Dr. Dan Zomerlei, MDIV, LMFT - Principal Partner
Dan Zomerlei is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and graduate of Hope College, Fuller Theological Seminary, and Michigan State University. Dan’s approach to therapy emphasizes relationships, both past and present, as a source of change and healing. This approach is effective for marriage and family issues as well as individual needs such as depression and anxiety. Dan has advanced training and/or specializations in: depression, anxiety, couples therapy, post-traumatic stress disorder, family and individual resilience, and issues related to managing health and illness.
David Burke, LPC - Principal Partner
David Burke is a licensed professional counselor and certified coach based in Grandville, Michigan. He works with couples and individuals to facilitate creative solutions to challenges they face. David earned his Bachelors of Communications at Cedarville University, and his Masters of Counseling at Cornerstone University. David is trained in mediation, Emotional Focused Therapy and is a certified coach from Human Potential Institute. David is married to Angela and has two daughters. He has 15 years of experience providing professional counseling in West Michigan. David’s specialities include: relationship counseling, counseling through infidelity and other marital distress. David’s approach is hope focused, with an aim to find solutions to difficult situations.
Heather Visser, LMFT
Heather enjoys helping couples, families, and individuals find greater fulfillment, enjoyment, and purpose in their lives. Her focus is on helping you become more effective and connected in areas of your life where you feel stuck. Heather specializes in relationship counseling, parenting, and issues related to sex, sexuality, and sexual trauma. Heather earned a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of California, Davis and a Master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from Seattle Pacific University. Heather is currently working towards a certification in Sex Therapy from the University of Michigan.
Krista Leinberger, LMSW
Krista Leinberger partners with individuals, families and couples on their journey towards growth. Krista makes empathetic listening a priority with each client. She actively assists clients in developing skills to overcome obstacles and make change a reality. She has extensive experience with children, adolescents and adults. Krista specializes in: anxiety, depression, trauma, anger management, interpersonal effectiveness, postpartum anxiety and depression (PMAD), child/adolescent issues, women’s issues, identity/adjustment issues, and spiritual struggles. She holds a Bachelor’s in English Education from Michigan State University and after several years in the teaching profession, she earned her Master’s of Social Work from Grand Valley State University. Krista is fully trained in: EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing) through the EMDR Institute, and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy through DBT Center of Michigan. She also facilitates spiritual direction and is a trained Spiritual Director through the Grand Rapids Dominican Center. She lives with her husband and young daughter in downtown Grand Rapids. For more information, visit http://www.kristaleinberger.com.
Kristen Barry, LMSW
Kristen believes in the power of connection and relationships to promote positive changes in one’s life and situation, regardless of past experience. Kristen earned her Master’s in Social Work from The Ohio State University and Bachelor’s in Social Work from The University of Toledo. Kristen has worked with youth in a variety of settings: private group practice, community mental health, educational treatment programs, residential treatment, and with educational institutions. Kristen aspires to join with youth and family members, and to work collaboratively to build on and reinforce current strengths and successes in order to make positive changes across all aspects of life. Kristen’s therapeutic approach has a foundation in building a healthy relationship that is grounded in the values of safety and respect while mindfully applying principles from Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Strength-Based Therapy, Interpersonal Neurobiology, and using play in order to promote positive, empowering change.
Over the last decade, Kristen has developed specialized clinical skills through her experiences working with individuals and families with early childhood to adolescent difficulties. Kristen has helped families obtain better balance while struggling with distressing symptoms of anxiety, depression, trauma, grief/loss, social/peer issues, difficulty at school, behavior problems, ADHD, and developmental delays. Kristen has developed competency in understanding youth and their families’ individualistic relational challenges with separation, divorce, and co-parenting. Kristen helps youth, and their families, in developing skills and tools to increase the likelihood of success in all settings and environments. Kristen believes that regardless of "why" a youth or family is in distress, the family should be met where they are today, then to work collaboratively to leverage the individual and familial strengths to establish or regain integration, balance, and wellness through the process of change.
