Fruit and Leaves

Meet the Therapists

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Krystin Sankey, MS, LPC

*Accepting BCBS, BCN, Priority Health, McLaren, HAP, United HealthCare/Optum

When you experience stressful or traumatic life events, overwhelming emotions can take over and cause you to lose hope. You may feel worried, depressed, or anxious and notice you aren't as productive at work, school, or home. Your life feels like it has been turned upside down and you wonder if things will ever feel normal again. As a parent, you may feel guilt or shame for not being able to protect or help your child(ren). As a therapist or helping professional, you may feel that you are no longer capable of showing up for your clients. You may notice a change in behaviors that cause concern. You are not alone!

I believe that connection is a basic human need. When connections are strained or limited in our daily lives, we may feel alone and hopeless. I believe in the power of the therapeutic relationship to help individuals build confidence and hope within their lives. I bring my whole heart and my whole self into your hour without judgment.

My experience as a clinical su
pervisor and consultant has provided me with an understanding of the broader stressors that impact therapists and other helping professionals in their work. Many therapists are anxious about seeking their own therapist due to the stigma, fear of being too difficult of a client/patient, being misunderstood or judged, or being viewed as a peer instead of as an individual client. If that is you, I hope you reach out. We are human first and I do my best to provide therapists with an inviting space to be your authentic and complete self.

I graduated from Indiana University-Bloomington with a Master of Science degree in Counseling Psychology and from Central Michigan University with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology, minoring in Family Life Studies & Human Sexuality. I have worked with children, adolescents, and adults for 15 years. Professional settings include a residential treatment center, Children’s Advocacy Center, youth shelter, and private practice.  

I live in Grand Blanc with my Husband, our three boys, one dog, and one cat. I love traveling, the beach, and sunshine. I am not much of a risk taker but someday hope to cross sky diving off my bucket list!

Christina Arsenault, MA, LPC

*Accepting BCBS, BCN, Priority Health, McLaren, United HealthCare/Optum

If you are looking for a safe and therapeutic environment to begin working on yourself, I am ready and willing to walk that road with you. Let's work together to create a space to begin focusing on your intentions, to begin healing from past wounds and trauma, and to work toward building hope for your future. I will assist you as you work toward your goals through traditional talk therapy and mindfulness techniques such as deep breathing and grounding exercises. I enjoy working with adolescents and adults. I want to help you feel empowered.

 

My therapy approach incorporates cultural sensitivity and trauma-informed care. I utilize techniques from cognitive-behavioral therapy, EMDR, and will always come from a strength-based approach to help you get the most out of your sessions. You're not meant to do this alone. Let me help you feel like yourself again. Please don't hesitate to reach out to me to see how I can help.

I graduated with my Bachelors in Human Services in 2012, and I graduated with my Masters of Arts in Clinical Counseling from the University of Detroit Mercy in 2016. I have over 12 years experience working in various settings including community mental health agencies, high/at-risk youth center, children's advocacy center, and private practice.

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Amy McDonald, MA, LPC, CST

*Accepting BCBS, BCN, Priority Health, Out of Network (Telehealth Only) 

 

I am the Counseling Services Director with Shelterhouse of Midland and Gladwin Counties. I am one of two AASECT (American Association of Sex Education Counselors and Therapists) certified therapists in the Great Lakes Bay region. I have my Master’s in Counseling from Spring Arbor University and a post-grad certification in sexual health and sex therapy from the University of Michigan.

 

I am passionate about helping individuals find their authentic self in a safe non-judgmental environment. I believe that sexual wellness is essential to our overall mental health.

I have a background addressing a variety of topics related to sexuality and sexual wellness: Couples and Intimacy, Infidelity, Sexual orientation minorities, Transgender individuals, Gender identifying minorities, Relationship style minorities, Alternative Kink, and Sex Workers.  

 

Katarena Seelman, MA, LPC

*Accepting BCBS, BCN, Out of Network (Telehealth Only) 

Allow yourself to enter a safe and therapeutic space, primed to help you actualize your best self by identifying and resolving how your past experiences are coming into play in the present and causing you to feel inadequate, stuck, or unable to reach your goals. By working through your past trauma, attachment, and interpersonal issues within therapy, you can harness a more authentic connection with yourself, allowing you to be more genuine and congruent with others. I work alongside you to identify your desires and empower you to make necessary, positive changes in your life. I understand that making the decision to seek help can be difficult, so I use a person-centered, compassionate, direct, and non-judgmental approach to help foster a therapeutic environment where you feel supported in your counseling journey.

