Michigan City, Indiana was started in 1830 by Isaac Elston and has been built up to be a popular and exciting town with many points of interest. Along Lake Michigan, the Indiana Dunes are an important tourist attraction as well as the Washington Park Zoo, many casinos, and the Lubeznik Center for the Arts. 

Maybe you are not feeling the love from all the tourism and don’t even feel like going to the beach to watch the sailboats. If you are losing interest in things that you usually enjoy, this can be a sign of depression or another emotional disorder. Talk to one of the dozens of licensed therapists in Michigan City today so you can get back to being a beach bum tomorrow.

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Kimberly Brownridge

Clinical therapist offering therapy in IN
Counselor License Type(s): LPC,LMHC,NCC
Stress, AnxietyLGBTRelationship issuesSelf esteem
12 years of experience as a mental health therapist

Hello, my name is Kimberly Brownridge and I am a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) and National Certified Counselor (NCC). I have a MA in Professional Counseling and MS in General Psychology. I LOVE working with couples fighting to strengthen their relationship/marriage. I have experience working with clients navigating the single life, in relationships, pre-marital, and marriage counseling. I am also experienced dealing with depression and trying new ways to help manage symptoms and learning new coping skills. I also counsel in other areas including women concerns, spiritual care, parenting concerns, career, and LGBTQ. My counseling style is solution-focused. The focus of our sessions will be the specific and current situation. Focusing on the coping skills already possessed by the client and teaching new coping skills. My approach is also person-centered since the client is the expert on their life. I look forward to taking the journey to peace of mind with you.

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Ryan Sommers

Clinical therapist offering therapy in IN
Counselor License Type(s): MS,LMHC
Stress, AnxietyRelationship issuesGriefDepressionCoping with life changes
11 years of experience as a mental health therapist

I am a licensed mental health counselor (LMHC) in the state of Indiana. I have worked in various environments including community mental health and university counseling services which has enabled me to counsel individuals on a variety of issues including grief & loss, depression, anxiety, ADHD, life transitions and relationship concerns. I believe that the role of a counselor is to meet someone where they are at, come along side of them and assist them in their journey, all of the time realizing that they are in control of their next steps. My job is to help you realize which steps you want to take then aid you in the process of implementation. My counseling style is relational, interactive, eclectic and based on the beliefs above. I will listen, try to understand, then help you understand. It takes courage to actively seek assistance. I applaud your vulnerability and am ready to listen and offer assistance.

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Amanda Gibson

Clinical therapist offering therapy in IN
Counselor License Type(s): LMHC
Stress, AnxietyAddictionsFamily conflictsAnger managementCoping with life changes
10 years of experience as a mental health therapist

Have you felt like you’re just surviving and unsure how to create a different life for yourself? Life can be stressful, unpredictable, and even scary. You do not have to go through it alone. I make it a priority to provide a nonjudgmental space for you to share and process your pain, mistakes, fears and struggles, as well as your strengths and accomplishments. My goal as your therapist is to be a compassionate supporter in your life, helping you get through stress and challenging obstacles. Despite whatever uncertainty or chaos may be happening in your life, you can still experience peace, hope, love, and success. I have experience working with both adults and children in different areas. I am experienced in supporting clients with stress management, coping more effectively, improving decision-making, behavior management, and increasing self-awareness. I will try to make you feel as comfortable as possible in a safe, therapeutic environment by meeting you where you are and setting individualized goals. I am also a breast cancer survivor, and I would love to help others effected by cancer. It can be a tough journey, and I am honored to help navigate it with you! Are you ready to take the next step? I look forward to meeting you and growing with you!

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Vikki Ratcliff

Clinical therapist offering therapy in IN
Stress, AnxietyParenting issuesSelf esteemCoping with life changesCoaching
8 years of experience as a mental health therapist

I am licensed in Indiana with 7 years of professional work experience. I have experience in helping clients with stress and anxiety, parenting issues, motivation, self esteem, and confidence, & coping with life changes. I work with my clients to create an open and safe environment where thoughts and feelings can be shared without fear of judgment. Taking the first step to seeking a more fulfilling and happier life takes courage. I am here to support you in that process.

