Thomas Parella, PhD, LPC, NCC and Jennifer Werries, PhD, LPC, NCC, ACS, CTTS are the Co-founders of New Pathways Counseling. Tom holds a doctorate in Psychology and is a graduate of Seton Hall University's Masters Program in Professional Counseling. Jennifer earned her doctorate in Leadership with a Specialization in Counselor Education and Supervision from the University of the Cumberlands. Both are licensed as therapists by the State of Michigan, and are members in good standing of the Michigan Mental Health Counselors Association and the American Counseling Association. Tom and Jennifer are also members of the National Board of Certified Counselors. In addition to their role as therapists, Jennifer is adjunct faculty for the University of the Cumberlands and both have served as professors for Seton Hall University and Central Michigan University, where they are responsible for the education and training of future therapists.
Thomas and Jennifer share a holistic counseling approach drawing mainly from Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy and Interpersonal Cognitive Therapy, but it is not limited to the interventions connected by these theories. Change is dependent on your work and ours, so while it is impossible to guarantee specific results, we will work together to achieve the best possible outcomes. What we can guarantee is that you will be met with compassion, acceptance, understanding, and support through whatever issues or challenges you may be facing.
Rebecca A. Meisner, MA, LPC Rebecca holds a Master of Arts degree in Professional Counseling from Central Michigan University. She has received training and supervision at the Human Development Clinic at Central Michigan University, where she also holds a Bachelor of Science Degree with majors in Psychology and Child Development. Rebecca’s training experiences include working with addictions, human development, sexuality, children, and multicultural identities. During her undergraduate studies she gained experience and knowledge in marriage and family studies, child development, and human sexuality. Rebecca is currently undergoing special training to become a registered play therapist, to enhance her work with children and young people. Rebecca is also certified in administering the Prepare-Enrich couples assessment tool to enhance her work with couples. She is a skilled clinician, and we are proud to have her working with us!
Ashleigh Sexton, LLPC Ashleigh holds a Master of Arts degree in Professional and School Counseling from Central Michigan University. Her training has consisted of practicum and internship courses which included individual and group supervision as well as videotaped supervised training at the Center for Community Counseling and Development Clinic at Central Michigan University. Ashleigh holds a Bachelor of Science Degree with a major in Psychology and a minor in Substance Abuse Education: Prevention, Intervention and Treatment from Central Michigan University. Ashleigh is also trained in administering the Prepare-Enrich couples assessment tool to enhance her work with couples. A skilled clinician, she is an asset to our NPCS family!
Dee Burzynski, Office Manager Dee is a self-motivated administrative professional with extensive experience overseeing office operations. She is an energetic and responsible Office Manager skilled in working with a diverse group of people showing compassion and caring in all that she does. Dee is well-versed in mediating conflict and running efficient daily business operations. She has a background as a high-performing Administrative Assistant with an impressive record delivering results. She enjoys helping others to live life to its fullest. In her free time, Dee loves spending time with her family, traveling, helping out on her son's soccer team, and volunteering wherever needed. We're glad to have her with us!
New Pathways Offices are generally open weekdays from 9:30am to 5:30 pm M-Th, and 9:30-2:00 pm on Fridays. with walk-in clients or inquiries welcome. Evening hours are available by appointment. Our premises are handicap accessible and fully ADA compliant.
Please feel free to contact us for more information.