Rene Askanazi, MDiv, MA, LLPC
(Ottawa and Allegan County)

distinguish Rene has enjoyed counseling and mentoring in a variety of community settings since acquiring her B.A. in Psychology from Hope College, Master of Divinity from Eastern Mennonite University, and M.A. in Counseling from Cornerstone University. Rene’s focus of practice has primarily been with issues of trauma, depression, anxiety, grief and loss, substance abuse and facing difficult life challenges. She has helped to run support groups in local jails and provided counseling services in nursing homes, the City Mission, as well as in client’s homes. Rene lives with her family in Hamilton and currently works as a part-time therapist at Renewed Hope Health Clinic which provides free medical and mental health services to the uninsured and under-insured residents of Allegan County. Rene uses a Solution-Focused counseling approach as well as CBT and Positive Psychology therapies to increase clients’ level of hope, self-efficacy, and resilience. Clients often comment that they feel comfortable and accepted by Rene, and leave with an increased sense of hope to face their difficulties. Rene believes all clients have been given the gift of choice and her goal is to join with them to support their goals and help them gain needed skills to increase their level of positive well-being. Rene is currently a Limited Licensed Professional Counselor and will be receiving her full licensure in the early spring 2019.

Dan Bierma, Med, Mdiv, LMSW, SSW
(Muskegon and Ottawa County) Dan has worked with children and families for more than two decades.  He has a bachelor’s degree in elementary education with a master’s in education administration.  Dan then changed careers when he returned to school to complete a master’s degree of divinity and a master’s degree in social work. He is currently a practicing, licensed clinical social worker. As a social worker Dan has worked in the child welfare system in Ottawa County and hospice care in West Michigan.  He is currently a full time school social worker at Timberland Charter Academy in Muskegon. Dan currently resides in Holland, but is in the process of moving to be closer to his work in Muskegon County.  In working with clients, Dan is goal oriented; identifying the current most relevant challenge facing the individual in order to develop a solution focused plan and overcome challenges. His goal is to give clients the tools to move forward and take control of their lives in a positive way.  When working with children and family services, Dan believes it is beneficial to have the details from a client's case in order to help the client identify goals as well as meet any requirements within their case.

Lesa Brenner, LLMSW
(Van Buren, Cass, and St. Joe County)

how to get propecia cheap Lesa holds a bachelor's degree in Psychology from Michigan State University and a master's degree in social work from Western Michigan University. After graduating from MSU in 2005, Lesa worked as a family preservation worker in Ingham County before moving to Kalamazoo in 2008 to complete her MSW. During that time, Lesa worked in child welfare as a worker and supervisor for MDHHS in foster care, adoption and Children's Protective Services. Following twelve years in child welfare, Lesa continues to work in the social work field as a clinical social worker at Bronson Hospital as well as working as an adjunct professor for WMU's School of Social Work. Lesa uses a trauma-informed approach with clients to teach coping skills through mindfulness in an effort to address cyclic trauma that causes discord throughout families.

Ashton Campbell, MA, LLPC
(Ottawa and Allegan County)

his comment is here Ashton is a professional counselor who enjoys using his knowledge and gifts to impact children and teens. He believes that improving the lives of our youth not only increases their present quality of life, but also impacts the lives of their future children, spouses, family, and all those they encounter. Ashton received a B.A. from Calvin College and received a M.A. in Counseling from Cornerstone University. While he uses tools and strategies from various counseling philosophies he most regularly uses both Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) approaches. In addition, he believes that partnering with parents and care-givers increases treatment and wellness success. Ashton has been married for five years and has two sons. He enjoys camping, restoring antique and vintage machines, reading, and writing. He actively sits as a board member for Beacon of Hope: a non-profit counseling ministry that serves Holland, Muskegon, and other West Michigan communities.

Dawnita Diaz, LMSW, CAADC
(Ottawa and Allegan County)

Dawnita Diaz graduated from Hope College with a Bachelor of Arts in social work in 1997. She graduated in 2001 with a Master’s in social work from Western Michigan University. She is a licensed Master’s social worker and certified addiction counselor. She has more than 20 years of experience as a social worker. She has worked in the child protection field, mental health, and licensing.

