Behavioral Health Program
The Public Schools of Petoskey have partnered with Alcona Health Center to provide physical and behavioral health services in the district through the School Wellness Program and the Behavioral Health Program.
The Petoskey Behavioral Health Program provides access to behavioral health therapy in all of the Public Schools of Petoskey. Licensed Behavioral Health Therapists are conveniently located in your child’s school to allow for easy access to services.
Behavioral Health Providers help students with a variety of concerns including anxiety, depression, attention and school performance issues, as well as giving support for difficulties with adjustment to stressors they may be facing.
Parent/Guardian Consent for Treatment
Please click on your student's school below for school specific consent for treatment forms. Please contact the therapist at your student’s school if you need help completing any of these forms.
HIPPA / Rights and Responsibility Information
Behavioral Health Therapists
High School - Rebekah Pedersen
Rebekah Pedersen, LPC, CAADC
Rebekah is a Licensed Professional Counselor, and a Certified Advanced Alcohol and Drug Counselor. She has provided counseling services to teenagers in Northern Michigan for the past six-years, supporting individuals and families in substance abuse recovery and mental wellness. In addition to substance abuse, Rebekah’s clinical focuses include trauma treatment and ADHD, noting the high level of anxiety and depression in each of these areas. She has received additional training in Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) and Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR).
Before practicing in Northern Michigan, Rebekah lived in Bangkok, Thailand and worked as a mentor and curriculum advisor to North American teachers at a bilingual school, and was a mentor to expatriate teens. Rebekah’s experience working in various cultures, populations, and treatment settings has been the basis for providing Person Centered and judgement-free counseling services to each of her clients.
High / Middle School - Connie Millstead
Connie Millstead, LLMSW
Petoskey School Wellness Program
Connie Millstead is a Limited Licensed Master Social Worker who earned both her Bachelor of Social Work and Master of Social Work Degrees from Spring Arbor University.
Connie has enjoyed working as a social worker in several settings including tribal social services and child welfare.
Connie enjoys spending time with her husband and son. She enjoys traveling and exploring new places. Connie loves the seasons that Northern Michigan has to offer, but mostly looks forward to the beautiful fall colors.
Middle School - Loralee Streelman
Loralee Streelman, ATR-BC, LPC
Loralee Streelman is a Board Certified Registered Art Therapist and Licensed Professional
Counselor. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Psychology and Art from Western Michigan
University prior to continuing on to achieve her Masters in Art Therapy from the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC).
She specializes in individual and group therapy; helping others to improve self-esteem, cultivate emotional resilience, promote insight and self-awareness, enhance social skills, reduce and resolve conflicts and distress.
Throughout her career, Loralee has enjoyed working as an Art Therapist and counselor within community organizations and hospital Behavioral Health programs. Personally, she is new to the area, enjoys spending time with her family; going camping, playing games, and exploring the wonderful nature of northern Michigan.
Central - Amanda Stanek
Amanda Stanek, LPC
Amanda Stanek is a Licensed Professional Counselor, and licensed K-12 Guidance Counselor. She earned a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Central Michigan University prior to continuing on to achieve her Master of Arts in Counseling from Spring Arbor University. She specializes in individual and group therapy; social skills, life changes and behavioral health in young children.
Throughout her career, Amanda has practiced as a K-8 School Counselor, and as an AmeriCorps member in schools with Char-Em ISD; and most recently was a stay-at-home mom with her 2 children.
Amanda enjoys spending time with her husband, and two children. She also loves summertime in Northern Michigan, and the wonderful lakes that we get to enjoy.
Lincoln - Aimee O'Neil
Aimee O'Neil, LMSW
Aimee is a Licensed Master Social Worker and a Certified School Social Worker. She earned her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology at Oakland University and received her Social Work education at Eastern Michigan University, where she specialized in working with children and their families.
Her experience includes working as an outreach therapist for children in the foster care system and working in elementary schools in Dearborn and Ann Arbor. While taking several years off to be home with her young children, she studied to become a parenting coach, and is passionate about increasing the well-being of the whole family system.
After living in the Ann Arbor area for 2 decades, Aimee and her husband and 3 children moved to Northern Michigan in 2019 to soak up all the natural beauty and live a slower paced lifestyle. She has a bit of an obsession with the beach and loves to hike with her family and their 2 dogs.
Ottawa - Laura Jeffries
Laura Jeffries, LMSW, IMH-E (II)
Laura is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work from Grand Valley State University. She obtained her Master’s Degree in Social Work from the University of Michigan concentrating in Interpersonal Practice with Children and Youth in Families and Society. She is also endorsed by the Michigan Association of Infant Mental Health as an Infant Family Specialist (Level II).
Laura’s career interests and experience includes supporting and strengthening child social/emotional health and relationships. She enjoys partnering with parents, caregivers, and teachers to create a circle of support around each client. Prior to working in Northern Michigan, Laura practiced as an Infant Mental Health Therapist serving families and early childhood clients in an individualized setting and by facilitating groups. She utilizes Attachment Theory and Play Therapy to inform practice, provide trauma-informed services, and aid with life changes and behavioral health in children.
Personally, Laura enjoys the variety of outdoor adventures Northern Michigan living offers; including, reading on the beach, kayaking, hiking, biking, and skiing. Laura also enjoys cooking with family and friends and experimenting with new recipes.
Sheridan - Elise Tippett
Elise Tippett, LMSW
Elise Tippett is a Licensed Clinical Master Social Worker who earned both Bachelor of Social Work and Master of Social Work Degrees from Grand Valley State University.
Elise has enjoyed working as a Clinical Social Worker in a variety of settings including; school, juvenile court, tribal social services/government, and local non-profit organizations. She has vast experience working with at-risk youth, survivors of trauma, and in substance abuse prevention/education services. Elise provides person-centered, strength-based therapy while supporting children, teens, and their families through life changes. She is a seasoned therapist providing Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, with additional training in Experiential Activities and Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) Therapy.
Elise is native to Northern Michigan and enjoys each season this area offers. She spends much of her free time outside with her family and friends camping, kayaking, hiking, downhill skiing and snowmobiling.