Mishelle Rodriguez, Founder, PhD
Mishelle has more than 10 years of experience providing counseling in university counseling centers, community mental health settings and private practice. Mishelle approaches counseling from a relational cultural perspective, with the goal of understanding each client as a whole person, with an appreciation for their intersecting identities, relationships, roles, and environments they are navigating. She integrates tools like self-compassion, shame resilience and mindfulness with other therapeutic approaches including Dialectical Behavioral (DBT) and Acceptance and Commitment (ACT).
MIshelle is often sought out by clients who are reluctant to try counseling (including people of color, men, athletes, and survivors of complex trauma). She is passionate about working with clients through times of intense difficulty, as well as everyday stressors and goals for growth. Her areas of specialization include family of origin issues, relationship concerns, self-esteem, perfectionism, sport psychology, multicultural issues, and trauma.
Mishelle currently serves as the president of the Metro Detroit chapter of the Association of Black Psychologists. She is the founder of The Melanin Collective, an organization that serves as an online educational resource and host of local events for Black mental health and well-being. Through The Melanin Collective she is able to utilize her passion for incorporating Black films, television shows, music and art as a tool for opening up discussions about Black mental health concerns, and bringing the Black community together to use its internal strengths and wisdom for healing and growth. Mishelle does training and speaking engagements related to Black mental health, cultural trauma, self-care for activists, stress related to the socio-political climate, trauma-informed counseling, and multicultural consciousness/competence.
LaTonya Demps, LLMSW
LaTonya believes clients enter therapy with their own internal resilience and strength. She hopes to engage in a collaborative therapeutic process where clients feel supported in a warm, non-judgmental, safe environment where they can gain new insight and feel empowered to achieve their goals for wellness. Her therapeutic style is integrative, strength-based, multicultural, and informed by individual needs. She often draws from psychodynamic, interpersonal, family systems, CBT, emotionally-focused, and mindfulness techniques.
Some of LaTonya's areas of professional interest include multicultural counseling, identity development, life transitions, family-of-origin concerns, couples counseling & relationship concerns, crisis management & trauma, and students (first-generation, transfer, and non-traditional students).
Ebony M. Watson, LLMSW
While many therapists simply treat the symptoms, Ebony Watson knows firsthand that one can’t truly heal until they identify the root cause of concern. With extensive knowledge and experience in treating substance abuse and self-esteem issues, to suicide ideation and depression. Ebony has worked with adolescents and adults of all backgrounds and cultures for more than six years. Known for her authentic, non-judgmental approach to counseling, individuals not only feel safe to share their thoughts and feelings with her—but they also leave empowered to pursue their full potential in life.
Watson obtained a dual degree from Virginia Union University in both Social Work and Criminal Justice. She later went on to complete her Master’s of Social Work degree at the University of Michigan. Working with students from Detroit, Michigan, all the way to Cape Town, South Africa, Watson has mastered the art of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, where she works strategically with children and/or families to alter interactions and interrupt negative patterns of behavior.