Elizabeth M. Reader CCS, CADC, ICADC is the Co-Founder and Program Director of a licensed outpatient therapy clinic, Milford Counseling Inc. She has over 14 years of experience working with substance use and mental health disorder clients and their loved ones. She facilitated her organization to receive multiple three year accreditations from CARF for Outpatient: Integrated AOD/MH (adults, adolescents, and children). She is a Certified Clinical Supervisor, and an Internationally Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor. She has written and studied the results of multiple treatment interventions and has developed new programing for women, men, young adults and adolescents. She is a supervisor and has worked with Oakland University, Eastern Michigan University, Walden University, Western Michigan University, Oakland Community College, Madonna, University of Michigan and the University of Detroit to educate and train aspiring therapists. She has been instrumental in education of the public in areas that pertain to the use of substances and prevention, making her first appearances related to her experience and success in treating those addicted to synthetics back in 2010. She was confirmed a Substance Use Disorder Expert by the 6th Circuit Court of Michigan on 1-21-12. She has been published by the Detroit Free Press and articles relating to her speaking engagements and work have been published in the Spinal Column, and Oakland Press. She is the Co-Founder and acting President of an educational non-profit organization called, R.A.D.E.O. (Regional Anti-Drug Education and Outreach) which aspires to further educate the public, and professionals about issues relating to the use and abuse of substances. She is currently participating as a member of the Oakland County Prescription Drug Abuse Partnership helping to bring her insight and expertise to addressing the epidemic that the community is now facing. Miss Reader co-founded It Is Possible Milford Counseling sober living homes to provide extended care services to those around the country in a way that is truly unique. It Is Possible Extended care sober living homes provide a safe environment for those recovering from a substance use disorder both with or without a co-occurring mental health disorder while being supported by a fully functioning outpatient facility. In this capacity with her loving husband and Co-Founder Rhett Reader, they have utilized Yoga for Recovery Groups, Forgiveness Bonfires among other physical, outdoor, and sober recreational enhancing activities for the participants. She remains on the cutting edge of evidence based techniques to help mobilize the qualities she knows are just inside each client she treats.
Rhett Reader MSW, CADC.
Rhett is the co-owner and co-founder of Milford Counseling.
Rhett is a clinical therapist that helps people to overcome depression, anxiety, addiction and trauma. Rhett provides an array of evidence based practices while utilizing complementary techniques to help individuals achieve positive results. He believes in the individual’s capacity to heal and to discover their true selves. Rhett can help to loosen the grips of depression, lower the misery of anxiety, stop the nightmare of trauma, and end the hopelessness of addiction. Rhett offers a way out of the problem and helps people to find a pathway to their solution.
Rhett is a United States Air Force Gulf War Veteran who serves as the Veteran Mentor Coordinator for the Oakland County Veterans Treatment Court. He is passionate about helping Veterans and their families. Rhett is president of the Friends of the Oakland County Veterans Treatment Court; a non-profit organization that provides support to local Veterans who are experiencing crisis.
Master’s Degree in Clinical Social Work University of Michigan
Psychology/Social Science and Mental Health Degrees Marygrove and Oakland Community College
Certified Addiction Counselor State of Michigan
Practice Methods: Complementary Techniques:
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Client Centered Directed
Motivational Interviewing Alternative and Holistic
Mindfulness Therapy Mind, Body and Spirit
Dialectical Behavioral Therapy Outdoor and Adventure
Trauma Exposure Therapy Animal and Pet
Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Creativity and Artistic
M.A., LLP, CAADC/Therapist.Gene has experience treating a broad range of mental health issues. Having been in recovery from substance abuse since 1993, Gene has a passion for working with those suffering from addiction, as well as anger, anxiety, depression and PTSD. Gene has a humanistic approach to therapy and is compassionate and caring. He earned a Master’s Degree in Clinical and Humanistic Psychology, is a member of the Psi Chi: National Honor Society in Psychology, the Rho Chi: National Honor Society and is an Internationally Certified Advanced Addiction Counselor. In addition, Gene serves as the volunteer mental health treatment advisor for Waterford Regional Veteran’s Court. Gene has helped numerous people find their own individualized path to recovery from addictions and to achieve wellness and better living. Gene treats adults and adolescents, as well as providing family and couple’s therapy
Elizabeth J.F. Treger, MS, LPC, NCC,CAADC, Therapist.
