Teletherapy is an option used by many who have a hard time coming into an office setting. Re-Connect My Life, Inc. uses a secure medical-based service to easily communicate with those that need the distance, whether that is due to a pandemic or other reasons. Doxy.me acts allows clients to check-in and their therapist will be with them as soon as possible. Each therapist has a dedicated site making it simple to attend each session with ease.
Shuntai Walker, L.P.C., N.C.C.
Shuntai Walker, L.P.C., N.C.C. is a National Certified Counselor specializing in forgiveness, trauma, anxiety, depression and sex therapy for individual and couples. Shuntai believes that each client is unique. Therefore, various therapeutic approaches are necessary to effectively meet clients' treatment needs. Shuntai provides counseling services to adolescents, couples, families, and individuals of all ethnicities. Her goal is to provide a safe, non-judgmental environment to help clients comfortably collaborate within the therapeutic relationship so that they are able to identify issues, develop a plan of action, and then implement that plan. Shuntai Walker is a member of the American Counseling Association (ACA) and the American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors and Therapist (AASECT)
Meet our Team Members:
Traci Westphal, M.A., L.P.C.
(810) 515-1931 Ext. 707
Traci R. Westphal, M.A., L.P.C. works with adults, adolescents and children; specializing with clients struggling with anger issues, anxiety, trauma, LGBTQ+ and more.
Traci believes that each client deserves to be heard in a safe, supportive and non-judgmental space. Traci uses various therapy methods in client relationships, working together to identify issues, develop a plan and follow through. Traci empowers clients to acquire new “tools” to increase their ability to cope with life’s challenges.
Brandon Keene-Orton, M.A., L.P.C.
(810) 515-1931 Ext. 705
Has something happened that has been extra tough on your day-to-day? Have you been feeling sad, not yourself, or have an overactive brain that does not let you rest? Are relationships harder to maintain and work harder to enjoy? Brandon understands the hardships of life changes, traumas, depression, and anxiety and has worked with many individuals and their unique needs to co-create a successful treatment plan for healthier, happier living. As a doctoral student and experienced clinician, he continues to connect with new, evidenced treatments and wonderful therapists in order to grow and be better for each of his clients and the profession. With a hope for change, Brandon looks forward to meeting you where you are.
Amy Verhoeven, M.S., L.L.P.C.
(810) 515-1931 Ext. 701
Amy has her Bachelors of Arts in Music from Oakland University. She returned to school 12 years later and earned Masters in Clinical Psychology with a concentration in Clinical Counseling from Capella University. Her treatment approach is an eclectic mix of Cognitive Behavior Therapy complemented with other techniques including but not limited to play therapy, music therapy, and art therapy. Because each client is unique, various therapeutic techniques are necessary to help each client grow in a safe, judgement-free space where everyone can be themselves. She provides counseling services to adolescents and adults of all ethnicities. Clients are welcome who are experiencing anxiety, adjustment disorders, mood issues, trauma, personality issues, divorce, phase of life issues, and more. Life happens to everyone and she is here to help process and move forward in a more positive manner.
Omni Odum, M.S., L.L.P.C., Marriage & Family Therapy
(810) 515-1931 Ext. 703
Omni is Master’s level therapist specializing in working with couples, families and children ages 7-18. Omni also works with individuals who are suffering from anxiety, depression, traumas, and serious life changing events. Omni’s specialty is building rapport with her clients by using her gentle and authentic communication style. Omni has worked with clients from all walks of life, and strives to make sessions a safe space for all her clients. Omni implements the use of major systemic techniques to help clients facilitate change in their lives. Each session is tailored to that client’s needs, and focuses on goal oriented, and solution focused interaction.
“A little encouragement goes along way, and I like to remind my clients that progress, not perfection is the key to maintaining a healthy approach to change” ~ Omni O
Emily Merlo, M.S.S.A., L.L.M.S.W.
(810) 515-1931 Ext. 717
Everyone wants to live a life with self-compassion and strong connections to those they care about most, but sometimes we need some help along the way. Therapy can be intimidating, so my number one priority is to provide an environment of safety and trust, where you can just be yourself. For me, the road to healing begins when we recognize that we are each our own worst critic, and that it is okay to not be perfect all the time. I strongly believe that therapy is a collaborative experience, and my main goal is for you to leave each session feeling uplifted, hopeful and one step closer to reaching your personal goals.
There is nothing more disheartening than when loss, sadness, anxiety and life difficulties are the first thing you think of in the morning, and the last thing you think of before going to bed. Together, we will work to keep these negative emotions from taking over, and replace them with feelings of security, connectedness and hope.
It is time to start feeling better, and I am here to be the support you need to take the first steps. It is time to start living your life, and enjoying the things you love again. Together we will work to accept the things you cannot change, and improve the things you can. Give my office a call and we can get started!
Kali Martin, M.S., L.L.P.C.
(810) 515-1931 Ext. 712
Kali is a Limited Licensed Professional Counselor. She has a Bachelor's of Science in Psychology and a Master's of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. She specializes in working with the LGBT+ community, depression, anxiety, and trauma. Kali works with both adults and adolescents. Her counseling goals are to use cognitive behavioral therapy and art therapy to teach coping skills, diminish negative thoughts, beliefs, and behaviors in a safe and non-judgmental environment. She believes therapy should be unique to the individual and strives to create a treatment plan that works best for each individual client.
Alonna Tipton, M.A., L.L.P.C.
(810) 515-1931 Ext. 718
A child’s mental health is just as important as their physical health and deserves the same quality of support. My time spent working in the school system gave me great insight into what young people face every day. I am passionate about children, adolescents, and families. Many times, young people are unable to verbalize their feelings. Play therapy is a helpful tool to your child, which will help them in communicating emotions. I would love to help you with any issue you may be facing. Come make your appointment with me today!
