Meet our Day One staff

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Day One Pontiac

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Rebecca Dickinson, LMSW, CAADC |  Clinical Supervisor of Day One Pontiac

Rebecca has 17 years of experience working in the mental health field with a specialty in depression, anxiety, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, trauma, abuse and neglect, adjustment and life change issues, and substance use disorders. She is a Certified Advanced Alcohol and Drug Counselor who sees clients 4 years and older. After completing her master’s degree in social work from Michigan State University, Rebecca worked for 3 years as a therapist specializing in treating child and adult survivors of sexual assault, child abuse, and neglect. She then came to Day One as a therapist continuing to provide therapy to survivors of trauma as well as other mental health and substance abuse issues for 8 years. In 2015, Rebecca became the supervisor of clinical services at Day One’s Pontiac office. She continues to see some clients, has become trained in Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, and supervises a team of highly skilled therapists. Rebecca works from a strengths-based perspective, assisting clients with identifying their areas of strength and mobilizing that to assist in their journey to an improved sense of well-being and functioning. Cognitive behavioral strategies, stress reduction, and relaxation are integral in the work she does with clients, as well as other helpful coping strategies to assist people with the ability to maintain positive change long after treatment is completed.

 
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Kim Carlson, MA, LPC, CAADC

Kym has 10 years of experience working in mental health with a specialty in trauma, anxiety, grief and loss. She received her master’s degree in counseling at Oakland University and is a Licensed Professional Counselor and a Certified Advanced Alcohol and Drug Counselor. Kym works with individuals who are 4 years and older. Before coming to Day One in 2013, she worked as an outpatient mental health clinician at Pioneer Counseling Center. Kym uses a variety of counseling techniques including Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Motivational Interview, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Rational Emotive Behavioral Therapy, play therapy influenced techniques, and Influenced Interventions.

 
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AMY Hostinsky, LMSW, CAADC | Start tele-counseling session

Amy has 10 years of experience working in mental health with a specialty in substance abuse, depression, and anxiety. She received her master’s degree in social work from the University of Michigan and is a Certified Advanced Alcohol and Drug Counselor. Before coming to Day One, Amy worked as a clinician for women’s inpatient programs at Elmhurst Home and Personalized Nursing Lighthouse. Afterward, she worked in an outpatient setting at New Frontier Counseling Services, where she completed group and individual sessions for people on probation and provided educational information and therapeutic services. Amy works with individuals who are 16 years and older. She wants her clients to feel safe, welcome, and in a judgement free zone. Amy utilizes Cognitive Behavioral Therapy to help clients understand their thought processes and how understanding those thought processes can change their mood, emotions, and behavior. She strives to help clients realize they can do anything they set their mind to and provides support, encouragement and assistance to reach those goals.

 
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Julayne Magee, LMSW, CAADC

Julayne sees clients who are 18 years and older in Day One’s Project Recovery Intensive Services for Mothers (PRISM) program, a intensive out-patient substance use disorder program that focuses on the unique needs of mothers in recovery. She works as the PRISM program coordinator and is Certified Advanced Alcohol and Drug Counselor with a master’s degree in social work from Wayne State University. Julayne began seeing women and expecting mothers in PRISM in 2012. She uses a variety of counseling techniques, including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, mindfulness, psychodynamic therapy, emotion-focused and interpersonal therapy.

 
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molly reed, LMSW, CAADC | START TELE-counseling SESSION

Molly earned her master’s degree in social work from Grand Valley State University. She is a lead clinician at Day One and a Certified Advanced Alcohol Drug Counselor. Molly focuses on mental health and substance abuse counseling with adults and older adults. She has worked at Day One for 4 years and sees clients who are 14 years and older. Molly provides counseling that utilizes Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, strength-based therapy and mindfulness techniques. Molly also is involved in the community as a 51st District Sobriety Court liaison.

 
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Crystal Smith, NCC, LPC

Crystal has 11 years of experience working in mental health with a specialty in trauma, children and adolescents, substance use disorder, and mental health. She is a National Certified Counselor and Licensed Professional Counselor with a Master of Arts degree in counseling from Oakland University. Prior to coming to Day One in 2016, Crystal worked as a clinician in a private practice and at Christ Child House. She sees clients who are 4 years and older and provides counseling that utilizes Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Motivational Interviewing techniques.

