Psychology Associates - Mid Towne

Elaine Decker, MS, LPC
Licensed Professional Counselor
(616) 458-4444 Ext. 12

Elaine Decker, MS, Licensed Professional Counselor enjoys working with a wide age range of individuals, families, and couples (ages 5 to 63) to guide them toward understanding their life’s story, as well as help them work toward reconstructing a new healthier way of living.  Whether it is anxiety, depression, bipolar, ADHD, ODD, anger, grief, couple’s issues, chronic illness, or trauma experiences as presenting concerns, Elaine works with clients to help them understand themselves and their old story from a Narrative perspective and uses a CBT and EFT approach to therapy to develop skills toward a new story.  It is from this base of understanding that healing and growth allow for a new personal story of healthier coping skills and greater fulfillment and meaning in life.  Elaine is described by her past clients as “very compassionate, humorous, and open”.

Elaine earned her Master of Science Degree from Illinois State University in 1987.  She has worked in the field of mental health services starting in Illinois in group homes for 5 years, and then various organizations in Grand Rapids including Wedgewood and Pine Rest Christian Mental Health Services.  Elaine joined Psychology Associates in December of 2015.  She has specialized training EMDR Level 1 & Level 2 for working with trauma, EFT training for working with couples, and Military Sensitivity Training for working with military veterans and families.

Julie Galat, MA, LLP
Limited Licensed Psychologist*
(616) 458-4444 Ext. 15

Over the past 20 years Julie has worked in a variety of mental health settings including Holland Hospital in-patient Behavioral Health, HCH Employee Health, and private practice. Julie currently enjoys working with individuals and families who may be experiencing significant life struggles such as relationship problems, chronic pain, and common mental health conditions like depression or anxiety. Her mind-body approach consists of cognitive behavioral therapy, biofeedback and hypnosis to assist people with the development of improved self-awareness and new methods of coping.

B.S. Grand Valley State University
M.A. Western Michigan University

Treatment areas and expertise include:
› Anxiety and Depression
› Habit Disorders
› Grief & Loss
› Chronic Pain Conditions
› Couples Counseling
› Post-Partum Depression

*A Limited Licensed Psychologist may practice under the supervision of a Licensed Psychologist.

Ann Leasher, LMSW, CADC, SPADA
Licensed Master Social Worker
(616) 458-4444 Ext. 26

Ann has a range of expertise treating substance use and mental health issues in individuals and families. She combines effective treatment strategies along with a compassionate and insightful look into helping others work through pain, loss and difficult life events. Ann specializes in a gender-responsive and trauma-informed approach in healing addiction, grief and loss, depression and relationship issues. She is committed to providing personalized care and the best opportunity for lifelong recovery.

B.S. Grand Valley State University
M.S.W. Grand Valley State University
S.P.A.D.A. Western Michigan University
Certified Addiction and Drug Counselor

Treatment Areas Include:
› Substance Use and Addiction
› Grief and Loss
› Depression and Anxiety
› Relationship Issues
› Trauma
› Infertility
› Codependency and ACOA Issues
› Women’s Health
› Self-Esteem
› Co-Occurring Disorders
› Health Professional Recovery

Alicia Mannes, LPC, LMFT
Licensed Professional Counselor
(616) 458-4444 Ext.38

Alicia is licensed as both a Professional Counselor and Marriage and Family Therapist and has been working in the mental health field for the past 17 years. Besides being in private practice she has worked as a substance abuse counselor and grief counselor for Hospice. Alicia enjoys working with adolescents and adults, as well as with couples and families. She has a heart for working with pastor families and for the LGBTQI community and their loved ones. Alicia has been specially trained in Prepare-Enrich, a premarital and marriage program designed to build strong marriages. She is committed to providing quality counseling for the mind, body and soul. 

BA Calvin College,  MA Central Michigan University

Stress Management
Pastor families
Self Harm
Marriage and Family therapy
Spiritual issues
Women's issues
Nance Robson, NCC, LPC
National Certified Counselor, Licensed Professional Counselor
(616) 458-4444 Ext. 25

Nance provides treatment for adults, specializing in restoring relationships with families or couples experiencing issues with communication, emotional connection, and/or sexual intimacy. Nance is pastorally (theologically) trained and offers faith-based counseling to those who desire to utilize their faith in the healing process.

