This office will be permanently closing August 31, 2019. Counselors Gabby Brown, Jackie Keller, and Christina Pasternak are still accepting new patients and appointments may be scheduled by contacting the T.C. office at 231-943-1553. If interested in scheduling an appointment with Mr. Douglas Glick please contact him at 231-518-9258.
Thank you for the opportunity to serve the Traverse City community this last year.
Hello! I am so glad you’re here. It takes courage to reach out when difficulties arise. I believe we all need help sometimes and my approach to counseling is collaborative, strengths based, and holistic. You are the expert on your life and I am here to provide a listening ear, supportive presence, and real-world techniques you can use to start feeling better. My goal is to provide you with a safe, nonjudgmental space to work through your challenges and achieve your goals.
I have a Masters Degree in Social Work from Illinois State University and am currently licensed in Illinois and Michigan. Throughout my career I’ve had the opportunity to work with people from all walks of life and in all life stages. From the transition that happens when a family welcomes a child to planning for end-of-life and everything in between.
Whether you are experiencing a brief moment of difficulty, are at the precipice of a life change, or simply want to understand yourself and decisions on a deeper level, I would be honored to help you overcome life’s trials and empower you to confidently navigate your path.
“There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside of you.”
What is your story and how will you tell it? Therapy is about your story and looking at how you will create and share it. Creating the space for you to tell that inner story, review it, honor it and shape it is how I approach working with people seeking support.
With more than 25 years in the human services, my approach to therapy includes helping you honor your strengths, because we all have them. As a licensed clinical social worker I have worked with adolescents, families and adults in the areas of anxiety, depression, as well as grief and loss. I have experience and specialization in trauma-informed treatment, mindfulness, human sexuality, and working closely with LGBTQIA+ individuals and groups.
I hold degrees from the College of William and Mary in Virginia and a Master’s in Social Work from the Smith College School for Social Work. LGBTQIA+ populations and anti-racism work were the foci of my graduate degree studies.
“The journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.”
Taking that first step isn’t always easy, but the fact that you are reading this means that you already have. Challenges are inevitable as we progress through the stages of life. It has been my life’s passion to partner with people, providing assistance and support as they navigate through the seasons of change in pursuit of their goals. I have had the honor of helping individuals rediscover their own resiliency and personal power for over 18 years.
I take a person centered-strengths based approach to providing evidence-based interventions. I strive to provide a safe space that is free from judgment in a supportive environment that promotes personal empowerment and healing. I would consider it a privilege to be a part of your growth journey.
I am a Licensed Professional Counselor who believes everyone has the potential to learn and grow throughout life’s Journey. I’m passionate about helping people reach their personal life goals. I’ve been in the helping profession for 20 plus years with a wealth of knowledge and experience. My specialties include depression, anxiety, grief and loss, divorce and relationship issues. I work with youth ages 12 to 17, young adults and adults. My treatment approach is person-centered and eclectic utilizing mindfulness, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Solution Focused and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. Together we can find the keys to live your best life!!!
Are you concerned because you have noticed your child is struggling with managing their emotions or controlling their behaviors? Is your child having difficulties in school or social settings? Does conflict seem to surround your child? Young people can benefit from having a therapist help them through these complex stages of life.
I have over 15 years of experience working with preteens and teens ages 10-19 who might struggle to handle life’s transitions to those who exhibit extreme behavioral issues. My background includes working with those who have experienced traumatic life events, juvenile justice programs, at-risk youth, foster care and various mental health diagnoses such as depression and anxiety.
My approach to therapy is to provide a relaxed, safe, non judgmental place where we can work together to develop a plan that helps your child become more adjusted emotionally which helps both of you feel less stressed. I believe in recognizing the unique challenges my clients may experience and building on their strengths. I integrate various evidence based treatment models in therapy because I believe everyone is an individual and there is not a “one-size-fits-all.”
In addition to working with youth, for the past 5 years I have had the privilege to listen to and support women who have received the earth shattering news of a cancer diagnosis. This news can be traumatic, paralyzing and exhausting. If you are a woman and have recently received a diagnosis, are currently receiving treatment or are trying to figure out how to live life after diagnosis and treatment, I can provide an compassionate, confidential environment to move past the diagnosis and the anxiety that often goes along with living through it.
Asking for help isn’t easy. We are typically much better at caring for others than we are for ourselves. When we’re experiencing emotional pain, it can be hard to make sense of it all and know how to work through it. Everyone experiences difficulties throughout their life, whether it’s a loss, relationship conflict, emotional struggles, troubling thoughts, life transitions, or trauma. I am here to meet you right where you are during those vulnerable times in a supportive and non-judgmental way. We will work together to help you learn and understand more about who you are and what your experiences mean to you. Feeling lost and finding your way again can feel impossible, scary, and overwhelming. My goal is to develop a therapeutic partnership with you, set personal goals, and help you walk away feeling stronger, more confident, and empowered. We will work towards gaining a different perspective; where painful experiences no longer define who you are, and you’re able to reflect on those difficult times in a healthier way. This is a pivotal point in healing, changing, and personal growth.
I have been working with individuals, children, couples, and families in various settings for nearly 15 years. I believe people have the capacity to change and understand themselves on a deeper level through the therapeutic process. We often feel immobilized and stuck during hard times. We have difficulty putting our experiences into words and finding meaning in it all. My therapy approach is individual-based and person-centered, meaning we work together to learn more about your needs and what interventions are best for you. My specialty is trauma-informed and strength-based treatment modalities of all ages and stages in life, including play therapy, art, music, and self-reflective activities. There is no one-size-fits-all approach to overcoming and creating a fulfilling and meaningful life. I look forward to being your supportive guide on your personal journey in a safe, non-judgmental, and confidential setting