You’re here because you know that life can be better. Through counseling, we’ll help you identify how best to make progress toward creating a life of wellness. Our mental health therapists take a whole health approach to help individuals, couples and families find balance. Click on ‘Our Traverse City Counselors’ Tab or read about our clinicians to find the right therapist for you. We are really glad you are here.

We know it takes a while to decide you need counseling. No matter what that final thing was that made you come here, we want to help.  Our therapists offer face to face, virtual or phone sessions to best meet your needs and serve clients all over the state of Michigan.


If you’re ready to start a better life, we’d love to join you in this journey!

For more information or to schedule a session please CONTACT US



To inquire about our services call us at 231-714-0282

Referrals can be send via fax at 231-216-7921

Nicole Ball

Counselor and Owner of Mental Wellness Counseling
Nicole works with clients that are dealing with anxiety and want quick results to get back to life. She specializes in helping individuals working through transitions and takes a compassionate and holistic approach to building coping skills to find more peace in life. Nicole is the owner of Mental Wellness Counseling.

Elizabeth Wheeler

Mental Health Therapist
Elizabeth helps those who are struggling with addiction, healing from trauma, working through grief, and dealing with major life changes. She uses therapeutic interventions including Rational Emotive Behavioral Therapy, Gestalt Therapy, DBT, CBT and Positive Psychology.

Emmy Hendry

Mental Health Therapist
Emmy believes that your well-being relies on achieving balance in all aspects of your life. Emmy specializes in trauma; specifically sexual, violence, and grief. She has extensive experience working with children, teens, families, LGBTQIA+ community; as well as working with individuals struggling with addiction and recovery. Emmy is passionate about helping individuals process and work through their traumas, anxiety, depression, and various mental health symptoms.

Jeanice Knight-Bogatz

Mental Health Counselor, EMDR Certified Therapist, and Brainspotting Certified Therapist
Jeanice has extensive experience providing clinical services to children, adolescents, individual adults, and families. Her hope is for clients to achieve wellness through healthy integration of life elements, heal from past trauma, and become empowered to overcome anxiety, depression, life stressors and grief. Jeanice also offers EMDR and Brain Spotting Therapy.

Heidi Burgess

Mental Health Therapist Clinical Intern
Heidi believes that living a healthy life requires balance. Creating balance between the physical, emotional, and spiritual experiences in life allows us to embrace our wholeness as human beings. Heidi has experience working with athletes, eating disorders, addiction, codependency, childhood trauma affecting both child and parents, suicide, self harm, miscarriage and infertility, grief, chronic pain, chronic illness, adjustment to life after injury, depression, and anxiety. She works with women of all ages, teens, and young adults.

Theresa Carey

Mental Health Therapist
Theresa uses a therapeutic approach grounded in mind/body theory. She assists those in crisis, feeling fragile, facing a difficult decision, addressing habits that no longer serve, struggling with anxiety, abandonment, depression, anger, domestic violence, loss and grief, life transitions and recovery from trauma.

Steve Greenman

Mental Health Counselor

Steve’s specialty centers around the topics of addiction, families in difficult situations, cognitive awareness of bettering oneself and burdens from anxiety, depression, low self-esteem and working with couples.

Emily Hale

Intake Coordinator

Emily is the voice on the other end of the phone when you call to schedule an appointment or inquire about counseling services. One of her favorite things to do is to help anxious people get their questions answered quickly, and provide a safe space for patients to voice their concerns and get the help they need. You can reach emily by calling 231-714-0282 or emailing her at

She looks forward to talking to you, and to helping to match you and your family to the best therapist to meet your needs.

Marilyn Fitzgerald

Mental Health Therapist
Dr. Marilyn Fitzgerald has long believed that creating a safe, compassionate, confidential environment, will enhance the individual’s ability to be vulnerable, take risks and benefit from interpersonal growth. She works with individuals, families and couples.

Jeannine Wilkinson

Mental Health Therapist
Jeannine is a virtual therapist specializing in work with teens, adolescents, and young adults. Jeannine helps this population manage anger, anxiety, low self-esteem, depression, cognitive impairments, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, emotional impairments, autism, and impulse control concerns.

Erin Johnson

Mental Health Therapist
Erin is a virtual therapist who specializes in work with children, families and individuals who are experiencing anxiety, depression, grief and loss, child/teen/adolescent concerns and family issues. Erin works with those in life transitions, as well as those working through past and current trauma.

