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What do you specialize in? I specialize in working with individuals experiencing anxiety and depression, as well as with parents struggling with parenting their children. More importantly, I enjoy working with people who don’t just want to cope with life, but with those who want to thrive. I am passionate about helping my clients achieve […]

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What do you specialize in? Working with children, adolescents, adults, parents, and students, I specialize in employing concepts of cognitive and behavioral therapy and mindfulness to help individuals manage a variety of mental and emotional issues. These include Anxiety Disorders, Depressive Disorders, ADHD, Anger, and Behavioral Disorders. Cognitive Therapy: We all experience thousands of thoughts […]

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What do you specialize in?

I specialize in Couples, Adolescents, Family Systems, Substance Abuse & Addiction, Grief & Loss, Integrated Dual Diagnosis Treatment, Anger & Depression, Domestic Violence, Self Compassion, and Mindfulness.

What do you think is important about your role as a therapist?

I am neutral ground for my clients, especially couples. I serve as a safe space where clients can feel supported, accepted, and free to express their deepest truths without shame or judgment. For many of us, a therapist is the first person in our lives to provide this experience. When we are feeling safe, we are able to open up and embrace change.

How do you help people, in your opinion?

I help people build awareness around their own human experience. With that awareness, we can take action toward your goals. I get to observe, witness, hold up the mirror for people, help them explore the true source of their hurt, pain, frustrations. I help them to stop blaming, become more assertive, and own more of their reality. And of course, in therapy, we take steps toward success so I also get to celebrate with people, which is the best part!

What is something that you wish people knew about your specialty, or about therapy in general?

I see the awareness building in our society already in how people who actually participate in therapy are strong, powerful, willing, inspiring, and not weak.

Name an influential person or experience in your life.

I have been beyond blessed with loads of influential people and experiences in my life, so it is a challenge to select just one! Living and volunteering on the island of Bali, Indonesia, transformed my life in so many ways. I was there for about a year. I did service work at an international sustainable school, which operates completely off the grid. The Balinese people are true healers, totally dialed into spirit, ritual, and community. They show up for each other and choose to live a more present life. I found them inspiring. Learning a new way, getting outside of my comfort zone, and seeing how others less fortunate live with such gratitude and grace left an imprint on my heart.

Angela Palaian is located at our Great Lakes Psychology Group – Clarkston office. To learn more about Angela, please visit her therapist profile below.

Angela Palaian, MA, LLP, MFT

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What do you specialize in?

Working with age 8-80, I help people navigate the challenges and struggles in life, helping them aim for their personal goals. This can be a stage-of-life challenge, something that came unexpectedly, or something that just has not yet been figured out. Whether you find yourself anxious, stressed, confused, depressed, overwhelmed, or uncertain, there is hope for a bright future and living a vibrant life. I have extensive training and expertise in identifying and working with trauma, substance abuse, and am also an EMDR practitioner.

What do you think is important about your role as a therapist?

As a therapist, I listen and watch carefully for cues you may give me to help identify your needs and what will work for you. I help you identify what it is you want to accomplish and create a roadmap to help you reach your goals. Then we work on the tools to help you get where you want to be. It is all about you and what it is that you want from coming.

How do you help people, in your opinion?

Everyone needs someone who is safe and accepting to talk things through with. I create a warm, safe, non-judgmental environment where you can share your concerns and learn new tools to use for the rest of your life.

What is something that you wish people knew about your specialty, or about therapy in general?

Often we do not realize that struggles today may have their roots in something in the past that needs healing. It is very possible to be free of things that have been holding us back, even things we were not aware of that were getting in the way.

Name an influential person or experience in your life.

I really would not know where to begin to answer this question – there have been so many! Like awards shows, the list of people I would want to thank goes on forever.

Janet Schryer Donahue is located at our Great Lakes Psychology Group – Clinton Township office. To learn more about Janet, please visit her therapist profile below.

 

Janet Schryer Donahue, LPC, CCTP, NCC

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What do you specialize in?

Broadly, I specialize in helping clients overcome the barriers they face – especially those from diverse populations – by creating safe and compassionate spaces that are inclusive and respectful for all. Specifically, I specialize in offering help to those struggling with any type of addiction or out-of-control behavior, or issues with gender identity, sexual orientation, or sexual health. I also have experience with depression, anxiety and other more common struggles facing our clients today.

What do you think is important about your role as a therapist?

What I believe is most important in my role as therapist is to affirm and accept every client sitting across from me. I constantly strive to offer a supportive and safe space where I can “share the struggle” with every individual in my office; in other words “walk beside them” for the brief time they are in session with me.

How do you help people, in your opinion?

I believe in my cognitive behavioral approaches to educating, supporting, and empowering, while offering hope to each client based on their own unique and individual set of problems, consequences and issues facing them at intake. This allows for a more holistic perspective that encompasses mind, body, and spirit during the ongoing counseling journey.