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Timothy Theye

Clinical therapist offering therapy in IN
Stress, AnxietyRelationship issuesFamily conflictsTrauma and abuseDepression
40 years of experience as a mental health therapist

I am licensed in Indiana with 39 years of professional work experience. I have experience in helping clients with relationship issues, family conflicts, & trauma and abuse. I also have experience working with depression. I believe that you are the expert of your story and that you have many strengths that will assist you in overcoming things that challenge you. Taking the first step to seeking a more fulfilling and happier life takes courage. I am here to support you in that process.

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Danielle Whiteside

Clinical therapist offering therapy in IN
Counselor License Type(s): LMFT
Relationship issuesTrauma and abuseParenting issuesSelf esteemCoping with life changes
12 years of experience as a mental health therapist

Do you need a place to heal, an environment to explore making changes in life, relationships, or a career? Look no further, I am here to assist you on your journey. Let’s face it… We all go through hardships in life, and most seasons have their ups and downs. We were created perfect, but sometimes things go wrong, and our life experiences change us. Let me help you bring about lasting change in your life. Sometimes we need others to help evaluate ourselves and relationships, Together we can work through issues to establish stability, and set realistic achievable goals for change. I specialize in relational therapy ranging from premarital counseling, marital conflict, strained relationships, trauma, abandonment, foster care/adoption placement, and the enneagram, bringing awareness of our unconscious behaviors to understand our triggers and reactions. Be free to show up as “yourself”, let your guard down and take the journey to HEAL!

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Traci Elliott

Clinical therapist offering therapy in IN
LGBTSelf esteemCareer difficultiesCoping with life changesCoaching
20 years of experience as a mental health therapist

I am licensed in Indiana with 20 years of professional work experience. I have experience in helping clients with lgbt-related issues, motivation, self esteem, and confidence, career difficulties, & coping with life changes. I work with my clients to create an open and safe environment where thoughts and feelings can be shared without fear of judgment. Taking the first step to seeking a more fulfilling and happier life takes courage. I am here to support you in that process.

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Maureen Reel

Clinical therapist offering therapy in IN
Stress, AnxietyFamily conflictsGriefCareer difficultiesCoping with life changes
25 years of experience as a mental health therapist

I am a Clinical Social Worker in Indiana with 25 years of experience in healthcare and counseling. I work with my clients to create an open and safe environment where thoughts and feelings can be shared without fear of judgment. Taking the first step to sign up for therapy can take courage and I am proud of you for getting started!

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Leslie(Diane) Armiger

Clinical therapist offering therapy in IN
Stress, AnxietyRelationship issuesBipolar disorderDepressionADHD
30 years of experience as a mental health therapist

Hello, I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Indiana with 30 years of professional work experience with all ages in a variety of settings. I have experience in helping clients with relationships, co-dependency, stress and anxiety, mood dysregulation, OCD, skin picking and hairpulling, weight loss, bipolar disorder, & depression. Therapy and self growth are often about timing . I offer a caring committed approach to help you at this time in your life. I like to use a variety of methods to help you depending on what you are experiencing, your needs and resources. I believe in treating everyone with respect, sensitivity, and compassion. I will listen to what you want to get out of therapy and stay on course to help you attain that. It takes courage to seek out a more fulfilling and happier life and to take the first steps towards a change. I am here to support & empower you along the way!

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Tre King

Clinical therapist offering therapy in IN
Stress, AnxietyAnger managementSelf esteemDepressionCoping with life changes
5 years of experience as a mental health therapist

I am a licensed clinical social worker (LCSW) in Florida, Indiana, and Virginia with 5 years of professional work experience. I have experience in helping clients with stress and anxiety, anger management, motivation, self esteem, and confidence, & depression. I work with clients creating an open and safe environment where thoughts and feelings can be shared and heard without fear or judgment. It takes courage to seek out a more fulfilling and happier life and to take the first steps towards a change. I am here to support & empower you in that journey. I would love to be apart of your journey of healing.

How to find a therapist for counseling in Michigan City

Finding the best therapist close by in Michigan City can feel challenging, but know that once you narrow your search for a counselor serving your area, you can find a therapist in your city that is accepting new clients and fits your goals. Whether you're struggling with depression, anxiety, marriage, family issues, or other emotional challenges, feel proud that you have begun your search to find the mental health care services in Michigan City that work best for you in order to begin your personal journey towards emotional healing with a therapist.