Vernell Webb, Jr. M.S.W., L.L.M.S.W.
(810) 515-1931 Ext. 704
Vernell is a Master's Level Clinical Social Worker who specializes in adolescents, couples, the LGBTQ+ community, victims of trauma, depression, anxiety, chronic disease, and other mental health disorders. Vernell obtained his Bachelor of Psychology from Rochester University and his Master of Social Work from Walden University in Clinical Social Work. Vernell is currently pursuing a Doctorate in Social Work with a concentration in Clinical Expertise.
Vernell believes in using a holistic, client-centered approach to empower the client to make the changes they desire in their life. Vernell feels that one way to accomplish this goal is to first build a strong rapport with the clients he encounters. Vernell's therapy style comes from a place of providing judgment-free therapy and tailors the therapeutic treatment plan to fit the needs of each specific client. Vernell understands that making the decision to seek therapy is a huge step for anyone and the number one goal of his therapy techniques is to work with the client to improve their lives for the better.
Johnell Allen-Bey, Life Coach
(810) 515-1931 Ext. 702
Johnell Allen-Bey is a Life Coach, relationship expert and an expert contributor on the subjects of incarceration, returning citizens, anger management and relationships. He is the Co-Host of "On the Couch" with Shuntai & Johnell, a talk show highlighting ordinary people living extraordinary lives and a Co-host of “She Say… He Say”, a social media show about relationships and life.
Mr. Allen-Bey self-describes himself as a leader amongst men. He is a son, father, and grandfather of 12. He served 29 years in prison, but he never allowed incarceration to diminish his ability to improve himself and the ability to serve others. He is a passionate advocate for fighting against injustices. He prides himself as a voice of the voiceless.
Johnell's motto is “You’ll never be greater later." Therefore, while incarcerated he founded the first college dormitory in the Jackson Cooper Street Facility for inmates attending college in prison. He created mentor tutoring programs for inmates seeking their GED. The program boasts a 95% success rate. He became a scholar-writer for the State of Michigan through Jackson College.
Johnell is a graduate of Spring Arbor University with a B.S. in Behavioral Science. He received an Associates Degree from Jackson College. He enjoys Michigan football, loves music, and spending quality time with family and friends.
Loletha M. Lee, M.S., L.L.P.C.
(810) 515-1931 Ext. 710
I am a kind and considerate counselor who provides opportunities for growth and self-discovery in a safe and caring environment. I work with children and adolescents with developmental and behavioral issues; individuals with addictions, depressed mood, anxious thinking, emotional conflict, communication and low self-esteem; couples and families in conflict; and unresolved grief/loss. My treatment focus will help in changing negative beliefs, thoughts, images, and self-dialogue and helps initiate positive views, images, and self-dialogue that promotes reorganizing thought process, coping, and behaviors.
As a counselor who is a Child of God, I embrace self-awareness, acceptance, open-mindedness, fairness, competency, and honesty, without bias or stereotype. My counseling goals are to recognize that clients' belief about spirituality and their up-bringing are central to their worldviews. These worldviews influence their psycho-social development and functioning.
Shirley Ruth Lea-Lawson, M.S., L.L.P.C.
(810) 515-1931 Ext. 711
I have worked with adults who struggle with addiction and other mental issues. I provide a safe environment for clients to discuss topics that are difficult, such as sexuality in an individual setting. I have experience working with LBGTQ+ individuals. I provide a safe, non-judgmental environment for clients who need to feel comfortable while discussing difficult topics that need to be worked through. My passion is to bring healing to adults and families who have been victimized by addiction and other life issues. I assist clients in finding strategies to resolve their problems.
Sherrell Wilson, L.P.C., N.C.C.
(810) 515-1931 Ext. 709
“You cannot always control what goes on outside. But you can always control what goes on inside.” Are you allowing trauma, anxiety, and stress to disrupt your inside world? Trauma can change your view of your life and yourself. Stress and anxiety can shorten your lifespan. I am passionate about helping my clients, who include children, adults, families and couples, build upon their strengths so they can remove any barriers that keep them from feeling peaceful, complete, and safe.
I know that no single approach is right for every individual, so I utilize several different theoretical approaches to ensure that client’s needs are being met. My educational background includes a M.A. in Professional Counseling from Central Michigan University. I have experience working with individuals with various unrest including PTSD, depression, Anxiety Disorders, Adjustment Disorder, ADHD, grief and loss, Bipolar Disorders, and abuse.
We are excited to have the following interns:
Nicole Rubin, M.A. Intern
(810) 515-1931 Ext. 706
Are you tired, angry, or just frustrated and do not understand why? Have you asked yourself, why me? Have you said, I’m stronger than that… If you answered Yes to any of these questions; come spend some time learning:
“Healing is not Linear”
As a veteran, and Master’s level clinician, I have years of experience with
adolescents, young and seasoned adults, veterans, and previously incarcerated
individuals, who experience trauma, anxiety, depression, PTSD, and post
incarceration syndrome, also known as “PICS.” Allow me to help you re-connect “you, with you!” Reach out today for you.
(810)515-1931 Ext 716
Sidney Bohanen is a Master’s level intern that accepts people for who they are, and that acceptance includes all demographics. Sidney believes and strongly feels the labels of anxiety, depression, ADHD, PTSD, Bipolar or any other ailment diagnosis is not a representation of the individual or client receiving treatment. Every client is unique in his or her own way, and it is that uniqueness that is addressed within the therapeutic session. His training and life experiences tell him to walk with every client on his or her path to create a naturally meaningful transition toward improved well-being from growth.
“I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” Maya Angelou