Our Staff

Your therapist at Lakeview Counseling has been carefully selected for their outstanding credentials and experience in counseling. All of our counselors hold graduate degrees and have received other training to help them help you better. You can reach your therapist directly via email or phone. Please see our Contact page for convenient links and phone extensions.

Barb CainBarbara Cain, LMSW, ACSW

Barb joined Lakeview Counseling in 1997. She earned her undergraduate and graduate degrees from the University of Michigan. Prior to moving to Traverse City, Barb worked extensively with youth and family prevention programs including Outward Bound, Big Brothers Big Sisters and juvenile diversion programs.

Barb specializes in working with adolescents, adults and families. She works with clients experiencing depression, anxiety, learning challenges, relationship issues, self-harm and oppositional behaviors.

  • Certified Social Worker (LMSW) with the State of Michigan
  • Member of the National Association of Social Workers (NASW)
  • Member of the Academy of Certified Social Workers (ACSW)

If you have experienced trauma or suffer from anxiety, depression, chronic pain or a negative self-image, Barb is fully trained in two different trauma therapies.

Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) therapy is designed to resolve unprocessed traumatic memories in the brain. Part of the therapy includes alternating eye movements, sounds or taps. For more information, please refer to the official EMDR website at emdria.org.

Brainspotting accesses the brain-body’s innate self-scanning and self-healing capacities in the context of neurobiologically and relationally attuned clinical relationships. For more information, please refer to brainspotting.com.

Barb works a flexible schedule and can best be reached by email.

  • Email | (231) 929-0300, Ext. 102

Jill KimballJill Kimball, LMSW, ACSW

Jill Kimball has a strong record of working in human services settings before she began working as a full-time therapist in 1994, later joining Lakeview Counseling in 2000. Her prior experiences include working with the YMCA, juvenile court in Seattle, Veterans Administration Medical Center hospital, Community Mental Health Therapist and after-hours Child and Family Crisis Worker.

Jill earned her undergraduate degree from the University of Washington and a graduate degree from Florida State University. She returned to Northern Michigan to work with children, adults and families who have experienced trauma and loss or suffer from emotional, psychiatric, and behavioral problems.

  • Certified Social Worker (LMSW) with the State of Michigan
  • Member of the National Association of Social Workers (NASW)
  • Member of the Academy of Certified Social Workers (ACSW)
  • Member of EMDRIA (EMDR International Association)

Jill’s practice focuses on children and families, including step, adoptive, and families with children with attachment issues or special needs. She works with adults and children dealing with anxiety, depression, trauma and loss as well as active duty and retired military personnel. In 2017 Jill completed EMDRIA-approved EMDR training.

  • Email | (231) 929-0300, Ext. 105

Laura SlaughterLaura Slaughter, LMSW, ACSW

Laura Slaughter brings over 25 years of experience in group and individual therapy with adolescents, adults and families to Lakeview Counseling. Her undergraduate and graduate degrees in Social Work come from Michigan State University, and she worked in a variety of mental health settings in Portland, OR and Grand Rapids, MI, as well as Oakland County, MI.

  • Certified Social Worker (LMSW) with the State of Michigan
  • Member of the National Association of Social Workers (NASW)
  • Member of the Academy of Certified Social Workers (ACSW)

Laura’s practice focuses on treating adults, adolescents, and adult children of alcoholics, as well as facilitating groups and workshops for adolescent girls. Laura offers effective therapies for a range of issues and problems:

  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Eating disorders
  • Compulsive behaviors
  • Attention deficit disorder (ADD)

Laura offers weekend and evening appointments, and she works with EAP and insurance providers.

After a long career of providing therapy services, Laura will be retiring in the spring of 2023. If you have any questions, you may email her at laura@lakeviewtc.com.

  • Email | (231) 929-0300, Ext. 103

Darcy BrittenDarcy Britten, LPC, NCC

Darcy Britten joined Lakeview Counseling as a Licensed Professional Counselor. She works, with her clients, to bring about the change that improves their lives and relationship.

Darcy’s practice focuses on providing services for adolescents and adults. She has expertise in the following areas:

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Acute Stress
  • Self Harm
  • Family-related issues
  • Grief and Loss
  • Problematic Behaviors
  • Recovery from Trauma

Darcy is an Internationally Certified Solution-Focused Brief Therapist (SFBT). SFBT is useful to help people make difficult decisions, manage traumatic circumstances, and experience effective treatment for anxiety and depression. Clients learn to focus on the construction of solutions, which leads to the next steps toward recovery and healing.