Philip M. Elzinga MA, LLP, CAADC, NCC
(Ottawa and Allegan County)

Phil worked in a technical field for many years before returning to school to obtain a BA from Cornerstone University and a Master’s Degree in Community Counseling from Western Michigan University in 2004.  Since then he has provided general outpatient group and individual counseling in Allegan, Kent, and Ottawa Counties, as well as for the Allegan County Drug Treatment Court during the last 12 years. Phil was involved in re-entry work in the community with the 2nd Chance program in Ottawa County.  He has facilitated groups at Holland Rescue mission and at Project Rehab in Grand Rapids. He is currently providing outpatient individual therapy for mental health and substance abuse with a non-profit agency in Holland and will be providing outreach services in the local West Michigan area.

Phil is licensed as an LLP (Psychologist, Masters Limited), board certified as a National Certified Counselor as well as a Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor. He has had specialty training is Marriage and Family therapy and enjoys working with adults and families, walking alongside them as they address the challenges of life both internal and external.  He focuses on issues of anger management, anxiety, depression, PTSD, relationships, recovery, and re-entry. Phil has completed basic training in EMDR therapy for use with clients who have experienced trauma. He also received training by Star Behavioral in Cognitive Processing Therapy and is on the provider registry with Star Providers for working with military PTSD.

Phil and his wife have four adult children and 13 grandchildren. Phil is active in his church and lives in Holland, MI. He enjoys sailing, bicycling, camping, and spending time with family.

William Evans MA – Counseling Psychology, LLPC

Bill’s first career was in banking and business which he pursued after graduating from Michigan State University with an MBA. In 2011 he graduated from Western Michigan University with a Masters in Counseling and is currently licensed in the State of Michigan as an LLPC.  The transition from business to counseling came through an expansion of his business coaching activity and a desire to expand his base of knowledge and coaching competencies.

He is a Board member at the Beacon of Hope where he also provides counseling services as a volunteer.  Bill is particularly interested in working with people that suffer from anxiety, stress, and depression and the various types of trauma that often underlies those conditions.  In addition, he is a Health Coach who works with people desiring to adopt a healthier lifestyle, reduce and maintain weight loss, and enjoy a more active and fulfilling life.

Bill utilizes Person-centered Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Positive Psychology in his treatment of clients and enjoys working with people of all ages one-on-one or in group settings.

Julie Gallivan, MA, LLPC, HS-BSP
(Newaygo and Montcalm County)

Julie completed her BS in Psychology in 2009.  She went on to complete her MA in Human Services with a focus in Marriage and Family Therapy in 2013.  Later, she returned to school and completed a second MA in Counseling with a cognate in Addictions. Julie has worked in an at-risk school where she completed in home visits.  She also worked as a women’s advocate at Mel Trotter Ministries and worked with women struggling with addiction, homelessness, mental health issues, and/or other barriers to housing and employment.  Julie walked beside the women at MTM, encouraging them as they worked towards autonomy, wholeness, and healing. She is also an adoptive parent of four older special needs children.

Clare McCullough, MA, LPC
(Ottawa County)

Clare is a Licensed Professional Counselor, with a master's degree in Mental Health Counseling from Spring Arbor University. She has significant experience in providing Crisis Intervention; including crisis line work and immediate critical incident response for unexpected workplace events. She is certified in the State of Michigan to provide supervision to Limited License Professional Counselors. Clare currently sees clients in both private practice, and through DHHS outreach counseling.  Clare believes collaboration with clients is important to the work she does. Clients describe Clare as authentic, compassionate and empathetic. She believes in the resiliency of people, and that people have the ability to grow and overcomes life’s challenges by creating the best choices for themselves. Clare’s specialties include: crisis interventions, substance abuse, stress and anxiety, depression, grief and loss, post-partum depression, relationship and family issues, as well as life transitions and adjustment.

Leslie (Bolt) Roberts, MA, LLP, LPC Doctoral Candidate

Leslie is passionate in providing the highest level of psychological treatment, assessment and consultation services to children, teens, families and adults. As a lifelong West Michigan resident, Leslie is deeply committed to improving the quality of life for those throughout the community and helping her clients successfully navigate through challenges. Her caring and compassionate approach meets individuals where they are at in life without judgment, and she works hard to customize treatment plans with a person’s unique needs in mind.

