Robert (Doug) Chalmers, MA, LPC, NCC
Doug Chalmers obtained his Bachelor of Business Administration Degree from Eastern Michigan University on April 28, 1990, and his Master of Arts – Counseling Degree from Oakland University on August 20, 2011. Doug is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) and has also received his National Certified Counselor (NCC) Credential from the National Board for Certified Counselors (NBCC). Doug's work experience includes work as a Behavioral Health Specialist for a large medical practice, where he engaged in individual counseling in a collaborative person centered medical home model. Doug has also been a Clinical Supervisor with Catholic Charities, worked as both a therapist and Assistant Clinical Supervisor in community mental health working with severe and persistent mental illness in adults, has worked in crisis stabilization programs and private practice. Doug is person centered and focuses on use of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Existential techniques and the mind-body connection. Treatment from a Christian perspective can be incorporated into your treatment, if you desire.
In his spare time, Doug enjoys music of all genres, reading, the peace and quiet of the outdoors, exercise, and gardening.
Making the decision to see a therapist is a very courageous act, and I applaud you for making the choice to seek help. I provide a very relaxed and calming atmosphere where my clients can engage in the work they need to do to effect substantive change in their lives. All of us have a tool shed full of tools which we typically use on a daily basis to cope with day-to-day stress and problems. Sometimes, however, life becomes too much, and when it does, we typically forget about the tools we have, or we lose the entire shed. My job is not to tell you what to do with your life - I do not have to live with your decisions. My job is to remind you of the tools you already have in your shed, and provide even more tools so that you can manage much more effectively and life become less distressing and intimidating. To that end, I will help you identify strategies and skills which work for you. I will help you look at things from a different perspective and may even challenge some of your long held thinking and beliefs. The therapist may be the expert on therapy, but you are the expert on you. I provide the "buffet table" of options, but you use your expertise to pick and choose "what you will eat".
Additional areas of focus: Relationship issues, Trauma and abuse, Parenting issues, Career difficulties, Coping with life changes, Compassion fatigue, Aging and Geriatric Issues, Communication Problems, Divorce and Separation, Domestic Violence, Family Problems, Fatherhood Issues, Forgiveness, Guilt and Shame, Impulsivity, Isolation / Loneliness, Mood Disorders, Obsessions, Compulsions, and OCD, Panic Disorder and Panic Attacks, Post-traumatic Stress, Self-Love, Sexual Assault and Abuse, Social Anxiety and Phobia, Workplace Issues
Clinical approaches: Client-Centered Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Existential Therapy, Mindfulness Therapy, Solution-Focused Therapy
MI LPC 6401012717
Robert was extremely helpful to me in the lowest point that I have had personally in my life.
Quickly he gave me coping tactics and assured me that I was strong enough to overcome this slump that I was in. He was always giving me his undivided attention made sure to follow up with every concern I had week to week.
It was my first time in therapy and I felt comfortable right off the bat with him.
Written on Dec 27, 2023 after therapy with Robert (Doug) for 5 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, family conflicts, parenting issues, self esteem, anger management, career difficulties, coping with life changes, and adhd
Doug has been very helpful in listening, guiding, and helping the discussion move. Definitely would recommend if you want to gain different insights/perspective on your situation, or need a solid, actionable advice that you can implement in your day right away. Sessions with Doug have been very practical at addressing the core issue and for myself, have gained a lot of benefit with just few sessions.
Written on Dec 18, 2023 after therapy with Robert (Doug) for 2 months on issues concerning depression, trauma and abuse, grief, and coping with life changes
Doug listens with his whole attention. He offers feedback that speaks sensitively and directly to the heart of the challenges I face. His follow up videos help to insure memory and understanding of the content of our sessions. I wasn’t sure about having a male therapist but I’m so glad BH connected me to Doug. He’s a masterful therapist with heart. Many thanks for helping me grow, expand and find my way more gently in the world.
Written on Oct 31, 2023 after therapy with Robert (Doug) for 1 year and 8 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship issues, and compassion fatigue
Doug is my safe spot. He is very intuitive and can read between my lines. He is gentle with me as he knows I’m highly sensitive and have past trauma. I feel very comfortable with Doug and I am learning to open up more and show vulnerability and maybe even incorrect thinking. It’s ok for me to be wrong. It’s ok for me to share that with Doug as he will not judge me. Instead he will give me another way to think about it.
Written on Aug 21, 2023 after therapy with Robert (Doug) for 1 year and 2 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, anger management, career difficulties, and compassion fatigue
Doug is a fantastic resource to help improve ones mental health.
Written on Jul 24, 2023 after therapy with Robert (Doug) for 5 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, anger management, career difficulties, and coping with life changes
Doug is awesome. He takes the time to listen and makes fantastic recommendations, highly satisfied with his level of care.
Written on Jul 10, 2023 after therapy with Robert (Doug) for 4 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, anger management, and adhd