A Better Future Counseling Services

You are not alone on your path to answers.

We Are Here To Support You On Your Journey To Self-fulfillment.

There are times in our lives when things have gotten so confused or out of order, where things do not make sense and challenges are too tough to take on alone.

We here at A Better Future, Inc., Counseling Services, believe in just that: Creating a better future for each and every one of our clients by providing you with the best therapist whom you can relate to, feel safe with, and be comfortable with as you explore the most challenging parts of your life journey.

Let’s create a better future together!

We are so glad that you are making the decision to invest in yourself. You deserve the life that you were meant to have.

Why do individuals hesitate when seeking counseling? We go to a doctor when we physically feel sick, go to a hairdresser when we want our hair cut/colored, go to a dentist when we want our teeth cleaned or have a cavity, and seek out education/training/certifications to advance our careers, but yet people often put off going to counseling. Why? When we are struggling or having a difficult time adjusting to changes or challenges in our lives. No one has the answers to everything. Don’t be that person who handles everything alone when there is help out there. Commit to yourself as you do in other ways to see results in all areas of your life. The time is now.

We at A Better Future are here for you. A Better Future offers a warm and welcoming environment where individuals come in feeling distressed and leave feeling grounded/at peace. Our offices are specifically set up to be boutique-like with themes that cater to the individual’s preference (we do not believe in sitting behind desks and love to get on the floor with kids). Our counselors work with a diverse population including ages 5 and up. They specialize in many different areas so there is someone for everyone. Please check out our providers below.

Working With Us is Easy

With our diverse team of therapists, we are here to help you on your journey to a more fulfilled life.

To become a new client, just follow these 3 easy steps.  

With our diverse team of therapists, we are here to help you on your journey to a more fulfilled life.

To become a new client, contact us by calling or emailing us to schedule an appointment.   

Step 1

Click here to see a list of our therapists to see that several can best align with you and your journey.

Step 2
Contact us by calling (248) 862-5110 or by emailing us at info@abf-inc.net to schedule an appointment.
Step 3

Complete the requested paperwork along with insurance information on our easy-to-navigate client portal.

Just like that you are on your way to better days.


Here is a list of the insurance policies we currently are accepting.

Blue Cross and Blue Shield, Blue Care Network, United Health Care (commercial), Cigna, Aetna, Beacon Health Options, Blue Cross Complete, McLaran, Medicaid (straight), Meridian, Molina

EAPs: Lyra, ComPsych, New Directions, KGA


Please click at the button to expand the section to see a list of our wonderful mental health professionals.


Valerie Brenneman - MA, LPC, CAADC, NCC, EMDR Trained, LPC Supervisor. President/Owner

From a young age, Valerie has had a passion for helping others. Her journey began with working in people’s homes, then foster care, education, inpatient, and (clinical) management. As a result, she learned to walk in many different shoes wearing different hats. She values warmth, acceptance, and kindness and lives by inclusivity. She carries a torch of hope and enjoys finding the light within each person that brings them joy. She has a thirst for knowledge and loves to explore patterns and relationships. Valerie does not give up until the answers and path are determined and lived.

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Amanda Saxe - LPC, MA

Amanda is a Licensed Professional Counselor who has experience working in both school and clinical settings. She specializes in working with children, teens, and families, as well as individuals and couples. Amanda’s approach is to listen nonjudgmentally and use various treatment approaches including CBT, play /art therapy and other methods to help her clients get to the bottom of their struggle. 

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Shauni Ford - LLPC, MA

Shauni’s focus is on the overall welling and the uniqueness of the client. Shauni’s clinical experience includes working with individuals, couples, and families. Treating a wide array of life and relationship problems, anxiety/stress, depression, phobias, school issues, work-related issues, anger, immigration resettlement issues, grief and loss, negative events/trauma/PTSD, etc.

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Risa Mendelson - MA, LPC, COTA

Risa’s experience as a counselor has helped her to look at each client as an individual holistically. With her warm style and genuine compassion for others, she provides a listening ear that allows the client to feel heard and understood. Risa’s believes that rapport building is very important to her so that her clients can feel comfortable with being open and honest about their life stories. 

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Juanita Landen - LPC, MA

As a counselor, Juanita’s style can be described as warm, honest, and with sprinkles of lightheartedness. She recognizes that some individuals may not yet be comfortable with certain solutions, so she works to meet the client where they are while giving them a gentle challenge while in therapy. Her holistic approach allows exploration into a client’s mental, spiritual, emotional, physical, occupational, and social aspects of their lives. 

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Sidney Bohanen - LLPC, MA

Sidney’s training and life experiences has taught him how to walk with every client on their path to create an intentional naturally meaningful transition toward improved well-being with an outlook of hope for a better future. Sidney accepts every person for who they are, and that acceptance includes all ages and situations. Anxiety, depression, stress, trauma, or any other diagnoses does not tell who a client is, nor represent the individuals working with him to develop a successful transition to improve their situation. 

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Support Team

Vicki Danforth & Tanya Swisher

Vicki has over 30 years of experience of billing/office management experience. She takes a no-nonsense approach to her work however a compassionate heart while doing so.

Tanya has over 18 years of experience working in office administration. She has a thorough management process and a heart of gold. 

James Barnthouse

James has over 25 years of financial management experience. He oversees the finances, handles maintenance and IT issues.

Sean the Intern
Other Volunteers, Interns, Mentors

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We are a group of therapists who have a strong passion for what we do. We are listeners who are committed to creating a safe and trusting environment geared towards instilling hope and solving problems. Together, we will assist you in identifying goals, provide tools that are evidence based with successful outcomes, and in navigating the transitions in life that happen leading to growth and fulfillment.

With our wide range of expertise and experience, and our range of tools and practices, we can assure you that you will soon start seeing the benefits from working with us. We specialize in handling changes or transitions in life, anxiety, depression, relationship troubles, trauma, ADHD, postpartum depression, OCD, TBI, domestic violence, women’s issues, men’s issues, anger, academic issues, behavioral issues, substance abuse, and much more.

We also work in conjunction with local doctors’ offices and schools, members of the Chamber of Commerce, and those in the LGBTQA+ community.

Are you ready to take the next step to a better future?

Click here to fill out our contact form

Click here to call us today to schedule an appointment.

Click here to e-mail us.


We have two offices with multiple counseling spaces that are perfect for the wide range of clients that we see. Take a look at some: Autumn Breeze Room, Beach Room, Game On, Comfy Couch Room, Cabin Retreat, Takin’ Care of Business. Whether individuals need a safe space to talk, environment for meditation, couples need to work through conflict, kids need to participate in play or art therapy, the spaces are conducive to learning and growing.

We are conveniently located in the heart of West Bloomfield at the corner of Orchard Lake and Maple Roads. Trademark: we are a one-story beige brick building, with a Watch Tower on the outside. If you have ever gone to English Garden or Tim Hortons or Plum Market, we are right around there!

We’ve all been there!

When things get too tough, know that you have come to the right place. 

Let us be there to support you on your journey to create a better future.

Please give us a call at (248) 862-5110 to schedule an appointment today or e-mail us to have us reach out to you. 

Contact Us

Email:  info@abf-inc.net

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A Better Future Is Hiring

A Better Future Inc is Hiring!

We are currently interviewing therapists, counselors and Relationship counselors. MA, LPC or MA, LLC.