I am a Northern Michigan local and grew up in small town Onaway. I always hoped to be lucky enough to be able return to my roots while getting to do what I love. You may have heard of me or been referred to me by my maiden name, Alisha Thompson.
I started my education at North Central Michigan College and transferred to Western Michigan University to complete my Bachelors of Science. At the time of starting my graduate education (and I believe this to still be true), WMU held the only Master’s level program specifically for Marriage, Couple, and Family Counseling in all of Michigan. I completed my Master of Arts in 2012.
While living in Kalamazoo, I worked in a supervisor position at a crisis hotline center. With this experience I have extensive training in crisis management, suicide prevention, as well as information and referral. As part of my counseling program, I facilitated groups, and worked with diverse populations for individual, family, and couple counseling services. After relocating to Northern Michigan in early 2012 until October 2014, I conducted mental status and substance use screens for multiple counties in the surrounding area for the Northern Michigan Regional Entity (previously known as the Northern Affiliation).
I am currently a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT) and Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) in the state of Michigan. I am also a Nationally Certified Counselor (NCC). I am a member of the American Counseling Association and attend various trainings and seminars on topics related to counseling.
In my free time I enjoy painting, cooking, gardening, and being outdoors. I have two English springer spaniels who enjoy walks, swimming, and playing tug of war. You may even see them in the office from time to time.