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Executive Director: Linda Liethen, MA, LLP


Fort Gratiot Office


Areas of Experience & Interest:
Linda has over 33 years of experience with all ages.

Divorce Adjustment

Anxiety

Mood Disorders

Parenting

Abuse Issues

Women’s Issues

Adjustment to Life after a Head Injury

 

Presentation Topics:
Infant Development
Parenting

 


Therapists / Counselors / Psychiatrists

Sandra S. Cerny, MSW, LMSW, ACSW

Kari A. Kreger, MA, LPC, CAADC

Amallie deFonseka, MSW, LMSW, CAADC

Samantha J. Koren, PhD, LPC, NCC

Amy Fabick, MSW, LMSW

Sandra Oswell, MSW, LMSW, ACSW

Julie Gordon, MA, LPC

Shelly M. Papinaw, PhD, LPC, NCC, CAADC, LLMFT

Sherry L. Harris, MA, LPC, NCC

Michelle M. Rousseau, PsyD, LP

Jennifer L. Heinz, MA, LLPC

Karl L. Senkowski, MSW, LMSW, ACSW

Jennifer Keizer Horbes, MA, LLP

Elizabeth A. Varty, MA, LPC

Lubna Izzathulah, MD

Mila A. Velinova, PsyD, LP

Sharon Joachim, MSW, LMSW, ACSW

Eva Waineo, MD

Jeanine M. Jones, MSW, LMSW, ACSW

Hui Lan Zhang, PsyD, LLP, BCIA-BCN, R. Ac (CTCMPAO)

Lawrence J. Zimmer, MD

 


Sandra S. Cerny, MSW, LMSW, ACSW


Fort Gratiot, Lexington & Yale Offices


Areas of Experience & Interest


Sandra has over 21 Years of Counseling Experience

Self Esteem

Progressive Muscle Relaxaton/Guided Imagery

Growth & Adjustment

Stress Management

Psychiatric Disorders

Grief & Loss

Anxiety

Spirituality

Children of Alcoholics

Codependency Issues

Chemical Dependency

PTSD

Marriage & Family Therapy

Adults Molested As Children

Women's Issues

Life Coaching

Presentation Topics:
Mars/Venus Workshops
Anger Management
Nonviolent Communication

 


Amallie deFonseka, MSW, LMSW, CAADC


Fort Gratiot & Rochester Hills Offices


Areas of Experience & Interest



Individual & Family Counseling

Victims of Crime & Violence

Medical Social Work

Immigration Issues

Women's Empowerment

Capacity & Guardianship Issues

Substance Abuse Issues

Behavioral Issues

Bipolar Disorder

Relationship Issues

Presentation Topics:




 


Amy Fabick, MSW, LMSW


Fort Gratiot & Lexington Offices


Areas of Experience & Interest

Depression

Anxiety Disorders

Grief and Loss

Problems of Aging

Co-dependency

Domestic Violence

Relationship Issues/Parenting

Teens

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

Play therapy with children

Stress of First Responders(Police, Fire, EMS)

Women's Issues

Presentation Topics:
Domestic Violence
Crisis Intervention for Mental Health Professionals

 


Julie Gordon, MA, LPC


Fort Gratiot, Lexington &Yale Offices

Julie Gordon joined Blue Water Counseling in March 2010. Ms. Gordon lived in the Croswell area for 38 years with her husband. Together they raised 3 daughters ages 35, 29 and 25 and one son age 33. They have been blessed with 11 year old boy and girl twin grandchildren, a 17 month old grandson and a 3 month old granddaughter. They also share their home with two Golden Retrievers and a brand new Schnauzer puppy! She was a stay at home mom until she was 41 and decided it was time to go to school. Her goal was to receive her masterís degree before she reached the age of 50! She started at St. Clair County Community College and received her Associateís Degree. From there she went on to Rochester College where she received a Bachelor of Science degree in Counseling Psychology. A week after her graduation she started her Masterís Program and in 2007 graduated with an Master of Arts degree in Counseling Psychology (3 months before her 50th birthday!!). Also during the completion of her Masterís degree she became a Certified Advanced Alcohol and other Drug Counselor. Her career up until joining BWC was working in inpatient substance abuse rehabilitation. She still really enjoys working with this population. She also enjoys working with women suffering anxiety and depression or weight issues. In her spare time she enjoys spending time with her grandchildren, reading, crafting, photography, snowmobiling, cross country skiing and kayaking.


