Dr. Shannon Lowder is a partner and CEO of A Healing Place, LLC. Dr. Lowder graduated from Michigan State University with a dual major in Journalism and Psychology. She has a Master's Degree from the Center for Humanistic Studies in Detroit and a Doctorate Degree in Clinical and Humanistic Psychology from the Michigan School of Professional Psychology.
Dr. Lowder does psychological testing and serves as an expert witness in child abuse and neglect cases. She provides psychotherapy for ages five to older adults and enjoys the variety of providing individual, couples and family therapy.
She is an adjunct faculty member at Spring Arbor University in the Master's in Counseling Program. Through that role she teaches a variety of classes and serves as the Lead Program Supervisor on Main Campus for the Practicum and Internship students in their final year of the program.
Dr. Lowder was recently re-appointed for a second term as a mental health representative on the Governor's Task Force for Child Abuse and Neglect. As part of her GTF work she is Chairperson of the Mental Health Standards Committee and working to improve standards of care to vulnerable foster children and parents involved with the foster care system.
Dr. Lowder's goal is to create a safe space for clients to be able to do the processing and therapeutic work necessary to spark change and enable healing. Her approach to psychotherapy is multi-faceted and includes humanistic and cognitive components in addition to other techniques and approaches that are individualized for each client.
Rachel Flowers is a partner and CFO of A Healing Place, LLC. Rachel is a fully licensed clinical therapist who received her Masters in Social Work from Michigan State University. Rachel believes one of the most important aspects of therapy is for individuals to feel they are safe and able to establish trust. When you come into her care, you will find a receptive, warm environment. Rachel's goal is to empower clients to learn how to implement appropriate tools for the improvement of their situation. Rachel has the ability to inspire hopefulness in her clients. Her personal goal is to create a safe place and to meet her clientís exactly where they are.
Rachel has years of diverse experience and specializes in all forms of eating disorders: bulimia, anorexia, binge/emotional, and unspecified eating disorders. Other areas of interest and expertise are couples/relational issues, anxiety, panic, depression, life transitions/adjustment disorders, trauma, self harm, self esteem, women's issues, and grief/loss.
Rachel utilizes a holistic approach focusing on each individual's spiritual, emotional, relational and physical needs. Rachel utilizes several forms of therapy such as cognitive behavioral therapy, dialectical behavioral therapy, trauma-focused cognitive behavioral therapy, and solution-focused therapy. She uses a person-centered strength based approach.
Betsy Vickers is honored to be a partner and COO of A Healing Place, LLC. Betsy received her Master's in Social Work from the University of Michigan in 2003 and her Bachelor's in Social Work from Siena Heights University in 2000. Betsy has a passion for helping others find hope, healing, and freedom from eating disorders. She grew up in Jackson, where she battled an eating disorder for ten years. After she was strong in her recovery, she served as Executive Director of Eating Disorders & Education Network (EDEN), a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization, working to raise eating disorder awareness and support in the Jackson community.
Betsy is also co-founder of "Britt & TJ's Place," an organization working to create a stronger support network for individuals and families who are affected by an eating disorder.
Although Betsy's specialty is in eating disorders, she is fully gifted and equipped in other facets. Betsy also works with depression, anxiety, bipolar, addictions, personality disorders and grief and loss. Betsy is certified in Dialectical Behavioral Therapy as well as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. Betsy takes a holistic approach with her clients, helping them meet their emotional, relational, psychological and relational needs, which inspires and leads them to change towards a healthier and more balanced life.
Charis Pastor obtained her Bachelors of Social Work from Spring Arbor University and her Master's degree from Eastern Michigan University. She specializes in a full spectrum of mental health diagnoses. She has over seven years of counseling experience treating individuals with a variety of disorders including but not limited to depression, anxiety, and personality disorders, with a special preference for working with women and adolescents with how these particular diagnoses interact with issues of self esteem and worth.
Additionally, she enjoys helping children, couples, and families through conflict and difficult life transitions with the goal of strengthening relationships and equipping individuals and families with the tools to be successful. Charis utilizes a variety of treatment modalities with the heaviest emphasis of her practice on cognitive-behavioral models of therapy, including dialectical behavioral therapy. She believes it is critical to address both thought processes and their resulting behaviors because the two are not mutually exclusive. Christian based treatment is also available if desired.
