The PCS-Counseling Team
Dr. John Mlinarcik, Ph.D., LMSW, CEO
Heading up PCS-Counseling, Dr. John provides services to children, adults, couples, families & groups, as well as lectures and trains nationally. He has over 100,000 hours of confidential services since earning his Ph.D., MA, MS, & LMSW.
Matthew Swartz, MSSW, LMSW
Director of Training and Development
Matt’s life purpose is to help people reduce pain and increase fulfillment in their daily lives through healing and growth. As Director of Training and Development, Matt is passionate about inspiring groups, organizations, schools, and businesses into healing and growth through simplifying complex ideas into clear action steps. Matt has been honored to work with Fortune 500 companies, Columbia University, the New York Academy of Medicine, the City of Farmington Hills, Northville Public Schools, and Novi Community School District.
In his counseling and coaching, Matt combines compassion with effective, cutting-edge treatment. Matt works with leaders, change-makers, high performers, helpers & healers, entrepreneurs, and those experiencing large life changes and upheaval. He specializes in relieving anxiety and stress, healing trauma and traumatic grief (especially loss to Suicide), guiding high performers in achieving success and actualization, and activating those seeking deep transformation. To help his clients in achieving extraordinary results and lasting healing, Matt employs a specialized technique, Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR) to stimulate powerful and lasting changes in his clients’ brains and bodies.
Kristin Ryeson, MSW, LMSW
Kristin is a therapist and the Director of Clinical Services at PCS-Counseling. She is a Licensed Master’s Social Worker with over 20 years of clinical and administrative experience providing program oversight and services to children, adolescents, young adults, and their families. Kristin’s areas of specialty include ADHD, anxiety, depression, behavioral challenges, school
issues, Autism-spectrum and developmental disabilities, adjustment to major life changes (i.e. divorce, grief/loss, adoption), parenting, and family relationships.
Kristin utilizes a non-judgmental, strength-based, and supportive approach to treatment, where she engages in a collaborative and trusting relationship with her clients to reduce emotional pain, empower self-growth, and build meaningful relationships. Kristin is passionate about youth-voice and family-driven care and ensures that her clients feel authentically involved in the therapeutic process.
Dr. Nick Phillips, D.Min., MDiv., M.A., LLPC
Dr. Nick has been helping couples prepare, enrich, and restore their marriage for over 25 years. His passion, experience, and expertise have seen hundreds of couples transformed into living vibrant fulfilling marriages. He is continually in demand for seminars and conferences, as well as training in the corporate venue on relational leadership. His experience in corporations, ministry, and military settings provides a well-rounded familiarity with life’s relational challenges.
Dr. Nick provides a welcoming environment to process decisions and difficulties with a collaborative solution-based approach. Clients attain practical tools through experiential sessions that give them confidence in achieving greater levels of closeness in their relationship.
Sarah Swartz, MA, LPC
Sarah has years of experience helping clients heal and moves toward personal growth. She uses a wide variety of techniques which can be tailored toward the individual depending on their need. She has had experience working with individuals of all ages. Sarah specializes in working with clients that have anxiety, depression, trauma, substance abuse, relationship issues, family systems, intimacy concerns, and major life transitions.
Dr. Russell Doré, Ed.D. Licensed Psychologist
Dr. Doré has over 20 years of experience in counseling, coaching, and training individuals for personal growth. He holds a BA and MA from Michigan State University in Psychology, and a Doctor of Education degree in Counseling Psychology from the University of Washington.
Elaine Williams, MSW, LMSW
Elaine is known for her commonsense and intuitive approach to helping each person, team, organization, and community expand their human potential to live an inspired, meaningful life. She is author of the book, The Sacred Work of Grandparents Raising Grandchildren, and is a national speaker and trainer whose focus is inter-generational relationships, diversity, and communication.
