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Meet Our Team

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Chance Gawlinski,


I am one of the three owners of Second Chance Counseling Center LLC. I hold a Masters in Social Work degree 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 facilitating battering 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, and our two miniature dachshunds, Pumpkin and Peach. I cherish friendship, traveling, music, classic monster movies, and pinball.  I like to bring a person-centered approach with my clients and provide an environment founded on trust, safety, and accountability.


Sabrina Spearman,

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, DBT, 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.


Cynthia Pepin,

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
Insurance Billing/Intake Coordinator

I am the Insurance Biller/ and fill in for Intake Coordinator 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.


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

Hello! I am currently a Masters level intern therapist. I am deeply passionate about helping people overcome and reflect on their challenges. I am trained in EMDR (eye movement desensitization and reprocessing therapy) for PTSD and trauma, DBT (dialectical behavioral therapy) informed therapy to help individuals who struggle with emotional regulation, addictions, and effective communication, and I utilize several other evidence-based modalities when assisting clients. I approach therapy with a trauma-informed mindset, and enjoy building authentic and positive therapeutic relationships with clients. In my free time, I enjoy cooking, reading, and spending time in nature with my husband and our two miniature dachshunds, Pumpkin and Peach.  

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Ana Cunningham

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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Steven Wallace

I earned my Master's Degree in Social work from Spring Arbor University and have a passion for working with teens and young adults. Specifically, I have experience in working with anxiety, depression, boundaries, and relationships. I most often use Acceptance and Commitment principles alongside my client-centered approach with my clients, but I am trained in DBT as well. I've known since I was in middle school that I wanted to be a therapist, and now I get the opportunity to do so with Second Chance! 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.


Esther Brill

I earned my master’s degree in social work from Spring Arbor University and am drawn to working with teen and adult 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 also certified in DBT and offer DBT-informed therapy for people living with BPD and suicidal ideation. It is my goal to expand those skills to the best of my ability and help my clients to become the best version of themselves.

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 and 80s new wave. I am married to my best friend and have four children, two dogs, and one angry cat.

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Jennifer Blaisdell

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.

Heather Cornett

I hold a Master’s degree in Social Work and am trained in EMDR therapy. The primary areas of focus I work with include: Trauma/ PTSD, Anxiety, Depression, Bi Polar, ADHD, Relational difficulties, Boundaries, and Codependency.

I believe in a strength-based approach to therapy and seek to provide a safe judgement free environment for clients. The modalities of treatment I commonly utilize include: EMDR, CBT, and Mindfulness Practices.

I have been married for 17 years, have three children, and a Wheaten terrier named Lola. In my free time I enjoy attending music festivals, collecting records, travel, fires on my deck and reading in my hammock. 

Amalia Harvey

My name is Molly and I am a Clinical Therapist, a Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor, a Certified Prevention Specialist and a Certified Yoga Teacher. I graduated with my Masters of Social Work from Michigan State University, and I am extremely passionate about working in the field of behavioral health and drug and alcohol prevention education-specifically with adolescents. In 2013, I also completed my 200 hour yoga teacher training, after seeing the many ways in which yoga had helped me transform my body and mindset. I consider myself a life-long learner, and I am fascinated by finding the most efficient and effective ways to help clients discover the undiscovered parts of themselves through a trauma informed approach. By combining my10 years of yoga experience with more traditional therapeutic techniques, I love to help clients break through subconscious limiting beliefs and live a more authentic and peaceful life.


Kathleen Miller
Intake Coordinator/MSW Intern

At Second Chance Counseling, I have the pleasure of working within two different areas of the clinic. I fill in part time as an Intake Coordinator, and I serve as an Intern for the company as well. Currently, I am attending Spring Arbor University and pursuing a Masters Degree in Social Work.  I am excited to be able to practice my skills through Second Chance Counseling. From a very early age, I knew that I wanted a job within the helping profession. Interacting with people and helping them find tools to feel confident and successful is a passion that has fueled my academic journey, and I am overjoyed to be able to make it a career within the next few years. In my spare time I enjoy spending time with my friends and family, going on adventures, or even just staying in and playing games. Some alternative passions of mine include: reading, writing, crafting, watching TV, and snuggling up on the couch with my cuddle bug of a cat.

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