Erica Bruewer, LMSW

I understand that at times, being human is hard. It is natural to have psychological and physical reactions to events, such as life changes, challenges, as well as traumatic experiences. As your therapist, I will help support you by simply being a listening ear and validating your experience. In addition, I can provide you with the opportunity to learn skills for behavioral change and symptom management.

I believe that transformation and growth occurs through collaboration of appropriate interventions and a developed sense of self-awareness. My approach to therapy is eclectic and relationship-focused. This means that we will build a therapeutic relationship that is based on a foundation of safety, trust, and support. Together, we will tailor your treatment according to your needs. The space I offer is a judgment-free zone, a comfortable 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.

I achieved my Master of Social Work degree from Michigan State University and my Bachelor of Applied Science in Family Studies and Human Development at Central Michigan University. I am licensed in the State of Michigan to provide psychotherapy and other social services.

I have previous professional experience in school social work, case management, in-patient substance abuse rehabilitation as well as vocational support for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

Erica’s Treatment Modalities:

  • Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
  • Motivational Interviewing
  • Humanistic Therapy
  • Psychodynamic Therapy
  • Person Centered Therapy
  • Solution Focused Therapy
  • Spiritual Based Therapy
  • Improv Therapy
  • Group Therapy

Joy Ross, LMSW

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!  My approach is individualized and based on personal needs at that given time.  This can vary from being empathetic and supportive to being quite direct.  If my philosophy and approach sound like a good fit, I look forward to speaking with you! Let’s Get Started!

I studied and received my Bachelors of Social Work and Masters of Social Work from Wayne State University in Detroit Michigan.  I obtained my LMSW-Clinical and Macro License in 2002.


  • Anxiety
  • Pregnancy, Prenatal, Postpartum
  • Adoption
  • Codependency
  • Depression
  • Parenting
  • Stress
  • Self Esteem
  • Life Transitions
  • Obesity

Coping Skills

  • Life Coaching
  • Career Counseling
  • Divorce
  • Grief and Loss
  • Spirituality
  • Peer Relationships

Treatment Approach:

  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
  • Person-Centered
  • Solution Focused Brief (SFBT)
  • Strength-Based
  • Motivational Interviewing
  • Mindfulness-Based (MBCT)
  • Eclectic Therapy


  • Adults
  • Elders (65+)

Jose Garcia, LMSW, LCSW

In life, one can feel overwhelmed, misunderstood, maybe even lost at times. I believe in a hands-on approach to solving problems, giving you the tools necessary to take on those new challenges or begin to address the hurt you have put away. I’m a therapist and life coach with over 20 years of Social Work experience. My background encompasses working with at-risk youth K-12, college and graduate students, families, and older adults.  My goal is to teach people life skills that will give you purpose, hope, and vision of transformation, personal growth, and a positive mental attitude. My work in direct practice with individuals and families has allowed me to help people overcome life pressures and find peace, forgiveness, and self-love. I create a judgment-free space, ready when you are to begin healing conversations.

Areas of specialty:

  • Spanish Bilingual Therapist
  • Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT)
  • Life Coaching and Personal development
  • Trauma Focused & Strength Based Therapy
  • School concerns, Bullying, anxiety, social maladjustments
  • Childhood Trauma, ACES’s, PTSD
  • Anger Management, ADHD/ ADD, OCD, impulse control,
  • Stress management, Panic Attacks, Crisis Response
  • Loneliness, depression and isolation
  • Chronic Grief and bereavement concerns
  • Interpersonal relationships, individual and family challenges.

Raeana Donaldson, LMSW

Life can leave us feeling disconnected from ourselves, family, friends, and everything we care about. As your therapist, my job is to provide a safe place where you can reconnect with yourself and your life. I am passionate about working with you to develop tools needed for self-empowerment and improved patterns of living and thinking via humor, honesty, and respect.

As a therapist, I believe holistic care is important. Together we will address the mind-body connection as we work towards healing. My goal is to help you reconnect with your mind and body, while also helping you to reclaim your peace through counseling. Healing is important, so let’s start today and build your life the way you envision it.

