In the Time of COVID, Room To Talk therapists offer phone therapy or secure video therapy. 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!
Mel Whalen, Ph.D, LP. is a clinical psychologist specializing in transgender services and autism disorders. “I work with many very bright, high-functioning adults who have recently been diagnosed with either ADHD or autism spectrum disorder and who are struggling to integrate this new information into their lives. As a feminist therapist, I enjoy supporting women, particularly those who are often marginalized in multiple ways.” A large percentage of her clients identify as gender-queer, non-binary or asexual. Aside from her work with the LGBTQ+ population, Dr. Whalen also specializes in couples and issues of cultural oppression, identity formation, and multiculturalism. Mel is fluent in American Sign Language. She attended Smith College for her undergraduate degree and Eastern Michigan University for her doctorate.
Danielle TenCate, MSW, LMSW has always been inspired by the strength, compassion, and meaning individuals find during major life challenges. She has experience in a wide variety of areas including chronic health, pain, as well as relationship, mood, anxiety, trauma, grief, and identity issues. She is a dynamic and interactive therapist with an interest in supporting individuals in creating meaningful change in their lives. “I came to learn early in my career that each individual is whole as they are, with their own unique timing, and answers. I believe each of us the right to a safe place to grow, learn, and nurture these aspects of our self.” Danielle earned her Masters in Social Work from the University of Michigan, and has specialty training in mindfulness-based modalities, yoga, and sensorimotor therapy.
Sara F. Stein, MSW, LMSW, RYT, focuses on the treatment of trauma using a mind-body and mindfulness framework. She works from the understanding that our life experiences are stored in the body. “It’s important to pay attention not only to our thoughts and emotions,” Sara says, “but also to the clues our body gives us. My goal is to help clients create their own sense of safety, enhance relationship to self, and to move towards a space of presence and increased well-being.” Sara obtained her bachelor’s degree from Wellesley College and completed her master’s in gender studies at El Colegio de México in Mexico City. She is currently a doctoral candidate in Social Work and Clinical Psychology at the University of Michigan, where she also completed her master’s in Psychology and Social Work. Her research seeks to understand risk for experiencing chronic intimate partner violence to aid in the development of more effective treatment interventions. Sara is also a certified yoga teacher (RYT).
Courtney Reid, MSW, LMSW has experience in addressing depression, anxiety, stress management, and women’s issues in a variety of treatment settings. Using an integrative approach, she works to help individuals identify and overcome barriers to the fulfilling lives that they deserve. “I believe that this kind of work is a partnership, and I honor the opportunity to work alongside you as we seek out what is most important to you. I strive to provide a non-judgmental space that promotes openness, fosters vulnerability, and facilitates growth.” Courtney places high value upon professionalism, respect, and the occasional dose of humor. She has a special interest in working with women of color across the lifespan, young professionals, and individuals facing role/life transitions. Courtney earned her MSW from University of Michigan.
Maissa 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.
Bianca Nelson, MSW, LLMSW believes that each of us has a resiliency in each of us that keeps us going in the face of life’s challenges. Even when we think to ourselves that there’s no way we can make it, our inner strength often gets us through. But sometimes that strength needs encouragement. It takes courage to take that first step — to admit that each of us deserves some help along the way and that we don’t have to go it alone. “A trusting therapeutic relationship can lead the way to understanding, healing, and growth,” Bianca says. “Through a holistic, person-centered approach, we can work together to navigate your personal journey of healing.” Bianca specializes in anxiety, depression, relationship difficulties, and life transitions. She uses elements from cognitive behavioral therapy and a psychodynamic approach in addition to many other evidence-based modalities. She earned her Master’s in Social work from the University of Michigan.
Courtney Lobeck, MSW, LMSW, has witnessed the wonders of the therapeutic relationship, which she believes starts with a good fit between client and clinician. Her priority is to create a welcoming, non-judgmental space to help individuals get to the root of challenges and make lasting change. “Becoming aware of and accepting your thoughts and feelings can empower you to live fully in the present moment and create new, healthier ways of coping. It is possible to transform old hurts, traumas, and negative conditioning into healthy new patterns.” Courtney is honored to support people through depression, anxiety, trauma, bipolar disorder, obsessive compulsive disorder, personality disorders, relationship/family concerns, grief and loss, addiction issues, and many other life transitions. She uses evidence-based practices such as: Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Dialectic Behavioral Therapy (DBT), solution-focused, and attachment-based therapy. She graduated from University of Michigan with a Master’s in Social work.
Katie Kidle, MSW, LLMSW, 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
Margaret 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, Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing, and Sensorimotor Psychotherapy, which explores how trauma is stored in our bodies.
Julia 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.
Virginia Boyce, MSW, LMSW, MPH has a passion for helping individuals explore experiences that emerge in adulthood and the second half of life. “Because women live longer than men; earn less over our lifetimes; and are more likely to be caregivers of children and disabled relatives, many of the opportunities and challenges of aging are also women’s issues.” Through over 30 years work with adults, she has developed a steadfast commitment to supporting herself and other women through the complex challenges of adulthood and aging. Because she believes a strong sense of self enhances women’s lives as partners, family members and individuals, Virginia will join with you in looking at your thoughts, feelings, and actions so that you can express yourself more fully in your everyday life. Her Master of Public Health degree is from University of Michigan and her MSW from Eastern Michigan University.
Linda Ar, MSW, LMSW, has experience and education in trauma treatment. She works with clients who are interested in addressing anxiety, depression, mood swings, and other symptoms that are often connected to threatening events. Linda specializes in mindfuless-based stress reduction and emotional regulation skills. “I believe that the mind and body have the natural ability to heal themselves. My intention is to support, teach, and guide you in discovering your healthier, more balanced path.” She offers Acceptance and Commitment Therapy and EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing), which is a simple way of processing traumatic memories.