Our Therapists

Katherine

Katherine M. Ajluni, MS, LLMFT, Marriage and Family Therapist

“Do you feel like you are searching? Searching for the reasons why you are unhappy in your relationships or lack of relationships? Searching for reasons why there are so many problems in your family? Searching for the reasons why you are unhappy in your life or career? Searching for the reasons you feel run down and uninspired?

It is in relationships that we experience love and comfort, as well as pain and confusion.  I create a warm and supportive environment and relationship with you.  I help create a place where you, you partner, your child or your family can feel safe and comfortable enough to explore the things which are problems in your life.

My goal in therapy is to help you to achieve the goals you identify in counseling. It is to help you live a more full and healthy life, both in relationship to others and to yourself.  I would like to help you discover the answers that you are searching for and to implement those answers in your life.”

Katherine received a Bachelor of Applied Arts in Child Development from Central Michigan University.  She received her Masters of Science in Marriage and Family Therapy from Valdosta State University.  She has experience working with families and adolescents.

She works with couples, individuals, families and children to answer the questions which bring them to counseling.  She specializes in relationship issues, parenting issues, troubled children and teens, and depression. Katherine works in the Brighton office. 

rhonda

Rhonda Bantsimba, MSW, LLMSW, Social Work.

Rhonda Bantsimba is a limited licensed social worker. She is committed to helping her clients improve their relationships with others, as well as, helping those who struggle with feeling of low self-esteem and a sense of inadequacy. She has experience working with clients who experience women’s issues, multicultural issues, anxiety and depression.

Rhonda received her undergraduate degree and her Masters of Social Work degree from the University of Michigan. She has years of experience training volunteers and agency staff to be HIV prevention/test counselors. She also has trained numerous people in reproductive and sexual health education. Rhonda sees adolescents, adults, couples and families in the Brighton and Ann Arbor offices.

SPECIALTY AREAS: Couples and Marriage Counseling, Pre-marital Counseling, Divorce Counseling, Multicultural Counseling, Women’s Issues Counseling.

Contact Rhonda at Rhonda@relationshipcentermi.com

joe

Joe Dragun, PhD, Psychologist.

Dr. Joseph Dragun is a licensed psychologist. He is the founder and clinical director of Relationship Center of Michigan. Joe has committed his professional career to helping individuals and couples improve their relationships. He offers individual and group counseling to those who feel frustrated, hurt, misunderstood or confused in their relationships. He works to help clients achieve a confidence in themselves which leads to both a closer and more satisfying bond with their family and friends, as well as a more fulfilling lifestyle.

Joe received his Bachelor’s Degree from Wayne State University, Specialist’s Degree from Center for Humanistic Studies, and Doctoral Degree in Clinical Psychology at Union Institute and Graduate School. He has pursued advanced training in marital therapy, including certification in Emotionally Focused Couple Therapy.  He also has completed extensive training in Relational Gestalt therapy. His book, Falling in Love is Not Enough, is available through Amazon. Joe sees a limited number of clients in Brighton and in Ann Arbor.

SPECIALTY AREAS: Relationships, Couples and Marriage Counseling, Affair Recovery, Coping with Divorce.

Contact Joe at joe@relationshipcentermi.com

Karl Gill

Karl Gill, MA, LPC, Professional Counselor.

Karl Gill is a Licensed Professional Counselor. He has experience helping couples to better communicate with each other, which results in their better understanding each other, growing closer to each other, and more easily solving their differences. He also has a great interest in working with adolescents on issues such as anger, defiance, stress, organization skills and peer interactions. He currently leads a Grief and Loss Support group focusing on helping individuals work through the loss they have experiences.

Karl received his Bachelor’s degree from Eastern Michigan University. He received his Master’s Degree in professional counseling from the same institution. He has pursued additional training in anger management and couples therapy. Karl sees children, adolescents, adults, couples and families in the Brighton office.

Specialty Areas: Anger Issues, Grief and Loss, Pre-marital Counseling, Adolescent Counseling, Couples Counseling.

Contact Karl at Karl@relationshipcentermi.com

 

Michael

Michael Rudy, MSW, LMSW.

Michael Rudy is a Licensed Masters Social Worker. He is passionate about being a therapist. In all of his work, he focuses on helping his clients to transcend the limits which have been placed upon them by their history and their past. His goal is to help his client to attain their highest potential as human beings.

Michael received his Bachelor of Arts in Social Work degree from Wartburg College in Waverly, Iowa. He subsequently received a Master of Social Work degree from the University of Iowa in Iowa City.

