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Meet The Team

Brooke Bendix

Founder | LMSW

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From my early years as a camp counselor to leading groups for teens in clinical practice, my mission is to empower the next generation to lead a more valued life. Growing up in today’s world isn’t easy! As a licensed psychotherapist, I help children, teens, and families develop healthy skills to manage their emotions, thoughts, and behaviors. This form of evidence-based practice, known as dialectical behavior therapy (DBT), helps to teach the next generation how to cope better with life’s stressors – ultimately reducing anxiety!
With over 14 years of clinical experience in the field of mental health, my practice is rooted in creating a strong therapeutic relationship built on trust and compassion.
I believe it is my calling to support kids and their families.

I received a Bachelor of Science degree from Michigan State University and a Master of Arts (AM) degree from the University of Chicago School of Social Service Administration. After ten years of practice, I completed a Clinical Fellowship in Dialectical Behavior Therapy and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy from the University of Chicago. I also serve as part-time faculty at Wayne State University School of Social Work.

Kimberly Love

LMSW

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Kimberly is a licensed Masters social worker specializing in helping individuals of all ages to improve daily functioning and empower them to lead a fulfilled life. Her areas of expertise include working with children as young as five through 18 years old who experience challenges related but not limited to: Autism Spectrum Disorder, ADHD, behavior disorders, mood disorders, interpersonal relationships, self-esteem, and building social skills.

Kimberly received her Masters degree in Social Work from the University of Michigan and her Bachelor’s degree in Sociology also from the University of Michigan. She has over 12 years of clinical experience working as a school social worker in both public and private school settings and provides individual psychotherapy, family therapy, crisis intervention, and parent consultation. Her clinical work in school settings has enabled her to be a passionate parent advocate in the field.

Hillel Day School Director of Student Services Emphasizes Mental Health

Rachel Freidenreich

LMSW

she/her/hers

Taking the first steps toward change can often feel overwhelming! I am here to guide you through this journey of life-long change. I am passionate about partnering with my clients as they discover their resilience and develop a deeper understanding of themselves to improve their quality of life. As a Licensed Masters’ Social Worker, I hold a specialty of being a trauma-focused cognitive-behavioral therapist. This enables me to be highly attuned to each client and provide a warm, secure, and safe base to explore their feelings and experiences as we work through different areas of trauma.

With several years of experience providing therapeutic services to people of all ages and backgrounds. I particularly love working with children, adolescents, and adults as I find joy in watching them develop and grow. My specific areas of expertise include: trauma and PTSD, grief and loss, anxiety, behavioral issues, depression, family conflict, life transitions, interpersonal relationships, and building a healthier self-esteem. Your story, your feelings, and what you have to say matter, and I am here to support you along your journey to accomplishing your goals!

Jaclyn Pfingsten

LLMSW

she/her/hers

Sometimes we need support to help us as we are navigating along the journey of life. Do you find you spend most of your day in fear-based thinking? Or does it feel like you are just going through the motions and lacking purpose? I work collaboratively with my clients to help them to build resiliency. I have a passion for empowering my clients to feel confident to not only cope with their current challenges but to build trust in their ability to cope with the future challenges that will come their way.

Creating a safe inclusive space for clients to open up is a core value of my practice. Feeling comfortable to explore thoughts, feelings, or behaviors that are causing distress, I believe, is one of the most important aspects of therapy. I specialize in working with children, teens, and young adults who are experiencing anxiety, depression, life adjustments, low self-esteem, and interpersonal conflicts.

As every client is unique, I utilize an integrative approach that services each client’s specific needs and goals. At Therapyology we are all about empowering the next generation. Together, let’s continue to normalize reaching out for support and breaking the stigma of mental health!


My education and training began in earning my bachelor’s degree at the University of Central Florida in Psychology. Following that, I went on to become a Certified Yoga Teacher which sparked my interest in the use of mindfulness and the mind-body connection in the field of mental health. My passion for mental health then grew as I went on to pursue my Masters of Social Work degree from Wayne State University.

Amanda Goodman

LMSW

she/her/hers

People often downplay how difficult navigating life can be, whether it’s a major life event or the typical everyday tasks. I am here to support you on the journey of growth and help guide you through life’s stressors! As a licensed clinical social worker, I have several years of experience working with children, adolescents, and young adults. I am passionate about helping kids and teens find their paths. My areas of expertise are helping those with anxiety, depression, ADHD, interpersonal relationships, family conflict, or life adjustments. Utilizing a client-centered approach, I meet my client where they are at and focus on their individual feelings and needs. I aim to assist clients in fulfilling their potential to become the best that they can be, all while supporting them and their mental health.

