Laurie Gillingham - MSW, lmsw                                                           

Laurie earned her Master’s Degree in Social Work (MSW), from Eastern Michigan University, and has been a practicing therapist and case manager in mental health and substance abuse treatment since 2000.  Laurie Earned a Bachelor of Science degree from The University of Michigan, followed by a Secondary Science Teaching endorsement from EMU.  After working for the University of Michigan Medical School as an instructor for ten years, Laurie completed her MSW.  Most recently Laurie returned to Michigan from North Carolina, where she worked for seven years as a therapist for military children and families in Fort Bragg, NC.

With a background in education and human services, Laurie has enjoyed working with all ages, in multiple professional settings, assisting and supporting person-centered goals using a variety of evidenced based therapeutic approaches.  Laurie was selected to receive specialized training at the Beck Institute in Pennsylvania in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT); she also has extensive training in Dialectical Behavioral Training, Parent Management Training, and Family Psychoeducation.  Laurie specializes in work with school age children dealing with issues including anxiety, depression, adjustment disorder, ADHD, school learning, behavioral and social issues.  As an important element of working with children she works closely with parents, to assist with understanding typical childhood development and desired behavioral changes for children. 

Laurie provides counseling to couples facing relationship challenges and adults and teens dealing with family dynamic issues.  She provides psychotherapy to individuals with a variety of concerns including depression, anxiety, anger and stress management, emotional dysregulation, low self-esteem, lifestyle transitions, women’s issues, co-parenting issues, grief and loss and PTSD. Therapeutic approaches include Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Psychodynamic, Empowerment, Psychoeducation, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT).  Laurie believes in a positive, safe, therapeutic relationship and environment for all persons, in order to achieve person-centered goals and a healthy physical and emotional lifestyle.

Michelle Hyzer - lmsw, CAADC

Michelle earned her Bachelor’s degree in Social Work from Saginaw Valley State University and a Master’s of Social Work from Wayne State University. Michelle continued her education and training to become certified as an Advanced Alcohol and Drug Counselor.

She is a Licensed Master Social Worker in the State of Michigan and has over 20 years of experience working with individuals, couples and families. Her career started with working as a home-based therapist, providing case management and individual, family and group therapy to children and their families. Over the last 12 years she has been working as an outpatient therapist treating both mental health and substance use disorders in children and adults. Michelle has training in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) and Motivational Interviewing.

Michelle provides psychotherapy to children, adolescents and adults dealing with a variety of life issues including depression, anxiety, mood disorders, anger, stress management, grief and loss, behavioral challenges, school issues, trauma, low self-esteem, family and relationship issues and substance use. She believes in the importance of establishing a therapeutic relationship with clients and taking a person-centered approach to treatment using Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Supportive Therapy, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, and/or Psychoeducation. 

MAVERICK - Therapy Dog

Maverick is a handsome, friendly Golden Retriever and certified therapy dog. He has worked in the therapy field since he was 5 years old. Maverick, with his partner, Laurie Gillingham, LMSW,  has  visited people of all ages in hospitals, libraries, schools, assisted living facilities, and out-patient office settings since passing his therapy dog training and certification testing in North Carolina in 2014.

Maverick is certified with Therapy Dogs International.  To belong to Therapy Dogs International (TDI®) all dogs must be tested and evaluated by a Certified TDI Evaluator. A dog must be a minimum of one (1) year of age and have a sound temperament. Each dog must pass a TDI temperament evaluation for suitability to become a Therapy Dog. The test includes the evaluation of the dog’s behavior around people with the use of some type of service equipment (wheelchairs, crutches, etc.). Because of the friendly, sweet and smart nature of Goldens, they typically make wonderful family pets, Service and Therapy Dogs. Maverick is good with people of all ages, is not bothered by other dogs, loud sounds or unfamiliar types of equipment found in various settings.

Maverick was an enthusiastic student of Therapy Dogs International, always excited when he knew he was going to “school”.  Some of Maverick’s favorite therapy experiences were with recovering soldiers and their families at Womack Army Medical Center at Ft. Bragg, NC. Maverick loves to go to “work” at Lakeshore Therapy, bringing to clients the gentle healing touch of a therapeutic animal. 

Karen Schulman - RN, Lmsw

Karen received her Master’s degree in Clinical Social Work from Wayne State University and a bachelor’s degree in Health Service Administration from the University of Detroit/Mercy. Prior to that, she received her Registered Nursing (RN) degree and worked in a variety of nursing fields including psychiatric nursing; sparking her desire to further her studies in the field of mental health.

Karen practices as a licensed clinical therapist who has received post-graduate training from the Beck Institute in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. Her social work training has included working with victims of domestic violence and sexual assault at the Detroit Police Department and working with those struggling with end of life issues, grief and loss through hospice care. 

Karen provides psychotherapy tailored to the individual, often utilizing structured sessions, where the therapist and client work in collaboration to create and achieve attainable goals to relieve the symptoms of depression, depression with a chronic or acute health condition, post-partum depression, anxiety, mood disorders, school and social issues, lifestyle transitions, LGBTQIA community issues, divorce and relationship issues, stressful life situations, post-traumatic stress disorder, health and anger management.

Karen applies her person/goal centered approach, instilling hope in the first session through a positive therapeutic alliance with children, adolescents, adults and senior adults utilizing a wide variety of evidenced-based practices including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Psychoeducation, Play and Art Therapy, and Solutions Focused therapies.

