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Monica King

Offering therapy in MI
License: LMSW,ACSW
Relationship issuesGriefSelf esteemCareer difficultiesDepression
35 years of experience

I offer an open, conversational, and professionally directed approach to individuals and couples seeking therapy for issues including career & work difficulties, depression, anxiety, family issues, as well as sexuality, broken relationships, support for lifestyle changes for clients with medical issues such as diabetes, heart disease and life transitions. The therapeutic relationship is useful to help you learn new ways of understanding yourself and others & forging relationship changes. Throughout our conversation, we will work to understand areas of conflict and difficulty in new ways allowing you to make clearer decisions with more confidence and grace. As a versatile clinician, I enjoy working with all people. Whether it is Individual or relationship therapy, coaching services, addressing couple or family issues, Parenting consultation, or working with you on your own concerns and examining old beliefs and habits that have been holding you back ~ I welcome patients' stories and enjoy helping them find their own courage, core strengths and desires. As a psychotherapist doing therapy in Ann Arbor some 25+ years, it still is a privilege to witness a patient's process as they discover how to express their truest selves. I love this work and consider it a great gift to be invited to witness your work and to assist you in your process to create more health and happiness in your life.

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Alicia Clement

Offering therapy in MI
License: LPC,NCC
Stress, AnxietyRelationship issuesFamily conflictsSelf esteemDepression
5 years of experience

I have a passion to help people work through issues and concerns so they can live a healthy and well balanced life. During life transitions, changes and development, one may be presented with many challenges. These challenges may impact us as individuals as well as our family systems, peer groups, school and/or careers. Often times individuals and families can benefit from working with a therapist through these bumps in the road. My experience as a school counselor and licensed professional counselor provide me a unique and comprehensive understanding of the stress, anxiety and depression that can often occur during these transitions as well. I am dedicated to helping clients develop healthy coping skills to manage thoughts, feelings and behaviors. During the counseling process we will explore problem-solving techniques, develop decision-making skills and collaboratively create cognitive and behavioral plans. I have a Master of Arts degree (MA) in Counseling Education and a Bachelor of Science degree (BS) in Psychology. I have over ten years experience as a school counselor and academic behavior interventionist in secondary schools. I am a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) and a Nationally Certified Counselor (NCC). As an experienced counselor, I am qualified to address all academic and career needs as well as personal, social, emotional, and parental needs.

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Kelly Messing-Mirabito

Offering therapy in MI
Stress, AnxietyFamily conflictsSelf esteemCareer difficultiesCoping with life changes
19 years of experience

I am a professional counselor and I have been practicing for over 20 years. I have worked with many areas including anxiety, stress, self esteem depression and life transitions. I graduated with my B.S. from Oakland University and my Masters in Counseling also came from Oakland University. I believe that life will always have it's struggles and that we can all benefit from counseling. Life can throw things at us that we are not prepared for and I can be that person to help you through life's challenges. I am a great listener, compassionate and empathetic. I will meet you where you are and help you progress towards your goals. My approach combines Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Humanistic, Brief Solution Focused Therapy and Behavioral Therapies. It takes courage to be able to admit that we are in a place that we can benefit from help from someone else. You have taken that first step towards change and I would enjoy working with you. I am looking forward to working with you on life's journey. This platform is not appropriate for those feeling suicidal. If you are feeling suicidal please call the National Suicide Prevention Hotline at 1-800-273-8255, dial 911 or go to your local emergency room.

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Dr. Annette Solomon

Offering therapy in MI
License: Psy.D.
AddictionsRelationship issuesTrauma and abuseGriefDepression
20 years of experience

Hello, my name is Dr. Annette Solomon and I look forward to working with you. Congratulations... you’ve taken the first steps toward improving your mental health and well-being. It takes tremendous strength and courage to ask for assistance and I’m honored to be a part of your process. I am a licensed psychologist with over 18 years of training and professional experience. I’ve always loved working in the helping field, thus, in 2003, I received my doctorate degree in clinical psychology from Wright State University- School of Professional Psychology (SOPP). Over the years I’ve specialized in culturally competent therapy with individuals who have challenges with a variety of disorders and/ or life concerns such as addictions, trauma and abuse, diversity issues, and being diagnosed with chronic medical conditions (HIV/ AIDS, spinal cord injuries, stroke, Multiple Sclerosis, etc.). I also have experience working with our Veteran population and being a part of diverse medical teams. My interaction and professional style is warm, compassionate, and strength- based. I utilize motivational interviewing along with cognitive-behavioral, humanistic, and solution-focused techniques to help you achieve your goals. We will discuss and document an individualized treatment plan based on empirically supported techniques.

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Risa Mendelson

Offering therapy in MI
License: MA,LPC,COTA
Stress, AnxietySelf esteemCareer difficultiesDepression
6 years of experience

My name is Risa Mendelson. I have a MA in Rehabilitation Counseling and Community Inclusion. This degree enabled me to be able to serve diverse populations of clients to evaluate individual needs and plan and implement interventions. I have a BS in psychology (Human Development) and I am a licensed Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant. My experience as a therapist has enhanced my skills as a counselor because it has allowed me to look at each individual holistically (mentally, physically, and emotionally). I have experience working with diverse populations of clients that have physical challenges. My counseling style is warm and genuine. Rapport building is important to me so the client is comfortable with sharing his/her life stories. I will actively listen and ask questions to get clarification. I am not judgmental. My approach can combine clients centered therapy, cognitive therapy, cognitive-behavioral, and mindfulness therapy. I have experience working with clients that have depression, decreased self-esteem, stress management, and organizational skills, anxiety, grief, anger management, traumatic brain injury, and many other mental challenges. My background allows me to zone in on self–care, and explore the clients’ strengths. I can communicate with clients, families, caregivers, guardians, case managers, and other professionals.