Jason Clanton obtained his Masterís Degree of Counseling Psychology at Western Michigan University. Jason began his psychology career working at a crisis and assessment center before working for a private agency providing individual and group therapy for children, adolescents, and adults. He also provided crisis services at the Hillsdale County Jail and was the only one in Hillsdale County to administer guardianship assessments. In Jackson he was part of Mental Health Court, which provided criminal offenders with mental health issues an opportunity to receive treatment in light of incarceration. He also has taught Introduction to Counseling at Hope Africa University, Burundi, Africa.
Jason is one of two Registered Play Therapists in Jackson County and is a member of the national Association for Play Therapy. He currently is President of the Michigan Association of Play Therapy and serves on their annual conference committee. Jason views counseling as a collaborative process between therapist and client, where the client leads their treatment while Jason introduces support and guidance to resolve whatever issues prevent clients from reaching their full potential.
Jason has had clients whose ages range from as young as two to older adults. In addition to play therapy Jason engages Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) to address a variety of problems as well as other evidenced-based practices. He enjoys working with adults with depressive disorders, adult survivors of abuse and trauma, anger management, dual diagnosis treatment, anxiety disorders, relationship issues, and religious/spiritual concerns. With children and teenagers he enjoys engaging in parent training and treatment in childhood ADHD, abuse, mood disorders, and disruptive behavior disorders. Jason uses knowledge from a variety of disciplines including philosophy, expressive arts, popular media, and psychobiology to maximize treatment effectiveness.
Dr. Kimberly D. Weaver, LMSW, is a fully licensed therapist who received her Master's in clinical social work from Michigan State University and her Doctorate in Clinical Psychology from Adler School of Professional Psychology in Chicago.
Although Dr. Weaver has over 10 years of experience working with children and adolescents she enjoys working with clients of all ages. Dr. Weaver utilizes several theoretical/treatment approaches including cognitive behavior therapy, psychodynamic therapy, and solution focus therapy.
Besides performing bariatric surgery evaluations, she enjoys working with diverse populations on issues related to anxiety, depression, family relational problems and acculturation issues. Dr. Weaver believes that all behavior has purpose and will work diligently to help her clients learn appropriate coping skills, build healthy relationships and to gain insight into their problems.
Jaymie Bush, LMSW is a fully licensed clinical therapist who brings over 8 years of counseling experience with her to A Healing Place, LLC. She received her Bachelorís degree from Indiana Wesleyan University with a dual major in Psychology and Social Work and her Masterís degree from Indiana University in Clinical Social Work.
Jaymie is equipped to treat clients with a variety of mental health concerns. Her special areas of interest include marital and relationship issues, depression, anxiety, and adjustment disorders, womenís issues, grief and loss, and working with victims of sexual abuse and trauma. However, she thoroughly enjoys working with individuals struggling with other issues as well.
In session, Jaymie utilizes a diversified therapeutic approach and caters to her individual clientís needs, while maintaining a large emphasis on cognitive behavioral models of therapy. She believes in whole- person-centered therapy, where she explores the mental, emotional, physical, spiritual, and relational aspects of an individual. She is happy to provide faith-based counseling when requested by her clients.
Jaymie believes that all therapeutic work begins by establishing a safe, trusting relationship between the client and therapist, and she works hard to make her clients feel comfortable. From there, Jaymie strives to encourage, equip, and empower her clients to reach their personal goals and realize their full potential.
Michelle McGivern, LMSW, is a therapist at A Healing Place, llc, and a fully licensed clinical social worker. Michelle completed her Bachelorís of the Arts in Psychology and Womenís Studies, and her Masterís of Social Work in Interpersonal Practice and Mental Health, both at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor.
Michelle has over twelve years of experience providing outpatient therapy services to individuals, couples, and families. Michelleís areas of experience and expertise include: womenís issues, adolescent issues, eating disorders, body image concerns, self-harm, trauma, domestic violence, survivors of sexual assault, human sexuality, gender identity, depression, anxiety, difficult life transitions, familial and relationship issues. Michelle has experience providing treatment for many clinical diagnoses, including: Mood Disorders (including Major Depressive Disorder and Bipolar Disorder), Anxiety Disorders, Posttraumatic Stress Disorder, Gender Identity Disorder, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, Oppositional Defiant Disorder, Personality Disorders, Eating Disorders, Adjustment Disorders, and more.
Michelle has completed post-graduate training in several evidenced based practices, and uses many different types of therapeutic interventions, including: Solution Focused, Empowerment, Motivational Interviewing, Cognitive Behavioral and Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy techniques. Michelle approaches therapy from a holistic standpoint, helping people identify needs related to their emotional, psychological, and relational health. Michelleís mission in providing therapy is to assist clients in building upon natural strengths and developing coping skills to increase a personís ability to manage their emotions effectively, resulting in improved self-esteem, increased ability to handle difficult life situations, and improved quality of interpersonal relationships. Michelle believes that the therapeutic relationship can be a catalyst for change; by creating a non-judgmental environment with unconditional positive regard, clients are able to identify possibilities for positive transformation in their lives.
