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.
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.
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.
Megan Gandolfi, MA, LLPC, NCC, CCATP-CA, QIDP Professional Counselor
“You may be frustrated with issues, despite the work you have put into solving these problems. My goal is to help you to manage difficult feelings, to address your unique needs and goals, and to help you gain a positive emotional experience which changes how you live. Therapy places and emphasis on growth, wellness and empowerment. It is an investment in your future life and my commitment is to assist you to live a life of vitality and happiness.”
Megan has a Master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling, and is licensed to practice in the State of Michigan, as a Limited Licensed Professional Counselor. In addition, she holds certifications as a National Certified Counselor (NCC), a Certified Clinical Anxiety Treatment Professional (CCATP-CA) and a Qualified Intellectual Disability Professional (QIDP).
She works in our Brighton office. She sees children, adolescents and adults. Her specialties include: couples counseling, working with autistic children, individuals struggling with symptoms of anxiety, parenting, family counseling, and ADHD.
Renee Miller, MSW, LMSW, Therapist
“I want to help you move beyond simple contentment to experiencing joy and true satisfaction in all parts of your life. I hope to inspire you to become excited about your future and to transform yourself into a person you can be proud of.”
Renee strives to create a safe space, free of judgment, where clients feel comfortable, supported and heard. She enjoys helping clients to identify and build on their strengths, learn effective coping strategies and discover solutions from within. She believes our struggles and setbacks can be an opportunity for growth and learning.
Renee Miller is a licensed clinical therapist. She received her undergraduate degree from Oakland University and her Master’s degree from Wayne State University. Renee is also a professionally trained life coach. In the past, she has worked with diverse populations in the areas of crisis pregnancy, couple and individual therapy, sexual education and foster care.
Renee works in our Brighton office. She sees children, adolescents and adults. She specializes in relationship issues, parenting, pre-marital counseling, menopause/empty nest issues, as well as individuals who are depressed or anxious.
Surilla Lawrence, MS, LLPC, Therapist
“You are not alone! Life can be challenging, overwhelming and lonely. Today is the perfect day to regain control of your life. I welcome you to a safe, collaborative space where you can work to navigate life’s challenges. Utilizing evidenced-based practices, I will assist you to identify and take the necessary steps to heal and improve your life. Let’s challenge negative thinking patterns, beliefs, and experiences. Let’s dissolve past and present pains and restore hope. Let’s develop healthy ways of solving problems. I am excited about the possibility of helping you begin your self-care journey. Together, we can work to achieve greater mental wellness, gratitude and peace of mind.”
Surilla received both her Master of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling and her Bachelors degree from University of Phoenix. She has worked as an employee assistance counselor, providing services to people who had a wide variety of problems. Prior to returning to school and transitioning to the counseling profession, she owned and operated two businesses, while raising her family.
Surilla works in our Brighton office. She sees adolescents, adults, couples and families. Her specialties include couples counseling, Christian counseling, trauma and abuse issues, co-parenting issues, family counseling, depression counseling and grief counseling.
Ann Arbor Therapists
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
Ernest Kalina, MSW, LLMSW, Therapist
“Unhappy with yourself? Dissatisfied with your current life? Are your relationships unfulfilling? Do you feel anxious, depressed or angry? I can help you Increase your esteem, improve your relationships and feel better now. We go through our lives with stories that shape how we see both ourselves and those around us. These stories and ideas can limit us and prevent us from expressing and realizing our true nature and potentials. I collaborate with you by providing a safe place where you can share and examine your stories. By doing this you can explore and adopt new perspectives that support and encourage your increased happiness and satisfaction with life. I hope to help you discover your true self, which can lead to your empowerment and an improved sense of your life.”
Ernie received his Bachelors of Education degree and his Masters of Education degree from Wayne State University. He subsequently worked for many years as an elementary education teacher. Upon retirement, he obtained his Master of Social Work in Social Work Mental health from the University of Michigan. He has worked as a mental health therapist, a program and service coordinator, and a case manager.
Ernie works out of the Ann Arbor office. He sees children, adolescents, adults, couples and families. He specializes in relationship issues, loss and grief, addiction and recovery, life transitions, depression, gay men’s life issues, and parenting issues.
Louis Oswald, MSW, LMSW
Lou obtained his Master of Arts in Guidance and Counseling from Eastern Michigan University. He then completed requirements to obtain a Licensed Master Social Work license in the State of Michigan. For the past thirty years, he has worked as a therapist in various settings, including outpatient therapy, Intensive Outpatient Programs, community-based programs and residential settings. He has treated children, adults, couples and families with various mental health issues. He has extensive experience working with substance abuse issues, particularly with offenders and ex-offenders, involved with substance abuse related crimes. Lou enjoys working with a wide group of people including adults, couples, families and groups.
Lou works in the Ann Arbor office. He specializes in substance abuse, couples, anger management, men’s issues, trauma, anxiety, transition issues, and depression.
Phyllis M. Eaton, PhD, RN, PMHCNS-BC
Phyllis is a clinical nurse specialist who has been practicing as a therapist for over ten years. She has several degrees, culminating in her Doctor of Philosophy degree in Nursing from Hampton University. Initially, she pursued work in inpatient clinical settings and nursing administration and management in psychiatric settings. She also began teaching at local institutions of higher education. After she obtained her doctorate, she worked at various positions including department chair of Nursing and Allied Health at Norfolk State University. In 2018 she and her family moved to Michigan, where she obtained a position as Assistant Dean of Health Professions at a local college.
During her work as a nurse in inpatient settings, she discovered her love and talent for practicing psychotherapy and working with clients. She decided to pursue this passion by working part time as a mental health therapist, while pursuing her academic career. Thus she brings a blend of practical experience and formal knowledge therapy and of the issues which her clients face.
Phyllis is a warm, welcoming, accepting therapist who places her relationship with her clients and their needs at the center of her practice.
Phyllis practices in the Ann Arbor office. She specializes in working with couples, divorce issues, women’s issues, trauma, anxiety and depression.
Meet Our Office Staff:
Kristy, Office Manager
Kristy is the practice manager at Relationship Center of Michigan. She has extensive work experience in customer service. She provides reception services, as well as other work. Kristy is a very friendly person and will be glad to answer your questions regarding our practice.
Susan, Billing and Payments Administrator
Susan deals with our billing and payments. She has worked in a number of medical setting, specializing medical accounts and receivables, most recently as a supervisor. She will be responsible for billing insurance companies and our clients. If you have any questions about your insurance company or about your invoices, please feel free to call her.