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About Us

Shani Saxon, LMSW

I believe that individuals are capable of connecting with a part of themselves that desires healthy change. When we are faced with life challenges, it impacts our emotional, mental and physical well-being. These challenges can become problematic and reveal themselves in our lives as anxiety, depression, anger, and health issues. I will assist you in gaining back control over your present and support your realization that your immediate circumstance is not a life sentence.


My goal is to meet you where you are, then help you tap into your own personal strength and resilience.I have extensive training and work experience with PTSD, complex trauma, and substance abuse. I am also EMDR trained! I facilitate workshops and seminars educating individuals about their own emotional well-being, and offer support and therapeutic interventions to identify and manage symptoms associated with the physical/emotional impact that depression and anxiety can cause.


I enjoy working with people from diverse cultural backgrounds and life stages (primary school, college students, veterans, seniors). I have clinical experience working with clients presenting with a wide range of concerns, including but not limited to: social justice, family issues, couples counseling, acculturation/adjustment, holistic health, & complex trauma.

Marya Sosulski, PhD, MSW

Marya Sosulski is a faculty member in Michigan State University’s School of Social Work. Dr. Sosulski teaches classes on social welfare policy and community organizing to undergraduate, Master’s, and doctoral students. Her research focuses on the experiences of individuals and communities as agents in undertaking journeys of personal growth and social change.


Currently, she is working on a project with organizations in Detroit to influence change in neighborhoods around the Michigan State Fairgrounds. A second project with her colleague Shani Saxon, involves gathering life histories of Black women living with serious mental illnesses to give voice to their strength and achievements, along with their everyday challenges and struggles.


Dr. Sosulski has over 20 years of experience in community education on social issues and social action, specifically addressing the consequences of implicit bias, race-, and gender-based privilege and oppression.

Ellise Lee, M.Ed
Creative/Digital Content Creator

Ellise Lee obtained her Bachelor's degree in Human Development and Family Studies from Michigan State University in May 2018, and advanced her education by obtaining a Master's of Education in Higher Educational Leadership with a Social Justice focus from Oakland University in August of 2020.

Her love for helping others and working with people started young, but really solidified through her participation in various groups and organizations geared towards mentoring, and the overall advancement of women and the Black community.


Ellise is passionate about equity and access issues and hopes to address them through her work in both the education field and non-profit sector. She is a lifelong athlete and lover of sports, children, and music.

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