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Clarkston

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Address: 7300 Dixie Hwy., Suite 1000, Clarkston, MI 48346

Phone: (248) 922-2300
Fax: (248) 922-2304
Email: support@advancedcounseling.org

Nonnie Humphreys, LMSW
Clinical Site Administrator - Ext. 4109

Deborah Tyler
Office Manager - Ext. 4117

Y.K.Prassad, MD - Adolescent, Adult & Child Psychiatry
Yogesh Shukla, MD - Adolescent, Adult & Child Psychiatry

Advanced Counseling Services provides high quality, comprehensive, cost-effective outpatient mental health and chemical dependency treatment. Our overall goal is to optimize the level of functioning and well being of our clients. We commit to continually improve our program through teamwork and effective communication.

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Meghan Alderson, LMSW

Therapist

Specializes in:
Anxiety, Depression, Stress management, PTSD/Trauma, Mood Disorders, Anger Management, Parenting Techniques

Sees: Adolescents, Adults, Families, Children (5+), Couples

Jennifer Arkwright, MA LPC NCC

Therapist

Specializes in:
ADHD, Anger Management, Anxiety, Certified Parent Educator (Systematic Training for Effective Parenting), Chronic Pain, Illness, Depression, Divorce/Marital Issues, Domestic Violence, Eating Disorders, Employment Issues, Family Issues, Grief/Bereavement, Life Transitions, OCD, Oppositional Defiant/Behavioral Issues, Postpartum Depression, PTSD, Specialty in Marriage & Family, Stress Management, Suicidal Issues

Sees: Adolescents, Adults, Children (6+) Couples, Families

Note: Jennifer also facilitated "No More Whining! Develop Positive Behavior in Children"- Parenting classes in Clarkston since 1999 It is my passion to help people work through problems, gain insight and understanding so that they can establish a balance in their life that creates a contentment of happiness, peace and health. I am a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) and a National Certified Counselor (NCC). I am required to earn at least twenty hours of continuing education each year to retain the NCC credential. I have a Masters in Counseling, a post-Masters Specialty in Marriage and Family Counseling and am a certified STEP Educator (Systemic Training for Effective Parenting). I work with adults, couples, families, parents, teens, and children (age 8+). I am proficient in the areas of depression, anxiety, relationships, self-esteem, anger-management, oppositional-defiance, ADHD, eating disorders, grief, parenting, life transitions and more. I use a client-centered, solution-focused, cognitive-behavioral approach to help clients hear their own voice, recognize their inner strengths and make connections that enact change. In addition to working as a therapist at Advanced Counseling Services here in Clarkston, my career as a counselor has included facilitating the popular parenting class, No More Whining! Develop Positive Behavior in Children for over 15 years, writing a mental health column for the local paper and working as an adjunct professor at a local college.

Erin Chambers, LMSW

Therapist

Specializes in:
Emotional Impairments, Autism Spectrum Disorders, ADHD, Anxiety, Depression Life Transitions, Grief/Bereavement, Domestic Violence, Anger Management, Stress Management, Parenting Issues

Sees: Adolescents (11+), Adults, Couples

Lynn Chambers, PHD LP

Therapist

Specializes in:
Anxiety, Bariatric Surgery Assessments, Chronic Illness/Pain, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Depression, Grief/Bereavement, Personality Disorders, Spiritually Oriented Counseling, relationship Issues, Stress Management, Women's Issues

Sees: Adolescents, Adults, Couples, Families

Lynn completed her Master’s degree in Clinical Psychology at Oakland University and her PhD at the University of Detroit Mercy. She has provided outpatient psychotherapy services to the community for 30 years. Her specialties include helping individuals and affected family members cope with both the impact and treatment process of: chronic pain and illness, depression, anxiety, life transitions, grief and loss, stress, individual relationships, family relations issues, personality disorders, bipolar disorder, and both pre-assessment and aftercare treatment for people undergoing bariatric surgery. Her clients range from pre-teen to geriatric. Individual, couples and family appointments are available. I believe that each person’s journey is unique and valuable and that there is something important to be gained from everything we experience. I consider it an honor to be a part of that journey and I respect that each individual’s process is valid for them. I work with my clients to define goals and implement techniques to meet those goals in a safe, friendly, and supportive environment.

Martie Gerecke, MA, LPC, NCC

Therapist

Specializes in:
Attachment Issues, Addiction, ADHD, Anxiety, Depression, Grief/Loss, Mood Disorders, Parenting, Self-Esteem, Relational Issues

Sees: Adolescents, Adults, Children (4+)

Nonnie L. Humphreys, LMSW

Therapist

Specializes in:
Anxiety, Depression, Grief/Bereavement, Life Transitions, Oppositional Defien/Behavioral Issues, Relationship Issues, Stress Management

Sees: Adolescents, Adults, Children (6+), Couples, Families

Nonnie completed her Master’s degree in Social Work and clinical training at Wayne State University. She has been providing outpatient counseling for 22 years in her hometown of Clarkston, Michigan. Her specialties include treatment for Depression, Anxiety, Mood Disorders, Psychosocial Adjustments, Relationship Issues and Family counseling. Her clients include children (ages 6+), adolescents, adults, older adults, couples, and families.

