I have nearly 30 years of experience providing counseling to individuals, couples, and families. Along with specializing in the treatment of anxiety and depression I also have extensive training and experience in grief counseling, the treatment of post-traumatic stress disorder, and helping adult survivors of childhood abuse heal from unresolved trauma. As a therapist, my goal is to help you feel better so you can lead a happy, productive, and fully engaged life.
I combine a compassionate insight-oriented approach with practical real-life application. Clients say this combination works well in helping to improve their emotional state, as well as make changes in their life. In sessions, I integrate a number of therapeutic approaches including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy,(CBT) Interpersonal Therapy, Psychodynamic Therapy, and Family Systems Therapy. The treatment is guided by your needs and goals. Each person is given the time and care they deserve.
My clinical style is professional yet down to earth, compassionate, interactive, and straight forward. This creates a comfortable and safe environment allowing the healing process to begin.
Each person I work with is given the time and care they deserve. My office and waiting area afford privacy and confidentiality.
I received my Masters of Social Work degree from the University of Michigan. Prior to starting New Perspective Counseling, I worked in various settings with individuals, couples, and families. Over the years I have helped hundreds of people facing almost every imaginable struggle or problem. Through these experiences I have seen that change is possible, it may take time and work but there is always hope.
If you are struggling, if you are not sure where to turn or you feel like you are hanging on by a string, please reach out.
Jen Rio LPC, CAADC
I am a fully licensed professional counselor as well as a certified addiction counselor who is truly committed to helping the people I work with feel better. My areas of specialization are anxiety, depression, addiction, and trauma. While I work with all ages I specialize in working with adolescents and young adults.
As a therapist, my first priority is to listen to your story so I can meet you where you are at in your process of seeking change. After that, we will establish your goals and work together to help you develop the insight and tools you need to make a change and find purpose and enjoyment in your life.
Clinically, I focus on what is called evidence-based treatment, which is a treatment that is proven to be effective through research. This ensures each session is effective and you are learning tools and skills that we know help people, not just in the session but in the real world. When I’m not working as a therapist I am working on my Ph.D. in Counseling as well as teaching at a university.
Currently, I work with people of all ages, specializing with families in crisis, adolescents, children, and adults who have experienced trauma and are struggling to manage overwhelming emotions. My training includes EMDR, DBT, mindfulness practice, play therapy, and solution-focused therapy. I have been practicing therapy for over 35 years, and before moving into the private practice setting, I was a school counselor.
My approach is to begin with deep intense listening to try to understand your story as fully as I can. Often, suffering is caused by false beliefs and untrue or irrational thoughts. I work with clients to examine those thoughts so you can look at yourself and your life differently. My treatment is also focused on teaching you skills to help you feel better; Such as self-soothing, calming the body and mind, changing thought patterns from destructive to positive, and helpful/radical acceptance.
My style of working with people is gentle, safe, respectful, and compassionate with the goal of helping you find relief as soon as possible. I would like to support your journey. You do not have to do this alone.
Kathryn Brown, LMSW, CAADC
I am a licensed clinical social worker and a certified addiction counselor with 7 years of experience. My areas of specialization are anxiety, depression, addiction, and adolescent behavioral problems. I work with individuals, couples, and families and really enjoy helping teens and families cross the amazing but sometimes turbulent waters of adolescence. In addition, I have worked with people of all ages on increasing their confidence and self–worth.
In sessions, I use a variety of therapeutic approaches but always start with a person-centered strength-based approach. My strong belief is that every person who walks through my door has the capability to change and grow. The therapy process is used to determine where the person is at and what strengths they bring to the process. From there we work on increasing those strengths and use them as the building blocks for creating the change they want. Realizing those changes really helps the person to feel confident in themselves and hopeful about the future.
I am here to help. Please don’t hesitate to reach out for an appointment.
Jenny Watts, MA, LPC
Jenny works with children, adolescents, and adult women, specializing in the treatment of post-traumatic stress disorder, anxiety, and other emotional and behavioral issues. Her approach is warm, gentle, and compassionate as well as informative, practical, and witty. Along with traditional talk therapy Jenny also uses art therapy and is trained in EMDR (eye movement desensitization and reprocessing) which is an effective treatment for trauma. She encourages clients to reflect on their ways of relating to the world, by gaining insight into how their thoughts, attitudes, emotions, and behaviors affect others. Also, the development of successful relationships with others at home, work, play, and school. By working with each person’s individual needs she helps them connect more deeply to themselves and others and more effectively communicate their thoughts and feelings which can lead to a reduction in anxiety depression. Jenny encourages her clients to set goals as part of the process of change and to work hard to achieve those goals.
Heather Filippelli LLMSW, CADC
My areas of specialty include anxiety, depression, substance abuse, and trauma. While I work with all ages a significant amount of my work is with people in their late adolescence and young adulthood. This can be a very exciting time but also challenging as a person begins to establish themselves as an independent adult, while navigating more complex relationships, responsibilities and decisions.
As a therapist, my approach is to integrate mind, body, and soul. I believe to reach our potential we must focus on strengthening the connection between these three elements of ourselves. In sessions, I promote honesty, openness, and empathy so my clients feel heard and supported as we work through the therapeutic journey.
I am a Limited Licensed Social Worker with a Masters degree in Social Work from the University of Michigan and an additional certification in addiction counseling. Additionally, I am a yoga instructor incorporating yoga breathing and the mind-body connection in my sessions. Together we will develop a unique approach that allows you to flourish on your therapeutic journey.
Emily Clark, LLMSW
Emily has been working with youth and young adults since 2012. She began her journey in the mental realm by working in wilderness therapy. After seeing the transformation that takes place in the wilderness, she quickly realized she had a passion for inspiring and understanding people.
Emily has extensive experience in helping clients who struggle with anxiety disorders, depression, eating disorders, self-harm, issues with attachment, trauma, shame, substance abuse, mood disorders, personality disorders, psychotic disorders, grief, and loss. She helps clients understand core issues that drive unhealthy behaviors and explore ways to change the behavior. This understanding creates space for hope to improve the relationships within their lives and with themselves while increasing their sense of confidence.
Emily quickly connects with clients by establishing a relationship based on trust, compassion, and humor to build an alliance. She uses several models in her work with families and clients. These lenses include Dialectical-Behavior Therapy (DBT), Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT), attachment theory, strengths-based, and narrative therapy.
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Contact me at (248) 563-0587 for a free consultation, or schedule an appointment online.
New Perspective Counseling is a group practice dedicated to emotional wellness and healing. Our caring therapists provide psychotherapy, individual counseling, marriage counseling and family counseling in our Highland, Michigan office. We are conveniently located to Milford, White Lake, Commerce Township, Holly, Hartland and Brighton, Michigan.