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Millie A. Paterson PLLC

Counseling and Therapy Services for
St. Clair, Sanilac and Huron counties.
Virtual Services available Statewide.


We provide DBT (dialectical behavior therapy) and CBT (cognitive behavioral therapy) to persons seeking change in their life situation. These changes may include a new relationship or job, the addition of children or elderly parents to care for, the advancement in age of children or self. Change in any form, whether good or bad, creates an imbalance and one will feel need for that to be “righted” somehow. We can help you put an image to the associated threats and explore those opportunities, that may create a satisfying change.


We provide support to couples searching gain insight into their relationship.  Couples are defined as two persons in a committed relationship, whether LGBQ or straight.  Common areas of concern addressed include issues with money, parenting, sex, infidelity, in-laws, chronic health issues, infertility, gambling, substance use, emotional distance and frequent conflict.  Sometimes individuals in a relationship get so comfortable with each other, they forget to “work” at their relationship.  Fault is never assigned, as couples seek to find their balance through specific goals, with the assistance of a trained therapist.


We provide support to individuals and couples that may have experienced a loss. Those losses may include the loss of a loved one, the loss of a trusted friend, even a cherished animal. The loss of children, parents and best friends. Individuals experience the loss of vision, hearing, kidney function and limbs. Loss is a deep emotion that begs to be expressed.  Sometimes a professional can best assist in that process.


We provide families with support and guidance as they navigate through sometimes uncharted places.  Families don’t look like they did in 2000.  Problems in families are patterns or systems that need adjusting, not individuals.  Family counseling can address mental health concerns that impact the family such as depression, chronic illness, and food/shelter issues, substance use, interpersonal conflict, communication or behavioral problems in children and adolescents.  We can help guide your family in identifying the source of the pattern and explore solutions though collaborative change.

Therapy Sessions

Our Mission

Our Mission is to provide a confidential and safe place to help you, and your family improve stability within interpersonal relationships and strengthen family bonds.


If you are struggling in your day to day life with difficulty focusing on your work, if you no longer find pleasure in the things that used to bring you joy, if you can’t seem to find the energy you used to have, if life just seems dull and you find yourself turning to medications, alcohol or drugs – you may find therapy helpful.

About Us

Millie A. Paterson PLLC offers professional and personable counseling services. We meet you where you are, offer an understanding and compassionate therapists to assess the nature of the problem, and work with you to reach your goals whatever they may be.


You can count on our professional staff to take care of your counseling needs. Your emotional well-being is our priority. Our staff of competent, culturally diverse therapists are here to help you regain confidence, find peace, resolve conflicts, and dissolve depression.


Populations served: ages 12 - 99  


Accepting Medicare and Medicaid Plans: McLaren, United Health Care Community Plan, Molina, Meridian, Blue Cross Complete, Straight Medicaid. Most commercial plans in and out of the State of Michigan including: Blue Cross Blue Shield, Blue Care Network, Magellen, Aetna, ASAGEHA, Cigna, Cofinity, Health Alliance Plan, Humana, McLaren, Priority Health, Tri-Care, Valenz-Insight, Varipro. We work with over 15 EAP plans, and most Auto or Injury insurances.


Millie A Paterson LMSW, CAADC, MBA has been in practice for over 35 years. She is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, graduating from Wayne State University. Millie has been certified in many areas that bring a unique perspective to her practice. She worked specifically with EAP, (Employee Assistance Programs) for 13 years. In this area of practice, she utilized brief, solution focused therapies to assist individuals and their families. She also worked with employers, achieving certification as an SHRP (Senior Human Resource Professional). With her EAP and SHRP certifications she was able to assist employees and employers in finding solutions to work/family conflicts. Millie also holds a specialty in substance abuse services achieved in 1987. She re-certifies every 4 years with CAADC (Certified Advanced Alcohol & Drug Counselor). Millie achieved her MBA in 1997 in an effort to assist employers recognize the value an employee brings to their team. She has worked with HPRP (Healthcare Professional Recovery Program) treating those providers that treat each of us. Millie helped establish the “Lunch Buddies Program” and has volunteered on the Boards of many non-profits. She has earned respect and accolades from those she treats as well as her peers.


