Our Team in Ann Arbor East
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.
Vanessa Banister, LLMSW
Specialties: Addiction/Substance Abuse, Anger, Anxiety, Chronic Illness/Pain, Codependency, Depression, Divorce, Domestic Violence, Eating Disorders, Grief/Loss, Infertility, Infidelity, LGBTQ+, Marital/Premarital, Pregnancy/Prenatal/Postpartum, Relationship Issues, Sex Therapy, Sexual Abuse, Sexuality, Stress, Women's Issues
Populations: Adolescents, Adults, Older Adults
Modalities: Individual, Couples, Group
If you are reading this, thank you for your willingness to seek mental health services. Recognizing that you could use someone to walk alongside you while moving through your darkest times takes true courage. My therapeutic approach involves creating a safe space for one to be heard, seen, and validated. I believe it is in the sharing and understanding of our stories right up until the moment you walk through my door that transformational healing of the self can begin. So many of us spend our lives hiding away or simply coping with the stressors which come our way. There is often no room left to discover our authentic selves, much less live in a way which reflects who we are at our core. No matter your background, beliefs, or previous experience with therapy, I gladly welcome you. Above all else, I will meet you where you are without judgment, mind and heart open. As a client-centered therapist, I will work with you on your desired treatment goals, keeping in mind that life may throw curveballs and require adjustments to our previous plans.
My holistic strengths-based approach to therapy helps you empower yourself, shed illusions of powerlessness, and overcome trauma while developing the tools to make mindful decisions in the future. I have a background in psychodynamic therapy but also utilize modalities such as cognitive-behavioral therapy, dialectical-behavioral therapy, and motivational interviewing. I specialize in grief/loss, aiding clients in the non-linear path grief often takes. I also enjoy working with couples. I would be honored to assist you with creating stronger, healthier, fulfilling relationships with yourselves and each other.
Thank you for taking the time out of your busy life to read this profile. I am here whenever you are ready to begin the process. I look forward to meeting you!
Specialties: Adoption, ADHD, Anxiety, Divorce, Grief/Loss, Infertility, Infidelity, OCD, Parenting, Pregnancy/Prenatal/Postpartum, School Issues, Self Esteem, Spirituality, Stress
Populations: Children, Adolescents, Adults, Older Adults
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 meet your best potential for positive change.
I am passionate about helping people discover and develop their strengths, as well as create new patterns that allow them to live happy, meaningful lives.
Emily Hagen, LMSW, Clinical Director
Specialties: Addiction/Substance Abuse, Anger, Anxiety, Bipolar, Chronic Illness/Pain, Codependency, Depression, Dissociative Disorders, Domestic Violence, Eating Disorders, Family Conflict, Gender Identity, Grief/Loss, LGBTQ+, Men's Issues, OCD, Parenting, Personality Disorders, Self-Harm, Self Esteem, Sexual Abuse, Sexuality, Spirituality, Stress, Suicidal Ideation, Trauma/PTSD, Women's Issues
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 access your own strength and wisdom, and to support you in 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.
My approach is trauma-informed and strengths-based. I utilize a variety of modalities, including Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing Therapy (EMDR), Internal Family Systems (IFS), ego state therapy, ACT, CBT, and DBT.
Libby Saylor, LLMSW
Specialties: ADHD, Anxiety, Bipolar, Codependency, Depression, Family Conflict, LGBTQ+, Personality Disorders, Relationship Issues, School Issues, Self-Harm, Self Esteem, Stress, Suicidal Ideation, Trauma/PTSD, Women's Issues
Populations: Children, Adolescents, Adults
Modalities: Individual, Family
Welcome! My name is Libby (she/her/ hers) and I am so glad you are reading this! I believe one of the most important parts of therapy is the therapeutic relationship between the clinician and client. We will work together in order to make a comfortable space for your needs in our sessions together. Once we create this space, we will begin to build a relationship centered around your individual needs and explore therapeutic interventions to increase your quality of life and overall wellbeing.
As individuals, we all have our own unique experiences and backgrounds along with various obstacles we are challenged with. In sessions, there will be space to explore and process these challenges or barriers, along with exploring helpful coping skills or reframing our anxious or negative thought processes that may be hindering our growth. Together, we will find what treatment plan best suits you and your goals through a person-centered and holistic approach.
Although I have experience working with people of all ages, I specialize in working with adolescents and young adults. I implement a trauma-focused lens in regards to my therapeutic interventions while considering Cognitive Behavioral therapy (CBT), Attachment-based Therapy, and Motivational Interviewing. I have experience in working with individuals who identify with anxiety, depression, low self-esteem, grief and loss, trauma, PTSD, and am a strong ally for my LGBTQIA+ and BIPOC brothers and sisters. I applaud you for being brave and choosing to prioritize your mental health and would be honored to be a small part of your journey towards an increased quality of life and overall wellbeing.
Samantha Toma, LLMSW
Specialties: Addiction/Substance Abuse, ADHD, Anger, Anxiety, Bipolar, Chronic Illness/Pain, Codependency, Depression, Family Conflict, Gender Identity, Grief/Loss, Infertility, Infidelity, Intellectual/Developmental/Learning Disabilities, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, Parenting, Personality Disorders, Pregnancy/Prenatal/Postpartum, Psychosis, Relationship Issues, School Issues, Self-Harming, Self Esteem, Sexual Abuse, Sexuality, Sleep Issues, Spirituality, Stress, Suicidal Ideation, Trauma/PTSD, Women's Issues
Populations: Infants/Toddlers, Children, Adolescents, Adults, Older Adults
Modalities: Individual, Family
Greetings! My style of therapy is multifaceted and tailored to the individual. I use CBT and motivational interviewing along with more creative therapies such as play, art, biblio-, and music therapy. I prioritize the therapeutic relationship (also called therapeutic alliance). I work with adults and children. My orientation is humanistic. In the words of Mr. Rogers, “Knowing that we can be loved exactly as we are gives us all the best opportunity for growing into the healthiest of people.”
Tristan Woodsmith, LLMSW
Specialties: ADHD, Anxiety, Chronic Illness/Pain, Depression, Eating Disorders, Family Conflict, Men's Issues, Relationship Issues, School Issues, Self Esteem, Sleep Issues, Stress, Trauma/PTSD
Populations: Adolescents, Adults, Older Adults
Modalities: Individual, Couples
I believe everyone is capable of realizing their authentic self and finding inner-clarity, regardless of their circumstances or experiences. I do my best to help my clients feel safe and comfortable and know that they can express themselves without judgment. Together we can explore the challenges that you would like to address and practice tools that will bring you relief, clarity, and new ways of being.
My approach is rooted in a combination of Internal Family Systems (IFS) and mindfulness techniques. I also utilize aspects of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Acceptance Commitment Therapy, and Motivational Interviewing. I enjoy sharing experiential practices that shift us into a joyful flow, so we can live, love and work from our full potential.
I am happy to work with clients from all backgrounds and identities.