Prior to my work as a clinical social worker, I worked in the Early Childhood camps at Temple Israel and Hillel Day School as well as a school Social Worker and a member of the student support team at Oakland Schools Technical Campus. One of the most important things I have learned is the benefit of asking for support when you need it. As a product of a divorced and blended family, I have a deep understanding of the inner dynamics of family struggles and conflict. This personal experience has enabled me to create a safe and secure place for clients to work through their feelings during these life changes. I am devoted to helping clients work through tough times in their life and improve their mental health.

I received my bachelor’s degree from Michigan State University and my master’s degree in Clinical Social Work also from Michigan State University. My training and certifications include addiction certification, youth mental health first aid, motivational interviewing, trauma-informed care, and suicide assist training.

Lexie Kay

Intern

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Hi! I’m Lexie. I am currently working towards my Masters degree in Social Work at the University of Michigan (Go Blue!) and completing my practicum at Therapyology. While I may be a clinical social worker “in training” my passion for helping children and teens began many years ago during summers spent at sleepaway camp. Being a counselor and supervisor at sleepaway camp was where I developed my spark for supporting campers through many different social and emotional issues. Then, while attending college at Michigan State University, I pursued a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology with a minor in Organizational Leadership and Jewish Studies. Being involved in several different organizations provided me with the experience and leadership opportunities to pursue a career in social work helping to change the lives of the next generation… at Therapyology! I am passionate about helping kids and teens find their way and reaching their full potential. My areas of training include: anxiety, mood disorders, body image and self-esteem, and behavioral issues in children.

To work with me and learn more about my therapeutic approach, schedule your appointment today!

Shivanjali Singaraju

Intern

she/her/hers

Hello, I’m Shivanjali! A thriving intern at Therapyology pursuing my Master’s in social work at Wayne State University. Throughout my childhood I always dreamt of being a pediatrician and working with children; however, during college I found my passion for psychology and set forth to pursue a career helping children be a better version of themselves. Prior to the pandemic, I fell into my second passion: social justice. For years I had felt ashamed of my heritage and ethnicity as an Indian until I realized that I had nothing to be ashamed of; I learned to embrace my heritage and culture. I then began advocating and educating myself on cultural competency and the importance bringing cultural awareness to mental health and the field of social work. Since 2012 I have been volunteering with youth groups at nonprofit organizations mentoring and tutoring kids and teens in various capacities such as a camp counselor and musical instructor. Today I am also fiercely proud of my culture, religion, and my identity. I am super excited to bring my passions and background to Therapyology to continue to empower the next generation so they can be the best version of themselves!

Brooke Bendix

Founder | LMSW

she/her/hers

From my early years as a camp counselor to leading groups for teens in clinical practice, my mission is to empower the next generation to lead a more valued life. Growing up in today’s world isn’t easy! As a licensed psychotherapist, I help children, teens, and families develop healthy skills to manage their emotions, thoughts, and behaviors. This form of evidence-based practice, known as dialectical behavior therapy (DBT), helps to teach the next generation how to cope better with life’s stressors – ultimately reducing anxiety!
With over 14 years of clinical experience in the field of mental health, my practice is rooted in creating a strong therapeutic relationship built on trust and compassion.
I believe it is my calling to support kids and their families.

I received a Bachelor of Science degree from Michigan State University and a Master of Arts (AM) degree from the University of Chicago School of Social Service Administration. After ten years of practice, I completed a Clinical Fellowship in Dialectical Behavior Therapy and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy from the University of Chicago. I also serve as part-time faculty at Wayne State University School of Social Work.

Kimberly Love

LMSW

she/her/hers

Kimberly is a licensed Masters social worker specializing in helping individuals of all ages to improve daily functioning and empower them to lead a fulfilled life. Her areas of expertise include working with children as young as five through 18 years old who experience challenges related but not limited to: Autism Spectrum Disorder, ADHD, behavior disorders, mood disorders, interpersonal relationships, self-esteem, and building social skills.

Kimberly received her Masters degree in Social Work from the University of Michigan and her Bachelor’s degree in Sociology also from the University of Michigan. She has over 12 years of clinical experience working as a school social worker in both public and private school settings and provides individual psychotherapy, family therapy, crisis intervention, and parent consultation. Her clinical work in school settings has enabled her to be a passionate parent advocate in the field.

Hillel Day School Director of Student Services Emphasizes Mental Health

Rachel Freidenreich

LMSW

she/her/hers

Taking the first steps toward change can often feel overwhelming! I am here to guide you through this journey of life-long change. I am passionate about partnering with my clients as they discover their resilience and develop a deeper understanding of themselves to improve their quality of life. As a Licensed Masters’ Social Worker, I hold a specialty of being a trauma-focused cognitive-behavioral therapist. This enables me to be highly attuned to each client and provide a warm, secure, and safe base to explore their feelings and experiences as we work through different areas of trauma.

