MEET OUR CHARIS STAFF
RACHEL A. ACHATZ, MA LPC NCC
Rachel has been supporting individuals, couples, and families in the northeast Michigan area for nearly 15 years. Rachel holds a Master of Arts degree in Professional Counseling from Liberty University. She is a Licensed Professional Counselor (#6401013004) through the State of Michigan. She is also a National Certified Counselor (NCC). She holds memberships with the American Counseling Association and the Association for Play Therapy as well as the American Association of Family and Conciliation Courts.
Rachel is particularly skilled in working with children and adolescents as well as their parents. 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. She is also skilled in working with parents to increase their ability to coparent effectively. Additionally, she has training in Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and play-based therapy for children ages 4 and up. She also enjoys working with teens and adults who may be struggling with mood and anxiety disorders, relationship issues, life transitions, and childhood trauma. She enjoys utilizing her previous training in Dialectical Behavior Therapy to assist clients on their journey.
You may call Rachel at (989) 340-1466 ext 1 or email her at
DEBRA K. PATTULLO, MA LPC
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.
Deb holds a Master of Arts degree in Professional Counseling from Central Michigan University as well as a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from Saginaw Valley State University. She is a Licensed Professional Counselor in the State of Michigan.
You may call Deb at (989) 340-1466 ext 2
LISA LENARD, 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. If you're ready to begin your journey towards healing, you may call Lisa at (989) 340-1466 ext 8.
RENEE DIENER, LMSW
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.
You may call Renee at (989) 340-1466 ext 3 or email her to schedule an appointment
KATELYNN M.J. MOFFATT, LLMSW
Katelynn has focused on addressing the multifaceted needs of families, children and youth across northeast and mid-Michigan throughout her academic endeavors and work with community education as a Darkness to Light facilitator. A recent graduate of Michigan State University, Katelynn completed her graduate internship with Samaritas in the Refugee Services Department, providing therapeutic services in the areas of 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. She is eager to serve those within our community and we are thankful she has joined Charis Counseling Services.
You may call Katelynn at (989) 340-1466 ext 5
LORI FIELDS, MA LLPC
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