Our Therapists, Coaches, and Staff

Johanna Ciak, MSW, Director

Johanna received her Masters Degree in Social Work from Eastern Michigan University with a concentration in Children and Family Services. Johanna has worked in the Social Work field since 1983.

Johanna started the William A. Presti Center for Families and Youth because she wanted to provide a caring, empathetic, and supportive environment for people that are struggling with emotional and mental health issues. She also wanted to provide services at an affordable price to make it easier for people to access services.

In her career, Johanna has worked with people experiencing anxiety, loss, low self esteem, depression and other emotional and mental health issues. She has worked in a variety of environments, including mental health, education, and residential. Johanna has provided services as a Therapist, Coach and Case Manager. She has also supervised programs for the chronically mentally ill and head injured adults. She was an Assistant Director and Director for a proprietary school. Currently, Johanna’s sole focus is the ongoing development of the center. She is proud of the Therapists, Coaches and support staff at our center. They are a truly committed, dedicated , group of professionals who care about providing a variety of services to the community. Our team is honored to serve the Livingston County and surrounding communities.

Johanna lives locally with her husband and her 15 year old dog! She loves long walks, reading, and collecting jewelry!

Email: jo@wapcenter.org

Arica VanGelderen, MSW, Operations Director

Arica VanGelderen, Operations Director, received a Bachelor’s degree in Art History from Kalamazoo College and a Masters Degree in Social Work from Loyola University.

I’m her role as Operations Director, Arica oversees and manages all daily operational tasks at the center. She monitors caseload reporting and records, employee onboarding, and compliance with business practices. She provides ongoing operational training and support to our staff.

Arica lives with her husband, three dogs and two cats. She enjoys art projects and loves sharing her creativity with her friends, staff, and family!

Email: arica@wapcenter.org

Kisha Hath, LMSW, Therapist, Child and Teen Liaison

Kisha received her Master's in Social Work from Michigan State University. Kisha also received a Bachelor of Science Degree from Baker College.

Kisha specializes in working with children and teens, but has experience with all age groups. She has worked with children as young as two, teens as old as 17 and adults. Kisha specializes in trauma, anxiety, depression, family conflict, and sexuality. Her passion is to help children, teens, and adults heal from emotional pain. Kisha strives to help her clients live an empowered life. Kisha utilizes evidence-based practices with her clients. She incorporates mindfulness, play and art therapy in her work with children and teens. Kisha always validates her client's feelings and listens to everyone's "story."

Whether in-person or virtually, Kisha provides a safe, welcoming, and judgement free environment. She works with your strengths to achieve your goals. Kisha understands that life is everchanging. She helps her clients work through feelings of helplessness, fear, and anger. She is an empathetic and caring clinician.

Kisha lives in Howell with her five year old Pomchi and her one year old cat. She enjoys traveling, concerts, crafting, and spending time with friends. She is an avid movie fan, especially horror movies.

Email: Kisha@wapcenter.org

Marcie Reznik, Accredited and Certified Life Coach

Marcie is an accredited and Certified Life Coach. She works with couples struggling with unhealthy communication, long standing unresolved, conflicts, intimacy issues, trust issues, pre marital exploration. She offers a supportive, solution focused approach to resolving conflicts. Marcie works with adults experiencing life transitions, including divorce, grief and loss, career changes, feelings of isolation, low self esteem, and spiritual exploration. As a Certified and accredited Life Coach, Marcie is passionate about helping her clients discover their true potential and guiding them towards success. She believes that everyone has the power to create the life they desire, and her role is to provide the tools and support necessary to make that happen.

She has always had a strong desire and affiliation for connecting to people. Her own personal life experiences over the last 50 plus years ended up heightening her strong sense of compassion and empathy towards people, especially those who are dealing with emotional and physical pain. Marcie utilizes a wide array of healing modalities that help support and facilitate growth and transformation. She wants to help all of her clients achieve self fulfillment as individuals and in their relationships. Marcie works collaboratively with her clients to create a warm, and welcoming environment. It is important to Marcie that her clients feel seen and heard to promote personal empowerment and growth.

