About WBC Counseling

DR.
MICHELE WHITE

-Limited Licensed Psychologist
-Licensed Professional Counselor
-WBC Counseling Owner
-Author

“I am passionate about serving clients and their families in a setting that will bring about positive behavioral change for the client. If behaviors are occurring in the home or at school, I believe our therapy should occur there.

WBC was founded on my desire to provide effective tools to individuals affected by a traumatic brain injury. One of my main goals is  to see the family unit functioning in one accord with tools that are specific to the heartbeat of family.”

Professional Credentials

Professional Experience

Over 30 years’ experience working with Traumatic Brain Injury clients.
Dr. White has traveled the country as a presenter for PESI HealthCare.
She has been selected as a speaker at the Brain Injury Association of Michigan and conducted webinars for the Brain Injury Association of America and the Brain Injury Association of Michigan.

Educational Background

-BA in Sociology Human Services – Adrian College

-MA in Clinical Psychology with Substance Abuse Emphasis – University of Detroit Mercy

-Ph.D. in Counseling – Wayne State University.

Licenses & Certifications

Limited Licensed Psychologist

Licensed Professional Counselor

Affiliations

  • Actively involved in ministry at her church, Dr. White serves as a Deaconess and also as Chair of the Finance committee.
  • Dr. White founded A5 Family Connections in 2016 to inspire Christ-Focused families and communities by teaching biblical principles.

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  • Founded in 2018 as a 501(c)(3) by Dr. White, A5 Scholarship Charity is an advocate for students seeking a post-secondary education.

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  • Dr. White also also serves as an Executive Board Member for the Baptist State Convention of Michigan

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Our Approaches

We focus on more than just a diagnosis.

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

A Cognitive-behavioral therapy approach can be used to treat clients with a wide range of mental health problems. Cognitive therapy helps clients develop alternative ways of thinking and behaving that reduce their psychological distress.

Family Therapy

WBC Counseling uses the Family therapy approach to help family members improve communication and resolve conflicts. This approach may address specific issues such as marital disputes between parents and children or the impact of traumatic brain injury, substance abuse, or a mental illness on the entire family.  Family therapy also teaches the family skills to deepen connections.

Christian Counseling

WBC Counseling uses the Christian Counseling approach to improve mental health and relationships by using scripture and biblical teachings to help clients manage life’s challenges. This approach combines faith with the principles of psychology.

Solution Focused

The approach of Solution Focused Therapy relies on appropriate questioning and coaching to help clients come to their own best solutions for present and future problems.

Psychoanalytic

The psychoanalytic approach has its origin in the work and theories of Sigmund Freud. Psychoanalysis is the belief that all people have unconscious thoughts, feelings, desires, and memories.

WBC uses the psychoanalysis approach to release repressed emotions and experiences, such as making the unconscious conscious. 

Rational Emotive Behavioral Therapy

Rational emotive behavior therapy (REBT) is an approach that helps identify negative thought patterns and irrational beliefs that may lead to emotional or behavioral issues.
Once these patterns have been identified, a therapist will help develop strategies to replace them with more rational thought patterns.

Trauma Focused Therapy

This form of cognitive-behavioral therapy addresses the specific emotional and mental health needs of adults, adolescents, children, and families struggling to overcome the destructive effects of early trauma.

Trauma Focused Therapy has been proven effective for treatment after a single traumatic event or multiple traumas. Therapy can help those experiencing the emotional effects of trauma by addressing and resolve these effects.

Art Therapy

WBC Counseling uses the art therapy approach method to treat psychological disorders and enhance mental health.
Art therapy is an approach based on the idea that creative expression can foster healing and mental well-being.

Speaking Engagements

Dr. Michele White PhD, LLP, LPC, author, and the founder of WBC Counseling, is incredibly passionate about the positive impact of behavioral therapy on the client, their support system, and their community.

A dynamic speaker, Dr. White shares her 30 years of experience and expertise with clients,  their families and healthcare and insurance professionals at conferences and private group settings.

Dr. White also talks about the proprietary behavioral modification process developed by WBC Counseling to promote positive change in individuals with traumatic brain injury (TBI) who are experiencing behavioral issues. At the core of T.O.O.L.S. is empowerment.

In addition, Dr. White will work closely with your organization to customize appropriate content to best inform and engage your specific audience. The range of topics includes anxiety, communication, and the role of faith and spirituality in psychological wellbeing.

For more information about booking Dr. White for your next event or having her present to a private group, please contact us.