What is something that you wish people knew about your specialty, or about therapy in general?

Here is what I’d like people to know about my specialties: being in recovery myself for close to 15 years has given me a unique perspective on the challenges facing LGBTQ+ individuals and allies seeking addiction treatment. I am also a Returned Peace Corps Volunteer having served 3 years in and around Bangkok, Thailand as one of the first HIV/AIDS Education Volunteers. That experience afforded me the unique perspective of being a minority in a uniquely different culture from my own, while navigating stigma and discrimination in order to help a marginalized population. Also, in addition to my clinical experiences, I am a trained facilitator in a variety of sensitivity trainings and workshops, educating other mental health professionals at a local, state, and national level. I have been a keynote panelist at both the Finding Freedom Symposium and also the National Conference on Addiction Disorders (NCAD), speaking about the differences between being a “friendly” therapist and being a ” culturally competent” therapist in working with LGBTQ+ and other marginalized clients.

Name an influential person or experience in your life.

I am very grateful today for my strong connection to faith in a spirituality I choose to call a Higher Power. I strongly believe without this faith, I would not be where I am in my life today. Of the most influential people in my life is my mentor, colleague and friend Dr. Joe Kort, PhD, whom without his guidance and support, I would not be the therapist I am today. The most influential experience in my life is taking on the principles of a 12-step program and being active in recovery; without which I would not have this firm foundation of my faith and spirituality.

Mark McMillan is located at our Great Lakes Psychology Group – Roseville office. To learn more about Mark, please visit his therapist profile.

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What do you specialize in?

I specialize in helping adults through struggles with ADD, anxiety, depression, OCD, grief, and low self-esteem. I also help couples through relationship issues.

What do you think is important about your role as a therapist?

I feel in my role as a therapist it is important for me to be empathetic, supportive, understanding, and nonjudgmental.

How do you help people, in your opinion?

I believe I help people by being a good listener and working with my clients on their unique needs. I try to provide a comfortable and trusting environment to help my clients through struggles they are facing.

What is something that you wish people knew about your specialty, or about therapy in general?

A friend of mine who is a social worker once gave me this article entitled “10 Things I Wish Everyone Knew About Therapy.”  The article has many valuable quotes, and here is one of my favorites:
“Therapy isn’t always easy, but I think it’s the most worthwhile gift you can give yourself. Find someone you trust and who puts you at ease. The relationship you build with your therapist is the most important aspect of all.”

Name an influential person or experience in your life.

On a personal level, my father and husband are influential in my life because of their integrity, strength, support, and faith. Professionally, my Clinical Supervisor is always so encouraging and supportive, and is influential in my life as well.

Kinneta Mason is located at our Great Lakes Psychology Group – Novi office. To learn more about Kinneta, please visit her therapist profile.

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What do you specialize in? 

Although I find myself working with a wide and diverse population, the majority of my clients tend to struggle with Anxiety and Depression.

What do you think is important about your role as a therapist?

My role is to provide clients with unconditional support, presence, and empathy through their individual self-growth process. I believe that every individual is complete but never completed. Self-growth is a continuous journey.

How do you help people, in your opinion?

I believe in empowering clients to feel autonomous and self-determined. Nonetheless, I strongly believe that every client will have a unique and individual experience and treatment to meet their needs.

What is something you wish people knew about your specialty, or about therapy in general?

I wish that individuals could look past the stigma associated with mental health and recognize the necessity of nurturing your mind, soul, and body as its own cohesive unit.

Name an influential person or experience in your life.

The beauty of individuality is the freedom of choice shaped by one’s curiosities and opinions. A major influence on my ultimate career choice stemmed from both traveling and living outside the United States for several years. Residing in Dubai, UAE, was a crucial factor in my decision-making process. Living in a place that introduced me to cultural and ethnic diversity also taught me the significance of the similarities and differences of the human mind. I naturally began to compare and contrast the different mentalities I came across throughout my travels. This journey aided my personal and professional growth in an incredible way.

Farah Zoabi is located at our Great Lakes Psychology Group – Dearborn office. To learn more about Farah, please visit her therapist profile.

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For Immediate Release

December 12, 2017

GREAT LAKES PSYCHOLOGY GROUP EXPANDS TO ROSEVILLE

Auburn Hills, Mich: Great Lakes Psychology Group (GLPG) is happy to announce the recent addition of their Roseville office, located at 18303 E. Ten Mile Rd, Suite 200, Roseville, MI 48066. The new office is the 9th for the group.

