Our Clinical Staff

Each of our clinicians is licensed in the state of Michigan to provide outpatient mental health counseling services. We possess a wide range of clinical competencies and have the ability to provide effective care for various treatment populations.

Justin W. Peer PhD, LP, CFLE

Dr. Peer is the founder and clinical director of Peer & Associates. Dr. Peer is a Licensed Psychologist and Certified Family Life Educator and has 15+ years clinical experience treating a wide range of presenting concerns. He treats emerging adults, adults, and older adults with two specific areas of specialization: 1. Assisting 18-29-year-olds through the stress, anxiety, and self-doubt associated with multiple life stressors and transitions common during this period of life while also helping this population build a healthy, balanced identity and, 2. Working with individuals who are struggling to adapt to chronic health conditions by helping them develop skills and a balanced mindset that allows for healthy adjustment. He also helps individuals with other specific health-related concerns including weight loss, pain management, and sleep. Additionally, Dr. Peer treats general stress, life transition concerns, anxiety, and depression among adults and older adults.

Outside of the practice Dr. Peer has been a Lecturer at the University of Michigan-Dearborn. He is also a public speaker and noted author. He has been published in several prominent interdisciplinary journals including Emerging Adulthood, Adultspan, and the Journal of Policy and Practice in Intellectual Disabilities.

Tamara Purtell MA, LPC

I have over 10 years of experience working with adults and teens with substance use disorders, behavioral issues, trauma, difficult family relationships, self-esteem, body image, and self harming behaviors.  My work experiences include individual and family therapy, residential substance abuse treatment, intensive outpatient treatment, and supervision for limited licensed counselors. I utilize person centered therapy, motivational interviewing, trauma focused cognitive behavioral therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy and dialectical behavioral therapy. My goal for therapy is to help instill hope and growth into your life through providing tools, support, and guidance to gain self-awareness.

Angela Saborio MA, LLP

Anxiety, depression, trauma, stress, and addiction are difficult battles to fight alone. I have dedicated my career to cultivating growth and wellness in individuals. Allow my passion for helping others to guide you on your journey. I have almost twenty years of experience working with adults with a wide range of mental health issues. I have extensive experience working with  anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, post traumatic stress, substance abuse, and traumatic brain injury. I have successfully worked with a variety of populations, including retired athletes, veterans, first responders, and civilians with traumatic brain injury.

I attended the University of Detroit Mercy and graduated with a master’s degree in clinical psychology with a focus on addiction studies. I use cognitive behavior therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), and trauma-focused therapies, including Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT) and Prolonged Exposure (PE). An individual’s personal therapy goals and unique experiences are important to me. I know that each person is unique, and because of that I believe in providing a nonjudgmental, person-centered approach. 

Shelby Wilson MS, LLP, BCBA

I am a Master’s Level Psychologist who specializes in children with behavioral difficulties and their families. I work with children and adolescents with Autism Spectrum Disorder, ADHD, anxiety and other childhood disorders along with their families to create lasting behavior change. I also work with adults who are experiencing anxiety and depression and who are looking to learn skills to help them live their lives to the fullest.

I utilize a strength-based, integrated approach to address challenging thoughts, behaviors, and emotions that you or your child may be experiencing. We will work together to identify triggers, learn effective ways to prevent and respond to the problem, and build skills to promote healthy living.

Phoenix MacGregor MS, LLP

I have been told that I’m an “agent of change”. If you are looking for a change, then you are in the right place. I firmly believe that we all hold within us everything we need to be happy, healthy, thriving and successful people. We sometimes just need some guidance in order to coax out the necessary qualities at the needed time. My job is to act as your guide, and help you find what is hidden within. Taking that journey with another person is my passion, and I’d be honored to join in yours.

Each case is taken individually. The goals of the individual/couple guide the direction of the therapeutic journey. I have experience with individuals, couples, families, and groups in all stages of life and all with one thing in common- they are taking the first step to real and lasting change.

Bianca Bartley MA, TLLP

I have a diverse experience working with both adolescents and adults, with a former focus on those involved with the legal system. I’ve worked in crisis management and de-escalation, as well as general outpatient therapy. I am able to assist in a wide range of needs. I do have a social justice approach, combined with person-centered and positive psychology. I work with individuals where there are at and as a therapist, we will approach treatment goals together.

I completed my Master’s in Counseling Psychology at Western Michigan University and am continuing education for certification for substance use disorders. I do have experience working with adults with substance use concerns, and have conducted psychoeducational groups for depression, anxiety, communication, and many other mental health topics. 
Nothing is one size fits all, and you will not face potential challenges alone! 

Lauren Gardiner, LMSW

I have been providing services to adults for over 10 years. I received both my Bachelor’s and Master’s in Social Work from Wayne State University.

Through my years of practicing, I have worked providing supportive therapy to clients individually as well as within a family system. I have worked to assist clients to develop coping skills to work through stressors, every day challenges as well as depression, anxiety, low self-esteem and life transitions.

My approaches used for therapy include cognitive behavioral therapy, motivational interviewing as well as using strengths-based approach. When we meet, we will work together to develop a plan and for you to learn techniques that will help you reach your goals.

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