Topics from Dr. White’s past speaking engagements locally and nationally since 2002:

-Bi-Polar Disorder

-Substance Abuse

-Mental Health Topics

-Impact of Social Media on Brain

-Team Self-Care

-Finding The Right Balance Between Parent and Care Giver

-Creating Visual Snapshots of Client Progress Using Behavioral Data

-Connecting Community and Home With Behavioral Modification Strategies

-Behavior Management Strategies for Staff 

-Effective Behavior Strategies in Any Environment 

-Integrating the Family Into Behavioral Modification Strategies

-Using Cognitive Organizational Strategies as a Behavioral Medication Tool 

 

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FAQ

Once a referral form has been submitted to WBC Counseling, the intake coordinator will contact you with a request for more information.

Once your submitted information has been approved, you will be contacted about an appointment schedule.

Please contact your assigned therapist within 24 hours of your scheduled appointment to cancel.

We are in network with most insurance plans including:

United Health Care

Blue Cross Blue Shield Traditional
Blue Care Network (BCN)
Blue Cross Complete
Medicaid
Veterans Affairs Community Care Network (VACCN-Optum)
Auto Insurance Claims

Stephanie
Ellis

Clinical
Therapist

“Every client is unique. Each story is compelling. In terms of therapeutic technique and
strategy, one size does not fit all. A client-centered philosophy such as mine endeavors to
create a safe environment and develop an alliance with a client while revelation, change,
and personal growth are realized. I go into each and every relationship with the expectation that client quality of life will improve with compassion, encouragement, goal setting, and empowering clients to reach their goals.”

Undergraduate Education: BA in Criminology with a Concentration in Legal Studies from
Eastern Michigan University

Graduate Education: Master of Social Work with a Concentration in Interpersonal Practice
in Mental Health from the University of Michigan
License: Licensed Clinical Master Social Worker

Year Joined WBC: 2021

Personal Profile: Single Mom of 3 children and pet Mom to 4 dogs & 3 cats. Experience
Advocating for Youth in Foster Care, working with individuals & families in Crisis and
Traumatic moments, and providing services to children/adults/families utilizing a variety of
modalities including Crisis Intervention, Grief Support, CBT, DBT, Motivational
Interviewing, and Psychodynamic Practices.

Fanta Doumbia

CLINICAL THERAPIST

“As a therapist, I am mindful that those that I am serving are the experts in their own lives. I work to craft a therapeutic relationship with my clients as a companionship—where I am here to walk alongside this journey of healing with them.”

UNDERGRADUATE EDUCATION: Bachelor of Social Work from University of Michigan-Flint

GRADUATE EDUCATION: Master of Social Work, with a School of Social Work certification from University of Michigan-Ann Arbor

LICENSE: Limited License Master Social Worker (LLMSW)

YEAR JOINED WBC: 2020

PERSONAL PROFILE: Fanta is a proud Detroiter who has resided in Flint since 2014. She is a wife to a supportive husband and mother to two amazing girls. Fanta knew Social Work was her calling at a very young age because she is passionate about the intersection of faith and mental health. In her free time, she loves to drink coffee and watch YouTube videos.
She holds a certification in School Social Work, a specialization in Integrated Health and African-Centered Social Work. She has experience in the school, community mental health (cmh), and hospice settings.

Tyrone Staples

BUSINESS OPERATIONS MANAGER

“There is no limit to what you can do if you don’t care who gets the credit.”

Undergraduate Education: BA in Communications from Wayne State University

Year Joined WBC: 2020

Personal Profile: In his tenure, Tyrone has successfully been in operations management for five various fortune 500 companies, established a flourishing production company and audaciously founded a start-up internet-based company in 2000. It is quite apparent that Tyrone has business management coursing through his veins. His go getter attitude and animated personality is both endearing and contagious. He loves to laugh and smile, and not only encourages, but makes those around him do the same.

Kristin Thompson

ASSISTANT CLINICAL DIRECTOR

“Since I often work with clients in their home, I am very aware of individual boundaries and approach each person with sensitivity and respect. I view my role as one of partnership, working together with clients to help them recognize their strengths and discover their true self as they learn to navigate life after a traumatic brain injury.”

UNDERGRADUATE EDUCATION: BA in Education from Western Oregon University

GRADUATE EDUCATION: MS in Counseling from Oregon State University

LICENSES HELD: Licensed Professional Counselor

YEAR JOINED WBC: 2012

PERSONAL PROFILE: Raised in Portland, Oregon, Kristin is now a Michigan resident. Her educational and employment history includes elementary education and counseling. She enjoys time with family, traveling and being outdoors.

