The nightlife in Ferndale is well-known as they have many different bars, restaurants, dance clubs, and shops along the famous 9 Mile Road. However, if you have social anxiety disorder, you are not comfortable going out in public or anywhere there is a crowd. Luckily, Ferndale also has some of the best therapists in Michigan. 

Dealing with social anxiety disorder is a struggle every single day as you fight the worry, panic attacks, and insomnia that plagues you. There is no way you can go out to a crowded restaurant or club with this disorder. You have to contact one of the Ferndale therapists to get treatment.

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Dr. J (JoLene) Klumpp

Offering therapy in MI
License: LPC,PhD
Stress, AnxietyLGBTCareer difficultiesDepressionCoping with life changes
20 years of experience

I am a licensed professional counselor with a PhD in psychology from Michigan, I have over 15 years of experience in outpatient therapy. I have worked with people who have a broad range of concerns including depression, anxiety, life change issues, career challenges and changes, grief counseling, educational challenges, and phobias. I have worked with people who experience obsessive-compulsive disorder, anger management issues, relationship issues, body image concerns, and self-esteem issues. I have worked with people who are having difficulty with coping, emotional strife, aging concerns, and serious health issues. I have worked with LGBTQ+ clients, transitioning teens and adults, teens, adults, the senior population and those from both affluent and economically disadvantaged families. I am eclectic with a down to earth approach, in other words, I use a variety of approaches and techniques to help based on the person’s individual needs and I am a strong believer in homework in therapy. That is, the person will have work to do outside our sessions that will assist in the individual more readily meeting their goals. The goals established will be developed in a collaborative manner between myself and the individual. The sessions will be interactive and unique to the individual and their needs. I treat everyone with respect and do not make judgments. My goal is to help and I consider myself a natural born helper and counseling as a collaborative process in an environment, that is safe and empowering where all are accepted. Counseling is a process that some individuals use temporarily and for some long term, whichever a person chooses I am here to help. Participating in counseling is a step toward self-awareness and I understand how difficult it can be to face complex issues that hinder everyday life. Let’s talk!

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Samantha Dehring

Offering therapy in MI
Stress, AnxietyAddictionsRelationship issuesTrauma and abuseDepression
7 years of experience

A Master-level Social Worker, and clinical mental health and substance abuse therapist, with special certification from The Michigan Psychoanalytic Institute’s Advanced Training in Adult Psychodynamic Psychotherapy Program, and honorably discharged 1LT Behavioral Health Science Officer of the Michigan National Guard. People are more than a mere diagnosis or behavior. They are a vast sum of their mind, body and spirit, of memories, heredity, beliefs, environment, experiences, emotions, strengths, weaknesses, fears, hopes, dreams and desires, successes and failures. This sum of body, mind and spirit combines to form the root system of either growth and progress or toxicity and stagnation in the present. I aim to provide a gateway to self-awareness, sobriety, empowerment, freedom from addiction and a kaleidoscope of mental illnesses. I won’t pathologize you, but instead seek to understand you from a multi-faceted lens to help you better achieve your goals and improve the quality of your life. I am interested in you, and in raising you to your highest standard, in helping you overcome your pain, grief, addiction, fear or sense of powerlessness. I often learn just as much from my patients as they learn about themselves throughout the therapeutic process. I am human and prone to err; however, I am not above learning unfamiliar concepts, ideologies, philosophies, practices or preferences. I am committed to educating myself on any sphere of identity which my patients hold as valuable in order to enrich the therapeutic alliance and foster a deeper sense of rapport. In order to truly help another, I believe, strongly, it is the principal job of the therapist to take the time and rigor to truly understand the patient's world, perspective, value system and belief structure. This is integral to the treatment process.

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Courtney Whinnery

Offering therapy in MI
Stress, AnxietyAddictionsSelf esteemBipolar disorderDepression
15 years of experience

I believe that every person deserves happiness and it would be my privilege to work with you on your path to it. For over 15 years, my focus has been on helping people heal and cope with addiction, trauma, depression, anxiety, and other relationship issues. My approach is holistic, focusing on all areas of your life. I firmly believe that you must heal your whole self to live your best life. I incorporate elements of mindfulness, CBT (cognitive behavioral therapy) and DBT (dialectical behavioral therapy) strategies in counseling sessions. I've learned that you are the expert of you. I am here to walk along side and help to guide you toward the life you want. I look forward to hearing from you!

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Dr. Cheri Anderson

Offering therapy in MI
License: PhD, LPC, ICGC II
Stress, AnxietyAddictionsRelationship issuesFamily conflictsDepression
28 years of experience

My name is Dr. Cheri Anderson and I am a Licensed Professional Counselor in Michigan with over 20 years of experience as a mental health psychotherapist and an International Certified Gambling Counselor. I have a PhD in Counseling and Clinical Supervision from Wayne State University. I am trained to use Eye Movement Desensitization & Reprocessing (EMDR) with trauma clients. I provide counseling services to individuals, couples, and families who are experiencing emotional pain. I also provide Christian counseling by addressing emotional pain from a Biblical perspective- if requested by the client. I work with clients who are struggling with a variety of issues, but not limited to: depression, anxiety, low-self esteem, technology addictions, gambling addiction, marital issues, boundary issues, relationship issues, anger management, occupational burnout, post-traumatic stress, adjusting to college, conflict resolution, and life after COVID-19, I use a cadre of therapeutic modalities: client-centered therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), behavioral therapy, & EMDR. I meet clients where they are and I provide compassionate and caring emotional support. I provide clients with personalized treatment plans that help them reach their intrapersonal goals that lead towards emotional healing. Please keep in mind that emotional healing begins when you share your story. I look forward to hearing your story and helping you along your journey to emotional healing.

