Women's History Month
March is Women's History Month, with this past March 8, being celebrated globally as International Women's Day. While there are many professions where women are still underrepresented, I'm proud to be in a field that is so strongly represented by women healers.

In the United States, the fields of Psychology and (most recently) Psychiatry are currently dominated by women who make a positive difference every day. The field has come a long way since the days of the catch-all medical diagnosis of "female hysteria" from mystified male physicians that did so much damage to women's physical and mental health for centuries. We have a long way to go yet. Today, women suffer from mental health problems three times higher than men. There has been much reported recently about the crisis in mental health for young women in particular.

If you or your young family member need help, we at Lakes Center are here for you. Give us a call!

Medical Director and Psychiatrist
Lakes Center Mental Health Network
Modern Femininity:
Why Being Untraditional
is So Stressful
As a woman, certain milestones will always garner emphatic excitement: Engagement, marriage, and babies. A simple post on social media announcing any of these events will bring response after response of “congrats” courtesy of everyone from your close aunt to someone you haven’t talked to in ten years. “Look at you,” their support appears to say, “You’re doing what you’re supposed to do. We couldn’t be prouder.” 

The weight and excitement put towards these traditional paths for women are often much more significant than their accomplishments in any other area. Yet, women are so much more than their ability to find a partner and reproduce. As Little Women’s Jo March said best: “Women, they have minds, and they have souls, as well as just hearts. And they’ve got ambition, and they’ve got talent, as well as just beauty. I’m so sick of people saying that love is just all a woman is fit for.” 

Keep a Gratitude List
Write down the things you’re thankful for! Make yourself note at least one per day, and you’ll be surprised to find that (even on your absolute worst days) there is always something small and beautiful to bring you joy.
Speak Positively
About Yourself
Hype yourself up. OUT LOUD! It’s not enough to just think it. Repeat positive mantras over and over every morning—or, whenever you need a boost. Here’s an example: I am worthy. I am loved. I am doing the best I can. I am stronger than what ails me. I am getting better every day.
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.
Lakes DBT 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 achieve a life worth living. 
Lakes Psychiatric Center remains open for business. We are offering Zoom online tele-therapy appointments for new and existing clients as well as in person sessions. Please contact the front desk to assist you with your appointment type or instructions for using Zoom. Call (248) 859-2457 for info.
Lakes Depression Center is continuing to provide SPRAVATO® treatments per the usual schedule. We have enhanced our safety and cleaning protocols. You are safe to start treatment or continue treatment. Call (248) 956-7164 for info.
Courtney Scheid, LLPC
Limited License Professional Counselor

Courtney received a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from Northern Arizona University and earned a Master’s of Community Counseling Degree in 2009 from Adams State College. She has experience working with adolescents and adults in community based, academic, and health care settings. Courtney’s training and experience in the counseling field includes working in the areas of Crisis Intervention, Domestic Violence, interpersonal and relationship issues, working with individuals and groups with Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), substance abuse issues, and equine assisted recreational and therapeutic groups, as well as providing support for Palliative Medicine patients and families. 

Ashli Brennan,
Licensed Professional Counselor

Ashli received her Master's of Clinical Psychology from Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science. She has experience in inpatient, outpatient, and community health settings. Her practice includes helping those with personality disorders, Trauma/PTSD, and those who struggle with relational issues. She has taken additional training on how to advocate and treat those who have experienced sexual assault as well as mindfulness techniques and helping clients to recognize their coping skills and strengths. Her method is based on unconditional positive regard for her clients and validation all through a DBT intensive lens, helping people on their journey to wellness.