The PCS-Counseling Team
Dr. John Mlinarcik, Ph.D., MA, MS, LMSW
Professional Consultation Services, Inc. (PCS) was founded in 1977 by Dr. John Mlinarcik, PhD. as a counseling, coaching, and personal development firm. Dr. John and his team of professionals have touched hundreds of thousands of lives. His areas of expertise include psychotherapy with individuals, couples, and families; executive coaching, and business consulting (i.e., hiring, individual performance, team building, family business transitions, and Organizational Development). He heads up PCS Leadership Academy.
Dr. John has conducted specialized presentations and workshops in personal growth and change management throughout North America. He has coached hundreds of local, state, and national companies, organizations, and associations, and has authored and lectured on the changing landscapes in personal growth and business improvement. His current book, Under Heavy Construction: The Soft Skills Are the Hard Skills, is due out shortly.
Dr. John earned his Bachelor’s degree in social psychology, two independent Master’s degrees in school psychology and clinical psychology, and his Doctoral degree in clinical/organizational psychology. He was the founding president of the Michigan Association of Professional Psychologists along with influencing the Michigan Psychologist Licensure Law (P.A. 368).
Matthew Swartz, MSSW, LMSW
Director of Training and Development
Matthew Swartz, LMSW, Director of Training & Development, is a counselor, therapist, speaker, trainer, and coach with PCS. His life purpose is to help reduce pain and increase fulfillment in his clients’ daily lives through healing, personal growth, and deep transformation. Matt is passionate about working with leaders, higher performers, and influencers that are ready to build their ideal life and leave a lasting positive impact on their families, businesses, and world.
Matt specializes in anxiety and stress, grief and loss (especially loss to suicide), trauma, high performers, and adjusting to major life transitions. He combines compassion and cutting-edge techniques, based on his clients’ needs and goals to maximize growth. 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.
Matt graduated with a Master of Social Work from Columbia University and received his bachelor’s in psychology and liberal arts from the Honors College at Michigan State University. He is trained in multiple therapeutic techniques, including Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR), Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, and Complicated Grief Therapy.
Kristin Ryeson, MSW, LMSW
Director of Clinical Services
Kristin Ryeson is the Director of Clinical Services and therapist at PCS-Counseling. She graduated with a Master of Social Work from the University of Pennsylvania and has over 21 years of clinical and administrative experience providing program oversight and services to children, adolescents, adults, and their families.
Kristin understands that people have unique feelings, values, and experiences. She utilizes a non-judgmental, strength-based approach 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.
Kristin’s areas of specialty include ADHD, anxiety, depression, behavioral challenges, school issues, parenting, family relationships, and adjustment to major life changes.
Staci Belanger, LMSW, IMH-E
Manager of Infant Mental Health/Early Childhood Service
Staci Belanger is a licensed clinical social worker with endorsement from the Michigan Association for Infant Mental Health. Staci has worked with pregnant and postpartum women, infants, and young children (birth-six) for over 15 years providing early intervention services; assessment, prevention, and mental health treatment.
Our earliest relationships provide the foundation for all future relationships. Staci’s approach to therapy with young children and their caregivers is about building a safe, trusting relationship. A safe space is created for the parent and child to explore together through play and talk therapy. Parenting can be challenging. Parents are invited to explore their feelings related to parenting, including how current stressors and their own infant and early childhood relationships and experiences impact their relationship with their child.
Staci’s area of specialty also includes: perinatal depression, anxiety and mood disorders, fertility struggles, pregnancy/infant loss, young adult gynecological cancer patient/survivors, trauma, foster care and adoption.
Kailah Ayres-Tuttle, MA, LPC
Kailah’s greatest passion as a therapist is bringing healing to people who have been through a traumatic and/or stressful experience. She enjoys accompanying clients on their journeys of identity and sexuality they may be questioning or struggling to accept. Kailah helps her clients find healthy perceptions of themselves and strengthen their relationships so they can know themselves as peaceful, complete, whole, and safe.
Kailah is an eclectic counselor, who works with children and adults utilizing a variety of approaches depending on the concerns of her clients. Areas of specialty include working with children and families, life and healing after trauma, and identity concerns. Kailah is trained in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), an evidence-based practice that enables people to heal from the symptoms and emotional distress that are the result of disturbing life experiences or traumatic events. Kailah is a certified Geek Therapist and is currently working to pursue her certification in Expressive Arts Therapy.
Alicia Chiasson, LMSW, MPA
Alicia Chiasson is a clinical social worker and therapist with PCS-Counseling. She graduated with a Master of Social Work and Master of Public Administration with an emphasis in Leadership and Management. Alicia has an immense passion for helping individuals deconstruct unhealthy identity formations and embrace their highest potential. She enjoys walking alongside clients as they seek to understand themselves, heal from their wounds, and embrace a life of inspiration, growth, and fulfillment.
Alicia applies a holistic approach to the areas of stress management, self-transformation, identity crisis, relational issues, and adjustment/transitional challenges. Her background in intercultural studies and experience, clinical social work, medical social work, and leadership complement her pursuit to help others overcome harmful events and thoughts to realize their unique gifts, leverage the best within them, and positively influence the world around them.