Alexia Middlebrooks

EXECUTIVE ASSISTANT & INTAKE COORDINATOR

Undergraduate Education: BA in Music with a minor in Christian Ministry Leadership from Calvin College

Year Joined WBC: 2015

Personal Profile: “Alexia is passionate about serving people to the best of her ability. Being at WBC Counseling gives her an opportunity to be a part of a team that’s mission is to see their clients succeed, and that brings her so much joy. When she isn’t working at WBC Counseling, you can find her spending time with her family and making music.”

Cheryl McKinney

BILLING MANAGER & CARF COMPLIANCECOORDINATOR

“As someone with a heart for service and a need to help, I have been given many opportunities to utilize these gifts for a great group of professionals at WBC. At the same time, I have been challenged to develop leadership skills, which have enabled me to see how our organization works at many different levels to deliver the services clients and their families most need. It has been a true blessing, not only for myself, but more importantly, for those within my sphere of influence.”

YEAR JOINED WBC: 2008

PERSONAL PROFILE:

Cheryl serves as Billing Manager and CARF Compliance Coordinator at WBC Counseling and is the glue that holds so many of the “pieces” of the company together. Cheryl has been a certified court stenographer in the State of Michigan since 1994 and worked as a freelance court reporter in the Detroit metro area until 2001, when she left the courtroom and began a transcription company, where she continues to edit court and deposition transcripts for court reporters throughout the United States.

Cheryl began working at WBC in 2008 because she could see where God was leading this company and wanted to help Dr. White bring her vision for the company to fruition. Cheryl is an active member of Middlebelt Baptist Church in Inkster, Michigan. She also serves as the site coordinator for the Moody Bible Institute at her church and earned her Christian Worker Certificate from MBI in 2017.

When not at work, Cheryl’s passion is needlework, both knitting and crocheting, specializing in creating prayer shawls through her ministry, Labor of Love.

Michelle Boyle

CLINICAL THERAPIST

“Positive change is a concept that I strongly subscribe to both personally, and professionally. We all have the ability to change. Pursuing a career path in counseling affords me the opportunity to empower those in need, and to help foster positive change their lives.”

UNDERGRADUATE EDUCATION: BA in Psychology from Michigan State University

GRADUATE EDUCATION: MA in Community Counseling with specialization in Art Therapy from Wayne State University

LICENSES:

MA
LPC
CCTP
Clinical Therapist
Art Therapist


YEAR JOINED WBC: 2013, Clinical Internship; 2015, Behavioral Therapist

PERSONAL PROFILE: Michelle resides in Michigan with her husband, daughter, dog, and cat. She enjoys weightlifting, camping, and hiking. Michelle is also a professional visual artist and musician, performing with her husband for special events throughout the year. Michelle also provides art commissions and sells her art online, at art festivals, and in galleries.

Angela Hallisy

CLINICAL THERAPIST

“I am dedicated to the overall health and well-being of every client. Everyone’s needs are different and I tailor my approach to meet each client where they are in life. Together we work to find the path and tools they need.”

UNDERGRADUATE EDUCATION: BA in Psychology and BA in Studio Art from Kenyon College

GRADUATE EDUCATION: MA in Professional Counseling from Central Michigan University

LICENSE: Limited Licensed Professional Counselor>

YEAR JOINED WBC: 2014

PERSONAL PROFILE: Angela was born and raised in Michigan but has spent time living out of state at times for work and school. She enjoys spending time with her family, being outdoors, experimenting with recipes in the kitchen, doing creative arts and photography.

Nicole Pilkus

CLINICAL THERAPIST

The therapy process is about growth, not just for the client, but also for the therapist. As a therapist, I try to be prepared for the unexpected and think on my toes. For me, creativity helps me adapt to the client’s needs in the moment. I enjoy being a support throughout the journey while empowering clients to reach their goals and improve their level of functioning”

SPECIALTY AREAS: Art Therapy

UNDERGRADUATE EDUCATION: BFA-Double concentration in Photography and Art Therapy from Arcadia University

GRADUATE EDUCATION: Master of Arts in Art Therapy from Drexel University

LICENSES: Registered Board Certified Art Therapist; Licensed Professional Counselor

YEAR JOINED WBC: 2016

PERSONAL PROFILE: Nicole was raised in Pennsylvania. She has experience assisting children and families in areas of appropriate expression, communication, behavior modification and parenting skills. Nicole also has experience working with adults in both inpatient and outpatient settings. She values the creative process and often utilizes art therapy techniques in sessions. In her personal life Nicole enjoys creating art, including drawing, painting and photography.