Marcie currently lives in Wixom with her husband and one of her daughters. Her hobbies are working out, being outside in nature and spending her time with her family and friends. She looks forward to meeting you!

Email: Marcie@wapcenter.org

Kristen Holinski, Therapist, LLMSW, RYT

Kristen achieved her Bachelor of Science from Central Michigan University in Psychology and Substance Abuse, and a Dual title Master’s in Social Work and Infant Mental Health.

Kristen has over 15 years of experience working with infants, toddlers, children and teens. In addition, Kristen has worked with adults, parents and families. Kristen provides a supportive, holistic, and warm space for clients to explore, discover, develop and heal. Kristen specializes in practicing trauma informed care. She believes in the strength of addressing mental health concerns through an integrative approach rooted in evidence based practices and creative self expression. She helps her clients shift from feeling weighed down and stuck to thriving and achieving the life they aspire to.

In her work with babies, toddlers and young children, teens and adults, Kristen utilizes modalities in play therapy, behavioral therapy, art therapy, attachment based therapy, mindfulness practices, social skills training, narrative therapy, sand play therapy, trauma focused and cognitive behavioral therapy and music therapy.

Kristen has experience working with children experiencing behavioral issues, autism, depression, anxiety, life transitions, grief and loss, low self esteem, anger management issues, trauma, sexual abuse and assault, academic or career planning.

Kristen has supported biological, adoptive and foster parents and families experiencing family conflicts, parenting conflicts, divorce, foster care and adoption transitions, the loss of a child, addiction issues, chronic illness, pain management and burnout.

Kristen is a yoga teacher and meditation guide who helps lead others to peace and calm. She is inspired and fueled by nature and loves hiking and kayaking at our local state and metro parks. Believing that animals are truly a gift, she surrounds herself with her pets and her family when she is not at work; she has two huskies, a golden doodle, and two cats, all of whom go on adventures with her.

Change can be scary and not always wanted. Kristen will walk alongside you in your healing journey. Call her today. She is passionate about helping clients live an inspired, empowered, fulfilling life!

Email: Kristen@wapcenter.org

Mitchell Brown, CLC, BS, and Masters level candidate

Mitchell Brown, BS in Psychology, Certified Life Coach and Masters Level candidate. Mitchell received his Bachelor's in Psychology from Grand Valley State University. He is a Certified Life Coach and is currently pursuing his Masters Degree in Clinical Mental Health.

Mitchell has expertise working with teens experiencing anxiety, depression, low self esteem and relationship issues. Mitchell also has background working as a Behavioral Specialist with children and teens diagnosed with autism. He has mentored teens in a sports setting teaching mutual respect of each others gifts and the value of working as a team.

Mitchell works with children, teens, and young adults. He specializes in anxiety, depression, low self esteem, relationship issues, emotional management, peer relationships, socialization issues, and life transitions. Mitchell focuses on developing a warm, trusting, and collaborative relationship with his clients. He helps his clients gain clarity and new, healthy, perspectives with the issues they are struggling with. He will help you design a new path in life to achieve your goals. Mitchell believes that everyone has the ability to positively transform their lives!

In his spare time, Mitchell loves to travel, fish and enjoys boating. He loves playing sports! Mitchell has a great enthusiasm for life and energy to live every day to the fullest! He would love to share his enthusiasm with you and help you live a fulfilling, empowered, life. He looks forward to working with you!

Email: Mitchell@wapcenter.org

Amanda Leestma

Amanda Leestma is our Administrative Assistant/Scheduling Coordinator at our center. Amanda has previous experience doing administrative work. In addition, she worked in the Records Department at Child and Family Services. Amanda also worked as a Toddler Daycare Teacher.

Amanda schedules new appointments, maintains our Facebook page, and handles all administrative responsibilities for the center. She is the main point of contact for anyone seeking our services. Amanda is always friendly and eager to support our team. She is an integral part of our center and we appreciate her contribution. She has always wanted to help others and be a part of their healing journey.

Amanda lives in Hartland with her husband and three children. When she is not working, she is busy running from one activity to the next with her children!  In her spare time, she likes to craft and read. Amanda and her family are very active in outdoor sports all year long.

Email: Amanda@wapcenter.org

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