Areas of Experience & Interest:

Anxiety

Depression

Substance Abuse

Weight Loss Counseling

Women's Issues

PTSD

Codependency

Grief &Loss

Relationship Issues

Presentation Topics:


 


Sherry L. Harris, MA, LPC, NCC


Fort Gratiot & Rochester Hills Offices


Areas of Experience & Interest:

Anxiety Disorders

Mood Disorders

ADD/ADHD

Behavioral Issues

Couples Counseling

Adolescents

Family Therapy

Grief &Loss

Women's Issues

Co-Dependency/Relationship Issues

Substance Use Disorders

Presentation Topics:


 


Jennifer L. Heinz, MA, LLPC


Fort Gratiot & Lexington Offices

Jenn Heinz has worked as a clinician for Blue Water Counseling since 2013. She received her Bachelorís degree from Eastern Michigan University with a major in Psychology and a minor in Literature. She went on to earn her Masterís degree in Counseling from Spring Arbor University in 2006. Jenn has worked in the mental health and helping field for over 10 years with a wide range of experience including: domestic violence shelters, youth residential facilities, foster care, Native American reservations and home based services. Her passion lies within helping others to advocate for and empower themselves. She provides counseling for individuals, children/adolescents, couples and famies. Some of her specialties include trauma and abuse, parenting, self worth/esteem, self harm behaviors, personality disorders and LGBT concerns. Jenn works in both the Fort Gratiot office as well as the Lexington office. She resides with her family in Lexington.


Areas of Experience & Interest:

Trauma, Abuse and PTSD Using EMDR (eye movement desensitization and reproccessing)

Bullying and Anti Bullying

Personality Disorders using DBT (dialectical behavior therapy)

Mindfulness and Living in the Present.

Self Esteem

LGBT Concerns

Anxiety

Grief &Loss

Women's Issues

Spirituality

Life Coaching

Presentation Topics:


 


Jennifer Keizer Horbes, MA, LLP


Fort Gratiot Office

Jennifer Keizer Horbes has been a clinician at Blue Water Counseling since 2002. She received her Bachelorís Degree from Central Michigan University with a Major in Psychology and Minors in Spanish and Religion, and her Masterís Degree in Clinical Psychology from Appalachian State University. Her Masterís thesis was entitled ďPerceptions of Parenting, Early Maladaptive Schemas, and Symptoms of Depression.Ē She provides counseling services for individuals and families with a variety of concerns, with specialty in depression, anxiety, relationship problems, g/l/b/t concerns, parenting, and stress management. She also enjoys administering assessments such as cognitive and achievement assessments for Port Huron Area School District and personality assessments for Port Huron Police Department. Jennifer is happily married and resides locally with her husband, two German Shepherd Dogs, and a cat. In her spare time she enjoys reading, cooking, being outdoors and spending time with family and friends.


Areas of Experience & Interest:

Anxiety/Panic Disorder

Depression

Relationship Concerns

Personal Growth

Contingency Management

Women’s Issues

Gay/Lesbian/Bisexual Issues

PTSD

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

Eating Disorders

Solution Focused Treatment

Anger Management

Progressive Muscle Relaxation/Guided Imagery

Presentation Topics:
Depression
Eating Disorders
Adjustment to College

 


Lubna Izzathullah, MD


Rochester Hills Office

 

Lubna Izzathulah , MD joined Blue Water Counseling in February 2013. She provides psychiatric services for all ages. Dr. Izzathullah has special interests in working with children and their families providing diagnostic evaluations and medication management including the developmentally delayed populations and autism spectrum disorders.

 


Sharon Joachim, MSW, LMSW, ACSW


Fort Gratiot Office

Sharon Joachim received her Bachelorís Degree from Western Michigan University and her Masterís Degree in Social Work from Michigan State University. She has been a clinician at Blue Water Counseling since 1990 and has over 40 years experience in the field of Social Work. She provides counseling services for individuals and families with a variety of concerns including depression, anxiety, grief, relationship problems and life transitions.


Areas of Experience & Interest:

Anxiety

Women’s Issues

Mood Disorders

Marital Issues

Presentation Topics:
Women’s Issues
Depression
Self-Esteem
Divorce Adjustment

 


Jeanine M. Jones, MSW, LMSW, ACSW


Fort Gratiot, Rochester Hills & Yale Offices


Areas of Experience & Interest:

Brief Solution Focused Therapy

Mood Disorders

Stress Management

Anxiety Disorders

Women’s Issues

Chronic Pain

Grief & Loss

Geriatric Issues

Developmental Disabilities

Dual Diagnosis

Music Therapy

Spirituality

Relaxation Techniques/Guided Imagery

 

Presentation Topics:
Stress Management
Holiday Blues
Tuneful Therapeutic
Tools (Music Therapy)

 


