MEET OUR CHARIS STAFF

Rachel Achatz, MA LPC NCC
President/Behavioral Health Therapist

Rachel has been supporting individuals, couples,  and families in the northeast Michigan area for over 16 years.  In 2015, Rachel felt led to start a counseling practice that integrated her faith with her professional education and the result was Charis!

Rachel has spent much of her professional career working with children and their families who were struggling with behavioral difficulties, mood disorders, ADHD, and anxiety disorders.  At this time, her focus is on assisting parents in supporting their children who may have some difficulties functioning within the home, school, and/or community settings.  She has specialized education in Parent Management Training - a model of therapy specifically for parents of children and adolescents who may be displaying defiant, oppositional, and aggressive behavior along with emotion regulation issues.   


Rachel also enjoys working with couples to strengthen their relationship  utilizing Emotion Focused Couples Therapy.  When she is not managing the Charis practice, she appreciates assisting teens and adults who may be struggling with mood and anxiety disorders, relationship issues, life transitions, and childhood trauma.  She is particularly fond of  utilizing her previous training in Dialectical Behavior Therapy to assist clients on their journey.

Debra K. Pattullo, MA LPC
Behavioral Health Therapist

Deb has been serving in northeast Michigan for over sixteen years. She has direct training and experience in adolescent issues such as self-harm, eating disorders, and conduct issues and has also participated in supplemental training on grief and anxiety. Deb feels she has learned much from the Parenting Cooperative Institute which has a mission statement supporting the transition from one to two home family. She is certified in Eye-Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR), Behavioral Therapy, and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, and has a great amount of experience and competency in working with people facing depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, borderline personality disorder, relationship issues, reconciliation, divorce, grief and loss, trauma, attention deficit disorder, oppositional defiant disorder, and other disruptive behavior disorders.

Renee Diener, LMSW

Behavioral Health Therapist

Renee has nearly 30 years experience as a clinical social worker with children, families, and adults within child welfare, community mental health, and the school settings.  Her most recent experience has been working with elderly clients who are struggling with depression and anxiety, grief and loss, and those facing terminal illnesses.  

Renee has a Master of Social Work Degree from University of Michigan and also provides supervision for those who are pursuing the license in Clinical Social Work.

Katelynn M.J. Moffatt, LMSW

Behavioral Health Therapist

Katelynn enjoys addressing the multifaceted needs of families, children and youth across northeast and mid-Michigan.  Over the past four years, she has focused her therapeutic work with children, adolescents, and young adults experiencing a wide variety of struggles including difficulties with emotion regulation, adjustment issues due to life transitions, mood and anxiety disorders, as well as disruptive behaviors. Katelynn enjoys integrating her faith into her practice when clients desire this to be a part of their treatment plan. Prior to joining Charis approximately 3 years ago, she completed her internship with Samaritas in the Refugee Services Department providing therapeutic services in the areas anxiety, grief, depression, dissociation, and traumatic experiences.


Katelynn holds a Masters of Social Work, and a Bachelor of Social Work from Michigan State University. Additionally, she has received specialized training in Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TFCBT), and is a certified child sexual abuse prevention facilitator through the nonprofit Darkness to Light. 

Vicki Thomas, MA LPC NCC

Behavioral Health Therapist

Vicki maintains a holistic approach to counseling taking the entire human being and their life experiences into consideration for assessment and treatment purposes. She focuses on the relationship between mind, body and spirit, believing that issues in one area of a person’s life can lead to concerns in other areas. Vicki has a passion for the neuro-sciences, and has training in mindfulness, meditation, yoga, and spiritual direction. She enjoys working with individuals who are dealing with chronic pain, grief, anxiety, life transitions, and spiritual issues.


Some of her clinical and academic roles include working as a therapist in the field of neuropsychology at a large teaching hospital and serving as an adjunct instructor with Spring Arbor University’s Clinical Counseling program. She is a retreat speaker and certified rehabilitation tai chi instructor. In addition, Vicki completed a 2 1/2 year Spiritual Direction/Companionship program and has a special niche working with pastors and those in ministry helping them establish practices that nourish their own souls and lead to overall health and wholeness. Vicki is a board-certified counselor through the NBCC and holds the following educational degrees:


Spring Arbor University, Spring Arbor, Mich. Master’s degree in Clinical Counseling Baker College Center for Graduate Studies, Flint, Mich., Master of Business Administration degree, with a concentration in Leadership.

Lori Fields, MA LLPC

Behavioral Health Therapist

Lori enjoys working with adolescents through adulthood  -- individually, as couples, in families, and in group settings. She has experience helping those dealing with anxiety, depression, anger, trauma, grief, and life transitions among other issues. She also works with couples facing a multitude of issues and is a certified Prepare/Enrich Facilitator. Lori holds a Master of Arts in Professional Counseling from Liberty University. She has also completed a full course of study in Marriage and Family Therapy. She is a Limited Licensed Professional Counselor in the State of Michigan.  

You may call Lori at (989) 340-1466 ext 6 or email her at lori@charisnemi.org

Brianna Bodary, LLMSW

Behavioral Health Therapist

After growing up overseas, Brianna obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in International Relations and Child Development from Central Michigan University. Brianna has a passion for advocating for the health and welfare of children across the globe and complete internships with Save the Children in the countries of Bangladesh and Myanmar.  Upon returning to the US, Brianna enrolled in the Master of Social Work Program through the University of Michigan where she completed an internship working disadvantaged children as an outpatient therapist for Catholic Social Services.  


Brianna has received specialized training in Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy.  She utilizes this treatment method to assist children and their families in working through traumatic experiences, behavioral difficulties, and challenges regulating their emotions.

Lisa Lenard, MA LPC NCC

Lisa is a Nationally Certified, Licensed Professional Counselor. She has been working in the counseling profession for 15 years. Lisa's truly enjoys working with people struggling with the after effects of trauma. If there are things that you just can't get over, you may need specialized treatment. According to Wikipedia, "psychological trauma is often the result of an overwhelming amount of stress that exceeds one's ability to cope, or integrate the emotions involved with that experience".


Lisa is trained in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), Hypnotherapy, and Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. Trauma is defined as a deeply distressing or disturbing experience.

 

Charis Counseling Services   

  of Northeast Michigan, PLLC

(989) 340-1466

(989) 538-8790

Physical Address:

150 S. Ripley Blvd

Alpena, MI . 49707

Mailing Address:

P.O. Box 586

Alpena,  MI 49707

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