Our Team in Plymouth
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.
Chad Allee, LMSW, MS
I approach the therapeutic partnership through the process of change that occurs when we come to understand the affect our thoughts, feelings, and behaviors have on one another. In a safe and non-judgmental environment, I partner with clients to assist them in moving from distress to well-being. I believe that by discovering new and healthier ways of coping, we unlock our potential for greater emotional peace and balance.
My goal is to develop a therapeutic partnership with clients that builds on a strengths-based relationship, helping to restore the connection between the body and mind in order to have a more balanced life, and strength the tools and skills needed to reach and actualize higher potentionals. I provide a variety of helping services and treatment modalities to help clients move forward in life.
The mind and body are interconnected, impacting one another. Emotional distress can negatively affect our overall health, just as physical illness can directly impact our mental health. From this holistic point of view, I work with clients to create positive change by helping them develop greater balance and overall well-being.
Ashley Gronvall, LLMSW
I believe in meeting the client where they are at with evidence-based approaches. I am here to help you through whatever challenges life has thrown your way. My approach is client centered, and I will work with you to meet your goals. I have experience working with life transition, anxiety, depression, addiction, trauma, personality disorders and more. Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Seeking Safety, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Mindfulness, Motivational interviewing are some approaches I offer during treatment. I look forward to meeting with you, and helping you achieve your goals.
Shannon Bolton, MA, LLPC
Often times, scheduling your first appointment is one of the most difficult steps of the counseling process; I'm glad you're here. During our time together, I hope to offer you support in the areas in which you are having difficulty. There are various methods of Personal Counseling, each based on the individual counselor and the needs of the client. As my client, you have the right to know my methods, educational background, level of expertise, and shared expectations of our professional relationship.
Amanda Briskey, LLMSW
Life is fast paced and constantly moving! My desire is to offer a quiet, safe environment for people to come and process all of the things going on in their life. Taking a step out of the commotion and allowing time to think and talk through the different things going on in life gives way to an opportunity to determine desires, set goals, and make plans. I am passionate about giving people the opportunity to learn about themselves and the great things they can accomplish. Everyone deserves to have a place where they can come and feel welcome where they can just be themselves and where they are the most important one in the room! Working together to maximize the person’s happiness and well-being is a core value for all sessions.
Tracy Dunbar, MA, MS, LLP
My approach is contemplative, mindful, and centers on my belief that each person has an innate capacity for strength and change, and is worthy of a life filled with satisfaction and joy. Working together, we can explore thoughts, experiences, and choices that can lead to more fulfilling, life-enhancing actions. Whether dealing with a specific distressing issue, recurring problems, or general feelings of sadness, anxiety, or pain, we can find ways to help you or your child meet your best potential for positive change.
I have been working with children, adults, and families for more than twenty years. I am passionate about helping people discover and develop their strengths, as well as create patterns that allow them to live happy, meaningful lives.
Dawn Harbaugh, LMSW
Life can be overwhelming and quite challenging at times. Having a willingness to make a change is the first step in creating a life you would like to participate in. My approach is collaborative and unique to each person I meet. Whether you would like to develop interpersonal skills to improve relationships, regulate emotions, manage symptoms of depression and anxiety, address history of trauma, cope with grief and loss, or interpersonal challenges due to life change, together we can engage in a therapeutic process to meet your needs.
Become a full participant in your own life, learn to manage life's ups and down by developing life long skills, ones that that connect with your personal values.
Hassan Jafer, LLMSW
My approach to therapy relies on creating a safe environment to assist my clients in processing and healing various aspects of their lives. It is imperative to provide a therapeutic relationship built on trust and compassion, in order to help my client reach their goals. Through empathy and acceptance, I will work with my client towards restoration, happiness, satisfaction, and the unlocking of their true potential.
I am committed in providing and implementing the most effective professional services. My areas of expertise are Psychodynamic Psychotherapy and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. The goal is to provide therapy that thrives through gentle exploration of one’s thoughts, emotions, feelings, and sense of self.
Jennifer Jagusch, LMSW
My approach to therapy is grounded in my belief that every person is capable of positive change. My role is to work with you to help you recognize the strengths you already have, develop a deeper understanding of yourself, let go of unhelpful habits, and gain a different perspective on the challenges you’re facing. Feeling stuck, alone, or hopeless at times is a normal part of being human, and making the decision to work toward change takes courage. Above all else, I am here to offer caring, nonjudgmental support and to give you space to explore your thoughts, feelings, and behaviors. Together, we will find the tools to fit your specific needs, and seek insight into what is holding you back from living your fullest and most meaningful life.
Zachary Lyons, LLMSW
Psychotherapy is a process that should generate meaning and self-understanding in a dialogue between client and clinician. In starting this process, it is my goal to provide you with a space that emphasizes empathy, non-judgement, and confidentiality. These concepts help create the environment in which you can express any thought or feeling that comes up, whether they be positive, negative, or somewhere in-between.
