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Meet the Counselors

Eman Ali

My name is Eman Ali and I'm from Canada. I graduated in 2010 with a Bachelor's degree in Science, majoring in Biology. But I wanted to pursue a more personally fulfilling career in my life, so I chose professional counseling. I enjoy working, listening and helping people, and I'm excited to start my journey. In my leisure time, I enjoy drinking coffee and herbal tea, hanging out with friends, and physical exercise.


Emily Arnett

My name is Emily I graduated from CMU in 2014 with a degree in Psychology and Child Development. Originally, I am from downstate however, I have been in the area for the last five years. I began my counseling journey in 2018 and am now in my second year in the Counseling program at CMU. In between studies I love to relax with my friends, family and my cats and enjoy keeping active. I am eager to begin my work in the clinic and am excited to help others on their journey!


Lauren Driesenga

My name is Lauren Driesenga, I'm originally from the Grand Rapids area. I have been a student at Central Michigan University for the past 6 years, and have really come to enjoy Mount Pleasant. During my undergraduate years I studied Psychology and Sociology, with a concentration in youth studies. In the fall of 2018 I started the counseling program, where I am currently working toward a degree in School Counseling. I thoroughly enjoy working with people, getting insight into their personal journey, and being a listening ear when needed most. Outside from counseling, I hike, boat, and camp most weekends during the summer. I love craft nights with friends and painting is a pass-time of mine. I look forward to the experiences I will gain working at the CCCD.


Charra Grist

Charra Grist is a graduate student studying to become a clinical mental health counselor. She is looking forward to working in the clinic to gain valuable experience to apply in the future. The populations she hopes to interact with include adults, couples, and children. While she is passionate about helping people, she is also an animal lover. Charra volunteers with The Extra Mile, a local organization. 


Allison Heberlein

Allison Heberlein is in her second year as a graduate student in the Central Michigan University Counseling program. She is interested in pursuing School Counseling and working with adolescents and young adults. She completed her undergraduate degree at Aquinas College in Grand Rapids, MI. She currently serves as a student representative on the College of Education and Human Services' Committee of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. While not attending school or working, she is interested in playing basketball, catching up on her favorite TV shows, and cuddling with her pup. 


Pamela Henning

Pamela Henning completed her undergraduate career at Central Michigan University in May of 2018 with a Bachelors degree in Psychology and Family Studies. She is now working through her graduate degree to pursue a Master of Arts in Counseling with a concentration in Clinical Mental Heath. She has previously worked with populations including children and survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault. Through her graduate training, she is knowledgeable on a variety of skills and techniques necessary to address concerns discussed in counseling. This Fall, she hopes to lend a hand to the community by guiding individuals through their navigation of issues impacting their lives. She is driven in her goal to shape an experience through counseling that cultivates positive transformation with compassion and acceptance.


Mackenzie Houseman

In May of 2018, I graduated from Northern Michigan University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology with a minor in Sociology.  I am currently in my second year of Graduate school for Clinical Mental Health Counseling at Central Michigan University. I intend to graduate from the Clinical Mental Health program in May 2021. After graduation, I plan on becoming a Licensed Professional Counseling (LPC). After I get my LPC I would like to focus more on anxiety and depression with adolescents to early adulthood. 


Katherine Kasper

I am in my second year in the program with a concentration in clinical mental health. I received my Bachelor's Degree in 2018 with Family Studies and Substance Abuse: Intervention, Education and Prevention. This semester I hope to grow as a professional counselor as well as help my clients to grow. 


Jason Lowell

My name is Jason Lowell and I completed undergrad at Central Michigan University with the completion of Bachelor of Science in Psychology with minor of Communications. I am currently a Counselor-In-Training at Central Michigan University and currently working towards my master's degree in Counseling. I have experienced numerous amounts of training in different areas throughout his educational career. My primary focus is with his clients on their own well-being.


Tristan Martin

Tristan Martin attained his B.S. in Psychology from Central Michigan University in 2018. Mr. Martin has experience working with substance abuse populations and working in clinical mental health. Formerly, Mr. Martin was the Student Government Association representative for a student organization focused on helping those who battle with substance abuse and addiction. Currently he is a second-year counseling program student enrolled at Central Michigan University.


Jamie Plummer

Jamie Plummer is a graduate student working towards her Master's degree in clinical mental health counseling. She graduated from Saginaw Valley State University in 2011 with a Bachelor's degree, majoring in criminal justice and minoring in psychology. She is originally from northern Michigan, but has lived in the mid-Michigan area for the last 11 years. She enjoys listening to people, learning about their lives, and helping them become their best selves and is looking forward to helping people do just that at the CCCD. In her free time she enjoys music, crafts, and spending time with friends and family. 


Kevin Schmitt

I graduated from Michigan Technological University in April 2016 and I'm currently finishing up my master's degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at CMU. I believe Mental Health is an under addressed issue in our society and that counseling is the best way that I can use my skills to address it. With a focus on solution-focused and existential theory, I want to help clients achieve their goals in a safe and collaborative therapeutic environment. While I'm not studying or working, I practice self-care by listening to music, playing video games, or watching tv shows.


Chanon Sethabutra

Hi, I'm a third-year student in the counseling program, specializing in school counseling. I graduated from Michigan State University in 2017 with a bachelor's degree in psychology.

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