Copyright 2019 Counseling and Therapy Associates

Copyright 2019 Counseling and Therapy Associates

OUR STAFF

OUR STAFF

David R. Wright, MA, LPC, CHT

David R. Wright, MA, LPC, CHT

Graduate School: Wayne State University

Graduate School: Wayne State University

Clinical Director

Clinical Director

Degree & License: Master's Degree in Counseling, Licensed Professional Counselor, Certified Hypnotist/Hypnotherapist

Degree & License: Master's Degree in Counseling, Licensed Professional Counselor, Certified Hypnotist/Hypnotherapist

Specialties:  Hypnosis, Hypnotherapy, Depression, Anxiety, Fears & Phobias, Sexual Issues. 

Specialties:  Hypnosis, Hypnotherapy, Depression, Anxiety, Fears & Phobias, Sexual Issues. 

Approach:  My approach to therapy is goal oriented and focuses on the entire individual and support system. I believe in a client centered approach which considers each individuals personality and background. I also focus my treatment with a “rational” approach which examines undesirable and destructive thought patterns. I am also a Certified Hypnotist/Hypnotherapist and see clients who seek to make changes using hypnosis (such as weight loss, smoking cessation, removing insomnia, sports performance improvement among many other things). 

Approach:  My approach to therapy is goal oriented and focuses on the entire individual and support system. I believe in a client centered approach which considers each individuals personality and background. I also focus my treatment with a “rational” approach which examines undesirable and destructive thought patterns. I am also a Certified Hypnotist/Hypnotherapist and see clients who seek to make changes using hypnosis (such as weight loss, smoking cessation, removing insomnia, sports performance improvement among many other things). 

Personal Statement: I began working to help others at a young age of 17. I spent 7 summers during my education working as a counselor for adolescents at a summer camp. I pursued my desire to help people by completing my Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology and my Master’s Degree in Counseling. I believe everyone has difficulties and struggles in life and we can all benefit for taking the time to improve ourselves which in turn provides the opportunity for a positive, well-adjusted and happy life.

Personal Statement: I began working to help others at a young age of 17. I spent 7 summers during my education working as a counselor for adolescents at a summer camp. I pursued my desire to help people by completing my Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology and my Master’s Degree in Counseling. I believe everyone has difficulties and struggles in life and we can all benefit for taking the time to improve ourselves which in turn provides the opportunity for a positive, well-adjusted and happy life.

Licensed Professional Counselor

Licensed Professional Counselor

Certified Hypnotist/Hypnotherapist

Certified Hypnotist/Hypnotherapist

Populations Served:  Adults, Adolescents

Populations Served:  Adults, Adolescents

Patricia Spence, MA, LMSW

Patricia Spence, MA, LMSW

Licensed Professional Counselor

Licensed Professional Counselor

Graduate School: University of Michigan

Graduate School: University of Michigan

Degree & License: Master's Degree in Social Work, Licensed Master Social Worker 

Degree & License: Master's Degree in Social Work, Licensed Master Social Worker 

Specialties:  My training has allowed me to obtain broad skills and an ability to work with a wide range of issues.  I work with children, adolescents and adults.  I have a special interest in family therapy, couples/marriage issues and trauma. 

Specialties:  My training has allowed me to obtain broad skills and an ability to work with a wide range of issues.  I work with children, adolescents and adults.  I have a special interest in family therapy, couples/marriage issues and trauma. 

Populations Served:  I work with children, adolescents and adults.  I have a special interest in family therapy, couples/marriage issues and trauma. 

Populations Served:  I work with children, adolescents and adults.  I have a special interest in family therapy, couples/marriage issues and trauma. 

Approach:   I am strength based in that I am always focused on the strengths that my clients already bring with them to help resolve issues.  I believe this is a more positive and effective way to proceed in therapy.

Approach:   I am strength based in that I am always focused on the strengths that my clients already bring with them to help resolve issues.  I believe this is a more positive and effective way to proceed in therapy.

Personal Statement: In my lifetime I have always been directed toward the role of advocate.  It made sense to pursue a career in psychology/social work.  My personality allows me to work with empathy, humor and confrontation when needed. 

Personal Statement: In my lifetime I have always been directed toward the role of advocate.  It made sense to pursue a career in psychology/social work.  My personality allows me to work with empathy, humor and confrontation when needed. 

