28 Dec

THA: MI The Humanitarian Alliance

THA: MI The Humanitarian Alliance

In this time of cultural upset, we strive to promote compassion and safety for all people, especially those groups that feel threatened by racist, sexist, homophobic and religious bigotry.

THA: Michigan

The Humanitarian Alliance (THA) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to confronting exploitation and oppression—be it psychological, social or ecological—anywhere it occurs.

While founded by psychologists, we are a true populist organization that welcomes all like-minded people, from all professions and walks of life: artists, activists, teachers, counselors, community organizers, social workers, marriage-family therapists,  factory, service & relief workers, veterans, first responders, home makers, attorneys, farmers, philosophers, researchers, medical care professionals, journalists, politicians, students, academic & street scholars—all interested parties. We are welcoming to all people who share our values, regardless of their education, training, employment status or geographic location.

THA seeks to be an alternative to monolithic organizations that have not, and don’t appear interested, in practicing their ethical ideals. We are dedicated to actually honoring our values, and, above all else, doing no harm. As such, we put ethics first: before convenience, influence, profit, or science.

We celebrate diversity of thinking, knowing and being—academic, artistic, scientific, practical or otherwise. The guiding principle is an empathetic, justice-based approach to living, as best as possible, in all relationships and spaces.

Our ultimate goal is not only to talk, but to act—in creative, compassionate and sustainable ways.

Who We Are

THA: MI is a regional chapter of The Humanitarian Alliance (THA). We are dedicated to fighting psychological, social and ecological oppression throughout Michigan.

What We Do

Through direct advocacy & protest, awareness-raising, training and the supporting of local allied organizations, THA: MI works towards realizing the humanistic & humanitarian values of empathy, autonomy, inclusion, dignity and security for all.

THA: MI Crisis Response Team

THA: MI, in conjunction with other local social justice organizations, is in the process of creating a Crisis Response Team. This team will consist of trained professionals, volunteers and community leaders who will help debrief, advocate and support organizations, communities and individuals that experience racist, sexist, homophobic or other bigoted traumas, crimes or crises. If you are interested in participating in the team, or know individuals or organizations who might be, please contact us.

Get Involved

THA: MI membership is open to all people that share our values, regardless of social identities, educational background or employment status. There is no cost to becoming a member, although donations are always welcome.  Join and you will receive notifications about our meetings and events, local ally events, as well as information that will help you support, and be supported, in these challenging times.


Board of Directors

Lisa Vallejos, Ph.D., (President & Founder) is a licensed professional counselor and holds a Master of Arts from Regis University and a Ph.D. in Psychology with a specialization in Existential, Humanistic and Transpersonal psychology from Saybrook University. Lisa’s got a certificate in the Foundations of Existential-Humanistic Psychotherapy from the Existential-Humanistic Institute that she completed in 2013.  Lisa has served on the board of directors of the Society for Humanistic Psychology as a student representative, serves as a peer reviewer for the Journal of Humanistic Psychology, and is active in many initiatives and task forces. Lisa is a professor, consultant and writer who has been seen on Fox, CNN, elephant journal, and many other popular sites. Lisa is a published writer, poet and artist and is the founder of Gabriel’s Gift, a 501©3 that supports families with a child who has a congenital heart defect.



Shawn Rubin, Psy.D. (Vice-President & Founder) is an existential-humanistic depth psychotherapist who has been in private practice since 1998. He specializes in child play therapy and parent consultation; strengthening adolescent & parent relationships; couples and family therapy; adult psychoanalytic psychotherapy, and affirming therapy with the LGBTQIA, kink, poly, pro-sex, and alternative lifestyle communities. He is the former Coordinator of Clinical Services to Children & Families at Catholic Social Services of Wayne County in Detroit where he created a Relationship Play Therapy Clinic, and supervised graduate students from colleges and universities throughout Southeastern Michigan. Shawn is President-Elect of the Society for Humanistic Psychology, Division 32 of the American Psychological Association and Editor in Chief of the Journal of Humanistic Psychology. He is Co-Editor of Humanistic Psychotherapies: Handbook of Research and Practice (2016) and Co-Editor in Chief of University Professors Press.


