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Joel Arnold, LMSW

Stress, Anxiety Trauma and abuse Self esteem Depression Coping with life changes
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About me

My name is Joel Arnold, LMSW, CAADC. I am a fully licensed therapist in Michigan and have experience supporting clients experiencing depression, anxiety, work stress, addiction, relationship issues, and trauma. I also enjoy supporting those navigating unexpected life events, grief, or finding their passion.

Beginning something new can be intimidating. My goal is to provide a warm, nonjudgmental, and supportive space for our sessions. My passion is meeting people where they are, supporting them when they need it most, and helping them see their strengths while developing a renewed sense of hope.

My professional background as a therapist includes private practice, a large behavioral health hospital, residential detox, and in outpatient individual and group settings. Additionally, I have experience in teaching, research, and advocacy work as well as 8 years in the business sector before finding my passion in the mental health field in 2011.

I believe our time together is a client centered process. My philosophy is trauma informed care that is solution focused. Our sessions will be designed to help you increase your resilience, increase acceptance, develop insight, and improve your overall wellbeing.

My education includes completing my Master of Social Work atthe University of Michigan in 2018 after graduating from Michigan State University with a major in psychology. I have earned a Certified Advanced Alcohol and Drug Counselor in addition to being a licensed master social in Michigan. While completing my education I presented at multiple psychological conferences and completed mental health research based study abroad projects in Ghana and Portugal.

In my spare time I enjoy being with my children and fiancé exploring all the fun West Michigan has to offer while eating any and all baked goods.

I believe we spend our lives becoming who we are. It is a privilege to come along side you to provide support as you take time to invest in yourself. It is one of the most important things you can do. I look forward to meeting you as we begin this journey together!

Professional experience

4yrs in practice

Additional areas of focus: Addictions, Relationship issues, Family conflicts, Grief, Intimacy-related issues, Anger management, Career difficulties, Compassion fatigue, Attachment Issues, Coping with Natural or Human-Caused Disaster, Dissociation, Isolation/Loneliness, Panic Disorder and Panic Attacks, Social Anxiety and Phobia

Clinical approaches: Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Attachment-Based Therapy, Client-Centered Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Mindfulness Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Solution-Focused Therapy, Trauma-Focused Therapy

License information

MI LMSW 6801108922


These quotes represent just a few of the many positive reviews that we have received for Joel Arnold. We don't pay anyone to provide their review and they are all made voluntarily. Some people's experience receiving therapy with BetterHelp might be different.

Joel is a wonderful therapist, and really helped me get back to where I needed to be. I truly appreciate the support and the kindness he showed when I lost my wife.

Written on Feb 12, 2023 after therapy with Joel for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, and coping with life changes

Joel is kind and patient. And as other reviewers stated, he makes one feel extremely comfortable, he's not judgmental or condescending. He offers tangible guidance and ideas for feeling better. Definitely a top counselor, he genuinely cares and takes interest in a person.

Written on Jul 05, 2021 after therapy with Joel for 1 month on issues concerning depression, relationship issues, grief, sleeping disorders, and self esteem

Joel was a very comforting spirit that came into my life at just the right time. Thank you for allowing me to get reacquainted with the idea of opening up to someone.

Written on Jun 23, 2021 after therapy with Joel for 1 month on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, addictions, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, intimacy-related issues, eating disorders, self esteem, coping with life changes, compassion fatigue, and adhd

The best therapist i have ever had. An incredible listener and always insightful with his feedback. Always felt comfortable opening up to him and looked forward to our sessions.

Written on Jun 21, 2021 after therapy with Joel for 1 month on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, and self esteem

In the short time I have worked with Joel, I have found my mind become clearer and more focused. He's helped fuel the motor, that is driving me forward. I look forward to our sessions and will continue as long as time and money allow.

Written on May 30, 2021 after therapy with Joel for 2 weeks on issues concerning grief, sleeping disorders, self esteem, and career difficulties

Empathetic & kind

Written on May 28, 2021 after therapy with Joel for 2 weeks on issues concerning self esteem, and compassion fatigue