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Our Team in Monroe

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.

Lainey Billock-Thompson, MA, LLPC, CCTP



Specialties: Anger, Anxiety, Codependency, Depression, Divorce, Domestic Violence, Family Conflict, LGBTQ+, Pregnancy/Prenatal/Postpartum, Relationship Issues, School Issues, Self Esteem, Stress, Trauma/PTSD, Women's Issues

Populations: Adolescents, Adults

Modalities: Individual

Certifications: Certified Clinical Trauma Professional Level 1

Hello and welcome! My name is Lainey and I’m glad you’ve taken this important step in your journey.

I have worked in a variety of settings with a wide variety of different people. Much of my experience includes trauma work stemming from events such as domestic violence, sexual assault, and chaotic childhood experiences. My passion is to help my clients regain a sense of self, a sense of empowerment, and discover new ways to experience their lives. My goal is to help you find a space in which you are heard, seen, and safe.

My style is eclectic with a focus on person-centered, humanistic techniques. I pride myself on my ability to meet people where they are and sit with them there until they are ready to move forward.  I am not only able to hear how you feel inside, but also give some insight on the biological processes which contribute to these feelings. Let’s talk! I look forward to meeting you.

Sarah Bologna, LMSW



Specialties: Addiction/Substance Abuse, Anxiety, Autism, Bipolar, Chronic Illness/Pain, Codependency, Depression, Grief/Loss, Intellectual/Developmental/Learning Disabilities, Marital/Premarital, Parenting, Pregnancy/Prenatal/Postpartum, Relationship Issues, School Issues, Self-Harm, Self Esteem, Sexual Abuse, Sleep Issues, Stress, Suicidal Ideation, Trauma/PTSD, Women's Issues

Populations: Adolescents, Adults, Older Adults

Modalities: Individual, Couples, Family

Certifications: Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR)

Hello! We all experience struggle and difficult situations in life. I approach all who come into my office with acceptance, support and individually tailored sessions. We will work together to gain better understanding, set goals and work toward them. Therapy is a safe, judgement-free space for you and/or your family unit to work through hard times. It is a privilege and an honor for me to walk with you through such difficult and vulnerable moments. Please know that you are not alone and, together, we can move toward a better tomorrow.

Melinda Breeding, LLMSW



Specialties: Addiction/Substance Abuse, ADHD, Anger, Anxiety, Chronic Illness/Pain, Codependency, Depression, Divorce, Domestic Violence, Grief/Loss, Relationship Issues, Self Esteem, Stress, Suicidal Ideation, Trauma/PTSD

Populations: Children, Adolescents, Adults, Older Adults

Modalities: Individual, Couples, Group

Welcome. I am glad you are here. My goal is to provide a safe and supportive environment where we can build a valuable therapeutic relationship. My hope is that you will experience growth and healing through better understanding your thoughts, behaviors, emotions and choices. I believe we are all capable of change - we just need a little help along the way.

Paul Brown, LLPC



Specialties: Anger, Anxiety, Bipolar, Depression, Divorce, Grief/Loss, Men's Issues, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, Relationship Issues, Self Esteem, Sleep Issues, Spirituality, Stress, Trauma/PTSD

Populations: Adults, Older Adults

Modalities: Individuals, Couples

Seeking help when you are going through difficult times really comes down to one desire--you seek change. We want to change the things in our lives that are causing us pain or distress. Whether it be external circumstances or something about us or within us, how many times have we said to ourselves, “if I could change this, or just change that, then I will happy.” Sometimes we can make the changes we seek and are still not happy, or not as happy as we thought we would be. Why is that? Other times that process can seem like a road that never reaches its destination.

Some things we cannot change. We cannot change the past. Rarely can we change other people. But we can change how we think about and react to the situations in life that are causing us to be unhappy; that is where true freedom lies, and then we begin to change our individual futures.

We will work together to empower you to be more in control of your thoughts and feelings and less a victim of them. With each new level of awareness comes the power to perceive distressing thoughts, feelings, and memories in a new light that brings healing and freedom. Collaboratively we will work towards forging a positive, hopeful vision for your future.

Isabella Kuzniak, LLP


Hello and welcome. I am a psychologist with 30+ years experience working with adults in residential, hospital, and outpatient settings. Within these various settings I have helped clients who struggled with a variety of life challenges.

Through the use of the supportive therapy approach, and by collaborating with the clients to identify therapy goals, it is my ultimate objective to help the client attain their goals. One may think the outlook bleak, the hurdle insurmountable, but I wish for the client to realize there are options available and to instill a sense of hopefulness for the future.

