Rene Askanazi, MDiv, MA, LLPC
(Ottawa and Allegan County)
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)
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)
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.
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.
Breanna Jones, MS, LLPC
Clare McCullough, MA, LPC
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
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.
Darin Youngs, M.A., M.Div, LLPC
(Allegan, Van Buren, Kent, Barry, St Joseph Cty)
Darin has provided pastoral care and counseling for families and individuals of all ages for over 20 years. Darin has earned a Master of Professional Counseling from Liberty University, a Master of Divinity from North Park University, and a Master of Communication from Governor’s State University.
Darin also cares for soldiers as a unit chaplain in the Michigan Army National Guard. His primary therapeutic approaches are Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Rational Emotive Behavioral Therapy, Positive Psychology, and Solution-Focused Brief Therapy.
Darin is very strategic in his counseling approach. His goal is to aid clients in creating clear objectives of which they take ownership. He counsels adolescents, adults, and families. Darin lives with his family in Otsego, MI, and provides outreach therapy for Allegan, Van Buren, St. Joseph, Kent, and Barry County.