Erin Alexander-Bell MA LLPC
(Allegan, Van Buren and St. Joseph)
Erin Alexander-Bell is a Limited Licensed Practical Counselor through the State of Michigan. She has graduated with a BA from Western Michigan University and a Master’s degree in Counseling from Spring Arbor University. She has a passion for assisting families and individual overcome their barriers to success. She has 9 years of experience working with the court system, Children Protective Services, Sex Offenders, Parole and Probation Participants, Individual with a history of Substance and Alcohol usage, the Department of Health and Human Services, Survivors of Domestic Violence and Sexual Abuse Survivors.
Nate Apel, MA, LLPC
Nate obtained his bachelor’s degree in Family Life Education and his master’s degree in Mental Health Counseling from Spring Arbor University. Nate has worked with college students, was the Mental Health Coordinator at Allegan County Correctional Facility and has amassed experience in crisis intervention and suicide assessment prior to joining West Michigan Psychological Services. Nate has also studied human trafficking, has worked with the developmentally disabled, and has spent time working with children through various organizations. Nate believes in utilizing his client’s strengths to help them work through challenges and to achieve their goals. Nate also believes that the overall wellbeing of an individual including physical health, mental health, work or school environments, support networks, as well as spiritual beliefs all play a direct role in living a healthy and balanced life.
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.
Anne Behler, MA, LPC
Anne earned her bachelors degree in Sociology in 2004 and her Masters degree in Counseling Psychology in 2006 from Western Michigan University. Her background is primarily with children and families in a traditional outpatient setting. Anne has recently returned to counseling after staying home to raise a family full time for ten years. She is currently working with elementary aged children in Holland Public Schools as an on-site outpatient therapist. Anne uses cognitive-behavioral, solution-focused, and brain-based techniques to teach clients more effective ways of managing their emotions and behaviors. She believes in equipping kids with useful skills with the hope that they can avoid long term treatment.
Anne is married and has three boys at home. She also coordinates the Hand2Hand ministry for her church home.
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.
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.
Julianne Dusendang, MA, LPC, CAADC
Julianne enjoys helping others work toward their goals and achieve a better life they want for themselves. She earned her bachelors degree in Psychology from Taylor University and her Masters degree in College Counseling from Western Michigan University. Julianne has worked in various roles at different colleges both in upstate New York and Grand Rapids. Along with her experience in a college setting, Julianne has worked at various substance abuse treatment facilities in the greater Grand Rapids area. She uses a holistic approach to counseling while utilizing techniques of cognitive behavioral therapy, motivational interviewing, and somatic symptomology. Julianne is well equipped to handle complex cases that may include mental health symptoms, addictions, and trauma. Currently, Julianne conducts evaluations for WMPS in Ingham County. She lives with her husband and two sons in Lowell. Julianne enjoys spending time with her family, gardening, cooking, baking, and DIY projects.
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.
Andrea Hagen, LMSW
Andrea is a licensed Masters level clinical social worker in the State of Michigan. She graduated with her undergraduate and graduate degrees in Social Work from Western Michigan University. Andrea is passionate about working with children and families and has worked in the child welfare system for over 11 years. Andrea has significant experience in dealing with substance abuse, crisis intervention, and trauma. She regularly uses Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, mindfulness, as well as Solution Focused Therapy techniques with clients. Andrea provides therapy from a trauma informed perspective to assist families and individuals to address the cycle of trauma that can pass through generations. Andrea believes that everyone can benefit from therapy and that developing rapport with clients is the first step to a healthy therapist-client relationship.
