Meet Your Therapist
|Melinda Simon, Psy.D. Owner, ext. 111a licensed psychologist and licensed clinical social worker, has worked as a psychotherapist for over 25 years. Dr. Simon is a member of the American Psychological Association, Michigan Psychological Association, National Association of Social Workers, and the National Register of Health Service Providers in Psychology. Dr. Simon works with individuals, couples, and families. Using a mix of interpersonal, cognitive/behavioral, and eclectic approaches she provides experienced, thoughtful, and ethical care, encouraging a collaborative environment for problem solving with her clients. Specialties include the treatment of anxiety, panic, post traumatic stress, and issues of grief and loss. She also has an extensive history working with adults, adolescents and children with behavioral challenges, social adjustment issues, obsessive thoughts and compulsive behavior, phobias, depression and adjusting to life changing events such as divorce, relocation, or job loss.|
|Joanne Giordano, LMSW, ext 104 has over 20 years experience working as a clinical Licensed Master Social Worker. She has extensive experience working with children who have experienced abuse or neglect and has specialized training in the treatment of sexual abuse and domestic violence. Additionally, Joanne is trained to work with children diagnosed with attachment disorders and works with adoptive families. She utilizes play therapy techniques when work with younger children. She has treated families experiencing divorce through an agency contract with a circuit court. Joanne enjoys working with clients of all ages in individual, family, and couples therapy. She has experience working with clients with anxiety, depression, grief/loss issues, and those having difficulty with a life transition. Although she has training in a variety of therapeutic theories and techniques, she feels the therapeutic collaborative relationship is extremely important in assisting clients to reach their goals. Joanne assures a supportive and caring environment for clients to feel safe and comfortable to discuss their individual issues.Joanne has also enjoyed serving as a clinical supervisor to college students pursuing degrees in social work at both MSU and Grand Valley State University. She has experience as a school social worker providing services to students in their school setting to enhance social, behavioral, and academic learning.|
|Debra Somervill, L.M.S.W., A.C.S.W., C.A.A.C. ext 103, has worked in the Human Services field for over 21 years. She is a Licensed Master Social Worker and holds the Academy of Certified Social Workers credential from NASW.She specializes in working with those who suffer from anxiety, trauma and loss, and with those struggling with addictions. Deb earned a national certification for working with traumatized children. She is especially talented at working with families and friends of those struggling with addictions whether or not the person is actively using. She also is very familiar with and has a high regard for 12 Step Programs. Deb worked 2000 hours in a licensed treatment setting (over a four-year period) in order to earn the CAAC (Certified Advanced Addictions Counselor) credential while working full-time as a mental health therapist. She has experience performing assessments, treatments, and 13 hours educational weekend classes that focus on the disease model of alcoholism. Deb has worked as a therapist in excess of nine years. She is experienced in using Cognitive Behavioral therapy, features of Dialectical Behavior Therapy and Gestalt Therapy, and other modalities as appropriate. She believes in viewing the patient holistically and has deep respect for alternative therapies and approaches, encouraging her patients to consider nutrition, spirituality, medication and exercise to facilitate their healing process. She works with children, teens, adults, and couples/families.|
|Barbara Thornes, LMSW, ACSW, ext 101 is a Licensed Masters Clinical Social Worker with over twenty-five years of experience in the field of social work. She is a member of the National Association of Social Workers and holds credentialing in the Academy of Certified Social Workers. She has experience as an outpatient mental health therapist in both community mental health and private practice settings. She has also worked in the field of adoption and child welfare, working with issues of abuse, neglect, and delinquency. Barbara draws upon different approaches to therapy depending on the client’s individual goals and needs. She believes in the importance of helping clients develop an integrated sense of self and awareness of personal strengths, empowering them to find peace and purpose in their lives. Barbara works with people of all ages, including couples and families.|
|Richard Thornes, Ph.D., ext 102, is a licensed psychologist with 30 years experience in private practice settings, 7 years experience in a community mental health counseling center, and 5 years experience as a counselor and assistant professor of psychology at the University of Missouri-Rolla. He has also taught at Lansing Community College for 10 years, teaching Introduction to Psychology, The Psychology of Death: Preparation for Life, and in the Fall of 2009, is introducing Introduction to Positive Psychology, a new course for the College. He is a member of The American Psychotherapy Association, and The International Positive Psychology Association, and has a Certificate of Professional Qualification in Psychology (Association of State and Provincial Psychology Boards). Dr. Thornes utilizes an eclectic approach in psychotherapy, as he draws upon differing approaches and his extensive experience to provide a practical problem-solving approach within a therapeutic relationship. Dr. Thornes provides psychotherapeutic services for individuals, couples, and families, working primarily with relationship issues, stress-reduction, anger management, anxiety, panic and phobic disorders, depression, and issues in grief and loss.|
