Therapist Biographies

Dawn Brown, LMSW

Dawn received her MSW from the University of Michigan and has been in practice for 23 years. Dawn has worked with families, children, adolescents, adults and groups. Difficulties addressed include: Autism Spectrum Disorder, ADHD, depression, anxiety, abuse, anger management, social skills, school difficulties, grief and loss and physical impairments. A multi-faceted approach is used in therapy with the belief that clients can be empowered to resolve their difficulties.

John Frasik, LMSW

John received his MSW from Wayne State University and
has been practicing social work for over 30 years. He has extensive experience working as a private therapist for adults and adolescents. He has worked in the state circuit court system for over 25 years in the Family and Juvenile divisions. John has worked with a variety of clients with
a wide range of concerns including depression, anxiety, trauma, parenting issues, intimacy and relationship issues. He believes in a positive, warm and calming approach by working together to generate understanding and solutions to stressors. It is crucial that a confidential, safe environment free of preconceived ideas, labels and judgment is created. John’s approach combines Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Humanistic and Rational Emotive as well as cognitive talk therapies.

Craig R. McLean, LMSW, ACSW

Since graduating from the Wayne State University School of Social Work with a Master’s Degree, Craig has worked for over 30 years providing mental health and substance abuse treatment in outpatient and hospital settings in Wayne and Oakland counties. He also assess Military Service members for post-deployment trauma and mood disorders. Using a variety of techniques including Motivational Interviewing, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Insight Oriented Treatment, and others, a safe environment is provided to encourage change and promote self-understanding and healthy choices.
Craig works with adults having depression and anxiety disorders, substance abuse concerns, trauma survivors, and the LGBTQ community.

Meaghen Pagel, LMSW

Meaghen graduated from Wayne State University with her MSW, with a concentration on children, families and youth and has been in practice for 15 years. She is a fully approved School Social Worker, and practiced in the schools for eleven years. In addition, Meaghen has maintained a clinical practice for 8 years. As a therapist, Meaghen evaluates and assesses the client’s mental health status to determine the proper treatment plan, in order for treatment to be effective and successful. Meaghen provides services and support to children, adults, couples, and families. She assists children, adolescents, and adults with positive coping skills for stress, anger, depression, ADD/ADHD, and anxiety. Meaghen also provides couples with effective problem solving skills, communication skills, and parenting skills. She facilitates mediations amongst families to encourage productive outcomes. Furthermore, Meaghen obtained a certification from Wayne State University in Drug and Alcohol Abuse Studies.

Maria Caldwell, LMSW

Maria graduated from the University of Michigan with her Master of Social Work. She held a clinical license since 2013. Maria works mainly with adult men and women and adolescents. She specializes in issues of relationships. trauma, mood disorders, addiction, dual diagnosis, and sexual problems. Maria has been trained extensively in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Motivational Interviewing. Her own modality includes hints of humanistic theory. In addition, she specializes in brief treatment for EAP referrals. Maria also has given many talks to professional organizations on topics including stress management, communication skills, conflict resolution, and caregiving.

Nancy Dahms Petrides, LMSW, ACSW

Nancy obtained her MSW from Wayne State University and has been in practice 25 years specializing in working with adults. The population she works frequently with are people suffering from addictions (alcohol, illicit drugs and gambling) and couple work. She also sees people who are struggling in their relationships. Her mode of therapy is brief emphasizing insight oriented treatment. Additionally, she performs driver’s license evaluations and evaluations on impaired health care professionals. She feels people come to her with the answers to their problems; it is her job to help them clarify these answers.

Samantha Santos, LMSW

Samantha received her Master of Social Work in 2014 from Wayne State University. Her expertise includes, but is not limited to, working with adolescents and adults who have experienced anxiety, depression, addiction, domestic abuse and sexual assault, and family conflict as well as other relationship difficulties. Samantha is client centered, and relies on a variety of therapeutic approaches with a focus on helping individuals improve self awareness and insight into underlying issues. Samantha is able to create a safe space where people feel connected and understood which allows them to make the changes they seek.

David Wines, LMSW

David obtained his MSW from Eastern Michigan University and has been in practice over 20 years. David specializes in adolescents aged 12-18 and adults. The population he works the most with is young males and individuals suffering from anxiety, depression and substances abuse, but he will see families and do group treatment. His therapy orientation is eclectic and he also performs evaluations for substance abuse and driver’s license issues. He likes to meet clients where they are at and help them achieve success as far as they want to go.

Dominique Zander, LMSW

Dominique graduated from Wayne State University with a Master’s degree in Social Work and has several years of experience working with children, women and families. Dominique is trained in Trauma Focused- Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Motivational Interviewing. Her primary focus is helping individuals through relationship issues, life transitions and traumatic experiences – child maltreatment, domestic violence, sexual abuse, and physical abuse or witnessing violent crimes. Dominique has lead self-esteem groups and trauma related groups and her therapeutic approach is Solution Focused Therapy.  Dominique enjoys speaking in school and community settings and believes that one of the important keys to healing and growth is having someone to help you rediscover your strength.