Kimberly Culp, LPC, LLMFT
Kimberly is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) who received her Master’s degree in Marriage, Family, and Couples Counseling from Western Michigan University. Kimberly believes that the counseling space should be relaxed, trusting, and authentic. She brings these qualities to the therapy process and uses a variety of therapies and techniques to make each person’s experience unique to his/her needs. Kimberly enjoys helping couples to start their relationship with the best possible foundation (pre-marital counseling), keep a strong marriage on the right track (“counseling tune-up”), or bring a struggling marriage to a more healthy and understanding place (marriage counseling). Kimberly also has experience working with children and adolescents aged 6+ through play and creative activities to deal with issues such as anxiety, depression, social struggles, and life transitions. Kimberly uses Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) to aid clients in working through past experiences that are limiting present and future opportunities. Each person has a unique story and Kimberly is eager to help you utilize your learning experiences and start living the joyful story you were meant to live.
Lee Chassee, LPC
Lee is a Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC, and works out of our Byron Center location. She holds a Master’s degree in Counselor Education from Western Michigan University and a Bachelor of Science degree from Ferris State University, in Social Services, specializing in children, youth and delinquency.
Lee cares for her clients from a holistic, client centered perspective, and recognizes and respects your individual needs and circumstances. She will support and empower you to take the lead in your treatment and will guide you in developing a personalized treatment plan to address what concerns you most for the healing process to begin. She will offer a fresh lens for which to view your circumstances and will provide tools for symptom reduction and lasting improvement. She is skilled in treating anxiety, depression, grief and loss, and relationship difficulties. She uses evidence based, research proven methods within the therapeutic process.
Her career experience includes work in residential treatment, educational systems, geriatrics, clinical settings, and adoption. Lee has training in cognitive behavioral therapy, motivational interviewing, mindfulness based stress reduction, emotionally focused therapy and EMDR, eye movement desensitization reprocessing.
Lee is especially interested in Nutritional Psychology. Research shows that nutrition plays a vital role in our mental and physical well-being. She is currently studying to be a Certified Holistic Nutritionist/Health Care Practitioner and plans to use her skills to improve her client’s overall mental and physical well-being.
Ryan Meyers, LMSW
Ryan has more than twelve years of experience in clinical therapy working with children, teens, and adults. Ryan is knowledgeable and skilled in helping clients address delicate topics. Her dedication to providing a healthy, conducive, and comfortable atmosphere helps clients speak freely and engage openly. Ryan is a mother to four children, so she understands the day to day challenges facing families, parents, and children. Ryan employs a joyful, enthusiastic, positive approach to help you achieve the results you are seeking. She has expertise and experience in treating: ADHD, anxiety, body image, bullying, communication issues, depression, emotional eating, medical trauma, relationship issues, parenting, PTSD, school-related issues, self-esteem, and trauma.
Chad Boehm, LMSW
Chad is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who is a Certified Trauma Focus Cognitive Behavioral Therapist. He is graduate of Hope College and received his Master’s degree from Western Michigan University. Chad’s focus is on developing a safe, trusting and strong therapeutic relationship in order for healing to occur and to have a sense of hope restored. Chad assists individuals and families in creating a personalized “toolbox” to aide in the healing process. He has extensive experience in working with families and adolescents who may be experiencing behavioral challenges, having difficulty in school, anxiety, depression, PTSD, eating disorders, anger and difficulties adjusting to changes in their lives. Additionally, he works with adults who may be experiencing symptoms of PTSD, anxiety, depression and adjustment issues. He utilizes a number of therapeutic approaches including: superhero therapy, family therapy, motivational interviewing, solution focused therapy, art therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy, narrative therapy and trauma focused cognitive behavioral therapy.