Terricka Lewis MA, LPC

Terricka Lewis MA, LPC

Licensed Master Social Worker

Licensed Master Social Worker

Graduate School: Sienna Heights University

Graduate School: Sienna Heights University

Degree & License: Master's Degree in Counseling, Licensed Professional Counselor

Degree & License: Master's Degree in Counseling, Licensed Professional Counselor

Specialties:  Working with at risk teenagers, behavioral children and adolescents, cognitively impaired, grief and loss, trauma and victimization, sexual, physical and mental abuse, anxiety and depression 

Specialties:  Working with at risk teenagers, behavioral children and adolescents, cognitively impaired, grief and loss, trauma and victimization, sexual, physical and mental abuse, anxiety and depression 

Populations Served:  I work with children, adolescents and adults.  I have a special interest in family therapy, couples/marriage issues and trauma. and sexual issues. 

Populations Served:  I work with children, adolescents and adults.  I have a special interest in family therapy, couples/marriage issues and trauma. and sexual issues. 

Approach:  I believe in order for counseling to be effective both you and I must be actively involved in developing goals and assessing progress. I believe counseling is a progress that requires work in and out of sessions. Developing coping skills and resources, and changing yourself so when participating in everyday life become a more positive experience.

Approach:  I believe in order for counseling to be effective both you and I must be actively involved in developing goals and assessing progress. I believe counseling is a progress that requires work in and out of sessions. Developing coping skills and resources, and changing yourself so when participating in everyday life become a more positive experience.

Personal Statement: I enjoy helping those who are willing to help themselves. My approach to therapy in client centered your goal is my goal.         

Personal Statement: I enjoy helping those who are willing to help themselves. My approach to therapy in client centered your goal is my goal.         

Psychiatrist

Psychiatrist

Heminder Singh, MD

Heminder Singh, MD

Degree & License: MD (Board Certified in Adult Psychiatry)

Degree & License: MD (Board Certified in Adult Psychiatry)

Specialties:  Psychopharmacological management of Anxiety/Panic Disorders, Depression, Bipolar and Psychotic Disorders. 

Specialties:  Psychopharmacological management of Anxiety/Panic Disorders, Depression, Bipolar and Psychotic Disorders. 

Populations Served: Adults

Populations Served: Adults

Approach:  Studies indicate clearly that a combination of Psychotherapy and Psychopharmacology is more effective than either treatment alone.  I strongly encourage my patients to encase in Psychotherapy (Psychoanalytic, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dailectical Behavior Therapy).  I believe patients benefit from the practice of meditation, mindfulness and guided relaxation exercises.

Approach:  Studies indicate clearly that a combination of Psychotherapy and Psychopharmacology is more effective than either treatment alone.  I strongly encourage my patients to encase in Psychotherapy (Psychoanalytic, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dailectical Behavior Therapy).  I believe patients benefit from the practice of meditation, mindfulness and guided relaxation exercises.

Personal Statement: I graduated from Wayne State University Psychiatry residency in 1989.  I have worked in various settings including office, hospitals, and crisis clinics.  I am a Consulting Psychiatrist for several nursing homes and assisted living facilities in the area. 

Personal Statement: I graduated from Wayne State University Psychiatry residency in 1989.  I have worked in various settings including office, hospitals, and crisis clinics.  I am a Consulting Psychiatrist for several nursing homes and assisted living facilities in the area. 

Medical School: Wayne State University

Medical School: Wayne State University

Limited Licensed Professional Counselor

Limited Licensed Professional Counselor

Graduate School:  

Graduate School:  

Degree & License: Master's Degree in Counseling, Limited Licensed Professional Counselor

Degree & License: Master's Degree in Counseling, Limited Licensed Professional Counselor

Specialties:  Children, adolescents, adults; life transitions; stress; depression; anxiety; relationship issues; self esteem. 

Specialties:  Children, adolescents, adults; life transitions; stress; depression; anxiety; relationship issues; self esteem. 

Populations Served:  Adults, adolescents and children

Populations Served:  Adults, adolescents and children

Approach:  

Approach:  

Personal Statement: 

Personal Statement: 

Limited Licensed Professional Counselor

Limited Licensed Professional Counselor

Danielle Swift MA, LLPC, ATR-P, Reiki Master/Teacher, Pranic Healer

Danielle Swift MA, LLPC, ATR-P, Reiki Master/Teacher, Pranic Healer

Graduate School: Wayne State University

Graduate School: Wayne State University

Degree & License: Master's Degree in Counseling,  Limited Licensed Professional Counselor

Degree & License: Master's Degree in Counseling,  Limited Licensed Professional Counselor

Specialties:  Adolescents; adults; grief and loss; LGBTQ+ issues; life transitions/job loss; divorce/relationship loss; trauma; anxiety; depression; stress management; anger management; spirituality/faith; chronic pain/neuropathy; insomnia/sleep issues.  

