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!
Melinda Freeland, LMSW
Life is tough! Bravo to you for reaching out and taking the first step toward improving your mental health. We all struggle and I believe strongly in resiliency and strength. We are our own worst enemy, and I am here to support and empower you. You are also an expert in your experiences, and I respect and honor that you will be teaching me about you and your journey to wellness. You will be accepted, supported and respected at all times.
My approach to therapy is built on strengths and is a person-centered approach. I utilize humanistic/integrative therapy, and blend elements from different approaches tailored to your personal needs. I also utilize Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, as it explores the relationship between your feelings, thoughts and behaviors. I both practice and teach Mindfulness as well.
I have over 10 years of experience working with jail inmates, crime victims and their families, children and families, foster care and adoption, and sexual/physical/emotional/mental abuse. I also have significant lived experience as a proud member of the LGBTQIA+ family and an adoptive parent myself. I cannot wait to meet you and help you cope with this thing we call life.
“It is one of the most beautiful compensations of this life that you cannot sincerely try to help another without helping yourself.” — Ralph Waldo Emerson
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.