Team Thriveworks Birmingham, Michigan
Karen Waldrop, LPC
I understand that taking the first step toward therapy is challenging. I believe that you have the ability within you to heal, to grow and to create positive change. Having someone to talk with who will listen, accept you as you are right now, and guide you without judgement is a powerful asset and I want you to know that I am available to assist in your personal growth. As a team, we will work collaboratively to set goals, improve your self-image, and identify strategies for you to lead a positive and fulfilling life.
I received my masters in counseling from Oakland University and have over 20 years of experience providing compassionate and professional counseling to individuals and couples. I use a variety of methods to help people who are struggling with:
- Asperger's Syndrome
- Learning Differences
- ADD / ADHD
- Grief & Loss
- Traumatic Brain Injury
- Career Concerns
- And More
Finding a counselor that is right for you is vital. I will provide you with a safe, comfortable and supportive environment to help you identify and overcome the issues that are preventing you from living the life you desire. I am here to help and look forward to meeting with you!
Sandra Quigley, LMSW
Sandra Quigley has been providing individual and couples counseling for over a decade, focusing on empowering individuals to take their most challenging circumstances and transform them into a turning point of personal growth.
She has a love and passion for counseling.
Sandra believes in what Henry David Thoreau said:
Things do not change; we change.”
We become the result of our choices. These choices bring us closer or take us further away from experiencing a more meaningful and fulfilling life. Sandra enjoys helping clients overcome personal obstacles by providing therapy that is warm, relaxed and affirming.
In addition, Sandra serves Christians who want their faith integrated into the counseling experience. She works with clients to help them through the process of personal change while focusing on the beauty of God’s grace and truth. Once a person can see themselves through God’s eyes of mercy and acceptance, they can begin the journey to face their personal challenges with courage and confidence.
She received her Master in Clinical Social Work from Wayne State University. Sandra has worked in a variety of settings and roles such as home based counselor for foster care, legal advocacy for victims of violent crimes with the Wayne County Prosecutors Office, pre-marriage counselor for Shrine Catholic Church, outpatient clinician and private practice practitioner.
She has experience with helping clients address the following issues:
- Grief and loss
- Relationship issues
- Life stage transitions
Sandra believes that the therapy experience can be enjoyable and fun if approached with a good attitude and a strong motivation for change.
With Sandra’s help, I have unearthed a much calmer, happier, together self that now wakes up each morning looking forward to the day ahead. We all have our baggage- I never once realized that I could unpack that bag and put my crap away. I now get to walk through life so much lighter!!"
-A Grateful Client
Herman Daldin, Ph.D.
Herman Daldin provides psychological services for all age groups, addressing a wide variety of mental health issues. He specialized in working with clients experiencing depression, anxiety, school and work related problems, family difficulties including divorce and abuse, among others. Dr. Daldin has a strong commitment to helping people overcome the challenges that cause roadblocks to a healthy and happy life.
In addition to providing psychological services, Dr. Daldin’s accomplishments include:
- Anna Freud Centre of London Past-Fellow
- Honorary Appointment to UCL Department of Psychology and Pychoanalysis
- International Psychological Conference Presenter in Europe, Asia and throughout North America
- Author of numerous peer-reviewed articles and books
- Quoted extensively in newspapers and magazines worldwide
Dawn Gaden, M.A., LPC, NCC
Dawn has spent the last 17 years passionately working with clients who intend to create lasting sustainable change in their lives. As a Licensed Professional Counselor, Yoga Teacher, and Life Coach, she has the experience and drive to teach what she has learned and believes will create more knowing and understanding in what keeps you stuck in unhealthy and unhappy patterns. Regardless if you are in a place of inspiration and passion to create change and own your life, or if you are fed up, in crisis, and desperate to create the life you love, you can learn the skills.
Since childhood I have been weary of therapists because I would talk through my problems but I didn’t get tools and strategies to handle my problems better. Dawn has changed that. For the first time I leave each appointment not only relieved from having talked my issues through, but more importantly with tools to help me move forward.
Tools to expect to experience and learn while working with Dawn:
- How to be comfortable in uncomfortable change
- Focus on your strengths and what you can do, not so much on what you can’t do
- Using meditation as a mind training tool to create change
- Understand your subconscious thinking and how it drives your beliefs and behaviors
- Learn mindfulness in order to really live fully in your life, consciously creating your day
Coaching services can be done in office, via phone or video.
Interested in bringing meditation and mindfulness to your organization to create an environment that positively serves your company. Let’s talk and see what you need!
