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, LLPC

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

Curtis Pierce

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 and married 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

Haili Schneider, MA, LLPC

Haili believes that the process of therapy is one of collaboration, encouragement, and challenge. She is passionate about helping clients to identify, refute, and change negative thoughts in order to develop a positive attitudes and behaviors. Haili has experience working with children, adolescents, and adults. She has worked extensively in the treatment of anxiety disorders, as well as depression. Haili’s goal as a counselor is to build a positive relationship with her clients in order to help them feel supported and encouraged to face the challenges both at present and future.

Haili graduated from Western Michigan University with her Master of the Arts degree in counseling psychology. She also received her Bachelor’s degree in psychology from Hope College. Haili enjoys kayaking with her family, reading, playing tennis, and spending time with her two nieces.

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!