Richard Kneip, PhD, Great Lakes Psychology Group’s President, shares his excitement regarding GLPG’s rapid growth: “The addition of our Roseville office provides us the opportunity to continue offering quality, personalized counseling to children, adults, couples and families in a caring and compassionate atmosphere.” Adds Kneip, “With over 100 clinicians serving 9 locations throughout southeast Michigan, we remain focused on ease of access to mental health care; we offer convenience and easy access throughout the entire metro Detroit area.”

To learn more about Great Lakes Psychology Group’s specialties, services, and locations, or to schedule an appointment, visit http://www.greatlakespsychologygroup.com.

Founded in 2011 in Clarkston, Michigan, GLPG provides mental health and substance abuse care with special emphasis on treating depression, anxiety, marriage and family problems, children’s emotional & behavioral problems, psychological assessment and more. With a staff of over 100 clinicians, Great Lakes Psychology Group can accommodate patients with same day, evening and weekend appointments. GLPG’s mission is to combine the individual attention, privacy, and confidentiality characteristics of a private practice with the multi-disciplinary benefits of a group practice.

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What do you specialize in?

I work with many areas of psychology; however, I specialize in trauma, anxiety and behavioral health management of chronic pain and insomnia. I specialized my graduate school training in treatment of trauma and anxiety related issues. I served as an Active Duty Army Psychologist and I learned quickly that the management of chronic pain and insomnia are linked with many of the initial requests patients have when coming for care. When someone is in constant pain it impacts their ability to engage in daily life, it impacts their mood, it impacts their willingness to interact with other, and it impacts their sleep. There are many interventions that can be done to reduce pain and improve sleep without having to take medication.

What do you think is important about your role as a therapist?

The most important part of my role as a psychologist is being a witness to the change happening within people. I often ask my clients to attempt to do something common, such as crossing one’s arms, in a different way to see how change feels. It’s often uncomfortable and takes time to remember to try something new. As time passes, change happens and what is new becomes more comfortable and second nature. I become the witness to the work that the person is doing both within and outside of the office and the new person they are becoming.

How do you help people, in your opinion?

I help people move past the barriers that keep them stuck through challenging the thoughts and behaviors that feel comfortable, and yet prevent us from doing what we want to do. I assist by finding those areas that need attention, and helping each client develop a new way to engaging. This could be new ways to communicating, new ways to approach problems that arise, or adjusting how one thinks about situations and the response to them. Each person will have a different end result because each person is the one who creates the plan for continued action.

What is something that you wish people knew about your specialty, or about therapy in general?

What is something that you wish people knew about your specialty, or about therapy in general?
I never get to the see the end result. I get to meet people when they feel as if they have tried everything and nothing else is working. It’s a difficult time for a person to come in and a hard step to ask for help. My job is to help someone through that time, and when they reach about 75% of where they want to be, then it’s time that we start to part ways because the rest of that movement is done on their own. They know all the skills to make the changes at that point and the rest of the work it up to them. I do not have to see the end result in order to see where a person is heading.

Name an influential person or experience in your life.

There are too many events or people to choose just one. But I can truly say the times that I was challenged the most, whether I volunteered for the challenge or I was “voluntold” – those are the moments that shaped me for the better. I do not think we can understand what we are made of or understand our potential until we have to rise to the challenge. Especially the ones where we might deem as a failure, because that meant we had the courage to try. Some of those challenges are easier to face than others, but all hold a story of what we can do.

Michelle Whitlock is located at our Great Lakes Psychology Group – Shelby Township office. To learn more about Michelle, please visit her therapist profile.

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For Immediate Release

November 21, 2017

GREAT LAKES PSYCHOLOGY GROUP EXPANDS SERVICE AREA TO NOVI

Auburn Hills, Mich: Great Lakes Psychology Group (GLPG) is pleased to announce the recent opening of their Novi office, located at 41700 Gardenbrook Rd, Suite 110, Novi, MI 48275.

According to Great Lakes Psychology Group’s President, Richard Kneip, PhD, “The addition of our Novi office will help further our goal of offering personalized counseling to children, adults, couples and families in a caring and compassionate atmosphere.” Kneip adds, “We are proud to continue our legacy of providing high-quality, results-driven psychological services to the Novi community and surrounding areas.”

With over 100 clinicians (counselors, social workers, psychologists and psychotherapists), Novi is GLPG’s 8th office serving southeast Michigan. 

To learn more about Great Lakes Psychology Group’s specialties, services, and locations, or to schedule an appointment, visit http://www.greatlakespsychologygroup.com.

Founded in 2011 in Clarkston, Michigan, GLPG provides mental health and substance abuse care with special emphasis on treating depression, anxiety, marriage and family problems, children’s emotional & behavioral problems, psychological assessment and more. With a staff of over 100 clinicians, Great Lakes Psychology Group can accommodate patients with same day, evening and weekend appointments. GLPG’s mission is to combine the individual attention, privacy, and confidentiality characteristics of a private practice with the multi-disciplinary benefits of a group practice.

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