OUR TEAM

Our Team in Southfield

Transformational Choices respects and affirms each client and works in partnership to create a life based in positivity and action. We want you to give yourself permission to shine and develop the future that you deserve. We accept you and honor your story and experience.

We welcome you. We will welcome you regardless of your present status; anxious, sad, angry, lonely, happy, questioning, depressed, lost or otherwise. We will welcome you regardless of your current family situation, relationship or marital status or lack thereof. We will welcome you if you have been to therapy in the past, are looking to come in for the first time, or have no idea what to expect. We will not judge you based upon your personal history, age, race, ethnic background, appearance, sexual orientation or gender identity. We welcome all beliefs, religions, spirituality, and affiliations. We welcome children, even when they act like children. We welcome adults, families, couples, and we welcome you. We welcome your tears, your laughter, your thoughts, your moods, your journey, and your story.  We are all in this together, trying to find our way. All are welcome. You are welcome.

Carol Auiler, LMSW
she/her

Carol@transformationalchoices.com

(734) 497-8986

Specialties: Addiction/Substance Abuse, ADHD, Anger, Anxiety, Attachment/Betrayal Trauma, Behavioral Issues, Bipolar, Chronic Illness/Pain, Codependency, Couples Conflicts, Depression, Divorce, Domestic Violence, Eating Disorders, Family Conflict, Grief/Loss, Infertility, Infidelity, LGBTQ+, Marital/Premarital, Men's Issues, OCD, Parenting, Personality Disorders, Process Addictions, Relationship Issues, School Issues, Self-Harm Self Esteem, Sexual Abuse, Sexuality, Sleep Issues, Spirituality, Stress, Suicidal Ideation, Trauma/PTSD, Women's Issues

Populations: Adolescents, Adults, Older Adults

Modalities: Individual, Couples, Family

Certifications: Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR) Parts 1 and 2, Trained in Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) Intensive

 

My approach to therapy is based on the idea that each person has gifts, passions and skills that can be tapped into to guide them toward an authentic, value-based life.

My goal is to partner with you to provide a safe, non-judgmental space that allows for reflection, healing from past emotional wounds, and growth by establishing new coping skills to replace old patterns of thinking and behaving.

I have extensive training in trauma and EMDR through the International Association (EMDRIA) as well as Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT). My special areas of interest include trauma and PTSD, anxiety, depression, mindfulness, codependency and addictive disorders, and working with couples on relationship and intimacy issues.

Christina Finelli, LLMSW
she/her

nina@transformationalchoices.com

(734) 497-8986

Specialties: Anxiety, Domestic Violence, Grief/Loss, LGBTQ+, Parenting, Pregnancy/Prenatal/Postpartum, School Issues, Self Esteem, Sleep Issues, Spirituality, Stress, Trauma/PTSD, Women's Issues

Populations: Adolescents, Adults, Older Adults

Modalities: Individual, Couples

Certifications: EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing)

Trauma can be defined as manifestations in both mind and body, stemming from either an isolated painful experience or a recurring theme of pain over the course of one’s life. Through this lens, I utilize an integrated whole-person and trauma-focused therapeutic approach in effort to create space for healing from the adverse life experiences that often interfere with our daily lives. 

 

As an Eye-Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) trained therapist through the EMDR International Association (EMDRIA), I recognize most behaviors or presenting symptoms as adaptations to traumatic experiences. By combining this “inside out” therapeutic approach with tenets from various other psychotherapy modalities, we will work together to restore your innate capacity for mental wellness and empower you to make changes that lead to whole health and happiness. There is hope!

Dominique Hamilton, LMSW
she/her

dominique@transformationalchoices.com

(734) 497-8986

Specialties: ADHD, Anger, Anxiety, Bipolar, Depression, Domestic Violence, Gender Identity, Grief/Loss, Infertility, Infidelity, LGBTQ+, Parenting, Pregnancy/Prenatal/Postpartum, Relationship Issues, School Issues, Self-Harm, Self Esteem, Spirituality, Stress, Trauma/PTSD, Women's Issues

Populations: Children, Adolescents, Adults

Modalities: Individual

Throughout the course of our lives we will all experience life events that may cause stress, trauma or even grief. As a result of these events, it’s natural for them to weigh heavily on your mental and emotional well being. It is also very common to feel as if your life is unraveling and that you have no way of piecing things back together.
 

 With a concentration on Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT), Strength Based treatments, and Trauma Informed Care; I strive to bring healing and restoration to people who have experienced such life altering situations.

I provide my clients, which include children and adults, with a safe space to heal and promote growth and abundance. I help my clients through the healing process so that they never feel alone.

My experiences include working with clients experiencing transitions through both pregnancy and postpartum, those who have experienced pregnancy lost, those who are experiencing chronic/terminal illness, and those who identify within the LGBTQ community including non-binary, gender non-conforming, transgender individuals.

