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Samantha Hughes

Offering therapy in MI
License: MA,LPC,NCC
Stress, AnxietyGriefEating disordersDepressionCoping with life changes
7 years of experience

Hello, and welcome! My name is Samantha Hughes, and I am a Professional Counselor licensed in the State of Michigan. I have over 5 years of experience working as a therapist. During that time, I have worked a variety of individuals, and helped them through a wide range of issues. My therapeutic approach is one of walking beside you on your journey of self discovery, growth, understanding, and breakthroughs. 1) We will dive deep into your history and figure out what got you where you are now, and where you would like to be instead. 2) We will discuss what it takes to get you where you want to be, by setting and tracking therapeutic goals. 3) We will work through each of those goals together, all while handling the thoughts, emotions, fears and wins that come up for you throughout the process. Other therapy information: I strive to empower my clients to make progress and growth in their lives through the therapeutic counseling process. The therapy I provide is goal-oriented, which means that we will work together to create goals and a roadmap for how to get you from where you are now, to where you really want to be. You will be in the drivers’ seat the entire way, with me in the passenger seat, navigating. In this way, we will work towards goals that YOU set, and with a plan that YOU feel will be most helpful in your situation. I would describe my therapeutic style as sensitive, caring, and empathetic. I am thoughtful, respectful, and I believe that you are the expert in your own life - you live in it, after all! I approach therapy from a Strengths Based perspective, which means that I actively look for and draw out the things that others are good at -- things that I will I lovingly refer to as your "superpowers". This means that instead of constantly looking for flaws, we find and celebrate where you are already doing well, and build upon those areas to ultimately help you achieve your goals. No matter what you are struggling with, it is important that you know you are not alone in this journey. I will be here for you every step of the way. As a therapist I value: -a safe and encouraging atmosphere -finding strengths in others, and solutions to problems -the healing power of the therapeutic relationship -unconditional positive regard for the client I offer live sessions, as well as asynchronous messaging throughout the week. Messaging mirrors collaborative journaling, a well-researched process known to encourage mindfulness, self-reflection, and healing. The act of writing things down presents a powerful medium through which intuition speaks and insight emerges. It allows clients to own their feelings, reflect upon their situation, AND still connect with an expert. Plus, you can send me a message anytime! If you want to work toward feeling your best, and learn your superpowers along the way, come join me in the therapeutic process. With care and understanding, Samantha Hughes, MA, LPC, NCC

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Alison Hite

Offering therapy in MI
License: LMSW
Stress, AnxietyParenting issuesSelf esteemDepressionADHD
14 years of experience

I am a licensed social worker in Michigan with over 10 years of experiences working with individuals with mental health and substance abuse challenges. I have worked with clients with a wide range of concerns including depression, anxiety, relationship issues, parenting problems, autism and ADHD. My counseling style is centered around forming a warm client-centered relationship. My approach combines cognitive-behavioral, humanistic, solution-focused, and motivation interviewing. I will tailor our treatment plan to meet your unique and specific needs.

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Dr. stanley szczotka

Offering therapy in MI
License: PhD,MA,LPC
Stress, AnxietyRelationship issuesIntimacy-related issuesParenting issuesADHD
27 years of experience

Dr. Szczotka (Shotka) specializes in the growth and healing of the individual and the relationships that support us. Let's work through conflict and change for the better. *Scheduling disclaimer, I am currently only available on Sunday mornings and early afternoons. I apologize for my limited schedule. I am approaching my 3rd decade of experience working with individuals, couples, and parents. I believe that treatment must be oriented around insight and change. The first step to change is to develop a practical understanding of the problem and the "why?". The second step is to agree to work together to improve the problem by doing something different, the "how?". Understanding how to change, cope, and/or become a better or different you and different to others- partners, colleagues, children is not an easy task, but can start with healthy reflection, interpretation, and ultimately insight, understanding and change. This change can be accelerated through therapy. There is no "one size fits all" as we all have unique experiences, needs and differences that brought us to where we are at this moment, and then the next. You can expect to receive customized attention that strategically fits you and your lifestyle. I am also passionate about helping other clinicians build skills, launch and persistently improve their personal practice. Supervision of counselors allows me to keep my pulse on the next generation and is a welcome compliment to my other professional endeavors. My experience includes individual, marital, family and group therapy in both out-patient and in-patient care settings. I have taught undergraduate and graduate students at both college and university in the departments of psychology, counseling, education, and human resources. I am an occasional conference speaker and community panelist regarding issues of community health.

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Annie Allen

Offering therapy in MI
License: LMSW, ACSW
Stress, AnxietyGriefSelf esteemDepressionCoping with life changes
20 years of experience

I am a caring, sensitive, compassionate, and transparent clinical therapist. I have been practicing for approximately 20 plus years in both Medical and Mental Health Services. As a therapist, I provided individuals, couple ( I don't specialized in marriage therapist, but I have a lot of experience in couple counseling), faith based, and group psychotherapy, enabling clients to cope with their chronic depression, bipolar disorder, anxiety, fears, sleep disorder, memory loss, grief, and OCD, I also provided support for clients to learn strategies to solve and cope with their unique issues in everyday lives based on their diagnoses and treatment plan focusing on mental, emotional, psychological, and behavioral problems. I have also facilitated an Alzheimer's. Women Support Group, TV and Radio Ministry in the community in various churches, senior centers, and other agencies. I believe all clients have the right to self-determination and be treated with dignity and respect. In addition, I would like to commend you for recognizing your need to talk to a trained professional therapist about various problems you are experiencing. I am here to actively listen, act as a guide, and be a source of support for you. I want you to realize we are partners (team) in this therapeutic relationship, and your experience holds the key to personal growth and development because you are a unique individual. Thank you for having confidence in my ability as a therapist to work on your team to develop and explore your coping strategies that target your current problems or situation. I look forward to working as a team with you.