The therapeutic relationship is one that begins at the first session and I have great respect and gratitude for my clients that allow me to be a part of their healing journey. It is important that the client feels safe and comfortable in an environment that is conducive to treatment. Approaches such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Person Centered and Solution focused treatment are all treatment techniques that are a part of the process. Defining goals and objectives with my clients is the beginning of proactive steps toward empowerment and change. Through the therapeutic journey of healing clients begin to experience a period of enlightenment and transformation and their quality of life begins to improve. It is an amazing process that I have such gratitude to be able to witness on a daily basis.

Gloria Kildow, MA, LLP, LPC

Therapist

Specializes in:
Chronic Mental Illness, Grief/Bereavement, Life Transitions, Mood Disorders, PTSD, Relationship Issues, Trauma

Sees: Adults, Couples

Notes: Gloria completed her Master’s degree in Counseling from Oakland University and has been with Advanced Counseling Services for over 20 years. She is a fully Licensed Professional Counselor. Therapy includes help with general mental/emotional/spiritual health issues for individuals, couples and families; and may be brief or more intensive. The core of the Counseling Relationship is respect and responsiveness to the uniqueness of each person. Thus can be individualized, integrated approach, drawn from interpersonal, cognitive-behavioral, insight-orientated, and/or existential schools of thought help is to navigate through the often tough circumstances of life; find meaning, and gain a deeper, richer understanding of ourselves, others, and the world around us. Through understanding our past and its impact on our present; by becoming more aware of our thinking; and by recognizing our inner strengths, we can realize the power within us to overcome barriers to our full potential.

Sonia Koenig, MA, LPC, NCC

Therapist

Specializes in:
Emotional Impairments, ADHD, Anxiety, Depression, Grief/Loss, TF-CBT, Anger Management, Parenting Issues, Stress Management, Self-Esteem

Sees: Adolescents, Adults, Children (6+)

K. Lauren Levinson, MA, LLP

Therapist

Specializes in:
Addictions, Anger Management, Anxiety, Behavioral Issues, Depression, Mood Disorders, Divorce/Marital Issues, Family Issues, Grief/Loss, Life Transitions, OCD, Personal Growth, Personality Disorders, PTSD, Relationship Issues/Conflicts, Self-Esteem, Stress Management, Substance Use/Abuse, Trauma, Workplace/School Issues

Sees: Adults, Teens, Pre-teens, Couples, Families

Heather Medrano, MA, LPC, NCC

Therapist

Specializes in:
Anxiety, Depression, Self-Esteem, Stress Management, Relationship Issues, Grief/Bereavement, Life Transitions, Divorce Issues, Parental Support, Mood Disorders, Brain Injury, Anger Management

Sees: Adults, Adolescents, Children (6+), Couples, Families

Charles Pearlstein, LMSW, ACSW, CAC-1

Therapist

Specializes in:
General Mental Health Issues, Substance Abuse Treatment

Sees: Adolescents, Adults, Children, Families

Notes: Speaks Hebrew & English. I have a Master’s degree in Social Work from Wayne State University. I work with children, adolescents, families, groups and provide individual, family, group, and conjoint treatment. I practice general psychotherapy but also work in areas of trauma, depression, anxiety, and anger more specifically. Training is postgraduate and ongoing. Therapy is excellent personal growth in order to help patients to attain their maximum potential and thereby lead happier, fulfilling, and meaningful lives. I provide both mental health and substance abuse services.

Kurt Richards, LMSW

Therapist

Specializes in:
Addictions (chemical, gambling), Anger Management, Anxiety, Chronic Mental Illness, Critical Incident Stress Debriefing, Domestic Violence, Eating Disorders, LGBTQ Issues, Geriatrics, Grief/Bereavement, Mood Disorders, OCD, Postpartum Depression, Psychotic Disorders/Schizophrenia, PTSD, Relationship Issues, Sexual Abuse Survivors, Blended Family Issues, Stress Management, Suicidal Issues, Workplace Issues

Sees: Adolescents, Adults, Children (7+), Couples, Families, Group

Kurt completed his master’s degree in Social Work and clinical training at Wayne State University. Kurt has been providing outpatient counseling for 14 years within the Metro Detroit area. His specialties include treatment for trauma, co-dependency, substance abuse, depression, anxiety, severe mental health issues, relationship issues, couples and family counseling. His clients include adolescents, adults, and geriatrics.