My goal as a therapist is to offer a comfortable and safe environment to assist my clients through struggles they may face. I strive to provide an empathetic, understanding, and nonjudgmental environment that fosters a positive therapeutic relationship. As each client is unique, my therapeutic style is integrated, with a foundation in Cognitive Behaviors Therapy, in order to meet those needs.
I received my Bachelors degree in Interpersonal Communications and my Masters degrees in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. Credentialed as a National Certified Counselor and in combination with a past history as a teacher, I am passionate about providing clients with information that educates and provides information that empowers them. Helping others help themselves is my goal.
I provide therapy to children, adolescents, and adults suffering from anxiety, depression, post-traumatic stress disorder and other mood disorders as well as addiction issues. I additionally have experience providing group therapy as well as didactic lectures. I am passionate about issues surrounding co-dependence. In my spare time, I own a Martial Arts Studio and enjoy integrating some of those skills into issues of self-empowerment
Jason F. Heusted “Jake” LLMSW, CADC Therapist.
Mr. Heusted completed a Bachelors of Social Work form Eastern Michigan University in 2015. He is currently attending a program for a Masters in Social Work from Eastern Michigan University with a concentration on Chemical Dependency and Mental Health. Mr. Heusted is also a MCBAP certified addiction professional. Jake began his journey in the helping profession due to overcoming his own personal struggles with alcohol and drug addiction. Mr. Heusted is person in long term recovery and has been in recovery since 2004, he is also an active member of the local recovery community. Jake provides services with a perspective from the 12 step model, Cognitive Behavioral approach and also has training specific to Gestalt therapy and Motivational Interviewing. “I know recovery can be done, we just need love and support, as a social worker I like to see the person as a whole, our environment is part of who we are.”
CADC,ASMHSW Therapist.Jesse has been part of the Milford Counseling team in various capacities since 2012, beginning as an intern. After receiving his Associates Degree for Mental Health/Social Work from Oakland Community College in 2013 he began working as a social service technician, lecturer, and business administration technician. In October 2014 he established himself as an intern therapist with a CADC developmental plan. Jesse is qualified to treat the spectrum of substance abuse from mild to severe using a variety of modalities that include: client centered therapy, cognitive-behavioral therapy, and motivational interviewing. Jesse has been continuing his education, earning an Associate’s Degree in Liberal Arts in 2014 and now working toward a Bachelor’s Degree at Oakland University. As an ordained minister and initiate of three spiritual traditions, Jesse is able to offer spirituality based treatment that can meet the needs of any spiritual/religious worldview.
Charles was born and raised in Pontiac up till the age of nine. At the age of nine, his maternal grandparents took him to Puerto Rico. Charles learned the language and culture of the Island. By the time he was eighteen, he went into the Army and was active in Germany during the First Gulf War. He helped in the efforts to send the V Corps from Germany to Saudi Arabia. He also served as military police during that time. For his services, he received the National Service Ribbon by President Bush Sr. Charles left the Army honorably on August of 1993 in order to complete his education in Puerto Rico. He received his Bachelors in Clinical Psychology with a GPA of 3.85 by 1998. He then completed his Masters by 2004 in Social and Community Psychology with a GPA of 3.80. During this time of study he was also awarded by American Scholars in 1995 and Who's Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges by 1996. Charles then returned to Michigan to work as a case manager funded by a SAHMSA grant to serve the Hispanic community by December 2004. He also worked with groups in recovery at this time. He later became a case manager and served the general community until July of 2010. At this time Charles took a job as a therapist and worked with general community clients of all descriptions and ages. He worked particularly with clients diagnosed with ADHD, ADD, Bipolar, Anxiety, Depression, Borderline, Mild Autistic Disorder and Mild Retardation. Charles used primarily Mindfulness, Cognitive Behavioral, Dialectical Behavioral, Motivational Interviewing and Psychodynamic modalities. Charles then began to work at Milford Counseling. During his stay at Milford Counseling, he worked with clients that were diagnosed with Addiction Disorders as well as dually diagnosed client. Charles obtained his CADC in 2014 and his LLP in 2015.