Specialties:  Adolescents; adults; grief and loss; LGBTQ+ issues; life transitions/job loss; divorce/relationship loss; trauma; anxiety; depression; stress management; anger management; spirituality/faith; chronic pain/neuropathy; insomnia/sleep issues.  

Populations Served:  Adults and adolescents 

Populations Served:  Adults and adolescents 

Approach:  Are you unsure of where your life is heading or which path to take next? Are you anxious, depressed or feeling the loss of a loved one? Do feel like the weight of the world is on your shoulders or perhaps crumbling before your eyes? Have you questioned your spirituality, faith and/or belief systems or perhaps going through a spiritual awakening or a Dark night of the soul? Have you or someone you know/love been diagnosed with cancer? Does chronic pain or neuropathy keep you from functioning throughout the day or not sleep well at night? If you answered yes to any of these questions, I can guide you through these transitions.

Approach:  Are you unsure of where your life is heading or which path to take next? Are you anxious, depressed or feeling the loss of a loved one? Do feel like the weight of the world is on your shoulders or perhaps crumbling before your eyes? Have you questioned your spirituality, faith and/or belief systems or perhaps going through a spiritual awakening or a Dark night of the soul? Have you or someone you know/love been diagnosed with cancer? Does chronic pain or neuropathy keep you from functioning throughout the day or not sleep well at night? If you answered yes to any of these questions, I can guide you through these transitions.

Personal Statement: I am an intuitive clinical mental health counselor, art therapist, cancer counselor, psychic medium, Reiki Master/Teacher & Pranic Healer. I incorporate multiple modalities utilizing both traditional and alternative holistic therapies into your healing experience such as but not limited to: talk therapy, art therapy, nature therapy, drumming and other expressive arts along with energy healing- reiki/pranic healing, mindfulness, meditation and intuition development.

I believe we are all have our own unique journey in life and that no two paths are "exactly" the same. By incorporating both traditional and alternative holistic therapies into your session, I can assist you on your journey in healing ALL of you- mind, body and spirit. Are you ready to transition and take the first step? If so, give me a call!

Personal Statement: I am an intuitive clinical mental health counselor, art therapist, cancer counselor, psychic medium, Reiki Master/Teacher & Pranic Healer. I incorporate multiple modalities utilizing both traditional and alternative holistic therapies into your healing experience such as but not limited to: talk therapy, art therapy, nature therapy, drumming and other expressive arts along with energy healing- reiki/pranic healing, mindfulness, meditation and intuition development.

I believe we are all have our own unique journey in life and that no two paths are "exactly" the same. By incorporating both traditional and alternative holistic therapies into your session, I can assist you on your journey in healing ALL of you- mind, body and spirit. Are you ready to transition and take the first step? If so, give me a call!

Psychotherapist, Clinical Nurse Specialist Board Certified, Advanced Addictions Therapist Board Certified

Psychotherapist, Clinical Nurse Specialist Board Certified, Advanced Addictions Therapist Board Certified

Sandra Taranto, RN, PMH, CS-BC, CAAC

Sandra Taranto, RN, PMH, CS-BC, CAAC

Graduate School: Wayne State University

Graduate School: Wayne State University

Degree & License: Masters in Psychiatric/Mental Health Nursing, Advanced Nurse Practitioner-Board Certified, Advanced Alcohol and Drug Counselor-Board Certified

Degree & License: Masters in Psychiatric/Mental Health Nursing, Advanced Nurse Practitioner-Board Certified, Advanced Alcohol and Drug Counselor-Board Certified

Specialties:  Adolescents, adults, couples.  Depression, anxiety-stress related issues, grief and loss, post-traumatic stress disorder/trauma, pain management, anger management, impact of physical illness on mental health, impact of care-giving on the mental health of care-givers, substance abuse (alcohol and drugs), co-occurring mental health and substance abuse disorders, other addictions (food, gambling, etc.). 

Specialties:  Adolescents, adults, couples.  Depression, anxiety-stress related issues, grief and loss, post-traumatic stress disorder/trauma, pain management, anger management, impact of physical illness on mental health, impact of care-giving on the mental health of care-givers, substance abuse (alcohol and drugs), co-occurring mental health and substance abuse disorders, other addictions (food, gambling, etc.). 