The therapeutic relationship begins with the first meeting between the client and the therapist. It’s extremely important for the client to feel comfortable and have trust that the therapist is genuinely concerned with the issues the client bring into the relationship. It takes courage for a client to begin therapy and I have an intuitive ability to support and validate those fears so that the client feels safe to continue to want to work on issues that brings them into therapy. Approaches such as Cognitive Behavioral therapy, strength based, person-centered, and solution focused therapy are the models that I use interactively. I find that many clients can come to a cognitive level of change but can be unprepared to follow through on the emotional level. It is a humbling experience to see clients make changes when the cognitive and emotional levels are congruent and wok together harmoniously to overcome prior barriers to needed change.

Karen Rusniak, PH.D., LLP

Clinical Therapist

Specializes in:
Anxiety, Depression, Mood Disorders, Self-Esteem, Stress Management, Pregnancy & Postpartum Depression, Parental Support, Behavior Management, Grief/Loss, Relationship Issues, Executive Coaching & Improved Well-being

Sees: Adolescents, Adults, Children (5+), Couples, Families

Notes: Karen Rusniak, Ph.D. Title: Clinical Therapist, Advanced Counseling Services Educational History: Business Administration B.A. in Management M.A. Clinical and Educational Psychology Ph.D. Clinical and Educational Psychology Applicable Experience: Expertise/Qualifications related to program/training: Dr. Rusniak provides leadership in Oakland County regarding issues related to effective programs and services for children with social-emotional and behavioral challenges. She serves as an organizational liaison to external agencies and professional organizations. She is building mental health foundations in the county to help identify and evaluate professional learning for 28 school districts and 28 public school academies. She demonstrates excellent interpersonal and communication skills, which includes presentation skills. She conducts trainings for Social- Emotional and Mental Health Issues as well as Non-Violent Crisis Intervention. Trainings highlight a proactive and positive approach for the development of successful behavior. She is a certified Crucial Conversations Master Trainer. Dr. Rusniak has more than twenty years of experience working with both adults and children. Specialities include: Anxiety issues: Depression: Mood Issues: Self-Esteem Development: Stress Management: Pregnancy and Postpartum Issues; Parental Support; Behavior Management; Grief and Loss Issues; Relationship Issues; Executive Coaching and Improved Well-Being. Education: Walsh College of Accountancy and Business Administration Wayne State University Wayne State University

April Shackelford, LMSW, CADC

Therapist

Specializes in:
Anxiety, Depression, Adjustments/Transitions, Stress Management, Anger Management, Postpartum Issues, Grief/Bereavement, Substance Abuse, Trauma, Mood Disorders

Sees: Adults, Adolescents (12+)

Margaret Tippen, MA, LLP LMSW

Therapist

Specializes in:
ADHD, Anxiety, Depression, Divorce Adjustment, Family Relationship Issues, Grief/Bereavement, Life Transitions, Mood Disorders, Relationship Issues, Stress Management, Women's Issues

Sees: Adults, Children (5+), Couples, Families

Notes: Margaret graduated with a Masters degree in Clinical and Humanistic Psychology and a Bachelors degree in Social Work. She has worked as an outpatient therapist for 25+ years with adults, couples, adolescents, and children. Her professional experience incorporates a wide range of mental health issues to include anxiety, depression, mood disorders, relationship conflicts, parent/child problems, life transitions, divorce and blended family issues. Based on individual client needs treatment approaches are drawn from cognitive-behavioral, insight orientated, solution focused and client-centered therapies.

Individuals entering treatment determine their focus, identify goals, and examine changes they would like to see occur in their lives. A comfortable, trusting, and supportive environment is created so that clients can freely explore their thoughts, feelings and behaviors. My therapy style is active, listening with the intent of understanding the struggles and challenges a person may be faced with. I initiate and engage in open, direct dialogues that will encourage healthy decision making and facilitate meaningful growth. Together we will work to develop the skills and tools needed to implement and sustain positive life changes. Solutions will be created collaboratively by enhancing your inner strengths and develop personal potentials so that a happy, balanced, lifestyle can be achieved.

Leslie Thompson, LMSW, CAADC

Therapist

Specializes in:

Addiction, Anger Management, Anxiety, Bipolar Disorder, Blended Family Issues, Depression, Domestic Violence, Eating Disorders, LGBTQ Issues, PTSD, Relationship Issues, Sexual Abuse Survivors, Stress Management, Suicidal/Homicidal Concerns, Work Place Issues, Dual Diagnosis, BPD

Sees: Adolescents, Adults, Children (5+), Geriatrics, Couples, Families

Laura Barnett, LMSW, MAT

Therapist

Specializes in: Anxiety, Depression, Eating Disorders, Life Transitions, Personality Disorders, PTSD, Sexual Abuse Survivors, Sports Performance, Pain Management

Sees: Adolescents, Adults

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