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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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Bill Alliston, LMSW, CAADC

Bill is a Licensed Master Social Worker and a Certified Advanced Alcohol and Drug Counselor who received his master’s degree in social work from Michigan State University. He focuses on mental health and substance use disorder counseling with clients ages 14 and older. Bill began working at Day One in 2011 as a behavioral health clinician. He provides counseling that utilizes Motivational Interviewing, cognitive restructuring, integrative therapy and behavior therapy. Bill is a member of the National Association of Social Workers.

 
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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 is a 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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Stephanie Noga, LMSW, CAADC  |  Clinical Supervisor of PRISM

Stephanie is a is a Licensed Master Social Worker and a Certified Advanced Alcohol and Drug Counselor who sees clients in Day One’s Project Recovery Intensive Services for Mothers (PRISM) program, an intensive out-patient substance use disorder program that focuses on the unique needs of mothers in recovery. As a supervisor of clinical services for PRISM, she maintains a caseload of clients who she meets with on an individual basis and facilitates both therapy and didactic groups. Stephanie wants to empower women to seek healthy changes by creating a supportive, safe, and non-judgmental environment. It is her hope that she can support and join her clients in their journey of self-fulfillment and recovery. This collaborative approach to therapy is fostered through empathy, rapport building, and valuing their story as unique and meaningful. Stephanie provides counseling that utilizes Motivational Interviewing, psychoeducation, solution-focused therapy techniques, as well as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and mindfulness. She has seven years of experience in the mental health field and received her master’s degree in social work from Wayne State University. Prior to coming to Day One in 2014, Stephanie worked at Victory Clinical Services and Biomedical Behavioral Health Care.

 
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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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Emily Kaminskas, lmsw, caadc | Clinical supervisor of Day one berkley and rochester

Emily is a Certified Advanced Alcohol and Drug Counselor 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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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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Wendy Yoder, LPC, NCC

Wendy is a Licensed Professional Counselor and National Certified Counselor who received her master's degree in counseling from Oakland University. She focuses on trauma and family counseling with clients ages 8 and older. Before coming to Day One, Wendy worked as a child and family therapist for Lutheran Family Services, team psychotherapist in the academic internal medicine clinic at Providence Hospital, and staff psychotherapist in the behavioral medicine clinic at Providence Hospital. She also worked briefly in Mt. Pleasant at a family psychiatric practice, therapist at McLaren Hospital, a student teaching supervisor to graduate level counseling students at Central Michigan University, and had a private practice at home intermittently while in Mt. Pleasant. Wendy previously volunteered at Common Ground Crisis Line and Women's Survival Center and is a member of EMDR International Association, Michigan Mental Health Counselors Association and American Mental Health Counselors Association. She provides counseling that utilizes Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, positive psychology, exposure therapy, and solution-focused therapy.

 
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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 rochester

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Amanda BArbosa, LMSW | Start tele-counseling session

Amanda earned her master’s degree in social work from Wayne State University. She is a lead clinician at Day One and a Certified Advanced Alcohol and Drug Counselor with 5 years of experience in the mental health field. Amanda began working with Oakland Family Services in 2013 in the Specialized Services for Youth program and moved into Day One’s behavioral health program in 2015. She focuses on mental health and substance use counseling with those ages 6 through older adults. Amanda provides counseling that utilizes Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, psychoeducation, play as therapy, group therapy and individual therapy. She also assists clients by working with their families. She has enjoyed volunteering for the Novi Lion’s Club and the youth group at her church and is a Motorcycle Safety RiderCoach on the weekends.

 
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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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Jennifer Rio, MA, LLPC

Jennifer sees clients who are 14 years and older and specializes in substance use disorder, trauma, anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, adjustment disorder, and co-occurring disorders. She is a Limited Licensed Professional Counselor who received a Master of Arts degree in counseling from the University of Detroit Mercy. Jennifer began working as a behavioral health clinician at Day One in 2017. Besides her clinical work, Jennifer also conducts research and teaches counseling courses at the University of Toledo, where she is a doctoral student. Prior to working at Day One, she was employed as a residential substance abuse counselor at the Detroit Re-Entry Prison. Jennifer operates from a strength-based, person-centered approach. She believes clients are the experts on their own lives and have the innate abilities to overcome issues in their lives with guidance and support. Jennifer creates a warm, genuine, and supportive environment and strongly believes in building positive relationships with her clients. She also operates from a Cognitive Behavioral Therapy perspective, which involves challenging irrational thoughts in order to elicit change in emotions and behaviors. Jennifer is a member of the American Counseling Association.