Understanding the type of therapy you'd like to search for is crucial before finding a therapist or psychologist in Michigan City. Perhaps you're interested in narrowing your search for a psychotherapist that can offer psychodynamic, cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT), talk therapy, provide group therapy, marriage and family therapy for individuals or couples, or couples therapy. Each type of therapy can offer various benefits and address or treat different disorders. If you're still unsure or are new to counseling in Michigan City, feel free to contact the provider via email to find out which methods they practice.

It is also important to understand that mental health professionals in the United States are accredited to provide care, helping individuals and couples, with a variety of licenses. These include licensed marriage and family therapist (LMFT), licensed clinical social worker (LCSW), and clinical psychologist or doctor of psychology (PsyD). Regardless of their licensure, they are trained to treat individuals and couples counseling, and sometimes children, in any type of therapy in the Michigan City region and in the state of Indiana. Find a therapist under any of these distinctions and know that the sessions they offer can provide a safe place to heal.

A mental health counselor working through their own in-person therapy practice in Michigan City or online may assist clients in improving healthy relationships, communication skills, working through life transitions, couples counseling, managing a mood disorder, improving coping skills, self help tips, offer life coaching, family therapy, or change in negative thinking patterns. A therapist may also provide a safe place and validation for clients experiencing emotional pain, or that simply want a psychological assessment. Verified providers can provide licensed marriage and couples therapy, tailor to individual needs, and create a therapeutic relationship as a National Certified Counselor.

There are all kinds of therapists working with clients today across the United States and in the greater Michigan City area in different types of therapy, including:

  • CBT
  • DBT
  • Substance use therapy
  • Couples therapy

When you're ready to start your search and find Michigan City therapists, have in mind what type of therapy you'd like your provider to be most experienced with and choose an experienced provider with a practice located near you in the city of Michigan City, elsewhere in LaPorte, or in the greater state of Indiana.

Frequently asked questions (FAQs) about therapists and mental health services

Some other commonly asked questions on therapy with a licensed counselor and BetterHelp serving the Michigan City area can be found below:

How does the cost of in-person counseling with a therapist compare to the cost of BetterHelp with a licensed Michigan City therapist?

The average price of an in-person therapy session in the US is $100 to $200 per hour. These prices may be higher in Michigan City due to a higher cost of living. The price also depends on the type of provider you are looking for. See the following average prices for various mental health providers without insurance:

  • Counseling with a psychiatrist: $150-$500
  • Counseling with therapists: $100-300
  • Therapy with a psychologist: $100

While many psychologists in Michigan City may not take health insurance, some in the state of Indiana may work on a sliding scale, meaning they'll factor in your income and charge what you can afford per session. With a BetterHelp therapist throughout the state of Indiana you can expect significantly more affordable options, with sessions ranging from $65 to $100 per week (billed every four weeks). If you're looking for a therapist, Cincinnati offers a variety of professionals who can help with your mental health needs at a price you can afford.

How is a licensed therapist on this Michigan City online therapy platform verified?

Therapists in Michigan City, Indiana working on BetterHelp are licensed, trained, experienced, and accredited as a doctor of psychology (PhD / PsyD), licensed marriage and family therapists (LMFT), licensed clinical social worker (LCSW / LICSW), or licensed professional counselors (LPC). All of these psychology clinicians have a Masters Degree or a Doctorate Degree in their field of psychology sciences, and follow the APA Code of Ethics. They have been qualified and certified by their state's professional board after successfully completing the necessary education, exams, training and practice with a patient, and extensive experience in a healthcare clinic or treatment centers, in order to become a mental health provider. While their lived experience, expertise, careers, and background vary, they all possess at least 3 years and 1,000 hours of hands-on experience with adult and sometimes teen patients, and have the necessary therapist credentials to provide a safe space for long lasting emotional healing in therapy. 

Please note BetterHelp does not offer or provide care from Michigan City psychiatrists to prescribe a drug or medication as treatment, or perform psychological assessments and other psychiatric services.

How does working with a professional counselor in BetterHelp online therapy sessions work?

BetterHelp clinicians treat clients online across the United States (individuals and couples) through life transitions, inner child exploration, long term depression or anxiety, post traumatic stress disorder, and more. An online mental health therapist, including the therapists in Michigan City above, can work with young adults, children, adolescents, and adults virtually as an accredited licensed clinical social worker (LCSW) or licensed marriage and family therapist (LMFT). You do not have to commute to a an office as a psychotherapy client.