In addition, Darcy is an Internationally Certified Brainspotting therapist. Brainspotting is a brain-based psychotherapy that helps to access unprocessed trauma and stress in the subcortical brain. Brainspotting can help to reduce and eliminate the impact of unresolved trauma, negative beliefs and emotional distress.

Darcy also has training in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy and Motivational Interviewing.

Darcy earned her Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology and Counseling Education at Western Michigan University. Her experience includes working on the behavioral health staff at Munson Medical Center, being an intake specialist at Benzie County Community Mental Health and providing outpatient and crisis services at Northern Lakes Community Mental Health. Darcy has been in private practice with Lakeview Counseling for nine years.

Darcy accepts daytime and early evening appointments, and works with most insurance companies. She also accepts private pay.

  • Email | (231) 929-0300, Ext. 106

Janet HughesJanet Hughes, LMSW, ACSW

Janet Hughes brings over 30 years of experience as a licensed clinical social worker to Lakeview Counseling. She has extensive experience working with depression, anxiety and life transitions.

Her practice primarily focuses on adults. Janet has a special interest in helping the college student navigate the transition while learning skills to cope with the stress and anxiety. Life has many transitions and often includes loss. Janet is an active participant in the counseling session and helps her clients find their path back to joy.

  • Divorce
  • Sadness and Loneliness
  • Stress Reduction
  • Relationship and interpersonal difficulties
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Grief and Loss
  • Adjustment Issues
  • Life Transitions

Janet holds a Master of Social Work degree from Michigan State University, and is a member of the National Association of Social Workers (NASW), as well as the Academy of Certified Social Workers (ACSW).

  • Email | (231) 929-0300, Ext. 104

Kaitlyn GrangoodKaitlyn Grangood

Kaitlyn Grangood has clinical experience working with individuals and families in clinical practice settings, as well as rehabilitation, educational, and outdoor experiential settings. She has several years of experience providing individual therapy, couples therapy and group therapy, and has experience facilitating adjustment-related support groups, educational classes and community-based therapy sessions.

Kaitlyn works with adults, children, families and couples to address a variety of issues, including:

  • Adjustment
  • Anxiety
  • Acute stress
  • Behavioral issues
  • Caregiving challenges
  • Divorce
  • Depression
  • Grief/loss
  • Family-related issues
  • Issues related to neurological injury (TBI, stroke)
  • Relationship problems
  • Trauma
  • Self-esteem

Kaitlyn holds a Master of Social Work degree from Grand Valley State University. She also has earned title of Certified Brain Injury Specialist from the Brain Injury Association of Michigan. Kaitlyn holds a certification in Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy and commonly incorporates strategies from Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Solution-Focused Therapy, and Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Behavioral Therapy.

Kaitlyn accepts daytime and early evening appointments, and works with many insurance companies. She also accepts private pay.

  • Email | (231) 929-0300, Ext. 101

Jad TompkinsJad Tompkins, LMSW, CCTP

Jad has extensive practice providing counseling, coaching, and workshop facilitation with adults, couples, families, groups, and teams who have the following concerns:

  • Stress
  • Depression and mood
  • Anxiety and panic
  • Attention regulation issues or ADHD
  • Anger management
  • Traumatic events
  • Burnout and compassion fatigue
  • Life transition and change
  • Career/workplace concerns
  • Grief and loss
  • Healthy lifestyle change
  • Couples and relationships
  • Alcohol and substance misuse
  • Conflict and miscommunication

Jad has a Master of Social Work degree from the University of Georgia and is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LMSW) in Michigan and a Member of the National Association of Social Workers (NASW). He has expertise in applying Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, and Strengths-Based Coaching. He is a Certified Clinical Trauma Professional with specialized training in Brainspotting, a compassionate, neuroscience-based technique used to speed-up the healing process.

Jad strives to apply his experience, learning, compassion, and curiosity to counsel his clients to heal from emotional pain, achieve meaningful goals, and improve relationships. Ultimately, he empowers individuals to visualize and live their own unique version of a good life.

He is available for early morning, lunchtime, and early evening and appointments. Jad works with many insurance providers and accepts private pay.

  • Email | (231) 929-0300, Ext. 109

Christina LovikChristina Lovik, LMSW, ACSW

Christina Lovik has been working with individuals, children, couples, and families in various settings for 15 years, primarily mental health, child welfare/family court, and healthcare. Christina holds a Master Degree in Clinical Social Work from Michigan State University and is a fully licensed Clinical Social Worker in the State of Michigan. She is also a member of the National Association of Social Workers (NASW), as well as the Academy of Certified Social Workers (ACSW).

