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Paul Smith, PhD

Licensed Clinical Psychologist

Dr. Smith is a Clinical Psychologist with expertise in serving children, adolescents, adults, and older adults. He provides diagnostic evaluations, specialized testing and psychotherapy to treat a range of problems and concerns, including:

  • Anxiety, stress, and depression – generalized anxiety, panic, OCD, phobias, severe depression, mood disorder
  • Alcohol and drug dependency – severe alcoholism, use of cocaine, heroin, marijuana, and prescription medications, dual diagnosis (substance use and mental illness)
  • Severe mental health disorder – schizophrenia and other psychotic disorders, bipolar disorder
  • Personality disorder – personality testing and evaluation
  • Learning and academic problems – intellectual and cognitive testing, achievement testing
  • Disruptive behavior – oppositional defiant, poor conduct
  • Cognitive impairments – ADHD, dementia, memory deficits

Dr. Smith also serves part-time as Medical Staff at St. Johns- Brighton Hospital, providing diagnostic, specialized evaluation, post discharge aftercare planning services.

If you are interested in scheduling an appointment, please call our office at: (586) 731-4100.

Max Abelman, MA LLP

Max Abelman, MA, LLP earned his Masters degree from the Michigan School of Professional Psychology in 2007.  He brings 3.5 years of experience in providing therapeutic services to clients experiencing stress and a variety of life challenges.  Max specializes in treating many conditions and issues including substance abuse, domestic violence, mental health, and self-injury.  Max works with clients who are 13 years of age and older.

Max utilizes a variety of clinical intervention strategies including psychoeducation, and insight-oriented therapy.  His philosophy in working with clients is that no matter what a person’s past may be, anyone can live a happy and healthy life. Max is in the office Monday through Friday. If you are interested in scheduling an appointment, please call our office at: (586) 731-4100.

David Hamel, LMSW

Dave Hamel, LMSW has Master’s degrees in psychology and social work, a post-Masters degree in psychology, and over 30 years of experience in providing therapy and supervision.  He initially specialized in working with adolescents and their families, and in the last 15 years has expanded his practice to work with children, adults, and couples.  Dave has effectively helped people deal with a wide range of issues, including depression, anxiety, relationship problems, and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).  He engages his clients with compassion and humor, and uses his experience to help them gain insight into their thoughts, feelings, and behaviors.  Dave’s goal is to help his clients develop responsibility for taking action to produce the positive changes they want in their lives. Dave is in the office Monday through Friday. If you are interested in scheduling an appointment, please call our office at: (586) 731-4100.

David Klein, LMSW

David Klein earned his Masters in Social Work from Wayne State University. He brings 25 years of experience in providing therapeutic services to children, adults, and seniors experiencing a variety of life challenges. David specializes in treating many conditions and issues including depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, family issues, oppositional and defiant behaviors, and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). David also treats substance abuse and is pursuing accreditation through the Michigan Certification Board of Addictions Professionals.

David utilizes a variety of clinical intervention strategies including cognitive behavioral and psychodynamic therapy. His philosophy in working with clients includes the goal for clients to achieve personal growth. David is available for appointments Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. If you are interested in scheduling an appointment, please call our office at: (586) 731-4100.

Lindsey Lewis, MA, LLPC

Lindsey Lewis, M.A., L.L.P.C., is a licensed psychotherapist who is dedicated to assisting her clients in improving their lives.  She works with individuals, ages 10 years and up, providing help in a wide range of areas including depression, low self-esteem, major life transitions, grief and loss, relationship issues, ADHD, anxiety, and mood disorders.

Lindsey has a Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education and worked in the education field as a teacher for 5 years before realizing her passion for the field of mental health.  From there, she obtained a Master’s degree in Counseling from Oakland University and began her journey that led to Pioneer Counseling Center.

Lindsey provides all of her clients a space to feel safe, gain insight, navigate through obstacles, and to develop balance and personal growth.  Lindsey uses positive regard, empathy, honesty, and encouragement to assist her clients in moving forward and reaching their goals.   She is strong in building and maintaining positive rapport with all of her clients which she believes is a significant stepping stone in the process of helping others make positive changes in life.