Populations Served:  Adults, adolescents and children

Populations Served:  Adults, adolescents and children

Approach: I believe many people sincerely want to change but do not know how to begin and feel hopeless.  Past decisions and behavior seem impossible to forget and although the past cannot be changed, the hope lies in being able to change how one reacts to it in the present.  My approach, through the use of cognitive behavioral therapy, is to offer tools and strategies to begin the process of change and to sustain those changes into the future. 

Approach: I believe many people sincerely want to change but do not know how to begin and feel hopeless.  Past decisions and behavior seem impossible to forget and although the past cannot be changed, the hope lies in being able to change how one reacts to it in the present.  My approach, through the use of cognitive behavioral therapy, is to offer tools and strategies to begin the process of change and to sustain those changes into the future. 

Personal Statement: I believe my nursing background as a healer, has given me the ability to understand the impact of thoughts and behaviors, not only on one's mental health but on one's physical health as well.  I am thereby able to help others to address the change from a very holistic perspective. 

Personal Statement: I believe my nursing background as a healer, has given me the ability to understand the impact of thoughts and behaviors, not only on one's mental health but on one's physical health as well.  I am thereby able to help others to address the change from a very holistic perspective. 

Not currently taking new clients

Not currently taking new clients

Limited Licensed Professional Counselor

Limited Licensed Professional Counselor

Joanna Pavel MA, LLPC

Joanna Pavel MA, LLPC

Graduate School: University of Phoenix

Graduate School: University of Phoenix

Degree & License: Master's Degree in Counseling,  Limited Licensed Professional Counselor

Degree & License: Master's Degree in Counseling,  Limited Licensed Professional Counselor

Specialties:  My areas of practice include childhood and adult trauma, PTSD, acute trauma, co-occurring disorders,  depression, anxiety, grief, obsessive-compulsive behavior, ADD/ADHD, bipolar, relationship problems, anger management, relationship problems, self-esteem/self-worth, and behavioral problems. While I am not CAADC certified, I do have experience working with individuals who have substance use disorders.

Specialties:  My areas of practice include childhood and adult trauma, PTSD, acute trauma, co-occurring disorders,  depression, anxiety, grief, obsessive-compulsive behavior, ADD/ADHD, bipolar, relationship problems, anger management, relationship problems, self-esteem/self-worth, and behavioral problems. While I am not CAADC certified, I do have experience working with individuals who have substance use disorders.

Populations Served:  Adults and adolescents (age 15 and up)

Populations Served:  Adults and adolescents (age 15 and up)

Personal Statement: I believe therapy is a journey of self discovery, change, growth, and healing.  I use a integrated therapy of Mindfulness Cognitive and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy to assist my clients in their therapeutic journey.  I am  open and accepting of individuals experiencing negative energy in their lives that does not come from usual sources.  I use meditation and mindfulness to help ground and bring positive light and energy back into an individual's life.  My hope for all that embark on this therapeutic journey is that you can move out of the darkness and into the light.  Namaste.

Personal Statement: I believe therapy is a journey of self discovery, change, growth, and healing.  I use a integrated therapy of Mindfulness Cognitive and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy to assist my clients in their therapeutic journey.  I am  open and accepting of individuals experiencing negative energy in their lives that does not come from usual sources.  I use meditation and mindfulness to help ground and bring positive light and energy back into an individual's life.  My hope for all that embark on this therapeutic journey is that you can move out of the darkness and into the light.  Namaste.

Not currently taking new clients

Not currently taking new clients

Anthony Watkins, MA, LLPC

Anthony Watkins, MA, LLPC

Irina Harambalis, MA, Counseling Intern

Irina Harambalis, MA, Counseling Intern

Professional Counselor Intern

Professional Counselor Intern

Graduate School: Wayne State University

Graduate School: Wayne State University

Degree & License: Master's Degree in Counseling, Professional Counselor Intern

Degree & License: Master's Degree in Counseling, Professional Counselor Intern

Specialties:  Art Therapy, Depression, Anxiety, Grief, Trauma, LGBTQ+, Autism

Specialties:  Art Therapy, Depression, Anxiety, Grief, Trauma, LGBTQ+, Autism

Populations Served:  Adults, adolescents and children

Populations Served:  Adults, adolescents and children

Approach:  My approach to therapy is client centered and focuses on the individual and their support system as a whole. I take clients backgrounds, personalities, and cultures into account. I use Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) in treatment which focuses on thoughts, feelings, and actions. It also focuses on negative thought patterns and eliminating unwanted behaviors in life. I am certified in Art Therapy which uses sensory and kinesthetic properties perfect for any age. My specialties in Art Therapy include: Experientials, Journaling, and Assessments to help with anxiety, depression, self-esteem, grief and loss, trauma and closure, and life transitions.  

