Meet Our Team

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Chance Gawlinski,

LLMSW, CADC

I am the founder of Second Chance Counseling Center LLC. I hold a Masters in Social Work and I am also a certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor. My passion and skill set is working with those in recovery of substance use and addiction, and helping promote recovery lifestyles. I have also been a facilitator in batterers intervention groups for domestic violence prevention in our northern Michigan communities since 2016. When I’m not fulfilling my life purpose of treating others in need of service, I am enjoying quality time with my best friend and wife, Alice. I also enjoy experiencing diverse populations and have been fortunate to experience many other cultures and countries in my travels over the years.  I like to bring a person-centered approach with my clients and provide an environment founded on trust, safety, and accountability.

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Sabrina Spearman,

LMSW

I am one of the three owners of Second Chance Counseling Center LLC. I earned my Master of Social Work in 2015.  I am a strong believer in Strengths Based Perspective. I have been trained in EMDR, Batterers Intervention from Duluth, Minnesota, Seeking Safety, many White Bison trainings, REBT, and Motivational Interviewing. In my off time, I enjoy helping others find a purpose by working through the mental health and substance abuse issues. I love spending time with my children and grandchildren. Football is a must for me as I am an avid Detroit Lions fan. I love being outdoors, enjoy cookouts and spending time in my pool.

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Cynthia Pepin,

LMSW, CAADC

I am one of three owners of Second Chance Counseling Center LLC. I am also the Clinical Director. I am a clinical social worker who graduated from Spring Arbor University in 2015. I like to focus on anxiety, depression, and trauma and work with all ages. I am trained in trauma focused cognitive behavioral therapy, EMDR, motivational interviewing, substance abuse, and rational emotive behavioral therapy. I enjoy spending time with my family and two dogs. 

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Carly Livingston
Insurance Billing/Intake Coordinator

I am the Intake Coordinator/Receptionist for Second Chance Counseling Center. I have been fulfilling this role for a year. I enjoy interacting with clients and helping guide them to the right clinician that could potentially help them meet their needs. I get to know a little bit about each person and their qualities. I am certified in ASIST (Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training).  After my youngest child is in school, I plan to go back to college and pursue a degree. I enjoy helping people and want to pursue that as a future career. I am a big family person and enjoy spending time with my husband and three children. In my free time, I enjoy reading, and crafts. On Sundays, I love watching football.

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Eva Gray
Intake Coordinator/Receptionist

I am the intake coordinator/ Receptionist for Second Chance Counseling Center. I have an associates degree in general studies, have experience working at Harbor Hall with the woman clients and I have had experience working with the elderly. I am an artist in my free time and enjoy taking on new challenges. I’m a mother to three children two boys and a girl, and dogs and cats. Along with a lizard and a dozen chickens. We as a family love to Kayak and Garden, we are always challenging the kids to grab a hammer and help build whatever projects pop into my creative head. My dream is to someday become an art therapist and show people how creativity can benefit mental health. 

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Alice Gawlinski
MSW Intern

I am currently a Masters level Intern Therapist.  I am deeply passionate about helping others overcome and reflect on their struggles. I approach therapy with a trauma-informed mindset, and aim to assist clients in understanding themselves on a deeper level. I enjoy working with people of all ages, including children and adolescents. In my spare time, I enjoy being in nature with my husband Chance and our two dachshunds, Pumpkin and Peach. 

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Ana Cunningham
LLMSW

I have a passion for working with those who have experienced childhood trauma and addiction issues. Other areas of interest include anger management, anxiety, dependency, low self-esteem, PTSD, coping skills, and depression.  I am trained in Seeking Safety, cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), mind and body skills for emotional regulation, PTSD, grief & loss, and evidence-based trauma treatments and interventions.  I believe therapy is an excellent opportunity for clients to explore in greater depth who they are, what they need and want, and how they would like to live.  My mission in life is to accompany clients on their journey of self-discovery.  I want to help others find the courage to look within and become masters of their inner world from which all love and creativity flow.  When I am not working, I enjoy cooking, spending quality time with my husband, friends, and family, reading, writing, traveling, and boating.

