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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.

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Elreta Dodds, LPC, LMSW, Clinical Supervisor

Elreta Dodds is a Licensed Professional Counselor, Licensed Masters Social Worker (specializing in clinical and macro practices), Clinical Supervisor, and Ordained Minister. Elreta is also an independent publisher doing business as Press Toward The Mark Publications and has authored several Christian apologetic books that focus on social issues. Elreta has a Master of Arts degree in Guidance and Counseling and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology, both of which were obtained from Wayne State University where she graduated with honors. Elreta has worked as a Primary Mental Health Therapist for Genesee County Community Mental health, taught courses in community services for eight years as an Adjunct Instructor at Siena Heights University, and is retired from the state of Michigan Department of Health and Human Services after twenty-five years of service in child welfare. Elreta works with adults in the following areas: anxiety (including phobias), bipolar disorders, depression (including major depressive disorder), trauma, stress, and premarital counseling (in private practice only). She also provides mental health diagnostic services.

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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.

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.


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

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 988


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


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


211 Resource Referral Line

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