MI Frontline Support

     Mental Health Response Team

MI Frontline Support started as a simple project by Erin Barbossa, LMSW: a grassroots list of local Ann Arbor, Ypsilanti, and Brighton therapists who signed up to support their community members working in the ICUs during the initial days of the COVID-19 crisis.  It quickly grew in size and scope. Frontline responders in and out of medical settings began to echo the need for more support during this challenging time. Simultaneously, clinicians in the Ann Arbor and surrounding areas were convening to brainstorm and identify the types of support most needed and the most effective methods of delivery. With a strong conviction that mental health support would be a crucial element for those on the frontlines to cope and help buffer some of the inevitable overwhelm of this crisis, the initiative went from an idea to a collaborative reality.

Five clinicians came together to spearhead the initiative and now lead the MI Frontline Mental Health Response Team: Erin Barbossa, LMSW, Felicia Brabec, PsyD., MSW, Sarah Jurkovic PsyD., Sara F. Stein LMSW, and Joy Wolfe Ensor, PhD.

A huge thanks to David Brabec and Michael Maley for their technical expertise that created the clinician database and its functionality. And to Casey Frushour for his creative expertise which created our logo and website.

Erin Barbos​sa, LMSW 

A former Oprah Show producer turned therapist, Erin's unique background as a journalist, TV producer and social worker brings a blend of creativity,  and evidence based practices to her work. Erin started her clinical career as an Intake Counselor at the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation.  She then became a Clinical Therapist at The Relationship Center of Michigan where she specialized in Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy. She also served as an Adoption Specialist at Wolverine Human Services where she facilitated adoptions and permanency planning for children in the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services Foster Care system.   In her private practice she specializes in leadership stress, mood swings, transition to parenting & Maternal Mental Health. Erin holds a Masters in Social Work from Loyola University Chicago, and is a fully licensed clinician (LMSW). She holds a dual bachelor's degree in Psychology and Television, Radio & Film Production from The Newhouse School, Syracuse University.

Felicia Brabec, Psy.D., MSW

Felicia is a clinical psychologist who earned her doctorate in 2003 from Illinois School of Professional Psychology.  That same year, she moved to Ann Arbor for her Post-doctoral fellowship at the University of Michigan. Additionally, she earned a Master’s degree in Clinical Social Work from Boston College.  Felicia’s Bachelor's degree in Sociology and Anthropology is from Saint Mary’s of Notre Dame. For over twenty years, Felicia has been working with clients. She has a private practice in Ann Arbor where she works with adolescents and adults.   Her speciality areas include mood disorders, particularly bipolar disorders, racial, sexual orientation, and gender identity work, grief and loss, eating disorders, and sport psychology. Felicia also serves the community as a Washtenaw County Commissioner; and, currently she is running for the Michigan House of Representatives.  As a County Commissioner, Felicia wrote and championed the first ever Racial Equity Policy in the county, working alongside community members, staff, and other elected officials to address inequities that exist within our community. Felicia lives in Pittsfield Township with her husband, David, and their two children, Alex and Viviann.

Sarah Jurkovic, Psy.D., HSP

Dr. Sarah Jurkovic is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist who earned her doctoral degree from Midwestern University in Downers Grove, IL in 2014, and her undergraduate degree from Purdue University in West Lafayette, IN in 2009. Sarah recently moved to Michigan from the Chicagoland area in 2017 and works in a private practice in Ann Arbor with children, adolescents, families, and adults across the lifespan. Sarah enjoys working with clients who are dealing with a variety of issues including anxiety, depression, school problems, life transitions, adjustment disorders, trauma, and more; she recently completed training as a Certified Clinical Trauma Professional. Understanding and applying knowledge of help-seeking behaviors has always been an interest of Sarah’s; her doctoral dissertation was on Croatian-American Acculturation and Attitudes Toward Seeking Mental Health Services.

Sara F. Stein, LMSW, MS, RYT

Sara is a doctoral candidate in the joint social work and clinical psychology program at the University of Michigan.  Her research seeks to identify risk for experiencing chronic relational trauma and lack of well-being in adulthood, including early developmental trauma, traumatic stress, and attachment disruptions, in order to develop effective treatment interventions.  Sara is also a psychotherapist in the community and.specializes in the treatment of complex developmental trauma using trauma-informed parts approaches that integrate mind-body and mindfulness frameworks. Sara is passionate about bridging the wisdom of the clinical community with empirical research to develop useful and practical clinical tools for the treatment of trauma. She received a master’s degree in social work and a master’s degree in psychology from the University of Michigan, completed master’s work in gender studies at El Colegio de México in Mexico City, and obtained her bachelor’s degree from Wellesley College.

Joy Wolfe Ensor, PhD, LP

A first generation American born and raised in New York City, Joy earned her BA in Liberal Arts from Sarah Lawrence College before moving to Ann Arbor for graduate studies in psychology at the University of Michigan. She has been a practicing clinical psychologist for over 40 years. Joy spent most of her career in the public sector, working with children, adolescents and families at MDHHS-Hawthorn Center, where she was the the Director of Psychology Training at Hawthorn Center. Since 2008 she has had a general private practice and is an emeritus affiliate at Ann Arbor Center for the Family. Joy’s clinical work has centered on a systems-oriented and collaborative problem solving approaches. She is a member of the American Psychological Association and is a Fellow and current President of Michigan Psychological Association.

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