Marsha is a Licensed Professional Counselor, a National Certified Counselor, and an Infant Mental Health Specialist. During the past ten years, Marsha has worked as an Academic School Counselor, a Crisis Specialist, a Family Therapist, and an Infant Mental Health Specialist. Marsha’s primary focus in her work is with infants, children, and families. She has worked in the school, community, and home setting providing counseling services to families in need.
In her career, Marsha has worked with an array of diagnoses including anxiety disorders, mood disorders, abuse, trauma, PTSD, ADHD, OCD, ODD, crisis, disorders of infancy, adolescence, and childhood, and attachment disorders. Marsha also has experience working with children and families with behavioral/defiant struggles, changing families (death, divorce), relationship building difficulties, communication barriers, and social/coping skills issues. With her experience in Infant Mental Health, Marsha has had the privilege to work with babies and their new parents, helping advocate for a nurturing, loving, and safe environment. The purpose of her work is to promote the healthy social and emotional development of a child from birth to 3 years. She is accredited in Triple P (Positive Parenting Program) and has taught parenting programs. Marsha’s counseling philosophy is one of a solution-focused, person-centered approach believing that people are capable of change and deserve a positive quality of life. Her work focuses on the individual, his/her strengths, and willingness to work for change. Education is power, so bringing resources and knowledge to people is a big part of her philosophy.
Marsha earned her Masters Degree in Counselor Education/Counseling Psychology from Western Michigan University. She also earned her Bachelors Degree from Eastern Michigan University in Written Communications and a double minor in Children’s Literature and Creative Writing. Growing up in and returning to Northern Michigan after college, Marsha embraces living in such a close knit community. She is married to her husband, Pandelis, who is a sailor and chief mate on the Great Lakes. Together, they have a dog, Mauer. In her free time, Marsha enjoys traveling and spending time with her dear family and friends.