LPCNM's origins begin with the Grand Traverse Area Counselors Association, a group of Northern Michigan counselors who saw the need for networking and support within the profession at the local level.
In 2010, GTACA morphed into LPCNM, but the mission remained the same: to create an organization that fosters strong counseling practices through collaboration, consultation, networking, reports of legislation pertinent to counseling, connection to community resources, ongoing communication with MCA/ACA and MMHCA, mentorship of new counselors, and referrals.
As a profession, we continue to grow and shift within an ever-changing landscape. From the 2019 legislative scare in Michigan to the professional isolation of the COVID-19 crisis to the ongoing elevated needs of clients in our rural communities and schools, one thing continues to be clear: we need each other.
Because of this, we want to grow our membership across the Northern Michigan region. We want to help counselors make connections with each other online and in person. And we want our fellow professionals to know that they are needed, valued, and most certainly not alone.
By tapping into our greatest resource--each other--it is our hope that LPCNM members can find greater strength, connection, and joy through their work within the counseling field.
MEET THE LPCNM EXECUTIVE BOARD
KRISTI SPENCER-NEMEC, MA, LPC
Kristi graduated with her Master of Arts in Counseling from Spring Arbor University. She works as the Grief Services Coordinator at Michael’s Place in Traverse City, MI, and has a part-time private practice, Mindful Waves Counseling in Rapid City, MI. She is working on certification as a Mentoring Institute Trained Supervisor (MITS) to supervise and assist upcoming Michigan LLPCs.
DEANNA COUTURE, MA, LPC-S, NCC, RPT
Deanna is a graduate of Spring Arbor University's counseling program. She is a Registered Play Therapist, and works as a lead counselor at the Traverse Bay Children's Advocacy Center.
MARGARET FEDDER, MA, LPC, NCC
Margaret is a graduate of Western Michigan University's counseling program. She has a private practice, Open Space Counseling, in Traverse City where she works with adults and couples.
AMIE OLLIS, MA, LPC, NCC
Amie Ollis is a board certified limited licensed professional counselor. She obtained her Master's degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at Western Michigan University. Her field experience is in working with populations that have endured trauma and been diagnosed serious emotional disturbances. Amie works as a trauma therapist for children and families at the Traverse Bay Children's Advocacy Center.
SUSAN STENDEL, MA, LPC-S, NCC
Susan works as a mental health supervisor for District Health Department #10 overseeing mental health therapists in nine school-based health centers. Susan's undergraduate degree is from Central Michigan University and received her MA from Western Michigan University.
KRISTEN VANDERKOLK, M.ED., LPC, NCC
Kristen is a therapist at her private practice, ReFresh Wellness, where she works with elementary-aged children, teens, and adults. She has also worked in group practice, school settings, and as a travel crisis counselor.