Jennifer Chirgwin, MSW, LMSW
Jennifer Chirgwin is a clinical social worker with over 20 years of experience helping children, adults and families learn to manage anxiety, depression, behavioral issues, and improve parenting skills. Jennifer uses a variety of treatment approaches to help clients uncover and utilize the strengths and skills within them to bring about meaningful and lasting change.
Jennifer graduated with a Master of Social Work from the University of Michigan and is certified in providing Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, an evidence-based practice used in treating childhood trauma. She is passionate about ensuring that all clients feel respected, empowered, and understood throughout the treatment process.
Michael Davis, MSW, LMSW
Michael Davis is a licensed clinical social worker and therapist. He graduated with a Master of Social Work from Wayne State University and has experience working with youth and adults in various treatment settings, including community mental health, juvenile justice, autism services, youth advocacy, and employment programs. Michael specializes in childhood and adolescent mental health, family therapy, relationship issues, grief and loss, trauma, identity issues, depression and anxiety, and stress related to significant life changes. He uses a variety of therapeutic models to develop client-centered treatment that is specialized to every person uniquely and individually.
Michael’s diverse range of experiences have cultivated an interest in seeing people from all walks of life thrive. His aim is to provide an inviting, collaborative space for children, teens, families, couples, and adults to work towards healing and growth. He is passionate about clients feeling empowered to enact their desired change by using a strengths-based approach. He is a firm believer that individuals are capable of change and incredibly resilient. Michael seeks to walk alongside clients collaboratively in a compassionate, non-judgmental way so they can safely & proactively engage the lives they want to live.
Dr. Russell Doré, Ed.D., LP
Dr. Doré has over 20 years’ 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. In addition to his clinical and coaching experience, Dr. Doré has worked for major consulting firms and corporations.
As a therapist, coach, and trainer, Dr. Dore conducts Career Assessments, facilitates workshops, and supports his clients with personal effectiveness and coping skills, career growth and change, interpersonal relationships, and marital and divorce issues.
Rick Guttersohn, MSW, LLMSW
For years, Rick’s personal mission has been to bring hope to those who are hurting. He has extensive experience guiding people through grief and loss, by providing individual support, facilitating support groups, developing bereavement programs, and speaking at numerous seminars, trainings, and events throughout Southeastern Michigan.
Rick provides a safe and supportive therapeutic environment to help his clients share and express painful thoughts and emotions associated with their loss. His clients learn tools and techniques to work through complicating factors that may intensify or prolong grief. Rick empowers his clients to identifying key strengths that build resiliency and lay the foundation for their long-term healing, growth, and life transformation.
Rick’s down-to-earth and relatable approach is a result of his own personal journey of healing, growth, and transformation that he aspires to guide others on. Other specialties include shame and low self-esteem, navigating difficult life transitions, and overcoming career and educational obstacles.
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 a Master of 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.
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.
Christie Spudowski, MSW, LLMSW
Christie Spudowski is a clinical social worker with a passion for working with children and families. She specializes in helping parents and caregivers feel more fulfilled in their role by offering a safe space for them to freely express their struggles. Christie is passionate about strengthening parent-child relationships to reduce feelings of parental depression and/or anxiety, address a child’s behavioral challenges, and increase the overall amount of joy that parents and children experience together. Christie recognizes that becoming a parent can bring up many feelings about past experiences or trauma, so she offers a therapeutic environment for parents to address those concerns during pregnancy or while parenting.
Christie is also an LGBTQ+ affirming therapist that enjoys working with queer and transgender parents and/or supporting families working to understand and embrace their queer and/or transgender child or adolescent.
Christie studied Child Development at Central Michigan University and in 2021 completed the Infant Mental Health/Master of Social Work Dual-Title Program at Wayne State University. Christie also founded Live Light Birth & Family, a collective of birthworkers, where she has offered her expertise and support as a birth doula and childbirth educator.
Elaine Williams, MSW, LMSW
Elaine Williams is a master’s social worker known for her “commonsense” and intuitive approach and believes that each client is their own healer. Elaine believes in partnering with her clients to build and maintain self-awareness, self-acceptance, and self-confidence so they can manifest their full potential and create the life they desire.
Elaine specializes in inter-generational issues, women’s issues, anxiety/depression disorders, and helping clients manage invisible, chronic, and terminal illnesses, including associated grief and losses. She is trained in traditional psychotherapy and group work and utilizes her clients’ natural healing abilities by incorporating a blend of holistic approaches such as breath work, guided imagery, and hypnotherapy.
Elaine 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.
Elizabeth Wolfe, MA, LPC, NCC
Elizabeth is a licensed professional counselor and graduated with a Master of Counseling from Oakland University. She has experience working with individuals of all ages, with a special interest in children. Elizabeth specializes in the areas of grief and loss, chronic illness, end of life, anxiety, stress management, and adjustment concerns. She is passionate about working with families as they cope with the challenge of a serious illness or other major life change. She believes that families can be stronger together if they have the tools to deal with additional stressors effectively.
Elizabeth utilizes a strengths-based, person-centered perspective when working with clients and always tries to meet them where they are at in their mental health journey. She feels strongly about taking an integrative approach to therapy. She incorporates cognitive behavioral therapy, motivational interviewing, positive psychology, and more, as well as invites art, music, and writing into the space. Her goal is to empower and support clients through life’s challenges and to be an ally as they strive to reach their greatest potential.