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, 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.
Danielle Smith, MA, LPC,CAADC, NCC
Your voyage of self-exploration may not be easy, but it is one that will be worth it. Danielle is a fully licensed therapist who provides a warm and genuine environment where you can be heard and not judged. As a clinician she believes in partnering with you through the challenges in your life. Through this partnership it is her intent to help you resolve issues, increase self-awareness, and stimulate personal growth.
Danielle is a graduate of Western Michigan University who has her master’s in Clinical Mental Health Counseling with a specialization in Substance Abuse. She has been in the field for over three years and enjoys working with people. Danielle has worked with a variety of conditions at both the inpatient and outpatient sector. She enjoys helping clients to reach their interpersonal goals so they are able to live their life to its fullest potential. Danielle enjoys having fun with family and friends, involvement at her local church and soaking up the sun, She is a native of Detroit, MI and had lived in Kalamazoo since 2012.
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 Smith, 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.
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.
Maribel Xiomara Diaz Munoz Laforge, MS, LMHC, LPC
Maribel was born and raised in Panama, Republic of Panama, a beautiful country in Central America. She moved to the United States in 1990 and has since dedicated her life to assisting others on the path to wellness. She acquired her Master’s Degree in Mental Health Counseling and Human Services from Indiana University in 2011. Her cultural background has been a major inspiration in her efforts to guide and empower ethnically diverse people through effective counseling by offering services in both English and Spanish.
Her pursuit of wellness continues outside the office, where she enjoys exercising in her spare time, shopping, listening to music, traveling with her husband, spending time with her children and gardening alongside her beloved companion, Jazz the rat terrier who she has been with for 13 years!
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!