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Stephanie Hegle

Clinical therapist offering therapy in MI
Counselor License Type(s): MA,LPC
Trauma and abuseSelf esteemCareer difficultiesDepressionCompassion fatigue
10 years of experience as a mental health therapist

Hello! You have taken time out of your life for yourself. Deciding to work with a counselor is a brave step. Its also an exciting step. What insight, freedom, wisdom and partnership may you find? Lets find out together! I have a masters in counseling and am a licensed counselor in the state of Michigan. I have practiced counseling in various ways the past 15 years. I passionately love people! I love to encourage, provide insight and come alongside people as they pursue their dreams and goals for their personal lives whether it is mental health, grief, emotional issues causing physical health problems, and relationship difficulties. I really enjoy working with survivors of domestic violence which can include physical, verbal, financial, spiritual, psychological abuse. I also have a great passion for single parents. If this sounds like a good fit for you, I would love to get to know you more! Send me a message and lets get started.

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Stacey Smyczynski

Clinical therapist offering therapy in MI
Counselor License Type(s): LMSW, SSW,QMHP, CMHP,QIDP
Stress, AnxietyFamily conflictsGriefSelf esteemDepression
25 years of experience as a mental health therapist

Hello! My name is Stacey Smyczynski. I am a licensed Masters of Social Work (LMSW) and have worked as a Social Worker for 25 years. I earned my Bachelor’s degree from Central Michigan University and my Master’s degree from Michigan State University. I have worked with different populations include teenagers, adults, families and geriatrics. I have worked in various settings (home, community, hospital, nursing home/AFC home and academic environments). My experience includes working with individuals with anxiety, depression, parenting and family struggles, relationship issues, self-esteem, career challenges, substance use issues, trauma and abuse, grief and loss, and major life changes and challenges. My warm, nonjudgmental and accepting personality allows for the foundation for an effective therapeutic relationship. Working with me means overcoming and powering through challenges in life by discovering healthier coping mechanisms and thought processes. I believe in a strengths-based approach utilizing cognitive behavioral and solution focused techniques, as well as mindfulness practices. Making the choice to seek counseling is a difficult one that takes courage and I am happy you have decided to reach out. The first order of business is for us to develop a strong and trusting therapeutic relationship so you feel confident to express yourself in a safe and supportive environment. I believe our work is based on a team approach where we work together to achieve your desired goals. You are the most important part of the counseling relationship. We start where you are and work towards the goals you want to achieve. You took the first step and I’m here to support and empower you! I look forward to working with you!

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Dr. Marguerite Morgan

Clinical therapist offering therapy in MI
Counselor License Type(s): LMSW/PhD,CAADC,IMH-E (II)
Stress, AnxietyRelationship issuesTrauma and abuseSelf esteemDepression
28 years of experience as a mental health therapist

Ms. Morgan is a Licensed Social Worker and a Certified Addiction Counselor with the State of Michigan. She has provided mental health counseling for 30 years. She uses an Integrative Counseling approach, with an emphasis on Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Motivational Interviewing. Ms. Morgan's integrates cultural sensitivity, biblical wisdom, principles of recovery, realistic hope, stress management and positive psychotherapy, with a results oriented framework. Core beliefs, values, feelings of self-worth, esteem and identity are deeply grounded in her faith and spirituality. Her counseling is primarily with women facing mental health challenges, such as trauma, depression, anxiety, self-harm, suicidal ideations and substances use disorders. She specializes in maternal mental health challenges, including perinatal mood and anxiety disorders and maternal grief and loss. Ms. Morgan is a dedicated wife, mother, grandmother and church leader, who enjoys sewing and cooking. She earned a Masters of Social Work from Western Michigan University.

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Dr. Alcione Wright

Clinical therapist offering therapy in MI
Stress, AnxietyGriefDepressionCoping with life changes
15 years of experience as a mental health therapist

Hello, I am Dr. Alcione Wright. I hold a Ph.D. in Transpersonal Psychology and a Masters degree in social work including 20 years of clinical and medical social work in the state of Michigan. My treatment approaches include Person-Centered Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Positive Psychology, Emotional Freedom, and Mindful Therapy. I work in a personal and warm manner focusing on the emotional and psychological needs of my clients. My approach to treatment is multidimensional and focuses on personal well-being physically, emotionally, and spiritually. I feel that healing requires an integration of the mind, body, and soul. In harmony, these three elements help overcome daily stressors, provide a positive approach to life, and an appreciation of our own physical being. I have experience treating depression, anxiety, grief, life transitions, wellbeing, aging, geriatric mental health, and end-of-life issues. Psychological, physical, and spiritual experiences can be difficult to process alone. I can help guide you through these sometimes difficult challenges and integrate transcendent experiences into everyday life. Specialties Life changes Anxiety Stress Depression Grief End-of-life Transcendent experiences Also experienced in: Mental health in later life, wellbeing and aging, life transitions, chronic pain and stress, end-of-life decisions. Clinical approaches Person Centered Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Positive Psychology, Emotional Freedom Techniques, Mindfulness Therapy.

