Our Counseling Team

Pathways Grief Counselors

All of our counselors have specialized training and experience in grief counseling with more than 75 years of combined experience in the area of grief and loss. Each counselor has a unique background of skills and experience to serve a wide range of clients; children, teens, adults, couples and families. Each is a licensed therapist or is supervised by a Licensed Clinical Social Worker or a Licensed Professional Counselor.

Tammy Brannen-Smith, MSW, LCSW

As the Director of Pathways for Grief and Loss, Tammy has been a counselor for 14 years and enjoys working with adults, teens and children. She is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with additional training in sand tray therapy, play therapy, and crisis/trauma counseling. Another specialty area is support to parents and families following prenatal, perinatal or infant loss. She enjoys working with a wonderful group of counselors and with a program that offers extensive services and support to anyone coping with loss or serious illness.

Renee Baker, MSW, LCSW

Renee is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and has been on staff at Pathways since 1993. Her focus is primarily working with adults grieving the death of a loved one. She also has special expertise working with individuals who are living with a serious or chronic illness and family members who are supporting or caring for them.

Annice Johnson, MA, LPC

Annice is a believer that the gold is in the darkest caverns; by true understanding and acceptance of our emotions we are able to move through grief. Annice have a comprehensive background of working with families, couples, individuals, children ages 3-11, as well as adolescents ages 12-18. Annice, trained as an Art Therapist, believes people do not need to have any artistic talent to benefit. Often, when expressing deep emotions, words fail to grasp the fullness of your experiences. Self-expression through the creative process can help you better understand the depth of your feelings, reduce stress, visualize your goals, increase self-esteem and develop heightened self-awareness. The creative process is an experience which can lead to personal fulfillment, emotional reparation, and transformation.

Lori Klein, MSW, LCSW

Lori is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and has been on staff at Pathways since 2012. Her primary focus is working with adults grieving the death of a loved one. Lori also has experience with adults who are living with a serious or chronic illness and family members who are supporting or caring for them.

Janet Severance, MSW, LCSW

Janet has been on staff at Pathways since 1991. Throughout her career, she has focused on working with children, teens and families. This often involves providing grief counseling and support to parents and grandparents of grieving children and teens. When counseling children, she uses play therapy, sand tray and art making. Part of her responsibilities includes providing education and support to schools in the area through the Forgotten Mourners program.

Mia Towbin, LMFT

Mia Towbin is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and has been on the Pathways Staff since 2015.  She works with individuals and families and focuses on the systemic nature of relationships and on how grief can affect each member of a family. She often uses mindfulness techniques with her clients to help manage stress during difficult life transitions.