Dr. Dalton Connally

My life's work is helping all people live a happy, fulfilling life. I am passionate about social justice, LBGTQ equality, and helping folks struggling with issues related to gender identity.  I believe in achieving therapy goals by using tried and true methods, but also affirm adjusting course based upon individual needs and the desired outcomes of my clients.  I work with all populations of people, across their lifespan. I have vast expertise in helping clients with gender identity issues, transgender, intersex, gay, lesbian, bisexual, asexual, depression, anxiety, sexual issues, and inter-personal relationship challenges. 

In 1996 I earned my master's degree in Social Work at  the University of Texas, and my PhD in 2001, also from the University of Texas.  I became a  Licensed Clinical Social Worker in 1996, and have held licenses in New Mexico, Texas, and Michigan.   I have been a featured presenter at several national conferences about gender variance, youth issues, trauma, and related therapeutic topics.

I have lived in Southeast Michigan for seven years. My wife and I are raising our son in the Ann Arbor area. I enjoy traveling, reading, theater, camping, and riding my motorcycle in the summer. 

 

Connally Counseling is pleased to contract with the following therapists:
 

sarah emeritz

Sarah believes in meeting people where they are and working with them to leverage their strengths and resilience to continue working towards the person they want to be. As a social worker, she works to provide empathy, compassion, hold non-judgmental spaces, and fight for social justice and equity. As a therapist, she works with individuals and groups at all age ranges to build on their own resilience and coping skills. She draws from training in different modalities such as: CBT, DBT, Mindfulness and Relaxation, Motivational Interviewing, Crisis Intervention, and trauma informed practices to collaborate with individuals in the areas that matter most to them. She is passionate about hearing people’s stories and has experience working with a diverse range of socioeconomic statuses, ages, sexual orientations, religions, races, and ethnicities, and in a broad range of settings. Sarah uses an intersectional feminist lens to provide trauma-informed and strengths based services. She has worked extensively to provide support with crisis intervention, trauma, mood disorders, anxiety, chronic illness, grief and loss, suicidality, and substance use.

To maintain balance, Sarah enjoys adventuring and exploring, cooking and baking, hiking, working out, coloring, board games, and music

 

Laura Renaud 

Laura is a Michigan native, who earned her Master of Social Work from the University of Michigan. There, she focused in providing effective care to children, youth and families who have experienced trauma. As a queer woman, Laura has a passion for serving others in the LGBTQIA+ community, and individuals who have experienced gender-based violence. She has experience working with clients dealing with substance use, suicidality, and self-harmful behaviors. Laura uses a number of evidence based therapeutic approaches, in order to fit the diverse needs of her clients - she works with clients across the age spectrum, through individual, family, and group therapy. She provides therapy to clients with various relationship and family structures (e.g.,poly, open, monogamous, one-parent families). One of Laura’s goals is to make therapy accessible to people, regardless of abilities, work schedule, or socioeconomic status. 

In her personal time, Laura enjoys television marathons, exploring new cities, creative writing, and attending live shows and concerts. Laura loves animals, and can often be found hanging with her cats, or rescuing an animal in need.

Elaine Farris

Elaine believes in providing a safe, nonjudgmental, and open space for all individuals. She builds a connection with each client she sees as she knows that at the core of successful therapy is a strong and trusting relationship between the therapist and the client. She believes in a multicultural, feminist, cognitive behavioral approach and is open to new and different ideas from each client.

With a Bachelor of Arts in Social Relations and Policy, she comes from an advocacy background. More recently, she earned her Master’s Degree in Social Work from The University of Michigan. She completed her social work internships at The Comprehensive Gender Services Program, and The Women’s Center of Southeastern Michigan. During her time at those agencies, she focused on working with transgender clients, whom she is particularly passionate about working with. She believes in self-determination and advocating for clients who may need support in different parts of their life, including transition support. Elaine is also passionate about working with others in the LGBTQ+ community, and those who have diverse sexual interests such as: kink/BDSM, polyamory, and more.

Elaine enjoys reading, traveling, listening to and watching musical theater, playing board games with friends, and spoiling her dog.

Hannah Figueroa

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My goal in life is to help others discover their authentic selves while enhancing their ability to handle life’s challenges. By cultivating the skill of self-compassion, you’ll learn how to effectively navigate your challenges and gain a balanced perspective, allowing you to enjoy life with confidence, hope and purpose. We will work from a solution-focused, strength-based perspective. I believe in meeting people where they are at and that therapy is not about me providing you with the answers or fixing you, it is about helping you to discover the capacity that you already possess to create change in your life. I am passionate about helping others and believe in allowing you the dignity of your own experience while providing support and guidance along the way so that you can find balance in mind, body and spirit.

I utilize a variety of modules including Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, and Mindfulness based practices. I am also trained in Gestalt and EMDR with a background in trauma based interventions and a strong background in the treatment of substance use disorders.  Whether you are struggling with anxiety, depression, grief and loss, going through a divorce, having suicidal thoughts, dealing with an eating disorder, substance use, or moving through one of many of life’s transitions, I would love the opportunity to walk alongside you.