Bobbi Harding

Mental Health Therapist
Bobbi believes that committing to path of overall wellness and self-growth is the start of a new life. Bobbi is a virtual therapist who works with at risk youth, transitioning youth, pregnancy, parenting, anxiety, depression, medical maintenance, health related illness, end of life, survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault, childhood trauma, life transitions, and a variety of other mental health conditions.

Michelle Loeffler-Rohraff

Mental Health Therapist
Michelle specializes in work with young children and their families with issues related to anxiety, depression, trauma, attachment and emotional regulation.

Christina Walsh

Mental Health Therapist

Christina (She/Her) takes a holistic whole health approach to guide those looking to find
balance and stability within many areas of their lives including self-worth, identity, family,
relationships, careers, school, substance recovery, and mental health symptom management.

Rebecca AlSharea

Billing Specialist

Rebecca is available for all your billing needs and questions as her goal is to make the financial side of your mental wellness completely seamless while providing you with the care and compassion you deserve.

Phil LaCourse, MA. LLP, CAADC, CCS-R

Mental Health Therapist

Phil works with patients with co occurring issues of mental health and substance use disorders. Additionally, he works very well with couples struggling with relationship and communication problems. He also specializes in working with adolescents and young adults, court systems, testing and diagnostics and re-unification of children into family systems.

Samantha Garcia

Mental Health Counselor

Samantha works with those experiencing anxiety, depression and family or relationship conflicts.  She also works with those who are dealing with the complexities of caring and advocating for loved ones with disabilities. Samantha also works with couples who are seeking efforts for better communication in their relationship.

Jenna Bradfield

Mental Health Therapist

Jenna specializes in working closely with children and has experience in supporting children who are in the foster care system, have witnessed domestic violence, are struggling with issues related to self-esteem and abandonment, and displaying aggressive or anxious behaviors. Jenna believes that all children are inherently worthy of feeling safe and loved.

John Boonstra

Mental Health Therapist
John uses a person-centered and strengths based approach to his work with children, teens, and adults addressing anxiety,
depression, self-harm, prevention, trauma, anger, and life transitions. John brings years of experience to
his practice having worked in various fields from juvenile justice, suicide prevention, hospital settings,
and experiential groups.

Sydney Poineau

Mental Health Therapist
Sydney works with individual’s experiencing anxiety, depression and low self-esteem. She specializes in providing services to those struggling with addiction, substance use disorder and providing support to those finding and maintaining their path to recovery.

Angela Merriman

Mental Health Therapist
Angela works with ages 13 and up, as well as adults, approaching treatment with a focus on individuality and recognizing the client as the expert on their life. She specializes in treating symptoms of depression, anxiety, self-harm behaviors, and body-focused repetitive behaviors. She also works in substance use treatment, supporting individuals on their journey to recovery, advocating for community acceptance, and teaching shame resilience.

Marney Winfield

Mental Health Therapist Clinical Intern
Marney specializes in working with clients with substance use disorder, anxiety, depression, and those facing pivotal life changes using person-centered, strength-based, goal-oriented, and solution-focused approaches.






We help parents who are getting too many calls from the principal to have a plan for their kids and get fewer calls from the school.

Through counseling couples that are disconnected and fighting find that spark that was there and learn how to build the fire of their relationship.

When life seems chaotic and confusing we help to guide and direct you to find peace and happiness.

Clients that are depressed and sad work to create a plan to get out of the house, exercise more, and build happiness into their life.

We’re in the business of transformation! Through counseling, we join you in the process of moving from frustration, anxiety, depression, and hopelessness to having a clear plan for creating a happier and better life. People come to Mental Wellness Counseling for a variety of reasons from depression to divorce, parenting to probation, anxiety to anorexia, we cover a lot of issues. We help people to set goals for their life and find more happiness and fulfillment, will you join us in helping you make life better?



How do I pay for counseling?

Understanding counseling, insurance, and payment can be confusing. If at any time you want our help, just let us know. Call or email us to see if we can directly bill you insurance, help you seek reimbursement through your HSA account or get information about private pay rates. We’d love to walk you through the process of getting counseling started.

Is counseling confidential?

In Traverse City, it’s usually not a big deal to run into someone. It’s sort of the charm of the area. But when that person is your counselor, you should know exactly how confidential your information is! We take your confidentiality very seriously! 

Not only is counseling protected by federal law, but we go well beyond what is required. We’d love to tell you more if you have questions.

Right Counselor for me?

You always get to choose your counselor. Even if you start with one, you can always switch. We want you to have the very best fit at our Traverse City counseling practice. When we look to bring on new counselors, we look for people that can cover a wide variety of issues. We have counselors that work from infant mental health all the way to retirement. You always have a choice!





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