Denise Williams

CLINICAL THERAPIST

“My greatest reward in my profession and in life is when I have been able to encourage and empower individuals to be resilient and to reach their goals.”

Undergraduate Education: BA in Liberal Arts with a minor in psychology from Nazareth College, Kalamazoo, MI

Graduate Education: M.A. in Mental Health Counseling from Sienna Heights University

License: Limited License Professional Counselor

Year Joined WBC: 2018

Personal Profile: Denise is an only child raised by a single mother. Denise is the mother of two children living in Eastpointe MI. She has an extensive background in the mental health field and criminal justice. Denise enjoys spending time with family, traveling, shopping and giving back to those in need.

Don Owen

CLINICAL THERAPIST

“I have been blessed to serve in a helping/counseling role for my entire 25+ year career. I have learned from every person I’ve had the pleasure of serving over the years, and understand fully the importance of empowering others to know they’re an integral part of this world we live in together. I never take life for granted and am so grateful for the opportunity to continue serving those in need.”

Undergraduate Education: Bachelor of Science in Psychology with a Minor in Sociology from Grand Valley State University

Graduate Education: Master of Arts in Counseling from Oakland University

Licenses: Licensed Professional Counselor

Certified Rehabilitation Counselor

National Certified Counselor

Year Joined WBC: 2019

Personal Profile: Don is a Michigander, having been born and raised in Oakland County where he resided until venturing off to the Grand Rapids area to attend GVSU. Don has been a resident of Wayne County since graduating from OU in 1998, and presently resides with his wife Leanna in Livonia, MI. Their blended family encompasses 2 handsome sons, 2 beautiful daughters, and 3 furry lovable felines. Don has been in the field of Human Services since 1989; having served as a professional counselor since 1998. He enjoys spending time with his family, traveling, reading, participating in fellowship opportunities at his church, and is an avid sports fan.

Crenesha
Foster

Office
Assistant

“You don’t know how strong you are until being strong is the ONLY choice you have”

“Life is so short. grudges are a waste of time. Laugh when you can, apologize when you should and trust God with what you cannot change.”

Year Joined WBC: 2021

Personal Profile:

Crenesha serves as an Office Assistant for White Behavioral Consultants. She has a talent for quickly mastering new task and fostering an attitude that incorporates teamwork and high ethics. She always puts her best foot forward and strives to do the best she can.  Laughing and smiling is one of her favorite things to do. As well as doing nails and loving on her fur babies.

Cherita Hill

ACADEMIC SUPPORT SPECIALIST

“I teach to pay it forward. Throughout my life my parents, educators and community members have shared their gifts with me of loving others and keeping an open mind fostering my passionate willingness to learn.”

Undergraduate Education: BS in Biology from Marygrove College

Graduate Education: MEd in Education from Marygrove College Certification:

Licenses: Michigan Provisional Certification [Elementary K-5, all subjects; K-8 self-contained; Science (DX) 5-8]

YEAR JOINED WBC: 2017

PERSONAL PROFILE: Cherita is a proud product of the Detroit Public School System where she graduated with honors. She continued her education at Marygrove College, earning both a Bachelor of Science in biology and a Master’s in Education. She has joyfully taught children of all ages for more than 18 years

Amanda Brown

CLINICAL THERAPIST

UNDERGRADUATE EDUCATION: Bachelors in Psychology from Michigan State University

GRADUATE EDUCATION: Masters in School Counseling and Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Wayne State University

YEAR JOINED WBC: 2021

PERSONAL PROFILE: Amanda was born in Metro Detroit and is very energetic and filled with excitement to be able to work with various clients to meet their unique needs and make a difference in their lives. She enjoys spending her weekends outdoors in Northern Michigan waterskiing, snow skiing, and boating.

Dr. Michele White

Owner-WBC Counseling

Dr. Michele T. White is the owner of WBC Counseling, P.C. She is a Limited Licensed Psychologist and Licensed Professional Counselor with a Ph.D. in Counseling from Wayne State University, and a Master’s degree in Clinical Psychology from the University of Detroit Mercy.

Dr. White has been in the traumatic brain injury field for over 30 years. During her TBI career, she has served in a wide range of roles; Case Manager, Claims Adjuster, Therapist, Clinical Director, Director of Operations. Having served in these various roles, Dr. White has the ability to see a behavioral file from many angles and implement successful strategies.

