Therapy is about self-acceptance and self-love. It is acknowledging who you are and who you want to be. Pregnancy and parenting bring unique changes that challenge your identity and dramatically affect your relationships. If you find yourself anxious, depressed, fearful or lost, reach out for support. If you're struggling to cope or adjust to the changes, therapy can help. There is no shame in needing support during this time. Babies in arms are welcome.
Insurance Accepted: BC Complete, BCBS of MI, BCN of MI, Beacon Health, Cigna Behavioral, HAP/Healthplus, Mclaren Commercial, Mclaren Medicaid, Medicaid of MI, Meridian medicaid, Optum/UBH/UHC, Priority Health, "Private" and Sliding Scale Available.
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Nature’s Playhouse offers Telehealth! What is Telehealth?
Telehealth, also referred to as telemental health and telebehavioral health, allows for you to receive the same therapeutic support you would in our office, but at home. The same laws apply to telehealth regarding confidentiality and HIPAA, as they do when your sessions are face-to-face in the office at Nature’s Playhouse. All counseling services are offered by our licensed therapists each having specialized training in maternal mental health.
Meet Our Counselors
Emily Bremer, LLMSW
Emily is a limited license social worker who has worked with a wide range of clients from adults to teenagers to children. She has worked extensively with people of diverse cultural backgrounds. Emily has experience working with clients who have experienced trauma, abuse, grief and loss, mood disorders, behavioral disorders, family conflict, physical illness, parenting struggles, and general stress and life transitions.
Emily uses an integrative approach, rooted in attachment and psychodynamic principles, and she often incorporates a family systems perspective into therapy. She also has a strong foundation in cognitive behavioral techniques, play therapy, and mindfulness-based techniques.
Emily is a relational therapist who operates from a strengths-based perspective. She is a firm believer in establishing a trusting and collaborative partnership with clients. It is important to her that clients feel safe, heard, accepted, and respected so they can overcome adversity and grow and thrive.
Emily is comfortable working with parents of children of all ages. As a mother of three young children, she understands how hard it can be to transition into the role as a parent. She appreciates the absolute joys of having children but also the depth of frustration, fear, and despair that parenting can bring.
Ruth Blake, LMSW
Ruth is a Licensed Master Social Worker (LMSW). Her post-secondary education began at Central Michigan University where she earned a Bachelor’s of Science in Psychology & Family Studies, later followed by a Master’s of Social Work with a concentration in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy from Wayne State University.
Ruth has prior experience in Child Welfare as well as Community Mental Health. Currently, Ruth works as a clinician in a school based environment where she provides emotional and mental health services and support to students, parents, and school personnel.
Ruth’s compassion for working with children and families has deepened tremendously as she embarked on her newest position as a mother to a handsome and energetic son. Ruth has shown herself capable of providing not only compassion, but empathy and care to parents and children. This connection allows for Ruth to continue to grow and gain knowledge in relation to attachment and Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders.
Ruth meets clients where they are at and has experience needed to provide a variety of treatment modalities to ensure the best practices to each and every child and family, based on needs. She has worked with a variety of treatment modalities including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Trauma-Informed, Strength-Based Therapy, Solution-Focus Brief Therapy, and Person-Centered Therapy.
Karie Glide, LMSW
Karie is a Licensed Master Social Worker receiving her undergrad from Madonna University and her master’s from University of Illinois at Chicago. She has worked as a therapist with all ages but specializes in working with Deaf and Hard of Hearing. Karie has worked with a variety of treatment modalities including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Trauma Focused- Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Acceptance Commitment Therapy and Play Therapy. This range of treatment allows her to work with clients where they are at and use tools that are most fitting to their needs at that moment. Amidst her serious work she also enjoys incorporating Circus Arts Therapy founded by Carrie Heller at Circus Arts Institute in Atlanta, GA. Circus Arts Therapy is a unique play therapy tool focusing on circus activities. This allows for movement in the therapy space which increases confidence, coordination and psychological well-being.
Linsey Higgins, LMSW
Linsey is a licensed master clinical social worker with specific training in perinatal mood and anxiety disorders. She is the mother of two daughters and deeply understands the challenges that pregnancy and parenting bring. She has worked in a wide range of social work settings, in the US and abroad, but as she transitioned into motherhood herself, a passion was born for supporting other pregnant and parenting people. Linsey utilizes a cognitive-behavioral therapy treatment modality which is highly practical and solutions-focused. She has an inclusive view of family, sexuality, and gender, and wants to support families in reaching their own goals.