 
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Maria Tovar-Ruiz, MA, LPC, CAADC

Maria is a Licensed Professional Counselor and an alumna of Michigan State University. She sees clients 14 years and older and specializes in depression, anxiety, women's issues and substance use treatment. Maria is a Certified Advanced Alcohol and Drug Counselor with a master’s degree in community and agency counseling and 20 years of experience in the mental health field. Prior to coming to Day One, she worked at Community Counseling Centers of Chicago, Illinois Wesleyan University Counseling and Consultation Services, Illinois State University Student Counseling Services, Lutheran Social Services, YWCA Domestic Assault program, and Pathways Psychosocial Rehabilitation program. Maria wants her clients to sense they are a team and that she genuinely believes in their ability to make positive changes that will lead to greater satisfaction and quality of life. She uses a variety of counseling techniques, including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Person-Centered Therapy, trauma-informed care and supportive psychotherapy. Maria is a volunteer for Hope Not Handcuffs.

 

Day One Berkley

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Stephanie Noga, LMSW, CAADC  |  Clinical Supervisor Day one berkley

Stephanie has 8 years of experience in the social work field and works as a clinical supervisor at Day One’s Berkley office.  She earned a master’s degree in social work from Wayne State University, is a Certified Advanced Alcohol and Drug Counselor, and possesses a development plan as a Certified Clinical Supervisor. Prior to joining Day One in 2014, Stephanie worked as a clinician at two medication-assisted treatment providers in Michigan. She specializes in substance use and co-occurring disorders in pregnant and parenting women. Other areas of specialty include depression, anxiety, adjustment disorders, and trauma. Stephanie works collaboratively with clients and believes it is essential to build a therapeutic relationship with each individual she serves. She encourages personal empowerment through the use of strength-based strategies and Motivational Interviewing. Stephanie also utilizes psychoeducation, solution-focused techniques, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, and mindfulness practices to create an inner-sense of peace. It is her hope to accompany clients in their journey of recovery and self-fulfillment.

 
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Alexandria cabell, LMSW | START TELE-counseling SESSION

Alexandria is a Licensed Master Social Worker and an alumna of Eastern Michigan University. She sees clients of all ages and specializes in substance use disorders, childhood grief and trauma, child welfare and geriatrics. Alexandria has a master’s degree in social work and six years of experience in the mental health field. She has worked at West Hickory Haven Nursing Facility, Lutheran Social Services in Illinois, and Orchards Children's Services, where she became a licensed Parent-Resources for Information, Development, and Education (PRIDE) trainer and worked as recruiter for prospective foster and adoptive parents, Growth Works case manager for juveniles facing legal trouble, and Post-Adoption Resource Center case manager. In 2017, she returned to working with the geriatric population at St. Anthony Healthcare Center and continues employment there while working as a behavioral health clinician at Day One. Alexandria uses a variety of counseling techniques including Motivational Interviewing, Person-Centered Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, exploration, and reflection. She encourages clients to practice many techniques to stabilize their mental health including Guided Therapeutic Imagery, breathing exercises, and self-regulation.

 
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Michelle Harris, LMSW, CAADC | START TELE-counseling SESSION

Michelle is a Certified Advanced Alcohol and Drug Counselor with a master’s degree in social work. She graduated from the University of Michigan and has practiced in the mental health field for more than 6 years. Michelle is a behavioral health clinician who focuses on mental health and substance abuse counseling with children, adults and older adults. She works with clients who are 5 years old and older. Before coming to Day One, Michelle spent three years working in family reunification, aiding families in the process of children returning home and the adjustments associated with this change. She uses a variety of counseling techniques, including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, strength-based and solution-focused therapy, and mindfulness.

 
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Lindsay Natzel, LLMSW

Lindsay is a Limited License Master Social Worker and an alumna of the University of Alabama. She has a master’s degree in social work and sees clients who are 12 years and older. Prior to coming to Day One, Lindsay worked as a macro social worker at Alabama TOPS, a grant project that focused on community engagement and using a strengths-based perspective to empower a community to better meet its needs. She also served as an AmeriCorps member at Impact America for one year as a macro social worker, serving the state of Alabama in areas of physical, financial, and academic wellness. Lastly, Lindsay spent four months working as a social worker at two residential rehab centers in Ghana, West Africa, where she provided individual and group therapy to men in recovery for substance use disorders. Lindsay strives to create a safe, welcoming, and judgment-free environment that encourages clients to be completely open and honest. She uses a variety counseling techniques, including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, and art therapy with a strengths-based perspective matched with psychoeducation and reflection as needed to support clients through their mental health and substance use journeys.

 
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Lisa Zubal-Falinski, LPC, CAADC

Lisa earned her Master of Arts degree in counseling from Oakland University. She is a Licensed Professional Counselor and a Certified Advanced Alcohol and Drug Counselor with 6 years of experience in the mental health field. Lisa began working with Day One in 2012 and previously worked as an academic counselor and psychology instructor at Baker College. She specializes in substance use disorder, anxiety, depression, life changes, grief and loss, trauma, relationship issues, anger management, family issues, and academic issues. Lisa sees clients who are 8 years and older. She provides counseling that utilizes Motivational Interviewing, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, focus on self-care and empowerment, relaxation techniques, support, and life balance.