Kari A. Kreger, MA, LPC, CAADC


Fort Gratiot Office

Kari obtained her teaching degree in Elementary Education, with minors in math, science and Spanish, from Western Michigan University. She worked in education for 5 years prior to obtaining her Master's Degree in Counseling from Central Michigan University. She is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) and has over 15 years counseling experience. She is also a Certified Advanced Alcohol and Other Drug Counselor (CAADC) and has extensive experience working with substabnce abuse and addictions. She also has expereince working with co-occuring disorders, co-dependency, depression and anxiety disoders, post-traumatic stress, bi-piolar disorder, personality disorders, relationship and family problems, stress and anger management, grief and loss, childhood behavior problems, school problems and with survivors of abuse. "I loved teaching, but decided to go back and get my Master's Degree in Counseling as I wanted to be able to better help children and adults cope with the many stressors and difficuties life can bring to us all at times." Kari lives with her 18 year old son, who is in his first year of college at St. Clair County Community College and their snoodle (snauzer/poodle mix). She enjoys hiking, reading, writing poetry, going to the gym, and spending time with friends and family.


Areas of Experience & Interest:

Substance Abuse and Addictions

Co-Occuring Disorders/Dual Diagnosis

Mood Disorders/Depression

Anxiety Disorders

Stress & Anger Management

Spirituality

Trauma & Abuse

Couples Counseling

Child & Adolescent Therapy

Women's Issues

Presentation Topics:


 


Samantha J. Koren, PhD, LPC, NCC


Rochester Hills Office

Dr. Samantha Koren joined Blue Water Counseling in June of 2014. She received her Bachelorís degree from University of Arizona with a major in Psychology and a minor in Speech and Hearing Sciences. She went on to earn her Masterís Degree in Counseling from Capella University in 2008 and her doctorate degree in Counseling in 2012. Samantha has worked in the mental health and helping field for 7 years with a wide range of experience. She has extensive training and experience in the provision of supervision to counseling interns and limited licensed professionals. From this foundation, she has a solid understanding of the role that a counselor fulfills to assist clients in fulfilling their goals and objectives during the counseling process. In addition, she has an extensive background in working with developmentally disabled children and adults.


Areas of Experience & Interest:

Depression

Anxiety Disorders

Marital Relationships

Victims of Domestic Violence

Autism

Developmental Disability

Homelessness

Presentation Topics:


 


Sandra Oswell, MSW, LMSW, ACSW


Fort Gratiot Office


Areas of Experience & Interest:

Co-Dependent Relationships

Abuse & Neglect Issues

Parenting Issues

ADHD/ADD

Adult Children of Alcoholics

 

Play Therapy with Children – depressed, acting out, poor choices

Individual therapy with teens, adults – depressed, acting out, poor choices.

Family Therapy

Foster Care Issues

Presentation Topics:
Parenting

 


Shelly M. Papinaw, PhD, LPC, NCC, CAADC, LLMFT


Fort Gratiot Office

Dr. Shelly Papinaw is a resident of Port Huron, who lives with her husband and two Boston Terriers. She is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC), and has been in the counseling profession for approximately seven years. She has been employed at Blue Water Counseling since June 2012 and is comfortable working with the various clientele, which includes children, adolescents, adults, couples and families. She has extensive experience helping others who are dealing with mood and anxiety disorders, relationship issues, and substance abuse, among other client concerns. Shelly is passionate about helping to empower clients to achieve a healthy state of mind and spirit, which allows them to fulfill their highest potential. She has recently graduated from Oakland University with a Ph.D. in Counselor Education. Her dissertation was titled, "Perceptions of Support for Parolees and Their Identified Social Support Systems." In addition to her work at BWC, she is also an adjunct professor in the Human Service program at a local college and supervises Limited License Counselors (LLPC) who are in need of supervision in order to obtain full licensure. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with loved ones, reading biking, jogging, and watching movies.


Areas of Experience & Interest:

Couple/Marriage Issues

Mood Disorders

Anxiety

Stress Management

Self Esteem

Spirituality

Supervising LLPC Professionals

Presentation Topics:
Group Counseling
The New Counseling Professional

 


Michelle M. Rousseau, PsyD, LP


Fort Gratiot Office

Dr. Rousseau provides individual psychotherapy, counseling, couples therapy, solution focused therapy, and cognitive behavioral therapy. She works with people of most ages. Issues she commonly addresses therapeutically include relationship problems, divorce, self-esteem, grief and loss, depression, mood disorders, bipolar disorder, anxiety, panic attacks, phobias, stress management, ADHD, weight management, addiction, recovery from abuse and/or sexual assault, anger management, body image, self-esteem, eating disorders, PTSD, women's issues, obsessions and compulsions, and many other concerns. Assessments are also available, including Pre-surgical evaluations (e.g., Lap Band, Sleeve Gastrectomy, Gastric Bypass, Spinal Cord Stimulator), ADHD evaluations, psychological testing (IQ, learning disabilities, memory, personality), and driver's license reinstatement. Dr. Rousseau was awarded a Doctor of Psychology degree (PsyD) in Clinical Psychology in 2004 from the Minnesota School of Professional Psychology. She also completed her Master of Arts degree (MA) in Clinical Psychology in 2000 from the Minnesota School of Professional Psychology. She received a Bachelor of Arts degree (BA) in Psychology in 1995 from Michigan State University.


