CONNALLY COUNSELING

Therapists

 
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Elaine Farris

Elaine believes in providing a safe, nonjudgmental, and open space for all individuals. She builds a connection with each client she sees as she knows that at the core of successful therapy is a strong and trusting relationship between the therapist and the client. She believes in a multicultural, feminist, cognitive behavioral approach and is open to new and different ideas from each client.

With a Bachelor of Arts in Social Relations and Policy, she comes from an advocacy background. More recently, she earned her Master’s Degree in Social Work from The University of Michigan. She completed her social work internships at The Comprehensive Gender Services Program, and The Women’s Center of Southeastern Michigan. During her time at those agencies, she focused on working with transgender clients, whom she is particularly passionate about working with. She believes in self-determination and advocating for clients who may need support in different parts of their life, including transition support. Elaine is also passionate about working with others in the LGBTQ+ community, and those who have diverse sexual interests such as: kink/BDSM, polyamory, and more.

Elaine enjoys reading, traveling, listening to and watching musical theater, playing board games with friends, and spoiling her dog.

 
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Hannah Figueroa

My goal in life is to help others discover their authentic selves while enhancing their ability to handle life’s challenges. By cultivating the skill of self-compassion, you’ll learn how to effectively navigate your challenges and gain a balanced perspective, allowing you to enjoy life with confidence, hope and purpose. We will work from a solution-focused, strength-based perspective. I believe in meeting people where they are at and that therapy is not about me providing you with the answers or fixing you, it is about helping you to discover the capacity that you already possess to create change in your life. I am passionate about helping others and believe in allowing you the dignity of your own experience while providing support and guidance along the way so that you can find balance in mind, body and spirit.

I utilize a variety of modules including Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, and Mindfulness based practices. I am also trained in Gestalt and EMDR with a background in trauma based interventions and a strong background in the treatment of substance use disorders.  Whether you are struggling with anxiety, depression, grief and loss, going through a divorce, having suicidal thoughts, dealing with an eating disorder, substance use, or moving through one of many of life’s transitions, I would love the opportunity to walk alongside you.

My wife and I live locally in Ypsilanti and spend much of our free time traveling, enjoying the outdoors, going to as much live music as possible, watching movies and exploring new restaurants together. We look forward to starting a family  in the near future.

Steven Gilpin

Steven is an Ann Arbor local that has long been interested in mental health and issues that affect the LGBTQ community. He believes that therapy is a space where you can explore and address the feelings, thoughts, and behaviors you’ve been struggling to manage alone. Steven strives to provide a warm, judgement-free, and open space where understanding can build and healing begins. Steven believes in utilizing evidence based practices in addition to hand tailored interventions to help you achieve your goals.                                                                                                                                                     
Steven is a graduate of the University of Michigan School of Social Work where he focused on learning how to provide effective care to those struggling with mental health concerns or chronic physical illnesses. Steven has experience working with people that live with HIV, are seeking gender affirming services, have experienced trauma(s), or are struggling with their mental health.                                                                                                                     
In Steven’s spare time, he enjoys teasing his boyfriend, playing with his dogs, watching television, knitting, running (like once a month), antiquing, and spending time with his family.

 
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Rose Benjamin

My aim is to help clients hear the heart, tune the soul and heal the wounded psyche. In providing individual, group and family therapy to adults and adolescents, I draw upon an eclectic blend of client-centered, humanistic approaches with an eye toward the shared journey of authentic selfhood. I believe in the transformation of pain to possibility, darkness to rebirth, struggle to harmony and hope. I specialize in working with LGBTQIA concerns, trauma, depression, anxiety and relationships of all types. I also treat OCD, social anxiety, substance abuse, eating challenges and grief.

I earned my master’s degree in Social Work from Indiana University in 2018 and am licensed in the state of Michigan.

I’ve lived in the Ann Arbor area with my lovely partner, amazing son, two magical mutts and two astral cats since 2013. I write, watch anime and dream.

Nate Schmall

Nate takes an insight-oriented approach to psycho-therapy and tailors evidenced-based practices to help people meet goals for treatment. He draws on Motivational Interviewing, Acceptance Commitment Therapy, CBT, PCIT, and Solution-Focused interventions to join with people who seek change in their lives. Nate has a passion for meaning making and understands that different and complex relationships and experiences contextualize self-hood and human behavior. Nate believes that the launching pad for change begins with an understanding of where people are. Nate has honed his therapeutic approach by working in multiple service settings with a diverse range of individuals with complex diagnoses, races, ethnicity, attraction, class, and gender.

