Counseling Staff

Debbie Bletstein, LLMSW

Debbie received her Master’s in Clinical Social Work from the University of Michigan, where she was a Health Resources & Services Administration (HRSA) scholar and studied trauma-focused work. In addition, Debbie is a cantor and chaplain, and brings those attributes into her work as a clinician. Debbie is passionate about her work with children, adolescents, and families, and draws upon a variety of evidence-based interventions coupled with a person-centered approach to help her clients achieve their wellness goals. Debbie also enjoys working with college students and adults and is an experienced group facilitator. Debbie is an active listener, compassionate, and empathetic, and brings a wealth of life experience to her practice. She enjoys spending time with family and friends, and loves animals, travel, and theatre.

Madeleine Blum, LLMSW

Madeleine is a clinical social worker who works with individuals of various backgrounds, including children, adolescents, and adults. She graduated with an undergraduate degree from Michigan State University and a Masters in Social Work from the University of Michigan. Madeleine grew up in Metro-Detroit, and is excited to create deeper roots in the community. She uses numerous evidence-based approaches to assist those seeking treatment to accomplish individualized goals as determined by the client. Madeleine has experience working with individuals with multiple diagnoses including, but not limited to, depressive disorders, anxiety disorders, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, Body Dysmorphia, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, Adjustment Disorders, Schizoaffective Disorder, and concerns with negative self-image. She enjoys spending time with her daughter and husband, going on walks with her dog and watching movies (especially Disney Animated Classics). When able to travel, Madeleine loves hiking in the Colorado mountains  or visiting Walt Disney World.

Julia Cohen, LMSW, PMH-C

Julia is a licensed clinical social worker and certified perinatal mental health professional who has committed her life to working with children, youth, and families. She received her B.A. in biology and psychology from Kenyon College and her MSW from the University of Michigan. Julia has worked with youth and families in a wide array of different settings, including foster care, a shelter for runaway and homeless young women and their children, a neonatal ICU, and community mental health. Julia has specific training in perinatal mood and anxiety disorders, trauma, parent management, and suicide prevention and intervention. Julia uses a person-centered, empathetic, relational, trauma-informed, and solution-focused approach to working with individuals.

Brittney Daftuar, LMSW, IMH - E (II)
Clinical Supervisor

Brittney is a Fully Licensed Clinical Master Social Worker with a Level II endorsement in Infant Mental Health. She received her Bachelor of Social Work degree from the University of Detroit-Mercy and her Master of Social Work degree from Wayne State University. She specializes in working with adults and children experiencing depression, anxiety, ADHD, relationship issues, self-esteem issues, and behavioral issues. She prides herself in building relationships with her clients to meet their goals.

Sarah Dubuc, LMSW, IMH-E (IMHS) 

Sarah received her MSW, with a certificate in child welfare, from the University of Michigan and is an endorsed Infant Mental Health Specialist. Sarah has experience working with children and adults through life transitions, pregnancy and postpartum, grief and loss, trauma, parent-child interactions, relationship changes and behavioral challenges. Sarah has training in Child-Parent Psychotherapy, Perinatal Mental Health, Infant Mental Health, Play Therapy, Parent Management and Internal Family Systems. Sarah uses a person-centered, relationship-based approach to working with individuals. When Sarah is not in the office, she enjoys walks in nature and going on adventures with her family.

Shari-Beth Goldman, LMSW

Shari-Beth takes a collaborative, person- and family-centered approach to support people of all ages in addressing their behavioral health needs. She sees psychotherapy as a relationship and process that helps build competence and confidence, belonging and connection, and a life of personal meaning. Shari received her Master’s degree from the University of Michigan School of Social Work and believes in continuous learning in order to be able to draw from the most current research based tools, including EMDR, Motivational Interviewing, Solution Focused and Narrative therapies, play therapy, Parent Management Training – Oregon Model, Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT).

Rina Hennes Sabes, LMSW

Rina received her Bachelor’s of Social Work from Wayne State University in 2013, and her MSW from Yeshiva University in 2014. She has spent most of her career so far working with older adults in a variety of capacities, including case management, programming and counseling. In her current role, she sees older adults and is also focusing on the unique needs of women and families who are pregnant, postpartum, and/or dealing with infertility and pregnancy loss. She has taken multiple trainings through Postpartum Support International and is passionate about supporting women and families on their journey, no matter where it takes them. Some of her other clinical interests include Intuitive Eating, Health At Every Size and weight neutrality, mindfulness and meditation, and the intersection of nature and mental health. When she’s not in session, you can find Rina reading, hiking, or on the hunt for a really good bar of dark chocolate.

Avi Kohn, LLMSW

A graduate of the Wurzweiler School of Social Work at Yeshiva University, Avi Kohn specializes in helping adults and adolescents gain self-awareness, and attain functionality, understanding and meaning in their interpersonal relationships. Avi's other work as a school social worker gives him a unique understanding of families as a whole which he uses to help his clients. His primary modality is humanistic existential therapy, although he also uses Psychoeducation and Attachment-Based Family Therapy, Motivational Interviewing and Internal Family Systems. Avi also conducts group work for men looking to grow in their role as fathers. When he’s not in session, Avi can be found spending time with his family, studying Torah and playing hockey.

Kerri Lanoue, LMSW-C
Director of Behavioral Health

Kerri is a licensed clinical social worker, certified school social worker and graduate of Silberman School of Social Work at Hunter College. Kerri has specialized training in a variety of treatments including Play Therapy, Creative Arts Therapy, solutions-focused therapy, Cognitive Behavioral therapy, and trauma-informed treatment, and has post-graduate certifications in Child and Family Therapy and Clinical Supervision. She has worked in a variety of roles: providing direct clinical services, supervising, consulting, and building and facilitating professional development for clinicians and professionals in organizations and school districts. As Director of Behavioral Health, Kerri is committed to providing quality supervision and oversight for behavioral health services, developing and implementing policies and protocols across the organization, supporting multidisciplinary teams, and developing partnerships with community-based resources. After work hours, Kerri enjoys spending time with family and friends and staying active by playing ice hockey.