My wife and I live locally in Ypsilanti and spend much of our free time traveling, enjoying the outdoors, going to as much live music as possible, watching movies and exploring new restaurants together. We look forward to starting a family  in the near future.

Steven Gilpin

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Steven is an Ann Arbor local that has long been interested in mental health and issues that affect the LGBTQ community. He believes that therapy is a space where you can explore and address the feelings, thoughts, and behaviors you’ve been struggling to manage alone. Steven strives to provide a warm, judgement-free, and open space where understanding can build and healing begins. Steven believes in utilizing evidence based practices in addition to hand tailored interventions to help you achieve your goals.                                                                                                                                                     
Steven is a graduate of the University of Michigan School of Social Work where he focused on learning how to provide effective care to those struggling with mental health concerns or chronic physical illnesses. Steven has experience working with people that live with HIV, are seeking gender affirming services, have experienced trauma(s), or are struggling with their mental health.                                                                                                                     
In Steven’s spare time, he enjoys teasing his boyfriend, playing with his dogs, watching television, knitting, running (like once a month), antiquing, and spending time with his family.

Jeweletter Anderson

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Taking the first step toward change is hard. Let me help you. I believe in facilitating the process of change by utilizing individual strengths to address our areas of growth. I am a licensed social worker that has additional experience in working with those who are experiencing substance use challenges. I provide LGBTQ affirming practice, compassion, empathy, and encouragement to reach the goals individuals set for themselves. As a therapist, I work to provide individualized care to youth, young adults, and adults. I draw from modalities such as CBT, DBT, motivational interviewing, trauma-informed practices and strengths-based perspectives. My passion lies in helping individuals and couples live the best life they can by utilizing the strengths and resources they already have.

As a clinician with multiple intersecting identities, I understand the difficulty in seeking and committing to help. I will start wherever you are comfortable, and I hope that we can both work together to realize your goals. In my past-time, I enjoy spending time with my dog, Lani, shopping, video games, Netflix, music, food, and social gatherings with loved ones and friends. 

Alexis Donnelly

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One of Alexis’s primary goals is to help humans find their strengths and use them to the best of their ability every day. She enjoys assisting individuals with finding a greater sense of self-confidence by utilizing techniques such as cognitive behavioral therapy, reality therapy, and strength based exercises. Her approach incorporates an honest, supportive and motivational atmosphere, so you can create your therapeutic journey to achieve your life goals.

Alexis is a graduate of Siena Heights University’s Clinical Mental Health Counseling program. During her time at Siena Heights, she worked with college-aged students and athletes who struggle with injuries, athletic/academic/career performance and issues that arise with the college-aged life transitions. Alexis also enjoys working with clients with anxiety, depression and relationship challenges.

Alexis’s favorite leisure activities involve playing sports, traveling, cooking and making people laugh!

Brody mantha

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Brody graduated from the University of Michigan with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology and a Minor in Gender and Health. He went on to receive his master’s from the University of Michigan School of Social Work. While working on his master’s, Brody completed a social work internship in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry within Michigan Medicine, Department of Psychiatry, Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. He continued his work there as a Social Work Fellow afterward, working with children, adolescents and families dealing with anxiety, depression, OCD and trauma. Brody uses a variety of different modalities of therapy, including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, TF-CBT, Exposure and Response Prevention Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Child-Parent Psychotherapy and Parent-Child Interaction Therapy.

Brody believes in meeting families and clients where they’re at and understanding the meaning behind behaviors. Brody believes in creating a safe and comfortable space for families where they are able to grow. His methods and practice are centered on each family’s goals and working toward a life worth living.

In his spare time, Brody enjoys watching movies, staying active, exploring new places, trying new restaurants and having brunch on the weekends.

Adrianna spindle

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As a therapist I seek to create space for my clients to heal, process and speak truth to their experiences in a nonjudgmental setting. I believe that everyone has the power and potential to create change and acceptance in their lives. I utilize a trauma centered approach, and draw from modalities such as Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Multicultural Feminist Theories and Strengths Based strategies in order to support client's goals relating to change in behavior, thinking and outlook.

As a queer woman of color, it is my goal to ensure that as a therapist I highlight, honor and address the intersectional experiences of my clients. In addition, I feel passionately about providing therapeutic space for people of color and the LGBTQIA+ community. My hope is to create space for my clients to recognize their own potential and learn skills to move towards achieving it. 

In my spare time I enjoy spending time with my partner, taking our dog on long walks and reading a good book while drinking copious amounts of coffee. 

Rose benjamin

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My aim is to help clients hear the heart, tune the soul and heal the wounded psyche. In providing individual, group and family therapy to adults and adolescents, I draw upon an eclectic blend of client-centered, humanistic approaches with an eye toward the shared journey of authentic selfhood. I believe in the transformation of pain to possibility, darkness to rebirth, struggle to harmony and hope. I specialize in working with LGBTQIA concerns, trauma, depression, anxiety and relationships of all types. I also treat OCD, social anxiety, substance abuse, eating challenges and grief.

I earned my master’s degree in Social Work from Indiana University in 2018 and am licensed in the state of Michigan.

I’ve lived in the Ann Arbor area with my lovely partner, amazing son, two magical mutts and two astral cats since 2013. I write, watch anime and dream.