Transition to a Therapy Collective

Charis Counseling Services of NEMI has completed the transition to the Northeast Michigan Therapy Collective! Rachel is continuing in her practice, Charis Counseling Services of NEMI with a primary focus on couples, family, and co-parenting counseling.

The therapists below are choosing to work together as part of the Northeast Michigan Therapy Collective in the at 150 S Ripley Blvd Alpena, MI 49707. Their business contact information is below their profile.

All therapists will continue to see patients out of the Alpena office location or via tele-health. Below is the contact information for each therapist who is opening their own private practice.

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Rachel Achatz, MA LPC NCC
Licensed Professional Counselor
Charis Counseling Services of Northeast Michigan

I want to welcome you to Charis Counseling! If you are on this webpage, there is a strong possibility that you or someone you are close to is struggling emotionally, have experienced traumatic events or relationships, or are engaging in behavior that is negatively impacting relationships, work, school, or all areas of life.  I want you to know that you are not alone! 

Lived Experience

As most people in the helping professions, there was a personal reason I chose to pursue a career in mental health counseling. After struggling with some difficult personal experiences, I made the courageous decision to seek mental health treatment with a therapist. I know the struggle and hard work it takes to recover! Don't give up though, with hard work and dedication you can make the changes necessary to experience an improved quality of life. This may include changing how you view yourself, how you navigate interpersonal relationships, or change behaviors that are interfering with your health and well-being. 

Professional Experience

I have worked in the helping professions since 2004 when I completed my Bachelor of Arts Degree in Family Life Education from Spring Arbour University. In 2011, I completed my Master of Arts Degree in Professional Counseling through Liberty University. I have worked in the field of child welfare as a caseworker, helped hurting families as a home-based therapist, and worked as an outpatient therapist for a local organization. For the past seven years, I have been in private practice providing outpatient clinical mental health counseling to children, adolescents and adults on an individual, couple, or family basis. 

 At this time, my primary areas of clinical focus are treating couples and families utilizing an Emotion Focused Therapy approach.  You can learn more about the approach HERE.  Additionally, I have  a passion for providing parenting education and co-parenting counseling services as learning to co-parent in a healthy manner can have an incredibly positive impact on both the child(ren)'s and co-parent's emotional well-being.  Please click HERE to learn more about co-parenting counseling as well as the services I provide.

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 availability, I appreciate assisting teens and adults on an individual basis who may be experiencing 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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Brianna Bodary, LLMSW

Limited Licensed Master's Social Worker

Brianna Bodary Therapy, PLLC

(989) 884-0223

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, and life transitions.

Please fill out her New Patient Inquiry to schedule a session.

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Alisha Allen, LLPC
Peaceful Mind Therapeutics, PLLC
(989) 465-7400

I have been working with children, adolescents, and families in various capacities for approximately 12 years in the Northeast Michigan area. Most recently in the field of child welfare.

In 2019, I graduated with my Masters of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Spring Arbor University. I have an interest in helping children, teens, and adults work through difficulties including depression, other mood disorders, anxiety, and trauma-related disorders. Utilizing a holistic approach to treatment, I provide individual and family therapy both in-person and through tele-health.

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Lori Fields, MA LLPC

Limited Licensed Professional Counselor

Aurora Counseling Services, PLLC

(989) 565-9600 x100

Hi! I'm Lori Fields, MA LLPC. As a Limited Licensed Professional Counselor in the State of Michigan, I enjoy working in person and via telehealth with older adolescents through adulthood -- individually, as couples, in families, and in group settings. I hold a Master of Arts in Professional Counseling from Liberty University and have also completed a full course of study at the graduate level in Marriage and Family Therapy.

I have experience helping those dealing with anxiety, depression, anger, trauma, grief, and life transitions among other issues. Utilizing therapeutic modalities such as cognitive behavioral therapy, mindfulness based practices, and solution-focused therapy, my passion is helping people achieve the quality of life and relationships they desire. As  a certified Prepare/Enrich Facilitator, I work with couples facing a multitude of issues and in various stages of relationships -- including Intimate Relationship/Marriage Counseling and Premarital Counseling.

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Renee Diener, LMSW

Licensed Masters Social Worker

Northern Sky Therapy Services, PLLC

(989) 884-0066

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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Gregory Achatz, MA

Limited Licensed Professional Counselor

(989) 884-0064

After working as a mechanic for many years, I felt God leading me towards vocational ministry to help those hurting in our community. In 2014, I completed my Bachelor's of Science Degree in Pastoral Ministries with a minor in Christian Counseling. While working for a local church in youth ministry for a few years, I felt God calling me to pursue a graduate degree in Professional Counseling.  In November of 2021, I graduated with a degree in Professional Counseling from Grand Canyon University and am a Limited Licensed Professional Counselor in the state of Michigan.

Currently, I enjoy working as a professional counselor with men facing a variety of issues including those experiencing difficulties in their relationships with others, depression, and anxiety. I have a passion to see marriages thrive and  provide couples therapy as well.