Areas of Specialty:

  • Solution Focused Therapy
  • Mindfulness
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
  • Strength-Based Therapy
  • Psychodynamic Therapy
  • Racial Trauma
  • Anxiety and Depression
  • Self -Esteem
  • Career Coaching
  • Life Coaching
  • Interpersonal Relationships
  • Life Coaching

Patricia Gardenhire-Lamar, LMSW

I believe that life experiences build character. The experiences can either stunt our growth and development, or we can blossom and flourish from them. I feel it is important for individuals to acknowledge when they are facing adversity, process their emotions, utilize their coping skills and move forward.

My own life experiences motivated me to go into the social work field. Consequently, my goal is to help individuals cope and fight with the challenges they face, by providing them with tools, support, and encouragement.

I would love the opportunity to work with you on your journey to a better quality of life. I have a wealth of experience working with children and families but I am open to working with individuals of all ages.

Areas of Specialty:

  • TF-CBT
  • Life coaching
  • Adjustment issues
  • School concerns
  • Occupational stress
  • Self-esteem
  • Childhood trauma
  • Emotion regulation
  • Mindfulness

Nancy Harshfield, LMSW-C, CMHIMP, CDBT

I am licensed in the state of Michigan as a Masters of Social Work with a clinical emphasis (LMSW-C), a Certified Mental Health Integrative Medicine Professional (CMHIMP) and recently received a certificate in Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT). I have a decade of experience in hospice working with families and individuals during their end of life journey.

Hospice brings to the forefront a unique skill set when dealing with family dynamics because time is critical. I practice through the lens of Integrative Medicine with a functional medical model, looking at the whole person and their lifestyle choices including diet, activity level, sleep, hobbies, and quality of their relationships. I treat every client with respect and dignity and focus on the strengths that they bring to the work we will do together. I work with trauma victims who have experienced trauma through an auto accident, and our nation’s Veterans. Trauma includes PTSD, depression, anxiety, sleep disruption, physical and emotional pain. I am passionate about our younger generation and how the technical age has impacted their socialization: contributing to depression, anxiety, and poor relationships within and outside the family unit. The Covid-19 pandemic has brought many more issues to the forefront that our youth our carrying and many may need a place to talk and navigate these unique emotions.

I am a Certified Mental Health Integrative Medicine Provider (CMHIMP). This is a functional medicine certification that integrates physical health practices with brain health. Mental Health is essentially brain health and how we treat our body through diet and lifestyle impacts how well our physical and mental health can perform. Through my hospice work, I have embedded in every aspect of the human condition including grief, loss, marriage issues, family issues, child dynamics, depression, anxiety, anger, addiction, and trauma.

I am passionate about you as an individual, whether you are an adult or adolescent, and how you are thriving in life. How are your relationships and how are you feeling and living out your daily life. I am here to work through anxiety, depression, substance abuse/addiction, trauma, marriage issues, and young adult concerns, to help you feel better and lead a more productive life. We as humans are designed for relationships and community, and the quality of these relationships will determine the quality of your life. Let’s begin a journey together to make it a great one.

Anna Donaldson, LLMSW

My ultimate goal as your therapist is to provide a safe space for you to set you and your needs as a priority – a space that is judgment-free to help you work through healing what you choose to, and to help you sustain hope through the process.

I obtained my Master of Social Work degree from Michigan State University and my Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from Grand Valley State University. I am licensed in the State of Michigan and the State of Texas to provide psychotherapy and other social services.

I have 15 years of experience in social work – working directly with children, youth, and individual adults; providing case management with families navigating court systems and in hospital settings, and advocating for and supporting intimate partner violence survivors.

Sometimes you just need an inviting space with an understanding ear to talk through what you think so you can take the necessary next steps. Let’s get the process started so you can begin living the life you imagined.

Anna’s Speciality Areas of Practice:

  • Adjustment issues
  • Anxiety
  • Coping skills
  • Depression
  • Divorce and separation
  • Grief and loss
  • Parenting
  • Pregnancy/postpartum issues
  • Relationship issues
  • Self-Image and Self-esteem issues
  • Stress
  • Trauma

Whitni Roden, LLPC

I completed my Master’s Degree at Western Michigan University in Counseling Psychology. I believe that counseling provides a safe place to navigate difficult life circumstances and tough situations. The therapeutic relationship that exists between a client and counselor includes vulnerability, trust and commitment. Individual sessions reflect judgment free, peaceful space that promotes reflection, growth and discovery.