David St John, Ph.D. (Vice-President & Founder) received his undergraduate degree in psychology from Wayne State University, and his graduate degrees in clinical psychology from the University of Detroit-Mercy. He is a practicing psychologist with over 20 years experience, having trained and worked in hospitals, clinics and nonprofit organizations, with adults, adolescents, children and families. David specializes in working with human beings, regardless of the diagnostic categories that they might be put in. His professional interests center on disrupting mental health services that demean and disrespect, and that perpetuate the toxic social status quo—understood as absurd discrepancies in economic distribution, authoritarian social practices and abusive relationships with nature. He is also the founder of the FairSky Foundation, a psychological, social & ecological practice organization founded on humanitarian principles.


Teresa M. Turner, Psy.D., is a licensed psychotherapist that specializes in the treatment of children, adolescents, and young adults. She strives to help children and their families work together by utilizing a humanistic and integrative approach to therapy. Teresa practices from a client-centered perceptive and each treatment plan is modified to fit the needs of the individual client. She utilizes a blend of psychological approaches including evidence based practices, cognitive behavioral and psychodynamic theories. She has experience working with an array of presenting challenges including: Family concerns, ADHD, anxiety, Autism Spectrum Disorders/Asperger’s, disruptive behaviors, parent/child relationships, depression, learning disabilities, oppositional defiance, school difficulties, teenage concerns, and anger management. Teresa holds a Bachelors degree (BA) in psychology from Oakland University, a Masters of Arts (MA) degree and a Doctorate degree (PsyD) in Clinical Psychology from the Michigan School of Professional Psychology.


Veronica Lac, Ph.D., L.P.C., GEP, attained her MA in Gestalt psychotherapy in the United Kingdom and has been in private practice for 10 years. Since moving to the United States in 2011, she is now a licensed professional counselor and a certified Gestalt equine psychotherapist through the Gestalt Equine Institute of the Rockies. She received her doctoral degree from Saybrook University, with a research interest in equine facilitated therapy. She specializes in working with eating disorders, trauma, and attachment and has developed equine and canine assisted programs for at-risk adolescents in collaboration with residential treatment centers and eating disorder clinics. She is also a PATH registered therapeutic riding instructor for clients with cognitive, physical, and emotional disabilities.


Usha Tummala-Narra, Ph.D. is an Associate Professor in the Department of Counseling, Developmental and Educational Psychology at Boston College. She is also in Independent Practice in Cambridge, MA. She has presented nationally and published peer reviewed journal articles and book chapters on the topics of immigration, trauma,cultural competence and psychoanalytic psychotherapy. She has served as the chair of the Multicultural Concerns Committee for Division 39 (Psychoanalysis), as a member of the Committee on Ethnic Minority Affairs (CEMA) in the American Psychological Association, and as a member of the APA Presidential Task Force on Immigration. She is a Member-at- Large in the Board of Directors in Division 39 and a member of the APA Task Force on Re-envisioning the Multicultural Guidelines for the 21st Century. She is the author of Psychoanalytic Theory and Cultural Competence in Psychotherapy, published by APA Books in January 2016.


Derrick Sebree Jr., PsyD, LLP, is a licensed psychotherapist who received his Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from University of Michigan-Dearborn, and his graduate degrees in clinical psychology from the Michigan School of Professional Psychology. He specializes in working with people from various cultural backgrounds, with a focus on how the individual’s social and cultural context impact their holistic health. His work extends to the non-human environment, with a passion for ecological justice and the importance of the human-nature connection. He incorporates these approaches into an integrative approach that combines humanistic, multicultural, and ecopsychological underpinnings as a unique perspective on the whole person. This allows him to view the individual within the contextual spheres of nature, society, and culture. He is the Chair for the Ecopsychological Task Force of the Society for Humanistic Psychology, Division 32 of the American Psychological Association.


Louis Hoffman, Ph.D., is a licensed psychologist in private practice in Colorado Springs, Colorado and a faculty member at Saybrook University, where he also serves as director of the Existential, Humanistic, and Transpersonal specialization. He is a fellow of the American Psychological Association and the Society for Humanistic Psychology. Louis has 8 books to his credit, including Stay Awhile: Poetic Narratives on Multiculturalism and Diversity and Existential Psychology East-West. Each year he travels to China to provide training and help support the development of indigenous approaches to existential psychology in China.

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