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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Mary Ellen Owens, MA, LPC

*Accepting BCBS, BCN, United Healthcare/Optum

 

There are times in life when things may feel really overwhelming or out of control. Stress and anxiety feel like it consumes you and everything seems pretty negative. Sleep is scarce, relationships are hard, and it can feel very challenging to navigate everyday life. It can feel hopeless and lonely in a world full of people.

Imagine a sense of calm and a place where life doesn’t feel so hard. A sense of freedom from the heavy things that hold you down. The ability to find peace and meaningful connections with others can be on the other side of where you are. Therapy provides a judgement-free space to allow for a trusting therapeutic relationship to promote self-growth. By utilizing therapy, you can learn techniques for self-regulation to better manage stress and anxiety, gain an understanding of negative or traumatic experiences, and find a deeper connection with yourself.   

I graduated from Oakland University with a Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. My therapy approach is individualized to each client’s needs, and I provide trauma-informed care. Each person is different; therefore, therapy goals are created by you to reflect what you want to work on in therapy. I have spent over 10 years working with people in multiple capacities and settings, including trauma work specifically for sexual and domestic violence. I help people overcome challenges such as anxiety, depression, and PTSD. Clients who work with me appreciate my genuineness and compassion.

Amy McDonald, MA, LPC, CST

*Accepting BCBS

 

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.  

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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