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Dr. Gale Vrtiak

Clinical therapist offering therapy in MI
Stress, AnxietyAddictionsTrauma and abuseGriefAnger management
34 years of experience as a mental health therapist

I have been a Counselor/Therapist/Psychologist since 1989. I am originally from Greenwich, CT., but have lived all over the world due to my husband's military/civilian careers; he is now retired from the US Air Force, but remains on call with the Reserves. We have three adult daughters, 8 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. I have worked with clients of all ethnic, cultural, economic, and religious status'; in mainly the arenas of Alcohol/Drug, Child Abuse and Neglect, Spousal Abuse(Domestic Violence), Parenting, Grief, Death/Dying. My approach to Counseling is Cognitive-Behavioral and Humanistic. I have worked many years with the families of military and the Service Members (all ranks). All patients are highly respected and addressed to their individual sensitivity with the utmost treatment of compassion by me. My dialog is to meet the patient's specific /unique needs. I am a good listener and readily believe change can happen; with small steps. If you are willing to accept my support and guidance , I will be here for you.

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Ryan Kunz

Clinical therapist offering therapy in MI
Counselor License Type(s): LMSW
Stress, AnxietyLGBTTrauma and abuseSelf esteemDepression
4 years of experience as a mental health therapist

Firstly, I believe that every individual is capable of making long-lasting change in their lives, and I am here to partner with you on this journey. I take a person-centered approach to focus on what is the most impactful for you. I acknowledge that growth and healing is not always linear, and know there are opportunities for growth in more challenging times. I use my empathetic, compassionate, and earnest nature while working with you to provide a supportive and non-judgmental environment where you can feel safe while being vulnerable. I earned my Bachelors in Social Work in 2017 from Michigan State University, and continued on to receive my Masters in Social Work in 2018 from the University of Michigan. I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (#6801113592) in the state of Michigan. My therapeutic approach is rooted in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT). This is a philosophy of psychotherapy which looks at the relationship among thoughts, feelings, and behaviors and how they may contribute to problems. I additionally take a trauma informed, feminist, and socially conscious approach to aid with understanding how our intersecting identities and privilege shape and inform every aspect of life. I use a variety of techniques in therapy and use what works best for you. My areas of specialized training and expertise include LGBTQ+, survivors of trauma, survivors of gender based violence, depression, and anxiety. I additionally have experience and am willing to write letters of support for individuals seeking Gender Affirming Care (HRT, surgeries, etc.).

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Gary Rasmussen

Clinical therapist offering therapy in MI
Stress, AnxietyAddictionsGriefBipolar disorderDepression
25 years of experience as a mental health therapist

I am licensed in Michigan with 25 years of professional work experience. I have experience in helping clients with stress and anxiety, coping with addictions, coping with grief and loss, & bipolar disorder. I work with my clients to create an open and safe environment where thoughts and feelings can be shared without fear of 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.

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Sonia Koenig

Clinical therapist offering therapy in MI
Stress, AnxietyRelationship issuesAnger managementSelf esteemDepression
16 years of experience as a mental health therapist

I am licensed in Michigan with 15 years of professional work experience. I have experience in helping clients with stress and anxiety, anger management, & motivation, self-esteem, and confidence. I also have experience working with depression. I believe that you are the expert on your story and that you have many strengths that will assist you in overcoming things that challenge you. 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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Kerri Boros

Clinical therapist offering therapy in MI
Stress, AnxietySelf esteemDepressionCoping with life changesADHD
12 years of experience as a mental health therapist

I am licensed in Michigan with 12 years of professional work experience. I have experience in helping clients with stress and anxiety, motivation, self esteem, and confidence, depression, & 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 sign up for therapy can take courage and I am proud of you for getting started!

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Alexsa Vasquez-Zapata

Clinical therapist offering therapy in MI
Stress, AnxietyTrauma and abuseGriefBipolar disorderDepression
6 years of experience as a mental health therapist

I am licensed in Michigan with 6 years of professional work experience. I have experience in helping clients with stress and anxiety, trauma and abuse, coping with grief and loss, & bipolar disorder. 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!

How to find a therapist for counseling in Akron

Finding the best therapist close by in Akron 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 Akron 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 Akron. 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 Akron, 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 Akron region and in the state of Michigan. 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 Akron 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 Akron area in different types of therapy, including:

  • CBT
  • DBT
  • Substance use therapy
  • Couples therapy

When you're ready to start your search and find Akron 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 Akron, elsewhere in Tuscola, or in the greater state of Michigan.

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 Akron 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 Akron 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 Akron 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 Akron may not take health insurance, some in the state of Michigan 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 Michigan 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 Akron online therapy platform verified?

Therapists in Akron, Michigan 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 Akron 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 Akron 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 Akron 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 Akron 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 Akron 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 Akron?

One of the potentially rewarding aspects of working with a Akron 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.

Akron 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 Akron 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 Akron 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 MI, 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 48701 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 Akron counselor?

Before seeing your Akron 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 Akron.

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 Akron 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 Akron 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 Akron, Michigan 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.

Akron 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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