Sarah Macklin, LMSW
Sarah brings genuine passion to her work as well as a unique creativity. Raised by 2 therapists, Sarah has always aspired to be one herself. She has a Bachelor's of science from Western Michigan University with a double major in Behavioral Psychology and Spanish. Sarah went on to obtain her Masters in Clinical Social Work from Michigan State University in 2017. Sarah has been working in the field of mental health for the last 4 years and has experience working with diverse populations and needs. Sarah has worked at a shelter for survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault, the Department of Veterans Affairs, inpatient mental health care and as a home based therapist working with children and families. Sarah splits her time between WMPS and a private practice in Kalamazoo. Sarah believes that when another person is willing to share their thoughts and feelings with her it is an honor and a privilege; one she strives to earn everyday by learning and growing to be the best mental health professional she can be. She finds great joy in her work and seeks to provide exceptional and compassionate mental health care.
Sarah is a soldier in the United States Army Reserve with 9 years of service already completed. She has traveled the world to include living in Guatemala for 6 months and several trips to Mexico for both missionary and educational work.
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.
Mary Mooi, BSW, LMSW
Mary, a native Michigander, returned to Holland three years ago with her husband after living in Northern Indiana for nearly 20 years. Mary received her BSW from Michigan State University, and many years later, in 2002, obtained her MSW from Western Michigan University. Mary has always worked in human services. Initially, she worked in the foster care and adoption field, and later worked for many years with families of children or adults having cognitive or other disabilities. In that role she often assisted parents at IEP meetings to obtain the very best school services and supports for their loved one. She also developed programs designed to give caregivers a break from often intense and stressful responsibilities. After obtaining her MSW, Mary assisted children and adults as a therapist in both public mental health centers and private practice settings, utilizing a wide variety of therapeutic modalities.
Her mission is to improve the mental health of individuals, families and communities in sensitive and creative ways. People who are healthy in mind, body and spirit are better equipped to contribute to their families and their community. As the eldest of eight children, mother of two and grandmother of 13, Mary is a strong believer in the strength and power of the family unit. Every individual is influenced, for better or worse, by their family of origin. Beliefs and patterns of dealing with life are often intergenerational in nature, passed from one generation to another. At times these often unconscious mindsets interfere with the person's outlook, goals or relationships. Knowledge, sensitivity and creativity are some of the attributes Mary brings to assist in dealing with complex emotions and situations.
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
Alaina Smith, MA, LPC
Alaina is a Licensed Professional Counselor. She obtained her Master’s degree in Community Counseling from Western Michigan University in 2012. Prior to that she obtained a Bachelor's degree in Sociology from Cornerstone University in 2009. In addition, she is a Certified Advanced Alcohol and Drug Counselor with specialized experience and training working with individuals with alcohol, drug, gambling and sexual addictions. Alaina has worked with individuals at several different levels of care and has experience in residential addictions programs, intensive outpatient program, community based care and outpatient therapy. She is bilingual in Spanish and finds joy in working with individuals of other cultures. She enjoys working with diverse populations. She has experience working with individuals with depression, anxiety, boundary and relationship issues, addictive issues as well as issues coping with the stressors of life.
Khalia Twork, LPC
My education consists of a Masters in Humanities and Leadership with an emphasis on education from New College of California and a Masters in Mental Health Counseling from Capella University. I am completing my Doctoral studies. I have over 15 years of progressive experience within the counseling and social service field.
My years of experience working with various populations have allowed me to be able to incorporate multiple approaches and techniques that assist my clients in overcoming their struggles. Areas of specialization are working with the gerontology population, children and adolescents, academic underachievement, working with families integrating step-parents, life coaching, family counseling, career coaching, and career assessments. I am consistently working to be on the cutting edge of my counseling approach.
Some of the techniques I have been trained in and find helpful when working with individuals and families are Cognitive Behavioral Therapy(CBT), Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TFCBT), Motivational Interviewing (MI), Dialectical Behavioral Therapy ( DBT). I believe in fostering an environment that allows clients to grow and obtained the skills necessary to move in a positive direction. I work toward creating an atmosphere that is a catalyst for positive change.
I am here to help you obtain your goals by creating an environment that fosters your process of self-actualization. My approach to the counseling environment is to act as a resource.
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.