Dr. Robert Gerl, PhD

Fully Licensed Psychologist

Kalamazoo, MI

I believe that everyone who comes for counseling is seeking change in their life to live more genuinely and happily. The focus of counseling is the person. The process is a holistic process that includes the spiritual, psychological, emotional and physical aspects of the individual. I believe that good counseling involves good clinical assessment and diagnosis to assist in developing a treatment plan and proper interventions.

Amanda Elston, MA

Limited License Psychologist

Grand Rapids, MI

Every life journey is as unique as the individual embarking on it. Just as we as individuals differ, so too should our experiences in therapy. My goal as your therapist is to support you in your journey forward by meeting you where you are at each session, evaluating your needs and wants, and assisting you in developing and implementing a plan for achieving your goals.

I have experience working with children and adults alike, on a variety of challenges - from life transitions and adjustment to severe and chronic mental illness. Guidance, motivation, exploration, insight, understanding, healing; whatever it is you seek from therapy, I can help.

I am passionate about the work I do, and look forward to walking alongside you as you take this next step in your life journey!

Deborah Adams, MSW

Licensed Master Social Worker

​Battle Creek, MI
Life is a journey with many peaks and valleys.  Sometimes when we are trapped in the midst of a very deep and seemly impossible bypass, it may be helpful to to get a different perspective.  Sometimes it is difficult to choose the correct path for yourself or a loved-one.  Whether it is relationship difficulties, loss of a significant person in your life, a life change such as a divorce, relationship status, family structure, care of a dependent person it is helpful to have someone who is familiar with the process of handling these and other life changes.  I have been trained in Systems Theory which is based on the theory that each person and family is effected and effects the system with which they interact.  I am also skilled with Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, which assists with identifying unhealthy thought patterns and assists the individual with changing these thoughts into adaptive perceptions of the world, which significantly changes behavior. 

Tierra Youngblood-Field, MA

Limited License Professional Counselor

Limited License Marriage & Family Therapist

​Grand Rapids, MI

As a Marriage & Family Therapist my goal is to provide families, couples and individuals with a safe environment where they can explore themselves and the possibility of change within their life and their relationships. I believe that our lives are centered on relationships with others. Relationships are the building blocks of life; but, they can also be very debilitating. When those relationships become troubled, sometimes assistance from family and friends may not be enough to find balance within yourself or other relationships. Lucky for us, there are people who have dedicated their lives to helping others along their journey.
As a helping professional, I have worked with clients from a variety of backgrounds and presenting concerns. I have experience with interracial couples and have had great success in using the Gottman Method. I also have experience in school settings where I provided counseling to children using play therapy.


Therapists...

Rebecca Turner, MA

Licensed Professional Counselor

Grand Rapids, MI

Having been a school counselor for over 20 years now, I am excited to be joining the Life Journey Psychological Services team! I will continue doing my school counseling with middle schoolers and will also be available to clients at Life Journey from 4 PM until 10 PM on Monday through Friday and 8 AM until 8 PM on Saturdays and Sundays. I feel blessed to be able to work with amazing people everyday! What a joy to watch children and adults grow through difficult times to reach their full potential.


Having been in recovery for 30 plus years myself, as well as having a S.P.A.D.A. Certification, I am very qualified to work with addictions/compulsions of any type. My areas of specialty include anxiety, depression, substance abuse, body image issues, self-esteem concerns, and anything having to do with the L.G.B.T.,and Q. arena. I welcome you all and truly look forward to getting to know you, helping you develop healthy coping skills, discovering your true beauty, and working with you to accomplish whatever goals you may have.


A little bit about me personally…..I am blessed with three amazing children, ages 18, 22, and 23. I am married to my soulmate. I have a Labradoodle named Daisy. I love reading, live music, painting furniture, playing with/arranging flowers, and spending time with friends and family.

Michele Figuereo, MA

Limited License Professional Counselor

​Grand Rapids, MI

​I believe that through a safe and judgment-free therapeutic relationship true growth, empowerment, and healing can occur in any individual's life. As a Limited Licensed Professional Counselor I have an extensive range of clinical experience providing mental health services for depression, anxiety, anger, trauma, grief, family and relationship issues, career exploration, and the LGBT population. All are welcome here. I see clients starting at age 10 through adult and welcome you to take a step towards a better quality of life and self care by contacting me to set up an appointment.

