Trauma is defined as a deeply distressing or disturbing experience. This can range from a single incident trauma like a car accident, through ongoing childhood trauma. All trauma has some kind of reliving component to it such as a negative self-belief, stuck images that evoke negative emotions, and/or somatic complaints that are associated to the experience.
To heal from trauma, the Polyvagal Theory teaches us the importance of the body and the central nervous system to improve our abilities to regulate when stressed. There are multiple approaches to help patients regulate and treat trauma - such as learning healthy coping tools through Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), which both address thoughts first as a way of providing emotional regulation. Other effective trauma treatments include Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) and Internal Family Systems (IFS), which attend to the body as a way of regulating and addressing traumatic material.
Lakes Psychiatric Center has been treating patients successfully using DBT and CBT for years. We are excited to announce that we now also offer IFS as part of regular weekly sessions, or EMDR on a weekly basis or through EMDR Intensives (even if you already have a primary therapist).
If you are interested in trauma therapy, please reach out and schedule a free 20 min. consultation with Regina Baker, MS LMFT for any questions on the models and what may benefit you. 
How the Presence of Others Affects Behavior

You’re at a concert and everyone is jumping up and down, screaming loudly, so you join in. Or you’re in a group of people who are becoming aggressive and screaming obscenities at another group, so you join in. Both types of behavior are examples of deindividuation.

It's not always necessarily harmful or problematic, and sometimes it's even fun, but there are a number of situations where deindividuation can have a negative impact on ourselves and others around us. Let's talk about what may cause this phenomenon and how it affects our behavior.

Welcome Trisha and Regina to the Lakes Center Family
We're thrilled to expand our team at Lakes Center Mental Health Network with the arrival of two new clinicians!

Please join us in welcoming Trisha Zukowski, a Licensed Master Social Worker who specializes in working with individuals with anxiety, depression, PTSD, trauma, attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder, grief and loss, and hospice (end of life).

We also welcome Regina Baker, a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist who is certified in both EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) and Perinatal Mental Health.

Both are accepting new patients. Call us at (248) 859-2457 to set up an appointment.
Mental Health Tip:
Go Ahead and Yawn
Studies suggest that yawning helps cool the brain and improves alertness and mental efficiency.
Mental Health Tip:
Send a Thank You Note
Not for a material item, but to let someone know why you appreciate them. Written expressions of gratitude are linked to increased happiness.
We provide comprehensive psychiatric and psychotherapy services for a vast array of mental health issues, including depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, psychotic illness, borderline personality disorder, substance abuse/addiction, trauma related issues, relationship difficulties, life transitions, and behavior problems. Call (248) 859-2457 to set up an appointment.
Did you know? SPRAVATO® can have a rapid antidepressant response and is added on to an antidepressant and the rest of your regimen. It is the first new mechanism of action to treat depression that has come out in over 30 years. 
There is hope for treatment-resistant depression. Call (248) 859-2457 to set up an appointment.
We provide comprehensive DBT services to provide effective treatment of Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) and other disorders involving emotion dysregulation, including co-occurring substance use disorders, major depressive disorder, and individuals with history of trauma. At Lakes DBT Center, we believe that with effective evidence-based treatment and a caring and coordinated treatment team, clients can create a life they love.
Groups Starting Every 8 Weeks
Contact Josephine Salem at [email protected] or Catherine DuFresne at [email protected] for the starting date of the next group.

Wednesdays 10:30 am - 12:00 pm
Lakes Center, 2300 Haggerty Road, West Bloomfield, MI 48323

This is an adult outpatient therapy group treating depression and anxiety related mental health disorders. Click here for more information!

Diane Gutchak is a Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP), a psychiatric Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP), as well as faculty for the University of Michigan – Flint. Twenty Four years as a FNP helped to nurture a passion for psychiatry. Diane provides comprehensive psychiatric evaluation, and medication management for patients experiencing depression, anxiety, ADHD, bipolar and other mood disorders. Working with patients to help them achieve recovery, improved
quality of life, and improved relationships.

Dr. Lisa Coram has been practicing medicine as a Board Certified Psychiatrist since 2010. She attended Michigan State College of Osteopathic Medicine and completed her psychiatric training in New York City. As an Osteopathic Physician, she believes the best outcomes start with a wholistic approach. While Dr. Coram focuses on medication management, she recognizes the importance of integrating therapy and a healthy lifestyle into your treatment plan. She will thoroughly review your medical history, provide a diagnostic evaluation, and will offer genetic testing for medication compatibility, when necessary.