Williamston & Okemos Mental Health Counseling & Therapy
“When we talk about our feelings, they become less overwhelming, less upsetting, and less scary.” – Fred Rogers
There are countless possibilities for why a person may be seeking professional counseling as either an individual or as a family.
Our mission as a behavioral and mental health provider is to serve you with high quality, comfortable, and safe experiences to increase your well-being. Through social-emotional support and the use of evidence-based practices, we will provide you with opportunities for self-growth. We aim to empower our clients through an expert by experience perspective and person-centered care.
Making the decision to go to therapy takes courage and means that you’re ready to make a positive change. We all have the ability to mend relationships, lessen negative self-talk, and increase self-compassion. It’s ok if you need help making sense of your past and need unbiased, confidential support in facing life changes.
It is within human nature to dismiss or overlook our inner strengths that can help our resiliency. It is also normal to develop new skills and evolve throughout the lifespan as your experiences continue to shape you. Let us help you!
(COVID POLICIES) At this time, to minimize the risk of exposure for illnesses, such as COVID-19, and to eliminate transportation as a barrier to treatment, we offer appointments via Telehealth. In order for clients to use Telehealth as an option for treatment, they must have a cell phone, tablet, or computer with internet access.
Individual counseling is a one-on-one appointment of talk therapy between the client and a mental health therapist. As an active participant in the therapeutic process, the client will direct the conversation on presenting problems, issues, and current symptoms they would like to address.
The therapist may ask questions to better understand the client’s experience and explore the possibility of solutions with the use of personal strengths. Skill-building often occurs in these appointments as well.
Change is inevitable throughout the lifespan. Families are greatly impacted by such events. Family Counseling is a wonderful way for a family to develop resilience & increase satisfaction in relationships.
All members of the family are active participants in the session and have a role to play in treatment. It is common for clients in family therapy to partake in relationship building exercises along with activities that promote skill-building in the areas of communication, conflict resolution, problem-solving, and coping with symptoms.
It is a natural occurrence for close relationships to encounter conflict. Couples Therapy can be a wonderful way for couples to work through issues that may be holding their relationship back. Both individuals are considered clients of the therapist and are encouraged to express their emotions, process issues, and effectively problem solve in a safe, neutral environment.
The therapist may ask to observe the clients’ interactions together, as a couple, to then provide them with interactive opportunities to learn new skills that enhance the relationship. Couples are often given tasks to complete outside of treatment to strengthen these skills through practice.
Our Mental Health Providers
Erica J. Kemp, LLMSWMental Health Therapist
I believe that transformation and growth occurs through collaboration of appropriate interventions with an increased self-awareness which can be explored through psychotherapy. My office is a judgment-free zone, a safe place for you to be yourself. I would be honored to hear your story and provide you with the care you need and deserve. I look forward to embarking on this journey of healing with you.
Stephanie McCann, LMSWMental Health Therapist
I believe that resilience is in all of us and healing is a path we can choose to walk at any time if we are willing to take the first step. Sometimes even helping professionals need their own helper, someone to listen to their experiences and walk alongside them as they process the challenges of helping. Focusing on secondary trauma and occupational stress issues I believe my role as a therapist is to support clients as they navigate their healing process.
Joy Ross, LMSWMental Health Therapist
As a dynamic and creative person, I’m motivated to use the most effective practices to help empower my clients and improve their quality of life. My goal as a therapist is to create a casual environment to ease the tension or the stress of my clients. We can work through the difficulties in life and celebrate the positive things!
Paul Dripchak, LMSWMental Health Therapist
Life stresses can be difficult to manage, especially without support. The effects of trauma, stress, and life changes can wear on us without being conscious of it. Therapy can assist in creating a safe space to discuss these concerns and histories as well as working collaboratively to forge a new future. Transparency, creativity, and humor are three key values of mine in working with others. I have found these values helpful in working with families, adolescents, and adults.
Lizette Chacon, LLMSWMental Health Therapist
As a bilingual therapist (English & Spanish), I am passionate about helping people heal through difficult times, from past trauma, grief and loss, as well as the different challenges one could be facing. I understand that no single approach works for every single individual, therefore I use an eclectic approach to treat each patient’s needs.
As your therapist, I am here to support you, as well as help you learn and grow throughout the process of healing. I understand the value of having someone listen to you, to be in a safe and non-judgmental space, and to feel validated.
Mary Gallagher, LPCMental Health Therapist
Taking the first step to enter into therapy can be incredibly difficult and takes courage. After doing so, you will feel relieved, as if a weight has been lifted. You will be on the path to finding fulfillment and resolving issues impacting your life. I believe clients are experts in themselves and as such, my role is to offer support and to help you to identify common threads or patterns of behavior. You will receive insight, constructive feedback, and support with compassion. My goal is to create an environment where you feel safe and free to express your thoughts and feelings without judgment. I am here to listen to your story and help you make positive, lasting changes.