Mikki Hill, LMSW
Mikki is a licensed master’s social worker has a Level III Infant Mental Health Endorsement through the Michigan Association of Infant Mental Health. She has specific training and experience with Perinatal Anxiety and Mood Disorders and attachment relationships between parents and young children. She has worked in Community Mental Health settings for community at Head Start’s, GSRP’s and preschools for over 10 years.
Although Mikki’s work in Infant Mental Health and attachment relationships began before she had children, having children only deepened her passion in working with families to strengthen bonding and attachment. Other professional certifications include child proofing assessments, through the International Association of Child Safety; and infant massage instructor, through Infant Massage USA.
Amariah Houseknecht, LMSW
Life is not a straight road. It is sometimes smooth, sometimes rough, and hazardous more than we might wish it to be. It is at these times that we seek guidance, a helping hand to navigate the journey. As a Licensed Masters Level Clinical Social Workerwith over sixteen years of experience, Amariah has offered her professional support to individuals and families within community mental health settings, residential facilities, domestic violence shelters, and crisis centers.A nurturer by nature, Amariah offers a modern approach to mental health caregiving that harmoniously blends mind-body practices like yoga and mindfulness with evidenced-based treatment models. She is certified as both a Trauma-Informed Cognitive Behavioral Therapy practitioner and Child Mental Health Professional, with specialized training in Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders, Trauma-Informed Yoga, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, and Mindfulness Coaching with children and adults.
As a registered Yoga Teacher (RYT-200) and mother of two, Amariah uses every experience and wellness modality at her fingertips to support adults, new parents, and children in recovery from trauma, depression, anxiety, and grief. Her approach to healing is holistic and heart-centered. Amariah is dedicated to helping each individual discover their own path to embodying their best selves.
Meira Kosofsky, MSW Intern
Meira is an intern at Nature’s Playhouse. She is receiving her MSW from Wurzweiler School of Social Work. Meira studied abroad in Israel for her undergraduate studies. She received a Bachelor's in Liberal Arts with a focus on education and psychology.
Meira has supported children and families in multiple spheres, including school settings and therapeutic programs. She is passionate about helping children work through challenges using the medium of play. Meira has experience with the Greenspan Floortime Approach of encouraging healthy development. This method taught her to build upon childrens’ inherent strengths by creating a strong, trusting relationship. Meira has also worked with individuals who have developmental disabilities. In her previous internship, she helped provide support and social connection to children and young adults with special needs, both in-person and virtually. Meira is excited about this new opportunity to connect with families.
Tiffany Murray, LMSW
Tiffany is a fully licensed master level clinical social worker specially trained in perinatal mood and anxiety disorders. After adapting to her own transition through pregnancy and early motherhood with her daughter and working through her own post-partum anxiety and depression journey, Tiffany found the experience of coping with her transition to be a challenge that sparked the motivation to work with others experiencing the same.
Tiffany also has experience in working with those who are struggling to cope with grief and loss and the unique dynamic that a loss can present whether it’s a loss of a sense of self through major transitions in life such as marriage, pregnancy, parenthood, career development or the loss of a relationship or loved one. Tiffany has experience in applying theories such as psychodynamic and cognitive behavioral as well as adapting a strengths-based model and emotion focused approach to her work with clients.
Tiffany supports a team approach with clients to strengthen the interpersonal connection and communication challenges that they may experience as further challenges during these life changes.
Tiffany also has experience in working as a clinical hospice social worker and within a part time teaching role at Wayne State University School of Social Work.
Heidi Stamper, LLPC
Heidi is a limited license clinical mental health counselor. A two time survivor of perinatal mood disorders she has worked in the maternal mental health field for over seven years through peer support and training. Heidi has training through Postpartum Support International, The Bloom Foundation and Postpartum Progress focusing on postpartum mood disorders, treatment and therapy.
The family system is complex and not linear, real life experience brought Heidi into this profession. It is her goal to help mothers and families transition into parenthood and beyond as well as to navigate any obstacles through positive coping skills and self-reflection.
Ericka Tripp, Clinical Mental Health Counseling Intern, State Certified Secondary Educator
Ericka is a native Detroiter and an autism mom, who aspires to offer affordable mental and behavioral health services in her hometown. In 2006, she received her Bachelor of Science degree in Sociology and English Language Arts for secondary education from Eastern Michigan University. After graduating cum laude, she began her teaching career in Detroit public and charter school districts, where she has taught, mentored, advised, and advocated for more than 10 years.
Ericka is currently pursuing a master’s degree in clinical mental health/ community counseling from Wayne State University and is looking forward to completion in December 2020. She has experience with providing one-on-one therapy sessions, facilitating group therapy, and performing and deciphering appraisals and testing for career interests, anxiety, depression, and etc. Ericka also uses art for therapeutic purposes and is excited to be a part of the village at Nature’s Playhouse.