Karen Giles-Smith is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist specializing in the treatment of eating disorders and disordered eating. Karen holds a Master of Human Nutrition from Case Western Reserve University and completed an accredited dietetic internship through University Hospitals of Cleveland. She has worked in the field of nutrition for 25 years.
Karen provides medical nutrition therapy, which includes personalized nutrition assessment and evaluation, as well as customized and collaborative coaching and counseling. She works in coordination with each clientís treatment team to develop, implement and monitor the clientís care plan and progress.
Karen practices mindfulness, compassion, and unconditional positive regard. Her goal is to help her clients be at ease with eating, foster fret-free feeding and nourish their lives in order to survive, recover, and thrive.
Elyse Danielson, LMSW, is a practicing therapist at A Healing place and Masters Level Clinical Social Worker. She obtained her Bachelorís Degree from Albion College in Psychology and her Masterís Degree from Michigan State University in Social Work.
Elyse has a history as a Case Manager providing crisis management, adjustment to illness and supportive counseling as well as a history as a counselor addressing a multitude of mental health illnesses. Elyse has experience and is comfortable working with any range of person from child to older adult, from all walks of life. She holds experience on a variety of mental health concerns and life challenges. Some special interests include depression, anxiety, grief and loss, adjustment to illness, adjustment disorders, couples issues and trauma.
In session Elyse uses a variety of therapeutic approaches tailored specifically to what works best for the client. Elyse utilizes Cognitive Behavioral approaches, motivational approach, strength based counseling and person centered therapy. Elyse also has experience and is happy to provide spiritual based and Christian based counseling if a client requests.
Elyse works very hard to provide a warm and comfortable environment for a client to receive therapy. She looks forward to helping clients realize their potential, self-worth and value.
Ian Shafer, MA, LPC is a fully licensed professional counselor with A Healing Place, LLC. He completed his Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology and Family Life & Human Sexuality, and his Master of Arts degree in Counseling, both at Central Michigan University.
Ian describes his approach to counseling as ďa flashlight in a dark place.Ē He believes that clients have the strength and answers they need within them, and that finding those assets is only a matter of shining light on the dark places life can take a person and helping them find their way back to a more ideal path of life. To this end, Ian tends toward a therapeutic model that incorporates elements of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Rational-Emotive Behavioral Therapy (REBT), Person-Centered (Rogerian) Therapy, and strengths-based motivational therapy.
Ian is versed in working with clients with a variety of concerns, including, but not limited to: depression, anxiety, adjustment, grief and loss, stress, coping, relationships, sexuality, and cultural issues. He has worked with a diverse group of clients over the course of his professional career, but maintains the most experience with clients ranging from adolescence to adulthood. Ian provides treatment for individuals, couples, and families.
Ian is a member in good standing with the American Counseling Association (ACA).
Megan Hoffman is a licensed professional counselor at A Healing Place, LLC. She holds a Master of Arts in Counseling from Spring Arbor University and a BS in Psychology from Lake Superior State University.
Megan has been trained to work with individuals struggling with a variety of mental health concerns including depression, anxiety, ADHD and behavioral issues. Her strongest areas of interest are in LGBT, anxiety, spirituality, young adult, teen, and chronic pain-related issues. This does not limit Megan on the kinds of mental health concerns she wants to help treat, however, as she enjoys working with all types of people from all backgrounds.
Appointments with Megan tend to vary from week to week depending on the goals and needs of each individual. She uses person-centered therapy as a base for all the work she does and often employs existential, cognitive-behavioral, narrative, and Adlerian modes of therapy to help clients reach the goals they seek. Megan finds value in both brief and long-term therapy options and often uses a mixture of both depending on what her clients want or need. She is also a life-long student and loves bringing in new research and ideas for her clients to explore.
Creating a private and judgment-free zone are Meganís top priorities in therapy, as she believes they are essential for the clientsí comfort in opening up and finding the courage to share difficult things about themselves. Megan wants all her clients to feel safe and encouraged in the power of opening up in therapy. Once this is achieved, Megan will help guide the client to make sense of their issues and find tools to help.