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Carin Goodrich, M.A., LPC
Carin Goodrich has more than 15 years of experience working with children, adolescents, women and families. She received her bachelor's degree from Western Michigan University and her master's degree from Oakland University. She also holds specialty degrees in child and adolescent counseling, and school counseling.
Carin enjoys working with students of all ages (including those in college) with issues of stress/anxiety, social problems, trouble succeeding academically and behavioral problems. She has a great deal of experience with issues of grief and loss, domestic violence, children coping with divorce, and parenting challenges. Carin also enjoys working with women facing life difficulties.
Carin's approach to therapy is client-centered and strength based, with a relaxed and personalized style. She builds trust easily with clients of all ages, especially children by relating to them and seeing things from their perspective. Using play therapy, cognitive-behavioral strategies and traditional talk therapy she helps clients reach their personal goals to improve their quality of life.
Marcy Adams Sznewajs, M.A., LLPC, NCC
Marcy Adams Sznewajs is the president and owner of Thriveworks Birmingham. She received her bachelor’s degree in exercise science from the University of Michigan and her master’s degree in counseling from Oakland University.
Marcy’s clinical experience includes working with adolescents, young adults and families experiencing challenges, including:
- Sibling rivalry
- Parenting concerns
She has specialized training and experience working with gifted youth and adults, is trained as a Social Emotional Needs of the Gifted Model Parent Group facilitator and as a Love and Logic instructor.
Marcy’s approach toward therapy is positive and hopeful, and she believes everyone has the ability to life a life of purpose and joy. She typically begins by helping her clients utilize strategies to ease their most immediate concerns. Over time, using a combination of humanistic, psycho-educational and cognitive behavioral modalities, Marcy works with her clients explore, process and make peace with the challenges they face, so that they can become more fully engaged, happy and confident in life.
In her free time, Marcy enjoys spending time with her husband and three teenagers, volunteering at her kid’s school, spending time at her cottage in northern Michigan and training her dog, Betsie, who was recently certified as a therapy dog through Therapy Dogs International.
Steve Whitmore, LMSW
Steve Whitmore, MA, LMSW has been working with children, adults and families for over 25 years. A man of deep faith, Steve counsels from a strengths-based solution perspective looking at the resources that people have and assisting clients to see hope and possibilities in their lives. With children, Steve discovers interests and creates relatable metaphors to engage them in their therapeutic work and develop life skills. With adults, he provides insight and helps guide exploration of new options that haven’t been considered in the past. The goal is always healthy and virtuous living.
Steve’s experience includes working with:
- Asperger’s and Autism
- Oppositional Behavior
- Anger Management
- Anxiety/Stress Management
- Grief and Loss
- Conflict Resolution
- Men’s Issues
Steve received his Master in Clinical Social Work from Wayne State University and has worked in day treatment, home-based, outpatient and school settings. In addition to his role as a clinician with Thriveworks, Steve is also an educational consultant. He is married with three children.
Christine Lyon holds a master's degree in Counseling from Oakland University. She received her bachelor's degree in Psychology from the University of Michigan. Additionally Christine holds a certification in coaching, specializing in divorce, families, and parenting.
Christine's clinical experience includes working with adolescents and their families, as well as individuals struggling with relational issues, substance abuse, and addiction. She has a specialized knowledge and experience working with gifted adolescents and adults. Christine believes strongly that every person is capable of the self-understanding that leads to a successful, healthy, and joyful life.
To facilitate this understanding, Christine works with individual clients to create a safe, supportive environment where they may explore areas in which they may be “stuck” or struggling. She employs a psychodynamic, humanistic model which empowers her clients to identify, celebrate, and utilize their strengths to overcome challenges, so that they may reach their fullest potential in all areas of their lives.
Christine's strengths include working with clients experiencing:
- Grief and loss
- Relationship issues
- Substance Abuse
- Gifted Issues
Meet Betsie, Certified Therapy Dog
Betsie is a Portuguese Water Dog and has been trained and certified as a therapy dog by Therapy Dogs International.
TDI is a leading certifying organization for therapy dogs and the only certifying body recognized Beaumont Health System. Betsie began her therapy dog career in 2015 at the age of six. She volunteers at Royal Oak Beaumont on Tuesday afternoons and also makes visits to local schools upon request.
Betsie loves greeting Thriveworks clients and her passion is bringing a smile to the faces of people of all ages. Parents appreciate her friendly demeanor and the fact that she is non-‐shedding hypo-‐allergenic. Children love her soft hair and waggy tail. Betsie is available to accompany clients in their therapy sessions on a limited basis, but mostly works as a greeter.
Be sure to say hi to her when you come in!
- Loves making kids
- and adults smile
- Does not shed
Petting her may help lower stress levels, allowing kids and adults to relax and open up more easily.