Therapists

New Day works with pre-screened, licensed therapists with a heart and desire to serve individuals and families walking through the cancer journey.

Kim Birmingham

It is an extremely brave step to enter into therapy. I am truly honored to be invited into the lives of my clients. I provide a safe non-judgmental atmosphere where my clients feel comfortable exploring their innermost thoughts and feelings. Therapy is about identifying beliefs, thought patterns and behaviors that hold people back from achieving their highest potential. If therapy is successful, a client will develop the hope, clarity, courage and self-acceptance necessary to make positive changes in their life.

I specialize in the treatment of anxiety, depression and grief and loss issues. I have extensive experience in both inpatient and outpatient settings doing individual, group and family therapy. I utilize an eclectic approach drawing upon evidence-based practices relying largely upon Cognitive Behavioral and Psychodynamic approaches to treatment.

As a Christian I treat my role as therapist as a calling from God. I am always respectful of clients who embrace another faith, or have a secular perspective, and feel very comfortable treating them.


Dave Hamel

Dave has Master’s Degrees in Psychology and Social Work, a post-Master’s Degree in Psychology and over 30 years of experience. He helps people deal with a wide range of issues, including depression, anxiety, relationship problems, substance abuse, and Attention Deficit-Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD).

Since 2019, his experience as a cancer patient has given him a direct understanding of the impact this illness can have on patients, caregivers, family members and friends. He received tremendous support in his own journey, and is eager to offer a helping hand to others dealing with the life changes that cancer brings. Dave also has extensive training in the therapeutic use of hypnosis, and has found it an especially useful tool in helping people master their anxiety.

Dave’s goal is to help you develop the ability to produce the changes you want in your life.


Norma Keil Shaw

Norma Keil Shaw attended Wayne State Music School on scholarship and was the co-creator of WSU Music Therapy program and graduated with a degree in Music Therapy. She has a Masters in Social Work from U of M. and has spent 42 years in the field of Medical Social work.

Norma has worked in Michigan, California, Washington D.C. and Maryland, including positions at the Detroit Medical Center Rehabilitation Institute and at the Evergreen Health and Living Center in Southfield as a Medical Social Worker/Discharge Planner.

Norma is currently in private practice. She is a breast cancer survivor and looks forward to helping you on your cancer journey.


Judith Persley

Judith Persley is a Licensed Psychotherapist specializing in Anxiety disorders, Trauma, Depression, and Life Adjustment issues, including those related to chronic and acute illness.  Her passions include the study and treatment of shame and self-worth, making contributions in her community, and working alongside oppressed people groups in Michigan and in regions of Haiti and Northern Mexico.

She is an accomplished guest speaker and writer on many topics, especially those regarding shame and anxiety disorders. Judith is currently the owner/operator of Creekside Counseling of Michigan in Shelby Township, Michigan, where she practices.


Paula M. Puleo

Paula M. Puleo, M.A., L.P.C. is a 69 year-old Licensed Professional Counselor. She is the mother of two adult daughters. Paula’s son-in-law died of bladder cancer at age 39. She brings to all emotional support sessions, both her graduate training as well as her personal experience to the journey YOU are now living. She would be honored to assist you and your family.

Teaching Middle School in both Warren and Grosse Pointe as well as having been an Adjunct College Professor is also in her background. Paula was also the S.E. MI Branch Director of Bethany Christian Services, the largest private adoption agency in the country. Paula was also a Sr. Account Manager at Ulliance, Inc., in Troy, where she managed Beaumont Hospital’s EAP (Employee Assistance Program) — a counseling program for Beaumont employees and families.

At this time, Paula is offering telehealth support sessions only and is available to assist you with setting that up. Feel free to call her to see how she might be of help to you.


Betsy Ragowsky

Betsy Ragowsky, LMSW is a licensed master’s level clinical social worker with over 30 years of clinical experience. Currently Betsy is a social worker on the inpatient behavioral health unit at St. Mary Hospital in Livonia.  She also works on the hospital resilience team, offering support to employees.

Experience includes being an Account Executive at Beacon health Services, where she managed Fortune 500 accounts, including a team of professional counselors. She has many years of experience as an Employee Assistance Program Counselor, and Outpatient Mental Health Therapist.

Betsy’s father battled multiple myeloma when Betsy was an adolescent, and her mother battled breast cancer a few years later.  These experiences guided her decision to obtain her graduate degree and help others facing similar challenges.

At this time Betsy is offering telehealth support sessions only and would be happy to assist you with setting this up.