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sara evans

Offering therapy in MI
License: LCSW
Stress, AnxietyFamily conflictsParenting issuesSelf esteem
3 years of experience

In order to bring about healing, there must be respect, encouragement, and empathy. This is what I strive for as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. You are the expert of your life, and I believe in meeting you where you are at in your life. My approach is warm, nonjudgmental, and interactive. Everyone deserves to be treated with respect and compassion. I utilize a client-centered, strength-based approach, with all forms of treatment. I believe everyone has a story to tell and that we are all capable of growth and change. I will work with you to determine the appropriate education, skill, or intervention to meet your goals. I earned my Bachelor of Arts in Family Life Education in 2012 and my Masters of Social Work in 2015 from Western Michigan University. Since 2015, I have worked with teens and families involved in the Criminal Justice system. My experience includes working with clients with anxiety, depression, family conflict, self-esteem, career challenges, substance use issues, and major life changes. As your therapist I will be available via chat, text, phone, or face chat. My availability will be primarily evenings and weekends. I will check messages daily to ensure timely responses to meet your needs.

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Dr. Kristi Hottenstein

Offering therapy in MI
License: LPC,NCC,Ph.D.
Stress, AnxietyRelationship issuesFamily conflictsSelf esteemDepression
20 years of experience

Whether you’re experiencing difficult times or new adventures, I’m here to help. I have been a licensed professional counselor in the state of Michigan since 2009. I am the practitioner/owner of Compass Counseling & Coaching, PLLC, a member of the Michigan Mental Health Counselors Association and was appointed to their board in 2021. I have a doctorate in higher education administration from the University of Toledo, a masters in Counseling from the University of La Verne and a bachelors in Sociology from Alma College. I provide counseling for individuals, couples, and teens, as well as provide college selection coaching. I have a very holistic approach to counseling because no two people are the same. I see each client as an individual requiring their own unique approach. I use a variety of counseling techniques, encouraging self-awareness and the acceptance of one’s own responsibilities in their personal journey. I believe the more we know ourselves, the better we can respond to situations.

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Theresa Williams

Offering therapy in MI
Stress, AnxietyGriefSelf esteemDepressionCompassion fatigue
24 years of experience

I am a licensed therapist in Michigan with over 20 years of professional work experience. My work experience includes helping others with stress, anxiety, grief and loss, depression, and self-esteem. I use eclectic therapy approaches to specifically address the problem area. 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. I have an extensive history of working with teens and I also provide faith-based counseling as well. I anticipate meeting with you.

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Gina Kirby

Offering therapy in MI
Stress, AnxietyLGBTGriefSelf esteemCoping with life changes
28 years of experience

I am licensed in Michigan with 28 years of professional counseling experience. I have a background in helping clients with stress and anxiety, LGBTQIPA2S+ related issues, coping with grief and loss, motivation, self esteem, and confidence issues. I work with my clients to create an open and safe environment where thoughts and feelings can be shared without fear of judgment. Asking for help takes courage and I am here to support you in that process.

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Edward Fields

Offering therapy in MI
Relationship issuesSleeping disordersAnger managementSelf esteemDepression
6 years of experience

I am licensed in Michigan with 6 years of professional work experience. I have experience in helping clients with relationship issues, sleeping disorders, anger management, & motivation, self esteem, and confidence. I believe in treating everyone with respect, sensitivity, and compassion. I will tailor our dialog and treatment plan to meet your unique and specific needs. Taking the first step to sign up for therapy can take courage and I am proud of you for getting started!

How to find counseling in Ashley

Finding the best therapist close by in Ashley 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 that work best for you in order to begin your personal journey towards emotional healing.

Understanding the type of therapy you'd like to search for is crucial before finding a therapist or psychologist in Ashley. 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 Ashley, 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. Find a therapist under any of these distinctions and know that the sessions they offer can provide a safe place to heal.

Mental health professionals working through their own in- person therapy practice in Ashley or online may assist clients in improving healthy relationships, communication skills, working through life transitions, managing a mood disorder, improving coping skills, or change in negative thinking patterns. They may also provide a safe place and validation for clients experiencing emotional pain. 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 Ashley area in different types of therapy, including:

  • CBT
  • DBT
  • Substance use therapy
  • Couples therapy

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

Frequently asked questions (FAQs)

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

How does the cost of in-person counseling compare to the cost of BetterHelp with a licensed Ashley 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 Ashley 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 Ashley 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 BetterHelp or clinicians 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).

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

Therapists in Ashley, 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 psychiatrists to prescribe a drug as treatment, or perform psychological assessments.

How does working with a 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, and more. An online mental health professional, including the therapists in Ashley 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 Ashley helping individuals on topics including managing life transitions, symptoms affecting sexual health, behavioral health, coping skills for anxiety or depression, trauma, stress, marriage counseling, and more. 

What mental health issues can psychotherapy address?

BetterHelp's verified Ashley 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:

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 Ashley 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?

One of the potentially rewarding aspects of working with a 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.

A psychologist 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 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 Ashley 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 lot of people in MI, providers 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 48806 or the surrounding zip codes, consider others available through the BetterHelp site. No matter if you are seeking help in your area or beyond, online therapy can be a great option.

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

Before seeing your 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. The first session will often serve as an intake to get to know you as a person and learn why you're attending therapy.

Should I find a therapist or psychologist 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. A Ashley 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 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.

Is mental health care and therapy worth it? 

Therapy 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 professional 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 Ashley, 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.

Ashley 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?

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 through the contact page or send an email to

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.

If you are experiencing a crisis or emergency, don't use this site's online services. If you are in life-threatening danger, call 911. If you require support for a crisis, reach out to the hotlines below:

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