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
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
Doug truly “listens” to everything i say. It may seem like he’s not responding right away but that’s only because he’s taking it all in to make the best assessment he can. After the session he sends recap videos that pull everything together so i have a plan of either “to dos” or mental “to dos” until the next session. Doug is extremely professional, courteous and just an all around good guy. i would highly recommend him.
Written on Jun 29, 2023 after therapy with Robert (Doug) for 5 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, and parenting issues
Doug is very dialed in and understood what I was trying to work on very quickly and helped me understand and work past it. Highly recommend!
Written on May 19, 2023 after therapy with Robert (Doug) for 2 weeks on issues concerning relationship issues, trauma and abuse, and intimacy-related issues
Written on Mar 20, 2023 after therapy with Robert (Doug) for 8 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, addictions, and self esteem