Meet The Team
Tyler Blackstock, LLPC, CADC
When in session I often refer to the “team,” which can be my client, a two-partner couple, a polycule, a family unit, or whomever we find to be the best working definition for the word. Though this can be confusing, what I mean to convey is that you and I are working together in a therapeutic experience.
Having experience in two sides of the counseling field thus far, my history includes working in a jail and substance use rehab with addiction struggles, heightened mental health diagnoses, and high-severity felony offenders, as well as alternatively having experience in education and foster settings with Pre-K through 12th grade school-age children and adolescents. This is to say, I work to ensure a judgment-free environment, and the achievement of success for a client as they define it.
I draw from several sources, such as motivational interviewing, person-centered techniques, and Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) with a particular draw toward affirmation and empowerment as we work to bring you into your ideal sense of self. This being said, we will work to develop a safe and therapeutic environment where we can bring in the viewpoints and intentions of multiple approaches to provide the best service to you as a client.
I can’t wait to be a part of your team!
Matthew Gooder, LLMSW
As a therapist, my goal is to create a safe and accepting environment that will allow clients to reflect, heal and grow – wherever they are at in their journey. I actively acknowledge the impact of oppressive systems on mental health and overall wellbeing, especially for those with marginalized identities. I hold the collaborative therapeutic relationship I build with each client at the core of our work together and practice from a strengths-based, liberation centered, intersectional/multidimensional feminist perspective. In sessions, I typically use a combination of mindfulness, cognitive behavioral therapy, solution focused therapy, motivational interviewing, and reflective listening.
My experiences as a queer, neurodivergent transgender man have shaped the personal and professional values and philosophies that I hold and advocate for. With this, I understand firsthand the importance of holding room for each client’s unique experiences, feelings and
journey and creating a space in which they can not only be their most authentic selves, but also explore difficult, uncomfortable, or sensitive topics as well.
I have worked with clients from various backgrounds, experiences and diagnoses, and have a particular passion for working with individuals who are commonly underrepresented and underserved in mental health spaces. I am currently accepting new clients and am always happy to schedule a free 15-minute consultation call to see if we would be a good fit in working together!
Amber Earth Kennedy, LLMSW
Hey y’all! Congratulations on taking the brave step of seeking therapy. It can be hard to find someone who understands the unique struggles that LGBTQIA+ individuals experience, but as a queer myself, I am happy to stand beside you. The approach I take is centered on creating a non-judgemental environment where you feel comfortable and safe enough to grow in whatever way you feel is necessary. I use a person-centered, strengths-based and holistic approach with the belief that only the individual knows exactly what is true and right for them. I have a passion for working with adolescents and young adults as they traverse the journey of discovering their authentic selves, build confidence, and provide tools for all that life may throw their way.
I draw from a variety of approaches including, mindfulness, trauma focused cognitive behavioral therapy (TF-CBT), cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT), dialectical-behavioral therapy (DBT), nature-based healing, and motivational interviewing. I look forward to walking alongside you in this journey!
Trevor Phelps, LLMSW
Trevor Phelps is a Limited License Master of Social Work in the state of Michigan. He has worked with individuals that have experienced foster care, survivors of domestic and sexual violence, individuals beginning and maintaining their substance use recovery, and individuals in the LGBTQIA+ community. Trevor is particularly passionate about serving the LGBTQIA+ community. He is trained in both Motivational Interviewing and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, which he uses as an approach to meet the client where they are at, assess their motivation for change, address any barriers the client is facing, and work towards a mutually agreed upon end goal.
Abbie Walters, BSW, MSW Intern
Howdy there! I’m proud of you for making the courageous choice to pursue therapy. As a member of the LGBTQIA+ community myself, I have a profound understanding of the unique challenges and celebrations that come along when navigating this wonderfully diverse spectrum of identities. Although I have only walked parts of this path myself, I am intentional at creating a safe, affirming, and judgment-free space where you can be your authentic self. Having worked extensively with populations struggling with loneliness and isolation, I’ve witnessed the transformative power of human connection. This experience has reinforced my belief that every individual deserves a haven where they can unapologetically be their authentic selves and embark on the empowering journey of exploring their unique stories.
As a master’s social work intern, I bring fresh learning experiences and the valuable guidance of dedicated supervisors. My therapeutic approach is firmly rooted in collaboration and a deep respect for your unique needs and desires. I use an integrative approach that draws from various theories, such as person-centered, empowerment, and mindfulness. Ensuring that your journey is guided by evidence-based practices and a genuine commitment to your well-being. My goal is to nurture a therapeutic alliance that empowers you to effectively navigate the obstacles life presents, foster your resilience, and uncover the innate strengths that reside within you.
Your well-being is at the forefront of our work together, and I am here to support you every step of the way.