OUR COUNSELORS

Meet Our Counselors and Office Staff

At Life Skills Psychological Services PC, we have licensed and experienced counselors who will devote their time and knowledge for your complete mental well-being. We accept most of the major insurance plans that include Medicare and Medicaid. Call us today to schedule an appointment!
James Benthem - Ph.D., L.P.

James Benthem - PhD, L.P.

Dr. Benthem has been serving the Northern Michigan community since 1992. Previously, he was a staff psychologist for 12 years at Pine Rest Christian Hospital. Dr. Benthem specializes in anxiety disorders and treatment of depressive disorders. He works with a broad age spectrum from children through the geriatric population.
Steve Osborn - Ph.D., L.P., BCFE

Steve Osborn - PhD, L.P., BCFE

Dr. Steve Osborn has a PhD degree in psychology from the Union Institute of Professional Psychology, specializing in both clinical and forensic psychology. He is a licensed psychologist who has worked in the mental health field since 1976.

He is a board-certified forensic psychologist, Diplomate of the American Board of Psychological Specialties and Fellow of the American College of Forensic Examiners. He has received certification in clinical hypnosis from the American Society of Clinical Hypnosis, certification from the International Board of Child Psychotherapists, and registration through the Association of Play Therapy.
 
Approximately one-half of Dr. Osborn’s practice is with children and adolescents and one-half with adults. He has expertise in the evaluation and treatment of the various developmental disabilities, Autism and Asperger, attention deficit disorder, learning disabilities, mood and anxiety disorders, dissociative and post-traumatic stress disorders, thought disturbance, personality disorders, behavioral disturbances, alcohol and drug problems, work-related stress, and relationship issues.
 
Dr. Osborn’s forensic practice has focused on custody work and other issues related to the best interests of the child, civil competency, evaluation (risk assessment) and treatment of sexual offenders, victims of sexual abuse, domestic violence, and parental fitness. He has been qualified as an expert witness in a number of jurisdictions.
Michelle Morse - Ph.D, LP, LPC

Michelle Morse - PhD, LP, LPC

Dr. Morse works with children, adolescents, and adults. She specializes in working with traumatized individuals. Dr. Morse is an EMDR therapist registered through EMDRIA and a Trauma and Loss Consultant. She has over 20 years experience with family issues such as domestic violence, sexual assault, child abuse and neglect. EMDR is effective for both major and minor traumas with people of all ages. Other areas of interest include body image issues, anxiety, depression, stress, grief, divorce adjustment, relationship and parenting issues, behavior management, and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder.
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Bryan Salminen - PhD, LPC

Dr. Bryan R. Salminen is a licensed professional counselor, a licensed marriage and family therapist, and a clinical member of the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy. Dr. Salminen has served as pastor for over 30 years, a professor, and a therapist in a variety of settings.

He is the cofounder and developer of Zoe (www.zoescore.com), an online marital and premarital counseling tool used by over 5,000 clinicians. Dr. Salminen specializes in marriage therapy, working with couples or individuals within the marriage context.

He works with individuals struggling with depression, anxiety, meaning and purpose in life, and spirituality issues. He sees clients who deal with a variety of presenting problems and help them focus on strengths, solutions, and resilience.
Milinda Cuddeback - MA, LPC, SCL

Milinda Cuddeback - MA, LPC, SCL

Milinda is a Michigan-Licensed Professional Counselor who provides therapeutic services to children, adolescents, and adults. Milinda is certified in the areas of drug and alcohol addiction, school guidance and careers, trauma, and loss.

In addition, Milinda is experienced in the areas of body image issues and eating disorders, self-harming behaviors, anxiety or stress, depression, adolescent behavior management, family conflict, sexual assault, and domestic violence.
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Danette Crozier - LMSW

Danette is a clinical social worker with over 17 years of experience working with children, adolescents, and families. She is currently working with children and adults who need support for anxiety, depression, life changes and adjustments, school-related stress, and trauma. Danette is trained to do a range of social-emotional evaluations as well as individual therapy.
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Gunther Schwartz - PhD, LLP

Dr. Schwartz earned his PhD from Andrews University in Berrien Springs, MI. He specializes in the treatment of children, adolescents, and adults using individual, marital, and family sessions. Dr. Schwartz has more than 20 years of experience working as a clinician and administrator in the mental health field.

He consults schools, businesses, and organizations relating to mental health, wellness, and performance. Dr. Schwartz brings a warm, caring, and energetic presence to the counseling experience and his clients appreciate the open, engaging, and active way he conducts the counseling session. He integrates a Christian perspective into the research-based, best practice counseling modalities that he uses.

Gary Berkebile - MA, LLP

Gary is a School Psychologist who has worked in two intermediate school districts in Michigan for 44 years. As a member of our team, he has provided diagnostic services for learning disabilities, cognitive and emotional impairments, Autism, ADHD, and other special education disabilities.

He has provided assessments for preschool children through adults. Gary has provided diagnostic services to adolescents and adults in two residential delinquent centers in Michigan, a youth correctional institution, and Michigan Rehabilitation Services as well as intellectual assessments in determination of disability services.

Saige Twombly, MA

Saige is currently a doctoral candidate pursuing her Psy.d. in Clinical Psychology from Midwestern University in Glendale, AZ. She has clinical experience working with children, adolescents, and adults. Areas of interest include depression, anxiety, behavior management, substance abuse, and adjustment to life changes. Saige also provides psychological testing and diagnosis of mental health disorders.
In therapy, Saige works from Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) framework supplemented with relaxation techniques, family systems theory, motivational interviewing, and other skill sets to match the interests and needs of her clients.
Matt VanDerMeulen, MA, LLP
Matt is a doctoral candidate pursuing a Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology, with a focus on Neuropsychology at the University of the Rockies in Denver, Colorado. He is a Limited Licensed Psychologist in the State of Michigan, and a Licensed Professional Counselor in the State of Colorado. He completed his Master's degree in Clinical Psychology at the Illinois School of Professional Psychology in Chicago in 2009. Matt has expereince as an outpatient therapist working with children, adolescents, and adults. Most recently , doing out-patient therapy with the Community Reach Center in Denver, CO., Summit Point in Battle Creek, MI and treatment coordinator for Starr Commonwealth in Albion, MI. Matt's focus in recent years has been treating clients and families with substance abuse and addiction struggles, anger, aggression, depression, anxiety and adjustment issues. Matt also has experience working with indiciduals struggling with Autism, other developmental disabilities and neurological symptom related to Traumatic Brain Injuries.

Our Staff

  • Nancy Dilloway - Office Manager / Billing Specialist
  • Lisa Sylvester - Receptionist and Administrative Assistant

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