23000 Telegraph Rd, Ste 3 & 4

Brownstown, MI 48134


Please speak with the office about which therapists have availability for new clients.

Shannon Barnes, MSW


Shannon graduated with a Master’s degree in Social Work from the University of Michigan. She has experience working with children, adolescents, and adults with a variety of life experiences. Shannon has experience in cognitive behavioral therapy, behavioral interventions, anger and stress management, and self-empowerment. She also has experience working with individuals who are diagnosed with an intellectual and or developmental disability, such as autism, cerebral palsy, Down syndrome, and behavior disorders, as well as with their families. Shannon works with the families to process difficult emotions that may arise caring for someone with a disability. She uses an integrative approach that is person-centered and tailored to the individual’s mental health goals.

Vanessa Charnock, MS, LLP


Vanessa has a Master’s degree in Clinical Psychology and has over 19 years experience as a therapist. She typically uses an eclectic approach in therapy, often combining Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and analytic techniques to help resolve symptoms of depression, anxiety, and issues related to life transitions/adjustments. 

Brian Kitson, MA, TLLP


Brian received his Master’s degree in Counseling Psychology with an emphasis in Couples and Family Therapy from Wayne State University. With his emphasis in Couples and Family Therapy, he is adept in working with individuals at any age or in any stage of their lives. His therapeutic focus is with individuals who may be struggling with depression and anxiety, specifically in the LGBTQ community. Brian uses an eclectic approach to therapy, allowing for therapy to form and adapt to the individual’s needs and wishes for therapy. He currently sees clients at the Dearborn, Brownstown, and Ferndale locations.


Ashley Lang, MS, LLP


Ashley has a Master's degree in Clinical Psychology. She specializes in working with adults and adolescents who are experiencing a variety of difficulties related to depression, anxiety, anger, trauma, and substance use, as well as health and relationship concerns. She utilizes an integrative approach, with an emphasis on cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT). She currently sees clients at the Brownstown office. She also provides assessments and diagnostic evaluations at the Dearborn office.

Lindsey Paiva, MA, LLPC, NCC


Lindsey received her Master's degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Oakland University and is a National Certified Counselor. She enjoys working with adolescents, adults, and older adults with anxiety, depression, self esteem, life transitions, and relational concerns. Lindsey uses an integrated, empathetic, and strength based approach to counseling that provides the opportunity to heal from the past and live more fully in the present. She currently sees clients at the Livonia and Brownstown locations.

Michelle Purdu, MA, TLLP

Michelle earned her Master's degree in Forensic Psychology from the Chicago School of Professional Psychology. She has experience working with children, adolescents, and young adults of various backgrounds who are dealing with PTSD/trauma, anxiety, depression, behavioral difficulties, ADHD, grief + loss, and attachment difficulties. She uses an eclectic approach stemmed from a psychodynamic lens, also combining CBT, DBT, and strengths-based orientations. Michelle promotes change by using empathy, support, and a trauma-informed perspective, meeting the client where they're at in the therapeutic process. Michelle is accepting clients out of the Brownstown location.


Liz Sledge, MS, LLPC, SATS

Liz graduated with her Master’s degree in Mental Health Counseling and received a post-graduate certificate in Addiction Studies. She has over 20 years of experience working with adolescent and adult individuals challenged with mental health and substance abuse issues. She specializes in working with minority populations including LGBTQ and individuals being supervised by the  Michigan Department of Corrections. She currently holds memberships with the following associations: Michigan Mental Health Counselors Association, Michigan Association of Alcoholism & Drug Abuse Counselors, National Association for Addiction Professionals, National Drug & Alcohol Screening Association, and the Substance Abuse Program Administrator’s Association. Liz uses an integrative approach to treatment, tailoring her therapy to meet individual client needs. She see clients at the Dearborn and Brownstown locations. 


Ted Varkas, MSW, LSW


Graduating from Michigan State and Wayne State University with a MSW degree, Ted has over 20 years of experience helping adults, couples, and families overcome struggles in their lives. Ted specializes in identifying and treating depression, grief and loss, trauma, anxiety, health and body image issues, as well as stress-related conditions. Ted also has extensive experience with couples and families with issues ranging from intimacy and sexuality to divorce and domestic abuse. Ted offers an integrative and personalized approach to identifying and treating problems in a supportive, caring environment. Ted is located at the Brownstown location.

Sarah Van Horn, LLMSW


Sarah is an experienced social worker who earned her undergraduate degree from Indiana University and her Masters of Social Work with a concentration in aging from Eastern Michigan University. She has more than a decade of experience working with the aging population and a thorough understanding of the impact the aging process can have on families. She believes there should not be a separation between physical and mental health but that the two are intertwined and should be treated as one. Sarah utilizes cognitive-behavioral techniques and motivational interviewing to work with you to discover and address your areas of distress. Individuals can feel confident knowing that Sarah will provide a safe and non-judgmental atmosphere as you work together on your  journey towards positive mental health.


Jakob Williams, MS, TLLP


Jakob has a Master’s degree in Clinical Health Psychology. He has experience working with adolescents and adults struggling with depression, anxiety, relationship issues, substance abuse, behavioral issues, and health concerns. Jakob has an integrative approach and uses cognitive behavioral therapy as well as mindfulness techniques to tailor treatment to meet individual client needs. He is currently seeing clients in Dearborn and Brownstown.