Christine McKinney

Medical Billing Specialist

“I believe that dreams can become reality. Even though achieving success is hard work, having faith and being dedicated make it possible. As long as you believe, anything is possible.”

UNDERGRADUATE EDUCATION: BA in Business Administration w/ concentration in management from Central State University

YEAR JOINED WBC: 2013

PERSONAL PROFILE:

Christine serves as the Medical Billing Specialist at WBC Counseling. Christine has been with WBC since October 2013, when she hired in as the Special Projects Assistant. Christine is a master hair braider and serves her clientele under the name Creative Hair Braiding by Christine McKinney.
She is dedicated to hard work and becoming the best she can be. She is also unique, loving, and often told that she is “one of a kind”.

Christine McKinney

Medical Billing
Specialist

“I believe that dreams can become reality. Even though achieving success is hard work, having faith and being dedicated make it possible. As long as you believe, anything is possible.”

UNDERGRADUATE EDUCATION: BA in Business Administration w/ concentration in management from Central State University

YEAR JOINED WBC: 2013

PERSONAL PROFILE:

Christine serves as the Medical Billing Specialist at WBC Counseling. Christine has been with WBC since October 2013, when she hired in as the Special Projects Assistant. Christine is a master hair braider and serves her clientele under the name Creative Hair Braiding by Christine McKinney.
She is dedicated to hard work and becoming the best she can be. She is also unique, loving, and often told that she is “one of a kind”.

Lanaya Jones

Clinical Therapist

Hi! My name is Lanaya Jones and I am a Clinical Therapist here at WBC Counseling. My ultimate goal is to promote self-awareness and emotional intelligence in individuals so that they can reach their full potential.

I studied Social Work with a concentration in children and families and earned a Bachelor’s degree in Social Work and a Master’s degree in Social Work from Eastern Michigan University.

I am a proud parent of a fur baby that I absolutely adore and I like to ride motorcycles and travel in my free time!

EDUCATION:
Bachelor’s degree / Social Work

Master’s degree / Social Work

YEAR JOINED WBC: 2021

Alex Regan

Clinical Therapist

“Therapy is a journey that looks different for everyone. My approach is guided by the clients’ needs, personalities, and personal goals. It’s important to meet each person where they are at in life. I strive to provide a safe, comfortable, and non-judgmental environment.”

Undergraduate Education: B.A. in Psychology (Minor: Communication) from Saginaw Valley State University

Graduate Education: M.A. in Social Work (Concentration: Interpersonal) from Wayne State University

Licenses: Limited Licensed Master Social Worker (LLMSW)

YEAR JOINED WBC: 2021

PERSONAL PROFILE: Born in Texas and raised in Michigan. Currently, a resident of Canton, MI. Alex knew his passion was counseling from an early age. He has experience working with adults and adolescents in outpatient and private practice settings. Alex enjoys spending his free time creating and listening to music, biking, writing, attending sporting events, and studying
cosmology.

Ashanti
McNeal

Clinical Therapist

“I chose this profession because I want to be the person for others that I needed growing up.”

Undergraduate Education: BA in Sociology with a minor in Medical Sociology from Ferris State University

Graduate Education: Master of Social Work (Distinction) from Ferris State University

License: Limited License Master Social Worker

Year Joined WBC: 2021

Personal Profile: Born & raised in Flint Michigan, Ashanti has widespread experience working with youth who have been abused and/or neglected, as well as youth who are in the juvenile justice system. She considers herself a “Jill of All Trades” as she is a Clinical Therapist, Chef, Video Game Designer, etc

MAIA WARREN

Clinical Director

“As a therapist, I pride myself on creating a warm, inviting environment for the individuals I serve. Each day I get a chance to make a difference in their lives and ultimately they end up changing mine. It’s an amazing feeling to do what I love every day!”

UNDERGRADUATE EDUCATION: Bachelor of Science in Biology with a Minor in Chemistry from Xavier University of Louisiana

GRADUATE EDUCATION: Master of Arts in Rehabilitation Counseling from Wayne State University

LICENSES: Licensed Professional Counselor Certified Rehabilitation Counselor

YEAR JOINED WBC: 2010

PERSONAL PROFILE: Maia is a single mom of two children living in Belleville, MI. She has been in the field of counseling since 1998 and has served in a number of different roles: rehabilitation specialist, sheltered workshop and enclave program supervisor, return to work specialist, behavioral therapist and most recently, clinical director.