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Connection is the key to a solid well being.    

“Never underestimate the empowering effect of human connection.
All you need is that one person, who understands you completely, believes in you and makes you feel loved for what you are, to enable you - to unfold the miraculous you.” 
― Drishti Bablani,

 

 

Woman Being Free

Meet Our Therapists


Sylvia J. Jones, MA, LPC, NCC, Founder & Owner is a Licensed Professional Counselor specializing in  individual, couples and family therapy.  Sylvia earned her Bachelors Degree in Psychology from the University of Michigan. She continued her education at Eastern Michigan University and earned her Master's in Clinical Mental Health  Counseling and is a fully Licensed Professional Counselor in the  State of Michigan and a National Board Certified Counselor.  

Sylvia works from a humanistic and multicultural framework.  She integrates a collaborative and eclectic approach to therapy interventions.  Her goal is to provide services that help empower clients to reach their full potential.  She believes that a holistic approach is essential in working through life’s challenges and focusing on your overall well being. 

Sylvia’s focus and goal is to provide a safe, caring and non-judgmental environment that provides hope and healing.  She has experience working with mood and anxiety disorders, grief and loss, trauma, adjusting to life changes and relationship issues.  She is committed to building a therapeutic connection with sensitivity to multicultural considerations. The ideal client understands that there is no secret formula for change, however, with persistence and effort, change is inevitable.

 

Brooke Brantley-Gilbert, MA, LPC, NCC is a Nationally Certified Licensed Professional Counselor.  Brooke earned her Bachelors Degree in Psychology from Wayne State University.  After many years working in the Child Welfare System in Michigan, Brooke earned a Master’s in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Eastern Michigan University.  She is a fully licensed Professional Counselor.

Brooke believes that individual and couples counseling provides a safe and confidential space to explore life challenges and transitions. Counseling is a process built on a working relationship.   Brooke is skilled in developing the therapeutic relationship authentically, compassionately, and without judgement.  Change comes from within and Brooke is dedicated to respectfully supporting you on your journey in exploring your challenges and realizing your personal goals holistically.

Brooke is experienced in working with substance abuse and dependency, mood and anxiety disorders, parenting and relationship concerns, transitional life changes, grief and loss support, and anger management.  Multicultural factors can influence how we respond.  Brooke is competent in cultural differences and is always prepared to provide individually formulated therapeutic interventions to best meet her client’s needs.  Brooke utilizes an integrative approach to therapy that highlights person-centered, motivational, and strength-based modalities. 

 

Stephanie "Stevie" James, MA, LLPC, NCC is a Limited Licensed Counselor.  Stevie earned her Bachelors Degree in Business Administration from Central Michigan University.  After working with students for many years, Stevie attended Eastern Michigan University and earned a Master's Degree in Counseling with a concentration in School Counseling. 

Understanding how I can assist my client to achieve successful counseling is vitally important.  Knowing that people enter counseling with a myriad of troubles I rely on multiple resources to assist clients in unearthing their best selves.  I have been trained in crisis prevention and intervention, post-secondary education resources and guidance, substance abuse, individual, children, family and group counseling.  I counsel based on a holistic, Person-Centered, Solution-Focused and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy approach.  

It is my belief that most people have the answer to their problems within themselves.  I will work with you to discover and reframe negative narratives, to produce positive wellness-centered conclusions.

 

Danielle M. Johnson, MA, LLPC is a Limited Licensed Counselor. Danielle earned her Bachelor's Degree in Psychology from Wayne State University. She later returned to Wayne State University to earn her Master's Degree in Counseling with a concentration in Clinical Mental Health Counseling and School Counseling.

Danielle has over three years of experience working with youth suffering from self-esteem issues, anxiety, depression and self-harm/suicidal ideations. Also, during that time, she gained experience working with children with developmental disabilities and severe emotional disturbance. Lastly, Danielle has experience working with adults with mental health issues and experiences working with family therapy.

