Our Staff

Carol MurrayCarol Murray, LMSW, ACSW, Diplomate

Carol Murray founded Lakeview Counseling in 1997. She serves as the Director of the clinic as well as providing therapy services. She has over 30 years of experience in the counseling field and has trained and supervised graduate students and clinicians over the years. A native of Detroit, Carol received her undergraduate degree in Social Work from Michigan State University and her Master of Social Work degree from the University of Michigan. Carol is a Certified Social Worker (LMSW) and Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT) with the State of Michigan. She is a member of the National Association of Social Workers (NASW) and the Academy of Certified Social Workers (ACSW) with whom she has earned the level of Diplomate.

Carol works primarily with adults, providing counseling for individuals, couples and families. She provides treatment for depression, anxiety, attention deficit disorder, stress, relationship difficulties, divorce, loss and life transitions. Carol also provides EAP services for businesses and insurance companies.

In addition to her clinical duties, Carol writes a column for Grand Traverse Woman magazine and has a radio program, “Sound Advice,” on 106.7 WSRT's “Mary in the Morning” show.

Carol can be reached at (231) 929-0300, Extension 101, or via .

Barb CainBarbara Cain, LMSW, ACSW

Barb Cain has worked as a counselor for youth and families since 1986. She joined Lakeview Counseling in 1997.

Barb earned her undergraduate and graduate degrees from the University of Michigan. After completing her undergraduate degree, she spent three years working in the fields of experiential education at Outward Bound and case management with Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Cape Cod. This work led her back to school for her Master of Social Work degree with a focus on early intervention services and individual and family counseling. Before opening her private practice, Barb worked extensively with family intervention and prevention services. She is a Certified Social Worker (LMSW) with the State of Michigan and a member of the National Association of Social Workers (NASW) and the Academy of Certified Social Workers (ACSW).

Barb works with adults and youth facing a variety of issues. She has extensive experience working with clients experiencing depression, anxiety, learning challenges and relationship issues, and with those engaging in self harm and delinquent behaviors. Barb can schedule early evening and Saturday morning appointments and works with many EAP and insurance providers.

Barb also offers EMDR, Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing, a type of therapy for individuals who have experienced trauma. EMDR has also been shown helpful for individuals with anxiety, depression and chronic pain, and for those who have developed a negative self-image. While EMDR is primarily used for the treatment of trauma, many people seek treatment to enhance job performance and relationships. For more information concerning EMDR, please contact our office or the official EMDR website, emdria.org.

Barb can be reached at (231) 929-0300, Extension 102, or via .

Jill KimballJill Kimball, LMSW, ACSW

Jill Kimball has worked in various human services settings prior to entering private practice as a therapist. She has worked as a program coordinator for the YMCA, a Juvenile Probation Officer in Seattle, an Intake Social Worker for Veterans Administration Hospital, a Community Mental Heath Therapist and an After Hours Child and Family Crisis Worker. She began working as a full-time therapist in 1994 and joined Lakeview Counseling in 2000.

Jill earned her undergraduate degree from the University of Washington in Seattle and her graduate degree from Florida State University. After completing both Social Work programs, she returned to northern Michigan with a goal of working with children and families experiencing trauma and loss as well as emotional, psychiatric and behavioral issues. She is a Certified Social Worker (LMSW) with the State of Michigan and a member of the National Association of Social Workers (NASW) and the Academy of Certified Social Workers (ACSW).

Jill works with children and families who present with behavioral, emotional and psychiatric concerns. She provides services to clients of all ages and their families as they face recovery from trauma, grief and loss. Jill offers counseling to step and adoptive families as well as those providing foster care and those parenting children with attachment issues or special needs. Jill works with active duty military, as well as many EAP and insurance providers.

Jill can be reached at (231) 929-0300, Extension 105, or via .

Laura SlaughterLaura Slaughter, LMSW, ACSW

Laura Slaughter has 25 years of experience providing group and individual therapy to adolescents, adults, and families. She earned her undergraduate and graduate degrees in Social Work at Michigan State University. Prior to settling in Traverse City, Laura worked in a variety of mental health settings in Grand Rapids, Oakland County, and Portland, Oregon.

Laura specializes in treating adults and adolescents with depression, anxiety, attention deficit disorder, and eating disorders. She also works with adult children of alcoholics and individuals with compulsive behaviors. Laura facilitates therapy groups for adolescent girls, and for individuals struggling with eating disorders.

Laura is a Certified Social Worker (LMSW) in the State of Michigan, and a member of the National Association of Social Workers (NASW), and the Academy of Social Workers (ACSW). She works with many EAP and insurance providers, and is able to offer evening and weekend appointments.

Laura can be reached at (231) 929-0300, Extension 103, or via .

Darcy BrittenDarcy Britten, LPC, NCC

Darcy Britten has joined Lakeview Counseling as a Professional Counselor. Darcy’s extensive professional and family experiences provide her with unique perspectives relative to helping adults and youth understand and cope with relationship problems, feelings of loneliness and abandonment, depression, anxiety, acute stress, and recovery from trauma. Among her many diverse clients are adults and adolescents with family-related issues including the emotional stress of experiencing marital problems, divorce, loss and grief. In addition, she works with individuals who experience thoughts of self-injury and self-harm behaviors.

Darcy’s professional experience includes working as a mental health therapist on the behavioral health staff of Munson Medical Center. In addition, Darcy has been an intake therapist for Manistee Benzie Community Mental Health and a crisis intervention advocate, and has assisted a varied client base in both private and group settings. Darcy earned her undergraduate degree at Virginia Tech and her master’s degree from Western Michigan University. She completed her internship at Northern Lakes Community Mental Health as an outpatient therapist.

Darcy is a Master's level, State of Michigan Licensed Professional Counselor and a Nationally Certified Counselor. In addition, she is an Internationally Certified Solution Focused Brief Therapist (SFBT). SFBT is an evidence-based, future-focused, goal-directed approach to therapy. SFBT helps people to make change by constructing solutions, rather than dwelling on problems. SFBT is used for people struggling with a wide range of issues. For example, SFBT has been successful in helping people make difficult decisions and manage traumatic circumstances, and treating people with addictions and problematic behaviors.

Darcy is able to offer appointments during the day and evening and on Saturdays. She accepts various major insurances and private pay clients, and can be reached at (231) 929-0300, Extension 106, or via .

Janet HughesJanet Hughes, LMSW, ACSW

Janet Hughes is a licensed Clinical Social Worker with thirty years of experience. She spent the early part of her career at Maple Clinic, while also working in an alternative education program for “at risk” teenagers. Her special interests include working with adolescents (male and female), their families and adults. Janet has worked with children, teens and families in the school setting for over twenty years. This has given her experience working with self-harm, anxiety, depression, sexual abuse, grief and loss issues, as well as adjustment issues.

Janet has personal experience of working with children and teenagers who are facing serious health challenges such as diabetes. Other areas of clinical interest include working with adults (male and female) regarding marital (or couples) counseling, stress reduction, relationship issues, adjustment disorders, and life coaching. Janet works with adults, and older children as well.

Janet is a member of NASW and the Academy of Certified Social Workers. She earned her Masters of Social Work from Michigan State University. Her clinical experience has been with ages 11-90.

Janet can schedule early evening and weekend appointments if needed. She works with many insurance programs and also accepts private pay.

Janet can be reached at (231) 929-0300, Ext. 104 or via .