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Chandra Lowe

Offering therapy in MI
License: LMSW
Family conflictsParenting issuesSelf esteem
19 years of experience

Thank you for sharing information about yourself. I'm so happy that you reached out for help. I am Chandra Lowe, a licensed therapist. You can read more about my background, education, experience, and counseling approach by clicking on my name on this page. I have been a counselor for almost 20 years working with individuals, couples, children and families. You can read more about my background, education, experience, and counseling approach by clicking on my name on this page. Currently, I have several daytime openings. My schedule is subject to change as time allows. If this would work with your schedule, and you feel comfortable with details in my profile, great! Please take a look at my informed consent to see if you can agree to everything posted. I do ask for full name and address in order to be in compliance with my state licensing board. All of your information is confidential. If you feel uncomfortable with this in any way, that's ok! However, at that point, I would encourage you to change counselors which can be done directly from your profile. I am a therapist with 20 years of experience working with families in various settings. I have worked with clients that have a wide range of concerns including relationship issues, communication issues, anxiety, depression, family issues, custody issues, and parenting issues. My specialties Include communication struggles, boundary setting, parenting issues, building relationships, and adoption. I have a client centered and strength based approach. I find importance in helping clients find solutions and set goals. My therapy style is warm and interactive. I am very easy to talk to and very compassionate. I enjoy listening to others and in return like to assist people on their journey for a more enjoyable and less stressful life. I understand from personal experience that fertility issues and foster care and adoptive situations can be very emotional. The journey can be long, difficult, and full of many feelings and emotions. I can provide support to you if you are on this journey. I also can help clients find value in themselves by learning to identify their strengths and building positive self-esteem. I look forward to talking with you. It takes courage to reach out and talk about difficult topics and concerns. I am here to assist and empower you to make the changes in your life you are seeking or simply provide support while you are going through a difficult time in your life. If everything looks good on your end, we will be able to get started! Please let me know if you have any questions or concerns about anything. I'm just a message away!

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Sean Young

Offering therapy in MI
License: MSW,LMSW
Stress, AnxietyRelationship issuesFamily conflictsTrauma and abuseDepression
28 years of experience

I am a family, marriage and individual psychotherapist licensed in Michigan with 25 years of experience. I have worked with clients with a wide range of concerns including depression, suicidal ideation, relationship issues, and anxiety. In addition, I have expertise in treating veterans and civilians who suffer from both non-combat and combat post traumatic stress disorder, including military sexual trauma. My approach to psychotherapy is very kind, caring, and direct. I believe in treating everyone equally with respect and honesty. I understand that facing life's challenges can be very difficult and I'm hear to help. I look forward to working with you.

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MaryAnn Johnson

Offering therapy in MI
Stress, AnxietyFamily conflictsTrauma and abuseParenting issuesSelf esteem
4 years of experience

Hi, I'm MaryAnn. I am a licensed clinical social worker in Michigan with 5 years of clinical experience. I work with youth, adults, and families to confront problems, identify strengths, and design their vision for a fulfilling present & future. Some of the issues I can help address include addressing past trauma, managing current stressors and moods, and exploring relationship dynamics. Creating a healing & collaborative environment is at the core of my practice. I look forward to meeting you.

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Shondra Motloch

Offering therapy in MI
Relationship issues
6 years of experience

I am licensed in Michigan with 5 years of professional work experience. I have experience in helping clients with relationship issues. 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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Erica Koelzer

Offering therapy in MI
License: LMSW
Stress, AnxietyGriefSelf esteemDepressionCoping with life changes
3 years of experience

I am licensed in Michigan with 3 years of professional work experience. I have experience in helping clients with stress and anxiety, coping with grief and loss, motivation, self esteem, and confidence, & depression. 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.

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Jeffrey Douglas

Offering therapy in MI
Stress, AnxietyAddictionsTrauma and abuseDepressionADHD
4 years of experience

I am licensed in Michigan with 5 years of professional work experience. I have experience in helping clients with stress and anxiety, coping with addictions, trauma and abuse, & 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 sign up for therapy can take courage and I am proud of you for getting started!

How to find counseling in Homer

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

How does the cost of in-person counseling compare to the cost of BetterHelp with a licensed Homer 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 Homer 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 Homer 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 Homer, 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 Homer 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 Homer 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 Homer 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 Homer 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 Homer 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 49245 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 Homer 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 Homer 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 Homer, 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.

Homer 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

To stay up to date with BetterHelp's initiatives through their social channels, you can follow them on PinterestLinkedInInstagramTwitter, and Facebook. For mental health tips, check out the BetterHelp YouTube channel.

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 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.

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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