions.
DIANE FINCH, MA, LPC, BCC
16 & OLDER RELATIONSHIPS
ANXIETY BLENDED FAMILIES DEPRESSION COLLEGE/CAREER
MARRIAGE CONFLICT SPIRITUAL HEALTH
Personal Statement: My name is Diane Finch and I am a Licensed Professional Counselor who has also worked as a career and life coach. I received my education from Spring Arbor University. As a Christian, I enter into each relationship knowing that every person is a highly valued creation of God. My goal is to create a place that is warm, caring and safe where you can find hope and healing for yourself and your relationships. Over the past 15 years I’ve worked with individuals and couples in helping them achieve their career and relationship goals. I’ve done this both in ministry, working at a college, and private practice.
DIANE AND DAN, LICENSED PROFESSIONAL COUNSELOR AND LIFE COACH
SYMBIS - PREMARITAL COUNSELING FACILITATOR
GOTTMAN COUPLES TRAINING
Personal Statement: My husband Dan and I enjoy working with couples helping them identify destructive patterns of behavior and giving them tools to promote change. We all have a pain cycle based on how we have experienced love and safety in relationships. These primary feelings along with negative ways of operating stay with us into adulthood unless we take the time to become aware and address these destructive patterns. Dan and I have worked through our own marriage struggles, and now feel blessed to help others bring healing to their relationships.
DENNIS GOODRICH, MA, LPC
MENTAL HEALTH MARRIAGE AND FAMILY
Personal Statement: My mission is to bring healing grace to real people with real problems for restoration, reconciliation and change.
LARA M. JACOBS, MA, LLPC
ANGER MANAGEMENT MINDFULNESS DIVORCE SUPPORT FOR CHILDREN/ADOLESCENTS TRAUMA SOCIAL SKILLS BEHAVIORAL ISSUES ADHD GRIEF
Personal Statement: It is my passion to work with children. I believe every child is a gift from God and has been given personal strengths. Along with being a child comes many challenges and many emotions. I will be here to help guide your child in learning appropriate expression of feelings and enhance their self-esteem so they can be the best they can be. I will incorporate a loving, Godly approach to ensure your child feels comfortable during our sessions together.
LAURA KELLICUT, MA, LPC
CHILD & ADOLESCENT DEPRESSION
MARRIAGE CHILDHOOD BEHAVIOR
Personal Statement: Counseling is a personal and involved process, which is both educational and developmental. My approach is person-centered, believing that God has given each client and/or family the ability to change and grow toward a healthy and whole life. Our God is one who restores us from our brokenness. I view my role as a counselor to be an avenue through which God’s healing may come. I see all people as God’s beloved creation and therefore worthy of acceptance, compassion, and support. I view myself as this support, and try to foster a counseling environment that feels safe in order to encourage engagement in the counseling process, and ultimately growth and restoration within the client.
NICK KELLOGG, M. DIV.
INDIVIDUAL COUNSELING DEPRESSION ANXIETY MENS ISSUES SPIRITUAL ISSUES PARENTING COUPLES COUNSELING
Personal Statement: I believe that what matters is what lasts. That means that short sighted solutions to big problems are not my goal. It also means that I want to be about people as we are one of a few things that will last into eternity. My hope and prayer when I meet someone is that our interaction will encourage both of us to love and worship our creator and savior more than we did before meeting. I also believe that God has given us many helpful tools to navigate this life. One of the greatest tools he has given is also one of the least appreciated, other people. That is why I am here.
DEBBIE PAWELL, MA, LLP, LPC
VIOLENCE ADHD FAMILY ISSUES ANGER MANAGEMENT GRIEF/LOSS ANXIETY PLAY THERAPY ATTACHMENT ISSUES SCHOOL PROBLEM CHILDREN OF DIVORCE SELF-ESTEEM DEPRESSION TRAUMA PREMARITAL/MARRIAGE CHILDREN PARENTING
Personal Statement: I believe that God gives each of us gifts, and it is my desire to use the gifts God has given me to help young people in times of need. I believe that God desires us to know His tremendous love for us and I strive for my clients to know this as well. I believe in the importance of seeking out God for guidance in our lives. When we draw upon Him for strength, we can cope with struggles in life more effectively. It is my desire to provide support and guidance to children, adolescents, and adults to promote personal growth, hope, and healing. I enjoy building relationships with people by demonstrating grace and compassion while walking alongside them through difficult issues in their lives to help move them towards peace and emotional health.