Nate earned a BA in Sociology and an MSW from the University of Michigan where he was involved with organizations serving cross-cultural and LGBTQIA awareness. Nate and his partner love traveling. Their most recent trip was spent abroad in Thailand, Laos, and Vietnam. Nate is always exploring new music, studying languages, playing guitar, reading, and enjoying films in his free time.

 
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Brody Mantha

Brody graduated from the University of Michigan with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology and a Minor in Gender and Health. He went on to receive his master’s from the University of Michigan School of Social Work. While working on his master’s, Brody completed a social work internship in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry within Michigan Medicine, Department of Psychiatry, Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. He continued his work there as a Social Work Fellow afterward, working with children, adolescents and families dealing with anxiety, depression, OCD and trauma. Brody uses a variety of different modalities of therapy, including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, TF-CBT, Exposure and Response Prevention Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Child-Parent Psychotherapy and Parent-Child Interaction Therapy.

Brody believes in meeting families and clients where they’re at and understanding the meaning behind behaviors. Brody believes in creating a safe and comfortable space for families where they are able to grow. His methods and practice are centered on each family’s goals and working toward a life worth living.

In his spare time, Brody enjoys watching movies, staying active, exploring new places, trying new restaurants and having brunch on the weekends.

Jules Cobb

Reaching out for support can be scary, and I know how that feels. One of my strengths as a counselor is in working with young people, creating a safe environment so you can feel comfortable and be your authentic self as you access the help and support you need . I begin the therapeutic process by listening intently to where you are today, then we work together to create opportunities for the growth and healing you desire.  I tailor the therapeutic experience by blending different approaches and techniques to suit your needs: play therapy with person-centered therapy, Gestalt techniques with narrative therapy, and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) with Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT).

I am a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC), with +10 years of counseling experience with children and adults. This was preceded by 20 years of experience working with children and adolescents within the home and education fields.   My joy is being able to help young people who have not yet learned coping tools to manage many of the challenges they face during their adolescence relating to self-esteem, peer pressure, anxiety, depression, substance use, and any other source of stress they may be experiencing.

Outside of working with young people, I love to be outdoors, enjoying nature’s playground. Hiking and biking various trails, exploring new places with my wife, family and friends, and visiting my homeland (England) are all important to me as I balance my life.  

 

 
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Eric Vest

My goal is to help you find ways to overcome some of life's challenges while giving you a safe and judgment-free zone to explore and find your authentic self. I am a passionate advocate for social justice and LGBTQ+ equality. I believe that everyone has the power to make their goals a reality. Utilizing an eclectic blend of strength-based, systematic, and client-centered approaches, I will help you find that power and use it to overcome the obstacles blocking your way. I earned my master's degree in Social Work from Wayne State University in 2018. I have a background in education and social work. I have worked in a variety of settings from elementary school to universities working with students who are struggling to achieve their goals. I have worked as a substance abuse counselor and in mental health, settings to help address systematic barriers and utilize my client's strengths to overcome them. In my spare time, I enjoy spending time with my partner and my three rats and two hound dogs. I enjoy reading, playing video games, and watching movies. I even bust out the occasional Dungeons and Dragons campaign from time to time.

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Dr. Dalton Connally

My life's work is helping all people live a happy, fulfilling life. I am passionate about social justice, LBGTQ equality, and helping folx struggling with issues related to gender identity.  I believe in achieving therapy goals by using tried and true methods but also affirm adjusting course based upon individual needs and the desired outcomes of my clients. I work with all populations of people, across the lifespan. I have expertise in helping clients with gender identity issues, transgender, intersex, gay, lesbian, bisexual, asexual, depression, anxiety, sexual problems, and interpersonal relationship challenges. 

In 1996 I earned my master's degree in Social Work at the University of Texas, and my Ph.D. in 2001, also from the University of Texas.  I became a  Licensed Clinical Social Worker in 1996. I have been a featured presenter at several national conferences and published numerous articles about gender variance, youth issues, trauma, and related therapeutic topics.

I have lived in Southeast Michigan for 11 years. My wife and I are raising our son in the Ann Arbor area. I enjoy traveling, reading, theater, and camping.