Meet the Therapists
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 supervisor 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.
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, BCN, 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 & 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.
Gemma Pedersen, LMSW
*Accepting BCBS, BCN, United Behavioral Health, Out of Network (Novi & Telehealth Only)
Over the last 10 years, I have helped children, teens, and adults work through traumatic or stressful experiences as well as learn to manage symptoms of depression, anxiety, anger, and life transitions. I incorporate mindfulness, play, attachment-based interventions, and cognitive-behavioral therapy interventions into our sessions.