Julie Shaltry, MA LPC-S, CAADC, NCC, CCTP

I work with persons experiencing a variety of life's stages and changes. Whether balancing parenting, marriage, and career or adjusting to a divorce or recent loss, I believe the counseling relationship is a powerful alliance that helps move one forward when feeling stuck or lost. I operate from a place of holistic wellness, meaning the circumstances affecting our lives do not happen in a vacuum. Our feelings, emotions, and experiences have an impact on our mental and physical health, as well as on our personal relationships, self-esteem, and perception of the world around us.

It's important to me that my clients feel respected and safe in counseling--only then can we explore their story and find meaning in their experiences. For this reason, I meet clients where they are emotionally. I employ many theoretical models in my work, including trauma-focused care, mindfulness techniques, interpersonal neurobiology, and cognitive behavioral approaches. I am trained and experienced in providing counseling one-on-one, with couples, families, and in groups with adults and adolescents.

  • I have a Master’s Degree in Counseling from Spring Arbor University in Spring Arbor, Michigan.
  • I have earned the Certified Advanced Alcohol and Drug Counselor (CAADC #C-03542) from the Michigan Certification Board of Addiction Professionals.
  • I am a counseling supervisor, meaning I supervise master’s level student counselors and limited licensed therapists.
  • I am a National Certified Counselor (NCC #695594).
  • I am a Certified Clinical Trauma Professional (CCTP).
  • I am a Level 2 Gottman Couples Counselor.
  • I am a professional member of the American Counseling Association (#6329462) and the Michigan Counseling Association (MCA00675).
  • I am on the board of the Lansing Area Counseling Association (LACA) and am currently the organization’s acting Treasurer.


Shawn Shaltry, MA, LPC

I provide a space where you will feel safe and heard. It is hard to move forward in life when you feel frustrated and incomplete. I will work with you in a calm and supportive environment to help you figure out the issues that are holding you back from reaching your potential.

Having grown up in a huge family I understand what it is like to not have a voice. I now have five children of my own, and they teach me love and patience on a daily basis. I am very blessed, but that blessing comes with trials and tribulations, and I understand the difficulties of trying to survive as an independent adult in a world of diapers, common core math, and learner’s permits.

I spent over twenty years serving in the United States Air Force, with a combination of active duty, Reserve, and membership in the Michigan Air National Guard. I have worked with veterans exclusively for the past three years, and speak that language fluently. I am also well versed in local veteran resources.

My work in the community has involved teens in the court system, adolescents in residential and foster care settings, and college students through the Michigan State University Counseling Center. I have also volunteered in local community organizations throughout my career; to include being Squadron Commander of the local Civil Air Patrol, membership in the Abrams Municipal Airport Advisory Commission, and multiple military deployments.

I feel that everybody has a unique story to tell, and I look forward to hearing yours!

Lauren Whaley, MA, LPC, NBCC

Hello! I graduated from Michigan State University in 2013 with a Bachelor’s in Family Community Services and Adult Development. I continued on to Spring Arbor University in 2017 with a Master’s in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. I am a Licensed Professional Counselor in the State of Michigan, as well as a National Board Certified Counselor. I am trained in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) and Animal-Assisted Therapy (AAT).
I have worked closely with trauma and its effects on the body and brain in various work settings. I have experience with homeless and underprivileged populations, Veterans, substance abuse and survivors of sexual assault in all different age groups. I work best with anxiety, depression, trauma, and substance use. I am most interested in helping people understand their own thinking in a strength-based way, and finding ways to reduce and understand historical, biological, and experienced traumas. I believe that each person has the capacity and strength to change their own realities within a buffered, and safe therapeutic relationship.
I am passionate about collaborative approaches between mind and body and am always looking to further her education in similar areas. I love to spend my free time with my husband and furkids, and am an avid Hunter/Jumper rider and a mediocre runner. I, like any good Michigan Native, adore Lake Michigan and summers full of music and travel.


