Silver Linings Counseling

Helping you find your silver lining

Mental Health Services
Laura Ray, LMSW

Laura Ray, LMSW

Laura earned her graduate education from the University of Michigan. She is a kind and compassionate therapist dedicated to helping others. Her goal is to provide an environment in which people feel comfortable and supported in order to achieve positive change in their lives. She uses an approach that is centered around helping clients identify their own goals and working together through a collaborative therapeutic process to help them meet those goals. During this process, she works to provide clients with effective skills for managing health and life challenges.


Laura has specific experience working one-on-one with children ages 6 to 17, as well as with their parents and families. Her areas of expertise include:
  • ADHD
  • Anger Management
  • Anxiety
  • Christian Counseling
  • Couples Counseling 
  • Depression
  • Family Counseling
  • Life Transitions
  • OCD
  • Parent-Child Counseling
  • Relationship Counseling
Stacey Dalton, MA LPC

Stacey Dalton, MA, LPC

Stacey is a master’s level licensed professional counselor and an alumna of both Albion College and Oakland University. Through warmth and openness and a variety of clinical skills, she provides client-centered therapy to encourage clients to embrace their own personal value and strengths and to improve personal functioning and increase joy. Her main tool is developing a good relationship with her clients through empathy, interest, insight, unconditional positive regard, and humor to encourage clients to feel valued and competent in their ability to improve their own lives.


Perhaps you're facing a difficult change or dealing with depression or anxiety. Stacey loves helping people through life's many changes and exploring their many facets to gain acceptance of the people they have become. She enjoys working with children, adolescents, adults, and women's issues; and her areas of expertise include:

  • Anxiety
  • Behavioral Issues
  • Depression
  • Life Transitions
  • Low Self-Esteem
  • Parent-Child Counseling
  • Play Therapy
  • Relationship Counseling
  • Stress
  • Women's Issues
Also, she enjoys supporting parents in improving their relationships with their children and managing negative behavior. Stacey believes the key to a person’s success in counseling is having a safe, comfortable place and a safe, caring listener with whom to share their biggest concerns. She strives to provide this environment to each and every one of her clients. She looks forward to working with you!
Dustin Shepler, PhD, LP

Dustin Shepler, Ph.D., LP

Dustin completed his doctoral work at Ball State University and his APA-accredited predoctoral internship at the University of North Carolina – Charlotte counseling center. He has trained in a variety of settings, including college counseling centers and residential treatment centers. Also, he has experience providing evidence-based therapy and court-ordered psychological evaluations for teenagers involved in the legal system.


Dustin works with clients from a variety of backgrounds and age groups. He treats clients who present with a range of concerns (including anxiety, depression, adjustment problems, anger management, communication problems, grief, Asperger’s, etc.). His specialty areas include therapy with teenagers and young adults, men's issues, as well as the following:

  • ADHD / Learning Disorder Testing
  • Adjustment Disorder
  • Anger Management
  • Anxiety / Social Anxiety
  • College Students
  • Depression
  • Identity Development
  • Impulse Control Problems
  • LGBTQ
  • Life Transitions
  • Men's Issues
  • Personality Assessment
He works with individuals, couples, and families to assist clients in learning new skills they can use to improve their lives. Dr. Shepler assumes a collaborative, strengths-based approach to therapy. He believes that the unique relationships he builds with each of his clients provides a safe space in which people can learn about themselves, develop new skills, and gain the support they need to improve their lives.
Erin Touchette, MA LLP

Erin Touchette, MA, LLP

Under the direct supervision of Dustin Shepler, Ph.D., LP


Erin is a limited licensed psychologist who completed her bachelors degree in psychology at Central Michigan University and her masters degree in clinical psychology at the University of Detroit Mercy. She is experienced in many different types of therapy but will use an approach that best suits the client's need. Approaches she frequently uses are cognitive behavioral therapy, motivational enhancement therapy, and supportive therapy.