Dr. Debby Tang Ph.D., LPC
Dr. Tang has over 25 years of experience practicing counseling and psychotherapy. Her expertise spans a wide range of topics, including couples counseling, marriage and family, depression and anxiety, trauma, self-injury, cross-cultural issues, and teenage behavioral problems.
Frank Rubino, MS, TLLP
Frank is a Master’s Level clinical psychologist who focuses on treating adolescents, and adults in a variety of areas. He treats people struggling with substance abuse, trauma, addictive behaviors (including pornography, sex, eating, gambling, video games, etc.), communication, sports/performance, anger, and work-related issues. He is particularly sensitive to the specific needs of first responders and veterans. He works with individuals from all walks and stages of life.
Marley Pagel, LMSW, ACSW
Marley is a clinical social worker specializing in trauma recovery and Christian Counseling. She has more than 25 years of experience helping people gain freedom from depression, anxiety, trauma, grief, and interpersonal issues Marley is trained in EMDR which accelerates the healing of trauma, PTSD, physical, emotional, and sexual abuse. She combines her extensive education with a warm, caring connection and sincere interest in each person.
Tamira Shropshire, LMSW, SSW
Tamira Shropshire is a clinical social worker and therapist with PCS-Counseling. She aims to provide a safe, accepting, non-judgmental atmosphere, where both children, their parents, and young adults feel comfortable with sharing and processing their most personal thoughts and feelings. Tamira is passionate about working with children and young adults who struggle with finding their voice and challenging negative thoughts. She strives to meet clients where they are to effectively guide and walk with them to where they strive to be. Tamira Specializes in working with children and young adults to treat anxiety, anger, trauma, low self-esteem, and challenges related to ADHD and Autism Spectrum Disorder.
Christine is a Licensed Professional Counselor who provides therapeutic counseling to school-aged children, adolescents, and adults. Her focus for providing quality care is to establish a safe space to allow her clients to do their best work at learning positive self-image, healthy self-care, and safe boundaries. Christine helps her clients form their own goals to meet their best version of themselves. Christine utilizes an eclectic approach pulling from family systems, attachment, client-centered theories to find the best techniques for her clients to do work in sessions that can be applied successfully in their lives. Christine has over a decade of experience working in education, social service, and private practice. Her career experience has provided a wide scope of knowledge with foster care and adoption as well as private adoptions and the adoption triad. Her research and experience include transracial adoption and managing bio family reunion. Additionally, she has experience supporting victims of domestic violence, the LGBTQIA community, children of trauma, women, racial and ethnic minorities, and those with race and identity concerns. Christine graduated with a dual Bachelor of Arts degrees in Psychology and Sociology and a specialization in Social Inequality from the University of Michigan. She received her Master of Arts in Counseling from Oakland University completing both the School Counseling certification as well as the Community Counseling program.
Vani Rao, LPC, LLP
Vani is dually licensed as a Licensed Professional Counselor and a Limited Licensed Psychologist. She has over 17 years of experience working with adults in a variety of settings, including residential, community mental health, and private practice. She specializes in working with adults who suffer from Depression, Bipolar Disorder, Anxiety, Addiction, Women’s issues, and cultural identity issues.
Vani’s therapeutic approach is founded on Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, but she incorporates a variety of techniques to suit each client’s needs. She believes in providing a caring, empathetic, and trusting environment for her clients to grow and support them in their personal journey of growth and empowerment.
Susan Herbeck, MSW, LMSW
Susan is a Clinical Social Worker who is highly trained in the assessment and treatment of children, teens, and young adults facing a range of concerns including anxiety, depression, trauma, relationship concerns, and parenting. Her aim is to provide a safe and welcoming space for families to aid in the healing and growth process.
Susan graduated with her Master’s in Social Work from the University of Michigan. She is certified in Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, an evidence-based practice model for the treatment of childhood trauma. Susan uses a variety of techniques and tools to help children and families find peace in the midst of chaos and develop stronger, healthier relationships.