 

Alexandria Nunley, LLPC
she/her

Alexandria@transformationalchoices.com

(734) 497-8986

Specialties: Addiction/Substance Abuse, ADHD, Anger, Anxiety, Codependency, Depression, Divorce, Domestic Violence, Eating Disorders, Family Conflict, Gender Identity, Grief/Loss, Infertility, Infidelity, LGBTQ+, Marital/Premarital, Parenting, Pregnancy/Prenatal/Postpartum, Relationship Issues, School Issues, Self-Harm, Self Esteem, Sex Therapy, Sexual Abuse, Sexuality, Stress, Suicidal Ideation, Trauma/PTSD, Women's Issues

Populations: Children, Adolescents, Adults, Older Adults

Modalities: Individual, Couples, Family, Group

 

As individuals we all have a unique story to tell. You have your own trials and tribulations to work through and finding your voice in the chaos can be a long and difficult journey, but also incredibly rewarding.


In my practice I always keep in mind that everyone is different, with their own problems and their own goals, which is why I tailor my technique to the individual. I use an integrated and humanistic counseling approach to provide a non-judgmental, safe environment to work through whatever challenges you are experiencing.

 

I am here to not just listen but to also respect your story, and to help you forge your own path in life. From children and families, to couples or individuals, I believe we all can benefit from speaking our truths and working through our problems in a dependable and comfortable environment.

Paige Pattenaude, LLMSW
she/her

Paige@transformationalchoices.com

(734) 497-8986

Specialties: Addiction/Substance Abuse, Adoption, ADHD, Anger, Anxiety, Autism, Bipolar, Child Welfare, Chronic Illness/Pain, Codependency, Depression, Divorce, Domestic Violence, Eating Disorders, Family Conflict, Foster Care, Gender Identity, Grief/Loss, Infertility, Infidelity, Intellectual/Developmental/Learning Disabilities, LGBTQ+, Marital/Premarital, Men's Issues, OCD, Parenting, Personality Disorders, Pregnancy/Prenatal/Postpartum, Relationship Issues, School Issues, Self-Harm, Self Esteem, Sexual Abuse, Sexuality, Sleep Issues, Spirituality, Stress, Trauma/PTSD, Women's Issues

Populations: Infants/Toddlers, Children, Adolescents, Adults, Older Adults

Modalities: Individual, Couples, Family, Group

Certifications: Temporary Approval for School Social Work

I believe that working together to create a collaborative approach is vital to a therapeutic relationship. I recognize that it takes courage to seek help--with that in mind, I treat my clients with respect, an open mind, and dignity. The truth is, we all have our own story to tell, and we all need help at least once in our lives, whether we want to admit it or not.

For clients to tell their story and work through their struggles, they act as the driver while I am the passenger. The passenger outlines details and shares concerns or suggestions with the driver, but ultimately the driver is in control. The client is the expert in their own life. I believe, wholeheartedly, that each person strives to become their best selves. To achieve their full potential, I provide a strengths-based approach with support, assistance, a listening ear, and guidance.

Currently, I am only accepting clients for telehealth sessions. Please reach out to learn more on this opportunity. 

Kelsey A. K. Ryan, LLMSW
she/her

kelsey@transformationalchoices.com

(734) 497-8986

Specialties: ADHD, Anxiety, Codependency, Depression, Parenting, Relationship Issues, School Issues, Self Esteem, Sleep Issues, Spirituality, Stress

Populations: Adolescents, Adults

Modalities: Individual, Family

We are all doing the best we can with the tools we have been given. You are the expert of your own life but at some point we all get stuck and the tools that have gotten us to where we are stop working. I believe therapy is a place to explore and reflect on your journey thus far and learn how to move forward. Making big life choices, grieving a loss, navigating interpersonal conflict, facing the challenges of parenting, and coping with anxiety or depression are all easier with a guide by your side.

There is no one-size fits all approach to therapy. I utilize a variety of modalities including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Humanistic Therapy,  Parent Management Training, Mindfulness, and Attachment Theory. My goal is to share what I have learned from these modalities and help you live a life you love.

Brett Schwartz, LLMSW
he/him

brett@transformationalchoices.com

(734) 497-8986

Specialties: Anger, Anxiety, Chronic Illness/Pain, Codependency, Depression, Family Conflict, Grief/Loss, Intellectual/Developmental/Learning Disabilities, LGBTQ+, Men's Issues, Relationship Issues, School Issues, Self Esteem, Sleep Issues, Spirituality, Stress, Suicidal Ideation, Trauma/PTSD

Populations: Adolescents, Adults

Modalities: Individual

As human beings, we all share variations on a similar range of emotions, stressors, responsibilities need for and challenges in relationships.   These are universal themes running through all our lives - even when they sometimes show up in unexpected or unusual ways. As the late, great Maya Angelou once said: “We are more alike, my friends, than we are unalike”.

