Professional Staff

Elise Finch-Sophiea MA, LMSW Therapist

Elise attended Loyola University in New Orleans and received her BS at the University of Oregon. Elise’s upper graduate work was done at Wayne State University. Elise specializes in adolescents, especially with children in high conflict divorce cases. She also has an extensive history working with victims of domestic violence and sexual abuse, along with family marital work.

William Sophiea MA, LLP Therapist

William graduated with a B.A. from Western Michigan University in 1974 and graduated with an M.A in Clinical Psychology from the Center for Humanistic Studies from Detroit, Mi in 1985. He accepts clients of all ages, individuals, conjoint, marital, play and family counseling and has an extensive history of counseling substance abuse.

Alicia Brown MA, LPC

Alicia earned a Bachelor of Art in Human Services from Spring Arbor University and Master of Art in Counseling from Oakland University. She holds certifications in addictions, hypnosis and bereavement. Alicia has been in private practice, specializing in grief, loss, trauma and crisis for over 20 years. She has experience working in psychiatric hospitals, hospice programs and funeral homes, providing counseling, consulting, crisis intervention and clinical supervision services. She has facilitated both adult and adolescent support groups, presented at churches, community groups, corporations, courts and schools. She provided crisis services for local businesses affected by trauma after 9-11. Her professional accomplishments include developing the Woman Together conference at Oakland community College, Highland Lakes campus to support women affected by domestic violence, abuse, rape and female specific issues.

Alicia provides counseling services for children, adults, adolescents, families and couples, for issues including depression, anxiety, co-dependency, domestic and sexual abuse, eating disorders, shyness and social phobia, as well as her expertise in grief and loss. She also works with local district courts and provides assessments and license evaluations. Alicia values the uniqueness of each individual and provides a sensitive and sensible approach to life challenges.

In her free time, Alicia enjoys spending time with family and friends, gardening, reading, writing, walking, biking, music, dancing, festivals, cooking and traveling. Her current challenges are learning to play piano and speak French! This reflects her counseling philosophy that it is never too late to learn and change.

Nan Campione MSW, LMSW

Nan received her MSW from Barry University, Miami Florida in 1980. Nan has experience working in mental health facilities, including in-patient, community mental health and out-patient agencies. She has experience in working with children, adolescents and adult with a special focus on anxiety, depression, and divorce adjustment. Nan is currently employed by Lake Orion Schools, as an elementary school counselor.

Kerrie Delevie-Gellings MA,, LLP

Kerrie has her Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor and her Masters of Arts degree in school and community psychology from Wayne State University. Kerrie has worked in the field of psychology since 1982; with 26 years spent coordinating psychotherapy services and 17 years spent as a full-time school psychologist in a public school district. Kerrie has a diverse background working with individuals of all ages, as well as couples, and families. She has successfully assisted many people in their pursuit of disability benefits. She works closely with school personnel to resolve any type of problem experienced by the children and adolescents at school. She provides relationship counseling and education in the most effective communication skills. Her area of expertise include Depression, Anxiety, Bi-Polar Disorder, PTSD, ADHD, Self-esteem issues and Anger Management.

Robert McClellan LMSW

Graduated with a B.A. in social work from University of Michigan-flint in 1994 and graduated with a MSW from Wayne State University in 1998. Robert works with children and adults who struggle with anxiety, depression, ADHD, and substance abuse issues. Robert’s approach is cognitive behavioral in nature. Robert has been employed as a social worker at Lake Orion High School since 1998. He started working at North Oakland Family Counseling Center in 2015.

Kathryn Menig, LMSW

Kathy obtained her MSW from Wayne State University in 2003. She is a fully approved School Social Worker practicing in the schools for over 14 years. In her private practice she provides a strengths based solution focused approach aimed at meeting the client where they are at and moving forward at a pace that is beneficial to providing positive outcomes. Kathy works with individuals of all ages who may be dealing with anxiety, depression, anger, grief and loss, blended families, parenting concerns, relationship difficulties and issues related to self-esteem.

Jennifer Nuss LMSW

I am a Licensed Master’s Social Worker with 20 years of experience with children and their families, primarily I the school setting, from birth to high school. Due to being in the education setting, I have supported and continue to work with, children with a variety of special needs including Autism Spectrum disorders, ADHD, Cognitive and Emotional Impairments, Learning Disabilities, and Visual Impairments. When working with children, my range of expertise includes anxiety, depression, and behavioral difficulties, as well as the aforementioned areas of disabilities. I evaluate the “whole child”, their social, emotional, behavioral and physical health, to determine the best course to take. I also assist parents with their concerns including developing behavior systems, limit-setting, providing insight into their child’s needs, assisting them with navigating school questions or concerns including special education, connecting them with resources, and mediating difficult discussions with their children. A collaborative and trusting relationship is imperative to the therapy process for the child as well as their parents. I view us as a team who want what is best for their child.

