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Articles by Dr. Ceresnie


Steven J. Ceresnie, Ph.D.
Licensed Psychologist
Address:  199 N. Main Street, Suite 202, Plymouth, MI, 48170 

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Phone:    734.453.9290   Fax:  734.453.9293
Email:     sceresnie@gmail.com

Office hours:  By appointment.

Fees:  I participate with the following insurance plans:


Court ordered evaluations and  psychological therapy are not covered under insurance plans.

Please check with your insurance company to find out about your mental health benefits for a Licensed Psychologist.

You may also call my billing service at 1-855-769-6410 for information regarding your insurance coverage of my psychological services.


For thirty-four years, Dr. Ceresnie has practiced clinical psychology in private practice.

Dr. Ceresnie worked for four years at Children's Hospital of Michigan in Detroit, doing research on child abuse - the topic of his doctoral dissertation.

Dr. Ceresnie spent  ten years as a Staff Psychologist at Hawthorn Center, a state child and adolescent psychiatric hospital in Northville, Michigan evaluating and treating severely disturbed inpatient youngsters and their families in this, at that time, long-term, residential treatment setting.

Present positions:

Clinical. Dr. Ceresnie offers comprehensive therapeutic psychological assessments and psychological therapy for children, adolescents, and adults. Dr. Ceresnie has much experience working with individuals, couples and families.

Teaching. Dr. Ceresnie has been on the behavioral science teaching staff of the University of Detroit Mercy, School of Dentistry, in Detroit for more than thirty years. He has faculty appointments in the Departments of Patient Management and Orthodontics. He teaches courses on the psychological aspects of dentistry, communication, and consults with the students and faculty. 

Organizational. Dr. Ceresnie is a former President of the Michigan Psychological Association. His work with MPA has included the founding Chair of the Committee on Children and Youth, Chair of the Program Committee, and is a past Chair of the Membership Committee. He represented Michigan psychologists on the Executive Council of the American Psychological Association.

Dr. Ceresnie received the Distinguished Psychologist Award from the Michigan Psychological Association for 2010.

Michigan Psychological Association


Lectures. Dr. Ceresnie consults to professional groups. He is available to work with employees, and provide seminars on a wide range of topics including coping with stress, improving communication skills, and building self-confidence.

The following are some of the topics Dr. Ceresnie has lectured on:

  • Understanding and Treating Emotional Problems in Children and Adolescents.
  • Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder: Diagnosis and Treatments.
  • Mood Disorders: Diagnosis and Treatments.
  • Children, Divorce, and the Remarried Family.
  • Psychology of Humor :) 
  • Developing Self Confidence.
  • Strategies for Effective Communication.
  • Positive Psychology.

Specialty Areas.

  • Therapeutic Assessments for children, adolescents, and adults.
  • Psychological therapy for children, adolescents, adults, couples, and families.
  • Adjustment Disorders, Depression, Bipolar Disorder, Anxieties, ADHD, Learning Disabilities, Abnormal Development, Conduct Disorder, Autism, Asperger's Syndrome.
  • The Gifted Child, Children of Divorce, Grief Reactions, Psychological Effects of Trauma, The Adopted Child, Family and Job Stress.
  • Consultation to attorneys and judges.
  • Parent Coordinator.
  • Child custody evaluations.              
  • Coaching and consultation to business executives.

Treatment Approach:

Dr. Ceresnie's approach to therapeutic psychological assessments and psychological therapy focuses on four perspectives, offering complementary explanations and treatments for psychological distress:

1) diseases  
2) personality traits and intelligence
3) behaviors, and 
4) life stories.

(from: McHugh, Paul R., & Slavney, Phillip R. "The Perspectives of Psychiatry." Baltimore:  The Johns Hopkins University Press, 1998. Second Edition).
Life can be altered by what a patient "has" (diseases/disorders: such as   Bipolar Disorder, Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder); what a patient "is" (personality traits, intelligence: such as shyness, mental retardation); what a patient "does" (behaviors:  such as self-starvation, drug addiction); and what a patient "encounters" (life stories:  such as trauma, grief).
These perspectives help guide Dr. Ceresnie to an understanding and treatment of the mental life of a patient. This understanding leads to an accurate diagnosis(es), comprehensive treatment plans, and effective psychological therapies.
Dr. Ceresnie applies a variety of psychological therapies geared to match the needs of the unique patient in order to provide a safe, private, and confidential setting where the patient can begin to acknowledge and understand the sources of his or her psychological distress, vulnerabilities and character strengths.  

Recognizing and developing character strengths are the psychological ingredients that define virtues ---- such as wisdom, curiosity, and love of learning. 
With this knowledge and emotional learning, the patient not only puts his life experiences into a coherent, more optimistic perspective, but also faces reality with increased acceptance, courage,  tolerance and the ability to take personal responsibility for his actions. 

The patient finds new ways to cope with more flexibility and awareness, sheds his feelings of demoralization, and learns to enjoy being alive.

Collaborative Therapeutic Assessments:

With school age youngsters, Dr. Ceresnie's therapeutic evaluation process usually begins with a meeting with both parents, followed by an interview and psychological assessment of the youngster. Dr. Ceresnie meets with the youngster and his or her parents together to discuss the written evaluation. The parents receive a copy of the psychological evaluation. 
The evaluation process usually takes four separate meetings - more when required --- a parental interview, a child interview, psychological assessment of the child, and the interpretive interview with parents and child.

 This is a collaborative process that aims to help parents and child reach a greater understanding of the youngster's personality, academic strengths and weakness, and what parents can begin to do to help their child reach of more full development of intellectual and social/emotional well-being.

Dr. Ceresnie does therapeutic assessments with couples. These assessments help couples understand their cycles of stress, find areas of "missing" conversations, and learn about their relationship strengths. This therapeutic assessment provides an introduction to couple therapy.
Therapeutic assessments are used to provide adults with answers to their questions about their psychological snag points, and develop guidelines to improve mental health.
My Friend Benny
- Steven J. Ceresnie, Ph.D. Fall/Winter 2007

Moral Reasoning: The Emotional Dog and the Rational Tail
- Michigan Psychological Association Newsletter. Fall 2013

Teaching and Learning Positive Psychology: Other People Matter
- Michigan Psychological Association Newsletter. December 2013

Two Cheers for Ritalin
- Steven J. Ceresnie, Ph.D. 2014

Just the Right Amount of Wrong -- MPA Newsletter
- Michigan Psychological Association Newsletter. Spring, 2014

Misunderstandings about ADHD: Eyes Wide Shut
- Michigan Psychological Association Newsletter. Winter, 2014

All the Unhappy People
- Michigan Psychological Association Newsletter. Spring 2015

The Great Courses -- MPA Newsletter
- Michigan Psychological Association Newsletter. Fall 2015

Teenagers Should Work Part-Time in Grubby Jobs
- Michigan Psychological Association Newsletter. Winter, 2015

Book Review - Do You Believe in Magic? The Sense and Nonsense of Alternative Medicine.

Offitt, Paul A.
New York: HarperCollins, 2013.

Book Review - Brainwashed. The Seductive Appeal of Mindless Neuroscience.

Satel, Sally; Lilienfeld, Scott.
New York: Basic Books, 2013.

Book Review - Age of Opportunity. Lessons from the New Science of Adolescence.

Steinberg, Laurence.
New York: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. 2014

Book Review - Shrinks. The Untold Story of Psychiatry.

Lieberman MD, Jeffrey A. with Ogi Ogas.
New York: Little, Brown and Company, 2015.

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