Areas of Experience & Interest:

Couple/Marriage Issues

Mood Disorders

Anxiety

Stress Management

Self Esteem

Spirituality

Presentation Topics:


 


Karl L. Senkowski, MSW, LMSW, ACSW


Rochester Hills Office

Mr. Senkowski joined Blue Water Counseling in May 2008. He obtained his Masterís degree in Social Work from Wayne State University in 1990. He is a member of the Academy of Certified Social Workers. He is licensed in the State of Michigan as a Licensed Master Social Worker. He has been in practice over 23 years. His areas of experience & interest are: Depressive Disorders, Work Place Issues/EAP, Anxiety Disorders, Substance Abuse/Dependence, School Related Issues, ADHD, Relationship Issues, Parent-Child Issues, Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy, Men's Issues, and Chronic Mental Illness (Depression, Bipolar Disorder, Schizophrenia).


Areas of Experience & Interest:

Mood Disorders

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder

Workplace Issues/EAP

Relationship Issues

Anxiety Disorders

Parent-Child Issues

Dual Diagnosis (Mental Health, Substance Abuse)

Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy

Solution Focused Therapy

Men's Issues

School Related Issues

Chronic Mental Illness (Depression, Bipolar Disorder, Schizophrenia)

Presentation Topics:


 


Elizabeth A. Varty, MA, LPC


Fort Gratiot Office


Areas of Experience & Interest:

Adolescence

Grief & Loss

ADHD

Aging Issues

Couples Counseling

Parenting

Women’s Issues

Codependency

Anxiety/Depression

Children of Alcoholics

Presentation Topics:
Stress Management Test Anxiety

 


Mila A. Velinova, PsyD, LP


Fort Gratiot & Rochester Hills Offices


Areas of Experience & Interest:

Eating Disorders

Relationship Issues

Depression and other Mood Disorders

Multicultural Issues

Anxiety Disorders

Personality Disorders

ADHD/Learning Disabilities

Psychological Assessment

Bariatric Surgery Evaluations

Presentation Topics:
Eating Disorders

 


Eva Waineo, MD


Rochester Hills Office

Dr. Waineo rejoins Blue Water Counseling as of September of 2013. She is a graduate of Wayne State University School of Medicine and is Board Certified in adult psychiatry.


Areas of Experience & Interest:

Psychopharmacology

Individual Psychotherapy

Depression

Anxiety

Stress Management

Women's Issues

Adjustment Disorders

Bipolar Disorders

Young Adults

Presentation Topics:
Young and Middle Adulthood
Review of Psychiatric Diagnoses and Treatment
Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
Psychiatric Manifestations of Medical Illness
Anxiety Disorders

 


Hui Lan Zhang, PsyD, LLP, BCIA-BCN, R. Ac (CTCMPAO)


Fort Gratiot Office

Hui Lan joined Blue Water Counseling in September 2011. She obtained her doctoral degree in humanistic and clinical psychology from Michigan School of Professional Psychology, the master degree in counseling psychology from University of Toronto. Hui Lan is a limited licensed psychologist in Michigan, a board certified Neurofeedback practitioner at Biofeedback Certification of International Alliances and a registered acupuncturist at College of Traditional Chinese Medicine Practitioners and Acupuncturists Ontario. In clinical practice, she integrates oriental holistic and western psychological theories helping people with depression/anxiety, AD(H)D, addictions, insomnia, stress management, peak performance issues, weight management, PTSD, marital problems, etc.


Areas of Experience & Interest

Certified Trauma Specialist

Associate Membership with AAMFT

Bilingual (English/Chinese)

Depression & Anxiety

ADHD

Adolescent Issues

Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction

Chronic Pain Conditions

Parenting Issues

Trauma

Marriage and Family Therapy

Couple Therapy

Anger Management

Cross Cultural Issues

Psychological Evaluation

Presentation Topics:
Comparative Eastern and Western Psychology

 


Lawrence J. Zimmer, MD


Fort Gratiot Office

 

Lawrence J. Zimmer, MD rejoined Blue Water Counseling in January 2008.A native of Port Huron, Dr. Zimmer has a background in cardiology as well as psychiatry. In his years of experience in private practice in Cincinnati, Ohio, Dr. Zimmer has attained expertise in treating Personality Disorders, Adjustment Disorders, Psychosomatic Disorder, Depression and Anxiety in adults, adolescents and children.