 

Several years ago, I discovered my passion for helping individuals and families rebuild their lives and relationships, moving through trauma, mental illness and abuse, to find meaningful connections, understanding, and love on the other side of the pain. My therapy approach incorporates trauma-focused cognitive behavioral therapy principles, as well as techniques from person-centered, EMDR, attachment-based, and strength-based therapy modalities. Ultimately, you are the expert on yourself and know your own needs best, so we work together for you to get the most out of your sessions.

 

I graduated with a Master of Education in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Kent State University in 2017 and prior to relocating to Ohio, I received my Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh. I have over three years of post-Master’s experience, and a decade of expertise working in community mental health agencies, a residential treatment center, and most recently, a robust children’s advocacy center in downtown Detroit, Michigan.

 

I currently reside in a suburb roughly 20 minutes outside of Detroit, with my podiatrist husband, two young boys, and our two dogs. I adore losing myself in a good book, sharing belly laughs with family, and going for runs in the summer sun.

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Gemma Pedersen, LMSW

*Accepting BCBS, BCN, United Behavioral Health, Priority Health, Out of Network (Novi & Telehealth Only) 

Are you going through a difficult time and aren't sure how to move forward? Do you feel anxious about your future or find yourself replaying situations from your past in your head? Transitioning through different phases of life can feel overwhelming and leave you feeling stuck. When we experience stressful or traumatic situations, transitions can become even more difficult. Children and teens often express their feelings through acting out or behavior changes and may have trouble connecting their emotions or feelings to their current actions.

I offer a welcoming, non-judgmental space to process through your past trauma, current life transitions, and/or future worries. I use cognitive behavioral therapy, play therapy, and attachment-based techniques to help you work toward your goals. I believe in the connection of the mind and body and use meditation and mindfulness to help increase calmness.

During the last 10 years as a therapist, I have helped many children, teens, families, and adults heal from hurtful experiences and gain new perspective and tools to manage difficult transitions. You do not have to suffer alone! Reach out today to schedule a first appointment.

 
 

Heather Sheidler, LPC

*Accepting BCBS, Out of Network, Blue Care Network, United Behavioral Health, Priority Health (Grand Blanc & Telehealth Only)

 I am a licensed professional counselor with 15 years of experience working in various mental health settings. I hold the strong belief that people are perfectly imperfect. They are beautiful and spectacular but can also become stuck, unhappy, and unable to live a fulfilling life. That's where I come in as I can help you navigate these feelings and offer a path forward.

 

My therapeutic approach incorporates several major theories of counseling (CBT, DBT, MI, ACT, and TF-CBT) and is strengths-based and person centered. I believe in a holistic approach that addresses the needs of the whole person-body, mind/emotions, and spirit! I draw from multiple traditions and techniques in order to best address your needs while improving your overall well-being and help you to heal and thrive on a deeper level. I believe that each of us possesses the strength and potential to work through life problems. I seek to help you to discover this potential and learn skills that will help you achieve your goals through empowering and providing you with conditions for personal growth.

 

The counseling process involves a collaborative relationship between us in an open environment where you are free to share your thoughts and feelings honestly and safely. Thus, your active participation and personal work outside of our sessions are essential for counseling to be effective and help you reach your goals. I will tailor our dialog and treatment plan to meet your unique and specific needs.

 

You are braver than you know! It takes courage to seek a more fulfilling and happier life and to take the first steps towards a change. If you are ready to take that step then I am here to support and empower you.

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Jordyn Hillary, LLMSW

*Accepting BCBS and Priority Health (Grand Blanc & Telehealth Only)

Pending: McLaren Commercial

Starting your personal therapeutic journey can be scary and overwhelming. People start therapy for a wide variety of reasons and no one should be shamed or discouraged from seeking help from a professional. Therapy is one of the best investments you can make to yourself and for your overall health and wellness. Therapy can help you with emotional identification and emotional regulation, identifying personal roadblocks, tuning into your core belfies, building healthy ways to cope with stress or anxiety, processing traumatic life events, breaking unhealthy habits, building better personal and social boundaries and pinpoint personal triggers.