Nacha Leaf, LMSW

Nacha has been working with older adolescents, adults, couples, families and groups for more than 20 years. Using a range of methods, including cognitive-behavioral, insight-oriented, and psycho-educational, she helps clients develop hope and self-esteem while acquiring adaptive coping skills. Nacha specializes in mood disorders, anxiety, OCD, substance abuse, women’s issues, relationship difficulties, adjustment and transition issues, and the aftermath of trauma, grief, and loss.

Mayim Meyers, LMSW-C

Mayim is a Licensed Masters Social Worker with a clinical focus who joined JFS after serving as an outpatient therapist for all age groups. She has worked with people of all ages, children through elderly. She uses a trauma-informed approach and believes strongly that anyone can benefit from DBT skills. To Mayim, every person exists in an environment and it's important to understand the person in the environment. Her therapeutic approach blends eastern and western principles. She believes in mindfulness meditation to build a foundation. When Mayim's not working, she enjoys stand up paddleboarding, kayaking and swimming. An avid forest bather, she enjoys a connection to the Earth by walking barefoot in the wilderness. When she's not in the water, Mayim enjoys mindfulness meditation, yoga and a good cup of (decaf) coffee.

Kyle Neely, LMSW, CAADC

Kyle is a clinical social worker with a certification in substance abuse who works with adolescents and adults from any walk of life. He graduated with a bachelors from Eastern Michigan University and a Masters in Social Work from Wayne State University. Kyle has built his career around preventing the need for second chances and for moving forward with another chance through high school intervention programs, residential rehabilitations, and Medication Assisted Treatment programs. He primarily utilizes Motivational Enhancement Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Family Systems, and trauma-informed care. Kyle’s hobbies include playing Dungeons & Dragons and video games as well as going to the movies with his wife.

Gina Robinson, LMSW

Gina received her Master’s Degree in Social Work from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor after completing her undergraduate degree from Madonna University. She has experience working with individuals of all ages and mental health diagnoses. Gina’s areas of interest include working with teens who are navigating challenging family dynamics, experiencing anxiety, depression or exploring issues related to sexual identity. Gina brings a level of refined expertise to her work with both adolescents and adults who are experiencing a chaotic living situation that serves to worsen symptoms related to trauma history.

Shoshana Silow, LLMSW

Shoshana is a clinical social worker who works with adults experiencing depression, PTSD, anxiety and ADHD. She received her Bachelor’s degree from Touro College and her Master’s degree from Yeshiva University. She takes a person-centered approach using motivational interviewing, creative arts therapy and humanistic modalities. When Shoshana isn't working, she enjoys doing yoga and going on walks.

Robert Simon, LLMSW, CAADC

Robert is a clinical social worker with a Master’s Degree in Social Work from Wayne State University. As a certified advanced alcohol and drug counselor he has experience working with individuals and families impacted by addiction and recovery, trauma and life transitions. Robert’s social work experience has also included working with adults and families impacted by chronic health related issues and addressing their medical, social and emotional needs.  Robert embraces a humanistic, person-centered and trauma informed approach in working with clients to nurture a supportive environment and present therapy as a collaborative effort. Robert draws upon a number of evidence based practices in his work including cognitive-behavioral-therapy, motivational interviewing, solution-focused therapy and mindfulness practices.

Ciandra Syms, LMSW-C

Ciandra graduated from the University of Windsor in 2011 and has been working in the clinical field since, with a focus on persistent mental illness, inpatient psychiatric hospitalizations, and residential and outpatient substance use. Using a broad range of clinical techniques including, but not limited to, cognitive behavioral, psychoanalytic, eye movement reprocessing and desensitization, Ciandra works to meet client’s therapeutic needs using a person-centered approach and to best meet client’s individual goals.

Eli Willner, LLMSW

Eli is a clinical social worker who works with children, teens and adults. He takes a whole-person approach to care and draws from a wide range of modalities and perspectives to best engage with each client. Eli has experience collaborating with individuals and their families to create an optimal environment for clients to thrive. Eli graduated Daemen College with an MSW, and received a certificate in trauma-informed care. Eli is an active member of his synagogue, loves to learn new things, and especially enjoys spending time with his family.

Zachary Woodby, LMSW, CAADC, CCS,
Clinical Supervisor

Zachary is a clinical social worker and a certified advanced alcohol and drug counselor who received his Master’s Degree from Wayne State University. He takes a person-centered approach when working with clients, following person-centered therapy principles. Relying on his training in psychodynamics, cognitive-behavioral therapy, mindfulness and motivational interviewing, Zachary takes a holistic approach, paying special attention to creativity, free will and positive human potential. He believes everyone has the capacity for self-direction, recovery, enlightenment and self-actualization.

Chana Mina Forta

Chana Mina is a social work intern. She received her Bachelor's Degree in Psychology from Excelsior College and is currently completing her Master's Degree in Social Work from Daemen University. She employs skills from many modalities, such as cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT), dialectical-behavioral therapy (DBT), and Motivational Interviewing. She enjoys building a relationship of trust with her clients and helping them reach their goals. In her personal time, Chana Mina enjoys reading fantasy novels, baking cinnamon buns and listening to musicals.

Dr. Kathleen M. Fouche Brazzle, MD

Dr. Leonard J. Rosen, MD

Bridget Hehir, NP