Dr. Christie Nutkins
Dr. Nutkins, a fully licensed psychologist, and board certified behavior analyst, has spent over 10 years providing behaviorally based services for children and their families. While she has successfully worked with children and adolescents experiencing a wide range of educational and behavioral challenges; the majority of her training and expertise falls in the area of assessment and treatment of children with developmental delays, most specifically Autism Spectrum Disorders. With her background working in educational, clinical, and home-based settings, she strives to develop realistic, yet effective intervention plans that meet the needs of the client and family. Dr. Nutkins oversees all the ABA services offered through our practice.
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Dr. Sheryl Rozema
Dr. Rozema is a fully licensed psychologist with 30 years experience diagnosing and treating children with various learning and behavior disorders. She has worked in both school and clinical settings, as well as with primary care physicians. Her expertise includes treatment of children and adolescents who struggle with a wide range of childhood disorders including ADHD, learning disabilities, cognitive impairment, anxiety, depression, Autism Spectrum Disorder and oppositional behavior, among others. Dr. Rozema values the importance of integrating the wisdom and experience of parents, teachers, and physicians in creating treatment plans for child clients.
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Connie Sargunam is a Limited Licensed Psychologist who has worked in the field for over 11 years and provided outpatient services since January of 2015. She has experience treating children who struggle with anxiety, depression, oppositional behavior, Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, and developmental disabilities including cognitive impairment and Autism.
She also has experience working with children in the foster care system, from families of divorce, and with a history of trauma. She enjoys working with children of all ages as she is intrigued by each person’s unique perspective on the world and understands that life can be overwhelming at any age without the necessary tools to navigate life’s challenges. Nonetheless, she believes that people are always doing the best they can in the moment and utilizes the strengths of the family to help each child be successful.
It is with patience, understanding, and compassion that she strives to help each child recognize his/her worth and potential along with providing the behavioral strategies to make changes that are meaningful to the individual. In her experience, children often underestimate their own power and ability to make the changes they desire. Her favorite part of therapy is watching as the client begins to believe in him/herself and recognize the inner strength that was there all along. Mrs. Sargunam is directly supervised by Dr. Christie Nutkins.
Katie is a Licensed Master’s Social Worker with over 9 years of experience working in the field of mental health, with 5 of these years focused specifically on child and family therapy. She is certified in Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy through the state of Michigan. Katie has extensive experience working with youth of all ages encountering depression, anxiety, self-harm, oppositional and defiant behaviors, Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder, difficulties related to adoption/foster care, and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. Katie also has direct experience working within the school system to help alleviate school-related behavioral challenges.
Katie is a certified mindfulness-based yoga instructor and loves to incorporate movement and mindfulness into the therapeutic process. Additionally, she likes to use various mediums to work with clients, including artistic expression, play, and somatic-based interventions. Because parents and caregivers have the most important role in a child’s life, they are invited and encouraged to be a part of therapy. Katie seeks to provide therapy based on the strengths and unique personalities of each child, helping them to recognize those strengths to grow strong and confident in traversing life’s challenges.