MA LLPC,NCC,CAADC Therapist.Carissa Karanth has been employed by Milford Counseling for more than three years and has combined her school knowledge with real world experience to encompass a broad range of mental health and substance abuse concerns. She earned her Bachelor’s in Psychology and her Masters of Arts in Counseling from Oakland University. She is a Nationally Certified Counselor (NCC), a member of the Psi Chi: National Honor Society in Psychology, a member of Chi Sigma Iota: National Counseling Honors Society, a member of ACA: American Counseling Association, NAADAC: National Association for Addiction Professionals and is currently working on her CAADC: Certified Advanced Alcohol and Drug Certification. She has unique life experiences including being a young cancer survivor, being married for over 18 years, being a teacher for eight years and the mother of two teenagers. Her approach to therapy is uniquely eclectic in nature with roots in Cognitive Behavioral, Humanistic and Solution Focused Brief Therapy, designed to be customizable towards clients ranging in ages from 5 and up. Carissa specializes in individual, family, marriage therapy for mental health, substance abuse or dual diagnosed clients as well as children and adolescent therapy using clinically tested and evidence based interventions designed to empower couples and individuals to overcome obstacles and improve their quality of life.
Debra M. Gregory
LCSW, ACSW Therapist, Supervisor.Debra has34 years of combined experience working in a hospital and private practice setting with a diverse variety of mental health and substance abuse diagnosis. My clinical specialties include treatment of Depression, Anxiety, Bipolar, ADHD, PTSD, Sexual Abuse, Womens Issues, Grief, Alcohol Dependency, and Dual Diagnosis(MH/SA-MH/DD) within age range of 8 to 75.
Making changes take courage. Therapy is a way of nurturing the process of self exploration, healing and growth to help positive change occur. In partnership with clients, I work in an interactive, practical, nonjudgmental, caring way in an atmosphere of openness and trust. A variety of treatment methods may be used to facilitate insight, expand knowledge and coping alternatives to achieve your goals. The resulting self empowerment and improved quality of life can yield life time benefits.
I have a Masters Degree in Clinical Social Work from Wayne State University and am licensed by the State of Michigan. I am also an Accredited Certified Social Worker (ACSW) and belong to the National Academy of Social Workers (NASW).
LLP/ Therapist.Victoria Yelletz has been a therapist for over 25 years. She graduated from Eastern Michigan University with a Masters Degree in Clinical Psychology. She received her Bachelor's Degree from California State College. She holds a Limited License as a Psychologist. She has additional training in Bioenergetics, Family Therapy, Divorce Care, and Equine Assisted Therapy.
Victoria has owned and managed New Beginnings Counseling Center and The Women's Growth Center. In addition to working at Milford Counseling, she owns and operates Hold Your Horses at her home where she conducts women's empowerment groups using equine assisted therapy techniques. She has training to do psychological testing and has worked as a liason with schools and parents. She has worked with teenage girls in a residential treatment facility and has worked as a family therapist in a local hospital.
Victoria brings a wealth of experience, knowledge and integrity in working with clients. She focuses on relationship issues believing that growth is always possible when we allow ourselves to love and be loved through forgiveness and compassion to others as well as ourselves. She focuses on working with women, young adults, couples and families. Her areas of interests are depression, anxiety, life transitions and troubled family systems. Victoria brings dynamic participation, keen listening and sensitive honoring of each clients own path to health and happiness.
Amy Shoemaker MA, NCC,LLPC,CAADC-DP Therapist
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Derek Daniel CADC-DP Intern Therapist
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