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September 30, 2020

Meet Our Flushing Office Team

by Dr. Recco Richardson, Ph, D.

Recco Santee Richardson, Ph.D., LPC


Recco Santee Richardson, Ph.D., LPC is an in-demand mental health counselor with 25 years of experience in outpatient counseling. He services children, adolescents and adults who need assistance with Depression, Anxiety, Trauma, PTSD, Abuse/Neglect, Bipolar, Moodiness, ADHD, Loss/Grief, Acute Stress, among other illnesses.

Dr. Recco is naturally disarming with a unique and comforting approach that helps clients move socially and emotionally forward in life. He provides a safe and confidential environment that encourages personal growth, inner strength and hope. Throughout his career, he has self- published a dozen books while developing programs and presenting at workshops on various topics. He also provides couples counseling with his wife of 32 years, Rene Richardson.

Rene M. Richardson, LMSW, MBA


Rene M. Richardson is a well-rounded mental health therapist who has helped hundreds of clients. She specializes in women and girls and her area of expertise includes assessing and addressing Depression, Worry, Fatigue, Irritability, Mood Swings, ADHD, Trauma, Bipolar, Anxiety, among other illnesses.

She has strong clinical counseling and treatment planning skills that identify and later resolve barriers.  With warmth and empathy, she empowers and rebuilds her serviced clients. Rene does exceptional work with teen girls, young adult women and working professional women. She also provides couples counseling with her husband of 32 years, Recco Richardson. Before working as a trained mental health professional, Rene worked for a Fortune 500 company and in state government.

Tanya Y. Jefferson, MS, MA, LLPC

TanyaTanya Y. Jefferson is a seasoned clinical therapist who serves clients and the community with passion and determination. Her counseling efforts focus on helping children, adolescents and adults address anger, anxiety, substance abuse, depression, poor focus, chronic disease management, self-care, decision making, fears, stress, and other areas of concern.

Tanya’s approaches to counseling include person-centered, cognitive behavioral and solution-focused. Her goal is to empower and promote positive pathways to growth and well-being. Her work experience as a community health trainer, domestic violence/sexual assault counselor, program officer and marketing/communication associate provides her with exceptional insight and wholesome perspectives that benefits her counseling clients.

Tamera Huntley, LPC, CAADC, NCC


Tamera Huntley is a clinical therapist. She earned her Master’s Degree in Counseling from Spring Arbor University. She is a Limited Licensed Professional Counselor (LLPC) in the State of Michigan. Tamera is also a Certified Advanced Alcohol and Drug Counselor-Development Plan (CAADC-DP) and National Certified Counselor (NCC).

Over the years, her counseling efforts focus has been on adolescents and adults who have a variety of issues including anxiety, anger, depression, grief, health concerns, mood disorders, self-care, stress, substance abuse, and time management. Tamera’s work experience includes helping clients regarding their career paths, self-esteem, self-confidence, coping skills, life-transitions, and everyday issues.

Tamera’s approaches to counseling include motivational interviewing, person-centered, cognitive behavioral and solution focused modalities. She understands that therapy should be an authentic experience, and the clients need to be heard, valued, and understood is primary. Her goal is to empower and promote positive pathways to growth and well-being. Her work experience as a clinical therapist, substance abuse counselor and a counselor in a residential facility provides her with exceptional insight and wholesome perspectives that benefits her counseling clients. She understands that there are many reasons that individual seek treatment.

Samantha Cole, MS, LLPC


Samantha Cole, MS, LLPC is a limited licensed clinical therapist. Her objective is to assist clients with the concerns that bring them into treatment. She works with children, teens, and adults who exhibit defiance, anxiety, depression, poor concentration, stress, anger, moodiness and other concerns.
Her approach to counseling is primarily cognitive behavioral therapy approaches. As well, she also utilizes person-centered and choice theory approaches. Her past work experience includes serving as a Treatment Specialist at a nearby juvenile detention center and working as a Psychiatric Care Specialist at an area hospital in-patient treatment program. She successfully completed her practicum and internship training at a counseling center in Oakland County, MI. 

Samantha is a graduate of Mott Community College (Associates in Applied Sciences), The University of Michigan-Flint (Bachelor’s in Psychology) and Capella University (Master’s in Clinical Mental Health Counseling).

Ciara Crandon-Marsh, MS, Master’s Level Intern


Ciara Crandon-Marsh is master’s level counseling intern at our clinic. Currently, she is a Mental Health Counseling graduate school student at Hodges University. During her practicum and internship, she endeavors to help individuals overcome their presenting concerns. For as long as she can remember, it has been important for her to help others, and to make a difference in their lives.

During her placement, she will provide counseling services to children, teens, and adults. Her approach to counseling is primarily cognitive behavioral therapy. She also likes and utilizes aspects of client-centered therapy. Ciara believes that to for therapy services to be effective, it is essential for the client to be motivated and have a say in their treatment plan.
Ciara graduated from University of Michigan-Flint (Bachelor’s in Psychology). She also previously graduated from Capella University (Master’s in Clinical Psychology, with a specialization in Applied Research).

Brenda Georges, MA, Master’s Level Intern

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Brenda Georges is a master’s level intern with our clinic. She currently is enrolled in the Master’s in Counseling, Clinical Mental Health program at Liberty University. Her academic training also includes earning a Bachelor’s in Accounting (University of Bridgeport), a Master’s in Special Education (Grand Canyon University) and an Education Specialist certification in School Leadership (Columbus State University).