Recco Richardson Ph.D, LPC

A Diplomate, American Psychotherapy Association, Dr. Recco Santee Richardson, Ph.D has over 20 years of counseling experience. He specializes in treating children, adolescents, and adults who present with ADHD, anger, academic problems, Bi-polar Disorder, Anxiety, Depression, Fetal /alcohol Syndrome, and Attachment Disorder, to name a few. As a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC), he has keen insight into mental health issues, regularly writes scholarly articles, and facilitates mental health workshops. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Business from Ferris State University and a Master of Arts degree in Counseling Education from Central Michigan University. He also earned a doctorate in Professional Psychology from Walden University.

Tanya Y. Jefferson MS, MA, LLPC

Tanya Y. Jefferson is a seasoned clinical therapist who serves clients and the community with passion and determination. Her counseling efforts focus on helping children, adolescents and adults address anger, anxiety, substance abuse, depression, poor focus, chronic disease management, self-care, decision making, fears, stress and other areas of concern.

Tanya’s approaches to counseling include person-centered, cognitive behavioral and solution-focused. Her goal is to empower and promote positive pathways to growth and well-being. Her work experience as a community health trainer, domestic violence/sexual assault counselor, program officer and marketing/communication associate provides her with exceptional insight and wholesome perspectives that benefits her counseling clients.

Samantha Cole MS, LLPC

Samantha Cole, MS, LLPC has a passion for assisting children, teens and adults with their presenting concerns. She has a natural ability to develop strong therapeutic rapport and ensures a welcoming environment to individuals who desire help with defiance, impatience, anxiety, anger episodes, depression, poor concentration, moodiness, stress and much more. Samantha’s approach to counseling is primarily cognitive behavioral therapy. As well, she also utilizes person centered and choice theory approaches. Her past work experience includes serving as a Treatment Specialist at a nearby juvenile detention center and working as a Psychiatric Care Specialist at an area hospital in-patient treatment program. She successfully completed her practicum and internship training at a counseling center in Oakland Country, MI.

Samantha is a graduate of Mott Community College (Associates in Applied Sciences). The University of Michigan-Flint (Bachelor’s in Psychology) and Capella University (Master’s in Clinical Mental Health Counseling).

Margaret Tippen MA, LLP, LMSW

Margaret graduated with a Master’s degree in Clinical and Humanistic Psychology and a Bachelor’s degree in Social Work. She has worked as an outpatient therapist for 25+ years with adults, couples, adolescents, and children. Her professional experience incorporates a wide range of mental health issues to include anxiety, depression, mood disorders, relationship conflicts, parent/child problems, life transitions, divorce and blended family issues. Based on individual client needs treatment approaches are drawn from cognitive-behavioral, insight orientated, solution focused and client-centered therapies.

Individuals entering treatment determine their focus, identify goals, and examine changes they would like to see occur in their lives. A comfortable, trusting, and supportive environment is created so that clients can freely explore their thoughts, feelings and behaviors. My therapy style is active, listening with the intent of understanding the struggles and challenges a person may be faced with. I initiate and engage in open, direct dialogues that will encourage healthy decision making and facilitate meaningful growth. Together we will work to develop the skills and tools needed to implement and sustain positive life changes. Solutions will be created collaboratively by enhancing your inner strengths and develop personal potentials so that a happy, balance, lifestyle can be achieved.

Heather Wiley LMSW/School Social Worker

Heather is a Master’s level Social Worker with more than 18 years of experience working with individuals and families. Heather has completed her Master’s degree in social Work and clinical training at Wayne State University. In addition to clinical therapy practice, Heather is also employed as a School Social Worker serving students with Emotional Impairments, Autism spectrum Disorders and ADHD. Heather is knowledgeable of special education laws and is an advocate for supporting school programming, and school behavior plans. Heather specializes in working with elementary to high school students. Her areas of expertise include treatment of anxiety, depression, mood disorders, anger management, stress management, and parenting issues. She uses a supportive ad empowering approach with clients. Heather utilizes person centered, solution focused, and cognitive behavioral therapy to help support individual client needs. Individuals who enter treatment will determine their focus, identify goals, and examine changes they would like to see occur in their lives.

Jenna Badal LLMSW

Jenna Badal graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Grand Valley State University and a Master of Clinical Social Work with a School Social Work specialization from Western Michigan University. In addition to working at North Oakland Family Counseling Center, she is also working as a General Education School Social Worker focusing on social-emotional interventions in Grand Blanc Community Schools. She has a passion for helping children be successful in life and overcome the things that are troubling them. She works with children who struggle with anxiety, ADHD, depression, emotional struggles, and more. Jenna’s approach is cognitive behavioral therapy, and she likes to incorporate helping children develop coping, social, and life skills to ensure they are successful in life going forward.

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