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Rachel Achatz, MA LPC NCC
President/Licensed Professional Counselor

Director/Behavioral Health Therapist

I want to welcome you to Charis Counseling! After supporting individuals, couples, and families in the northeast Michigan area in various professional capacities for over 10 years, I opened Charis Counseling Services in 2015 to provide an opportunity for clients who wanted to integrate their Christian faith into their mental health counseling treatment.  Additionally, I wanted Charis' clients to receive care in a warm and friendly environment where they received personalized attention.  The response of the community was overwhelming and my team has grown to 7 additional clinicians!​

 At this time, my primary areas of clinical focus are treating couples and families utilizing an Emotion Focused Therapy approach.  Additionally, I enjoy providing parenting education and coparenting counseling services.

I've truly enjoyed working with children, teens, and their families who struggle with behavioral difficulties, mood disorders, ADHD, and anxiety disorders over the past 16 years.  At this time, I do not see children on an individual basis. However, I enjoy assisting parents with supporting their children who may have some difficulties functioning within the home, school, and/or community settings.  I use my  experience with Parent Management Training - Oregon model to assist parents of children and adolescents who may be displaying defiant, oppositional, and aggressive behavior along with emotion regulation issues. 

When I have the opportunity, I appreciate assisting teens and adults who may be struggling with mood and anxiety disorders, relationship issues, life transitions, and childhood trauma.  I'm  particularly fond of utilizing my previous training in Dialectical Behavior Therapy to assist clients on their journey.

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Lori Fields, MA LLPC

Limited Licensed Professional Counselor

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.  

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Renee Diener, LMSW

Licensed Master's Social Worker

Clinical Supervisor and 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 their license in Clinical Social Work.

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Brianna Bodary, LLMSW

Limited Licensed Master's Social Worker

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 completed 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 as a clinical social worker.  

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.

Brianna also enjoys working with adults facing a variety of issues including grief and loss, depression, anxiety, relationship issues, life transitions among other things.

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Cailey Wilkinson, LLMSW

Limited Licensed Master's Social Worker

Behavioral Health Therapist

Cailey is a clinical social worker. She works with families and individuals using an eclectic approach tailored to meet the needs of each person. She has experience in a variety of settings, including crisis intervention, group therapy, brief solution focused therapy in an inpatient setting, and case management with adults with intellectual and physical disabilities.  Cailey also gained experience working with children with autism during her time as a technician for an ABA program.

Cailey has a Master of Social Work degree from Michigan State University and a Bachelors of Social Work degree from Saginaw Valley State University.

She enjoys working with those that need the tools to cope with anxiety, depression, life-transitions, behavioral difficulties and life trauma. Cailey encourages a caring environment, giving the compassion and support to help families and individuals realize unrecognized strengths to be a healthier, stronger person for themselves and those they love.

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Vicki Thomas, MA LPC NCC

Licensed Professional Counselor

Behavioral Health Clinician

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. She has a passion for the neuro-sciences, and enjoys working with people experiencing chronic health issues, anxiety, spiritual issues, and life transitions. Vicki has education/training in yoga, meditation, mindfulness and rehabilitation tai chi. 

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. in addition, Vicki completed a 2 1/2 year Spiritual Direction/Companionship program through Manressa Jesuit Center and has a special niche working with pastors and those in ministry.

She is a retreat  speaker who loves to help people establish practices that nourish their entire being and lead to emotional, spiritual and physical wellness.  She believes it is never too late to change, to heal, or to learn how to love one’s self and others from a place of wholeness. 

She  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.

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Thomas (TJ) Achatz, LLMSW

Limited Licensed Master Social Worker

Behavioral Health Therapist

TJ joins us after pursuing a second career in Clinical Social Work.  He has a passion for helping those with a variety of issues including anxiety and mood disorders.  TJ has a particular interest in working with Veterans as well as couples who may be facing stress in their relationship. 

After receiving his Bachelor's Degree in Language Arts, TJ served in Christian Ministry as a Youth Coordinator.  He later joined the military and served with the Department of Defense and Department of Veteran's Affairs in a variety of capacities.

TJ graduated with a Master of Social Work Degree with an emphasis in clinical social work from Western Michigan University. He is currently seeing patients via tele-health appointments.


Lisa Lenard, MA LPC NCC

Licensed Professional Counselor

Clinical Supervisor

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.