About Us

At Midwest Recovery and Wellness, it is our mission to help you achieve the rewarding life you deserve. We appreciate that every person is unique and every client receives individualized treatment. It is our pleasure to work with you and to be a part of your life-fulfillment journey.

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Robin Harvell, MA, LPC (Co-Founder)

Robin Harvell, MA, is a Licensed Professional Counselor and Clinical Director with 18 years of experience working with diverse clients of all ages both in substance abuse and intensive mental health settings. Robin has been extensively trained in multiple evidence based practices including Trauma-Informed Care, DBT (Dialectical Behavioral Therapy), CBT (Cognitive Behavioral Therapy), Motivational Interviewing, MST (Multisystemic Therapy), and Trauma-Focused CBT, which have lead her to develop a program for Trauma-Informed Dialectical Behavioral Therapy for addiction.

Robin earned a BA in English and American literature from Blackburn College 1995, and a MA in Human Developmental Counseling from the University of Illinois at Springfield 2001, with a double major in Marriage and Family Therapy and Community Counseling. Robin has also been a member of the American Counseling Association and became a Nationally Board Certified Counselor. She has been a Licensed Professional Counselor since 2003. Robin is a warm, empathic therapist who specializes in the use of Dialectical Behavior Therapy to provide clients with new skills to manage past painful experiences or strong emotions.

A strong belief in the power of positive thinking and hope in a better future, she has helped many release years of guilt, shame, and pain which allowed them to find joy again. Robin states, “We really want to create a safe space, where you can heal and experience the positive energy as soon as you walk in the door at Midwest Recovery and Wellness. We are a passionate group of clinicians who believe in enjoying the journey of life and we are grateful that you are here.” Robin enjoys yoga, writing poetry, cooking Sunday dinner for her family, laughing, reading anything from good fiction to self help books, and singing along to some of her favorite upbeat or relaxing music.

Heather E. Peterson, LMSW (Licensed Clinician)

Heather Peterson, LMSW is an outpatient therapist with 17 years of experience working with diverse children, adolescents and families. Heather has earned her Master’s in Social Work degree and is currently licensed as a Master’s Clinical Social Worker (LMSW). Heather also has a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice.

During Heather’s internships she worked in a special education facility for severely emotionally impaired students and the Center for Women in Transition in which she worked as a Children’s Trauma Therapist where she implemented individual and group therapy to children who had an exposure to violence in the home using Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. Heather has also been intensively trained in Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) by the Linehan Institute and worked for three years with a team that kept high risk adolescent girls out of residential settings. Heather has also received training in Motivational Interviewing and has provided Intensive Outpatient Services for addiction.

Heather has a passion for teaching mindfulness to children and adolescents and specializes in working with children from age 4-18 with multiple diagnoses. Heather is known for her high energy level, creativity, and sense of humor. Heather loves a challenge and one of her recent adventures is training her dog Luna to become a therapy dog to help the children she works with learn emotional regulation skills.

Heather believes that self-acceptance is an important component in emotional health and our inability to truly accept ourselves prevents us from achieving happiness. True self-acceptance is accepting all parts of ourselves; good and bad. Self-acceptance teaches us that we should love ourselves no matter what. This means we have value even when we yell at our kids, lose our job, or act selfishly toward a friend. Our worth is not tied to someone else’s opinion of us. It is based on who we are, not what we’ve accomplished.

Patrick Murphy, LMSW (Licensed Clinician)

Patrick Murphy, LMSW, is an outpatient therapist with a wealth of background and experience in partnering with people to improve their behavioral health. Patrick has earned a Masters in Social Work degree and currently is licensed as a Masters Clinical Social Worker (LMSW). He has demonstrated skill in working with people who have experienced early childhood trauma and/or trauma later in life. Patrick has been trained in evidence-based practices such as Motivational Interviewing, Mindfulness, Cognitive Behavior Therapy, Trauma Focused-Cognitive Behavior Therapy (TF-CBT) and Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT). With TF-CBT, Patrick has supported several adolescents and childrentoward recovery by using this intervention.

Patrick has started and co-facilitated an adolescent DBT group while seeing a number of adults and adolescents graduate from DBT. He also has experience partnering with people who are dealing with addiction and currently is working on his addictions certification.

Patrick spent 11 years as a minister before becoming a therapist, having been away from the position for several years. Patrick’s passion is being present and connecting with people while creating a safe and authentic place to venture into areas where they decide they need work and healing. Patrick is a collaborator with people in developing the therapeutic space and relationship. Patrick states, “there is nothing more important to me then to create space where people feel safe enough to talk about what is import to them.” Patrick enjoys reading (anything by Stephen King), getting outdoors, watching Chicago Cubs baseball, playing with his kids, and going to movies (especially if there is dinner and a discussion following).

