TEAM MEMBERS

Therapist

Maryann Rigoni-Southland, MA, LPC, LLP, CAAC, NCC Board Certified

Maryann has been practicing since 2000 and opened her own practice in 2014. She has a passion for helping others. Along with individual counseling, Maryann leads a PTSD Group and an Anger Management Group. Due to her own life conflicts, she understands many of the issues you face: divorce, health, family problems and conflict, dating in later life, and financial issues. Plus, too many more to list! It is her personal belief that no one is without some issue, and even therapists need therapy at times.

Maryann is married to her favorite man, George. One adult child lives in the area, one lives in Boston, MA and another lives in Miami FL. No grandchildren of her own, but marriage took care of that, bringing in 13 step-grandchildren and now 3 great grandchildren. Her 2 daughters have 3 “grand” dogs.: Riley and Lucca, both whippets, and Romeo, a former racing greyhound (and the name fits him). Kayaking and dancing are two of her loves, along with reading and sewing, (an almost forgotten craft), and travel. Oh, don’t forget flowers and plants, which is the farmer’s daughter in her, along with cooking and baking….that’s the Italian part. Ciao!

Therapist

Robert "Ben" Weigel, MA, LPC

Making positive changes in our lives is one of the most difficult, yet rewarding things that we can do. Ben’s goal as a counselor is to create a warm, safe and inviting space that will allow you to work toward improved mental health and wellness. Ben believe’s that we are our own agents of change, and that the therapist-client relationship should focus on building personal strengths and focusing on clear, attainable goals. He wants to walk alongside you in your journey, and to empower and encourage you in your self-discovery.

Ben graduated from Western Michigan University with a Master of Arts degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. The wealth of his experience as a counselor has been working with adolescent issues such as: anxiety, depression, suicidal ideation, self-esteem issues, self-harm, bullying, anger management and relational problems.  He has also worked with children and adolescents on the autism spectrum.  Ben welcomes working with people of all ages, ethnicities, identified genders, sexual orientations, physical or mental abilities, spiritual/religious beliefs, economic statuses, education levels or other characteristics.

Therapist

Barbara Richards, MA, LLPC

Barb is passionate about helping guide her clients in reaching their goals, making positive changes, and finding their inner calmness and peace. She believes that each individual has the ability to change, grow, and heal. Therapy with Barb will provide a safe place to explore reactions, thoughts, feelings, and opinions; gaining knowledge and tools that will facilitate continued growth and development even after therapy has ended. Barb enjoys working with children, adolescents, and adults. Prior to earning her Master of Arts degree in Clinical Mental Health from Central Michigan University, she had the pleasure of working in the educational system and has experience working with children of all ages. Barb has an abundance of experience working with children and adults who have experienced trauma. She also specializes in areas such as anxiety, depression, self-harm, grief, behavioral issues, relationship issues, attachment issues, anger, and self-esteem.

Barb has been married for twenty years and has four children, ages, 17, 15, 14, and 12. In her free time, she enjoys reading, being active, spending time in the sunshine, and going to the “beach.” She grew up by the Pacific Ocean but has come to love the lakes of Michigan since moving here twenty years ago. She also enjoys spending time with her family and her cavapoo, Louie.

Therapist

Curtis Pierce, MA, LLPC

Curtis believes that a counselor’s role is to assist clients through times of need in his or her life. He is passionate especially about helping veterans and troubled teens, as he can relate to having a difficult teen years himself. Curtis co-leads a PTSD Group and an Anger Management Group.

Curtis is a Portage, Michigan native who served in the Armed Forces for 6 years after graduating high school.While in the service, he was trained as a pharmacy technician and has since worked in retail pharmacy for over 20 years. He earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from Conerstone University. He graduated from Liberty University with his Masters of Arts degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. He is married to another Portage native, Jennifer, and they are busy raising three young boys in Portage, living next door to his mother-in-law! On a daily basis, he loves watching his sons explore the world around them and see the silly and wonderful things they do. Curtis is passionate about cars and enjoys working on his collection when time allows. Other favorite pastimes would be snowboarding, cross country skiing, kayaking, mountain biking and road biking (before the boys came along). Through marriage, Curtis has become a University of Michigan fan. Go Blue!