If you are interested in scheduling an appointment with Lindsey, please call our office at : (586) 731-4100.

William Matthews, MA, LLP, LPC

William R. (Bill) Matthews is a graduate of the University of Notre Dame. He received his Master’s Degree in Counseling from Eastern Michigan University, and a Post-Master’s Degree in Organizational Leadership and Performance Technology from The University of Michigan. He has advanced training in structural and strategic family therapy, hypnotherapy, biofeedback, and is a certified EMDR therapist. His EMDR training includes advanced work in making EMDR developmentally appropriate for children and adolescents, attachment trauma in childhood and adolescence, and the application of EMDR for pain management and medical issues. Most recently, Bill has recently  become involved with the use of cognitive behavioral therapy for psychological sleep disorders, and sports and performance psychology, including injury recovery.

In his 25 plus years of experience as a clinician, Bill has been the director of residential treatment programs for adolescents and children, associate program director and director of training for a large child welfare agency, assistant director of education for a major rehabilitation hospital, and clinical coordinator of an outpatient substance abuse and mental health treatment agency. In addition to his clinical work, Bill spent 15 years as an organizational development specialist working with clients ranging from small non-profit agencies to Fortune 100 and 500 organizations in automotive, banking, health care and telecommunications, which has given him a keen appreciation for the stresses brought about by today’s workplace.

Bill has held adjunct faculty positions at Macomb Community College, Concordia College, The University of Michigan and Wayne State University School of Medicine; and  occasionally does stand up training for employee assistance/workplace wellness programs. He currently serves as the local coordinator/trainer for Parent Like A Champion Today™,  part of the Play Like a Champion Today™ series developed by The University of Notre Dame’s Institute for Educational Initiatives . PLC is a comprehensive approach designed to  elevate the culture of youth sports and enhance the life of each child by dealing with tough sport issues and supporting parents in understanding: athletics as a ministry to youth and families.

Bill enjoys working with individuals and families from all backgrounds and sexual orientations, including divorced, blended and single parent families and persons seeking counseling that respects faith-based beliefs and principles. His expertise includes working with adolescents and adults, as well as children age 7 and up. Problem areas Bill focuses on include symptoms of anxiety and depression, obsessive-compulsive disorder, panic disorders and phobias, bipolar disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder, and health issues, including pain management. He also has years of experience working with ADHD, oppositional defiance disorder, other emotional and behavioral issues in teens and youth, as well as attachment issues, and unresolved childhood issues in adults.

Bill’s approach to therapy incorporates western and eastern approaches to psychology and healing that leverage body/mind connections. Bill enjoys partnering with clients to make the most of the strengths they already possess and help give them that extra push to achieve their chosen goals for personal growth.  Bill schedule typically includes evening and Saturday appointments.

If you are interested in scheduling an appointment, please call our office at: (586) 731-4100.

Joyce Seedorff  LMSW, MFT, ACSW

Joyce Seedorff graduated from Wayne State University with a Master’s Degree in Social Work.  She is a trained cognitive therapist through The Beck Institute, as well as a licensed marital/family therapist in the state of Michigan.  In her more than twenty years of experience as a social worker, she has had the privilege of working the legal system, treating children placed in psychiatric hospitals, securing permanent shelter for homeless families, writing grant proposals to fund much needed social work programming, and providing clinical services in outpatient behavioral health settings.  She currently treats individuals, adolescents, couples, and families that are both traditional and non-traditional in their orientation.  She is well versed in treating adults and teenagers presenting with symptoms of depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, obsessive/compulsive disorder, grief, women’s issues, domestic violence and health issues.  Her expertise includes high conflict families and couples.  Utilizing a variety of approaches, Joyce is able to successfully treat the full range of family issues, including depressed, borderline and mid-range family systems with an emphasis on couples as the cornerstone of the family system.  Additionally, Joyce is trained in Emotional Freedom Technique, which provides prompt relief of symptoms related to emotional and pain management issues.  She works in concert with other service providers in the area, both traditional and alternative, to ensure a comprehensive program of care for all her clients. Joyce is in the office Monday through Thursday.

If you are interested in scheduling an appointment, please call our office at:(586) 731-4100.

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