Our Staff

Livonia Counseling Center's staff has a variety of experience, credential, licensing, and expertise.  Let us know if you think there is a specific therapist who you would think meets your needs.

Staff Biographies

Toni M. Bess, MSW, LMSW, ED.S.

Toni has been working with children, adolescents and families for 38 years. She has worked with children in residential treatment, foster care and adoption services and has extensive experience working in the juvenile court system. For the past 19 years, Toni has been employed as a clinical school social worker and administrator. She works with children, adolescents, and adults who present with ADD/ADHD, oppositional defiant disorder, conduct disorder, attachment disorders, depression/anxiety, adjustment disorders, and mood disorders.

Claudia Cacciato, MSW, LMSW, CAADC

I have a Master’s degree in clinical social work from Wayne State University and Bachelor degrees in Social Work and Psychology. I have over 10 years of experience working with a wide spectrum of clients for variety of mental health conditions and substance abuse/dependence. I provide therapy in a  collaborative, culturally-aware manner with adults primarily. My approach is holistic, and personalized to the client employing techniques from psychodynamic, humanistic, strength-based, and cognitive-behavioral perspectives. As well, I have specialized training (DBT, Prolonged Exposure, and TREM--Trauma Recovery and Empowerment Model) in working with client's who have experienced trauma or are diagnosed with PTSD. I provide individual, marital, and have provided group therapy. I am devoted to offering the best quality of care for my clients as well as keeping myself on the cutting-edge of information/advances through my participation in continuing education workshops/trainings and independent study.

I look very forward to working with you.

Josephine Caruso, MA, LLP

Josephine Caruso is a graduate of the University of Detroit-Mercy, earning both a Bachelor of Science and Master’s Degree with a concentration In Addiction Studies and Psychopharmacology. Josephine has worked with a wide range of populations, including children, adolescents, and adults, in individual, family, group, and didactic therapy modalities. These experiences have been gained in diverse therapeutic settings, from traditional outpatient to intensive outpatient and inpatient psychiatric care. Her style of treatment approach utilizes psychodynamic, humanistic, cognitive behavioral, or other modes of treatment and is customized to fit the client’s individual needs and goals. She has intensive training in psychotherapy, enabling her to facilitate the client’s awareness of how biological, social, and psychological factors influence our overall health and well being. While she is skilled in providing treatment for variety of mental health conditions, such as relationship issues, depression, anxiety or fears, adjustment disorders, personality disorders, as well as substance abuse/dependence.

Dionne Collins, LLPC

Living Life Counseling, Family Systems & Trauma

Spring Arbor University graduate, working with adolescents and couples/families. I provide integrated care and take a holistic approach in therapy process assessing the mental, emotional and physical needs of each individual client.

Bernice Diop, MSW, LMSW, MFT

Bernice Diop graduated from Wayne State University School of Social Work with a concentration in casework and group work and is currently licensed by both the Michigan Social Work and Marriage and Family Therapist Boards. She has an extensive background as a mental health practitioner and has worked with families and individuals of all age groups. Her special interests include depression, anxiety disorders, adjustment disorders, anger management and bereavement issues. 

Julie Dupont-Moschet, MA, LLPC, SAP

Julie has a Master’s degree in Community Counseling and Substance Abuse Prevention/Education from Oakland University. She has been affiliated with Hegira Programs, Inc., since 1999 and currently works within our Court Program. Julie specializes in Substance Use Evaluations for the Driver Assessment Appeal Division (DAAD), Alcohol & Other Drug Assessment (AODA), and facilitates education groups (Anger Management & Drug/Alcohol Education). She is also a qualified Substance Abuse Professional (SAP) which enables her to work with DOT employees in need of SAP services.

Angela Lucas, LMSW, CAADC

Angela Lucas graduated from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor with a Masters degree in Social Work, a concentration in interpersonal practice and management of human services.  Angela is licensed by both the Michigan Social Work Board and Michigan Certification Board for Addiction Professional's as a Certified Advanced Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counselor (CAADC).  She has an extensive background as a co-occurring, mental health and substance abuse practicioner working with individuals and families conducting Outpatient Individual therapy and Intensive Outpatient Groups. 

Armando Tena, Ph.D. LPC

Dr. Armando Tena was born in Mexico and was raised in Oak Park, IL. Dr. Tena received his Ph.D in Counseling and Mental Health at St. Mary's University in San Antonio, TX. He has had an eclectic practice in his career, not specializing in any one field. His practice in community mental health exposed him to a myriad of psychopathological conditions that had to be addressed clinically. His approach to clinical practice has always been adhering to a basic evidence based model; namely, the psychosocial learning theory which is based on scientific experimentation, he feels that this has kept him grounded in his practice. Dr. Tena has worked in community mental health as well as private practice in San Antonio, TX. He also worked at the Jefferson County Mental Health Center where he worked with Military veterans in Denver, CO. Dr. Tena also served in the United States Air Force.

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