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Ashley Granger

LLMSW

I received my Masters in Social Work through Spring Arbor University. My areas of focus are anxiety, depression, trauma, and substance use. I enjoy working with individuals of all ages. I have experience in  cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT), rational emotive behavior therapy (REBT), and motivational interviewing. I currently facilitate a substance use recovery group which promotes a healthy, sober lifestyle. I knew from an early age that my calling in life was to help others and being a counselor has fulfilled this dream and passion. When I am not working, I enjoy spending time with my husband and two dogs. We enjoy being outdoors and traveling.

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Esther Brill
LLMSW

I earned my master’s degree in social work from Spring Arbor University and am drawn to working with clients living with trauma, anxiety, and depression. It is very important to me to create a safe space for my clients to be themselves without fear of judgment. I am a firm believer in self-care and hope to help my clients gain a better understanding of what that means for them.

When I am not working, I am active in the local community theatre, both on and offstage. I also love music, particularly old school alternative like The Smiths and The Pixies. I am married to my best friend and have four children, two dogs, and one angry cat.

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Jennifer Blaisdell
LMSW

I received my masters in social work at Wayne State University in 2013. I decided to go into social work because I enjoy meeting new people and have a passion to help others. I have worked as a medical social worker in nursing homes and home care health settings.  During this journey, I provided ongoing support and counseling to older adults and their families. Being a social worker is so rewarding because I can help provide tools and resources in this journey that we call life. When I am not helping others, I enjoy spending time with my husband and children.

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Steven Wallace
MSW Intern

I am currently working at Second Chance as a Master's Level intern through Spring Arbor University. I'm primarily interested in working with teens and young adults but am enjoying working with Second Chances diverse client population. In my spare time, I enjoy making music (mainly guitar, but I play 4 other instruments as well) and listening to it, too. I like all kinds of music from BB King to Metallica to Pink Floyd and Fleetwood Mac. I also enjoy playing basketball and soccer with my friends as well as video games.

Kylie Alexander
MSW Intern

I am currently a master level intern, and I am learning as much as I can about clinical social work and counseling. I hope to one day work with teens and young adults. I am interested in anxiety and depression, as well as other mood and behavioral disorders.  

 

In my free time, I like to read and write, listen to music, and take walks. I also enjoy playing video games and spending time with family and friends.

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Kathryn Jean

LMSW

I began my career as a Social Worker over 40 years ago.  Over the years, I have practiced in a large variety of clinical settings.   Areas of experience in Clinical Social Work practice include the area of Crisis Intervention, Trauma Intervention, Residential Mental Health setting, Medical Social Worker in hospital, nursing home. Home health, Domestic Violence, Substance Abuse, Child Abuse & Neglect, Adoption, and private practice with youth and adults.  

 Besides having received my Master’s in Social Work, I have received numerous certifications for continued education which I value highly. I have had the privilege of working with colleagues who shared their knowledge and expertise with me.  I continue to be mentored by a Native American Medicine man who shares his wisdom and presents an opportunity allowing me to learn about and understand my Native heritage and the Spirituality of healing.  I bring this all together and provide psychotherapy and advocacy to support community-services as a Licensed Social Worker.

My clinical approach to therapy is rather simple.  People seek Social Work services typically because they have a “problem” and need help dealing with it and getting the best outcome.  Social Workers are “problem solvers”.  I approach clinical treatment with a problem-solving model that is Wellness focused and results in empowerment.  My approach to therapy is client setting treatment goals that reflects a consideration of the many aspects of “Wellness.”

The Wellness pathway is meant to allow for folks to begin making changes in their lives that promotes obtaining or maintaining optimal health and wellness.  Wisdom from traditional behavioral health theory of wellness and practices of traditional Native Americans healing and rituals is integrated and provide evidence based Social Work services for those seen by me.

There is a sign at a business near I live that says, “It’s easier to stay well than it is to get well.”  Staying on the “pathways” which leads to Wellness, or even finding what aspect of Wellness you want to be on, can be something that seems overwhelming and perhaps frightful. Discovering Wellness pathways, to move forward and heal, and then sustain wellness is empowering.  To empower others means that you understand their needs, intentions, goals, and challenges, and are willing to assist them and, ideally, enter into a mutual aid relationship with them.