Betsy Howell, LMSW, is a therapist at A Healing Place, llc, and a fully licensed clinical social worker. Betsy completed her Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology at Albion College, and her Masters of Social Work at Michigan State University, where she also completed a fellowship in social work with older adults.
Betsy is prepared to treat clients with a variety of mental health concerns. Her special areas of interest include depression, anxiety, stress, grief and loss, and adjustment disorders. She is very open to assisting clients with a variety of concerns and loves to explore new, creative ways to make a positive impact on the lives of her clients. Betsy enjoys working with clients of all ages and has a special passion for older adults.
Betsy has a very calming presence and a unique ability to create a healing, accepting environment for her clients. Her genuine, empathic nature eases her clients into a therapeutic relationship in which they feel empowered and inspired to achieve their goals and live life to their fullest potential. Betsy utilizes a holistic, person-centered approach to therapy in which she believes that to truly achieve health a person must address their needs spiritually, physically, mentally, and socially. She will utilize a variety of approaches tailored to the needs of her clients including cognitive behavioral models of therapy, solution focused, motivational interviewing, and strength as well as faith-based counseling.
Betsy is a member of the National Association of Social Workers and has a passion for the community of Jackson.
Adrienne Rowland is a fully licensed clinical therapist who has 13 years of experience conducting therapy with 9 of those years as the Clinical Director for a nonprofit, outpatient-counseling program. She earned her Bachelorís degree in Psychology from Michigan State University in 2001 and her Masterís degree in Social Work from the University of Michigan in 2004. She is a member of the Academy of Certified Social Workers. Adrienne works with individuals, couples and families with a wide variety of mental health issues, trauma, grief and loss, adjustment and other life stressors. She utilizes therapeutic techniques such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Emotion Focused Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Solution Focused Therapy and Trauma-Focused CBT.
Adrienne is also a sex therapist and is currently attending the University of Michiganís School of social work, Sexual Health Certificate Program. Adrienne works with all aspects of sexual health and she is particularly passionate about working with the LGBTQ community. Adrienne firmly believes in equality and that everyone deserves to experience love and connection. She believes that her clients are their own experts while she walks beside them providing assistance in helping them identify and achieve their goals. Adrienne stresses the importance of strength in relationships and helps people realize their potential through belief in their self worth.
Adrienne has been a clinically certified sex offender treatment specialist and has worked with clients who are in the legal system due to sexual offenses and domestic violence offenses. Adrienne prides herself in treating all clients with dignity and respect. She provides a safe, caring and nonjudgmental environment where people have the opportunity to explore, grow, change and experience the freedom and healing they have been seeking.
Phyllis M. Williams graduated from Michigan State University with a Bachelor's Degree in Psychology. She also has a Master's Degree in Counseling from Spring Arbor University. She specializes in a full spectrum of mental health diagnoses with over 10 yearsí experience working with various populations ranging from homelessness, substance abuse, mental health and Refugee and Domestic foster children.
Phyllis is passionate about and specializes in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Sexual Abuse and Recovery, Substance Abuse, Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT), Motivational Interviewing (MI), and working with Women and Children.
Phyllis provides individual treatment, as well as group treatment for Substance Abuse and has a knack ability to move individuals, couples and families past their pain.
Kris Draffen, LMSW has been a Social Worker for 24 years. She has a Bachelor's in Social Work from Spring Arbor College and a Master's in Social Work from Eastern Michigan University. Kris is passionate about working with teenagers to help them find where they fit in the world. She also enjoys working with end of life issues and grief and loss. Kris strongly believes it is important to value life until the last breath and beyond and has a special gift for helping families through their grieving process.
Kris has experience working with children, teenagers, adults, couples and seniors. She is skilled at addressing mental illness, developmental disabilities, homelessness, medical fragility, loss of independence, depression, adjustment difficulties, short term medical rehabilitation and substance abuse. Her approach is holistic and incorporates physical, spiritual and relational health. Her treatment methods utilize person-centered, strength-based, cognitive behavioral, motivational interviewing, solution-focused and evidenced-based therapies. She also provides a faith-based approach if requested.
Kris strives to provide a sense of ease and calm in her daily practice.
Theresa Windham, LLMSW is a limited-licensed clinical social worker who received her Bachelorís Degree in Social Work with a minor in Criminal Justice and her Masterís Degree in Social Work from Spring Arbor University.
She has been working with children and families in the Jackson Community for the past thirteen years with a broad range of clinical experience. Theresa has experience working in the classroom, the courtroom, and home settings.
