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Meet Our Staff

Kathy Thompson

Licensed Professional Counselor, ATR, LPC, CADC, NCC

Kathy graduated from Wayne State University and received her Masters in Community Counseling and Art Therapy Degree in 2009. Kathy is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC), Registered Art Therapist (ATR), Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor and a National Certified Counselor (NCC). She has worked in both inpatient residential and outpatient community settings. She has experience working with children, adults and substance abuse populations. Kathy has volunteered at The Children’s Center in Detroit, at Vista Maria in Dearborn Heights and did her internship at Oakland Family Services in Pontiac. Kathy is the director and owner of Wellness Counseling.

“My approach to therapy is meeting people where they are at. I have always wanted to help others to be their personal best. I enjoy guiding people to see their true potential.”

Nayquan Arnold

Limited Licensed Master Social Worker, LLMSW

Nayquan graduated from Wayne State University in 2020 receiving her Master’s Degree in Social Work with a concentration in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. She is a limited licensed social worker, LLMSW. Nayquan had a background working in outpatient community mental health settings with various populations such as children, adults, and families. Nayquan had experience supporting clients with anxiety, depression, adjustment disorders, LGBTQ, and trauma. She utilizes principles and techniques of cognitive behavioral therapy, psychodynamic therapy, motivational interviewing, and mindfulness to help clients create meaningful and lasting change. 

Nayquan believes helping clients focus on their strengths, while understanding their past, is key to overcoming obstacles throughout the clients’ journey. Nayquan’s approach to therapy is working with clients from a strength-based perspective, promoting their wellbeing, and actively listening to build a connection. She would love to collaborate with you as a partner on your journey to change. 

Steven Berman

LPC, NCC, CAADC, CCTS, CFTP

Steve is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) and a Certified Advanced Alcohol and Drug Counselor (CAADC) in the State of Michigan. He is also a Certified Clinical Trauma Specialist (CCTS) and Certified Trauma-focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapist (CFTP). He has a dual master’s degrees from the University of the Cumberland. As a therapist, his goal is to assist clients in working through issues that negatively affect them in their daily lives and has experience working with clients on a myriad of issues, including but not limited to ADHD, trauma, substance abuse/addiction, sexual/behavioral addictions, depression, anxiety and lack of motivation. 

Steve uses an integrative approach to therapy, using various techniques including cognitive behavioral therapy, motivational interviewing, positive psychology, solution-focused therapy, person-centered therapy, acceptance and commitment therapy, dialectical behavioral therapy informed, psychoeducation, gestalt, and existential therapies as well. 

Steve understands that finding the right therapist can take time. He values honesty and wants clients to feel empowered to do what’s best for them. It takes courage to seek a more fulfilling and happier life and to take the first steps towards a change. The overwhelming evidence is that “showing up” and working within a good therapeutic relationship, is 70% effective. Staying the course to completion of therapy brings up the chance of success to a whopping 86%. So, if you are ready to take those steps, Steve is here to support, empower and work with you.

Yolanda Baker, LPC

Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC

Yolanda is a graduate of Xavier University with over 14 years of experience in mental health and counseling. Yolanda received her Master’s Degree in School and Guidance Counseling in 2007 and later obtained her credentials as a Licensed Professional Counselor in 2011. She has worked primarily with community mental health in inpatient and outpatient settings utilizing cognitive behavioral therapy, dialectical behavior therapy, and person-centered planning. Yolanda has experience working with children, adults, and geriatric populations throughout all developmental stages. She is also experienced in addressing substance use issues, trauma, grief, anxiety, and depression.

Yolanda seeks to develop an open and trusting relationship during treatment. She takes a person-centered approach to therapy, focusing on the needs and goals of the individual as the therapeutic journey evolves. Yolanda strives to understand the diversity of client needs, respecting the cultural and personal values that influence choices, behaviors, and well-being. She works to provide a safe space for therapeutic engagement, reflection, and discovery.

Erica Crosby

Limited Licensed Psychologist, LLP

Erica earned her Master’s in Clinical Behavioral Psychology from Eastern Michigan University in 2015. She utilizes evidence-based behavioral therapies, with an emphasis on mindfulness and health psychology. Erica is a Limited Licensed Psychologist (LLP) with a background in Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Exposure therapies, and extensive experience working with survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault.

Behavioral therapy is about finding the balance between acceptance and change. Erica collaborates with clients to set meaningful goals and design customized treatment plans around their personal values. Her aim is to help people develop skills that will lead to real, measurable changes that don’t fade away after therapy. In addition to depression and anxiety, she also specializes in trauma, sex and couples therapy, sleep disorders, phobias, learning disorders, eating disorders, OCD, and bipolar disorder.  

Aggie Johnson

Limited Licensed Social Worker, LLMSW

Aggie graduated from Wayne State University with her Master’s Degree in social work in 2021. Currently, she is a limited license social worker, LLMSW. She has a background in cognitive behavioral therapy with additional experience with motivational interviewing, grief & loss, trauma, depression, and anxiety. Aggie also has experience working in community mental health and strongly believes that everyone should have access to mental health services in efforts of achieving overall happiness.

Aggie’s focus within the scope of therapy is to promote a greater wellbeing for individuals by providing psychoeducation to manage, cope, heal, and overcome. Along with these principles, Aggie believes in the power of a listening ear and the value of wise counsel. Aggie is a woman of faith who is passionate about empowering others and upholding the dignity and worth of a person no matter their race, beliefs system, cultural norms, or identity.