He has served also completed postgraduate work at the Michigan Psychoanalytic Institute in Farmington, Michigan and currently is completing the certification program in psychoanalysis from the Michigan Council for Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy. He has worked in diverse settings, including on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation and in private practice. He has also created and conducted a rehabilitation programs specifically for men convicted of domestic violence. He also has extensive experience in the business world, as a financial planner.

SPECIALTY AREAS: Relationships, Anxiety, Depression, Self-Esteem, Anger Issues
Contact Michael at michael@relationshipcentermi.com

Rita

Rita R. Newell, MS, LPC, Professional Counselor

“Sometimes we can feel stuck and in a rut. Maybe you find yourself repeating habits that are hurting you or others.  Yet you can’t seem to stop the habit. Perhaps you have had a painful experience that keeps bothering you and interfering with your happiness.  It may be that you are so overwhelmed with negative feelings, that it is hard to enjoy life. Or possibly, it’s just that you can’t seem to shake that critical voice inside that says you aren’t good enough.

Together, we will work to help you resolve experiences, feelings and behaviors that are getting in your way.  I want to help you forge a path to your greater well-being, greater freedom and greater happiness.

I provide a safe and supportive environment where you will be able to achieve greater self-understanding, confront fears, and develop new skills.  Let’s work together to help you start living life more fully.”

Rita obtained her Bachelor of Science degree from The Defiance College.  She earned her Master of Science degree in Mental Health Counseling from University of St. Francis.  She is currently working on obtaining a doctorate in Clinical Sexual Health. 

She enjoys working with adults, children and adolescents.  She specializes working with those struggling with trauma, relationship issues, Christian counseling, depression and anxiety. Rita works in the Brighton office.

Kristina

Kristina Gojcaj, MA, TLLP, Psychologist

“Are events from the past preventing you from experiencing the full potential of your life? Are you experiencing stress from life changes, such as health challenges, loss of a loved one, career, parenting, empty nest, or a recent move? Are you feeling anxious or depressed about a relationship? Are you feeling disconnected from what really matters to you?

I want to help you gain a sense of hope.  For there is hope that your future can and will be better and that you can overcome the problems that you are now facing. My role is to help you and your loved ones gain new understanding, compassion, ways to connect more deeply, and any skills needed to address your painful situation. I firmly believe that you change. As this occurs, you can achieve a more balanced and happier life.”

Kristina has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from the University of Michigan-Dearborn.   She earned her Masters of Arts degree in Clinical Psychology from the Michigan School of Professional Psychology.  She has additional training in testing.

Kristina works in our Brighton office.  She sees children, adolescents and adults.  She specializes in marital issues, parenting issues, troubled children and teens, as well as individuals who are depressed or anxious. 

Christopher DeBoer, MA, LLPC, Professional Counselor

“I want to help you to break out of any negative patterns that you may have . These patterns can be as simple as procrastinating at school, work or at home.   They could more serious, such as anxiety, problematic relationships or addictions.  The focus of our work can be any pattern which makes it difficult for you to meet your responsibilities, which are painful or which cause you to miss the joy in life.

I believe that you possess the innate qualities necessary to ease your suffering and to heal. Part of my job is to point out, foster, and reinforce your inherent skills  I want you to experience deeper satisfaction from your life, to attain your goals, and to have more fulfilling relationships.  The end goal is to help you thrive.    

If you are interested in a partnership to help you meet the challenges in your life or to learn how to deal with difficult emotions or to see how rewarding life can be, I’m interested in working with you.

My educational background includes a Bachelors of Science degree, a Master of Arts in Counseling from Eastern Michigan University, and a three year certificate in The Gestalt  Counseling and Training Institute of Ann Arbor.”

Chris works in the Ann Arbor office.  He has experience working with troubled children and teens, victims of trauma, marriage counseling , spiritual issues and anxiety.  He works with children, adolescents and adults of all ages.

Meet Our Office Staff:

phyllis

Phyllis, Practice Administrator

Phyllis is the practice manager at Relationship Center of Michigan. Phyllis graduated Eastern Michigan University with an education major. She has extensive work experience in healthcare administration, including medical records. She provides billing and reception services, as well as other work. Phyllis will be glad to answer your questions regarding our practice.

Colleen

Colleen, Administrative Assistant.

Colleen is the office administrative assistant at the practice. She has training in billing and coding and a strong background in customer service.  She provides reception services, schedules intakes, and handles some insurance issues. She is another welcoming person who is happy to answer your questions regarding our practice.

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