ESTEBAN RIVERA, MA, LLPC
I served my Country.
I served my Community.
And now, serving those who served.
IVONNE SNIDER, MA, LPC
WOMEN’S STRUGGLES STRESS MANAGEMENT
ADOLESCENT - ADULT WOMEN
Personal Statement: John 10:10 “ The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life and have it abundantly.” Jesus is the giver of an abundant life regardless of the challenges that come. It is a pleasure for me to walk alongside you as you discover the abundant life that Jesus has to offer.
DANIELLE W. STANDISH, PHD, LP
ANXIETY SPIRITUAL ISSUES
MULTICULTURAL/RACIAL IDENTITY DEVELOPMENT
TRANSRACIAL ADOPTION ISSUES
Personal Statement: I am Dr. Danielle W. Standish. I am a fully licensed psychologist. I have over 25 years of clinical mental health experience. It is my desire to help clients gain and maintain optimal mental health. I believe in creating a safe space to explore and learn about one’s feelings, thoughts and behaviors. I use talk therapy as well as meditation, mindfulness, deep breathing and overall body awareness to help get to the root of the issues. I’m honored to help clients in their movement toward better mental wellness.
EMMA TROBECK MA, LLPC
ANXIETY COLLEGE STUDENT TRANSITIONS 16 & OLDER COPING SKILLS/MINDFULNESS ADULT ATTACHMENT SPIRITUALITY SELF ESTEEM SOCIAL SKILLS WOMEN'S ISSUES DEPRESSION
My approach to counseling is person-centered, strengths-based and hope filled. I view each person as unique with individualized care and needs that will be assessed during our time together. I believe in the importance of integrative, holistic care and may incorporate Biblical principles and practices into our time together such as; therapeutic prayer and Bible reading, if desired. I will seek to understand you from a social, emotional, physical, spiritual, and mental standpoint.
STACEY VENEMA, MSW, LMSW
LICENSED SOCIAL WORKER
Personal Statement: My heart has always been bent towards helping others find their way through their pain. I feel God has given me a gift and has called me to be a therapist. I feel privileged to be invited into the middle of people’s darkest storms to be an anchor while they learn more about themselves and God. I focus on treating the mind, body, and soul. I believe that all 3 components impact mental health and growth in thought patterns, physical health, and relationship with God can reduce symptoms and bring healing. I also use evidenced based strategies as I find that researched methods line up with the Bible, since God is the creator of all things. I believe that the therapeutic relationship is one of the most important aspects of therapy and my hope is to provide a space where you would feel comfortable not only to cry but to laugh too. My goal is to be comforting while also being the person that will push you to do the hard work of healing and growth.
MARCY WUJKOWSKI, MA, LLP, LPC
ADULTS TEENS FAMILIES MARRIAGES DEPRESSION ANXIETY
TRAUMA RECOVERY/ PTSD GRIEF AND LOSS ANGER MANAGEMENT IDENTITY ISSUES SPIRITUAL FORMATION
THERAPEUTIC PRAYER SPECIAL NEEDS ISSUES
Personal Statement: I strive to help people reach their full potential through a counseling approach that facilitates awareness and understanding of one’s thoughts, feelings and behaviors. I focus on changing faulty belief systems, healing of emotions, and developing healthier ways of responding to life’s circumstances. I integrate a process of applying God’s love and truth to issues of emotional, physical, and mental health for those desiring a faith perspective. It is my hope to see people restored in their whole being and loving a life of joy and freedom!
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Personal Statement: I am currently a full time student at a university. One day I hope to help the mental health community, as this is something I have been passionate about for many years. "Peace I leave with you; My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Do not let your heart be troubled, nor let it be fearful." (John 14:27)
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RUN CAMP TEAM LEADER CHURCH NURSERY - WORKER
Personal Statement: "I can do all things through Him who strengthens me." (Philippians 4:13) Some activities I enjoy partaking in are drinking coffee, spending quality time with family, hiking, being outdoors, and meditating in Gods word.
Personal Statement: I am currently a student at Michigan State University. I am passionate about many things but in particular I am passionate about Jesus, Spanish, humanitarian work, exploring the outdoors and cookies. "If you have faith the size of a mustard seed, you will tell this mountain, 'Move from here to there' and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you." (Matthew 17:20)