Kim Lichon-Tufer, LCMSW, SSW

Licensed Clinical Social Worker

​Grand Rapids, MI

My passion is helping others find ways to manage their challenges in this ever-changing journey we call life. For over 17 years I have worked with adults, children, adolescents, and their families in a variety of settings; including home, school, office, and in community settings. I pride myself in building therapeutic relationships with each individual I work with. By achieving this, I believe we can then work together to help you identify just what is challenging you currently to get you to the life you choose to live successfully. We will talk, set goals, and make a plan together, utilizing your positive characteristics, so that you can feel good about success, and to help you live the life you want.

I am a strengths based therapist, who focuses on utilizing each individual’s unique qualities and strengths to help them move forward. I have worked with kids who have experienced minor to significant trauma in their life, through both individual and group therapy settings.  I have a specialization in children, adolescents, and young adults with cognitive impairments, on the Autism spectrum, and/or behavioral challenges.  I have also worked with individuals on issues of depression, anxiety, self-esteem, PTSD, CBT, DBT, grief and loss, school challenges, peer pressure, bullying, and many others.  I look forward to meeting you  and working with you to help you through whatever challenges you may currently be experiencing!

Brian Willshire, MA

Licensed Professional Counselor

​Kalamazoo, MI

We all belong to formal and informal groups with rules. Change the rules/thought patterns you follow, and you change your life. My life has been greatly shaped by trying to be the best Catholic/Christian I can be and have worked with lots of people with no, little, or different religious experience. (We only discuss faith if it is the issue.)

Previously, I was a middle school counselor for 16 years and an 8th grade English teacher for 12 years before that. I worked with students and their families dealing with cutting, depression, anxiety, bullying, peer-pressure/relations, 504s, and any other life issue that arose.

Please know I am open to working with high school aged clients as well and am looking forward to working with adults struggling with their faith walk due to anxiety and/or depression.


Kristina Raleigh, MA

Limited License Professional Counselor

​Battle Creek, MI

I believe counseling is a very personal and intimate journey.  I create a comfortable, nonjudgmental, and open environment through empathy and genuineness for my clients that will allow for self-growth and healing.  I implement several therapeutic techniques including evidence based practices, like CBT, and play therapy techniques.  Each individual client is unique and requires a specialized therapeutic plan of action for their specific needs.  My hope is to help guide my clients to recognize positive things in their lives, explore different ways of thinking, and develop healthy coping skills. 

I have been privileged to have worked with and improve the lives of many children and adolescents who have been struggling with anxiety, depression, loss, and adjustment. I have been practicing in a professional environment for over two years and received my Master’s degree in counseling at Western Michigan University.  Contact me so we can discuss your child or adolescent’s needs.

Dr. Hiral Patel,  PsyD
Doctoral Limited License Psychologist

Grand Rapids, MI

My therapy philosophy is based on the importance of treating individuals with dignity and respect. I believe that human beings are dynamic, capable of change and restoration; consequently, I have a deep respect for their resilience and strength. My approach to client care is to identify, utilize, and enhance the client’s unique strengths to empower them to heal and reach their goals. I believe that a trusting relationship between the therapist and the client is fundamental to the process of therapy. Therefore, I strive to create a confidential, safe, non-judgmental, and compassionate space for clients to own and process their experiences, while promoting change through healing and growth.

 I have worked with a wide variety of clients in a number of settings. Some of the issues that I focus on are anxiety, mood disorders, grief and loss, trauma, LGBTQI issues, relationship difficulties, life transitions, addiction, and co-occurring mental health issues. Using evidence based treatments, I tailor my approach around the client, working to meet his/her unique needs and goals.



Teresa Miller,  MA

Licensed Professional Counselor

My passion is helping others find ways to navigate all that this ever-changing, fast-paced world can throw at us. For 10 years I have worked with adults, adolescents, and their families. If you are suffering because life has given you obstacles you don't feel you can overcome, I can help.

By getting to know you, I will help you identify just what is holding you back from the life you want to live. We will talk, set goals, and make a plan that you can work, so that you can feel good about moving forward in your unique and beautiful life.

Some of the major life issues I have helped others navigate: anxiety, depression, relationship issues, grief and loss, addiction, self-doubt, adjustment to a new way of life, and many others.