With several years of experience providing therapeutic services to people of all ages and backgrounds. I particularly love working with children, adolescents, and adults as I find joy in watching them develop and grow. My specific areas of expertise include: trauma and PTSD, grief and loss, anxiety, behavioral issues, depression, family conflict, life transitions, interpersonal relationships, and building a healthier self-esteem. Your story, your feelings, and what you have to say matter, and I am here to support you along your journey to accomplishing your goals!

Jaclyn Pfingsten

LLMSW

she/her/hers

Sometimes we need support to help us as we are navigating along the journey of life. Do you find you spend most of your day in fear-based thinking? Or does it feel like you are just going through the motions and lacking purpose? I work collaboratively with my clients to help them to build resiliency. I have a passion for empowering my clients to feel confident to not only cope with their current challenges but to build trust in their ability to cope with the future challenges that will come their way.

Creating a safe inclusive space for clients to open up is a core value of my practice. Feeling comfortable to explore thoughts, feelings, or behaviors that are causing distress, I believe, is one of the most important aspects of therapy. I specialize in working with children, teens, and young adults who are experiencing anxiety, depression, life adjustments, low self-esteem, and interpersonal conflicts.

As every client is unique, I utilize an integrative approach that services each client’s specific needs and goals. At Therapyology we are all about empowering the next generation. Together, let’s continue to normalize reaching out for support and breaking the stigma of mental health!


My education and training began in earning my bachelor’s degree at the University of Central Florida in Psychology. Following that, I went on to become a Certified Yoga Teacher which sparked my interest in the use of mindfulness and the mind-body connection in the field of mental health. My passion for mental health then grew as I went on to pursue my Masters of Social Work degree from Wayne State University.

Amanda Goodman

LMSW

she/her/hers

People often downplay how difficult navigating life can be, whether it’s a major life event or the typical everyday tasks. I am here to support you on the journey of growth and help guide you through life’s stressors! As a licensed clinical social worker, I have several years of experience working with children, adolescents, and young adults. I am passionate about helping kids and teens find their paths. My areas of expertise are helping those with anxiety, depression, ADHD, interpersonal relationships, family conflict, or life adjustments. Utilizing a client-centered approach, I meet my client where they are at and focus on their individual feelings and needs. I aim to assist clients in fulfilling their potential to become the best that they can be, all while supporting them and their mental health.

Prior to my work as a clinical social worker, I worked in the Early Childhood camps at Temple Israel and Hillel Day School as well as a school Social Worker and a member of the student support team at Oakland Schools Technical Campus. One of the most important things I have learned is the benefit of asking for support when you need it. As a product of a divorced and blended family, I have a deep understanding of the inner dynamics of family struggles and conflict. This personal experience has enabled me to create a safe and secure place for clients to work through their feelings during these life changes. I am devoted to helping clients work through tough times in their life and improve their mental health.

I received my bachelor’s degree from Michigan State University and my master’s degree in Clinical Social Work also from Michigan State University. My training and certifications include addiction certification, youth mental health first aid, motivational interviewing, trauma-informed care, and suicide assist training.

Lexie Kay

Intern

she/her/hers

Hi! I’m Lexie. I am currently working towards my Masters degree in Social Work at the University of Michigan (Go Blue!) and completing my practicum at Therapyology. While I may be a clinical social worker “in training” my passion for helping children and teens began many years ago during summers spent at sleepaway camp. Being a counselor and supervisor at sleepaway camp was where I developed my spark for supporting campers through many different social and emotional issues. Then, while attending college at Michigan State University, I pursued a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology with a minor in Organizational Leadership and Jewish Studies. Being involved in several different organizations provided me with the experience and leadership opportunities to pursue a career in social work helping to change the lives of the next generation… at Therapyology! I am passionate about helping kids and teens find their way and reaching their full potential. My areas of training include: anxiety, mood disorders, body image and self-esteem, and behavioral issues in children.

To work with me and learn more about my therapeutic approach, schedule your appointment today!

Shivanjali Singaraju

Intern

she/her/hers

Hello, I’m Shivanjali! A thriving intern at Therapyology pursuing my Master’s in social work at Wayne State University. Throughout my childhood I always dreamt of being a pediatrician and working with children; however, during college I found my passion for psychology and set forth to pursue a career helping children be a better version of themselves. Prior to the pandemic, I fell into my second passion: social justice. For years I had felt ashamed of my heritage and ethnicity as an Indian until I realized that I had nothing to be ashamed of; I learned to embrace my heritage and culture. I then began advocating and educating myself on cultural competency and the importance bringing cultural awareness to mental health and the field of social work. Since 2012 I have been volunteering with youth groups at nonprofit organizations mentoring and tutoring kids and teens in various capacities such as a camp counselor and musical instructor. Today I am also fiercely proud of my culture, religion, and my identity. I am super excited to bring my passions and background to Therapyology to continue to empower the next generation so they can be the best version of themselves!

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