Who are we?

We’re a group practice of holistic counselors on a shared mission to demystify the process of therapy, remove shame and stigma, and hold space for conversations around healing and wellness. Our aim is to offer a solid and steady presence for growth and healing and to provide a safe and comfortable counseling experience. When we meet with clients, we do so with empathy, respect, humor, and compassion. Therapy should be a place to dig deep and work hard, but we believe the best kind of therapy is when you can also have a little bit of fun.


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Annie Giupponi, LMSW

Owner, rooted counseling

annie@rootedcounselingmi.com
724.454.9024

I became a therapist because I believe people are pretty incredible.

As a person-centered clinician, my heart is in supporting and empowering women as they move through struggles and transitions of life. I work with clients from a strengths-based perspective, with a specialty in eating disorders and body image, pregnancy and postpartum transitions (PMADs), traumatic birth, infertility, overcoming perfectionism and anxiety, faith-based counseling, and sexual trauma. I have extensive training in utilizing Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) / Radically-Open DBT (RO-DBT), Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) / Trauma-Focused CBT (TF-CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Exposure/Response Prevention (ERP), and Family-Based (FBT)/Maudsely treatment methods.

When I’m not at work, you can find me practicing calligraphy and cross-stitch and other hobbies you generally only find 90-year-old grandmothers practicing. Current obsessions are drinking (overpriced) pour-over coffees, wandering around Target, cooking without a recipe, and filling my house with as many succulents as possible. I’m trying my hardest to learn Italian to keep up with my born-and-raised in Italy husband, and we love traveling all over the world almost as much as we love our little home here in Michigan. We have a baby girl and a rescue hound and we’re head over heels with both.

It’s an incredible privilege to be trusted with the stories of brave souls as they work through some of the most difficult parts of life. I am deep-down-to-my-bones grateful that my job is to love on people and help build healthy relationships – there’s nothing in this world I would rather do.

Education
I received my Master’s degree in Social Work (MSW) from the University of South Carolina and my Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Hillsdale College.

Intakes with Annie are $160 and sessions are $120.


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Damaris Garcia, LLPC

damaris@rootedcounselingmi.com
734.926.8461

I BECAME A THERAPIST BECAUSE I BELIEVE PEOPLE ARE CAPABLE OF CHANGE.

I view my role in counseling as a guide – walking through life’s struggles and defeats with my clients and helping them overcome challenges. My goal is to create an environment where clients feel welcomed and safe. Therapy can be intimidating, but when there's trust it's easier to do the hard work that comes with healing. I don’t have all the answers, but I do have tools that can move you along your journey towards healing. I incorporate CBT, Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT), and choice theory into my work with clients. I love working with both kids and adults, specializing in anxiety, emotional eating, relationship and intimacy struggle in women and couples, PREPARE/ENRICH pre-marital counseling, faith-based counseling, and life transitions.

Outside of work, you can find me with a book in hand, spending time with friends, or attempting new recipes in my kitchen. My husband and I love to go camping with our two dogs, Dodger and Bella, and we think they like it too.

Education
I received my Master’s degree in Counseling from Cornerstone University and my Bachelor’s degree in Spanish from Central Michigan University.

Intakes with Damaris are $140 and sessions are $100.


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Autumn De Silva, LMSW

autumn@rootedcounselingmi.com
517.565.4475

I became a therapist because I believe our narratives are important.

With a strong background in medical social work, my heart is in working with women and families through the adjustment to pregnancy/new parenthood, perinatal mood and anxiety disorders, children with special health care needs (CSHCN), caregiver stress, faith-based counseling, and chronic illness. I am passionate about walking with and empowering teens and adults through the messy, overwhelming seasons of life.

As a strengths-based counselor, I take a holistic, mind-body approach to healing, incorporating interventions from CBT and client-centered therapy. Using humor, empathy, and honesty, my therapy style is integrated and customized for each clients’ needs. I strive to create a safe space for healing and welcome the opportunity to listen to your story.

When I’m not at work, I’m enjoying time with my family, drinking coffee, and searching for new, adventurous restaurants to try. My husband and I (and our beagle, Munchkin!) enjoy exploring all the beauty that Michigan has to offer.

Education
I received my Master’s degree in Social Work from the University of Oklahoma. 

Intakes with Autumn are $150 and sessions are $110.


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Ashley Nederveld, TLLP, LLPC

ashley@rootedcounselingmi.com
616.291.3434

I BECAME A THERAPIST BECAUSE I BELIEVE EVERYONE HAS VALUE.

As a therapist, I focus on knowing a person holistically, truly seeing an individual as a person before anything else. Our stories, what really make us who we are, matter. We each have strengths and assets, along with vulnerabilities and areas we could improve. Instead of avoiding the areas that may be bringing us down, I encourage clients to engage in personal growth and exploration. I enjoy and specialize in working with children, adolescents, adults, and couples struggling with insomnia, life transitions, depression, anxiety, college students, LGBTQA+, and non-traditional lifestyles. My therapy style is eclectic to meet each client’s needs, incorporating interventions from CBT, CBT-I (CBT for Insomnia), ACT, play therapy, and person-centered therapy.

I am an advocate for services for all people, meaning persons of all genders, sexualities, ages, ethnicities, abilities, beliefs or religions, and lifestyles. Since therapy involves sharing a part of your story, I take my role seriously in providing a safe and meaningful environment.

When I’m not joining alongside clients, I am typically at home enjoying the unexpected adventures of family life. I enjoy road trips while listening to audiobooks, competitive board games that are taken too seriously, and collecting unnecessary gnome keepsakes.

Hope is real. Help is real. Your story is important.

Education
I received my Master’s degree in Counseling Psychology from Western Michigan University.

Intakes with Ashley are $135 and sessions are $95.


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Ustina Shives, MA, TLLP

ustina@rootedcounselingmi.com
260.577.3134
 

I became a therapist because I believe every person is uniquely strong.

To me, counseling is a journey of sharing personal problems, concerns, and stories and allowing the client work through their own solution. This work is deeply personal, and I am honored to have the privilege to share this journey and be trusted with your stories. As a person-centered therapist, I view clients through a “person-first” lens, assisting clients in identifying their own inherent strengths and self-worth. I enjoy working with teenagers, adults, and couples, specializing in improving boundaries, pre-marital/newlywed transitions, navigating conflict, life transitions, self-harm, and depression. I have extensive training in using CBT, DBT, mindfulness techniques and Gottman Method Couples Therapy (Level 1 and 2).

When I’m not at work, you’ll typically find me in a yoga class or training for a marathon – movement is one of my favorite forms of stress relief. I’m an avid coffee drinker and constantly looking for new cafes in the area. I enjoy spending endless amount of time with my family. 


Education
I received my Master’s degree in Counseling Psychology from Western Michigan University and my Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Michigan State University. Go Green!

Intakes with Ustina are $120 and sessions are $80.

 

- Counselors are contracted with Rooted Counseling, LLC to provide therapy services. -