Dr. Urminda Firlan, PhD

Fully Licensed Psychologist

Each person is on a unique life journey. I look forward to learning where you are on your journey and how I can help you create the life you desire. It is not about dwelling on the past but about using life lessons to move forward in a positive way. Even our most difficult life experiences bring us wisdom, character and integrity. If you are at a low point on your journey, therapy provides an opportunity to sort through the complexities, decrease the feeling of being overwhelmed and make real progress on your current life challenges.
If you are experiencing a high point on your journey or just striving to hit a high point, therapy can help with goal setting, research, and execution of your plan. Having someone to help problem solve and hold you accountable provides a direct path to achieving your dreams.
If you are coasting along with no obstacles but at the same time, no real passion; it is time to make a change! Life is meant to be exciting, adventurous, and rewarding. I look forward to meeting you and working together to create your vision for your life journey. I earned my PhD from Michigan State University in 2000. The only current openings I have are for direct pay clients in search of high impact results in 4-6 sessions. These clients are physicians, surgeons, psychiatrist, Corporate CEOs, Celebrities and Business Owners. My insurance spots are filled at this time but please continue reading to find a fit with one of our other incredibly talented therapists.


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Kristi Farber, LMSW

Licensed Master Social Worker 

​Grand Rapids, MI

My passion is to serve children from birth to 18 years of age. I enjoy helping them navigate the challenges that arise in the development of healthy relationships with self, family and others. As a Master’s level Social Worker with a Clinical and Marco license, I specialize in working with individuals that have been diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder, Behavioral disorders, Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities and Trauma. Having worked in the mental health field for 19 years, I have been trained in the following evidence based practices; Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavior Therapy (TFCBT), and Parent Management Training of Oregon (PMTO). I advocate strongly for families in both home and school life. I graduated in 1998 from Western Michigan University with a major in Family Studies and minor in Social work. I earned my master's degree from Grand Valley State University in 2003 with a major in Social Work and completed my certification for school social worker in 2017. I also work with adults and couples but my primary focus has been children. I look forward to our journey together!

Theresa Arnold, LLMSW

Limited Licensed Master Social Worker 

​Kalamazoo, MI

​I operate from a wellness model that to achieve well-being both resilience and happiness skills are needed. Resilience skills help us cope with and bounce back from challenges.  Happiness skills help us increase the good in life. In therapy, we partner to set goals for you and/or your child and will work together to build a social-emotional skills set that will allow you to process and cope with your challenges in a healthy and helpful way, while simultaneously looking to increase the good and build positive life experiences.  My approach is strength based, client-centered, and trauma informed.  I am passionate about helping clients develop and find skills that best meet their individual needs.  I am experienced in helping children and their families process and address: issues at school, anxiety/worry, depression, familial changes, childhood trauma, and more.  I am skilled in cognitive-behavioral techniques and often draw upon solution-focused, mind-body, art, and play therapy techniques.



Java Hollida, MA

Limited License Professional Counselor

​Battle Creek, MI

Life is a challenge, regardless of who you are or your place in life. While I believe that all unique individuals are capable of self-love and self-healing, I also know from over 15 years of experience working with people that we all need a little help finding our way from time to time. I am glad that my professional and personal experiences have equipped me to help a wide range of people during difficult times of change or transition, and that I am able to offer my services to those in need.

My professional background is varied with years in the public school system and with people in a mental health capacity. I have had great success with a wide variety of clientele, especially young girls and women dealing with depression, suicidal thoughts, and other emotional challenges (anxiety, low self-esteem, post traumatic stress disorder, and trauma.)

Do not spend another day suffering alone. Allow me to utilize my years of experience and expertise to bring you relief and move towards the life you've always wanted.

Nathaneal Cropsey, MA

Limited License Professional Counselor

​Battle Creek, MI

Each person is living their unique story as they move through life. I have a passion for walking alongside people as they look to overcome the obstacles in front of them or work through the things from the past that may be holding them back. Through implementing a variety of counseling techniques, we can walk through the obstacles of life like anger, anxiety, depression, relationships, and grief together and begin to move holistically toward healing.


I have been working with youth for 7 years, and I have a passion for helping young people through the stresses and challenges of our fast-paced society. I desire to help teens and their families gain hope and attain peace in the midst of varying challenges in today’s world. In addition, I have experience in working with young children and adults of all ages. Wherever you are in your life, I aspire to help you gain healing and bring hope to your story.