Our Team in Ann Arbor
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
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.
Michelle DeFrancesco, LMSW
We can all use someone to talk to, someone who will listen and someone to act as a guide through tough times. Often, problems in one area of life can affect many other areas, and can feel overwhelming. Coping mechanisms that served you well in the past may no longer work, yet are ingrained, unconscious and difficult to change. You are not alone and you can bring about positive change!
I have my MSW and training in interpersonal clinical social work. My background is eclectic and diverse. I have worked extensively with people who have experienced trauma, anxiety, depression and substance abuse issues. I believe that recovery is possible for everyone! My approach is strength based, client-directed, and wellness and recovery oriented.
I employ many modalities of therapy, depending on what the client wants and needs. Some of these are mindfulness based practice, cognitive reframing, focusing on holistic wellness and life coaching. Above all, I value your perspectives and experience and believe a strong therapeutic alliance is key to bringing about positive change. I look forward to your feedback along the way, as you work on your goals for therapy.
I look forward to hearing from you!
Emily Hagen, LMSW, Clinical Director
Welcome, I am glad you are here. I understand seeking therapy can be difficult, and I am committed to working with you to develop a therapeutic relationship that is safe, supportive, and trusting. You are the expert in your own life, and my role is to help you identify and access your own strength, and to support your healing.
I have a deep respect for my clients and understand the importance of the work we do together. Whether you are searching for meaning and recovery, or struggling with a recent change in your life, I am here to support you.
I have experience addressing addiction, co-dependency, interpersonal issues, family of origin issues, parenting, grief and loss, loss of a non-human companion, domestic violence, anxiety, depression, personality disorders, and trauma. My approach is trauma-informed and strengths-based. I utilize a variety of modalities, including Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing Therapy (EMDR), CBT, and DBT.
Kathy Stewart, LMSW
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.
Nicole Pratt, LLMSW
Creating a safe space for honesty, transparency, and growth is my goal for our therapeutic alliance. It’s important to me to meet my clients where they are, and collaborate on achieving progress and sustainable life changes.
I utilize a person-centered, strengths-based, and trauma-informed approach. I have a background in addressing addiction and substance use issues, anxiety, depression, grief and loss, interpersonal conflict, personality disorders, and trauma. I utilize a number of modalities including Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, and Motivational Interviewing.
You deserve to achieve what you desire out of life! I’m glad you’re here, and I look forward to working with you.
Nicole Lopez, LLMSW
My goal is to support you while you create the change that you want in your life. Change can be a complicated process, and it can be made easier by finding an ally to create a non-judgmental space for you to process what is going on. My approach to therapy is body-inclusive, informed by an intersectional lens, and aims to be anti-oppressive. I want to focus on you and your goals, learn from challenges, and to support you while you create the life that you want to live. Each person is different and I want to tap into your unique strengths and hear what you are concerned about. You have made an important choice for yourself by deciding to get into therapy.
I specialize in working with people who identify as LGBTQIA2S+, consensually non-monogamous (including but not limited to polyamory, swinging, etc), kink-oriented or involved with BDSM, and sex workers.
Sara Long, LLMSW
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, such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Psychodynamic Therapy, and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT).
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.
Libby Saylor, LLMSW
Welcome! My name is Libby and I use she/her/ hers pronouns and I am so glad you are here! I believe one of the most important parts of therapy is the therapeutic relationship with the clinician and client. With this being said, we will work together in order to make space for a safe and welcoming environment based on your needs and preferences. Once we create this space, we will begin to build a relationship centered around your needs as an individual and how we will work together to reach a place of positive change and overall well- being.
As individuals, we all have our own unique experiences and backgrounds along with various obstacles we must face. These lead us to cope with the ups and downs life throws our way however possible and I am here to help explore these thoughts, behaviors, and thinking patterns we find ourselves in that may be unhelpful or hinder our growth. Together, we will find what treatment plan best suits you and your goals, along with exploring current and past barriers in order to improve your overall well- being.
Although I have experience working with people of all ages, I specialize in children, youth, and their families. I have experience in Trauma- Informed Cognitive Behavioral therapy (TF-CBT), Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Attachment Based- therapy, while implementing a strength- based approach in order to help individuals increase their quality of life. I have experience in working with individuals with anxiety, depression, grief and loss, trauma, and am an ally for my LGBTQ and BIPOC brothers and sisters. Thank you for being so brave and prioritizing your mental health, I applaud you and I cannot wait to work alongside you on this journey!