Through BetterHelp therapy, you can partake in video, phone, or live chat therapy sessions with your licensed therapist. You can work through various symptoms, use the in app journaling feature, and receive worksheets. You'll also find support groups or group therapy lead by a therapist in Michigan City helping individuals on topics including managing life transitions, symptoms affecting sexual health, behavioral health, coping skills for anxiety, depression, trauma, stress, marriage counseling, and more. 

What mental health issues can psychotherapy address with the help of psychologists?

BetterHelp's verified Michigan City therapists specialize and have clinical experience in a wide range of mental health issues and modalities, helping clients to feel better and improve their lives every day. See below for examples.

Specialties on BetterHelp include:

  • Cognitive behavioral therapy - This type of therapy is provided by therapists who are professional counselors, helping clients identify and change negative thought patterns through structured sessions.
  • Behavior therapy - Therapists use behavior therapy techniques to help clients modify harmful behaviors and develop healthier habits, often through the guidance of a professional counselor.
  • EMDR therapy - EMDR therapists assist clients in processing traumatic memories to alleviate emotional distress and improve overall well-being, utilizing the expertise of a professional counselor.
  • Talk therapy - Therapists engage clients in talk therapy to explore their feelings and develop strategies for dealing with various mental health issues, often guided by a professional counselor.
  • Depression - Therapists offer counseling to help individuals manage symptoms of depression and improve their mood and functioning, often working closely with a professional counselor.
  • Anxiety disorders - Therapists specialize in anxiety disorders, offering strategies to manage and reduce anxiety symptoms effectively, often through counseling sessions with a professional counselor.
  • Stress - Therapists provide tools and techniques to help clients cope with stress and improve their mental resilience, frequently under the supervision of a professional counselor.
  • Eating disorders - Therapists experienced in eating disorders offer specialized counseling to address unhealthy eating patterns and body image issues, with the support of a professional counselor.
  • Grief - Therapists provide support and guidance to clients experiencing grief, helping them navigate the stages of loss, often in collaboration with a counselor.
  • Attachment therapy - Therapists use attachment therapy to help clients understand and improve their emotional bonds and relationships, often with the assistance of a counselor.
  • Relationships - Therapists work with clients to improve communication, resolve conflicts, and strengthen their connections with others, often using the skills of a counselor.
  • Children, adolescents, and teens - Therapists specializing in youth therapy address the unique mental health needs of children, adolescents, and teens, often involving a counselor in the process.
  • Addiction (substance abuse) - Therapists offer counseling for addiction, helping clients overcome substance abuse and maintain long-term recovery, often under the guidance of a counselor.
  • Divorce - Therapists support individuals through the emotional and practical challenges of ending a marriage, often working with a psychologist to provide comprehensive care.
  • Trauma or PTSD - Therapists specializing in trauma and PTSD help clients process traumatic experiences and reduce their symptoms, frequently collaborating with a psychologist.
  • Bipolar disorder - Therapists provide counseling to manage the mood swings and challenges associated with bipolar disorder, often in consultation with a psychologist.
  • Psychodynamic treatment - Therapists use psychodynamic treatment to explore unconscious processes and how they affect current behavior, often guided by psychologists.
  • Career counseling - Therapists assist clients in making informed decisions about their professional paths and resolving work-related issues, often with the help of psychologists.
  • Alcohol use disorders - Therapists offer specialized counseling to help clients manage and overcome alcohol use disorders, frequently under the supervision of psychologists.
  • OCD - Therapists provide strategies and support to manage obsessive-compulsive disorder symptoms, often via psychotherapy.
  • ADHD - Therapists offer counseling to help clients with ADHD improve focus, organization, and overall functioning, often via psychotherapy.
  • Mood disorders - Therapists work with clients to stabilize and improve mood through various therapeutic approaches, frequently in psychotherapy.
  • Sex addiction
  • Complex trauma
  • Life transitions

You may also be struggling with relationship problems that could be addressed in couples therapy or with a sex therapist. In that case, you may choose to work with one of BetterHelp's experienced cognitive-behavioral therapists or licensed marriage family therapists (LMFT) who work with clients in relationships. You can also try a Michigan City therapy provider through BetterHelp's sister platform, ReGain, which is dedicated to couples and spouses worldwide. 

How do I know if online counseling is right for my family in Michigan City?