Danielle utilizes a holistic and cognitive behavioral therapy approach to counseling to assist clients with tackling barriers and obstacles in life which may be difficult to navigate on their own.  Danielle collaborates with the client to identify his or her needs and treatment goals. She provides a safe, non-judgmental, and therapeutic environment for the client. Therefore, the client will feel comfortable to disclose, grow, and restore him or herself. Danielle takes an individualized approach and meets the client where he or she is and collaborates with each client to create a positive therapeutic experience.  

 

Paulette Niemiec, MA, LLPC earned her Bachelors Degree (B.A.)  in Psychology from The University of Michigan in 1985 and her Masters Degree (M.A.) in Community Counseling from Eastern Michigan University in 2001. Paulette is a Limited Licensed Professional Counselor (LLPC) and has been working as a Professional Counselor ever since receiving her license from the State of Michigan in 2002.

Paulette has a vast background of experience having served the community as a Substance Abuse Counselor, Mental Health Therapist for the severely mentally ill, and those with generalized mental health issues over the course of her 18- year career. She has recently begun to specialize with those who have suffered from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder due to being victims of abuse (physical, sexual, mental, and emotional) as well as helping to heal the wounds produced by domestic violence. She has gained valuable experience working with individuals and couples as an online counselor as well. In short, she has: “Done it all!”

As an individual counselor, Paulette can use techniques commonly practiced in Cognitive Behavior Therapy (C.B.T.) and Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy (R.E.B.T.) to help those who suffer with anxiety issues, panic attacks, depression and other mental health symptoms and disorders. These include her own special method of deep relaxation and imagery exercises, Gestalt Therapy “empty-chair” exercise, and other techniques to help promote the healing process.  Paulette practices a Humanistic/Person-Centered style of therapy. Her gentle, compassionate and empathetic approach to the counseling process gives clients a relaxed atmosphere in-which to do thorough and complete therapy that is necessary to promote the most healing possible.

Couples/Relationship Counseling: Throughout her counseling career, Paulette has taught communication and assertiveness skills which have been proven to improve any relationship. She also uses a variety of role-play exercises including her own version of “Scenario Role-Play” developed by her former supervisor and mentor, the late Dr. David Abbott (PhD., L.P.C.). These role-play exercises are based on “Social Learning Theory,” which states we as humans learn best when we are in social situations relating with others. The skills developed have proven to increase empathy and concern for others, which is the key to growth in any relationship.

 

Ebony M. Watson, LLMSW is a Limited Licensed Master Social Worker. Watson obtained a dual degree from Virginia Union University in both Social Work and Criminal Justice. She later went on to complete her Master's of Social Work at University of Michigan and also holds a certification as an empowerment coach for women and teens from the DW Life Coach Program. Featured in Richmond Justice Magazine as well as Key Awareness Newspaper, to name a few, it's crystal clear that this isn't just a job for her. It's her passion. More than money or any level of fame, Watson works behind the scenes to teach her clients to be resilient—equipping them to overcome any challenges they may face.

While many therapists simply treat the symptoms, Ebony M. Watson knows firsthand that one can't truly heal until they identify the root cause of concern. With extensive knowledge and experience in treating substance abuse and self-esteem issues, to suicide ideation and depression, Watson has worked with adolescents and adults of all backgrounds and cultures for more than ten years. Known for her authentic, non-judgmental approach to counseling, youth not only feel safe to share their thoughts and feelings with her—but they also leave empowered to pursue their full potential in life.     

Working with students from Detroit, Michigan, all the way to Cape Town, South Africa, Watson has mastered the art of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, where she works strategically with children and/or families to alter interactions and interrupt negative patterns of behavior. Whether she's working to combat ADHD or anxiety, low self-esteem or substance abuse, Watson is committed to assisting clients with getting the necessary services and benefits in order for them to function at the best version of themselves.

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