Andrea Grew, LPC
Andrea is a fully licensed professional counselor who specializes in areas related to child and adolescent issues, emerging adulthood (18-30), and parenting support. Andrea has spent her career working in school and clinical settings providing therapy to at-risk youth, child-hood victims of physical and sexual abuse and their non-offending family members, and individuals struggling with anxiety, depression, communication difficulties, anger management, academic and career concerns, trauma, and poor-self-esteem.
Andrea's approach is strength-based and client-centered. She enjoys listening and providing support to her client's, helping them adapt new styles of thinking, develop healthy coping skills, gain effective problem-solving strategies, achieve new goals and encouraging them to become the best version of themselves. Prior to becoming a mental health therapist, Andrea worked in the health and wellness field and prides herself on being a role-model for a healthy lifestyle. Andrea graduated from Oakland University in 2014 with her Master's Degree in Counseling.
Amanda Locke, LPC
Amanda graduated from Oakland University with her master’s in counseling in 2012. She has spent most of her career working with students and counseling children and teens in school and clinic settings. She has experience in: Grief and Loss, Anger Management, Anxiety, Self-Esteem and more. Her approach is Cognitive Behavioral, Person Centered, and Reality Based therapy. Amanda enjoys helping clients and their families work on a plan that suits their needs. She offers individual and family psychotherapy for children, teens and adults. Whatever brings you to therapy, Amanda is willing to work through it with you, encourage you and support you or your child through your journey.
Lauren Bongiorno, MA, LPC, NCC
**Lauren is only accepting teletherapy clients during the day**
Lauren is a fully licensed professional counselor and is part of the National Board of Certified Counselors (NBCC). She has her certifications in EMDR, Premarital and Advanced Mindfulness. She has spent her career working with children, adolescents and young adults in the residential treatment setting, school, in-home, medical, and outpatient clinical setting. She has been a support to individuals and families struggling from a variety of concerns including:
Anxiety, depression, ADHD, sensory issues, trauma, attachment issues, behavioral concerns, communication difficulties, relationship difficulties, family dynamics, career and academic difficulties, grief and loss, OCD, identity issues. She offers a holistic approach to counseling, focusing on the mind-body connection. She is client-centered, using a variety of approaches based upon the individual need. She enjoys working with people to help them build new connections emotionally and physically, to create lasting change and healing. Lauren is a California girl at heart, graduating from Biola University with her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology in 2008 and graduating from Denver Seminary, receiving her Master’s Degree in Counseling in 2011. She cannot wait to be apart of your next steps towards growth and healing!
Lori Kola, MA, LLP
Lori has a master’s degree in clinical psychology from the Michigan School of Professional Psychology. Her goal as a psychotherapist is to help clients reach their full potential by developing a healthy sense of self. A non-judgmental and empathetic atmosphere is crucial to developing a positive therapeutic relationship. In addition to outpatient therapy, Lori has experience in conducting psychological evaluations to assist in diagnosing Autism Spectrum Disorder. Lori serves adolescents and adults of various backgrounds who struggle with the hardships of daily living including, but not limited to, anxiety, depression, self-harm/suicidal ideation, trauma, life transitions, as well as struggles of the LGBTQ community. Individuals and experiences are all unique; therefore, therapy should be tailored to fit your needs!
Brittany Davis, LLMSW
Brittany is a limited licensed clinical social worker who has spent her career working with children and adolescents in school and clinical settings. Brittany’s priority is to build a positive relationship with her clients. Brittany’s goal is to provide a safe and supportive environment to help her clients grow to their fullest potential. Brittany has experience and training in an array of concerns including, but not limited to anxiety, OCD, addiction, trauma, depression and academic difficulties. Her treatment approach is client centered focusing on her client’s specific needs. She graduated from Madonna University in 2019 with a master’s degree in Social Work. “Owning our story can be hard but not nearly as difficult as spending our lives running from it. Embracing our vulnerabilities is risky but not nearly as dangerous as giving up on love and belonging and joy – the experiences that make us the most vulnerable. Only when we are brave enough to explore the darkness will we discover the infinite power of our light.” -Brené Brown-
Brooke Polakowski, LLMSW
Brooke is a limited licensed clinical social worker who has spent her career working with children and adolescents in the school setting. She graduated from Saginaw Valley State University with her master’s in social work. Brooke’s goal is to provide an environment in which her clients feel safe and valued. Her areas of focus include trauma, anxiety/depression, academic challenges and low self-esteem. Brooke prefers a client centered, strengths based approach to therapy. No two experiences are the same, and she looks forward to navigating her young clients to a healthier space!