Ronald Robinson, MA, LLP

Ron Robinson, MA, LLP is an outpatient therapist with 30 years of experience as a therapist and Clinical Supervisor. Ron has earned a Master’s Degree in Psychology.

Ron has been extensively trained in evidence-based practices including, Motivational Interviewing, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, (CBT), Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) and he has been state trained and certified in Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT).

Ron enjoys working with adults and couples, and is especially passionate about helping people in the LGBTQ community. In fact, Ron is very active in a local LGBTQ support group and helps create a safe place and advocacy for all people to find safety and peace in their lives. Ron is known for his non- judgmental, open and nurturing support.

Ron states, “My clients say I am easy to talk to, caring and use creative ways to help them discover ways to live more fulfilling and empowered lives.” Ron enjoys gardening, reading, hanging out with his love Joe, and their cat Smokey, traveling and hosting fabulous events including a yearly Oscar party with friends.

Sari Lammivaara, LMSW (Licensed Clinician)

I am a healer, free thinker, family member, dog owner and friend. In my own life I try to practice “everyday mindfulness” in most things I do which grounds me and helps me be aware of the present moment. I see great value in the appropriate use of humor but never at the cost of any individual or group. I am told that I am easy to talk to. PROFESSIONAL SUMMARY: I am a therapist with 18 years of experience helping individuals and families heal from emotional pain, manage mental health, improve coping, and have healthier relationships. I provide a warm, safe, accepting environment to help you to explore your feelings and options, gain understanding and clarity, and develop real-life solutions through our collaborative work together. I have extensive clinical experience diagnosing and treating Mental Health, Co-occurring Substance-Abuse, and various Life/Relationship issues with diverse populations.

ONE of the keys to healing is learning to develop genuine Understanding and Compassion for ourselves, our experience, and those of others. I believe that with the right support anyone can learn lasting skills to transform difficulties into triumphs, self-doubts into self-acceptance, and conflicts to strengthen one’s relationships.

Dr. Melina Sample, Licensed Psychologist

Dr. Melina Sample is a Licensed Psychologist with over six years of experience in caring for a diverse group of adults seeking assistance for a multitude of concerns. She uses a variety of therapeutic approaches, including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Person-Centered Therapy, Interpersonal Therapy, Solution-Focused Therapy and others depending on the individual needs of the client. Dr. Sample has training and experience in working with a number of different presenting concerns, but she especially enjoys working to target anxiety and depression as they contribute to and reinforce chronic pain and chronic illness. She received her Master’s degree in 2012 (Clinical Mental Health Counseling) and her PhD in 2017 (Counseling Psychology), both from Andrews University.

Dr. Sample believes our bodies have a natural ability to heal themselves in many instances, but stress interferes with both mental and physical healing. “I work from a holistic perspective, which focuses on balancing the relationship between your mind, body and emotions. I believe in using a collaborative approach to work together toward the most effective way for you to implement change. Our time together will focus on using strengths you already have in an effort to heal yourself.”

Dawn Racht, MA, LLPC
Dawn is an outpatient therapist who graduated with a Master’s in School Counseling from Butler University in Indianapolis.  Prior to counseling she has worked in many related fields involving family grief support, substance abuse and treatment, and home/residential programs for children and adults with developmental disabilities.  Since becoming a counselor she has many years of experience working with adolescents in a variety of environments and assisting with multiple behavioral needs.  She is able to assist with strategies for improving struggles with anxiety, depression, self-harm, grief and conflict resolution.  She is also able to work with adults and families as well.
When she is not working, Dawn likes to spend time with her husband and four children (ages 13-17).  “Family is very important to me and besides all of our kids’ sporting events, we also like watching movies, going to church at GCC together or spending time on the lake.”
Lynn Wilson, MS, LPC (Licensed Clinician)

Lynn is an outpatient therapist who graduated with a Master’s of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Hodges University in Ft. Myers Florida.  She earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Midway University in Midway Kentucky.  Since becoming a counselor she has worked extensively with trauma in children and adolescents, grief, crisis intervention and counseling for adults, children and adolescents, family and couples counseling, reunification and foster situations, intense diagnosis, substance abuse, depression and anxiety in outpatient and inpatient settings, as well as, school and home environments. Some of the therapies that Lynn has experience in include Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Solution Focused Therapy, positive psychology, DBT, equine therapy, Motivational interviewing, trauma therapy, and group therapy.   She believes in meeting the client where they are and providing a positive, enriching counseling experience that promotes healing and growth in a safe, nonjudgmental and uplifting environment.  “I believe that to build a positive life we need a positive foundation, to believe in the possibilities and value ourselves.”

