Johanna received her Master's Degree in Social Work in 2006. She has worked in the Social Work field since 1982. Johanna has worked in a variety of settings, ranging from mental health to education. Johanna has worked with teenagers, couples, and individuals, with a variety of issues.
Johanna will help you develop healthy approaches to solving problems. If you are struggling with relationship issues, anxiety, low self-esteem, Johanna can offer positive techniques and guidance to help you overcome negative self-talk and self-limiting beliefs. If you are serious about becoming self-aware and improving your emotional well-being, Johanna can help you develop tools to reach your potential.
Johanna has been the Director and a therapist at the William A. Presti Center for Families and Youth since 2006. She has gained a great deal of knowledge in her dual role. She is changing her focus from therapy and diagnosing clients to mindfulness practices that focus on the "whole" person. In addition, Johanna has taken life coaching classes which promote taking positive action to resolve whatever issue is holding you back in life. She looks forward to working with you!
Johanna founded the William A. Presti Center for Families and Youth because she wanted to provide a caring, empathetic, and supportive environment for people that are struggling with emotional issues. She also wanted to provide reasonably priced services for people who otherwise may not be able to access services.
Arica VanGelderen, LLMSW, Therapist,Clinical Operations Manager, received a Bachelor’s Degree in Art History from Kalamazoo College in Kalamazoo, Michigan, and a Master’s Degree in Social Work from Loyola University in Chicago, Illinois. She specializes in therapy with children, adolescents, and young adults, but has experience working with all age groups. She is skilled in the use of creative expression as a form of therapy, and facilitates a variety of art therapy groups for adolescents. Arica specializes in the treatment of anxiety, ADHD, depression, sensory-related disorders, and Autism Spectrum Disorder. Additionally, she works with individuals of any age undergoing difficult life transitions or experiencing trauma-related symptoms.
Arica is also a contributing writer for Liv Fun magazine, where she writes a quarterly column titled “Advice for the Journey”. Read her work here: http://www.wisepublishinggroup.com/publications/
Arica lives locally with her husband, two dogs, and two cats. She enjoys making art and tackling various DIY projects in her spare time. She has a passion for sharing her creativity with her friends, family, and clients. If you would like to see Arica availability, please click on the link below. Her availability changes weekly.
Colleen Renier, LBSW, MA, LLPC, received a Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work from Western Michigan University. After spending over 13 years in the Social Work field, she received her Master’s Degree in Counseling from Spring Arbor University in Spring Arbor, Michigan. She has worked with different clients from couples and families to individuals. She is working toward her Childhood Trauma Certification and becoming a Registered Play Therapist. She has extensive training in working with young children and teaching parents how to build stronger relationships with their children. She also has training in helping couples to improve communication skills and foster healthy relationships.
Colleen is married and has three children. She enjoys going on adventures and traveling with her family.
Joshua Routhier, MA, LLPC, received his Bachelor's Degree in Psychology from Michigan State University in East Lansing, Michigan and his Master’s Degree in Counseling from Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan. He is skilled in person-centered forms of therapy and specializes in the treatment of ADHD, anxiety, depression, difficulties in personal growth, spiritual distress, and various forms of trauma. He works with teens, adults, families, couples, and groups of various ages and stages of life. He is passionate about personal development, spirituality, and bringing a more integral view into the world.
Joshua lives with his partner, daughter, two dogs and a cat in Brighton. In his free time, he practices meditation and table top and PC gaming.
Diane Smith, MA, LLPC, received her Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology and Art from Eastern Michigan University in Ypsilanti, Michigan, a Master’s Degree in Counseling from Central Michigan University in Mount Pleasant, Michigan and is a licensed counselor in the State of Michigan. She enjoys helping clients uncover a greater awareness and achieve a fuller expression of themselves through a holistic, person-centered approach utilizing a variety of client-appropriate interventions that may include art, music, relaxation and mindfulness, mixed with traditional evidence-based techniques. She works with older adolescents, young adults and adults who may be struggling with anxiety, depression, grief & loss trauma, relationship issues or other life challenges. She also received certification in couples therapy knowing that healthy relationships have lasting impacts on more than just the couple.
Diane has interests in natural, healthy alternatives and implements nutritional and integrative interventions for anxiety, depression and ADHD in order for clients to achieve optimal health and wellness.
Her other interests include genealogical research and uncovering the psychological patterns that are passed down through the generations, and health and fitness activities. She loves nature in all its beauty and serenity. She resides locally with her husband and is the mother of three children. She also has two beloved cats.
Amy Shoemaker MA, LLPC received her Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from Western Michigan University. She continued her educational journey at WMU in Kalamazoo where she obtained her Master’s Degree in Counseling Education with a focus on marriage, couples and family. After spending time in the mental health field, working with various ages from 7 to 70 years old, Amy sought out additional education at the University of California Santa Barbra in order to further specialize working with adolescents diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder as well as their families. Amy has extensive knowledge in evidenced based treatment modalities such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. Her true passion is helping individuals heal from their underlying struggles and move to a place of positive change and well-being. Amy has found that the practice of meditations and present awareness can truly catapult individuals from their underlying struggles (fear) into a place of positive change and wellbeing. She understands that beginning therapy can often seem overwhelming. Amy provides a sense of safety and comfort that empowers individuals to open up and work towards their goals, often during some of life’s most challenging experiences. Her main career goal is to help clients identify their strengths to live a healthy, happy, empowered life. Amy specializes in working with anxiety, depression, life transitions, grief, spiritual growth and family systems. She works with teens, young adults, adults, and families.
Amy lives in New Hudson with her boyfriend. She enjoys spending her time with close friends and family, anything near water and traveling.
Brandon received a Bachelor's Degree in Psychology and a Bachelor's Degree in Religious Studies from Michigan State University in 2013, and went on to get a Master's Degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Eastern Michigan University in 2018. He has experience working with adults, teens, couples, groups, and LGBTQ+ adults and teens. Brandon specializes in working with anxiety, depression, trauma, and spiritual concerns.
He approaches counseling from a person-centered perspective and believes that the best way to help his clients is collaboratively. He uses a wide-range of therapeutic interventions and techniques that best fit clients and their needs, and he has some additional training in experiential, here-and-now interventions.
Brandon lives locally with his partner and is passionate about discovering and exploring new and challenging music, in-depth film analysis and discussion, literature, fountain pens and fashion.
Caitlin Willis, Administrative Assistant, studies at Washtenaw Community College and is planning on transferring to Eastern Michigan University soon. She is working towards getting a degree in Pre-Law and planning on becoming a paralegal. Caitlin enjoys doing administrative and bookkeeping tasks for the center. In addition, Caitlin assists with marketing responsibilities and Facebook postings. She is responsible for writing the WAP monthly newsletter.
Caitlin lives locally with her family and her cat. Caitlin enjoys reading, watching movies, and spending time with friends.