 
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Kellie Smith-Tate, LLMSW

 

Day One Walled Lake

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Jason Cubbin, LPC, CAADC  |  Clinical Supervisor of Day One Walled Lake

Jason earned his master’s degree in counseling from Oakland University. He is a Licensed Professional Counselor and a Certified Advanced Alcohol and Drug Counselor with 15 years of experience in the mental health field. As a clinical supervisor at Day One’s Walled Lake office, Jason sees clients 13 years and older and specializes in substance dependence and mental health. He has worked mostly in residential substance abuse treatment and counseling with substance abusing criminal offenders. Jason also has worked with specialized groups of clients who have co-occurring disorders. He uses Cognitive Behavioral Therapy to help clients re-frame and challenge negative thinking. This counseling technique helps clients create improved coping skills for both substance-related issues and for difficulties with anxiety and depression. Jason also is a speaker at Families Against Narcotics meetings.

 
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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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Jessica Contreras, MA, LLPC

Jessica earned her Master of Arts degree in counseling from Wayne State University and is currently pursuing her Ph.D. in mental health counseling at WSU. She is a Limited Licensed Professional Counselor who sees clients 10 years and older. Jessica specializes in substance abuse and mental health. She began working at Day One as a behavioral health intern in the Project Recovery Intensive Services for Mothers (PRISM) program, and then became a case manager for behavioral health before working in her current position as a behavioral health clinician. Prior to Day One, Jessica worked at Henry Ford Health System as a social work technician. She believes building a solid therapeutic relationship is essential for any counseling to be fruitful and focuses on establishing that relationship and then tailoring her approach to the needs of the client.

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Tiffany Hodges, MA, LLPC, NCC

Tiffany earned her Master of Arts degree in clinical mental health counseling from Eastern Michigan University. She is a Limited Licensed Professional Counselor and National Certified Counselor who sees clients 12 years and older. Tiffany specializes in alcohol and substance use, depression and anxiety, interpersonal/relational issues and phase of life issues. Prior to coming to Day One she worked as a report writer/trainer and job coach for Cassell & Associates, a youth organizer/coordinator and teen health outreach worker for Lussier Community Education Center, a certified HIV Case Manager at Aids Network in Wisconsin, and a crisis line/crisis response advocate for Domestic Abuse Intervention Services. Tiffany uses a variety of counseling techniques including Motivational Interviewing, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Person-Centered Therapy, Dialectical Behavior Therapy-Informed Therapy, play therapy techniques, solution-focused therapy, group therapy, and bibliotherapy. She is a member of the National Board for Certified Counselors, American Counseling Association, and Chi Sigma Iota.

 
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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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Brittany Kadrofske, MA, LLPC

Brittany earned her Master of Arts degree in counseling with a professional specialization in child and adolescent psychology from Oakland University. She is a Limited Licensed Professional Counselor who sees clients 4 years and older. Brittany specializes in child and adolescent psychology and is a development plan counselor with the Michigan Certification Board for Addiction Professionals. Prior to coming to Day One, she worked as a foster care case worker at Orchards Children's Services. Brittany provides resources to her clients and utilizes a variety of counseling techniques, including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, play therapy techniques, solution-focused therapy, psychoeducation, validation, support, and feedback. Brittany has volunteered at Children's Hospital of Michigan and is a member of the American Counseling Association.

 
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Ewa Kubicz, LMSW, CAADC

Ewa is a Licensed Master Social Worker and a Certified Advanced Alcohol and Drug Counselor who received her master’s degree in social work from Wayne State University. She focuses on mental health and substance abuse with clients who are 18 years and older. Ewa has 11 years of experience in the mental health field. Prior to coming to Day One she worked at Community Programs, Inc. (CPI) in Waterford and Meridian Health Services. Ewa provides counseling that utilizes Motivational Interviewing and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy.

 
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Charlene Thiede, LMSW