One of the potentially rewarding aspects of working with a Michigan City therapist is the validation and active listening they can provide. Your friends and loved ones may also be available to listen, but you may feel that they may lack the skills to provide objective guidance. Counselors are trained to respond to various concerns, symptoms, and mental health conditions.

Michigan City therapists in your city can support you toward a healthier emotional state, regardless of your mental health, life concerns, or healing needs. While supporting individuals in developing healthier habits, another good benefit of Michigan City therapy is having an understanding, safe space with a non-judgmental party who can support you through challenging experiences.

Many people have sensitive topics that they may feel ashamed to discuss with their friends or partner. A Michigan City therapist can help you confront these concerns and open up through unique methods of support. There are also many types of therapy, such as art therapy, where you may find you can express yourself through creativity instead of words with a psychotherapist.

With a lot of people in IN, therapists may be booked out with clients. Through the list of profiles above and others within BetterHelp's team, you may be able to find a psychologist within 24 to 48 hours. If you're searching to find a a nearby psychotherapist close to 46361 or the surrounding zip codes, consider others available through the BetterHelp site. No matter if you are seeking help from therapists in your area or beyond, online therapy can be a great option.

How should I prepare for my first therapy session with a Michigan City counselor?

Before seeing your Michigan City therapist, prep for your session by reading to understand the therapy process. You might write a list of questions you want to ask your psychotherapist, any emotional pain you may feel, and the ways in which you hope to improve. When you attend your session, let them know if you have any concerns about therapy or feel unsure about what to talk about. They may help guide you with open-ended therapeutic questions while offering mental health services. The first session will often serve as an intake to get to know you as a person and learn why you're attending therapy in Michigan City.

Should I find a therapist or psychologist for therapy if I feel fine? 

Some simply don't feel the need to see a psychologist. However, some people may avoid attending therapy due to stigma or preconceived notions of what therapy entails. Although psychologists often support people with mental health conditions, you do not need a diagnosis or condition to attend therapy. You can discuss grief, relationship concerns, stress, or life changes and ask for general feedback and advice from a therapist. A Michigan City licensed clinical social worker may help you gain power over your life and emotions while you navigate day-to-day experiences.

Gaining a new perspective on yourself through various therapies might allow you to improve your self-esteem, work through relationships, and gain a better sense of your mental health goals. The success you may find through therapy with a Michigan City counselor can be dependent on your process.

People may also attend therapy for specific motives, such as bullying, an autism diagnosis, a desire to learn mindfulness meditation, personality concerns, trouble with office workers, specific phobias, and many other principles that a counselor can help with.

Is mental health care and therapy with a therapist worth it?

Therapy with a licensed counselor is effective and has the power to change individuals' lives. Each client is at a different stage of their emotional healing journey in life, as each human can be unique in their personality, expression, skills, and goals. A psychologist can target various symptoms, experiences, and personalities to help you feel your best and put you on the path to healing. Unlike advice from a friend, family, or non-professional, a mental health therapist has an understanding of various disorders like ADHD and depression with many hours of experience in treating adults in their practice. For this reason, seeing an evidence based psychologist in Michigan City, Indiana can be worth it. Over 41 million adults in the US attend therapy services each year, showing it's a popular option and is proven to be effective.

Michigan City has many clinicians who practice person or client-centered individual therapy in-person and through online therapy to assist clients in their healing journey. If you opt into online therapy, you might also be able to meet with providers all over the United States and change therapists easily at any time. Many people struggling with anxiety and depression, substance abuse, body image issues, and more find therapists that are a good fit for them, feel supported, and gain further insight into their lives through internet-based therapy.

Do therapists judge you in therapy sessions during telehealth appointments?

The boundaries between you and a therapist are in place to help you and them regarding ethical concerns. Mental health professionals are held by ethical standards through the American Psychological Association (APA) and are not allowed to judge or harm their clients. If you are concerned about sharing details about yourself, feel free to withhold personal information. Their job in the therapeutic relationship is to create a safe place, help you gain a deeper understanding of your mental health, and support you. You might consider changing counselors if you don't feel safe or respected.

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Take some time today to learn more about the team of therapists at BetterHelp to understand the services available to you clearly. If you are new to therapy or have any questions about the services and terms, please reach out to customer service through the contact page or send an email to contact@betterhelp.com.

If you’re ready to sign up for online therapy, consider signing up with a platform like BetterHelp and get matched within 24 to 48 hours.

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46360, 46361

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