Renee Romer, MIHC, LMSW
I am a licensed clinical therapist with a Master’s of Social Work degree in Interpersonal Practice from the University of Michigan. I also hold a Master’s degree in Integrated Healthcare with a minor in Policy & Evaluation form University of Michigan, as well as dual Bachelor degrees in Social Work and Psychology from Eastern Michigan University.
I enjoy creating an alliance with clients, helping them to feel comfortable, safe and understood. My orientation is strength-based, solutions-focused, and goal-oriented. I am trained in a number of clinical methods of practice and am certified in trauma-based treatment. I strive to have a practice style that is warm and interactive, emphasizing self-discovery, empowerment, and acceptance. My work with clients is person-centered, meeting the client where they are at.
I love working with children, teens, families, and emerging adults. That’s my passion! Past experience includes Michigan Medicine, the University of Michigan Hospital, Prechter Bipolar Research Program, Michigan VA System, and Community Mental Health settings. I have experience working with dual diagnosis, trauma, ADHD, emotion impulsivity and dysregulation, depression, anxiety, behavioral interventions, and a variety of other mental health presentations.
Matt MacLellan, MA, LLP, QIDP
***Matt is currently not accepting new clients; please email him directly for more information.***
I obtained my master’s degree in clinical psychology from the Michigan School of Professional Psychology. I first started my career in psychology as a paraprofessional at a school for individuals with special needs. Particularly, I have a history of working with individuals on the Autism Spectrum. As of late, I have been providing therapeutic support to families, adults and children with issues such as depression, anxiety, ADHD, trauma, sexuality, and OCD. In therapy, I strive to create a humanistic environment while utilizing primarily cognitive behavioral techniques. My goal is to help the client create achievable goals while in therapy. Due to my extensive history of working with people of different backgrounds and needs, I make every effort to keep therapy relatable and effective for clients served.
Karley Tholen, LMSW
Karley Tholen is a fully licensed clinical social worker who specializes in cognitive behavioral therapy. She graduated from Wayne State University in 2016 with her master’s degree in clinical social work and has focused her career treating and supporting school aged children. Her areas of focus include, but are not limited to: trauma, anger management, ADHD, behavioral concerns, anxiety, depression and school success. Karley has been trained in crisis intervention, restorative practices and trauma focused therapy. She offers individual therapy for children, adolescents and young adults utilizing a strength based approach to aid in each individual’s growth and healing. “I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” -Maya Angelou
Aimee Monticello, LMSW
Aimee is a fully licensed clinical social worker, specializing in individual and family counseling. Aimee received her Bachelors from Michigan State University and Master’s of Social Work from Wayne State University in 2009. Aimee has spent her career working with adults, teens, and children in a variety of settings. She has worked in adult, pediatric, and perinatal hospice. She worked with children and their families with life limiting illnesses. Aimee has also spent the last few years working as an elementary school social worker. There her focus was to assist children in the special education setting working on behavioral concerns, social skills, and anxiety.
Her areas of focus include, but are not limited to: grief and loss, anticipatory grief, infertility, anxiety, behavioral concerns, and parent coaching. Aimee’s goal is to provide a compassionate, supportive and encouraging environment to meet clients’ individual needs. Her approach is Cognitive Behavioral, Strengths Based, Solution Focused, Mindfulness, and play-based.
Albana Metaj, MA, SCL, LPC, NCC
Albana is a fully licensed professional counselor. She graduated from Oakland University with her master's degree in counseling in 2016. Albana currently works full-time as an elementary school counselor and her experience is with ages between 5-11 years old. She has experience with anxiety, academic/behavior concerns in the school setting, social skills, ADHD, trauma, divorce and grief and loss. Albana has been trained in trauma/resilience, restorative practices and continues to attend varies trainings throughout the year in order to help clients with their diverse counseling needs.
Amanda Russell, LLMSW
Amanda is a limited licensed clinical social worker who graduated from Michigan State University with her master’s of social work with a certification in school social work. She has spent her entire career working with children, teens and families in a variety of positions but primarily in the school setting. In addition to being a therapist, Amanda has spent the last few years working as a school social worker supporting special education and general education students. Her primary area of expertise is academic/behavioral concerns, social skills, anxiety, depression, self-esteem, trauma and more. Her approach to therapy is strength based and client-centered. Amanda’s goal is to provide a patient, understanding, supportive and non-judgemental therapeutic experience. She recognizes everyone has unique stories and experiences that have led them to where they are today and wants to help every client work through their situations to try and find the positives in their lives.
