About Us

About Us


Thomas Parella, PhD, LPC and Jennifer Werries, PhD, LPC, NCC, ACS are the Co-founders of New Pathways Counseling. Tom holds a doctorate in General Psychology with an Emphasis on Cognition and Instruction from Grand Canyon University; Jennifer earned her doctorate in Leadership with a Specialization in Counselor Education and Supervision from the University of the Cumberlands. Both are graduates of Seton Hall University's Masters Program in Professional Counseling, and are licensed to practice as independent therapists by the State of Michigan. In addition to their role as therapists, Tom and Jennifer have been involved in the education of future therapists. Jennifer has served as faculty for the University of the Cumberlands, and both have served as faculty for Seton Hall University and Central Michigan University.

Jennifer also holds a M.A. in Professional Counseling from Seton Hall University as well as a B.S. and M.S. in Music Education, and Tom holds a B.A. in Psychology and an A.A. in Music Education. Their shared musical background has allowed each an opportunity to bring music into the therapeutic setting on numerous of occasions, as an effective adjunct to traditional therapy.
Prior to entering private practice, Jennifer worked as a therapist at Shelterhouse of Midland and Gladwin Counties and is a Certified Trauma Treatment Specialist, while Tom provided counseling at Ocean Township, NJ Dept. of Human Services as well as Ocean Township High School and specializes in grief, loss, and couples counseling. Together, their professional experience includes: individual counseling, depression, mental health issues, life transitions, cultural lifestyles (religious, racial, sexual), grief and loss, trauma, addictions, eating disorders, relationships, stress management, abuse/sexuality, interpersonal violence, social issues, crisis intervention, group and family therapy, adults, adolescents, children, and aging. Additional training includes crisis intervention/psychological first aid, working with military veterans, and issues related to human trafficking. Jennifer is trained in Eye-Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), an effective approach with a number of therapeutic applications. She is also an Approved Clinical Supervisor (ACS) and a Certified Trauma Treatment Specialist (CTTS).

Tom 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.

NPCS Family

Heather O'Farrell, MA, LLPC Heather completed a Master of Arts degree in Professional Counseling from Central Michigan University, which included an internship at the Bay Area Women's center.  Heather gained vast experience at her internship where she worked with survivors of trauma within the Domestic and Sexual Violence Services program serving adults, adolescents, and children.  Her training involved supervised experience in the following areas: grief and loss, trauma, addictions, relationships, stress management, abuse, sexuality, interpersonal violence, social issues, crisis intervention, and group experience.  In addition to her graduate work, Heather is trained in the Prepare and Enrich Couples Assessment tool.  She is also certified in Trauma Focused-Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, and has undergone specialized training in EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) Therapy.  Heather also holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Central Michigan University where she studied Psychology,   We are proud and excited to have her with us!

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 evening hours available by appointment. Our premises are handicap accessible and fully ADA compliant.

Please feel free to contact us for more information.