Lisa Schoettle MA, LPC has been in practice for over 12 years. She is a Licensed Professional Counselor graduating from Michigan State University and Oakland University. Lisa’s history and experience lead her to excel in her work including both individuals and family systems. Lisa is well known in the areas of family trauma, domestic violence, suicide prevention, teenage anger management, and mental illness in our fragile youth. She devotes her “off work” time to generously give back to community. Lisa utilizes family systems theory as well as CBT (Cognitive Behavioral Therapy), and DBT (Dialectical Behavioral Therapy). Lisa excels in working with young children and teens. Helping families negotiate collaborative and goal directed change. Lisa’s office is quietly tucked within the “old downtown” Bad Axe. Helping others achieve individual success as well as managing a successful family is her passion.


Shelly Smith, LMSW has been in practice for over 20 years achieving her masters from Wayne State University. Shelly is trained in “Systems theory”. She recognizes that individual and families are each uniquely responding to the opportunities and threats that surround each of us in our daily lives. Shelly recognizes that what happens to one person in a family group, happens to everyone in that group. She specializes in linking individuals and families with needed and often necessary resources. Her work with the chronically mentally ill, developmentally disabled, the infirm and aging populations has received accolades from individuals she has served as well as her peers. Shelly understands the systems (Community Mental Health, Department of Health and Human Services, Community Action Agencies and other non-profits) that many individuals are forced to navigate. Shelly works exclusively in the Sandusky office.

Kathleen Callahan, LLMSW is currently accepting all Medicaid Plans and Straight Medicaid. She also accepts Medicare. Kathleen graduated from Michigan State University with her Master’s Degree in Social Work. She earned her Bachelor’s Degree at the University of Michigan. Kathleen specializes in pre-teen, and teens issues. She recognizes the challenges of parents in addressing the needs of this population, and assists moms and dads to find successful communication approaches with their children. She utilizes System Theory, CBT and DBT is her approach. She is a strong advocate of assisting others, to use their voice, and advocate for their individual needs. Kathleen has been trained in the most recent and successful, evidence based treatment modalities. She brings a wealth of knowledge to the practice.

Michelle Boyle, MA, LPC, CCTP is a licensed professional counselor and art therapist. Michelle is a Certified Clinical Trauma Professional, working with individuals who have experienced catastrophic accidents with resulting trauma and mood disorders. Michelle believes that the counseling process involves a therapeutic alliance between therapist and client with a goal of empowering the client to achieve positive change within their life. Michelle implements a variety of approaches in her practice, including (CBT) cognitive behavioral therapy, trauma work, (DBT) dialectical behavioral therapy, and expressive art therapy. Michelle brings an integrated approach of body and mind, treating the person as a whole, and coordinating psychological, biological, and systemic treatment needs.

Kelly A Trowhill, LLMFT, MAFPc - I look forward to getting to know you, walk alongside you, and assist you in building the tool kit to address your specific needs. I believe in listening closely, speaking little, and learning from you in the process. You are the expert in the room. I grew up in eastern lower Michigan near Lake Huron. I played sports throughout school and continue to run triathlons, adventure races, and enjoy boating. I enjoy Scottish Highland Games, Scottish/Gaelic/Norse culture, and a strong relationship with Christ. I obtained my undergraduate degree from Ferris State University, my first master’s degree from the University of Liverpool, and my marriage and family master’s degree from Northcentral University. During my training I worked in a crisis house in San Diego, California. My time there was invaluable. I was able to work with people from all walks of life in a microcosm of our greater world. Each experience helped to inform me of trauma treatment from the person-centered approach.

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