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Jennifer Davis

Offering therapy in MI
License: LMSW
Stress, AnxietyLGBTFamily conflictsTrauma and abuseParenting issues
11 years of experience

Jennifer has always had a passion for the power of empathy and how it can influence people. Life is ever-changing and can be distressing at times; how we cope with that change can have a substantial influence on how we grow and learn. We can evolve into the best versions of ourselves after finding balance in change. However, we have to know how to cope and adjust to changes in a safe and healthy way, which can cause even more difficulty and stress. Whether it's learning new coping skills, dealing with regulating emotions, communicating more effectively in relationships, or just listening, Jennifer will be working along side you through those difficult times to provide guidance and support in a safe and inclusive environment. Jennifer is skilled in working with diverse populations of people and specializes in individual, group, and family therapy for those struggling with a wide variety of issues from anxiety and depression to trauma and its related symptoms. She holds a Master of Social Work from Grand Valley State University, and has a decade of experience in the clinical field. Jennifer specializes in the evidence based practices of Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) and Eye-Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) She also incorporates music into her therapeutic approaches and is an advocate for the LGBTQIA+ community. Through working with Jennifer, you will establish goals to accomplish so that even in the darkest of times, you become empowered to find your voice, your strength, your hope and your peace.

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Patricia Palmer

Offering therapy in MI
Stress, AnxietySelf esteemDepression
14 years of experience

My name is Patricia Palmer, I am a licensed professional counselor (LPC) in the state of Michigan. I graduated in 2009 from Siena Heights University with a master's degree in counseling. I have worked in various settings and use many different counseling styles, approaches, and techniques to help my clients reach their highest potential. I am a strength-based provider, and want to assist those in need find a way to create peace and harmony in their lives. Throughout my career, I have worked with children to older adults, individuals, couples, and families. I am able to assist clients with: anxiety, emotional concerns, supportive counseling needs, trauma or traumatic event processing, stress management, family/friendship/couples communication or intimacy struggles, acknowledging diagnoses, or overall unwanted thoughts and feelings. I believe that there is no problem too big for you to learn to take back control. I hope to help you or your loved ones move forward in life and have the courage, tools, and strength to see every day as an opportunity for change, growth, and possibility. Let me help you shine your light!

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Susan Russell

Offering therapy in MI
Stress, AnxietyRelationship issuesAnger managementSelf esteemDepression
10 years of experience

I am licensed in Michigan with 10 years of professional work experience. I have experience helping clients with stress and anxiety, trauma and abuse, 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. I am here to help you help yourself. 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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Laurel Bourgeois

Offering therapy in MI
Stress, AnxietyTrauma and abuseGriefCareer difficultiesDepression
7 years of experience

I am licensed in Ohio with 5 years of professional work experience. I have experience in helping clients with stress and anxiety, trauma and abuse, coping with grief and loss, & career difficulties. 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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Morgan Alexander

Offering therapy in MI
Stress, AnxietyRelationship issuesFamily conflictsSelf esteemCoping with life changes
3 years of experience

Hi, I'm Morgan... and you are SO welcome here! I became a therapist because I believe everyone deserves to have someone who is always in their corner. I have 3 years of experience in helping clients with stress and anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, & motivation, self esteem, and confidence. Some of my treatment modalities include Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT), Strengths-Based Therapy, Solution-Focused Therapy, and Mindfulness. Outside of our sessions, I work in a local school district as a counselor and absolutely love it. When off the clock, you can find me spending time with my husband and dog, delving into my hobby farm, baking/cooking, and listening to my favorite true crime podcasts. I received my Master of Social Work at Michigan State University and my Bachelor of Social Work at Cornerstone University. Kudos to you for reading this far and having the courage to start your journey towards healing - now let's get started!

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Jill Chestang

Offering therapy in MI
Stress, AnxietyGriefSelf esteemDepressionCoping with life changes
12 years of experience

Transformation from depression, anxiety, personal problems, grief, life transitions and other issues can be challenging. It is important to have the right support and a strong, positive relationship with your counselor. I work to provide an environment that is both safe and non-judgmental. I will help you identify the things you want to be different in your life and develop skills and a plan for reaching your desired goals. I am licensed in Michigan with 12 years of professional work experience. 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. 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. Together we will take healthy risks, work for positive change, and celebrate your victories.

How to find counseling in Ferndale

Finding the best therapist close by in Ferndale 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 Ferndale. 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 Ferndale, 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 Ferndale 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 Ferndale 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 Ferndale, elsewhere in Oakland, 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 Ferndale area can be found below:

How does the cost of in-person counseling compare to the cost of BetterHelp with a licensed Ferndale 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 Ferndale 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 Ferndale 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 Ferndale, 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 Ferndale 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 Ferndale 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 Ferndale 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 Ferndale 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 Ferndale 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 48220 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 Ferndale 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 Ferndale 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 Ferndale, 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.

Ferndale 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.

Stay up to date with the leading online counseling platform

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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.

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