Therapy Office

Meet Our Therapists

Sylvia J. Jones, MA, LPC, NCC, ACS 

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 Anxiety & Depression, Grief & Loss, Trauma, Couples, Adults and Teens

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Sylvia earned her bachelor’s 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, a National Board-Certified Counselor and an Approved Clinical Supervisor.  She is founder and director  of the Counseling Center of Southeastern Michigan. 


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 goals are 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.

Caleb Boswell, MA, LLPC

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Anxiety & Depression, Adjustment Disorders, Adults, College Students, and Teenagers.

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He is a proud Central Michigan University alum where he double majored in psychology and communications. After working in higher education within the high schools and colleges for several years, he went on to attend Eastern Michigan University and earned his master's degree in college counseling. Additionally, he does presentations and workshops that promote mental wellness and strives to break down the stigma associated with therapy and mental health.


I promote an environment that is nonjudgmental, unbiased, and encourages personal growth. I personally will strive to be open-minded, sensitive, empathetic, understanding, and caring to your needs as an individual client. I am committed to my clients, the therapeutic process, and strive to assist them with a holistic & solution-based approach.

Brooke Brantley-Gilbert, MA, LPC, NCC

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Anxiety & Depression, Grief & Loss, Substance Use/Abuse, Life Transitions , and Adults.

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Brooke earned her bachelor’s 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. 

Mileaka Hutson, MA, LLPC

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Anxiety & Depression, Grief & Loss, Life Transitions, Trauma, Perinatal Concerns, Couples, Adults, and Teens.

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Mileaka’s lifelong desire to provide support to the community, through the power of therapy, led her to earn a degree in psychology from Howard University. Her passion to help others feel understood, while confronting both the joys and pains of life, ultimately led her to obtain a masters in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Eastern Michigan. 

 

Mileaka’s primary goal is to assist clients with not only surviving, but reviving and thriving in life. She helps clients identify and utilize their unique strengths through a wide variety of therapeutic modalities, including cognitive behavioral therapy, solution focused brief therapy, task-centered practices, and mindfulness/relaxation techniques. Mileaka specializes in helping individuals overcome struggles with anxiety, depression,  life transitions, parenting and relationship challenges, grief/loss, family conflicts, low self-esteem, and trauma.

Deb Hemgesberg, MA, LMSW

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Anxiety & Depression, Personality Disorders, LGBTQ+, Trauma Remediation, Elders, Adults, Pre-Teens and Teens.

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Deb is a Licensed Master’s Social Worker who earned her degree from Eastern Michigan University. Deb responds with support that lived experience sharpened and honed her.  Deb is mom to two adult children who identify with a disability.  Both of whom were diagnosed as children.  When people describe Deb, they almost always say she’s authentic, real, and she “gets you”.  They also note that she is kind, intuitive and empathic. Deb has a wide variety of experience as she has served multiple populations.  She brings gifts and skills from one population to use with the other.  She’s fully trauma informed in her approach; she facilitates the outcomes you have identified.  

 

She has successfully served people with brain injuries, serious and persistent mental illness, including depression, anxiety and personality disorders, developmental disabilities, autism spectrum disorders and fetal alcohol syndrome.  She serves individuals who are addressing LGBTQ concerns or needing support with seasonal or postpartum depression. She has experience working with incest and sexual assault survivors.  She is comfortable working with children as young as 5 years old through elder-hood. She looks forward to establishing a safe space for you to explore yourself and encourages personal growth as defined by you.  

Stephanie "Stevie" James, MA, LPC, NCC

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Anxiety & Depression, Grief & Loss, Fertility/Child Loss, Adults, Teens, and Children.

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Stevie earned her bachelor’s 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, LPC, NCC

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Anxiety & Depression, Stress Management, CBT (Cognitive Behavioral Therapy), Adults, and Teens 

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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. 

Tiffany Avery (Intern) 

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Mood Disorders, Major Life Changes,  Anxiety, Trauma, Children, Teens, Adults, Family and Couples

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Tiffany received a bachelor’s of science degree in Psychology from Wayne State University. She is currently a graduate student in the Clinical Mental Health Counseling Master Program at Eastern Michigan University, where she is a counselor in training working to earn an LPC.

Tiffany works from the humanistic and cognitive theory framework. She believes that the client knows their needs and what is best for them.  Her goal is to empower the client and provide them with new skills to adjust their thought process. She believes an increase in positive thinking, the more they will be able to make the best decisions for themselves and handle what life throws at them.  She wants to build a great therapeutic relationship with her clients and support them through their therapeutic journey.