Leslie brings more than 15 years of experience to her work, with a special focus in psychological evaluations. She graduated with a Bachelor’s of Science from Aquinas College, her Master’s in Counseling Education, Counseling Psychology from Western Michigan University, and will graduate with her Ph.D in Clinical Psychology from Fielding Graduate University in 2020.  Leslie is currently completing her pre-doctoral internship part-time at the University of Michigan.

Leslie’s assessment interests include:
› Diagnostic certification of anxiety, mood, and thought disorders
› Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
› Attachment and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorders
› Learning Disabilities
› Bipolar Disorders in children and adults
› Personality Disorders
› Child custody, parenting time, and parent fitness evaluation

Treatment interests include:
› Anxiety, mood and adjustment disorders in children, teens and adults
› Emotional and behavioral difficulties stemming from ADHD
› Treatment of emotional and coping issues related to Autistic spectrum and Asperger's Disorder
› Parent-child relationship issues
› Child custody issues such as co-parenting by divorced parents

› American Psychological Association
› Association of Family and Conciliation Courts

Diane Russick (Rodriguez), MPA, CWIC, MA, LLPC
(Muskegon County)

Diane is a passionate care provider and professional licensed counselor by the state of Michigan. She is currently living and practicing in West Michigan and has the dream of someday moving her community outreach and private practice to a suburb of Honolulu.  She considers counseling the client in her practice as the highest honor.  Diane provides a space for healing and consultation services to children, teens, families and adults. As a current resident of the Michigan on the lakeshore, she has spent the last 15 years reaching out to trauma victims suffering with domestic violence, those with disability barriers, the homeless and underserved. Diane was introduced to this field  by working alongside families who suffered the effects of Southern California penal system. Although she jokes about moving her practice to Hawaii, Diane has enjoyed working with infants, children and their families to find hope and healing right here in West Michigan.  Diane is deeply committed to improving the quality of life for those throughout the communities she lives.   Her caring and compassionate approach allows her to meet individuals where they live without judgment. She works hard, and navigates treatment plans to their wanted level of success.

In 2000 many years after attending California State University Fullerton; (degree, Environmental Science) Diane decided to complete her degree. She graduated from Baker College 2003, with a Bachelor’s of Art in Business Leadership; while raising her five sons, the youngest in fourth grade, one in Jr. High school, two in high school and oldest son attending college in the far away land of Tennessee.  Diane earned her Master’s in Public Administration from the School of Social Work & Nonprofit Management & Leadership, at Grand Valley State University 2011. She earned a second Master of Arts Degree in Counseling from Cornerstone University/Grand Rapids Theological Seminary 2016. Diane holds two credentialed certifications: with the Social Security Administration and by the Supreme Court of Michigan. In addition to her contract work at West Michigan Psychological Services, currently Diane works in her own practice, Safe Harbour Counseling, serves as a volunteer counselor with Beacon Of Hope Counseling, Calvary Church of Muskegon, mentor church teller, and Muskegon County Court as mediator.

Ian Warnsley, MA, LLPC
(Allegan, Van Buren, Cass and St. Joe County)

Ian will be providing outreach therapy within your community, a place where he has worked for most of his career.  Ian has a Masters of Arts and a Science Degree in Counselor Education, Clinical Mental Health from Western Michigan University.  He is currently employed as a Family Liaison at Van Buren Community Mental Health.  Being that he works within the county, Ian is aware of the dynamics of the people served, as well as potential resources in the community. He also has a contract with Interfaced Consultation working with the Re-entry Project for Offenders with Special Needs (RPOSN).  Prior to his current employment, Ian served as the Clinical Case Manager for a children’s residential program through Hope Network Behavioral Health.  Among Ian’s strengths are his enthusiasm, his ability to successfully deal with difficult situations, ability to quickly and easily establish rapport with clients, and his determination to exhaust all available resources in order to assist clients in achieving their own personal success.

Sara Winter, LMSW

Sara Winter is a licensed Masters level social worker through the state of Michigan. Her passion is working with families and individuals, to build upon their own unique strengths and problem solve. Sara has worked with families in the Child Welfare field for the last 17 years in Ottawa County. Prior to that she worked with delinquent youth in Ottawa County. Sara is a graduate of Grand Valley State University, with a Masters in Social Work and an undergraduate degree in Sociology and Criminal Justice.