What brings you to my office? The answers to this question are as varied as are the people who seek counseling with me. You may have a problem or disappointment with your health, self-esteem/worth, relationships, school, work, mood, or boundaries. People reach out to me when, despite being very capable, they have not been able to get their lives on the course that they desire.
I believe that the changes and healing you want to accomplish can be brought about by the combination of my skills, your knowledge of yourself, and the strong working relationship that we will establish together.
The therapeutic relationship provides a safe and supportive environment for you, your child, or family to change what’s not working. I will help you to understand your emotions and promote hope in your every day life. I am a solution-focused and client-centered therapist using a variety of techniques including: CBT, insight-building, mindfulness, & strength
My practice, LifeSpring Counseling Services, will work with you to construct a custom-designed plan to help you manage your every day life and walk with you as you work toward positive changes. LifeSpring helps you to hope!
National Board for Certified Counselors
RANDY COLE, MA, LPC
Hi, my name is Randy Cole and I am a licensed professional counselor and received my Master of Arts in Counseling from Spring Arbor University. It has been both an honor and pleasure to have successfully worked with clients who are experiencing anxiety, depression, grief, fear, compulsions, addictions, marital issues, and many other metal health challenges. I strive to partner with my clients to assist them in overcoming their struggles. By listening in a nonjudgmental fashion, inquiring about their lives, and examining client’s thoughts, experiences, and difficulties, we together will formulate a plan and guide you to a path of hope, recovery, and prosperity.
I have many years of life experience and the growth that goes along with it. I have previously worked for 28 years as a corrections officer for the Michigan Department of Corrections, have coached high school aged youth as a football and track and field coach for over 30 years, have been married to my wife Lissa for 37 years, have 3 wonderful adult sons, and the best part 5 grandchildren (and one on the way). In short, I am a people person who loves to work with and help others. I won’t shy away from the challenges you face and will work diligently with you to help you to overcome, grow, and achieve.
LYNN BRODOCK, MSW
I am a licensed master’s level social worker who practices in Jackson, MI. I received my MSW from the University of Michigan and I am licensed through the state of Michigan. Prior to working in private practice I worked as an outpatient therapist for a non-profit agency and managed a case management program within a community mental health setting. I have experience facilitating substance abuse groups for parolees as well as providing counseling services for those with substance abuse concerns. I have experience and training in working with eating disorders, anxiety, addiction, depression, and trauma among many other things.
My passion is to help people grow through circumstances and difficulties that arise. I meet clients where they are and feel privileged to walk the journey of discovery with them. I believe that treating the whole person allows for balance of physical, emotional, and mental health. I utilize techniques such as cognitive behavioral therapy, mindfulness, as well as strength based approaches.
I value trust and open communication within the therapeutic relationship. I believe that the therapeutic relationship provides a safe and supportive environment for growth and healing. Together we will create a custom plan to help you manage everyday life challenges and to make positive changes toward growth and healing.
Melissa Rappaport, MA, LLPC (she, her, hers)
Hi, my name is Melissa, I earned a Master of Arts in Professional Counseling and K-12 School Guidance & Counseling from Siena Heights University. In addition to working in private practice, I am also an elementary school teacher and former school counselor with 28 years of experience in education. I am certified in Telemental Health, and Child & Adolescent Anxiety Treatment.
My life’s work has been in providing a warm, judgment-free, and open space where understanding builds and learning to heal begins. I am cheerful, authentic, easy to relate to, with a passion for social justice, diversity, LGBTQ+ equality, and helping clients struggling with issues related to gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, and oppression. My training and lived experience offer a depth of understanding that is unique. I recognize and honor the continued emotional anguish of sexual minorities by understanding the cultures’ experiences with long-term grief, ongoing experiences of discrimination and oppression, and the ongoing feelings of disconnection. My focus is on helping clients process identity (gender, transgender, intersex, gay, lesbian, asexual), and those that struggle with depression, anxiety, and trauma associated with growing up LGBTQ+, coming out, deciding not to come out, and just being your true and authentic self.
I believe in achieving therapy goals through a social justice lens utilizing evidence-based practices in addition to hand-tailored interventions to help you achieve your goals. If you have experienced trauma(s), or are struggling with mental health, my treatment modalities include Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Unconditional Positive Regard, Client-Centered Therapy, Mindfulness, Self Care and Coping, Internal Family Systems Theory, and Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs. I have years of experience working with children, teens, and adults struggling with anxiety, interpersonal difficulties, life transitions, grief, loss, and with individuals who identify as queer, non-binary, gender non-conforming, trans, gay, lesbian, bisexual. We all deserve a safe space to heal and I would be honored to help hold that space with you.