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.

Margaret Bryce MA, LPC/School Counselor

Margaret has her Bachelor of Arts in Special Education from Michigan State University and her Masters in Counseling from Oakland University. Margaret has over 25 years of counseling experience working with teenagers, families and young adults. In addition to working as a licensed counselor, Margaret is employed as a high school, counselor and also as an adjunct counselor at Oakland Community College. Margaret specializes working with young adults and their families with an emphasis on anxiety, ADHD, stress management, family communication and substance abuse issues. Margaret uses a cognitive behavioral approach to help her clients take an active role in their therapy.

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.

Karen Gomez – Clinical Therapist MSW, ACSW, MSW, MSA

(Certified Trauma & Loss Practitioner and Trainer)

Karen is a licensed clinical therapist who has over 25 years of experience working with children, adolescents, your adults and their families. Karen also has in-depth of experience working in and consulting within schools. Karen has a Master’s degree in social Work and a Master’s Degree in Education. Karen also is a Certified Trauma and Loss Practitioner (TLC) along with being a Certified Trauma Trainer. Karen’s range of expertise includes: depression, anxiety, behavioral issues, eating disorders, substance abuse, ADHD, OCD, oppositional problems, stress management, blended families, family conflicts, grief, trauma experiences and stress that my occur with young people who identify as a sexual minority. (LGBTQ)

Karen uses Cognitive Behavioral, solution focused and Trauma Informed practices when working with clients. Karen believes that a strong therapeutic connection with her clients will best support them in finding solutions, making progress and healthy practices to enhance their lives and well-being. Working collaboratively with the client Karen develops a goal and a treatment plan. Lastly, Karen believes in including the family and significant others as needed in client therapy sessions to fully support individuals and perpetuate lasting healthy changes, happiness and achievement of personal goals.

Jennifer L. Lucas MA LPC

I am a Licensed Professional Counselor and I hold a National Counselor Certification. I earned my Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from William Tyndale College and a Master’s Degree in Counseling from Spring Arbor University. Have worked with children, adolescents and adults with various concerns: including Divorce, Addiction, Anxiety, Depression, Self Esteem, Social Skills, ADHD and Grief & Loss. Additionally, I have many years of experience as a social worker, working with individuals and families effected by cognitive impairments and terminal diagnoses. I am experienced with grief as well as end of life issues. I have journeyed through the death and dying process with countless clients and families.

I believe that life is a journey and each person is invested with gifts and abilities to make them unique and worthy individuals. My philosophy of counseling is eclectic ad broad as I draw from numerous theories of counseling to address individual client needs. I believe the counseling experience is different for each person, therefore, I incorporate theories and techniques that will be most effective and therapeutic for my client’s specific situations. I lean heavily on Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Reality Therapy, Solution Focused Therapy and above all, counselor. I support, encourage and provide my clients with practical feedback to effectively help them address life’s challenges. I approach all of my clients with humility, client’s journey to healing and wellness.

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.

Nancy Smith MSW, LMSW, ACSW

Nancy is a Clinical Social worker and has a B.A. from Kalamazoo College and a MSW from Wayne State University, School of Social Work. Nancy works with adolescents, adults, women, men, couples, older adults and substance abuse clients.

Michael Sumbur LMSW

Michael is a mental health provider to children, families, and individual adults. He specializes in working with family communication issues, domestic violence, anxiety concerns, and child issues– especially with victims of abuse and neglect.

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.

Holly Workman MA, LPC

I am a Licensed Professional counselor with over 15 years of clinical experience. My Bachelor’s degree was earned from Alma College where I was recognized as magna cum laude and graduated with honors in psychology. I went on to earn my graduate degree in Counseling from Oakland University in Rochester, Michigan. During my clinical training I completed over 4000 hours of supervised experience conducting psychotherapy and assessments within a community mental health agency. I hold a National Counselor Certification as well as being identified as a Certified Forensic Mental Health Evaluator and Certified Child Custody Evaluator.

I began my career in community mental health on an assertive community treatment team as a case manager working with adults and families that were chronically mentally ill gaining extensive experience with multiple disorders. There I learned that a collaborative approach with other health professionals i.e.: psychiatrists, case managers, primary care physicians, teachers, and parent’s etc. asset in achieving the highest level of mental health.

I have worked with children, adolescents and adults with various concerns. My range of expertise includes depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, intimate relationship conflicts, substance abuse, ADHD, OCD, and oppositional behavioral problems. I’ve been successful in managing the difficulties that can arise with blended families and single parent households.

It is found that a therapeutic alliance with a client is a necessity in healing and I establish that through warm acceptance and unconditional positive regard. I have a solution based approach to counseling in which active participation is encouraged. I provide information and assessments to establish a clear understanding of the problem, develop a collaborative treatment plan, and utilize scientific based therapeutic interventions. I have an aggressive approach to counseling that is Cognitive-Behavioral in nature, often education on techniques that are encouraged to be work on outside the session. Print Disclosure

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