With the help of a licensed therapist who possesses an empathic approach, solutions can be realized and hope established. I have many years of experience helping clients navigate therapeutic conversations which identify thought patterns that often interrupt ones inner balance and peace. My goal is to provide strategies that are thought provoking, inspiring and enlightening. I welcome the opportunity to work with individuals who are in search of solution focused outcomes from a strength based approach.

Treatment Modalities:

  • Cognitive Behavior Therapy
  • Solution Focused
  • Mindfulness
  • Person-Centered Counseling
  • Strength-Based
  • Life Coaching
  • Spiritual Counseling

Areas of Specialty:

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Anger/Stress Management
  • Career Counseling
  • Coping Skills
  • School Issues
  • Family and Peer Relationships

John Kroneman, LMSW, ACSW, J.D.

It is my belief that everyone, no matter what stage of life they are in, has the capacity for positive change and growth. It is my goal to help my clients identify and change maladaptive behaviors and faulty beliefs that can lead to feelings of depression and anxiety. In addition, I believe that therapy should be collaborative and practiced in a safe environment where there is mutual respect between the therapist and the client with goals created in a cooperative manner.

I received my Masters of Social Work degree from Michigan Sate University in 2002 and have been working as a therapist for over 20 years.

My experience includes school counseling at the grade school and middle school level and serving as a facilitator for the pre-marital counseling program (PREP) for the Catholic Church.  In addition, I have facilitated anger management programs and taught classes in anger management for Okemos Community Education.   A former practicing attorney, I acted as a therapist for the Lawyers and Judges Assistance program for the Michigan State Bar.   I also have extensive experience in geriatric counseling.

Specialty Areas of Practice

  • Relationship issues
  • Anger Management
  • End of life issues
  • Elder care counseling
  • Anxiety
  • Depression

Treatment Modalities

  • Cognitive behavioral therapy
  • Solution focused therapy
  • Acceptance and commitment therapy

Rebecca Cawood, LMSW

It is an honor to interact with people in a healing manner that allows and encourages self-expression, awareness, and growth.  Anxiety, depression, relationship challenges, varying forms of loss/grief, aging complications and end-of-life issues are often reasons for referral to my practice.  Goals are established along with a plan for achieving such.   Concepts explored within sessions may include mood, life experiences, hopes, stressors/triggers, family history, self-care, etc.

Prior to receiving a Master’s in Social Work, I worked as a caseworker for the Juvenile Court.  MSW professional experience includes Private Practice for the last 14 years and Hospice Social Work for 6 years.  An integrative approach is utilized in theory and practice as it allows for increased flexibility in a practice which is generally strengths-based.  Emotional, mental, physical, and spiritual (not meaning religious) connection and care are recognized as significant in goal setting and interventions.  Operating from a person-centered perspective, a client is accepted as he/she presents in a supportive, encouraging, and nonjudgmental manner.

Treatment modalities may include though not be limited to…

Supportive therapy, active listening, validation, life review, self-care, mindfulness, problem-solving, cognitive behavioral therapy, stress reduction techniques, self-regulatory skills, modeling/role-playing psychoeducational, and community referral.


Master’s of Social Work from Michigan State University in 2003 with Clinical and Aging concentrations

Bachelor’s of Science with majors in Social Work and Sociology from Western Michigan University


Through the State of MI.  Clinical and Macro Practice

Practice Location

Telehealth; currently offering telephone or internet audio/video options.

The attached photo represents my interest in the outdoors and gardening.  I found the chain link fence in the background to be interesting.  How might that speak to you?  Namaste.

Mike Peyton, LMFT

My name is Mike Peyton. I received a Master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from Michigan State University in 1991. I have worked in various settings as a therapist. I am currently licensed in Michigan and Utah. For 18 years I was involved in adolescent residential treatment. It comes naturally for me to work with youth and their parents. I have five children between the ages of 37 and 26.

I have done experiential therapy including equine-based treatment. This included many trips into the mountains of Utah on horseback. It seems to be true that social patterns among horses, dogs, and people are quite similar. I have done outpatient therapy for clients of all ages. I am trained in family systems so addressing relationships is a core part of what I can help with. I don’t think there are any mental health diagnoses or circumstances that I have not had experience with over the last 33 years. I like to treat trauma-based problems.

I am a certified EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) therapist. Working with others to help them gain clarity, confidence and a sense of inner peace is the most rewarding thing I have done.