Meet Your Therapist
|Melinda Simon, Psy.D. Owner, ext 111, a 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 25 years of experience providing therapy with a license as a Master Clinical Social Worker. She provides a compassionate, supportive, safe and nurturing environment to work on issues that are important and meaningful to clients. She believes a trusting therapeutic relationship is essential to the collaborative process. She works caringly with adults, adolescents, and children providing individual, couples and family therapy. She works with those experiencing anxiety, depression, grief/loss issues, post-traumatic stress, adjustments to college, relationship/communication issues, work changes, chronic illness, parent/child relationship issues, marital or divorce issues, and life transitions. She has extensive experience in working with those who have been a victim of sexual abuse, trauma, and domestic violence. In working with younger children she utilizes play therapy techniques. She also works with adoptive/foster families and is trained in attachments disorders. She has facilitated the SMILE Program working with families going through a divorce and has worked on a court contract providing therapy to families of divorce. She has been a clinical director to an agency working with sexual abuse and domestic violence. She has been a practicum instructor and clinical supervisor for master level social work students from Michigan State University and Grand Valley State University. She has experience as a school social worker providing services to elementary through high school students in their school settings to enhance social, behavioral and academic learning. She works from an eclectic therapeutic approach utilizing psychodynamic theory, cognitive/behavioral therapy, family theory, couples/marital techniques, person-centered, strength base, trauma therapy, mindfulness, and play therapy techniques. Therapy techniques are utilized that best meet client needs/goals and help to make the client comfortable.|
|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.|
|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.
||Rodger Hiatt II, LMSW, ext 106, is originally from Texas with a background in music. He taught and performed for several years. He graduated with his Master of Social Work Degree from New Mexico State University, Albuquerque Cohort. Before moving to Michigan, he was a therapist in Gallup, NM. Rodger Works with individuals, the LGBTQ Community, couples, and substance abuse groups. His focus during his sessions range from CBT, motivational interviewing, mindfulness, talk therapy, and an individual humanistic approach to each client. He believes that "listening is loving," and loves to see each client grow within their journeys.
When Rodger is not at the office, he can be seen in the dog show ring on the weekends. He owns 3 dogs (Ravel, Strauss, & Hillary), 2 of which are show Boxers. One day we may see him on The National Dog show during Thanksgiving or even at Westminster!
||Danielle Thornes, LLMSW, ext 126, is a graduate of Michigan State University with a Masters in Social Work and also has a B.A. in Psychology from Central Michigan University. She is a member of the National Association of Social Workers. Danielle is a person-centered therapist, incorporating various interventions, including Cognitive Behavioral, Dialectical Behavioral, and Acceptance Commitment Therapies. Danielle encourages clients to incorporate physical, spiritual and/or mindfulness practices to aid personal growth. She is an EMDR trained clinician, utilizing this intervention to help clients reprocess trauma and unhelpful thought patterns. Her areas of special interest include anxiety, depression, identity, substance abuse and trauma. Danielle works with adults and adolescents.|
|Nora Golper, LPC, ext 118, has more than 24 years' experience in the field of mental health. She takes a holistic approach to healing, and uses a range of therapeutic modalities depending on each individual client's needs, including ACT, CBT, and DBT informed therapies. She has worked with couples, adolescents, as well as individuals dealing with a history of trauma, personality disorders, grief, depression, and anxiety. She works to create a trusting and safe rapport with her clients, believing that a strong therapeutic relationship is the cornerstone of the collaborative healing process.|
Shirley Neal, MA, LPC ext. 110, provides counseling for individuals, couples, and adolescents (ages 13 +) through utilizing several evidence-based approaches: person-centered therapy, cognitive-behavioral therapy, family systems approach, attachment-based approach, and mindfulness. Depending on the situation, a range of techniques and coping strategies are utilized to help with improvement.
Shirley works closely with you to find solutions and new ways of responding to and coping with personal issues and situations. She also can help you deal with symptoms of depression and anxiety that often accompany handling difficult situations. Additionally, she emphasizes redefining yourself and your relationships with others; she helps you discover life purpose, meaning, and hope; and with her help, you will look for ways to promote personal growth and strengths. If you are facing a challenging situation or are ready to move in a new direction, she looks forward to meeting with you.
Currently in her private practice, she works with clients on issues such as mood disorders (e.g., major depressive disorder, bipolar disorder), generalized and social anxiety disorder, panic attacks, low self-esteem, body dysmorphic disorder, women’s issues, chronic pain, communication issues, divorce, family issues, relationship and intimacy issues, gender and sexuality issues, career issues, assertiveness, and emotional trauma from physical and sexual abuse.
