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The Tanya Heidelberg-Yopp Counseling Ministry

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The Tanya Heidelberg-Yopp Counseling Ministry at LifeChurch Southfield serves to fulfill our vision, which is to Know Christ, Grow in community and Go serve those in need.


We effectively achieve our mandate to “go” by serving our church community through our counseling ministry.


Our ministry is named in honor of our late member, Tanya Heidelberg-Yopp. She served in a myriad of ministries, but she believed her purpose was to help people, encourage them and assist in their spiritual and personal development, as a counselor. Tanya helped many people, but her life was shortened by cancer. In honor of Tanya Heidelberg-Yopp, LifeChurch Southfield will continue providing professional counseling to those in need.


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Jennifer J. Matthews, PhD, LPC, NCC, ACS, Director

Jennifer J. Matthews, completed her Ph.D. in Counselor Education from the University of Central Florida, M.A. in Counseling from Wayne State University, and B.A in Spanish from Bowling Green State University. Dr. Matthews is a National Certified Counselor and is an Approved Clinical Supervisor. Dr. Matthews works with adults in the following areas: grief & loss, depression, anxiety, wellness, and work-life balance. In addition to working in a clinical setting, Dr. Matthews is an Associate Professor at Oakland University where she teaches graduate-level courses and conducts research on grief & loss in the African American community. She is a current member and past board member of the Association for Death Education and Counseling.

Nicole Little, LMSW

Nicole Little has been a social worker and therapist for over 20 years. She earned a bachelor’s degree from Michigan State University and a Master of Social Work from Wayne State University. Nicole has worked in community mental health, home health care, behavioral health care, online, and in schools as a Social Worker. In addition, she has taught Sociology at Monroe County Community College. She specializes in crisis intervention, conflict resolution, and anger management and enjoys helping people learn to live happier lives. She enjoys going to the gym and working out in her spare time.

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Jeannine Tyree, LPC, CRC, QIDP

Jeannine A. Tyree is practicing therapist that supports individuals with severe and persistent mental illness at a Detroit Metropolitan community mental health agency. Most of her career has involved working with individuals with developmental disabilities who had significant behavioral challenges in Toledo, Ohio. She earned her Master of Rehabilitation Counseling degree from Bowling Green State University. Ms. Tyree is a Licensed Professional Counselor, Certified Rehabilitation Counselor (CRC) and a Qualified Intellectual Disability Professional (QIDP). Her clinical experience and interests include working with people who seek support for anxiety, depression, grief and loss, trauma, relationships, family issues, anger, and life stressors. She is a member of Michigan Mental Health Counselor’s Association, National Rehabilitation Association and American Association of Christian Counselors.

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Devan Keys, LLPC

Devan Keys is a limited license professional counselor and a nationally certified counselor. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree from Wayne State University in Psychology with a minor in African-American studies, and her Master of Education degree and Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Depaul University in Chicago, Illinois. She provides counseling to those who seek support in navigating relational problems, anxiety, and depression. Throughout her career, she has provided services to individuals, couples, and families. She also has experience facilitating specialized process therapy groups, mentoring, and community organizing.

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Franchesta "Fran" Wilson, LPC, CAADC

Fran is a Licensed Professional Counselor and Certified Advanced Alcohol and Drug Counselor for the state of Michigan.  Fran obtained both her Bachelor of Science in Psychology and Master of Education in Counseling Psychology from Howard University. Fran also received a Post-Master’s certificate in Clinical Community Psychology from Johns Hopkins University. Currently she works as a Sr. Account Manager with a local Employee Assistance Program. In this role Fran uses her clinical background to respond to critical incidents, support organizations in meeting the mental health and emotional well-being needs of their employees, and their employees’ families. Most of Fran’s career was spent in the Washington metropolitan area. She has worked in diverse settings including community mental health agencies, home-based counseling, sobriety courts and a women’s & children’s residential substance abuse treatment program. Throughout Fran’s career she has provided counseling and support services to individuals and families struggling with mental health and substance use challenges. She has worked with those in recovery from addiction, depression, anxiety, and those wanting to create a better work/life balance, Fran has also facilitated gender-responsive training and curriculum development for women’s international substance abuse treatment.

For more information, please contact our Director at:

Jennifer J. Matthews, PhD, LPC, NCC, ACS
(248) 382-8805


We are currently able to offer counseling services in the following areas:

Trauma, Interpersonal relationships, Anger, General life stressors, Behavioral issues, School issues, Coping skills, Depression, Grief & Loss, Anxiety, Self-esteem, Stress, Work/life balance, Marital concerns, and Career.


If you feel you are in crisis and need to talk to someone immediately, please utilize the crisis numbers and resources listed below.  





Michigan Resources


United Way of Southeastern Michigan - Dial 211

This is a one-stop call for local resources and services in the country.


Child Protective Services and Adult Protective Services - reporting abuse and neglect in Michigan 1-855-444-3911


Oakland County


Common Ground - (248) 456-0909 or 1 (800) 231-1127

24-hour crisis service agency dedicated to helping youths, adults, and families in crisis. Services provided: crisis line, walk-in assessment, crisis residential unit for adults, sober support, victim assistance program, and support groups


Youth Mobile Crisis Unit - (877) 800-1650

Mobile team travels to homes, foster care homes, schools, emergency rooms and other public places in Oakland County. Services are available for individuals 0 to 21 years of age who have Medicaid or are presumed Medicaid eligible and are experiencing a mental health crisis.


Wayne County


Neighborhood Services Organization - 1 (888) 360-WELL

Services provided: assistance for older adults with mental illness, children, youth, and adults with developmental disabilities, homeless recovery services, housing development, and community outreach for psychiatric emergencies.


Detroit Wayne Integrated Health Network - 800-241-4949

24-hour crisis line and provider network which supports and services individuals with serious mental illness, children with serious emotional disturbance, autistic people, individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities, and those with substance use disorder.


Coordinated Assessment Model (CAM) - 313-305-0311

Provides referrals for shelters in the Detroit, Hamtramck, and Highland Park areas.

National Hotlines


Suicide Prevention Hotline: Dial 988


National Sexual Assault Hotline: 1-800-656-4673


National Domestic Violence Hotline: 1-800-799-7233


For more information, please contact our Director at:


Jennifer J. Matthews, PhD, LPC, NCC, ACS

(248) 382-8805

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