Therapist

Jessica Rabe, LLMSW

Jessica has been in the mental health field for 3 years. In addition to being a therapist, Jessica is a full-time K-12 school social worker. Jessica’s philosophy is that people don’t have to walk through life’s challenges and difficulties alone; help is out there. She provides a welcoming, non-judgmental and inclusive environment. Jessica’s own adversity and challenges in her childhood lead to Jessica developing a passion for helping children, adolescents and their families learn coping skills, strategies and develop personal growth in times of adversity and crisis. Jessica specializes in working with children, adolescents and their families with issues such as depression, anxiety, suicidal ideation, self-harm, trauma, grief and behavioral issues. She has also worked with children and adolescents with Autism Spectrum Disorder and emotional disturbances.

Jessica is from Muskegon, MI and has lived in Kalamazoo since 2018. She earned her Bachelor of Social Work degree from Ferris State University. She graduated from Western Michigan University with her masters degree in Social Work- Interpersonal Practice.Jessica is engaged to a wonderful man named Michael and has 4 fluffy family members; two cats named Ares and Olivia and two dogs named Bud and Odin. In her spare time, Jessica enjoys spending time with Michael, her pets, friends, and family. She also enjoys cooking and baking, arts and crafts, and being active outdoors in the summer months.

Therapist

Christy Walker, MA, LPC

Christy has been counseling since 2004, previously working with troubled youths and their families. Christy believes life is challenging and it takes courage to reach out for help.  She has faced her own life challenges and has a personal understanding of quite a few of the issues which lead people to come and/or to bring their children to counseling. Christy desires to help individuals be able to grow, change, and enjoy their lives more and to help families rediscover what they like about each other.

Christy is married to a great guy and her two children are both in college not too far away. She is blessed to have her mother and two siblings live close by and enjoys spending time with extended family during the holidays. Christy’s favorite thing to do is to go camping and hiking with her husband and their dog, Zuki. Christy is interested in health and fitness and has been known to get teased for spending too much time reading labels at the grocery store. When time allows, Christy delights in trying new recipes and baking treats for her friends and family to enjoy.

Therapist

Falon Shepeck, MA, LLPC

Falon graduated from Western Michigan University in 2013 with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology and in 2017 with a Master of Arts degree in Counseling Psychology. Falon is passionate about helping clients discover their goals for themselves and learn healthy new coping skills and behavioral techniques to reach those goals. Falon will join you in your journey of change and personal growth while providing you with support, encouragement, compassion and empathy. Falon specializes in working with youth, adolescents and their families as well as adults with issues such as depression, behavioral issues, anxiety/stress, trauma, suicidal ideation, self-harm, self-esteem, anger, family issues, emotional disturbance, ADHD, bullying, sexuality, mood disorders, grief and relational problems.

Falon is married and lives in a small town with her husband and two cats, Cookie and Ginny, whom she affectionately refers to as her “Orange Girls.” Outside of work, Falon loves to listen to music, take drives, go to concerts and plays, watch football, read books, travel, explore, and spend time with family and friends.

Therapist

Lesa Brenner, LMSW

Lesa has been in the helping profession since 2006.  She earned her Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Michigan State University before moving to Kalamazoo and completing her Master of Social Work.  Lesa’s passion is in addressing cyclical trauma withing families. She is a proud mother and has held the titles of biological mother, foster mother, step-mother, and adoptive mother throughout the years. As such, Lesa understands that parenting is one of the most difficult jobs a person can have.  Lesa is passionate about empowering people to reach their full potential.

Lesa has four children (one biological, two adopted, and one foster) and two stepchildren ranging in ages.  She enjoys spending time with them along with her “fur babies”: dogs Baxter, Fiona, Bruno, and Dougie. On her down time, Lesa enjoys reading, biking, gardening, and spending time with friends.

Therapist

Lisa Wales, LLPC

Lisa graduated from Western Michigan University with a Master of Arts degree in Counseling Psychology. Being listened to and having your story heard is important in the process of moving forward in life. Lisa’s intention is to provide a quiet, safe, and welcoming atmosphere for you to work towards your goals. Lisa welcomes all people of all abilities and defining characteristics who wish to move their life forward, discover and develop themselves.

Lisa is married and has two adult sons. When time permits, she likes to go for walks with her dog, gardening, getting out to the lake or some body of water, and likes to watch period drama.

Office Manager

Sarah McKim

Sarah is our office manager.  She is much more than “just the lady behind the desk”.  Talk to Sarah to schedule, cancel or reschedule appointments.   If you have any billing or insurance questions, Sarah is the one to reach out to.

She loves to play the piano, read and help others.  She is always looking to make someone smile and brighten their day!