B.S. Portland State University
M.S. and Doctoral Training
Pastoral Counselor
(Clinical Psychology and Theology)
Loyola College in Maryland
Certificate: Clinical Pastoral Education

Treatment areas and expertise include:
› Marriage and couples (EFT and Gottman)
› Sex therapy
› Sex addiction
› Coping with disability or cancer
› Anxiety/stress; Depression
› ADHD: Adult
› Trauma
› College students
› Women's and family issues
› Adapting to disabilities

› American Counseling Association
› American Association of Christian Counselors
› National Board of Certified Counselors

Joanna Unangst, MA, LLP
Limited Licensed Psychologist*
(616) 458-4444 Ext. 17

Joanna Unangst is a master's level psychologist with a warm, compassionate, and insightful clinical approach, who enjoys providing excellent mental health treatment and counseling to individuals 18 and over. Joanna incorporates body awareness and mindfulness into counseling, as well as cognitive behavioral skills, focusing on client strengths. Many clients experience a number of meaningful changes in the process of counseling. Joanna is skilled in working with you as you seek to move from stagnation towards growth, from fear to trust, from pessimism to authenticity, and from powerlessness to freedom.

Treatment interests include:

-anxiety and depression

-grief, loss, and trauma

-pregnancy and postpartum issues

-stress reduction

-resilience and adaptation to change

-spirituality and mindfulness

*A Limited Licensed Psychologist may practice under the supervision of a Licensed Psychologist

Craig A. De Witt, PsyD
Licensed Psychologist
(616) 957-9112 Ext. 21

Dr. De Witt has been in practice for over 20 years and specializes in the treatment of children, adolescents, adults and couples. He is committed to providing caring and effective help in a safe, professional atmosphere to individuals and families who are struggling and desire assistance.

B.A. Calvin College
Psy.D. Rosemead School of Psychology

Treatment interests and expertise include:
› Child, adolescent and adult ADD
› Depression and anxiety
› Trauma and stress
› Postpartum depression/anxiety
› Work, family and marital difficulties
› Stress management for pain-related issues
› Psychological evaluations and assessments for child custody cases
› Collaborative divorce coach

› American Psychological Association
› Michigan Psychological Association
› Nat'l Reg. of Service Providers - Psych

Daniel J. De Witt, PsyD
Licensed Psychologist
(616) 957-9112 Ext. 24

In private practice since 1983, Dr. De Witt enjoys working with clients of all ages, seeking creative and individualized solutions to presenting problems.  He uses an active and engaging style, building on personal and spiritual strengths, to help you successfully meet life’s challenges.

B.A. Calvin College
Psy.D. Rosemead School of Psychology Biola University

Treatment interests include:
› Anxiety
› Depression
› Marital difficulties
› Parenting issues
› Coping with cancer and other chronic illnesses
› Health psychology
› Post-partum depression/anxiety

Assessments include:
› Child custody
› Vocation and employment screening

Laurie Arnswald, DNP, RN, NP
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
(616) 458-4444, Ext. 34

Dr. Laurie Arnswald, DNP, RN, PMHCNS-BC, is a licensed nurse practitioner, board certified as a Psychiatric Mental Health Clinical Nurse Specialist. Dr. Arnswald provides psychiatric evaluation, medication management and psychotherapy for adults with mental health problems. Dr. Arnswald works with adults who are at risk for developing or who have common, acute or chronic persistent mental health problems, illnesses or crises. With a particular interest in health promotion counseling, Dr. Arnswald works with individuals who wish to maximize control over their health and chronic disease management through the use of healthy lifestyle behaviors.

Dr. Arnswald incorporates the biological, psychological, social and spiritual elements of mental health care in her approach. Using advanced clinical judgment and practice, each patient's plan of care is personalized to their unique circumstances and needs using an integrative approach in evaluating impacting factors. Dr. Arnswald also holds a tenured faculty position in the nursing department at Grand Rapids Community College.

B.S.N. - Bachelors of Science in Nursing from Northern Illinois University
M.S.N. - Masters of Science in Nursing from Wayne State University
D.N.P. – Doctor of Nursing Practice from Madonna University

Adult Psychiatric-Mental Health Clinical Nurse Specialist by the American Nurses Credentialing Center
Nurse Practitioner Specialty Certification by the State of Michigan
Nurse Health Educator Graduate Certification by Madonna University
Certified Nurse Educator by the National League for Nursing

*Nurse Practitioners in Michigan can be delegated prescriptive authority through a collaborative agreement with a physician licensed to practice medicine.