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.
Kailah Ayres-Tuttle, MA, LLPC
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 school concerns. Kailah is trained in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), an evidenced based practice that enables people to heal from the symptoms and emotional distress that are the result of disturbing life experiences or traumatic events
Alicia Chiasson, LLMSW, MPA
Alicia Chiasson is a clinical social worker and therapist with PCS-Counseling. She graduated with a Master’s of Social Work and Master’s 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 is a Clinical Social Worker who has 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’s of Social Work degree 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.
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.
Rick Guttersohn, MSW, LLMSW
For years, Rick’s personal mission has been to bring hope to those who are hurting. He has extensive experience in grief and loss, where he has facilitated support groups, developed bereavement programs and trainings, and spoken at numerous seminars and events throughout Southeastern Michigan. Rick’s natural relatability and down-to-earth approach are a result of his personal journey of 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 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.
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.
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. 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.
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.