Meet Our Team

Chance Gawlinski,

LLMSW, CADC

Sabrina Spearman,

LLMSW

Cynthia Pepin,

LMSW, CAADC

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.

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.

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. 

Carly Livingston

Intake Coordinator/Receptionist

Ashley Granger

LLMSW

Teri Lamia,

LMSW, CAADC

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.

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.

I obtained my Masters Degree in Social Work through Spring Arbor University where I also teach part time for the social work department. I am licensed by the State of Michigan as a clinical social worker and am certified by the Michigan Certification Board for Addiction Professionals as an advanced alcohol and drug counselor. I am trauma focused cognitive behavior therapy trained and recently completed EMDR training with Dr. Greenwald through the Trauma Institute and Child Trauma Institute. I was trained by Josh Smith at the DBT Institute of Michigan in dialectical behavior therapy. I also have experience in  CBT, REBT, ACT, and Motivational Interviewing. I enjoy working with individuals living with substance use disorder, PTSD, phobias, obsessive compulsive disorder, anxiety, and other mental health disorders.

​When I am not working, I enjoy spending time with my children, grandchildren, and fur babies.

​I offer telehealth services on Tuesday and Thursday evenings and some weekend hours to serve those that need after hour appointments.

Kelly Hughes

MSW Intern

Esther Brill

MSW Intern

I am currently a master’s level intern. I am working on learning the many dynamics of what it will take to become a clinical therapist. My passion for completing my master’s degree through Spring Arbor University comes from my trials and tribulations in life.

            My areas of interest include mental health, trauma, substance abuse, and educational advocacy. As an intern with Second Chance Counseling Center LLC, I will experience a diverse level of clinical therapist styles and a diverse cliental population.

            I have worked in the mental health setting for fifteen years. I am a mentor in Gentle Teaching principles founded by Dr. John J. MaGee. Gentle teaching focuses on building safe, loving, and engaged relationships.

            When I am not at work or in class, I enjoy spending my free time reading, listening to music, and spending time in nature. My husband and my two children are strong supporters in the continuation of my education.

I am currently a master’s level intern, and learning everything I can about the clinical side of social work. I am most interested in anxiety disorders and trauma, although my education has already introduced me to other areas of interest that could potentially be a good fit for me. 

When I’m not working or in class, I am active in community theatre, both on and offstage. I am also an avid reader and writer, and hope to publish someday. I love music, particularly old school alternative like The Smiths and The Pixies. 

I am married to my best friend and mother to both kids and pets. 

Ana Cunningham

MSW Intern

I am currently a clinical master’s level intern, and 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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