Brenda has 18 years of classroom teaching experience with K- 12 students.  Of the 18 years, 12 were as a middle school math and science teacher. For the last six years, she has been a Behavior Specialist and Social Emotional Learning Interventionist in Georgia and Michigan school districts. The duties sharpened her ability to help children and adults address mental health symptoms that hinder their personal, career, academic, and relationship growth. During her placement, she will provide cognitive behavior therapy and other approaches to children, teens, and adults.

Prior to moving to Michigan, Brenda lived in Atlanta, Georgia for 24 years. She was born and raised by her Caribbean parents in New York City, New York (the Bronx).

Moncia Blackwell, MA, LLPC

Moncica Picture A resident of Flint, MI most of her life, Monica Blackwell is an in demand mental health therapist. She earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work from the University of Michigan-Flint. She also earned a Master’s Degree in Counseling from Central Michigan University. Monica utilizes Cognitive Behavior Therapy, Behavioral Therapy, and Reality Therapy. She has a keen eye for helping others reach their potential and experience success in their endeavors. Monica prides herself on being helpful, caring, honest and easy to talk to. Her passion is working with children, teens, and adults.



Loletha M. Lee, MS, LLPC

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Loletha has been a clinical therapist for seven years. She earned her Master’s Degree in Counseling  at Grand Canyon University and her bachelors’ degree in Social Work from the University of Michigan-Flint. She is a limited Licensed Professional Counselor (LLPC) in the State of Michigan. Some of life’s greatest challenges present themselves early during young adulthood. Sometimes we set unrealistic expectations for how we should show up for others and ourselves. I utilize a direct, empathetic approach to help you effectively cope with difficult emotions, traumatic experiences, which have brought challenges to life. You and I will work together through the therapeutic process to help you gain understanding and self-awareness to help gain the necessary changes that’s needed. I can help support you in a non-judgmental and safe environment by utilizing a variety of theories to help you to grow into the person you want to be. I will walk with you as you learn about yourself and work toward healing from your past. Together we can set goals to be achieved for yourself. Are you ready to do the work? I can help you regain confidence and improve self-esteem, so you can move forward in your life with more certainty and positivity.

James Rogers, Jr., MA, LLPC

James 2 A native of Muskegon, MI, James graduated from Michigan State University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice. He also earned a Master’s Degree in Clinical in Mental Health Counseling from Sienna Heights University. His goal as a counselor is to provide understanding, relatability, compassion, and genuineness. James believes that there are a multitude of situations in life that we do not have control over; however, when armed with tools and resources to manage life, we can manage our lives and excel.

James’ professional background includes having worked in law enforcement and engagement with diverse populations. He specializes in behavioral issues, high stress situations, anxiety, depression, anger management, life skills, groups, children, adolescents, juveniles, young adults, and parenting.

From the initial session and establishing rapport, his goal is meet clients where they are at so as to help them experience what being whole looks like.

Pamela Nealy, LMSW

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Pamela received a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Criminal Justice from Grambling State University. After years of servicing families in public sector agencies, she returned to college and graduated with a Master’s of Social Work degree from Michigan State University.

She believes that clients are the expert specialist for their life and the life of their family.  Her approach to counseling is to treat the therapeutic relationship as a collaborative process that features working together to find healthy solutions for internal/external personal barriers.

Pamela endeavors to help individuals discover, utilize, and hone their strengths so as to achieve optimal wellness and enrichment. She utilizes a combination of counseling techniques such as cognitive behavioral, solution-focused, motivational interviewing, person-centered, and strength-based.  She has years of experience working with individuals, families, and couples. Her open-minded, calm, authentic, and non-judgmental treatment approach helps individuals reach their goals and desires.


Kristine Kuehnle-Denooijer, B.S., Master’s Level Intern


Kristine Kuehnle-Denooijer is a master’s level counseling intern. She earned a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Rochester University and is currently working towards a Master’s in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at Spring Arbor University. Spending half her life in southern California and the other half in the Flint area, Kristine had the opportunity to gain a deep appreciation for the different walks of life that individuals take,

From her experiences, she learned the distinct environmental dynamics which contribute to every person’s unique life story. Experiencing an array of adversities herself, Kristine was inspired to pursue graduate school studies in the helping professions. She believes in offering compassion and empathy to clients as they embark on the journey to seek personal growth and overcome challenges. She is passionate about the application of social science research and its ability to help clients from diverse backgrounds. She considers her counseling style to include an eclectic theoretical orientation that utilizes evidence-based practices. She is sure to emphasize person-centered fundamentals that are vital to meeting each client’s needs.

Michelle “Shelly” Gleed, MA, LPC

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 Shelly is a State of Michigan Licensed Professional Counselor. She strives to offer an environment     where clients feel safe sharing their personal journey, work on resolving problems, and accomplish   their desired goals.  Her work with clients is determined by the issues at hand and meeting the client   where they are.  She uses a variety of counseling techniques including cognitive behavioral therapy,   mindfulness, brief solution focused, and trauma focused/narrative.  Shelly believes every client has the   solutions to their dilemmas within themselves. Therefore, her goal is to facilitate the process that helps them find solutions, take responsibility, learn new skills, and create change. 

Shelly’s Master’s Degree in Counseling from Spring Arbor University is supported by a Bachelor’s Degree in Family Life Education from Spring Arbor University and an Associates Degree in Child Development from Jackson Community College. 

She has worked with clients as a mental health counselor for the last six years. Overall, Shelly has a combined 25 years of experience working with children and families in different capacities.  With passion, she offers counseling services to children, teens, adults, families, and victims of abuse.

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