By offering whatever help is needed, the aim is for an outcome that has built up functional, healthy, and adaptive behaviors, and increased self-esteem and that the client has now become an individual that is in control, effective, satisfied, and content.

Rachel Miller, LLMSW



Specialties: Anxiety, Codependency, Depression, Divorce, Domestic violence, Family conflict, Grief/loss, Infidelity, LGBTQ+, Marital/premarital, Relationship issues, Sexual abuse, Sexuality, Trauma/PTSD, Women's issues, Domestic violence

Populations: Adults

Modalities: Individual

Welcome! I believe that everyone deserves support, encouragement, healing, and peace. My approach to therapy is rooted in empathy, validation, and a deep understanding of the ways in which trauma can impact every aspect of a person’s life. By creating an affirming and non-judge mental space, I work collaboratively with my clients to explore and process through their experiences, identify their strengths, and develop strategies for coping and healing.

My therapeutic approach is person-centered and strengths-based. I utilize empowerment and trauma-informed practices while paying special attention to the ways each client’s identities impact their experiences. I integrate therapeutic modalities from interpersonal, psychodynamic, and family systems theories and frameworks. I am passionate about helping individuals heal and thrive after experiencing trauma, particularly related to intimate partner violence/domestic violence, sexual assault, stalking, relationship issues, childhood sexual abuse, and family issues.

You have taken the first steps in understanding and healing from experiences that have deeply impacted you. I am looking forward to collaboratively working with you as you take these next steps for your growth and well-being.

Dorian Pello, MA, LPC, CAADC



Specialties: Addiction/Substance Abuse, Anger, Anxiety, Bipolar, Chronic Illness/Pain, Codependency, Divorce, Domestic Violence, Eating Disorders, Family Conflict, Grief/Loss, Infidelity, LGBTQ+, Marital/Premarital, Men's Issues, OCD, Parenting, Relationship Issues, Self-Harm, Self Esteem, Sex Therapy, Sexuality, Sleep Issues, Stress, Suicidal Ideation, Trauma/PTSD, Women's Issues

Populations: Adults, Older Adults

Modalities: Individual, Couples

Certifications: CAADC (Certified Advanced Alcohol and Drug Counselor)

My experience as a clinician has been about providing client centered care. I have worked with many diverse individuals and groups; and helped to support positive change in a vast number of issues for those I have worked with in treatment. I am a fully Licensed Professional Counselor and am a Certified Advance Alcohol and Drug Counselor. I believe in a client-counselor treatment modality that shares respect, empathy, and realness.

Brenda Shopshire, LPC



Specialties: Anger, Anxiety, Codependency, Depression, Divorce, Domestic Violence, Eating Disorders, Grief/Loss, Infidelity, Relationship Issues, Self Esteem, Spirituality, Stress

Populations: Adults, Older Adults

Modalities: Individual, Couples

We all experience difficult seasons in our lives. During these times, it is very helpful to have someone willing to listen without judgement. I approach the counseling relationship as a partnership between two people interested in positive growth and change. I am interested in helping you overcome fear and anxiety while setting goals to reach your fullest potential. Since each of us is unique in our background and experience, I am ready to meet you where you are, and walk alongside you in moving toward a healthy and peaceful life.

I have experience working with depression, anxiety, survivors of suicide, grief and loss, anticipatory grief, caregiver stress and burnout, and career counseling.

Barbara Verran, LPC



Specialties: ADHD, Anger, Anxiety, Bipolar, Chronic Illness/Pain, Depression, Divorce, Family Conflict, Gender Identity, Grief/Loss, Infidelity, LGBTQ+, Marital/Premarital, OCD, Relationship Issues, Self Esteem, Stress, Suicidal Ideation, Trauma/PTSD, Women's Issues

Populations: Adolescents, Adults, Older Adults

Modalities: Individual, Couples, Family, Group

Life is hard. Sometimes we need help making sense of our lives and our situations. We cannot change our past, but together we can make sense of it and plan for a happy, healthy future. Whether you are struggling with grief, employment and training, relationship issues, sexual orientation, depression, anger, anxiety, and/or are looking for a professional to listen and guide your journey, I welcome the opportunity to be that helper.

A plan of action based upon your goals is challenging….especially when you’re doing it alone. In a crisis, help is even more important. I believe that talking about your problems is a good beginning, but self-exploration, growth, and moving toward solutions are the keys to your strength and healing.

My many years of educating and counseling individuals such as yourself has taught me the long-term benefits of providing a non-judgmental, comfortable environment. One that is centered upon you and only you. Life IS hard. You and I can make it better together.

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