Theresa specializes in early childhood development. She has a wealth of experience working with adolescent issues, including but not limited to bullying, truancy, juvenile delinquency and self-esteem. She has worked with families in conflict and with relational difficulties. Theresa has experience with crisis intervention and safety planning. She has knowledge with topics surrounding trauma, grief and loss. She has training in addressing the needs of those who have experienced human trafficking, abuse and neglect. Theresa also has experience working with children and adolescents on the spectrum from Autism to Aspergerís. Theresa has an eclectic approach to therapy utilizing multiple treatment modalities and trauma informed care. Her goal is to provide a safe place to foster development and progress towards empowering clients to reach their goals.
Laura is a Licensed Professional Counselor who received her Masters Degree from Western Michigan University in Counseling Psychology. She views therapy as a step toward a more content and peaceful way of being, and approaches every individual, couple or family in an open and supportive manner.
Laura works from a systematic perspective, meaning that she understands each client within the context of his/her personal challenges, and aims to offer interventions that not only build skills and strengthen coping skills but also address contextual dynamics.
Laura specializes in individual counseling for children, adolescents and adults. Areas of expertise include substance abuse, depression, anxiety, life transitions, adjustment concerns, relationship issues, low self-esteem, workplace issues and suicidal ideations. Currently available for appointments Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays.
Kim is a Masterís level (MA), Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC), who has been board certified by the National Board of Certified Counselors (NBCC), and has a Development Plan Ė Counselor (DP-C) currently registered with Michigan Certification Board for Addiction Professionals.
Kim completed a Masterís of Arts in Counseling at Spring Arbor University, Spring Arbor, MI. Kim completed an internship through the Volunteers of America, Lansing, MI., providing counseling and assistance to Veterans experiencing homelessness, and/or unemployment. Kim completed a post-graduate Specialty Program in Alcohol and Drug Addiction (SPADA) through Western Michigan University. With an internship through Recovery Pathways, Bay City, MI., a JCAHO medication-assisted substance abuse outpatient clinic.
Kim has also completed a Masterís degree in Clinical Psychology at Michigan School of Professional Psychology, Farmington Hills, MI. Her internship was completed at A Healing Place/Britt & TJís Place, Jackson, MI, and included assisting with psychological evaluations, performing evaluations for ADD/ADHD, and counseling persons experiencing an eating disorder. Kim completed a Bachelor of Religious Education in Theology and Youth Ministry and a Bachelor of Science in Christian Counseling, at Great Lakes Christian College, Lansing, MI. Her externships were completed at All Nations Christian Church, Lansing, MI, and providing counseling to female students on campus. Kim has additional training and education in Adoption and Foster Care, Trauma/CBT-based Trauma Therapies, Suboxoneģ and Vivitrolģ, Brain-based Therapies, Assessments and Evaluations, Evidence-based Therapies,
Elana Greenberg is honored to be a therapist at A Healing Place, LLC. She received her bachelors in Communication from the University of California, Santa Barbara and her Masters in Social Work from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. In conjunction with her Masterís, she earned a certificate, ďSpecialist in Aging,Ē from the University of Michigan School of Social Work.
Elana has over a decade of experience in case management and medical social work providing grief and loss counseling, adjustment to illness support, brief solution focused therapy and crisis intervention. Elana enjoys working with a diverse population. Special interests include mental healthís relationship to and chronic illness, womenís health, depression, anxiety, relational issues, trauma, as well as grief and loss issues.
In therapy sessions, Elana uses modalities to promote positive change, including: Cognitive Behavioral Therapy techniques, Motivational Interviewing, Mindfulness and Solution Focused Therapy. Elana provides a nonjudgmental, safe and compassionate environment where clients feel validated and empowered in healing.
Julie is a fully licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) and a Nationally Certified Counselor (NCC). She earned her Masters in Counseling from Spring Arbor University and completed post-Masters substance abuse coursework at Western Michigan University. She is a certified clinical supervisor who greatly enjoys helping new therapists advance in their profession.
Julie has experience working with severe and persistent mental health disorders, substance use disorders, court-ordered counseling, and marriage and family issues. Julie specializes in trauma, anxiety, parenting, military/blended families, relationships, and grief. Her approach is eclectic and includes many theoretical approaches including interpersonal neurobiology and mindfulness teachings, trauma-focused care, and lifespan changes.
Julie practices counseling from a holistic, systemic standpoint. She believes anything that negatively affects you emotionally or spiritually is also impacting your physical body, relationships and environment. Her goal is to give clients a safe place to tell their stories while acting as a positive change agent in their lives. Julie is passionate about counseling and sees it as a privilege to help others navigate lifeís challenges.