Our Team in Ann Arbor West
Welcome! Transformational Choices is a community-based professional service that provides a full range of life enhancing services in a holistic, mindful, and supportive setting.
Our mission is to support mindful change within individuals, groups, and organizations. We are proud to offer a diverse array of services, including mental health counseling for individuals, groups, families, children. We work to address relationship issues between couples, within small groups, and in families. We offer life and wellness coaching and consultation, as well as organizational evaluation and consulting.
We are committed to providing the best professional services by working with our clients and developing and implementing the most effective and customized life enhancing change plans, through the promotion of learning and personal growth.
Transformational Choices uses a natural and organic mind / body approach to restoring healthy emotional, behavioral, and cognitive functioning. The client and therapist are partners and work together to discover the choices necessary to reach new goals and break old patterns.
Our approach to the helping relationship is especially effective in dealing with depression, anxiety, emotional dysfunction, creative blocks, relationship concerns, and debilitating personality traits that interfere with love, work, and the knowledge to sustain health.
Louis Barry, LLMSW
Specialties: Addiction/Substance Abuse, ADHD, Anger, Anxiety, Bipolar, Codependency, Depression, Divorce, Eating Disorders, Gender Identity, Grief/Loss, Infidelity, LGBTQ+, Marital/Premarital, Men's Issues, OCD, Personality Disorders, Relationship Issues, School Issues, Self-Harm, Self Esteem, Sexuality, Sleep Issues, Stress, Suicidal Ideation, Trauma/PTSD
Populations: Adolescents, Adults, Older Adults
Modalities: Individual, Couples
I believe the first and most important step is to create a nonjudgmental space to process what is on your mind. I am here to empower you to become your own therapist in the end, by giving you tools for coping and by helping you learn and let go of what is not serving you. I will meet you where you’re at--you do not have to feel ‘prepared’ for therapy sessions. We will be able to genuinely explore your feelings and inner dialogue together, even if that’s not something you would normally consider.
Together, we can improve your current state of being, whether that involves strategies for making important decisions, or how to go through a change or loss, coping techniques for depression, feelings of hopelessness, struggles with PTSD, addictive behaviors, obsessive thoughts or actions, worry, insomnia, your relationship with food, your relationship with sex and others, concerns with relating to your family of origin or family of creation, or talks about your general wellbeing. I’m here for you, and I look forward to our first session together. Stay strong, as storms never last.
Saskia Berrios-Thomas, LMSW
Specialties: ADHD, Anger, Anxiety, Depression, Grief/Loss, OCD, Relationship Issues, Self Esteem, Sexual Abuse, Stress, Trauma/PTSD, Women's Issues
Populations: Children, Adolescents, Adults, Older Adults
Welcome! Seeking therapy can be a challenging process, so I'm glad you have taken the first step. I am open to seeing clients of all backgrounds and ages, although I have the most experience working with young adults and teenagers. I am open and accepting of clients of all backgrounds, including but not limited to: LGBTQ individuals, BIPOC individuals, and those from all religions, cultures, and backgrounds.
I can help you work through a number of issues, including depression, anxiety, trauma, PTSD, grief and loss, and interpersonal issues. I employ a variety of therapeutic techniques, including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Motivational Interviewing, all using a strengths-based perspective. I believe that you are the expert of your own life, and I seek to guide you through your own goals and allow you to process what is on your mind. I aim to provide a nonjudgmental space for you and to help you find your own strength and power.
Julia Duncan, LLMSW
Specialties: Addiction/Substance Abuse, Anxiety, Chronic Illness/Pain, Depression, Divorce, Domestic Violence, Gender Identity, Grief/Loss, Infertility, Infidelity, LGBTQ+, Marital/Premarital, Pregnancy/Prenatal/Postpartum, Relationship Issues, School Issues, Self Esteem, Stress, Trauma/PTSD, Women's Issues
Populations: Adults, Older Adults
Modalities: Individual, Group
I understand that every person is unique and that there are many complexities and intricacies in life. My goal is to help you understand the many facets of your experience, and support you as you navigate through them by building insight, skills, and resilience. I utilize a holistic, strengths-based approach to provide a welcoming and non-judgmental environment for my clients. I draw from a variety of approaches, but my primary modalities include mindfulness and CBT. My goal is to create a space where we can learn, laugh, and grow together.
Paula Finnegan, LLMSW
Specialties: Addiction/Substance Abuse, ADHD, Anxiety Autism, Chronic Illness/Pain, Codependency, Depression, Gender Identity, Grief/Loss, Intellectual/Developmental/Learning Disabilities, LGBTQ+, Personality Disorders, Relationship Issues, School Issues, Self Esteem, Sexuality, Sleep Issues, Stress, Suicidal Ideation, Trauma/PTSD, Women's Issues
Populations: Adolescents, Adults, Older Adults
I am a disability-informed practitioner, and am experienced in empowering individuals to explore strategies to fully engage in their communities, and grow in their identities. I also have significant experience supporting people through career challenges and life transitions.
I utilize a number of modalities, including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), Mindfulness, and Motivational Interviewing. I recognize that oppressive systems contribute to mental health disparities among marginalized groups, and work from a strengths-based, feminist, anti-racist perspective.
My person-centered approach will respect you as the expert in your own lived experience as we set and achieve specific goals together.
Sara Long, LLMSW
Specialties: Anxiety, Bipolar, Chronic Illness/Pain, Depression, Sex Therapy, Sexuality, Stress, Trauma/PTSD
Populations: Adolescents, Adults
My goal is to create a welcoming environment for everyone I work with and to provide a safe, comfortable space to help you grow. Every individual is unique in their own way and requires their own personalized plan, as a result, I utilize a variety of therapy methods depending on what works best for the client. You and I will work together to develop an individualized treatment plan around your specific needs and goals. Together, we can work to decrease symptoms of anxiety and depression, process trauma, adjust to major life changes, increase overall wellbeing, and/or work through anything else that is causing distress in your life. I am also a sex-positive, kink-aware therapist who is ready to work with you to treat any difficulties associated with sexual functioning. I look forward to helping you work toward accomplishing your goals.
Kathy Stewart, LMSW
Specialties: Anxiety, Codependency, Depression, Divorce, Domestic Violence, Family Conflict, Grief/Loss, Infertility, Infidelity, Parenting, Relationship Issues, School Issues, Self-Harm, Self Esteem, Spirituality, Stress, Trauma/PTSD, Women's Issues
Populations: Adults, Older Adults
I strive to create a creative, mindful, and contemplative approach towards strengths based positive therapy, led by the client, and based on a shared respect between the client and clinician. I am committed to providing the best professional services by working with clients and developing and implementing the most effective and customized life enhancing change plans, through the promotion of learning and personal growth.