Jeffrey Stier - MA, LPC

Jeff earned his Master of Arts in Counseling from Spring Arbor University in 2006. He previously obtained a Bachelor of Science from Rochester College (now Rochester University) in 2002. In 2018 Jeff completed Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT) training for treating clients with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). He is one of only four official providers offering this treatment in the state of Michigan.

Jeff practices as a person-centered therapist, concentrating on Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) approaches for adults, teens, and children. He has significant experience as a facilitator for court-ordered supervised parenting time with separated/divorced parents and their children. Jeff has also worked in outpatient clinics as well as Community Mental Health (CMH) organizations where he was part of the Assertive Community Treatment (ACT) team. Jeff has significant inpatient psychiatric hospital exposure and is well versed supporting clients should a higher level of care be needed.

Jeff's passion is to help each client obtain their personal goals through their therapy, gaining the tools, self-knowledge, skills, and ability needed to take command over their histories and decisions, traumas and misfortunes, shaping a new and better life for themselves.

Kathy spiegel - MSW, lmsw                                                                         

Kathy received a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Human Services from Siena Heights University in Adrian, Michigan, and a Master of Social Work Degree from Michigan State University in Lansing, Michigan. She has over 20 years of experience in the mental health field with intensive training in Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Family Psychoeducation, Motivational Interviewing, suicide prevention and crisis intervention. Kathy enjoys working with children, adolescents and adults, including couples and families. She also has a background in hospice and geriatrics with special experience with grief and bereavement. 

Kathy has extensive experience in working with a vast array of mental health concerns including depression, anxiety and relationship issues. Treatment areas include, but are not limited to life adjustment issues, early childhood intervention, play therapy, behavioral intervention, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), anger management, abuse, anxiety and mood disorders, relationship issues, self-esteem, school and learning problems, health and wellness, and stress management.  
Kathy uses a person-centered approach to therapy with a combination of cognitive behavioral as well as reality therapy.    Kathy has had specialized training in play therapy and uses treatment techniques taught by the renowned Paul White, LCSW.

Brenda Weingartz - Ma ED, mA lpc                                  

Brenda received a Bachelor’s Degree in Education from the University of Michigan –Flint and Master’s Degrees in both Counseling and Early Childhood Education from Oakland University.  Brenda has an extensive background within the school system and has been providing counseling for more than a decade.​

Brenda is a Licensed Professional Counselor who helps overwhelmed individuals create a healthy, balanced lifestyle to overcome obstacles and live a more happy and fulfilling life. She treats issues of anxiety, depression, post-traumatic stress, life transitions, divorce, women’s issues, grief and loss, managing worries, school difficulties and more.

Brenda believes the most important part of the therapeutic process is the relationship between client and therapist, and that her role as a counselor is to create a safe, non-judgmental space, to explore ineffective patterns that create distress and provide guidance to navigate issues.  Brenda works with her clients collaboratively to overcome obstacles and achieve client goals.  Brenda uses a creative therapeutic approach, which includes cognitive therapy and mindfulness, tailored to each person’s individual needs.  

Halusia Witkowski - LMSW, ACSW

Halusia is a Licensed Master of Social Work, and has been providing therapy services to children and adults in the communities of St Clair and Sanilac Counties since 2003. She has practiced in a variety of treatment settings, including private non-profit, out-patient, community mental health, and private practice since receiving her master's degree in 1998.

Halusia received a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of Maryland, European Division, Frankfurt, Germany and a Master’s Degree in Social Work from Arizona State University. She also completed a three year course on Adult Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy at the Michigan Psychoanalytic Institute. In 2012, Halusia was trained in EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing), and received her certification in EMDR from the EMDR International Association (EMDRIA) in 2014. In 2013, Halusia received a scholarship to attend the EMDR International Association conference in Austin, Texas.

Halusia provides psychotherapy to adults, teens, and children, dealing with a variety of issues including: depression, anxiety, life transitions, trauma and PTSD, family adjustment issues, women’s issues, marital difficulties, divorce, stress management, grief and loss (including pet grief), self-esteem, chronic pain, issues related to the Highly Sensitive Person (HSP), post pardum depression, post pardum anxiety, LGBTQIA community issues and more. Halusia uses a very person centered approach with clients, tailoring treatment to fit the needs of the individual. Approaches may include cognitive behavioral, psychodynamic, EMDR, or their combination.

Bryant Goulet - MSW, lmsw

Bryant Goulet earned his Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Master of Social Work from Michigan State University. He is a Licensed Master Social Worker in the State of Michigan.   

Bryant has over 30 years’ experience working with individuals, families and couples. He has had an extensive background providing clinical services to children and adolescents working in a variety of outpatient and inpatient settings.  Working directly in the school system for the past 20 years, Bryant has an expertise assisting children, adolescents, and their families with school related adjustment issues. He has an extensive background with the assessment and treatment of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder; treatment of Autism Spectrum Disorder; providing therapy to delinquent youth; and assisting parents with child-management.  Bryant will focus on a psychoeducational approach helping parents understand the developmental needs of their child.

In addition, Bryant provides treatment to adults addressing a wide variety of issues including: depression and anxiety, stress/anger management, post-trauma and abuse, relationship difficulties, family problems, and interpersonal skill deficiencies. He utilizes an eclectic approach including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Psychodynamic/Insight Therapy as well as Mindfulness.  Treatment sessions with each client are tailored to his/her needs, desires and person-centered goals in a safe therapeutic environment.