Christina has the training and experience to work with families, couples, children, adolescents and adults who are seeking empathetic guidance and support through major life transitions, loss, relationship conflict, emotional struggles, troubling thoughts, and trauma in a safe, non-judgmental, confidential setting. Her therapy approach is person-centered, strength-based, and trauma-informed. She commonly utilizes play therapy with children and families, as well as Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT) when working with couples.


  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Trauma and PTSD
  • Emotional dysregulation
  • Adolescent / child issues and parenting difficulties
  • Postpartum depression and adjustment
  • Grief and loss
  • Relationship issues
  • Survivors of childhood trauma, including sexual and physical abuse and neglect
  • Survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault
  • Identity and self-esteem issues
  • Life transitions
  • Foster Care / Adoption

Christina accepts daytime, early evening, and Saturday appointments. She works with many insurance companies and accepts private pay.

  • Email | (231) 929-0300, Ext. 111

Robin HeigesRobin Heiges, LMSW

Robin comes to us with 20 years of experience working in the mental health and wellness field, 16 of which were in a clinical private practice setting. She has extensive experience treating children, adolescents and families with a wide range of clinical needs including, but not limited to PTSD, ADHD, OCD, Anxiety, Depression, Autism, Eating Disorders, Selective Mutism and Tourette’s Syndrome/Tic Disorders.

With the onset of Covid and recognition of the impact it has had on mental health, Robin will now be offering her clinical skills to adults. She specializes in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Parent Management Training, Solution Focused Therapy, Play Therapy, Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction & EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization & Reprocessing). She is recently trained and excited to be offering the addition of Brainspotting Therapy as well.

  • Email | (231) 929-0300, Ext. 107

Lena Trolz, LMSW

Lena TrolzLena brings over 26 years of experience as a licensed clinical social worker to Lakeview Counseling. She has worked in the infant mental health setting, providing outpatient and home-based interventions, along with working with individuals and families in the mental health and healthcare setting.

Lena provides an empathetic, non-judgmental approach in working with children, adolescents and adults. She has experience and training in infant mental health, loss, grief, relationship conflict, trauma, adjusting to life transitions, anxiety and depression. Her approach in her work is strength-based, person-centered, and trauma-informed.

Lena trained in Brainspotting to have additional modes/strategies to help people in their journey to heal.


  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Trauma/PTSD
  • Relationship issues
  • Grief/Loss
  • Emotional Dysregulation
  • Adolescent child issues
  • Life Transitions
  • Parenting
  • Email | (231) 929-0300, Ext. 110

Kelly Ryan, APRN-CNPKelly Ryan, APRN- CNP, PMHNP-BC

Kelly Ryan is now providing psychiatric/ mental health medication management at Lakeview Counseling.

Kelly takes a comprehensive approach to the diagnosis and treatment of adults in the outpatient setting. She examines root causes, co-existing medical conditions and medications, as well as each individual’s social, emotional and environmental circumstances, to develop an individualized psychiatric-mental health treatment approach that considers the whole person. She is dual board certified in Psychiatric Mental Health by the American Nurses Credentialing Center and Family Practice by the American Association of Nurse Practitioners. She completed her nursing degrees through the University of Cincinnati, where she has earned a Bachelor of Science in Nursing, Masters of Nursing focused on Family Practice and a Post-Masters Certificate in Psychiatric-Mental Health Nursing. She also obtained her Masters in Social Work from Rutgers University and her undergraduate degree from New York University, where she majored in Psychology.

Accepting most major insurance plans.

  • (231) 929-0300, Ext. 302

Alison Woytowich, LMSW-C

Alison WoytowichAlison joined Lakeview Counseling in the late spring of 2022, bringing 17 years of experience working with children, adolescents, families and individual adults.

After receiving her Master of Social Work degree from the University of Michigan in 2005, she moved to Central New York where she worked for 12 years in juvenile justice prevention programs, and was also the clinical supervisor of a local domestic violence shelter. She moved back home to Traverse City in 2018 and worked with Generations Ahead, an organization that supports teen parents and their young families.

Alison’s practice focuses on children, adolescents and adults struggling with the effects of trauma on their lives. She also works with parents to build strong and healthy attachments with their children, as well as families looking to communicate better and have less relationship stress in their home. In addition, Alison works with all ages who are experiencing the symptoms of depression, anxiety, ADHD and other mental health struggles.

Alison accepts daytime appointments on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, and is currently taking BC/BS, Priority Health, and the Medicaid insurances Meridian and McLaren, as well as self pay.


  • Solution-Focused Brief Therapy (SFBT)
  • Brainspotting
  • Art Therapy
  • Mindfulness
  • Play based Therapy
  • Activity focused/Experiential
  • Attachment Focused
  • Somatic Experiencing
  • Email | (231) 929-0300, Ext. 305