Audrey Hilliker, LPC, LMFT
Audrey received her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Social Psychology with a minor in Women’s studies and her Master’s in Marriage and Family Therapy from Western Michigan University. Audrey specializes in adolescent issues, women’s issues, postpartum struggles, premarital and couple work, grief/loss, transitions in life, anxiety, and depression. She values connection and joining with clients to understand their stories and to truly allow clients to be known and seen. Audrey gives clients space to talk freely about issues, fears, beliefs, and provides support and information to help clients choose the best path for their lives. She helps clients develop self-awareness, emotional intelligence, and relates the client’s family background to understand the client’s experience and story. Audrey uses techniques to develop healthier thinking patterns, and builds healthy coping skills. She is passionate about helping clients at a safe pace, identifying strengths, developing personal growth, and helping clients identify possible solutions. She advocates for clients to grow, learn, and overcome obstacles in order to live to their full potential. Audrey has specialized training in Postpartum Mood and Anxiety Disorders, and Working with Military members and families.
Kristie Hamilton, LLPC
Kristie is a Limited License Professional Counselor who has been trained as a Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavior therapist along with a certification in Emotion Focused Therapy. She is a graduate of Michigan State University and earned her Master’s Degree in Counseling at Western Michigan University. Kristie’s work experience of 10 years in the child welfare field includes working with children and adults individually with needs including trauma, domestic violence, substance use, parenting support, relationship difficulties and mental health. During therapy, Kristie will focus on your strengths, helping you find solutions that work and are maintainable over time while guiding you in achieving your personal potential. Where you are headed is much more important that what you’ve left behind. Together with the client, Kristie will help you take those next steps to get you to the next level and reach your true potential.
Laura Swain, LPC, CAADC
Laura is a Licensed Professional Counselor as well as a Certified Advanced Alcohol and Drug Counselor (CAADC). Laura received her Master’s degree from Western Michigan University. Her focus is on teens and adults who are looking to improve their mental health and well being. Laura has a background working with numerous disorders including: School related issues, medical trauma, self-identity issues, complex trauma, anxiety, and substance use. She also helps those struggling with transitions and change. With a straightforward and honest approach, Laura assists her clients in understanding how their past and the present can create a positive future. Laura understands that taking the first step can be difficult. She places a high emphasis on maintaining a safe and judgement free setting where you are free to be yourself and come as you are.
Kim O'Hearn, LMSW
Kim is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who is passionate about connecting with individuals who desire to live a well-balanced and authentic life. It takes a lot of courage to open up about issues you are facing and Kim creates a compassionate and safe environment to explore those vulnerable thoughts, feelings and experiences. She has expertise in working with individuals with anxiety, depression, communication and medical issues. Other areas of interest include life transitions, self-awareness and personal growth. In therapy, Kim draws skills from Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Motivational Interviewing and Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction. Kim graduated from Grand Valley State University with her Bachelors in Behavioral Science and Western Michigan University with her Masters of Social Work. Kim also has experience in child welfare and healthcare.
Lindsay Pals, LMSW
Lindsay earned her Masters of Clinical Social Work from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, Michigan and her Bachelors of Art in Studio Art and Gender Studies at Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Michigan. She deeply values healthy relationships- with others, with ourselves, and with the world around us. She sees the need for deeper emotional and physiological understanding to identify where we can become stuck with ourselves and in our relationships. She seeks to create a space for introspection and self-compassion in the therapist-client relationship so that the client can explore their authentic narrative, their inherent worth, and areas where they may need healing. Lindsay enjoys working with adolescents, adults, and couples. She specializes in trauma healing, treating anxiety and depression, perfectionism, ministry and missionary burn-out, gender and sexuality issues, emotion dysregulation, adult ADHD, and adult attachment issues. She is trained in Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), mental wellness crisis protocol, and co-occurring addiction and mental illness. Lindsay is pursuing her EMDR certificate as well.