Curry is a two-year-old Standard Poodle and my Canine Co-Therapist. She was born and raised in Michigan, and joined our family when she was about 18 months old. Curry is certified with Therapy Dogs International and The American Kennel Club and has her Canine Good Citizen – Advanced Certification. This means that people who professionally understand dog behavior agreed with me that she would be excellent as a therapy dog. Curry’s many talents include teaching people about overcoming fears, building trust, emotional honesty, and adaptive responses. She is best at standing for pets, leaning on legs without shedding, and staring deep into your eyes with intensity.

Elsa Heenan, MA, LPC, NCC

I became a therapist to provide support that allows people to be true to their beliefs while also
burgeoning new changes toward their healthiest self. There are many times in our lives where we could use more support, a validating viewpoint, or someone to offer a hand in understanding why we behave or feel certain ways that are not beneficial. It is essential to who I am to be able offer my hand in this way, while also focusing on the strengths that you already have.

I am always seeking ways to help or support in the best ways with the endorsement of science-based research. In this pursuit, I have engaged in education beyond my basic skills that I believe have helped my clients and continue to educate myself as an impassioned learner. Within these specialized trainings, I have sought holistic wisdom and wellness. My specialties are focused on working with those experiencing complex trauma (PTSD), anxiety, depression, and disordered eating patterns using advanced techniques such as Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR). I am ready to join you at this point on your journey in life and hope that you will reach out for support.

Patty Tarr, MA, LPC, NCC

I am a licensed therapist in the state of Michigan who specializes in depression, anxiety and substance use disorders. My education and life experiences give me a unique and effective approach to counseling. I work to provide clients with a lasting experience rather than a short term treatment that can be integrated into their daily lives.

I have a Master’s degree in mental health counseling. I am a member of the National Board of Certified Counselors, Chi Sigma Iota Academic and Professional Honor Society International, American Mental Health Counselors Association, and Michigan Mental Health Counselors

Prior to becoming a counselor, I worked as a registered dental hygienist in Michigan, Ohio and New York. I worked in the public school system at elementary, middle and high school levels. I also worked as a job coach with youth and young adults. I am a person-centered therapist who will empower you and help you move forward in life with a purpose.

Kim Christensen, MA, LPC, CAADC

I am a Licensed Professional Counselor.  My licensure was granted through the State of Michigan (#6401013669).  I am certified through the National Board for Certified Counselors (NBCC).

I am trained in providing counseling one-on-one with adults, adolescents, and children, as well as with couples, families, groups, and with persons experiencing addictive behaviors.  I am retired from General Motors skilled-trades, and have worked with the Lansing School District, Clinton-Eaton-Ingham Community Mental Health, Lutheran Social Services of Michigan, as well as several positions in various churches.  I currently provide substance abuse and mental health counseling for Recovery Pathways of Essexville and Corunna, A Healing Place of Jackson, as well as individual counseling for Compassion Counseling Services of Lansing.

  • I have a Master of Arts (MA) degree in Counseling from Spring Arbor University, Spring Arbor, Michigan. I completed additional coursework in Play Therapy with adults, children, families, and groups.
  • I gained additional training in inco
  • I have completed courses at the Master’s level in Clinical Psychology at Michigan School for Professional Psychology, Farmington Hills, MI., and am awaiting licensure.
  • I completed my internship at A Healing Place in Jackson, MI., working with clients having problems with substance abuse and eating disorders.  I also have experience with psychological assessments.
  • I have a certification in substance abuse and am a Certified Advanced Alcohol and Drug Counselor (CAADC) registered with the Michigan Certification Board of Addiction Professionals (MCBAP #03344). I completed post-graduate coursework in a Specialty Program for Alcohol and Drug Abuse, through Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, Michigan, with a Field Practicum at Recovery Pathways, LLC. Bay City, Michigan.
  • rporating play into therapy through Michigan Association of Play Therapy professional conferences.  However, I am not certified as a Play Therapist.  I completed an internship at Volunteers of America, Michigan in the Lansing and Detroit locations.  I worked with Veterans who are homeless, in need of employment and needing assistance with mental health issues.
  • I have completed and passed the National Counselor’s Exam, and am a certified counselor (NBCC).
  • I have completed the requirements for Certified Advanced Trauma Professionals, and for Adoptions Certification.
  • I have a Bachelor of Religious Education in Theology and Youth Ministry, and a Bachelor of Science in Christian Counseling from Great Lakes Christian College, Lansing, MI.
  • I am a member of various professional organizations, including the National Board of Certified Counselors (NBCC).