|Brian Wissink, LPC, Managing Partner, ext 105 is a licensed professional counselor with over 25 years of experience providing mental health services in Michigan. Licensed in the State of Michigan to provide psychotherapy since 1990, he brings a wealth of experience to our practice. Brian takes a Rogerian approach to his work, meeting people where they are with genuineness, acceptance and empathy. His approach also relies on psychoeducation, motivational interviewing, and cognitive-behavioral interventions. He works with adults and adolescents, couples and families on a broad range of issues, including anxiety, depression, identity issues and skills training. Brian’s caring, attentive style naturally provides an emotionally safe atmosphere in which the individual, couple, or family with whom he is working may actively explore a path toward healing and an enhanced quality of life.|
|Barry G Stearns MA, LPC has four decades of experience counseling in both the public and private sector. His graduate work at the University of Florida gave him a diverse exposure to many counseling techniques that he relies on in today’s practice. Before coming to Delta Waverly, he counseled in the counseling center at Lansing Community College and after retiring worked at a private clinic in Ludington. At Delta Waverly his primary focus is marriage/relationship counseling, anger management, depression, and/or anxiety issues using various cognitive behavior and solution focused techniques. A model he uses is the elimination of self-defeating behaviors. This approach is designed to assist clients to conscientiously take control of their own lives and master their self-confidence. He often uses guided imaging to help clients confront stress and crazy making situations and to define what fears are real and those that are mythical. His phone extension is 125.|
|Lindsay R. Allarding, LMSW, ext. 122 is a graduate of the University of Michigan School of Social Work and also has a B.A. in Psychology from Michigan State University. Lindsay works diligently to create a safe, non-judgmental space for individuals and couples to have their story heard and their feelings and experiences respected and cared for. She encourages her clients to build awareness about themselves and their experiences by making room for the wide-range of thoughts and feelings that we all experience (the ups, the downs, the in-betweens) - and by considering how we are impacted by our wiring, our history, and the world around us. She works with clients to recognize their strengths, inherent ability to be resilient, and to hone a stronger and more integrated sense of self that is better equipped to handle the challenges that life inevitably brings us all. She uses a person-centered approach to therapy that allows people to work on their concerns at their own pace in a supportive space that honors what has meaning to them. Lindsay draws upon various techniques including dialectics, cognitive-behavioral therapy, motivational interviewing, and mindfulness to promote acceptance, healing, and change; she also pays special attention to how people understand themselves, others, and their life in the context of their environment past, present, and future. Lindsay has experience working with women's issues, aging, grief and loss, trauma, anxiety, depression, substance abuse, identity issues, sexual orientation, and marital/relationship concerns.|
|Kyle Lynn Duquette MA, LMFT is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and a clinical member of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapists. (The MFT license is unique in its strong systems emphasis on multicultural, ethnic and spiritual diversity). She has worked in a variety of settings, including inpatient, outpatient, and private practice for over 15 years. Kyle is a compassionate and non-judgmental clinician who fully embraces the belief that every person has the inherent ability to recover, heal, and thrive from any ordinary or extraordinary life stressor. Her approach is informed through a thoughtful combination of transpersonal, existential, and Rogerian (client-centered) theory in order to help guide clients towards their own unique solutions to problems. Kyle has worked extensively with all family constellations including children, adolescents, individual adults, couples and families. Areas of specialization include recovery from trauma (psychological, physical, sexual, and narcissistic abuse), difficult life transitions, 1st and 2nd generation immigration issues, divorce, chemical dependency, and grief and loss, and all their associated aftereffects including depression, anxiety, post traumatic stress disorder, and self medicating behaviors. She believes that a therapeutic relationship is built on trust and safety and the ultimate goal of therapy is the complete elimination of undesirable symptoms and distress, followed by the identification and achievement of life satisfaction and a general state of thriving.
Kyle brings a uniquely diverse perspective to the therapy setting that is informed not just by professional training, but by real life experience having lived and worked in the Hawaiian Islands for 30 years.
|Tiara Foster, MA, LLP, LPC, ext 109 is a Limited License Psychologist and Licensed Professional Counselor who has a background in providing counseling and psychological services to individuals and families. Tiara specializes in psychological testing and assessment with children, adolescents, and adults. Psychological testing and assessments are provided to diagnose and provide treatment recommendations to individuals with concerns related to Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder, Autism Spectrum Disorder, Mood Disorders, Anxiety Disorders, Sensory Processing Deficits, Trauma, Personality Disorders, Substance Abuse, Cognitive Deficits and Academic issues.
Tiara focuses on a client-centered approach in conducting detailed objective and standardized assessments, with behavioral observations and examination of the client’s history. The information gathered in collaboration with the test results help to provide a clear diagnostic understanding. Treatment recommendations are provided to assist with alleviating symptoms and promote psychological well-being.
Julia Tarsa, MA, LPC ext 120
Heather Schmitz, MA, LLPC ext. 124
Candace Johnson-Mason, MA, LPC ext. 106
Shirley Neal, MA, LPC ext. 110
Jennifer Harper, LMSW ext. 107
Julie Shaltry, Ma, LPC ext. 112
Mallori Mangus-Hayden, MA, LPC ext. 119