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!
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!
Britany Vance, MA, LPC
Britany has been providing counseling services since 2018 to all ages, with a primary focus on adolescents and young adults. Britany is EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) trained, and can provide this type of therapy for trauma-related concerns, among other challenges, when appropriate. At the heart of effective counseling is a connection between the counselor and client, and Britany’s goal is to help you feel validated, empowered, and comfortable sharing your story in a safe and affirming space during your healing journey. Some of her areas of focus include: LGBTQIA+ issues, trauma, emotional and behavioral dysregulation, anxiety, depression, suicidal ideations, grief, self-esteem, conflict resolution, and life transitions. Additionally, Britany has direct experience working within school and hospitalization settings, and can assist you in navigating these systems.
Britany is from North Carolina, and relocated to Kalamazoo, MI in 2015, where she lives with her dog, Charlie, and her cat, Sullivan. In addition to spending time with family and friends, Britany enjoys spending time in nature, playing tennis, creating art and music, attending concerts and festivals, volunteering, and advocacy.
Falon Shepeck, MA, LLPC
Lindsey Matthews, MS,LLPC
Carolyn Daniels-Krupp, MA, LMSW
Carolyn is an experienced and dedicated clinician. She enjoys serving clients as a guild on their path toward building a life worth living. Carolyn specializes in the Dialectical Behavioral Therapy model and is certified by the Linehan Board to provide this treatment. Carolyn is providing a group for adults to learn the coping skills to build the bridges and pathways to overcome barriers to having the life worth living that clients see for themselves in a supportive and validating processing space. The Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) treatment is an evidenced based practice for many diagnosis and behaviors including borderline personality disorder, depression, anxiety, PTSD, self- harming behavior, and suicidal thoughts and behavior. Carolyn graduated with a bachelor’s degree in sociology and psychology from Western Michigan University and then with a master’s degree in social work also from Western Michigan University.
Carolyn currently lives in the county with her husband of 25 years and enjoys the peace and quiet of country life. Carolyn enjoys kayaking, reading, playing role playing tabletop games, traveling, and finding new experiences. She has one daughter whom she learned much of her compassion and patience from and is pleased that they have survived the teen years and are still close as a family.
Amanda Freeman, MSW, 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.
Susan Vaughn, BA
Susan’s fascination with psychology started early on in life and led her toward the journey to become a counselor. Through her own self work, she has developed an abundance of compassion for what it means to be a human and a deep appreciation for how we are all connected. One’s journey is like a river. It can be bumpy, going over several rocks, sticks, and stones. It can be peaceful and serene. It can overflow with excessive rain fall or dry up with no moisture. It can be shallow or deep. Susan believes in times of darkness the light can be found within. A counselor’s role is to help you find the balance and peace within yourself so your river may never stop flowing.
Susan grew up on the East side but has found a true home in Kalamazoo. When she is not spending time with family and friends, she is often happily lost on a nature walk looking for the biggest tree to read a book under. Sometimes her dog, Charlie, comes along. But only if he feels like it. He is a stubborn terrier after all!
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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!