Life is constantly bringing us an assortment of hardships. Throughout our lives, these challenges can cause us to deal with anxiety, stress, depression, suicidal ideations, addiction, and other negative personal challenges. It is of the utmost importance that my therapeutic approach be fitting for each of my clients and to not reflect a “one size fits all” approach. Everyone is different and unique and your therapeutic treatment plan we create in collaboration will reflect this. I utilize the Person-Centered Planning approach with all of my clients so each individual feels they have autonomy over their therapeutic journey and treatment. With emphasis on Person-Centered Planning, I also integrate Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, the Transtheoretical Model (also known as the Stages of Change), and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy.

I graduated from Oakland University in 2018 with a B.A. in English and a minor concentration in Sociology. I obtained my Masters of Social Work in 2021 from the University of Michigan with a specialization in Interpersonal Practice and Treatment in Substance Use and Addiction. While my therapy career has just recently started, I have extensive direct care experience working with children and adolescents in various settings that has helped me build transferable skills that are benefiting me in this work. These settings include schools, in home care, outpatient therapy and residential care. I also have knowledge about the importance of trauma informed care which is also a big part of my practice. I obtained my Clinical Certified Trauma & Resilience Practitioner certificate through Starr Commonwealth in April of 2022 as well as my QPR Suicide Prevention Gatekeeper program certificate in June of 2022.

I live in Oxford with my two Cats, Bishop and Harriet and my Leopard Gecko Ramona. In my spare time, you can find me hanging out with friends and family, working out at my favorite fitness studio, hanging out on my back deck or staying in watching my favorite movies while snuggled up with my cats. I am a nerd about anything related to Harry Potter, True Crime, Documentaries, Cats, and good food. While I have my own troubles and life stressors, I strive to better myself in any capacity that I can so I can show up as the best version of myself every day. I can’t wait to hear from you so we can begin your healing journey. 

 
 

Erin Zeller, LMSW

*Accepting BCBS and BCN (Novi & Telehealth Only)

Pending: Priority Health, McLaren Commercial, United Healthcare

I'm so glad you are taking the first step in your journey toward healing by seeking therapy. The most important factor in predicting successful outcomes in therapy is the relationship you hold with your therapist. A strong therapeutic relationship will help you feel safe, motivated, and accepted. My authentic approach often includes using humor in order to break barriers. 

Are you having a hard time coping with a loss or traumatic experience? Is your anxiety or depression disrupting your work or school, relationships, or free time? Are you feeling like a failure as a parent, partner, or professional? Wherever you are in your healing journey or phase in your life, you do not have to do it alone. Trauma can impact us far into adulthood & we often don't realize the connection to our current thoughts & emotions. Although you may be feeling hopeless about your future, working with a trusted, empathetic therapist can increase your sense of safety and motivation & help you to achieve your goals!

 

For the last 10 years, I have worked with children, adults, & families who have experienced trauma. I have supervised other therapists & provided reflective supervision. Additionally, I have been seeing clients working through various challenges in individual therapy. 

 

I utilize an eclectic approach to providing therapy services to children, adolescents, adults and families. I specialize in trauma-focused cognitive behavioral therapy, attachment therapy, EMDR, psychoeducation and body/mind work. I am skilled in treating symptoms related to trauma, grief and loss, low self-esteem, stress management, ADD/ADHD, depression, anger, adjustment issues, anxiety, communication challenges, behavioral challenges, mood disorders, bullying, parenting/ marriage concerns and social issues. 

 

I welcome all clients of diverse SOGIEs, cultures, and races.

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Chrissie Jostock, MA, LPC

*Accepting BCBS, BCN, and Priority Health (Grand Blanc & Telehealth Only)

Pending: McLaren Commercial, United Healthcare

Making the decision to start therapy is a healthy and courageous act that brings with it the potential for growth and healing. As a Professional Counselor, I will work with you to understand the difficulties and struggles you face.  Together we help you gain tools to cope and balance life successfully, meeting your emotional, physical, and spiritual needs.

 

My specialty is working with populations, young and old, who are struggling, coping with, and managing life-threatening illnesses, grief & loss, anxiety, depression, divorce, disability, career transitions, LGBTQIA+, and other life transitions.  I utilize a variety of therapeutic techniques to suit your needs, otherwise known as Integrative therapy in addition to methods of counseling that stem from: Person-centered therapy, solution-focused therapy, cognitive-behavior therapy (CBT), and humanistic therapy. 