Brad Karwowski

Licensed Master Social Worker, LMSW

Brad earned his Master’s Degree from Wayne State University in 2010. He is a fully licensed clinical Social Worker, LMSW. He has a background working in outpatient community mental health and utilizing techniques based in cognitive behavioral therapy, dialectical behavioral therapy, trauma informed therapy, and motivational interviewing to assist people with symptoms of anxiety, depression, anger and adjusting to life changes that interfere with their quality of life.

Brad’s goal as a therapist is to collaborate with clients in a manner that best fits their values, identity and needs in an effort to create a trusting therapeutic relationship of mutual respect in a safe environment for people to share their stories and feel validated. He works with clients to empower them and to identify their personal strengths, build upon these skills to assist them in working towards goals, affectively confronting challenges, and finding healing from pain and suffering.

Avery Lewis

Limited Licensed Professional Counselor, LLPC

Avery is a Limited License Professional Counselor and a 2020 graduate of Siena Heights University with an M.A. in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. She was fortunate to complete her graduate school internships in both community mental health and equine therapy settings. Professionally, she has worked as a children’s therapist in community mental health and as a technician on an inpatient psychiatric unit before coming to private practice. Avery has experience working with children, adolescents, and adults. She is available for both in-person and online telehealth sessions. Avery strives to practice empathy, inclusivity, and education into her work and live by the motto, “Come as you are.” 

Jordyn Mitchell

Limited Licensed Social Worker, LLMSW

Jordyn earned her Master’s Degree in Social Work at Wayne State University in 2021. She is currently a limited licensed social worker, LLMSW. She has experience working with children in an inpatient and outpatient setting. Jordyn interned at Detroit Behavioral institute/Capstone Academy and worked as a Youth Counselor at Vista Maria. She has a background with utilizing techniques based in motivational interviewing, cognitive behavioral therapy, and dialectical behavior therapy to support clients with depression, anxiety, and behavioral difficulties.

Jordyn’s approach to therapy is to empower individuals to discover their own strengths and work towards healing and living a fulfilling life. Jordyn believes that building an open and trusting relationship with a client is the key to a positive therapeutic experience. She is dedicated to the wellness of each individual and strives to provide a safe environment for clients to reflect on their personal challenges.

Monique Robinson

Licensed Master Social Worker, LMSW

It is challenging to make the first step in finding help, however, as your therapist, I will always seek to support you in this process. I strive to create an environment that allows you to be yourself. I want you to feel comfortable and safe enough to communicate the challenges that you are facing. Sometimes stress can feel overbearing. Unmanaged stress can lead to feelings of depression, hopelessness, feeling lost, disconnected, and losing your sense of self. You may also feel anxious and overwhelmed, and finding it difficult to get rid of these feelings.

I graduated in 2018 from Wayne State University with my Masters in Social work. I am a Licensed Master Social Worker, with a clinical specialty (LMSW-Clinical). I have experience working with at-risk youth involved in the Juvenile Justice system. I have worked with new mothers facing the challenges that come along with being a mother of a baby in the NICU, or assisting them as they learn how to cope with the loss of their precious Angel. I also have worked extensively with adults of all ages of the life span learning how to cope with the many challenges that come with life as we age. Some of my areas of specialty include stress management, anxiety, depression, loss, and navigating distressing life changes. I strongly believe in treating the individual, and I appreciate the uniqueness of each client. Therefore, I employ a variety of techniques and tailor my treatment in accordance with your specific needs. I generally utilize a person-centered, strengths-based approach to meet each person’s unique needs. I am also experienced in utilizing Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Motivational Interviewing techniques.

I am committed to providing you with a safe, non-judgmental space to express yourself. The decision to pursue therapy can be challenging, yet very exciting. I look forward to building a therapeutic relationship together and working collaboratively to help you build the life you want.

Theresa K. Schwartz

Licensed Social Worker, LMSW, CAADC-DP

Theresa graduated from Walden University in 2018 with her Master’s Degree in Social Work with an emphasis in medical and military studies. Theresa’s experience after graduation includes adult case management with inner-city Detroit clients, outpatient therapy in a community mental health agency working with substance abuse, and clients with both substance abuse/mental health diagnoses, and adult clients on probation/previous incarceration. She is able to engage with adults from all cultures and “walks of life”. Theresa served in the Army as a combat medic and was honorably discharged in 2000 and continues to volunteer with the Veteran population. She graduated from Grand Valley State University with a Bachelor’s in Criminal Justice in 2003 leading her to practice as a Private Investigator doing surveillance, background investigations, insurance fraud, and interrogations. She has been able to use the skills learned in her education and life experience to assist clients to live their best life. 

Theresa started out in the medical field as a nursing assistant, paramedic, and a cardiac technician. She has always been passionate about helping others and continues that in her therapy career. Theresa uses the strengths-based model in therapy as well as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, motivational interviewing and other techniques that are helpful for clients to heal. She specializes in working with military, PTSD, Substance Abuse, anxiety/depression, Trauma and LGBTQ. Theresa provides a safe space to share difficult stories and works with the client to identify needs and ways to assist with healing through Person-Centered Planning and mutual goals. She uses humor, a non-judgmental attitude, empathy and her passion for helping others to assist clients in their healing journey.  

Kelly M.

Office Administrator/Support Staff

Kelly has multiple years of experience working with insurance companies and is our warm and friendly face/voice that greets all of our clients. Kelly handles all billing and insurance claims and assists with client concerns.

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One Heritage Place, Suite 261
Southgate, MI 48195

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