Kara Richards, MA, LLPC, NCC

Kara is a limited licensed professional counselor. She has a bachelor's in psychology from MSU and a Master's in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Spring Arbor University. Kara passed the National Counseling Exam in April of 2019 and will be fully licensed once she completes her hours of supervision. Kara loves helping others and believes in a holistic approach to wellness. Kara primarily uses cognitive-behavioral therapy and mindfulness techniques. Kara believes that the mind and body connection is strong and that working on your mental health is as important as working on your physical health. Kara loves to incorporate fitness and nutrition into her mental health work, and having gone through an extreme lifestyle transition herself, she specializes in helping others who are trying to change their lifestyle. Kara has experience working with adults with depression, anxiety, substance use, trauma, grief, and relationship issues. Kara has over 20 years of experience in the childcare field and loves working with children and adults. In addition to her work at Insight Counseling, Kara is currently directing the Veterans Housing Program, a transitional housing program for homeless veterans in Lansing.

Brian Thomas, MA, LLPC, NCC

I am a Limited Licensed Professional Counselor (LLPC) in the State of Michigan.  I am also a National Certified Counselor (NCC) with over twenty years of experience helping adults, adolescents, and families in crisis. My goal as your therapist is to create an open and accepting environment to help you be your authentic and true self. I will partner with you to find interventions that fit your needs and help you achieve your goals. I am passionate and committed to working with you through challenges to improve your social and emotional wellbeing.

Mary Dion, MA, LLPC

Mary is a Limited Licensed Professional Counselor (LLPC) and has earned her Master's degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Siena Heights University. Mary has extensive experience working with children and young adults, whether they face anxiety, depression or adjustments/life transitions such as blended families, new schools, or behavioral concerns. Mary predominantly uses Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Reality Therapy, and Mindfulness approaches while working with her clients, but adjusts the therapeutic approach based on the individual's needs. Mary is trauma-informed and believes that everyone can benefit from therapy. She is passionate about the helping relationship and looks forward to helping her clients achieve their best life. In addition to private practice, Mary has her own program at Ingham County Youth Center, working with juveniles in the criminal system.

Becky Langham, MA, LLPC

Sometimes you need someone on your team to help navigate life storms and point out life's wonders. I use a person-centered, mindfulness approach combined with Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. Additionally, I tap into solution-based thinking that offers concrete brain-based tools. I enjoy working with children and teens and recognize they are struggling to find their own unique path to becoming a person who is able to listen to their own unique voice and become their genuine and authentic selves. I am particularly interested in helping build self-esteem through self-acceptance and aiding in the struggle of anxiety and depression in order to identify life goals.

Randall Hester MA, CFLE, LLPC

I am a Limited Licensed Professional Counselor, endorsed by the State of Michigan. Along with being a counselor I am also recognized as a Certified Family Life Educator, by the National Council on Family Relations. I have over twenty-five years of working experience with children, couples, families and individual adults. I had multiple opportunities to gain valuable experience through various work experiences which include working with children in a childcare setting and working with children and families as a Human Service Specialist with the State of Michigan. . I also have experience working with children who are or have been involved in the juvenile court system. I am also employed as a Student Support Specialist which again allows me to work with children, adults and families on a daily basis.

I received my bachelor’s degree in Family Life Education from Spring Arbor University. I am also a Certified Family Life Educator (CFLE) through the National Council on Family Relations (NCFR). Along with my bachelor’s degree and my CFLE endorsement, I also have two Master’s degrees one in Family Studies and one in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Spring Arbor University. I am also trained in Mental Health First Aide for youths and work from a spiritually based perspective. I welcome the opportunity to work together with you or your family member in a safe and supportive environment where we could work addressing your mental needs together. I use Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy, Solution Focused Therapy and Reality Therapy along with a few other therapeutic methods to assist and support you as we work to navigate through your mental health areas of need.

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