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.

Marissa Brill

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Marissa is a Limited Licensed Clinical Social Worker. She earned a Bachelors in Social Work from Calvin University before going on to complete her Master’s Degree in Social Work at Western Michigan University. Marissa specialized in trauma and school social work throughout her education and plans to complete her full licensure in early 2024. Marissa has significant experience in a variety of areas of the mental health field, including community and home-based work and 5+ years of experience working in schools around West Michigan. Most recently, Marissa worked as a school-based mental health therapist for a community mental health agency in the Grand Rapids area before joining the WMPS team.

Kristi Roberts

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Kristi has a Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology from Wayne State University and a Master of Arts degree in School Counseling from Western Michigan University. Kristi is currently working toward completing her LLPC, expected winter of 2024.

Kristi provides a client-center approach in therapy while working closely with her clients focusing on their individuality and strengths. Kristi’s goal is to help her clients effectively manage their emotions, behaviors, and their daily stressors, along with building positive coping skills for life after school.

Kristi resides in West Michigan with her husband, four children and two golden-doodle dogs. Kristi enjoys traveling, reading, and spending quality time with her family and friends.

Kerri Allen

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Kerri is a licensed clinical social worker. She graduated from Hope College with a Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work and then continued her studies at the University of Houston where she earned a Master’s Degree in Social Work. She has more than 20 years of experience as a social worker and has worked in foster care and adoption, mental health, crisis intervention, trauma, and substance use. Kerri enjoys working with children and young adults, and her goal is to help those with whom she works learn to more effectively manage their behaviors, emotions, daily stressors and life problems as well as develop healthy coping mechanisms. In addition to her work with WMPS, Kerri currently works part-time at both Spectrum Health Zeeland Hospital and Atrio Home Health.

Katie Rice

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Katie is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. Katie attended Grand Valley State University, earning a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology and Spanish and a Master’s Degree in Social Work. Katie has over 10 years post-masters experience working with children and families in a home-based setting. Prior to completing her Master’s degree, Katie worked in after-school and summer school programing for at-risk students in the Wyoming, MI area. In addition to her work with WMPS, Katie currently works part time at Helen Devos Children’s Hospital in Grand Rapids.

Katie believes that raising children truly takes a village made up of many people, including parents/caregivers, extended family members, teachers and school staff, and medical and mental health professionals, among many others. Katie loves to partner with other important individuals in her young client’s lives in order to give the children that she works with the best possible outcomes. Katie recognizes the importance of ensuring children’s basic physiological, safety and love/belonging needs are met (Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs) prior to be able to being able to assist them in making lasting behavioral and emotional improvements. Katie believes there are no “bad kids”, but rather just children who have unmet needs.

Dani Kraai

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Dani Kraai is a Licensed Professional Counselor. She was awarded a Bachelors of Arts in Business from Cornerstone University and a Masters of Arts in Counseling from Grand Rapids Theological Seminary. She works in crisis intervention and private practice settings with adults and children. She also has experience working at an addictions rehab program for a local homeless shelter.

Dani offers client-centered counseling services, taking an integrative approach to counseling that draws largely from the solution-focused, family systems, narrative, and Cognitive Behavioral theories. She believes in focusing on the individual and drawing from their strengths to better their lives.

Jessica Eberly

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Jessica has been a licensed professional counselor (LPC) since 2010.  She has experience working with adults with developmental disability, families in the foster care system, addictions, and adults with pervasive mental illness.  She is currently in pursuit of a certification for Advanced Addictions (CAADC) and has experience with trauma informed treatment modalities as well as routinely implements DBT principles and CBT techniques throughout therapy.  She graduated from what is now known as Summit University in Pennsylvania with a Masters in Counseling in 2008.

Elisabeth VandenBerg

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Elisabeth is an art therapist and professional counselor who uses her creative skills to aid youths in expressing and understanding their inner world to promote growth and healing. She believes that a client does not need to be “good” at art to create something meaningful. Rather, Elisabeth prioritizes a trusting relationship with the client, using art modalities as a tool. Used in tandem with other counseling strategies such as CBT, DBT, and Person Centered therapy, art therapy and other creative strategies can promote overall well-being.