Team Illuminate

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Our Team of Skilled Therapists

We love serving out community with empathy and compassionate care.

Jennifer Braman


Angela Vargas-



Carley Roberts


Celina Garcia


Our Team

We are grateful for the opportunity to serve you.

Jennifer Braman


Jennifer, Therapist and Co-Founder, provides services with a focus on supporting adults, couples and children. Jennifer is known for her transparent, practical style of speaking, teaching and coaching. Her passion is to guide others into a meaningful and purposeful life, particularly in the areas of personal growth, emotion management and self-esteem. Jennifer enjoys talking to young people and adults, encouraging them to do their best, love themselves and to reach for the stars.

Jennifer has been a licensed social worker for the last 20 years with experience working with adults, children, adolescents and their families. Her approach to counseling is to allow clients a safe place to share their story, to try to gain an understanding of their internal struggles and to help clients to gain confidence to set and achieve goals for themselves. With a welcoming environment and a resolve to help others to feel good about themselves and their futures, she will walk alongside you in meeting the goals that you have for yourself.

Jennifer offers individual, couples and family counseling. With a philosophy of strength based, solution focused therapy, Jennifer will help you rediscover your internal strength by providing caring, empathetic and genuinely supportive counseling. Jennifer specializes in support offered to those who are experiencing transitions such as a divorce, separation, or grief as well as those who may be struggling with anxiety and or depression.

Offering hope and healing to children, youth, adults, couples and families.

Angela Vargas-Avendaño


Se Habla Español

Angela, Therapist and Co-Founder, is a Licensed Master Social Worker who specializes in providing individual and family therapy to children and adults experiencing a variety of issues; depression, anxiety, trauma, substance use, and parent/child relational issues. With over a decade of experience in the mental health field serving as a Clinical Social Worker, she has acquired an eclectic skill set, providing her with the necessary tools to work alongside a diverse group of clients and professionals.

Angela earned her MSW from Grand Valley State University (GVSU) and also holds a Bachelor of Social Work and a Bachelor of Arts with a major in Spanish and minor in Psychology. She is trained in the evidence based practices of Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) and Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavior Therapy (TFCBT). Angela also specializes in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) therapy. Angela is bilingual (Spanish and English) and understands the impact of multicultural differences.

Angela is a strong believer in the power of hope, resilience, personal growth, new beginnings, and healing. Through a shared experience in the therapeutic process, it is her wish that you will find peace, intent, resolve, and the path that lights your way to discovering your authentic self... Illuminate.

Heather Giese


Heather, Therapist, is a Licensed Master Social Worker who brings over 25 years of experience in working with children and families. Heather earned her Bachelors Degree in Criminal Justice from Michigan State University and earned her Masters Degree in Social Work from Western Michigan University. 

Heather’s background comes from her work with Bethany Christian Services, the Department of Human Services and with local school settings as a School Social Worker in the Newaygo county area. 

Heather specializes in working with young children, adolescents and young adults.

Carley Roberts, LMSW


Carley, Therapist, is a Limited Licensed Master Social Worker who earned her MSW from Ferris State University. She specializes in working with adolescents and adults experiencing a variety of issues including anxiety, depression, self-esteem, and substance use. 

Carley’s background comes from her work with the Juvenile Court, substance use therapy at Arbor Circle, medical social work at Spectrum Health, and with NC RESA as a school social worker. 

Providing a safe environment and creating a strong therapeutic relationship is of utmost importance to her. Carley strives to ensure that her clients feel supported and empowered in their work together by using a client-centered approach, in which she helps clients explore what is meaningful to them. 

No matter what you are dealing with, she is here to help you through it!

Celina Garcia , LLMSW


Celina, Therapist, is a Limited Licensed Master Social Worker who earned her MSW from Grand Valley State University. She has had experience in working with both children and adults.

Celina’s background comes from her work with Bethany Christian Services Refugee Program, The YWCA Women’s Domestic Violence Shelter, and Family Health Care as a Behavioral Health Therapist.

Celina provides a safe environment where you can truly express yourself. She is passionate about building a therapeutic relationships with her clients and being able to provide them with support. Celina wants to help guide you on your healing journey and provide an empathic ear, skills, and resources to get you there.

Celina has always been interested in the mental health profession. She has seen people that she loves struggle with their mental health and she could not think of a better way to help the community than to work with children, individuals, couples, or families on achieving their mental health goals. 

Join Our Team

At Illuminate Counseling & Wellness, we are proud that we have been able to focus on a culture of kind, compassionate care of not just our clients, but of each other as well! We ensure that our entire team feels cared for, supported and empowered. At Illuminate our therapists are experienced, professional, independent contractors who are passionate and dedicated to providing quality care to our community. 

We offer a warm, welcoming and supportive environment for therapists and clients at our offices located in downtown Newaygo. We welcome kind, talented clinicians who have compassionate hearts to join our team of clinicians. 

At times private practice can be isolating however we have created an environment of care and support through celebrations, weekly team lunches and promotion of self-care. 

As we continue to grow, we are seeking like-minded therapists who can share our mission of empathetic and compassionate care. If you are a therapist whose treatment focus and style aligns with our care philosophy, please consider joining our practice! 

If you are interested in joining our team, please contact us! We would love to hear from you!

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