When she is not working Lynn loves to spend time with her kids, her granddaughter and their many animals. After spending numerous years in Florida, Lynn returned home to Michigan to be closer to her family and the beauty of Michigan and the Lakes.  “To me my family is my peace, my purpose, and to be able to be home and be close to my family and use my passion to help others I am very thankful.”

 

Cullen P. Hardy, Psy.D. (Co-Founder)

Dr. Hardy trained three years at a substance abuse clinic working with clients of diverse backgrounds. He gained invaluable experience working in that area which had one of the highest incidence of substance abuse in New England. He also trained in community mental health centers in New England as well as in South Bend. In addition, Dr. Hardy has been trained in multiple evidence based practices such as Trauma-Informed Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Psychodynamic Therapy and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Addiction.

Dr. Hardy’s passion for his work springs from his education, training and a strong desire to help those who struggle with substance abuse disorders. With over 13 years of sobriety, Dr. Hardy brings a unique perspective that allows him to work with clients both as a trained clinician and as someone who has personally experienced what his clients are going through. His no-nonsense, direct, but caring approach ensures that his clients will receive the addiction treatment that leads to a life-time of recovery.

He received his undergraduate degree (’09, Anthropology) from the University of Notre Dame, his master’s degree (MS in Clinical Psychology) from Antioch University New England and his doctoral degree (PsyD in Clinical Psychology) from Antioch University New England. His father and brothers are likewise Notre Dame grads.

With extensive family roots in Grand Rapids and his own love for the Michigan and the South Bend area, he is looking forward to working with clients from across the region and to give back to a community that his given him so much.

Dr. Hardy specializes in working with college students and their families at CollegeisStressful.com

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Elena Zarandona, MS, LMHC (Licensed Clinician)

My clients vary in culture, language, and socioeconomic level. However, they all share the common goal of becoming better versions of themselves.

I specialize in Couples Therapy and Individual Therapy for Adults and adolescents transitioning into adulthood. Additionally, I specialize in evaluations for the immigration process such as the I-601 Waiver, VAWA, U-Visa, T-Visa, and Asylum.

My approach is collaborative. This means that together we will set goals, determine the direction of our efforts, and establish the number and frequency of sessions. I use a variety of methodologies from traditional talk therapy to sandtray and therapeutic painting and art making.

Come join me in the exciting adventure of discovering your true self, developing your hidden abilities, and reawakening your long forgotten dreams.

Gabrielle Yost, LMHCA, LCACA (Licensed Clinician)

Gabrielle Yost is a dual licensed therapist in addiction and mental health. Gabrielle has been practicing for a little over five years. Her main therapeutic approaches are Person-Centered Therapy, Solution-Focused Therapy, and Reality Therapy. Gabrielle strives to make the therapy experience as comfortable as possible therefore each session is geared toward the client. She specializes in addiction work, family dynamics within addiction, and couples therapy.

Gabrielle believes in finding hope and love in all the darkest places. Sometimes we encounter overwhelming circumstances on our journey called “life.” She believes in helping those who feel lost, broken, and hopeless when all other avenues seem bleak. Gabrielle believes that there is no “ONE” answer that fits all, therefore she will work with you on your journey to find the perfect balance of peace and reality. She will meet you on your path to work together to find a way back to a healthier and happier lifestyle. Interests are couples, addiction, and holistic practices.

“You, yourself, as much as anybody in the entire universe, deserve your love and affection.” -Guatama Buddha

Katherine Grace Jongsma, MS, LMHCA (Licensed Clinician)

Kate is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor Associate with over five years of experience collaborating with clients to process trauma and maladaptive beliefs, improve interpersonal effectiveness, communication, boundaries, and attachments, decrease compulsive behaviors and substance use, cope with symptoms of anxiety, rage, grief, sleep disturbance, dissociation, and depression, and strengthen self-efficacy in order to work toward meaningful life goals. She earned her Master’s degree from Purdue University in 2018.

Kate uses an eclectic psychodynamic approach to therapy, drawing from training in EMDR, CBT, Motivational Interviewing, Internal Family Systems, Reality Therapy, emotional regulation skills, somatic experiencing, and expressive arts to help clients add to their resources and knowledge for healing. She states, “My ideal model for the therapeutic relationship is, when your grandma bakes a plate of warm cookies and sits at the kitchen table with you and you can just spill your guts. I hope to bring that level of compassion and unconditional positive regard to my professional life. You bring the cookies, though, for health department reasons.”

She truly enjoys her work, bearing witness to people’s stories, trampolining, thrifting, snuggling her beagle, dancing, swimming and kayaking with her husband, journaling, improv, and stand-up comedy.

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