Lisa Carpenter, M.A.,L.P.C., is the founder and lead therapist at Center of Hope Counseling. After 15 years of experience working in the field of counseling, Lisa became passionate about helping individuals struggling with Eating Disorders. Since then she has had extensive training in the treatment of eating and co-existing disorders including anxiety, depression, and body image issues. In addition to her 22 years of providing individual counseling, Lisa has developed and facilitates group counseling experiences which she finds to be an important part of the recovery process. Her dream to provide comprehensive services which includes, individualized therapy, group counseling, mindfully based yoga classes, and case collaboration with treatment team members including medical professionals and Registered Dietitians came to fruition when she opened Center of Hope in 2016.
Jennifer Showers, M.A.,L.P.C. has 13 years of experience in the field of counseling. She specializes in working with individuals who have anxiety, depression and difficulty regulating emotions. Jennifer also works with Emotional and Binge Eating Disorders. Her exceptional DBT and CBT skills help her clients gain the skills necessary to recover and manage life effectively.
Jenny Giegler, MA, LLPC is a graduate from CMU, She started working with Center of Hope in 2016 as a CMU Counseling Intern. During her internship, Jenny developed and facilitated a Group Therapeutic experience focusing on building Self Esteem in adolescents struggling with Body Dysmorphia, Depression and Social Anxiety. Jenny specializes in working with children, adolescents, and young adults struggling with anxiety and depression. Her therapeutic approach includes CBT, Person Centered and Mindfully Based practices. She plans to continue building her expertise in those areas by providing mindfully based practices to the community. Jenny is hopeful to help individuals prevent the recurrence of anxiety and depressive episodes.
Ashlee Atkinson MA, LLPC has worked in a number of positions from administration to most recently counselor at Center of Hope Counseling since 2016 and prior to that as an undergraduate intern with Lisa since 2013. Ashlee specializes in the treatment of Eating Disorders, Family Counseling, and holds a Prepare & Enrich certification to work with couples and families. Ashlee has attended several conferences to learn about treatment perspectives for eating disorders during both her undergraduate and graduate studies. She has also been involved with the National Eating Disorder Association (NEDA) to chair the NEDA walk of Mount Pleasant in 2015, bringing community awareness to eating disorders and allowing a place for celebration of recovery. Ashlee also plans to start a family and caregiver support group in her time at Center of Hope, delving into her dreams of educating caregivers and community members on how to stay helpful and involved in the care of loved ones.
Katie is a Licensed Professional Counselor and a National Certified Counselor. She has earned a Master of Arts degree in Professional Counseling, as well as a Master of Science degree in Nutrition and Health. Katie works with adults and teenagers, and specializes in treating eating disorders, trauma, body image issues, depression, and anxiety. She is a Certified Clinical Trauma Professional, working towards her certification as an Eating Disorders Specialist, and is trained in EMDR.
Courtney Roberts M.A., L.P.C. is a Licensed Professional Counselor and earned her Masters Degree in Professional Counseling from Central Michigan University in 2009. She provides individual and couples counseling for adults, and her experience is focused in working with anxiety, depression, adjustment issues, relationship, and marital issues. In addition to her extensive work in those areas, Courtney is also a Certified Advanced Alcohol and Drug Counselor (CAADC) through the State of Michigan.
Shelby Carson, MA, LLPC is a graduate from Central Michigan University and obtained her degree in 2018. She provides individual counseling in the areas of anxiety, depression and adjustment issues. Shelby holds a Prepare & Enrich certification to work with couples and has experience working with the substance abuse population. Her experience is focused in working with high school/college students and adults. Although various therapeutic approaches and techniques are utilized, Shelby mainly focuses on utilizing skills and interventions from the cognitive behavioral therapy and the dialectical behavior therapy approaches.
Sigmund Freud is our Office ESA. He enjoys spending his time playing with hair ties and meeting our clients in the waiting area. He loves to cuddle and has been a great addition to our staff!