Mark Dyke, LLPC
Are you struggling with a relationship or feel your partner does not understand you? Is communication a problem and you don’t know what to do? Are you going through a difficult separation, or trying to put your life back together after a divorce? Are you struggling with children? If you said yes to any of these questions, Mark can help you. He is a professional counselor in the state of Michigan with a master’s degree in counseling from Cornerstone University. Married to Jennifer they raise their five kids in the West Michigan area where they grew up. His focus is on couples and adults struggling with a variety of issues including marriage struggles, anxiety, communication, divorce, careers, finances, parenting, forgiveness and many others. For more information, visit www.markdyke.com
Phil Miller, LPC, LLMFT
Phil Miller is a licensed professional counselor (LPC) and a limited licensed marriage and family therapist (LLMFT). Phil received his bachelor’s degree in Psychology & Nonprofit Administration from Grand Valley State University and his master’s degree in Counselor Education: Marriage & Family Therapy from Western Michigan University. Phil specializes in individual, marital, and family therapy. Phil strongly believes in the importance of creating a counseling space that is both authentic and safe. This counseling environment allows clients to open up to be able to work through all that is going on in life, both currently and in the past. Phil enjoys working with a wide range of individuals from teens to older adulthood. Phil is also passionate about marriage counseling as a way to help couples work through past hurts and issues in order to reach the ultimate goal of a healthy and vibrant marriage. He additionally assists clients in the areas of: anxiety & depression, trauma, couple’s therapy, divorce/co-parenting, men’s issues, foster care/adoption, school issues, and parenting. Phil enjoys fully immersing into the community he works in by making connections with local schools and businesses. Phil and his wife Lorie both are from West Michigan and still currently live here.
Susan Hall, LPC
Susan is a Licensed Professional Counselor, working out of our Grand Rapids location. Susan enjoys working with both individuals and couples who are seeking personal growth and emotional healing. She recognizes the importance of providing support and intentional space to explore experiences, clarify emotions and recognize personal strengths. Susan has journeyed beside people exploring issues including adoption, anxiety, divorce recovery, depression, grief, infertility, life transitions, marriage, remarriage and blended families. Susan earned her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology from Calvin College and her Master of Arts Degree from Western Michigan University. In addition to counseling, Susan has worked as a social worker interacting with infertile couples, women with unplanned pregnancies, children adopted domestically and internationally, and children recovering from trauma. She has also taught psychology courses at a local university and served on the care staff at a nondenominational church.
Dr. Jenna Wierenga, LP
Dr. Jenna Wierenga earned her Doctorate in Clinical Psychology and Masters in Theology at Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, California. She obtained her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Jenna enjoys working with adolescents and adults in individual therapy. She is passionate about working with individuals to develop healthy ways of coping with stressors by exploring one’s past experiences and current actions in order to build and maintain a healthy and full life. Jenna is intentional about creating a safe and supportive space by offering a non-judgmental listening ear. She pursued a Masters in Theology as a way to better understand and integrate the spiritual concerns, questions, and doubts that inevitably arise in the face of struggles. She views therapy as a place where you can express your emotions (fear, anger, hurt, pain, doubt, longing, gratitude, etc.). Jenna has interest and expertise in treating anxiety, depression, mood disorders, adjustment disorders, stress management, relationship and interpersonal issues, women’s issues, health and medical illness issues, and spiritual or religious issues.
Brian Sharda, LMSW
Brian Sharda is a bilingual (English/Spanish) licensed social worker who enjoys working with individuals of all ages (children, adolescents, adults and older adults), as well as couples and families. He has extensive experience working in multiple systems (medical, legal, mental health, education, child welfare) with clients from a variety of backgrounds and with a wide range of challenges. Brian specializes in concerns related to anxiety, depression, PTSD, secondary trauma, grief and loss, and marriage and family dynamics. He utilizes a combination of cognitive behavioral therapy, family systems theory, Motivational Interviewing, and narrative therapy. Brian‘s mindfulness-based approach in counseling helps clients increase their own awareness of how stressful circumstances lead to suffering, and how clients may manage their distress more effectively and move toward healing and peace. Additionally, as a foster parent himself, Brian is able to bring a unique counseling perspective to the challenges related to foster care and adoption.
