Therapy Office

Meet Our Therapists

Sylvia J. Jones, MA, LPC, NCC, ACS


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 owner 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

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


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. 

Jeffery Hackett, MA, LLPC

Jeff earned his bachelor's degree in Psychology from Eastern Michigan University.  He later earned a master's degree in Counseling Psychology from Moody Theological Seminary in Plymouth.
Jeff has primary counseling experience with individuals (adults and adolescents), and secondary experience with groups, couples, and families. He works with individuals facing a range of problems including, but not limited to adjustment difficulties, life transitions, relationship issues, parenting difficulties, grief and loss, career concerns, and theological/worldview concerns.  

Jeff uses an eclectic framework to assist clients in identifying their needs and treatment goals.  Using this collaborative approach, clients can benefit from a safe, nonjudgmental space in which to explore aspects of their lives.  Clients are encouraged to have an open mind and feel free to discuss what may be troubling them at that time.  It is common for this to be difficult at first, but clients can expect a therapeutic environment which encourages growth, healing, and restoration.

Deb Hemgesberg, MA, LMSW


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


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


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. 

Jennifer Rich, MA, LLPC

Jennifer earned her Bachelor’s degree in early childhood education from Rochester University.   She continued her education at Central Michigan University satellite campus where she earned her Master’s in Administration Leadership and a Master’s in Professional Counseling.

Jennifer understands that no two individuals are the same, and tailors her sessions together to address challenges that are unique to you. She will work with you to understand the root cause of your struggles and address those issues with long-lasting strategies, helping you get closer to the life you’ve always wanted. Whether you’re struggling with stress, wanting to feel better about yourself, managing conflict, upsetting memories, or grief/loss, it is important that you know you don’t have to be alone in this journey.

She has the experience to help you achieve your goal.

Mileaka Hutson - Counseling Intern


Mileaka Hutson is a graduate student at Eastern Michigan University in the Clinical Mental Health Counseling program.

Before embarking on becoming a therapist, she provided in-home behavior therapy for clients on the Autism Spectrum. She is passionate about family systems and serves as a support though the power of therapy. She specializes in helping others overcome struggles with anxiety, depression, life transitions, parenthood, grief and loss, family conflicts, and trauma.

She strives to provide a safe and supportive environment for clients to process their experiences and emotions without fear of judgment.

Mileaka is supervised by Sylvia J. Jones