 

My husband, daughter and I reside in Clarkston, MI.  I love to be outside, swim, garden, organize, do mud-runs and I am a huge movie buff! 

 

I graduated in 2014 from Oakland University with my Masters Degree In Counseling, specializing in Child & Adolescent Therapy.  Since receiving my degree I have had the opportunity to practice in a wide variety of setting including: Non-profits specializing families fighting cancer, a Behavioral Health Center working closely with clients at risk or recovering from addiction, and a counseling telehealth platform working with clients from all over the world.  I also lecture and supervising counselors-in-training at Oakland University. 

 

"Although the world is full of suffering, it is also full of the overcoming of it," wrote Helen Keller.   We encounter unforeseeable challenges in this life, and you may find yourself feeling hurt, defeated, lost and alone... professional counseling can help you understand that you are not alone.  Whether healing from your past, coping with situations and issues in the present, or letting go of fears of the future; I am here to listen, help and understand you as an individual, with care and without judgment.

 

Mary Gilbert, LMSW

*Accepting BCBS, Out of Network (BCN, Priority Health pending) (Telehealth Only, Midland Pending)

 

If you are considering therapy, wondering if it will help you, wondering how to have a better life, consider what psychologist Carl Rogers said, "The good life is a process, not a state of being.  It is a direction, not a destination." We often need people to journey with us on this road to a better life.

 

This is my passion and my training. I received my Bachelor’s degree in Social Work from Saginaw Valley State University and after working in the mental health field, returned to Saginaw Valley State University to obtain a Master’s degree in Social Work. I have worked in community mental health, schools, and non-profit agencies.

 

My person-centered philosophy of therapy is a multi-faceted approach utilizing narrative therapies, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, mind-body techniques, emotionally focused therapy, motivational interviewing, strength-based, systems, and relational therapy techniques in a non-judgmental atmosphere to creatively address both the root causes and current symptoms of challenging life issues including depression, anxiety, anger, sexual health and education, gender and sexual identity and relationship enhancement and navigation with all ages through individual, family and couples therapy.

 

Some acronyms that I believe represent important aspects of life are DEI, SOGIE, LGBTQ. I strongly believe that building a trusting and nurturing therapy environment empowers clients to safely seek deeper self-reflection that promotes meaningful, positive personal transformation. Sometimes moving forward is as simple as deciding what's important and letting go of that which isn't. Finding meaning and purpose in life is often an unrecognized unmet need and traveling that journey with a therapist can provide greater life satisfaction.

 

When I'm not in my office, I like to spend time reading, gardening, making music, cooking, creating art, and walking two very goofy Doodles.

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Areas of Expertise

Trauma

Trauma is a sensory experience and therefore therapeutic intervention needs to be sensory based. RFC uses sensory based interventions to address unresolved trauma or
stress.

Physical Abuse or Assault

Sexual Abuse or Assault

Witness to a Violent Crime

Domestic Violence (exposure to, victim of)

Emotional or Verbal Abuse
 
Medical Trauma

Childhood Neglect

Exposure to Terrorism or War

Traumatic Loss or Grief

Separation from Caregivers

Anxiety

Anxiety develops out of a need for protection and survival. At RFC, we view anxiety as one of many parts and work to understand the underlying need while increasing memories of positive, calming, relaxing feelings and experiences within the mind and body.

Social Anxiety

Generalized Anxiety

OCD

Panic Attacks

Intrusive Thoughts

 Depression

Persistent sadness and hopelessness, which may also be accompanied by chronic pain or digestive issues, can interfere with social relationships, work or school performance, and day to day tasks. Using Cognitive Behavioral Therapy as well as Mindfulness and Relaxation Skills training, we work together to increase hope for the future.

Major Depression

Persistent Depressive Disorder

Bipolar Disorder

Seasonal Affective Disorder

Sexual Wellness

Sexual wellness is essential to our overall mental health. Sex therapy can help individuals and couples work through sexual and intimacy concerns. 

Couples and Intimacy

Infidelity

Concerns about Sexual Orientation or Sexual Interests

Problematic Sexual Behavior

Gender Identification

Alternative Kink

Sex Work