SUBSTANCE ABUSE THERAPISTS

Our Therapists

Jolene Pickelman, M.A., LPC - Co-Owner

Jolene Pickelman is a Licensed Professional Counselor. She received her Master of Arts Degree in Professional Counseling from Central Michigan University. She has been working in the counseling field since 1990. Jolene has specialized training in working with adults and adolescents that have addiction and/or mental health issues. Jolene provides individual, group, family counseling, marital counseling and substance abuse evaluations to a wide population of clients. She also assists clients who are in the process of getting a restricted or full drivers license by completing a Secretary of State substance abuse evaluation with them. Jolene utilizes cognitive-behavioral therapy as well as motivational interviewing and works well with a variety of clients.  When not at work, Jolene enjoys gardening, crafting, and caring for her many animals.

Jolene can be reached at jpickelman@jacounseling.com

Angela Volk, M.A., LPC - Co-Owner

Angela Volk is a Licensed Professional Counselor. She received her Master of Arts Degree in Professional Counseling from Central Michigan University. She has been working in the counseling field since 1989. Angela has specialized training in working with adults and adolescents that have addiction and/or mental health issues. Angela provides individual, group, family counseling, marital counseling.  Angela also completes substance abuse evaluations for client with pending legal offenses. She utilizes cognitive-behavioral therapy as well as motivational interviewing and works well with a variety of clients.  When not at work, Angela enjoys gardening, reading, and caring for her dogs and cat.

Angela can be reached at avolk@jacounseling.com

Adam Michels, M.A., LPC

Adam Michels is currently a  Licensed Professional Counselor. Adam received a Master of Arts in Professional Counseling from Central Michigan University after achieving a Bachelors of Science in Biology, Mathematics, and English from Central Michigan University. He has a wide range of experience in working with juveniles and young adults through working in a variety of roles in higher education and recreation settings. Adam has a focus in counseling with substance abuse, personal growth, and mental health counseling. He provides individual, couple, family and group counseling, and is available for presentations and mini-seminars within a variety of areas.

Adam can be reached at amichels@jacounseling.com

Stacie Johnson, LMSW

Stacie Johnson is a Licenced Master in Social Work Therapist. She earned her Master in Social Work Degree from Grand Valley State University. Stacie is also certified to provide EMDR therapy and DBT therapy. Stacie has experience assisting clients with substance abuse and/or mental health issues. She provides individual, marital, and family counseling to adults and adolescents.

Stacie can be reached at info@jacounseling.com

Kathy Ziemer, M.A., LPC

Kathy Ziemer earned her Master of Arts in Professional Counseling from Central Michigan University. She is a Licensed Professional Counselor. She has over 20 years experience in dealing with individuals struggling with addiction and also mental health issues. Kathy provides individual, family, and marriage counseling, and works with adults and adolescents.

Kathy can be reached at kziemer@jacounseling.com

David Hotopp, MA, LPC

David Hotopp earned his Master of Arts in Professional Counseling degree from Central Michigan University and Master of Divinity degree from Talbot Theological Seminary. Dave has specialized training in working with adults and adolescents who have addiction and/or general mental health issues. Dave holds certifications for several behavioral assessments and is a Certified Professional Behavioral Analyst, Professional Motivators Analyst, and Hartman/DNA Analyst with Target Training International. Dave is also certified as a Prepare/Enrich for Couples Workshop Counselor. Dave provides individual, group, family counseling and marital counseling. Dave utilizes Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, and Solution Focused Therapy and works well with a variety of clients.

Dave can be reached at dhotopp@jacounseling.com

Heather Bartlett MA, LPC

Heather is a license counselor and a graduate of Central Michigan Universities, Masters of Arts in Professional Counseling program. She has been practicing in the counseling field since 2008. Heather has training in DBT, EMDR and BSFT, Batter’s Intervention as well as Motivational Interviewing and trauma therapy. She sees individual, adolescences, families and couples and is a group facilitator for several groups. Heather specializes in working with mental health, trauma and substance abuse issues. She enjoys baking and cooking on her off time.

Schanda Tarkowski MA, LLPC, DP-C

Schanda Is currently a limited licensed professor counselor who graduated with her Master of Arts degree from Central Michigan University and her Bachelor of Arts undergraduate degree from Saginaw Valley State University. Schanda has specialized training in CBT, Motivational Interviewing, DBT and Trauma-Informed CBT. She works with clients struggling with substance abuse, trauma, and mental health issues. She has years of experience working with adolescents and adults by providing individual, family and martial counseling. She has a wide range of experience working with juveniles, sexual offenders and abuse/neglect clients. When not at work she enjoys camping and spending time with her three children, husband and family dog.

Beth Grossmeyer, LPC

Beth Grossmeyer is a Licensed Professional Counselor. She received her Master of Arts Degree in Professional Counseling from Central Michigan University. She has been working in the counseling field since 1993. Beth has
specialized training in working with adults and adolescents that have addiction and/or mental health issues, she provides individual, group, family and marital counseling to a wide population of clients. She also assists clients who are in the process of getting a restricted or full driver’s license by completing a
Secretary of State substance abuse evaluation with them. Beth also has training in the Duluth Model Batter’s Prevention Program and works with families experiencing domestic violence issues. Beth utilizes cognitive behavioral therapy as well as motivational interviewing and works well with a variety of clients. When not at work, Beth enjoys theater and musical performances and spending time with her family.

Beth can be reached at bgrossmeyer@jacounseling.com

Greg Yancer

Greg (Buddy) Yancer is a trained recovery coach certified by the State of Michigan as a Peer Support Specialist. Greg battled addiction most of his life and is a graduate of the Midland County Adult Drug Court Program. As a father of 6, Greg has seen the affects drug addiction has on a family. Due to this experience, he has dedicated his life to helping those suffering from substance abuse disorder and their families recover. Being a person in long-term recovery himself, Greg is versed in multiple pathways to recovery and continues to expand his knowledge through personal experience.

Bridget Kreager

Bridget Kreager is J&A’s front desk Office Professional. She is in graduate school obtaining her Master of Arts Degree in Addiction Counseling from Central Michigan University. She plans to also become trauma-certified and wants to work with military veterans. When not at work, Bridget enjoys fishing, reading, and spending time with her black lab named Duke.

Sue Konsdorf - OFfice Manager

Sue has been the office manager at J&A for over 10 years and has over 25 years of experience working as an office manager, insurance agent, and business owner. Sue is our liaison, working with our clients, court referrals, attorneys, and insurance companies. Sue believes in community involvement and has held many organization designations. When she is not at work, she enjoys boating and fishing with her husband and spending time with her kids and grandsons.

Connor Volk, DOG, PAW

Connor is a 125lb rescue yellow lab mix four legged staff member. He has dog years of experience as he has a been a dog his entire life. Connor has extensive experience in accepting pets (especially belly rubs) and dog treats. He enjoys seeing all types of clients, including cat owners 🙂 Connor looks forward to greeting you at our office.

****In loving Memory of our friend and colleague Dave Sinclair, MA, LLPC****

I was arrested for drinking and driving and contacted JA to start counseling before going to court. Being proactive helped my court case and the counseling was helpful for me too.
Nancy M

Primary Communities Served

Auburn
Bay City
Carrollton
Chesaning

Coleman
Edenville
Essexville
Frankenmuth

Freeland
Hemlock
Kawkawlin
Linwood

Merrill
Midland
Millington
Munger

Saginaw
Saginaw Twp.
Sanford
Shields

St. Charles
University Center
Vassar
Zilwaukee