Counseling Services Available
Students with poor academic performance, disciplinary issues and truancy may be dealing with a mental health issue such as anxiety, depression, low self-esteem, relationship difficulty, anger, self- harm, high risk behaviors, etc. One in five teens and young adults experience mental health illness regardless of social status. The key is awareness and acceptance. Misunderstanding mental health leads to discrimination and stigma which affects the student’s willingness to seek help for the issues that he/she is struggling with. Students need to be reassured that it is common for adolescents to experience mental health issues that interfere with the ability to do well in school and that it is “okay” to ask for help.
A team of trained mental health professionals are available year-round at SHACC for individual and group counseling and resources. Counselors guide students to develop the skills needed to manage the issues and allow them to be successful at school.
Robert J. Devers, Psy DDr. Robert Devers obtained his Doctor of Psychology Degree in 1993. As a fully licensed psychologist he is experienced in providing outpatient psychological evaluations and therapy to a wide range of individuals and families. He also obtained his Specialist Degree in School Psychology. Dr. Devers has provided counseling services at SHACC since 2007.Janet Hess, MA, MSWJanet has worked her entire career in the Upper Peninsula including 15 years at Pickford schools. She graduated from Sault Area High School, Lake Superior State University and Central Michigan University. She specialized in work with depression, anxiety disorder, and marital problems. She worked at Pickford schools for 15 years. Her interests include outdoor activities, running, and activities on Lake Superior. Janet has provided counseling services at SHACC since 2015.James F. Muller, M, MFTJames is a licensed family therapist who specializes in work with families as well as resistant adolescent, abusive relationships, and organizational consultation.Renee Labadie, LMSWRenee is a licensed Master's Social Worker who obtained her degree at Grand Valley State University in 2011. She has also achieved a Bachelor Degree in Human Services with Minors in Sociology, Social Work and Human Services Administration from Lake Superior State University. She completed her internship with the Luce County Department of Human Services. Renee's employment history includes experience with Chippewa County Department of Human Services, Hiawatha Behavioral Health, and Community Action.Counseling services are billed to insurance. Insurance including Medicaid is accepted.The SHACC counselor's time is blocked especially for you. Please call us to reschedule if you are not able to keep your appointment so that the time can be provided to another student who needs this service. It is SHACC policy that if you miss a scheduled appointment twice without notifying the SHACC there will be a 30-day waiting period prior to another appointment being scheduled.