Erin conducts individual therapy, group therapy, couples therapy, and family therapy. Her experience includes

working with adults and adolescents in many areas. Areas of expertise include personality disorders and teen issues as well as the following:

  • Anger Management
  • Anxiety
  • Bipolar Disorder
  • Christian Counseling
  • Couples Counseling
  • Family Counseling
  • Life Transitions
  • Low Self-Esteem
  • Parent-Child Counseling
  • Post-Partum Depression
  • Schizophrenia
  • Self-Harming Behavior
  • Substance Abuse
  • Teen Issues
Erin will provide you with a professional therapeutic relationship that will make you feel at ease and comfortable. This will help you to begin the healing process and progress through the necessary stages of recovery.
Megan Atkinson, MA LLP

Megan Atkinson, MA, LLP  

Under the direct supervision of Dustin Shepler, Ph.D., LP


Megan received her master’s degree at the Michigan School of Professional Psychology. She practices from a Humanistic-Existential orientation which focuses on authenticity, honesty, human potential, creativity, and the healing power of the therapeutic relationship. Her approach includes unconditional positive regard, genuineness, and empathic understanding as she focuses on the best interest and welfare of her clients.


Megan works with adults in individual and group settings and uses an integrated therapeutic approach with emphasis on Existentialism, Psychodynamic, Supportive and Cognitive-Behavioral Therapies. Her goal is to help clients become more self-actualized as well as to foster positive change in the lives of her clients. Areas of expertise include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Anger Management
  • Anxiety
  • Assertiveness Training
  • Bipolar Disorder
  • Christian Counseling

  • Chronic Pain
  • Coping with Aging Process
  • Depression
  • Grief

  • Life Transitions
  • Menopause
  • Relationship Counseling
  • Trauma/Loss

Megan has also completed training in Trauma Resolution Therapy as well as Forensic Interviewing of Children.
Andrea Gross, LMSW
Andrea has over 18 years of experience working in the mental health field. She graduated from Eastern Michigan University with a bachelor's degree in psychology and from Wayne State University with a master's degree in social work, with a focus on mental health. Andrea began her career working in the foster care system working to protect children and reunify families. She then worked with children and adolescents in residential treatment providing therapy to her clients and their families and offering behavioral strategies to their caregivers. Andrea also worked in the community mental health system providing therapy services to individuals of all ages. She effectively managed an out-patient therapy and psychiatry program, a behavioral program, and a supports coordination program for individuals with developmental disabilities, including Autism.
 
Andrea was trained in Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy during a year-long training initiative through the State of Michigan in Lansing. She is capable of diagnosing and treating individuals suffering from traumas of all kinds. Early intervention is the curative factor in treating trauma and can greatly reduce symptoms from exacerbating and continuing into adulthood. Andrea's specialties include, but not limited to, the following:

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Divorce

  • Life Transitions
  • Peer Problems / Social Skills
  • Relationship Counseling 
  • Trauma
Andrea approaches each individual as unique, and her treatment approach is collaborative and tailored to the specific needs of her clients. 

Jennifer Gee, LMSW

Jennifer is a Licensed Masters of Social Work with 25 years of experience working in mental health settings. She received her Bachelors of Social Work from Ball State University and her Masters of Social Work from Wayne State University.


Her professional background includes working with people on a wide range of issues including anxiety, depression, chronic mental illness, relationship issues, interpersonal conflict, stress, trauma and grief and loss. Jennifer believes that with the right support and guidance people can make positive changes in their lives. She provides therapeutic counseling that utilizes cognitive behavioral therapy and a strength and solution focused approach. Jennifer's specialties include, but not limited to, the following: 

  • Anxiety
  • Chronic Mental Illness
  • Depression
  • Grief & Loss

  • Interpersonal Conflict
  • Personality Disorders
  • PTSD
  • Relationship Issues
  • Stress
  • Substance Use/Abuse
  • Trauma
Life and relationships can sometimes feel overwhelming. It is her goal to assist people in gaining insight and learning the skills they need to make their lives more manageable and to bring hope and balance to their daily living.

