Rene Askanazi

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Rene has enjoyed counseling and mentoring in a variety of community settings since acquiring her B.A. in Psychology from Hope College, Master of Divinity/Pastoral Counseling from Eastern Mennonite University, and MA in Counseling from Cornerstone University. Rene has experience with clients struggling with issues of trauma, depression, anxiety, grief and loss, substance abuse, and facing difficult life challenges. Rene has assisted with support groups in local jails and has provided counseling in nursing homes, the City Mission, as well as in client’s homes. Rene currently provides outreach counseling through DHHS to support families involved with CPS or Foster Care, as well as those with private insurance.
Rene provides therapy from a Solution-Focused & Strength-Based Approach. Rene utilizes interventions drawn from CBT, TF-CBT, Emotional Regulation, Narrative therapy, and Positive Psychology to increase the client’s level of hope, self-efficacy, and resilience. Clients often comment that they feel comfortable and accepted by Rene and leave with increased levels of hope and confidence to meet their challenges. Rene believes all clients have been given the gift of choice and her goal is to join with them to support their goals and help them gain the skills needed to increase their healthy living.

Kimberly Howell

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Kimberly’s goal is to help children learn how to manage daily stressors and life problems in a healthy way. She earned her Bachelor of Arts in Communication Studies from Western Michigan University prior to earning her Master of Social Work from Grand Valley State University. In her 15 years in the social work field, Kimberly has worked with families experiencing domestic violence, children with special needs, and mental health concerns in the school setting.

Kimberly utilizes a strength-based, person-centered approach that is rooted in attachment theory, CBT, and DBT. She believes that all clients have the opportunity to change their behavior if they have the opportunity to express themselves while developing new life skills. Kimberly believes in helping her clients find their own voice and aligns her practice with the motto, “Counseling is not a destination, but a journey that takes time.”

Mario Rodriguez

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I obtained my Master’s Degree in Social Work from Michigan State University and currently have my limited license in social work. I have experience working with children and adults who have experienced trauma and struggle with depression & anxiety. A goal that I always strive to achieve in working with my clients is making sure that they feel supported and that I provide each client with the necessary skills to help them achieve their goals.