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!
Robert "Ben" Weigel, MA, LPC,NCC,ASDCS
Ben has been counseling individuals and families since 2017. He graduated from Western Michigan University with his Master of Arts degree and is currently working on his Ph.D. in Counselor Education and Supervision. Previously, he has worked with at-risk and troubled youth and their families. He also has much experience and training working with youth and adults that have been diagnosed with Asperger’s Syndrome, Autism Spectrum Disorder, as well as those with concerns regarding sexuality. Ben believes that it takes great courage to reach out for help when life becomes overwhelming. Having experienced his own life challenges and adversity, Ben has personal experience with some of the challenges that may lead people to reach out for help. Ben sees himself as a guide and works collaboratively with clients on their journey of growth and self-discovery.
Ben is originally from Lawton, Michigan, but has lived in Kalamazoo for many years. He enjoys spending time with his friends, family and two cats. In his downtime, he enjoys working out, playing the guitar, watching hockey (especially Western Michigan University Hockey) and playing the occasional video game.
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.
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!
Jessica Rabe, LLMSW
Jessica has been in the mental health field since 2018. 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 life have lead her to develop a passion for helping children, adolescents and adults learn coping skills, strategies and develop personal growth in times of adversity and crisis. Jessica specializes in working with children, adolescents and adults with issues such as depression, anxiety, ADHD, suicidal ideation, self-harm, trauma, grief, anger, behavioral issues, and self-esteem. 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 married 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.
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.
Amanda Freeman, LLMSW, CAADC
Amanda received her Masters of Social Work degree from Western Michigan University in 2016. Amanda’s passion is helping individuals of all ages, and families in individual or group settings. From time to time, everyone experiences challenges and her aim is provide the support and evidence-based strategies to help with life’s difficulties. Amanda believes to make a change, we must first examine past relationships, experiences, and environments that have had an impact on our lives. The best experience Amanda can have as a therapist is helping individuals reach their ultimate goals and improve their quality of life. By connecting our past with who we are in the present, we can start the process of change.
Amanda is married to her wonderful husband Dan and has two step-children. Amanda loves dogs and has her hands full with four Pitbull’s, Frankie, Coco, Harley and Storm. Amanda enjoys spending time with family and friends, and traveling, especially to her favorite place, New York City. Amanda loves fall bonfires and her favorite holiday is Halloween.
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 within 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.
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.
Sarah loves playing the piano, reading, baking, spending time with her family and helping others. She is always looking to make someone smile and brighten their day!