Came to The Center in 2003, with a background in domestic violence and sexual assault. Facilitates supervisory planning meetings and group supervision for a 23-member clinical team. Develops and implements programs, including the trauma-treatment curriculum and insurance-based counseling program, Room To Talk. Certified Divorce and Family Mediator; member Advisory Board, Michigan State University.
Developed and facilitates divorce support group, Going Solo. Manages job and financial coaching and family law education. As part of a team, she interviews, selects, and co-supervises graduate student interns. Provides individual psychotherapy for low-income clients, including couples. Offers crisis intervention, both over the phone and in person. Responsible for volunteer recruitment, staffing, and training.
Psychotherapist in private practice, 4 years post-graduate training in Marriage and Family Therapy with Family Therapy Associates of Ann Arbor and Harry Aponte. Certified EMDR therapist; Approved EMDR Consultant, EMDR International Association. Former Ozone House trainer, and Counseling Services Supervisor at Catholic Social Services.
Experienced educator as well as clinical social worker, formerly in private psychotherapy practice. Developed and directed programs on sexual health and safety issues for Ann Arbor-based Planned Parenthood, the Corner Health Center, and the Assault Crisis Center. Medical school guest lecturer on the impact of sexual abuse and trauma on physical and mental health.
Prior to her recent retirement, Gloria enjoyed a long and productive career in social work and as the Director of the Program for Multicultural Health (PMCH) at the University of Michigan Health Systems (UMHS). She received her Bachelor of Arts Degree from Wayne State University, followed by her Master of Social Work and Doctor of Philosophy Degrees from the University of Michigan. In 1993, she was invited to create a department within the health system, which would address the prevalence of a growing multicultural patient population and the consequent need to understand diverse cultural values, beliefs and practices in providing culturally sensitive healthcare. Gloria pursued this goal through state-wide instruction to healthcare professionals, graduate students in health related schools and community outreach in facilitating healthcare delivery to targeted diverse populations.
Working hand-in-hand with other health providers, she established culturally-sensitive procedures within the UMHS, which conveyed respect for and acceptance of important cultural values associated with specific patient populations. Through the years, Gloria has maintained great enthusiasm for her work and continues to be excited in learning how strongly culture impacts one’s health status. “My tolerance for differences in how people define and accept health has been enriched through interacting with individuals different from myself,” she says, “and my work has been geared to having others gain such a reward.”
She has conveyed these sentiments as the author and co-author in academic publications and membership in several local and state-wide organizations, such as the Washtenaw County United Way, Packard Health Clinic, State of Michigan, Dept. of Health Office of Minority Health Task Force, Southeastern Michigan American Heart Assoc., Huron Valley Visiting Nurses Association, Area Agency on Aging, B1 and the State of Michigan Surgeon General’s Step Up Task Force. Since retiring, Gloria has returned to her first love which is teaching clinical social work practice. She has said that”Working with students is fun, because it allows me to share with them the importance of seeing clients as multi-dimensional; as human beings we are influenced, in our functioning, by psychological, biological, social and spiritual experiences.”
A communications coach and licensed counselor, Maissa
works with clients to build confidence and improve communication patterns. Communication coaching can help individuals manage stressful interactions, maximize personal power, and develop mature and mutually-satisfying relationships. Coaching increases awareness of communication patterns and is an opportunity to practice confident use of voice, body, posture and frame of mind. “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.
is a certified couples therapist, Association for Imago Relationship Therapy; certified divorce and family mediator. Private psychotherapy practice specializing in couples counseling, narrative therapy, and LGBTQ+ issues. Former crisis counselor with SOS Community Crisis Center and a psychiatric emergency outreach worker with a joint University of Michigan and Washtenaw County program.
A former University of Michigan Health Systems Integrated Behavioral Health social worker, Danielle
has advanced training in evidence-based, mindfulness-focused modalities, including Acceptance and Commitment Therapy and Sensorimotor Psychotherapy. 10 years managing Level 1 Trauma Center Palliative Care in Minnesota, one of the first Joint Commission Certified Palliative Care Teams in the country.