Counseling Staff 2017-09-08T11:21:16+00:00

Counseling Staff


laura BrandtLaura Brandt, M.A., L.L.P.

Laura Brandt graduated from Hope College with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology and Business Administration. She completed her Master of Arts degree in Counseling Psychology at Western Michigan University. Laura enjoys working with clients ranging in years from adolescence through adulthood. She believes in meeting her clients at the unique place they face in their life journey. Her clinical interests include anxiety and mood disorders, self-esteem issues and shame, grief and loss, faith/spirituality, relationship concerns and women’s issues.

Sister Colleen AnnSister Colleen Ann Nagle, FSE, M.A., LPC

Sister Colleen Ann Nagle is a member of the Franciscan Sisters of the Eucharist, whose Motherhouse is in Meriden, CT. She received a Bachelor of Elementary Education from Viterbo College, La Crosse, WI, a Masters of Arts in Counseling and Child Development from Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI and a Masters of Arts in Moral Theology from Holy Apostles College and Seminary, Cromwell, CT.

During her thirty years as a therapist, Sister has been a teacher, counselor, administrator, and consultant. From 1988 to 1996, she worked with the Kent County Juvenile Court in the Adolescent Sex Offender Program. She provides consultation services and crisis intervention to schools and parishes. She has given presentations on a wide variety of topics including “Men and Anger: Evaluation, Engagement and Treatment,” and “How to Help Adult and Child Survivors of Sexual Abuse.” Sister also presented “An Integrated Approach to Play Therapy,” in both the United States and the Holy Land.

Currently, Sister sees private clients, works as a school counselor in several area Catholic schools and is the director of the Franciscan Life Process Center.

Professional Memberships: American Counseling Association, Michigan Counseling Association, Michigan Mental Health Counselors Association

Lindsey AftonLindsey Afton, M.A., LLMFT

Lindsey Afton graduated from Calvin College with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology and Psychology. She completed her Masters of Arts degree in Marriage, Family, and Couple Counseling at Western Michigan University. Lindsey enjoys working with families, young children, adolescents, and individuals with chronic illnesses. Her clinical interests include grief and loss, relationship concerns, parent-child relationships, children of divorce, and chronic health issues.

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Sister Mary Paul Moller, FSE, LMFT, LCPC, RPT-S

Sister Mary Paul Moller is a member of the Franciscan Sisters of the Eucharist, whose Motherhouse is in Meriden, CT. She received a Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education from Catholic University of America in Washington DC; a Master’s of Science in Animal Science and Therapy from Michigan State University in East Lansing, MI and a Master’s Degree in Mental Health Counseling from Idaho State University in Pocatello, ID.  She is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist as well as a Registered Play Therapist-Supervisor.  Over the past 25+ years, Sister has been a teacher, counselor, custody evaluator and court appointed parenting coordinator. She developed the Community Task Force on Child Sexual Abuse in Pocatello, Idaho, was the director of the Franciscan Counseling Center in Pocatello and has worked extensively as a counselor in the Parochial School system.  She has given presentations on a wide variety of topics including Creative Play Therapy, Using Play as a Diagnostic Tool and Parenting with the Virtues. Sister also co presented with Sister Colleen Ann “An Integrated Approach to Play Therapy,” in both the United States and the Holy Land.  Sister recently joined the staff at the Franciscan Life Process Center and is currently working as a school counselor in several area piccoCatholic schools and sees private clients at the Center.  Sister has also trained and works with a certified therapy dog named, Piccola (Picco for short) who has joined the staff with her.

Professional Memberships:  Clinical member of AAMFT (American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy), APT (Association of Play Therapy), and the Michigan Play Therapy Association.


Abigail HansenAbigail Guevara Hansen, Ph.D.

Abigail Guevara Hansen graduated from Michigan State University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1989. She obtained her doctorate training in Clinical Psychology from Pacific Graduate School of Psychology in Palo Alto, CA and earned her Ph.D. in 1999. She has worked in private practice as a fully licensed psychologist in the state of Michigan for 15 years. Dr. Guevara has a private practice in Rockford, MI since 2004 where she works primarily with adults with a wide area of clinical issues ranging from mood disorders to trauma.
Dr. Guevara’s past work experience includes working with diverse cultural groups in California and Texas. It has been her aspiration to broaden her clinical work in West Michigan to include her bilingual (Spanish) and bicultural experiences.


Emily Andersen, MSW, LMSW, OSW-C

Emily is a clinical social worker. She completed her Bachelors of Social Work from Grand Valley State University in 2004 and her Masters of Social Work from Western Michigan University in 2008. Emily has assisted individuals and families over the past 10 years through her work in mental health, pregnancy counseling, special needs adoption, and most recently as an oncology social worker.  Emily’s enjoys working with couples and families to heal relationships and improve communication. She works with adolescents and adults in all stages of life. Emily has experience helping those struggling with depression, anxiety, grief and loss, perinatal mood disorders, and coping with chronic illness.

Peter Birkeland, Ph.D. pbirkeland

Rockford Psychological Services,16 North Monroe, Rockford, MI  49341,  provides consultation and supervision to our therapy staff.

Dr. Peter Birkeland is a licensed clinical psychologist in the state of Michigan. His undergraduate degrees in Psychology and Biology were received in 1981 from the State University of New York at Binghamton (now Binghamton University). He received his Master’s degree in clinical psychology in 1983 from Michigan State University and his Doctorate degree in clinical psychology from MSU in 1985. He interned at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit and Dearborn, Michigan.

Dr. Birkeland has worked in inpatient and outpatient settings at Reading Hospital in Reading, Pennsylvania and at Pine Rest Hospital in Grand Rapids, Michigan. He has been in private practice for 23 years with his main office in Rockford, Michigan and a satellite office in Big Rapids, Michigan. He does psychotherapy with adults and adolescents as well as marriage and family therapy. He also specializes in formal assessment of ADHD, developmental academic disorders and personality. Contact Dr. Birkeland at 616-866-4830.