My client-centered outlook on therapy allows me to use various methods to best suit your needs. While my primary approach is psychodynamic in nature, I integrate techniques from other approaches such as mindfulness based cognitive therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy, and existential/humanistic therapies to provide the most adaptive treatment for your situation. As a result, mental wellness generally comes in the form of gaining insight into one’s behaviors and acquiring techniques to continue coping with the stress and uncertainty that often accompanies the human experience.
Ultimately, I am here to assist you in exploring how you would like to live. What I am not here to do is instruct you on how you “should” live. Rather, we will work together to identify what works for you, what doesn’t work for you, and what your peace of mind entails.
Beth Reece, LPC, CAADC
If you are ready to make changes in your life but are not sure how to go about doing it, counseling and therapy can be a great way to get the help you are looking for. My intention as a therapist is to assist people in transforming their lives according to their goals, values and beliefs.
My approach to this change process is very much client-centered and focused on creating a trusting relationship built on empathy, compassion, and understanding. These concepts are what produce successful results in the counseling process. I promise to be genuine and honest with you and help you through difficult times as change is not always easy.
I have experience working with anxiety, social anxiety, depression, gender issues, relationships and divorce, substance abuse, trauma and abuse issues, unresolved issues from childhood, adjusting to difficult life situations, building self esteem and many other difficulties that life can throw at us. I work with older teenagers and up and have no bias regarding age, gender, lifestyle, and culture. I take many insurances and have helpful resources I can share. I look forward to meeting you and collaborating with you on your transformational journey.
Becky Nowak, LMSW
Hello! I work with a wide range of individuals to assist them in addressing issues and motivate them to make the changes they wish to see in themselves. I am formally trained with my Masters in Clinical Social Work and a focus on Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy. With utilization of CBT techniques, a supportive and strengthening approach, and a relaxed atmosphere, I assist my clients in recognizing and implementing therapeutic approaches to obtain their goals.
I support and assist the client in addressing their entire self, through use of a holistic approach to find balance of emotional, behavioral, and cognitive functioning. I find it important to support and motivate the client to make the changes within themselves, using a partnership dynamic. This allows for feedback and criticism from the client to aid in finding approaches that will be the most beneficial and easiest changes to implement into their everyday lives, nourishing an environment ideal for change to reach goals and break undesirable habits.
Jacob Pattenaude, LMSW, CAADC
I recognize that the most important aspect to an effective therapeutic treatment is the quality of the relationship between the client and therapist. Through this collaborative approach, the client and I identify their strengths and build on these characteristics through therapy. We identify areas in the individuals’ life which are not useful or producing an undesirable outcome-such as self-destructive behavior, poor communication skills, etc.
I work with the client to discover why the individual is behaving in these patterns, by using my training in psychodynamic theory. This enables the client to gain an understanding of their symptoms and behavior and become more able to make practical, helpful changes. This way of working can help them live a more fulfilling life with understanding and meaning.
Stacy Peterson, LMSW
I believe that we are all worthy of dignity, respect, and love. This does not mean we have not suffered or experienced shame, guilt, and loss for things we have done and things that have been done to us.
With you as the guide and me in a support role, I hope we can explore these issues so that healing and peace will occur. On this sometimes difficult and challenging journey, I hope we can get to work together to find resolution and understanding and come to the place where you are empowered to make new and healthier choices.
Katie Poplawski, LMSW
You are most likely reading this because you are in the midst of a personal crisis or coping with overwhelming sadness, anxiety, anger, stress or loss. I am here to help you for as long as you need. Life gets difficult sometimes and support from friends, family, and self-help doesn't always work--that is when therapy can help. I work with my clients to identify the core of their pain, its underlying causes, and the beliefs, thought patterns, and external influences that perpetuate it. The overarching goal is to break these patterns and learn skills to increase self-efficacy, self-compassion, and acceptance.
I am most passionate about helping people:
(1) Heal and recover from interpersonal trauma/loss/betrayal
(2) Mindfully improve disordered eating and weight concerns
(3) Manage co-occurring behavioral, substance abuse, and physical health conditions
(4) Improve well-being by cultivating what is best in themselves and identifying what makes life worth living
I hold a certificate in Integrated Primary Care & Behavioral Health from The University of Michigan (2015).
Chris Roberts, LPC
Above all else, my role is to develop an authentic therapeutic relationship with my clients by being genuine, honest, and present. This supportive, collaborative approach allows clients to be themselves and fully engage with life’s ups and downs in a safe and welcoming environment. I believe this healing process promotes impactful, positive change that fosters personal growth throughout our lives.
I have experience working with anxiety, depression, relationship and intimacy issues, divorce, substance abuse, trauma, self-esteem issues, and many more of life’s challenges. I am also passionate about working with men regarding relationship issues, emotional awareness, and anger management.
