Therapists

During the pandemic, Room To Talk therapists switched to phone therapy or secure video therapy. We hope to offer an in-person option by autumn 2021. Our experienced team of professionals draws on a person-centered approach to ensure that your concerns are fully acknowledged and understood. At Room to Talk you are our priority.  We offer flexible scheduling for appointments, including weekends and evenings, if need be. You have the freedom to pick which trained clinical professional best suits your needs. We are committed to equitable service regardless of gender, sexual orientation, age, religion, or ethnic backgrounds. Contact us today!


 

Emily Taylor, MSW, LMSW believes individuals are incredibly resilient and can heal from difficult circumstances. “I value each person’s unique identities and offer a non-judgmental space. My aim is to create a safe and trusting therapeutic environment that equips you to achieve your individual goals, ultimately enriching your life.” Emily specializes in depression, anxiety, trauma, and more. She has experience working alongside survivors of complex trauma including sex trafficking, child abuse/neglect, and intimate partner violence. She uses methods attuned to each person such as Motivational Interviewing, Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, and Skills Training in Affect and Interpersonal Regulation. Emily’s Master of Social Work degree is from Washington University in St. Louis.

Paul Sciole, LMSW-C believes that all human beings have the right to respect, dignity, and a joyful life. “Everyone can benefit from a healthy, kind, and consistent relationship with another person, regardless of the situation that brings us together to seek support. Healing and growth are possible in the presence of empathy, genuineness, and unconditional positive regard.” Paul encourages clients to use their own innate resiliency to find solutions that work for them. “Each of us is an expert in our own life.” Paul has formal training with person-centered, trauma-informed, psychodynamic, and evidence-based cognitive behavioral approaches. Paul can also use other approaches when they serve the best interests of the client. He earned his Masters in Social Work from Salisbury University in Maryland.

Maissa Osman headshot portraitMaissa Osman, M.A, LPC, a communications coach and licensed professional counselor, works with clients to build confidence and improve communication patterns. In combination with therapy, communication skills can help individuals manage stressful interactions, maximize personal power, and develop mature and mutually-satisfying relationships. “I am inspired by how people use and project their personal power to change not only their own feelings of power and competence but also the environment around them. My goal is to help you project your personal power by integrating non-verbal and verbal skills to make incremental changes that will ripple out and ultimately impact all areas of your life.” Maissa speaks French and Arabic in addition to English. Her Master’s in Professional Counseling is from Eastern Michigan University.

Avery McLeod, MSW, LLMSW, is eager to form a close partnership with you. “The people I work with are the experts on their lives. They continually impress me with their keen insight and awareness into themselves and their situations,” she says. Avery has a special interest in working with young adults who are in the midst of life transitions and may be experiencing anxiety or depression. “Creating a safe, non-judgmental space allows for important healing to happen. As Brené Brown says, ‘If we can share our story with someone who responds with empathy and understanding, shame can’t survive.'” Avery takes a trauma-informed approach using the RICH Relationship Model — Respect, Information, Connections, and Hope — along with elements of Internal Family Systems, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, and Motivational Interviewing. Avery has a Master’s in Social Work from the University of Michigan. 

Katie Kidle, MSW, LMSW, believes that building a strong relationship with each client is an essential first step in therapy. “We need to feel seen, heard, and understood before we can explore and grow. My goal is to be a thought partner as you set goals and move forward from a place of security and strength.” Katie tailors her work with clients to each person’s individual needs and interests. She has training in a wide variety of therapy models, which she uses in tandem with mindfulness, self-compassion, and Attachment Theory. Her work is informed by the RICH Relationship Model – Respect, Information, Connection, Hope – which is an empowerment approach particularly suited to individuals who have experienced trauma or loss. Katie has special training in treating Obsessive Compulsive Disorder. She earned her Masters in Social Work from the University of Michigan.

Asma Huzair, MSW, LLMSW, has always been interested in helping each person realize their unique manifestations of courage and resilience. “When we explore our most vulnerable and powerful selves in a relationship of safety, presence, and understanding, we begin to uncover the potential we have to show up for ourselves and the things that are important to us in life.” Believing it is a privilege to get to know her clients, she is honored to help clients work through the barriers that prevent them from participating more fully in their lives. She resonates with experiences of difference, and aims to be attentive to the familial, cultural, and social identities and encounters that shape how clients feel about themselves, relationships, and the world. She has a special interest in working with individuals who have experienced unacknowledged grief, loss, and trauma(s). Asma uses a trauma-informed, systems perspective in her practice, and draws from attachment theory and multicultural feminism to enrich her work. She earned her Master’s in Social Work from University of Michigan.