She graduated from Michigan State University with a master’s degree in counseling psychology in 1987. In 2009-2010, she returned to the MSU Counseling Program to update her counseling skills and experience and to receive licensing endorsement from the Counseling Program so that she could practice counseling as a therapist. She has been in private practice since May, 2011.
|Chelsea Foreman, LLMSW, Ext 117, is a recent graduate of Michigan State University School of Social Work and also has a Bachelors Degree in Human Services from Baker College. Chelsea is a limited licensed social worker with an extensive background in hospice/medical social work as well as grief and loss. Other specialties include work with teens, young adults, children of alcoholics, life transitions, self-esteem, depression, and anxiety. Chelsea works with individuals from diverse racial, ethnic, and cultural backgrounds as well. She most often utilizes a person centered strengths based approach when working with individuals, couples, families, and groups. She strongly believes that each and every individual is the expert in their own lives. Therefore, Chelsea works diligently to create a safe, nonjudgmental, trusting environment for a successful and collaborative therapeutic relationship to develop. She is also very familiar with local resources and alternative forms of therapy to help aid you in the therapeutic process outside of the office setting. Chelsea has a true passion for helping others and this is well reflected in her work.|
|Abigail Grill, LLMSW, ext 108, has received her Master's Degree in social work from MSU after having worked as a massage therapist for nearly a decade. She has a very intuitive therapy style and believes that many aspects of a client's life and environment need to be addressed in order to determine the best way to help them reach their goals. Abigail hopes to create a non judgmental, empathic space where clients may see their challenges from a new perspective and gain insight. Though every client is unique, she often uses a holistic, mindful approach to help her clients make peace with their own thoughts. Her areas of expertise include working with issues around death and dying, anxiety, depression, and domestic violence.|
|Mark Williams, LLP. CAADC, ext 127, believes life isn't easy. You may be struggling with anxiety; depression; relationship problems; work issues; substance abuse issues; or feelings of trauma. But this doesn't mean that you are condemned to a lifetime of unhappiness! Talking to someone can help. When you work with me, we will take a holistic approach to your treatment, addressing your mind, body and spirit. What you may need to do in therapy all depends on you. But your outcome in therapy depends on you and me, and how well we work together to achieve your goals. And I bet we are a good fit! I am passionate about my work. I am constantly learning, growing and striving to be a better therapist. I work with individuals ages 18 and above and see clients Monday through Friday|
Theresa Abed LMSW, ACSW, ext 114, is a Licensed Master Social Worker. Theresa has worked in the public schools as a school social worker where she implemented an anti-bullying program and worked not only with those impacted
by bullying but on school climate as a whole and empowering the bystander.
She worked with the general and special education population.
In addition to working in the schools,Theresa worked as a clinician at St. Vincent Catholic Charities Counseling Center; Michigan State University as a field liaison and was active in the community as a County Commissioner and State Representative.
Theresa works with children, adolescents, adults and families. She focuses on a wide range of issues including anxiety, depression, grief, low self-esteem, relationship issues, trauma, negative self-talk, and life transitions.
Esther Dale, LPC, RPT-S, ext 112, is a Lansing native, with a deep love and commitment to my hometown and the wonderful children I have the honor to serve. If you want to know more about me, I have more information at www.estherdale.com. Though I prefer to keep this about the amazing kiddos that I have the privilege to work with on the daily. Kiddos do not heal like grown-ups do. Grown-ups like to “talk things out.” Though kiddos love to play, create, be messy, and be silly, in order heal their emotional wounds. It might not always make sense to the grown-ups, healing through play, though I assure you I have seen kiddos heal time and time again with this simple, beautiful, approach. Many therapists are willing to work with children, though not nearly as many want to work with children. I assure you, I want to work with children, and have dedicated years to proper training and understanding of childhood development. If you think your child might benefit from play therapy, please don’t hesitate to reach out to our front office. Please understand, that my after-school hours are always booked solid months in advance. I do my best to accommodate, though there is likely to be a waitlist if you want an after-school appointment. However, it is okay to pull your child out of school to get them the help that they need. I promise, you are not neglecting your child’s overall education if you decide to prioritize your child’s emotional health, over being in school every single hour of the week. Thank you to all the wonderful parents out there, that value the importance of emotional health and vitality for their children. I am so grateful to you all.
P.S. Wondering why my professional profile picture is a tree? Come meet me and my office, and it might start to make a little more sense. Or ask your kiddo why avatars are so much fun. Maybe it might never make sense to you, and that is okay too. That is the beauty of play!
Leslie Bartlett, MA, LLP, ext 119, is a Limited License Psychologist that has worked in the Human Services field for over 15 years. She works with adolescents and adults providing counseling and psychological testing to individuals, couples and families in a variety of life situations including being involved with the child welfare and criminal justice systems. Leslie feels the therapeutic relationship is most important and meets each person where they are. Working with her clients to meet the goals they have established and strengthen their coping skills. She uses a variety of approaches and techniques to obtain the best results for each individual.