Meet Our Therapists

Phyllis M. Williams MA, LLPC

Phyllis received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from Michigan State University and her Master of Art degree in Counseling from Spring Arbor University. Her first therapy experience was as a Clinical Supervisor over a Refugee and Domestic foster care program. Where she oversaw 5 different programs across Michigan that provided outpatient mental health and substance abuse services to children/young adults 3-21 years of age. Phyllis then transitioned to Crisis Services where she screened individuals for psychiatric placement. Most recently Phyllis spent 4 years working in a local private practice and a outpatient substance abuse program as the Clinical Supervisor before opening her own group private practice.

Phyllis aims to provide a warm and welcoming environment in which clients identify strengths and challenges, learn skills to make real change, decrease symptoms, and improve their overall well-being. Phyllis specializes in working with individuals and families helping them cope with stress, anxiety, depression, grief, divorce, sexual abuse and self-worth issues. Phyllis’ first focus is building a trusting therapeutic relationship so that her clients are able to receive the support and guidance they need to create change in a healthy way. Phyllis strives to create an environment that is safe, comfortable and free of judgement. She is intentional with her structure of the therapeutic environment and works to make sure each client feels heard and understood. Phyllis believes in a strength-based approach that is guided by the individual needs of each client. Phyllis uses various tools and therapeutic interventions that are unique to each client to bring out the best in them.  Phyllis provides the following services: Telehealth, individual, family, couples and supervised parenting time visits. Phyllis prefers to work with the following populations:

  • Children ages 12-16
  • Young adults 17-24
  • Adults 25-100
  • Homeless individuals
  • LGBTQI+ population. 

Ashley Carson-Allen MA, LLPC, DP-C ​

Ashley attended Cornerstone University graduating in 2012 with a Bachelor’s degree in Science with a focus on Business Management. She obtained her Master’s of Art degree in Counseling in 2016 from Spring Arbor University. Ashley has a unique background working with Domestic and Refugee foster/adoptive children. Ashley stated:” Being a mom to four young children all from the foster care system, I understand the importance of family connections and relationships. The mind of a child is a unique thing that takes a special person to reach”. With 5 years of experience working with children, Ashley finds herself being a big kid at heart and says, “kids love me, and I love them”. Ashley specializes in the following areas: Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT), Substance Abuse/Co-occurring diagnosis, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), Play therapy, Sand-tray therapy and grief and loss. Ashley provides the following services: Telehealth, individual, family, play therapy, substance abuse groups and supervised parenting time visits. Ashley prefers to work with the following populations:

  • Children ages 3-16
  • Young adults 17-24
  • Homeless individuals
  • Substance abuse populations 
  • LGBTQI+ population. 

Loretta Brand​ MSC/MHC, LLPC, CADC

Loretta graduated from University of Phoenix with her Masters of Science in Mental Health Counseling in 2012; she also is a Certified Alcohol Drug Counselor (CADC).  Loretta has over 10 years experience working with person with mental health and physical health disabilities, substance abuse disorders, veterans and adults who have difficulties with depression, anxiety, self-esteem, self-defeating behaviors and managing day to day stress. Loretta uses Motivational Interviewing (MI) skills, and other evidence-based therapies to help individualize therapy. Loretta believes that everyone who wants to be free from emotional burdens; has the ability with interpersonal strength to overcome and get past the misfortunes of current or previous circumstances. Loretta also believes that therapy is an influential journey that requires a partnership between both client and therapist. Loretta provides the following services: Telehealth, individual, couples and substance abuse groups. Loretta prefers to work with the following populations:

  • Couples
  • Older adults 40+
  • Substance abuse populations
  • Veterans
  • LGBTQI+ population

Patrick Murphy MS, LPC

Patrick Murphy has been in practice since 2018. He received his BA in Psychology from Michigan State University, and his MS in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Walden University. He works primarily with anxiety, depression, and trauma in children, teenagers, and adults. He combines CBT, Reality/Choice Therapy, and Evolutionary Psychology in a unique and person-centered, trauma-informed practice. He believes first and foremost that a client has the power to break free from their symptoms and sets out to give clients tools to do exactly that. Patrick provides the following services: Telehealth and individual sessions. Patrick prefers to work with the following populations:

  • Christians 
  • Children ages 10-16
  • Young adults 17-24
  • Adults 25-100

Mario Wilcox LMSW, DP-C ​

Mario received his Bachelors’ Degree in Sociology from Wagner College in Staten Island, NY in 2007. Mario went on to complete his Master’s in Social Work from Michigan State University in 2013. Mario obtained his limited license in 2013 and has been fully licensed since 2018. Mario specializes in depression, anxiety, trauma, substance abuse, grief and loss, self-esteem and oppositional defiance disorder. Mario has worked in Child Welfare; specifically with at-risk adolescence (male/female) for over 12 years. Mario utilizes Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT), Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Motivational Interviewing (MI) as treatment modalities.Mario has a strong passion for helping individuals and families reach their goals and potential; striving to see everyone succeed. Mario provides the following services: individual, couple, substance abuse groups and Telehealth therapy. Mario prefers to work with the following populations:

  • Couples
  • Children ages 12-16
  • Young adults 17-24
  • Adults 25-100
  • Substance abuse populations 

Carolada Gilbert, LMSW

Carolada Gilbert obtained her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology with a minor in Studio Art from Oakland University in 2009. She obtained her Master of Social Work focusing on Cognitive Behavioral Therapy from Wayne State University in 2015. She has experience in several settings, including: juvenile justice, family reunification, community case management, adult inpatient mental health, and transitional care. Mrs. Gilbert has several years of experience working in the area of clinical social work working in community and inpatient settings utilizing person centered planning and mental health counseling. She also utilizes the holistic approach (balanced mind, body and spirit) for overall health and optimal functioning. Carolada provides the following services: individual, family and Telehealth therapy. Carolada prefers to work with the following populations:

  • Children ages 6-16
  • Young Adults 17-24
  • Adults 25-100

Peace & Harmony Counseling Services, LLC accepts the following forms of insurance, EAP, grants and/or other forms of payment:

Aetna

Blue Cross Blue Shield

Blue Cross Complete

Blue Care Network

Carebridge EAP

Cash Pay

Health Alliance Plan (HAP)

Love Foundation Vouchers 

McLaren Commercial/Medicaid

Medicare Blue Advantage

Meridian Medicaid

Michigan Straight Medicaid

Molina Medicaid

Open Path 

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