Brian Highstreet, LPC
Brian is a licensed professional counselor who has received extensive training and experience in adolescent and family therapy. Brian received his master’s degree in Counseling Psychology from Western Michigan University. Brian works with kids (ages 10 - 18), families, young adults, and men who struggle with many of today's life stressors. Issues such as anxiety, anger, depression, school/community problems, loss/grief, divorce, etc. are things that he assists individuals and families to effectively deal with. Brian utilizes a strengths-based approach, where he identifies positive characteristics that will help lay the ground work to create positive change. Brian is not afraid "to go there"; in identifying and communicating reasons why certain behaviors are occurring. Finally, Brian uses Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) to develop and practice positive skills to effectively respond to stress and stressors.
As the parent of a child with "big emotions" I know the difficulty that many parents face with raising children in today's high tech and fast-paced world. I invite you to give me a call or send me an email to discuss how I might be able to help you and your family.
Justin Smyly, LLMFT
Justin Smyly is an LLMFT based in ACG's Holland office. He received his Masters in Clinical Psychology: Marriage and Family Therapy from Azusa Pacific University in Southern California. Justin holds a deep respect and care for each person with whom he has the privilege of meeting, and believes everyone has the potential for positive growth. He enjoys working with couples and individuals, creating a safe and nonjudgmental atmosphere to facilitate exploration and discovery. Justin is happy to have recently returned to his home state of Michigan with his wife, Carly, and two pups.
Brittany Stahl, LLPC
Brittany is passionate about walking along side adolescents and young adults as they navigate through their most difficult experiences and emotions. Brittany strives to provide a welcoming environment were individuals feel supported and encouraged to talk about and explore their thoughts, behaviors, and experiences. She enjoys working with clients who have faced trauma or those who are struggling with depression, anxiety, self-esteem, grief and loss, and natural transitions in life. Brittany graduated from Hope College with her bachelor’s in psychology and went onto Spring Arbor University where she graduated with her Master of Arts in counseling. Her approach to counseling derives from cognitive behavioral therapy which focuses on automatic negative thoughts and cognitive distortions. During this process, thoughts are challenged to ultimately improve emotional regulation and coping strategies.
Erin DeSmet, LMSW, LMSW
Erin Desmet, LMSW, is a clinical social worker specializing in trauma treatment. Erin takes the time to meet people where they are, build safety and understand them in the context of all their experiences and life story. She uses evidence-based tools to guide people through an exploration of their needs and concerns, supporting people in all life stages as they address the root causes of their troubles.
Erin studied Clinical Social Work with a concentration in Family Social Work at Michigan State University. Since graduate school, she has devoted time to formally studying trauma and its effects on the whole person. Erin is Fully Certified in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) as well as Nationally Certified in Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TFCBT). With these and other approaches, among others, Erin supports those experiencing PTSD, depression, anxiety, relationship difficulties, traumatic grief and loss, and more.
“The past affects the present even without our being aware of it.” - Francine Shapiro
Wendy Schuurman, Connections Specialist
Wendy Schuurman is our Connections Specialist. With confidentiality and compassion, she helps get you connected with a therapist and seeks to ease the initial steps in getting the counseling care you need for yourself and your family. She will be glad you called in. Wendy also plays a vital part in assisting therapists as they connect with Primary Care Providers and other clinicians to collaborate care.
Amy Flesher, Billing Specialist
Amy Flesher is our Billing Manager. Her role on our team is to ensure all clients and insurances are properly billed. Amy is the one to talk to if you have questions about your bill. She diligently works with each therapist to take some of the confusion out of the complicated process of billing insurances.