Kay Foster, MA, LLPC | Clinical Director
Kay has over 5 years of experience working with individuals and families with developmental and mental health disorders. She has worked in both direct care and case management with diverse populations, including ethnicities, religions, sexualities, and socioeconomic statuses. Kay graduated in 2017 from Western Michigan University with a Bachelor of Science in General Psychology. During this time, she was a research assistant for Western’s neuro-developmental lab. Kay graduated in 2021, again from Western, with a Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. She was a member of Chi Sigma Iota, the counseling profession’s international honors society and one of the largest associations of professional counselors.
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Shanna Beebe, MA, LLPC | Marketing Director
Shanna’s approach to counseling is holistic and client-centered. She believes that mental wellness should be integrated into our lives and not rendered to the sidelines as a separate subject. She enjoys working with adults seeking support and collaboration as they navigate the many stressors and challenges life will present. Shanna has experience working with LGBTQIA+ clients, non-binary clients, clients leaving abusive situations, pregnant clients, and clients seeking support after experiencing religious trauma.
Shanna graduated from Western Michigan University with a Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health, a CACREP accredited program that complies with the American Counseling Code of Ethics. Her background in dance education created a lifelong passion for somatic interventions. In addition, Shanna enjoys studying nature-based therapy, often referred to as Ecopsychology.
When she is not counseling, Shanna can be found enjoying her time hiking West Michigan trails with her partner of nine years.
Julie Gallivan, MA, LLPC, HS-BSP
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. (Julie works from her own home office location.)
Kimberly Howell, MA, LMSW
Kimberly’s goal is to help children learn how to manage daily stressors and life problems in a healthy way. She earned her Bachelor of Arts in Communication Studies from Western Michigan University prior to earning her Master of Social Work from Grand Valley State University. In her 15 years in the social work field, Kimberly has worked with families experiencing domestic violence, children with special needs, and mental health concerns in the school setting.
Kimberly utilizes a strength-based, person-centered approach that is rooted in attachment theory, CBT, and DBT. She believes that all clients have the opportunity to change their behavior if they have the opportunity to express themselves while developing new life skills. Kimberly believes in helping her clients find their own voice and aligns her practice with the motto, “Counseling is not a destination, but a journey that takes time.”
Abbey Murphy, MA, LPC, LLMFT
Abbey strives to create an open and non-judgmental environment that is essential to open up communication and trust in the counseling room. She utilizes evidence-based practices to better serve those who walk in her door. Abbey’s goal is to create an individualized plan for success and meet individuals where they are in the counseling process. Abbey will journey alongside each individual to help guide them through the darkness to light. Abbey graduated from Western Michigan University in 2019 with a Master’s degree in couple, marriage, and family counseling. Abbey specializes in both individual counseling for adolescents, and adults, along with couple, and family counseling. Abbey offers couples counseling using the Gottman method, trauma-focused cognitive behavioral therapy for adolescents, and individual and family therapy.
Heather Pajonk, MA, LMSW
Heather graduated with her masters in social work from Western Michigan University in 2018, specializing in trauma over the lifespan and TF-CBT (Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for children and their caregivers). Since then, she has worked at her community mental health agency as a case manager and home based therapist. Heather is trained in TF-CBT, fetal alcohol spectrum treatment, and Motivational Interviewing. She has experience in using family and couples therapy, DBT (Dialectical Behavioral Therapy) and CBT (Cognitive Behavioral Therapy). She has worked with individuals experiencing anxiety, depression, complex trauma, and family conflict. With her clients, Heather focuses on their strengths and empowering them in their journey. Heather believes that therapy is about holding an individual or family’s story and walking along side them in a non-judgmental and trauma-informed way.
Amanda Sheffield, LMSW-C
Amanda obtained a Bachelor of Science in Human Services and Master of Science in Justice and Security Administration through the University of Phoenix. She also earned her Master of Social Work from Michigan State University in 2017. She worked for Ottawa County Probate Court for 16 years as a judicial clerk and Deputy Register. Amanda has worked for Community Mental Health since 2017, working initially for Assertive Community Treatment (ACT) and individuals with severe and persistent mental illnesses. She then worked as a home-based child and family therapist for two years, and an outpatient therapist on a Multidisciplinary Team. Sh is currently a full-time clinician through Community Mental Health of Ottawa County serving as the law enforcement liaison on the Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) in addition to working here at WMPS. Amanda is certified in Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT), which is a modality used for those aged 3-18. She has experience in psychotherapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), and Motivational Interviewing (MI). Amanda provides trauma-informed care in a safe and non-judgmental space. She enjoys working with children, adolescents, families, and adults. She is a mom of two girls and a dog and enjoys hiking and reading, and loves a good cup of coffee.
Richelle Witbrodt, MA, LLPC
Richelle has been working with children and adolescents since 2011 in diverse communities and across a variety of settings. She has worked both directly and indirectly in community mental health since 2019 in group and individual settings. Richelle completed her BA in Telecommunications at Michigan State University and her Masters degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at Western Michigan University. While at WMU, she was a member of the counseling profession’s international honors society Chi Sigma Iota. She has experience using a variety of therapeutic approaches, including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), and Play Therapy.