Jerrilynn Pearson, Ed.D., M.A., L.L.P. CAADC

Under the direct supervision of Dustin Shepler, Ph.D., LP


Jerrilynn has worked as an educator and psychotherapist for over 25 years. She has extensive experience working with all age levels across the life span including family therapy and substance abuse/addiction issues. Jerrilynn has degrees from Michigan State University, Oakland University, Wayne State University and University of Detroit Mercy, plus certification in the area of alcohol and drug counseling. Her other areas of expertise include special education and chronic health challenges. In addition, she has considerable experience with depression, anxiety, co-occurring diagnosis, court-ordered treatment, co-dependency and parenting issues, especially as related to divorce and blended families. In addition, Jerrilynn's specialties include, but not limited to, the following:

  • ADHD
  • Adjustment Disorder
  • Alcohol/Substance Abuse
  • Anxiety

  • Child/Play Therapy
  • Depression
  • Disruptive Behaviors
  • Family Counseling
  • Grief & Loss
  • Oppositional Defiant Disorder
  • Parenting Issues
  • Work-Life Balance

Jerrilynn primarily takes a psychodynamic approach to psychotherapy but also uses a variety of therapeutic styles, including, but not limited to, motivational interviewing and play therapy with children. Jerrilynn understands how challenging it can be to engage in the therapy process. She is committed to providing a safe, comfortable and confidential environment to help all Clients achieve their personal goals and make positive change.

Rick Sweet, MS, LLP

Under the direct supervision of Dustin Shepler, Ph.D., LP


Rick is a Limited Licensed Psychologist. He completed his bachelor’s degree in psychology at Wayne State University and his master’s degree in clinical psychology at Eastern Michigan University. Rick has 30 years of experience working with adolescents and their families in the Juvenile Justice system. He also has experience working with children in the community mental health system and adults in outpatient settings.


Rick conducts individual and family therapy. He has experience working with a variety of concerns including, childhood behavior difficulties, adolescent development, parenting, and trauma. Other areas of expertise include:

  • ADHD
  • Adolescent Issues
  • Anger Management
  • Anxiety
  • Childhood Behavioral Issues
  • Depression
  • Life Transitions
  • Parenting Skills Development
  • Self-Harming
  • Substance Abuse
  • Trauma

Rick utilizes a client directed, collaborative approach to therapy. He believes that the positive, supportive relationship built with his clients will provide them with a safe and comfortable setting for self-exploration, identifying personal strengths, and developing confidence in their ability to improve their lives.

Donna Berry, MA, LPC, NCC

Donna is a nationally certified master’s level Licensed Professional Counselor. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Counseling Psychology from Rochester College and her Master of Arts in Counseling from Spring Arbor University. She recognizes that working with a new therapist can often feel overwhelming, so her therapeutic technique includes a variety of empathetic and compassionate approaches and skills. She also understands that because no two people are exactly alike, it’s important that treatment is highly customized, frequently using Cognitive Behavioral, Client-Centered, Emotionally Focused, Mindfulness, and Child/Play therapies. Her main focus is to establish a safe, trusting, and enduring relationship, enabling each client to reach his or her highest potential and live a full, happy, and productive life.


Donna enjoys working with all age groups. As both a Clinical Counselor and former School Counselor, she has experience in many areas, including but not limited to:

  • Academic Underachievement
  • Anger Management
  • Anxiety/Social Anxiety
  • Bullying
  • Depression
  • Eating Disorders
  • Emotional Abuse
  • Family therapy
  • Grief & Loss
  • Peer Pressure
  • Physical Abuse
  • Relationship Issues
  • Schizoaffective Disorder
  • Self-Esteem
  • Sexual Abuse
  • Stress Management

In a secure, confidential, and comfortable environment, she will walk alongside you to begin a new journey of self-discovery, learning effective strategies to encourage personal growth, increased coping skills, and improved overall functioning.