Heather Robles, LMSW
We are all travelers on a journey called Life. Sometimes we stumble or feel lost when we encounter obstacles and crossroads along the way. Each person has the opportunity to seek a path toward happiness, but many of us carry baggage that becomes excessively burdensome. Baggage can manifest in many guises including: hand-me-down core beliefs, destructive lifestyle patterns, poor communication, dysfunctional relationships, unhealthy habits and coping strategies.
I believe that everyone has the potential to achieve their goals, but may not realize their strengths and abilities to navigate Life's twists and turns effectively. When we become overwhelmed or uncertain about the paths we choose to travel, it can be helpful to orient ourselves and take inventory of the resources and tools available. Despite each person's need to walk their own distinct path, it can be beneficial to obtain wisdom and guidance from supportive allies. I would like to help you increase your quality of life and realize your true potential.
I have worked with people of all ages and backgrounds to address a multitude of issues including unresolved grief/trauma, crisis intervention, sexual assault, domestic violence, substance abuse/recovery, relational conflict, poor self-image, and distressing emotions. I utilize an eclectic approach that is individually tailored to suit each client's needs, and incorporate various traditional, holistic and complementary therapies to help individuals, families and groups improve their personal accountability and strengthen healthy coping skills. I look forward to meeting you and helping you on your courageous journey through Life.
Aida Taleb, LLMSW
As a therapist, I believe individuals are the experts of their own life, and with this understanding my goal is to listen, understand, empower, and help my clients find solutions to the difficulties they may be facing.
My approach to therapy is holistic and I recognize the importance of understanding the relationship between our thoughts, actions, and emotions, and offer tools to intervene. In the session, I believe in the inherent strengths that every person holds as a result of their journey, both through the ups and the downs of life.
I recognize that at some point we may not be able to put the pieces of the puzzle together alone, and we require someone that is willing to listen, understand, empower, and help us make sense of it all. That is where I come in. I am present to collaboratively help bring holistic, integrative, and empowering guidance for the benefit of my clients. My goal is to work together with my clients to understand and balance these parts of their experiences in a way that is healthy and constructive for them.
Christine Wright, LMSW
We all face challenging transitions and changes in life. Whether you are struggling with relationship difficulties, parenting challenges, grief, depression, anxiety or want to improve your interpersonal skills and coping strategies, I will work collaboratively with you to understand your concerns, goals and beliefs. You may want to understand yourself better, set personal goals or identify aspects of your life that you would like to change. My goal is to help you increase your level of wellness and improve your quality of life. Let's work together to create a plan for you to feel and function better.
Kelli Kunec, LLMSW
Feeling hopeless, lost, angry or overwhelmed? You are not alone. Working with a therapist you trust can help with concerns like these. Together we can build on your existing strengths to regain what you've lost or to develop the skills you want to learn. Finding the right therapist can be a daunting task, but searching for a good fit is the first step.
I am a clinical therapist who has experience working with adolescents 13+, adults and older adults, in both individual and group settings. I strive to create a warm and comfortable environment for all clients that helps facilitate growth. Together we will address your specific concerns with a custom tailored, non-judgmental approach. I provide evidence-based treatment through a combination of CBT, DBT, MI, mindfulness, and psychodynamic techniques. I have experience treating depression, anxiety, substance use disorders, codependency, trauma and PTSD. I will utilize a holistic and client-centered approach to treatment.
I believe most people face challenges at some point in their lives and want help finding the right tools to cope with their concerns. If you think I might be a good fit for you, please contact me for a brief phone consultation.
Megan Sanford, LLMSW
Welcome! I strive to make therapy a meaningful experience through providing genuine support, safety, transparency, warmth, humor, and collaboration. I believe in meeting you where you’re at and am committed to working alongside you as you develop positive coping skills to make changes in your life.
I utilize a trauma-informed, strengths-based, and person-centered approach. I have experience addressing addiction, substance abuse, anxiety, depression, grief and loss, interpersonal issues, life transitions, personality disorders, suicidal thoughts, and trauma. I pull from a variety of modalities including Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Seeking Safety, and Mindfulness based practices.
I am glad you are here and look forward to working with you!
Katelin Zylka, MSW Intern
My approach to therapy is based on the fact that human brains are designed with the physical capacity to create new pathways to thinking and processing. Along with the human ability to change and transform, I believe every person is built with the capacity to heal. Therapy is a space to work towards building a healthy relationship with yourself, understanding feelings of dissonance, and building on strengths to heal, change and grow.
The relationship between clinician and client is one in which self-reflection, self-exploration, and self-understanding take place in the context of a safe and deeply authentic relationship. My goal is to create an environment of mutual trust and respect, wherein we work side by side to explore your innermost fears, goals, and emotions in order to face life’s challenges with greater freedom and flexibility.
Whether you are experiencing a life transition, processing grief and loss, seeking to change career or life course, managing symptoms of chronic illness, depression or anxiety, or looking to recognize a history of trauma we can work together in finding the best therapeutic process for your needs. I am here to help you process through what you are experiencing and developing skills to continue your path to finding your best self and living in peace of mind.