Harper Woods Behavioral Health

Established in 2012, Starr Commonwealth’s Harper Woods location has provided social, emotional, and educational resources to children in the greater Detroit, Michigan area since its founding.

The Harper Woods Behavioral Health Center offers outpatient and school-based services for the greater Detroit community. Direct, community-based treatment and prevention services to children and families include: academic support, family therapy, group therapy, individual and group counseling, school-based mental health services, outpatient therapy, trauma assessment and intervention, and outpatient services. All services are rooted in Starr Commonwealth’s strength-based trauma-informed, resilience-focused philosophy that sees greatness in all children and families. Though rooted in one philosophy, evidence-based interventions employed are individualized to the client based on needs assessed at intake and throughout treatment as well with cultural and linguistic considerations in mind.

Through new strategic partnerships, Starr is honored to begin offering this new, outpatient, trauma assessment and intervention service to the children who need us most. In addition, we are excited to continue building upon the strength of our partnership with Lincoln Park School District through our school-based mental health services.

Starr Behavioral Health
20955 Bournemouth Street
Harper Woods, MI 48225
Phone: 313-794-4447

Meet the team:

Dr. Caelan Soma

Dr. Caelan Soma provides trauma informed and resilience focused assessment and intervention for children. Using an eclectic therapeutic style she draws from positive psychology, expressive arts and the importance of mind-body connection to provide client-centered, sensory based interventions. Every child’s strengths and interests are central to all recommendations and treatment plans with the belief that all require an individualized treatment approach. Dr. Soma approaches every client with attention, curiosity and compassion.

Becca Gerlach

Becca Gerlach received her MSW from Wayne State University and is currently working toward her PhD in Clinical Social Work from the Institute for Clinical Social Work. Becca is a Certified Trauma Practitioner, a foundational level Theraplay therapist, and a Certified Advanced Alcohol and Drug Counselor. Becca uses play and art and draws from psychodynamic principles to treat and assess children, adolescents and adults. Becca believes each child and parent should be treated with curiosity, compassion, and individual attention.

Becca’s specialty areas include: childhood trauma, at-risk and adjudicated youth, anxiety, depression, addictions and adult survivors of childhood trauma.

Gabriela Mueller

Gabriela Mueller received her MSW from Wayne State University and is a certified trauma practitioner. Gabriela uses play, art, sensory interventions, and mind-body practices to treat and assess children and adolescents. Gabriela sees the greatness in all clients, viewing them with compassion and curiosity. Treatment incorporates each client’s strengths and uniqueness.

Gabriela’s specialty areas include: childhood trauma, anxiety, depression, at-risk and adjudicated youth, and chronic health conditions.