Sinita Hankins, MSW, LMSW believes that every person deserves a life of kindness, respect, and compassion. She will partner with you to identify and regain your strength as you work through your unique challenges. “Everyone at some point will face at least one or more difficulties and hardships during their life,” she says, “However, there are those who are predisposed to barriers due to their race, gender, and/or economic class. As a result, they experience overwhelming levels of stress and worry.” Sinita specializes in working with young adults who are experiencing depression and anxiety. “I believe that hope is possible even in the darkest or most challenging situations, and if I can help restore or lead people to hope that’s half the battle.” Sinita uses cognitive-behavior therapy and strengths-based approaches. She graduated from Wayne State University with a Masters in Social Work.

Sara Griffin, MDiv, MA, LPC seeks to provide a compassionate space for people to name their hurt, explore their healing, move towards change, and claim their own power and possibilities. “We are born into the world with everything we need to be whole, already within us, and all we may need, to heal ourselves,” she says. Her specialty areas include sexual orientation and identity, gender and gender non-conforming identities, complex grief and loss, relationship distress, and survival of trauma.  “The power of healthy, supportive relationships creates lasting change in one’s life. And as we grow and maintain meaningful and authentic relationships, we also learn more about ourselves, how we hurt, how we communicate, how we love.” Sara uses a varied counseling approach including person-centered, trauma-informed and feminist-relational models. “We may also work on exploring and integrating spirituality as a resource if you choose.” She earned her Master’s in Pastoral Counseling at Loyola University, Chicago.

Margaret Erickson headshot portraitMargaret Erickson, MSW, LMSW, has 25 years of supervisory and clinical social work experience in Washtenaw County. In addition to seeing clients at The Women’s Center, Margaret offers counseling through Packard Community Health. “My goal in therapy is to provide a place for healing and wholeness by helping you — through mutual exploration and self-discovery — uncover obstacles that stand in your way.  By listening to your story, I’ll help you tap into resources, both inner and outer, that support your ability to live life more fully and mindfully.“ Margaret specializes in Internal Family Systems therapy and Sensorimotor Psychotherapy, which explores how trauma is stored in our bodies.

Julia Denig headshot portraitJulia Denig, MSW, LMSW believes that the therapeutic relationship is key in helping clients achieve their goals. Her specialties include trauma, depression, LGBTQI, and women’s issues. Julia believes in providing clients with a safe and nonjudgmental environment to explore feelings and address challenges in life. “I want everyone to feel supported, respected, and heard.” She currently provides couples counseling as well as individual therapy. “My goal is to provide you with the tools to enhance the emotional connection and understanding between you and your partner. I recognize the importance of working collaboratively to help you achieve positive changes within yourself and your relationship.” Julia is the former Executive Director for Domestic Harmony in Hillsdale, MI, a nonprofit that provides shelter and counseling for survivors of domestic and sexual violence. She is a graduate of Eastern Michigan University.

Max Chisholm, MSW, LMSW believes that every person comes into therapy with a unique set of strengths. Max is passionate about working with adolescents and adults who are members of the LGBTQ* community. He has experience providing services to individuals questioning their gender identities and/or sexual orientations. “Mental health, much like sexuality and gender, exists along a spectrum. Things fluctuate and shift along that spectrum, and that can cause struggle. My goal is to help you adjust to those shifts and use your strengths to find a sense of peace and stability.” Max has experience supporting clients through anxiety, depression, trauma, and family conflict. He earned his Master’s in Social Work from Eastern Michigan University.

Virginia Boyce, MSW, LMSW, MPH has a passion for helping individuals explore experiences that emerge in adulthood, particularly in the second half of life. Through more than 30 years of work with adults, she has developed a steadfast commitment to supporting women, herself included, through the complex challenges of adulthood and aging. “I believe that a strong sense of self enhances women’s lives as individuals, partners, mothers, caregivers, and family members.” Virginia will join with you in looking at your thoughts, feelings, and actions so that your everyday expressions reflect your own personal value system. An emerging area of her practice is work with trans-women. Throughout her social work career, access to care and service to culturally diverse clients have been authentic expressions of her values. Virginia holds a Master of Public Health degree from the University of Michigan and a Master of Social Work from Eastern Michigan University.