Whether you are seeking guidance in your life, help managing painful symptoms and emotions or if you simply want to be more proactive and live a more fulfilling, vibrant life, seeking a sincere conversation with a therapist can be of immense help.

My therapeutic approach combines both insight and action and is grounded in both mindfulness, as well as cognitive behavioral approaches - namely the dynamic relationship between our thoughts, feelings and emotions. Trained in both Psychology and Social Work, I carry a passionate interest in physical and emotional well-being, human relationships and mind-body issues. I am eager to make your acquaintance and discuss the various challenges and gratifications in your life.  

Erin Shawgo, LMSW
she/her

erin@transformationalchoices.com

(734) 497-8986

Specialties: Addiction/Substance Abuse, ADHD, Anger, Anxiety, Bipolar, Chronic Illness/Pain, Codependency, Depression, Divorce, Domestic Violence, Eating Disorders, Gender Identity, Grief/Loss, Infertility, Infidelity, LGBTQ+, Marital/Premarital, Men's Issues, OCD, Parenting, Personality Disorders, Pregnancy/Prenatal/Postpartum, Relationship Issues, School Issues, Self-Harm, Self Esteem, Sexual Abuse, Sexuality, Stress, Suicidal Ideation, Trauma/PTSD, Women's Issues

Populations: Adolescents, Adults, Older Adults

Modalities: Individual, Couples

My hope as a therapist is to work with the client to cultivate a safe and courageous space to begin to explore from a holistic lens (mind, body and spirit). We each come into this work through a unique context of intersecting identities and experiences that deserve to be honored. My work is trauma informed and I understand trauma as something that can be experienced interpersonally, generationally, and systemically.

 

I take an integrative approach to therapy, rooted in psychodynamic and relational perspectives. I see therapy as a chance to build a collaborative working relationship between therapist and client within which a deeper understanding of self can emerge. Creativity, compassion, and curiosity are central to my work.

Amanda Shelton, LMSW
she/her

amandas@transformationalchoices.com

(734) 497-8986

Specialties: ADHD, Anger, Anxiety, Bipolar, Codependency, Depression, Eating Disorders, Family Conflict, Grief/Loss, Intellectual/Developmental/Learning Disabilities, LGBTQ+, Pregnancy/Prenatal/Postpartum, Relationship Issues, School Issues, Self Esteem, Stress, Women's Issues

Populations: Children, Adolescents, Adults, Older Adults

Modalities: Individual, Couples, Family

Your journey is very important to me. You are the expert of your life, story, and experiences. Every individual is unique in their own way and our life is often shaped by our identity, experiences, beliefs, and environment which constantly evolves. Therefore, it is important that I meet my clients where they are. My therapy approach is creative, strength based, and unique to the person or family’s needs. I will serve as a support to help you recognize your strengths and work through various challenges, thoughts, and feelings. It is my hope that we can collaborate and engage in a respectful and safe way in order to develop healing and growth. My passion is to help children, adolescents, individuals, and families to achieve balance and a healthier quality of life.

Jennifer Smak, LLMSW
she/her

jennifers@transformationalchoices.com

(734) 497-8986

Specialties: Addiction/Substance Abuse, ADHD, Anger, Anxiety, Bipolar, Codependency, Depression, Divorce, Domestic Violence, Family Conflict, Grief/Loss, Infidelity, LGBTQ+, Marital/Premarital, Personality Disorders, Pregnancy/Prenatal/Postpartum, Relationship Issues, School Issues, Self-Harm, Self Esteem, Sexual Abuse, Spirituality, Stress, Suicidal Ideation, Trauma/PTSD, Women's Issues

Populations: Adolescents, Adults, Older Adults

Modalities: Indivdual, Couples

I have a firm belief that everyone can benefit from therapy. Whether you're going through a tough time, trying to manage symptoms that accompany a diagnosis, or simply wanting to better yourself, therapy can help. My therapeutic practices are grounded in a psychodynamic approach, allowing me to help you explore your emotions and find out how your life experiences have shaped who you are today. In addition, I use cognitive behavioral techniques, motivational interviewing, and mindfulness to help you engage in self-awareness and healthier thinking patterns. There is no "one size fits all" approach to therapy, which allows me to create a combination of evidence-based practices that is beneficial to each individual's specific needs.

 

I have experience working with individuals struggling with obstacles such as depression, bipolar disorder, anxiety, substance use, PTSD, poor self-esteem, and family conflict. No matter what you're struggling with, it is my job to not only provide you with the tools to overcome your obstacles, but to walk along side you in your journey.

 
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Transformational Choices

Phone: 734-559-3540

Fax: 734-667-3925

Email: info@transformationalchoices.com

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