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, Out of Network (Telehealth Only) Pending: Priority Health and United Behavioral Health

 

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 & Out of Network (Telehealth Only) Pending: BCN, Priority Health

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, Out of Network (Novi & Telehealth Only) Pending: Priority Health

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 (Grand Blanc & Telehealth Only)

Pending: Priority Health

 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

 Coming Soon

 

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