 

Day One Walled Lake

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Emily Kaminskas, lmsw, caadc | Clinical supervisor of Day one Walled Lake

Emily is a Certified Advanced Alcohol and Drug Counselor and Certified Clinical Supervisor with a master’s degree in social work from Case Western Reserve University in Ohio. She has 13 years of experience in the mental health field and works as a clinical supervisor at Day One’s Berkley and Rochester offices. Emily specializes in substance use disorder, anxiety, depression, adjustment, and trauma-focused care with clients who are 4 years and older. She also worked as an outpatient sex offender counselor at Community Programs Inc., where she previously held positions as an outpatient clinical supervisor, gatekeeping liaison, residential sex offender counselor, and residential substance abuse counselor. Before coming to Day One, Emily worked at the Judson Center as a family reunification program team leader, and Havering Children’s Services in London, England as a foster care social worker. She uses a variety of counseling techniques, including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Person-Centered, Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, strength-based and solution-focused therapy and mindfulness.

 
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Shirley Brogan, MA, LPC

Shirley has 26 years of experience working in mental health with a specialty in grief and loss. She also works closely with those directly affected by an individual in their lives who is struggling with addiction. Shirley received her Master of Arts degree in counseling from Oakland University and is a Licensed Professional Counselor. For the past 16 years, Shirley has worked as a behavioral health clinician at Day One. She also has spent 28 years at Maximum Living Consultants, Inc., primarily facilitating grief support groups held at funeral homes and previously worked at Brighton Center for Recovery in the Family and Friends program for 12 years. She currently teaches Wayne State University mortuary science students how to help those struggling with grief and loss. Shirley provides counseling that utilizes Person-Centered Therapy and Motivational Interviewing techniques and educates her clients about self-care, Al-Anon, Nar-Anon and other 12-Step meetings. She also opens the Walled Lake Day One office for a Saturday Al-Anon meeting and makes available Al-Anon approved literature and area meeting lists. Shirley is a member of the American Mental Health Counselors Association and the Michigan Mental Health Counselors Association.

 
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jennifer hurst, LPC, NCC, CAADC, MAC | START TELE-counseling SESSION

Jennifer sees clients 5 years and older and specializes in depression, anxiety, grief/loss, trauma, divorce, and stress management along with co-occurring issues and substance use. She is a Licensed Professional Counselor and Certified Advanced Alcohol and Drug Counselor who received a Master of Arts degree from Oakland University. Jennifer began working at an outpatient facility as an administrative support staff and mental health technician along with an adolescent residential program as a mental health technician. For the past 7 years, she has worked as a clinician at an inpatient substance use facility and prior to coming to Day One she was an outpatient therapist for a Community Mental Health provider where she worked with children, adolescents and their families in the home as well as adults with multiple mental health and substance use issues. Jennifer utilizes a variety of counseling techniques including Motivational Interviewing, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) - informed, strength-based, solution-focused methods. She also uses play and art with younger clients to assist with expression of their thoughts and feelings. Jennifer is a member of the National Association for Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Counselors and has presented information on different topics at a local Families Against Narcotics meeting.

 
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Leah Oldenburg, LLMSW

Leah is a Limited Licensed Master Social Worker and an alumna of Wayne State University. She sees clients of all ages and specializes in early childhood development and infant mental health. Leah has a master’s degree in social work and spent five years working in early childhood development, focusing on behavioral concerns in children ages 4-10. She also worked in crisis management and transitional housing programs for women and children. Leah uses a variety of counseling techniques, including affirmation and reflection, strengths-based approaches, Motivational Interviewing and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy.

 
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Ashley Rubel, MA, LLPC

Ashley earned her master’s degree in counseling from Wayne State University. She is a Limited Licensed Professional Counselor and a development plan counselor with the Michigan Certification Board for Addiction Professionals. Ashley focuses on mental health and substance use disorders with clients who are 4 years and older. Before coming to Day One, she worked with children and adolescents in her first role as a respite worker for children placed in the foster care system. Afterward, Ashley was involved in an adolescent diversion project at Michigan State University, where she received training and was paired with an adolescent involved in the juvenile justice system. She also worked as a lead teacher in a relationship-based preschool, with a focus on social and emotional learning. Ashley has completed a clinical practicum semester at Wayne State University as well as a 700-hour internship at Oakland Family Services. She uses a variety of counseling techniques including Person-Centered Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, play-based therapy techniques, Motivational Interviewing, reality therapy, psychoeducation, and solution-focused therapy. Ashley is a member of the American Counseling Association.