New Light Consultants, Inc.

Family Care Services Millington MI

"Shedding New Light Through Straight Talk."

New Light Consultants, Inc. (NLC) is a 501 (C)(3) non-profit corporation located in Millington, Michigan. Our primary purpose is to provide mental health and substance abuse treatment services to those that otherwise may not have access to assistance.

NLC was founded in 1998 to provide home-based mental health and substance abuse counseling to individuals and families who had a need or a desire to receive treatment in their home. The founders of NLC realized that outreach services could assist individuals and families to receive treatment by removing the barriers of transportation and conventional business hours, allowing them to receive needed services and improving their quality of life.

In 2005, Tina Sentell MSW, LLMSW, joined the New Light team offering Child Welfare Services featuring Adolescent and Family Counseling. Then in 2007, Tina became C-Author of the Foster Care and Certification Program where she works in conjunction with DHHS and the courts to provide services for children and adolescents in ages ranging from 0-18 in need of out of home placement. NLCFIN is a private, non-profit child placing agency.

On October 7, 2007 NLC earned its accreditation status with the Council on Accreditation. This achievement has since allowed the agency to offer services to a broader range of people.

The period from 2007 to 2010 brought about a time of reassessment and reorganization for NLC. This process ultimately resulted in the expansion of programming, beginning with psychiatric evaluations, and treatment to its consumers. The clinic provides services five days per week. Dr. Richard (Rick) O. Watkins Jr. DSM, LMSW, CAADC fills the role of Site Director, as well as Clinical Director for the organization. He oversees all staff providing Substance Abuse Services and Mental Health Services. With the expanded capacity for counseling services, the organization has focused on becoming paneled providers on a diverse number of insurance panels in order to offer services to a wider base of the population. 

Licensed Professionals also provide treatment for:

  • Adult and child survivors of sexual, physical and emotional abuse.
  • Adult and childhood behavioral health disorders.
  • Other trauma related issues

NLC does not offer prescription management but will work with your primary care physician to provide the mental health treatment.

Types of Mental Health Services

  1. Individual Therapy
  2. Group Therapy
  3. Family Counseling & Support
  4. Relapse Prevention
  5. Prevention & Education Services
  6. Intensive Outreach Program
  7. Driver’s License Evaluations & Assessments
  8. ADHD Evaluations
  9. Psychological Evaluation (not Psychiatric)
  10. Crisis Intervention Services
  11. Domestic Violence
  12. Anger Management
  13. Aftercare

Specialized Service

F.I.G.H.T. – An intensive home-based 10 week treatment program for youth and their families experiencing substance use dependence, abuse and mental health disorders.

This program uses a goal orientated approach that integrates the family throughout the treatment process. FIGHT begins with three sessions per week until gradually tapering down to one session per week. (For Court Referrals) 

Group Therapy

Anger Management – We offer an eight week program focused on learning appropriate methods of expressing anger, finding triggers, and building healthy coping skills.

Domestic Violence – We offers this program designed for offenders, this 18-26 week program uses the “Thinking 4 Change” model.

E.M.B.R.A.C.E. – We offers a twelve week program designed to empower parents and help them to meet the specific needs of their family.  Parents will obtain knowledge and skills that improve their overall functioning in nurturing parenting.

S.T.O.P. – We offer a ten week educational program for individuals with a first time alcohol or substance related offense. Offered in two group settings one for youth to 18 years and the other for adults.

Teen Group – For ages 12-18 who struggle to keep on track, manage anger, frustration, and have difficulty completing their tasks. 

For being the first one it was wonderful! Kids all had a great time . Was wonderful having a safe environment that was kid friendly! Thank you to all the staff!
Mae B.

Primary Communities Served



Cass City

Birch Run