Shawyn Moldowan, LLPC
Shawyn is a Limited License Clinical Counselor who has spent her career working with children, adolescents and adults in a clinical setting. Shawyn received her Bachelor’s in psychology from Wayne State University, then graduated in 2016 from Oakland University with a Master’s in counseling with a specialization in mental health therapy. Shawyn’s goal is to provide a safe, supportive, non-judgmental environment for each client to heal and grow to be the best version of themselves. Shawyn has experience working with brain injuries and those suffering from trauma experiences. Through strength based-based approaches, along with natural healing
through nutrition, vibrations and music, mindfulness, meditation, play therapy and art therapy techniques, together with traditional techniques like person-centered and cognitive behavioral therapy, Shawyn feels the mind and body work together to form holistic healing from the inside out. Shawyn believes each individual, is unique to their own healing, and as a counselor she designs therapy goals to fit the needs of each individual to provide the best outcome for the counseling experience.
Samantha Push, LMSW
Samantha is a fully licensed clinical social worker who specializes in working with children and young adults with ADHD, Autism, behavior difficulties, anxiety, depression, trauma, and conduct disorders. With extensive experience working in both school and clinical settings, Samantha has previously provided behavior therapy to children with autism, and therapy services for students with emotional, behavioral, and attention difficulties as a school social worker. She also specializes in helping young adults and women struggling with postpartum depression/anxiety, academic concerns, trauma, neurodivergence, parenting support, relationship difficulties, and divorce adjustment. Samantha uses a behavior-focused, cognitive-behavioral, person-centered, and strengths-based approach. She is committed to helping her clients apply evidence-based clinical behavioral strategies and healthy coping skills in practical and realistic ways that fit their everyday lives. Samantha received both her Bachelor of Science in Psychology Degree , and MSW Degree from Eastern Michigan University. She is a mother of two boys, ages 3 and 6, and an oversized Goldendoodle named Fiona. Samantha's youthful energy and positivity make her a big kid at heart, and her passion for helping families, children, and individuals achieve their goals shines through in the positive relationships she builds with her clients.
Kystal Evola, LLMSW
Krystal graduated from Oakland University with a BSW in 2007 and an MSW from IWU in 2023. After obtaining her BSW, she was an adoption case manager for nonprofit agencies as well as served as an admissions Director for a private Montessori school. She also has other social work experience with adult auto accident survivors living with traumatic brain injury (TBI). Most recently, she has served as a mental health therapist at an elementary school. Regarding therapy, Krystal tends to take a relational approach, which looks at human connection and how culture influences relationships; better and stronger relationships are a foundation for a fulfilling life and overall well-being. Krystal often uses cognitive-behavioral techniques and strives to create a person-centered and strength-based environment. In her personal time, she is a soccer mom of two boys and a sheltie, which all keep her busy and on the move! Krystal looks forward to working alongside the clients of The Child and Family Therapy Center of Macomb.
Diane Zajac, LLMSW
Diane graduated from Wayne State University with a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and a Master’s degree in Social Work. She is fully licensed and has worked for 25 years in the school setting supporting children and teens with a variety of social, emotional and behavioral issues. Diane has also worked with Michigan Rehabilitation Services as a job coach and teaching social
communication and job interview skills to young adults on the Autism Spectrum. Over the course of her career, Diane has gained extensive knowledge and experience in helping young people develop the skills to cope with anxiety and depression, deal with self-esteem and social problems and learn the communication skills necessary for healthy, functional relationships.
She utilizes a Cognitive Behavioral, client-centered approach and strives to empower clients with the insight, skills and self-confidence to thrive.
Owner and Therapist
Katrina Motrinc, LMSW
Katrina is a fully licensed clinical social worker, specializing in individual, family and group counseling. Katrina has extensive training surrounding child and adolescent issues as well as the treatment of anxiety, anger management, depression, divorce adjustment, early childhood issues and postpartum depression. Katrina received her Bachelors of Social Work Degree from Eastern Michigan University and then went on to Wayne State University and obtained her MSW in 2005. Katrina has 6 wonderful children and enjoys spending time with her family and drinking good coffee. In the past 13 years that Katrina has spent working with and supporting families, she found that not only does she possess extensive training and education in her field, but she also truly enjoys what she does and considers it a blessing to work with so many wonderful individuals and families throughout the years.