Approach:  My approach to therapy is client centered and focuses on the individual and their support system as a whole. I take clients backgrounds, personalities, and cultures into account. I use Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) in treatment which focuses on thoughts, feelings, and actions. It also focuses on negative thought patterns and eliminating unwanted behaviors in life. I am certified in Art Therapy which uses sensory and kinesthetic properties perfect for any age. My specialties in Art Therapy include: Experientials, Journaling, and Assessments to help with anxiety, depression, self-esteem, grief and loss, trauma and closure, and life transitions.  

Personal Statement: I began volunteering with others around the age of 14. I worked with nursing homes, centers for blind children, and schools. I taught for Detroit Public Schools during undergrad where I studied Art and Psychology. I then pursued a Master’s in Clinical Mental Health with an Art Therapy concentration. I began leading groups for autistic adults, creating art therapy workshops, and working at the Mental Health and Wellness Center. I believe everyone deserves the opportunity to better themselves and their lives in therapy.

Personal Statement: I began volunteering with others around the age of 14. I worked with nursing homes, centers for blind children, and schools. I taught for Detroit Public Schools during undergrad where I studied Art and Psychology. I then pursued a Master’s in Clinical Mental Health with an Art Therapy concentration. I began leading groups for autistic adults, creating art therapy workshops, and working at the Mental Health and Wellness Center. I believe everyone deserves the opportunity to better themselves and their lives in therapy.

Grant Prenzler, MA, LLPC, ATR-P

Grant Prenzler, MA, LLPC, ATR-P

Limited Licensed Professional Counselor, Art Therapist Registered Provisional

Limited Licensed Professional Counselor, Art Therapist Registered Provisional

Graduate School: Wayne State University

Graduate School: Wayne State University

Degree & License: Master's Degree in Counseling, Limited Licensed Professional Counselor

Degree & License: Master's Degree in Counseling, Limited Licensed Professional Counselor

Specialties:  Art Therapy, Depression, Anxiety, Grief & Loss, Adjustment Disorders

Specialties:  Art Therapy, Depression, Anxiety, Grief & Loss, Adjustment Disorders

Populations Served:  Adults, adolescents and children

Populations Served:  Adults, adolescents and children

Approach:  The counseling process is aimed to empower you and promote your own wellness. We will confront any concerns you may have and promote any desired positive behavioral changes that best benefit you. The counseling process aims to help you make realistic vocational choices and to resolve problems in an individualized creative manner tailored for you. I view the counseling relationship as a collaborative effort, between counselor and client. I use an integrative approach using Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, and Person-Centered Therapy for helping you achieve any goals you may have in counseling. I am also trained as an Art Therapist if you feel you will benefit from this. I strive to help you make your own decisions and to empower you to achieve your interpersonal goals through a collaborative effort.

Approach:  The counseling process is aimed to empower you and promote your own wellness. We will confront any concerns you may have and promote any desired positive behavioral changes that best benefit you. The counseling process aims to help you make realistic vocational choices and to resolve problems in an individualized creative manner tailored for you. I view the counseling relationship as a collaborative effort, between counselor and client. I use an integrative approach using Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, and Person-Centered Therapy for helping you achieve any goals you may have in counseling. I am also trained as an Art Therapist if you feel you will benefit from this. I strive to help you make your own decisions and to empower you to achieve your interpersonal goals through a collaborative effort.

Personal Statement: I believe the most beneficial element of counseling is a positive working relationship between counselor and client. I was inspired to become a counselor due to someone in my life establishing a positive working relationship with me. This individual helped me help myself in a time of need. I wish to be able to help others in the same way.

Personal Statement: I believe the most beneficial element of counseling is a positive working relationship between counselor and client. I was inspired to become a counselor due to someone in my life establishing a positive working relationship with me. This individual helped me help myself in a time of need. I wish to be able to help others in the same way.

Not currently taking new clients

Not currently taking new clients

Not currently taking new clients

Not currently taking new clients