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Julia Davis

Offering therapy in MI
License: LMFT,MA
Stress, AnxietyRelationship issuesGriefIntimacy-related issuesDepression
11 years of experience

Welcome to my page! I am a licensed marriage and family therapist in Michigan, California, and Washington with a decade of experience assisting others to relieve distress and promote and restore positive relationships. I have worked with adults and children helping them overcome anxious thoughts and behaviors, process past experiences, and support healthy living. Being supportive of healthy choices and remaining true to oneself is a process therapy can nurture. Creating meaningful connections and a more satisfying life experience can be achieved with healthy conversation that gives you permission to be yourself and connect with others authentically. With an open mind and a non-judgmental treatment approach, we create the space to collaboratively meet your goals. You can also find me on IG @boundariesexplained where I share some insights we expand upon in the global Better Help groups. I am passionate about secure attachment, nonviolent communication, the connection between boundaries and anxiety, speaking up and reducing emotional paralysis and communication skills to reduce anxiety. Life in all its processes and nuances is unique for each of us. I am here to help, guide, listen and support you in meeting your goals. Together we can identify these and explore ways to meet them. Schedule: I am available Tues and Thurs 9-4 EDT only.

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Audrey Jackson

Offering therapy in MI
License: LMSW-C
Stress, AnxietyAddictionsRelationship issuesFamily conflictsTrauma and abuse
10 years of experience

Thank you for contacting me through the Better Help online counseling program. My name is Audrey Jackson and I am a licensed clinical social worker from Michigan. I enjoy helping others find their purpose and to use the best tools to sustain their life goals. My clinical focus is anxiety and depression. I am skilled in counseling elderly adults, foster care families, and adult age men and women. I have worked in a telehealth setting, community mental health, residential programs, job training, and elderly home environments. I am sensitive to special circumstances that affect women such as domestic relationships, as well as the social stresses that impact male responses to the environment. SPECIALTIES My professional training is clinical social work with an emphasis on health education related to anxiety and depression and helping to improve health related outcomes. Cognitive behavior therapy is a centered approach of my counseling. I believe that individual thinking has a significant effect on personal choices. Learning to improve the quality of thoughts can result in greatly improved personal choices. Cognitive function is important in dealing with everyday stress, anxiety, and depression. I use a client strengths approach that allows individuals to identify their own goals and support for the skills building or resources they need to achieve their goals. Interventions include anger management, psychotherapy including analysis of prior family or interpersonal dynamics, and trauma sensitive counseling. Years of experience: I began my social work career in 1985. I graduated from the University of Michigan School of Social Work in 1983. Licensing: I am licensed as a clinical masters social worker in Michigan. License #680110568 I am also experienced in providing support for housing insufficiency, food insufficiency, liaison for local DHHS agencies, severely mentally impaired individual counseling, panic disorder, drug and alcohol assessment, self-harm reduction, and social anxiety. Let's get started on your successful journey!

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Monica Duncan

Offering therapy in MI
License: LCSW,ACSW
Relationship issuesFamily conflictsGriefParenting issuesSelf esteem
24 years of experience

Hello. My name is Monica Duncan and I have been a licensed clinical social worker for over 20 years. I understand that it takes courage to engage in a therapeutic experience. So, kudos to you for taking time to invest in yourself, your family and/or other relationships. Each session is designed to affirm your courage and is customized to support you in the achievement of your goals. I utilize strategies and tools that identify your strengths and optimizes your personal growth. My approach is to foster a process that is safe, non-judgmental, empathetic and solution-focused. It is important to acknowledge that therapy is a collaborative process. We work together to identify a plan that leads to your desired outcomes. It is also important to understand that change takes persistence and time. It will require trust, honesty, diligence, and patience. I am dedicated to the success of all my clients and will encourage and support you through all phases of the work. I look forward to the privilege of working with you.

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Andrea Maxwell

Offering therapy in MI
License: MA,LPC
Stress, AnxietyFamily conflictsTrauma and abuseParenting issuesAnger management
3 years of experience

I am a Licensed Professional Counselor in the state of Michigan with over 5 years of experience working as a counselor and my expertise is related to working with youth and family's experiencing hardships; trauma; depression; anxiety; post-traumatic stress; addiction; etc. I have experience working with all ages. My therapeutic lens is person centered, and believe that my clients are the experts in their lives, while I work with you to facilitate self-discovery, self-acceptance and provide a means toward healing and positive growth. I may also draw on different treatment modalities to guide clients in identifying strengths and developing treatment plans that accomplish their goals. My goal is to assist my clients in working towards fulfilling their goals and regaining a new perspective on life.

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Elizabeth Brennan

Offering therapy in MI
License: LMSW, DP-C
LGBTTrauma and abuseSelf esteemCoping with life changesCompassion fatigue
7 years of experience

Welcome! My name is Elizabeth and I'm a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. I have worked in public mental health for 10 years in a wide range of therapeutic settings including: direct care, assessment and diagnosis, case management and therapy. I also volunteered with a non-profit doing art and community development from 2011 to 2015.  Originally from San Diego, I moved to Michigan in 2007 to complete my undergrad in Social Work and Fine Art. I moved to Indiana in 2015 and completed my masters in 2017. My areas of specialty include but are not limited to: depression, anxiety, neuro atypical family systems support, relationship challenges, substance abuse and dependency, post traumatic stress disorder, obsessive compulsive disorder, body image, chronic pain, somatic disorders, LGBTQ+ population, and intellectual, developmental, and learning disabilities support. Therapy can be quite difficult, having a safe environment to talk about and process life's difficulties is so very important. It takes courage to seek a more fulfilling and happier life and to take the first steps towards change. If you are ready to take that step I'm here to support and empower you. You can expect me to patiently walk with you through whatever difficulties you are facing and help you learn more about yourself, respect your uniqueness, and invest in your emotional well-being. I will hold space for you. I believe in the power of creativity to help us heal and grow and I am delighted to support you in being wildly self-expressed, joyful and connected to your deepest self. Outside of my work as a therapist, I create pottery and watercolor paintings. I also enjoy cooking, gardening, fermenting kombucha and kimchi, tending to my succulents, and traveling. I am excited to work with you to help you experience the greatest things that life has to offer you. Let us work together to make it happen! Thank you, Elizabeth

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Dr. Zsalanda Richardson

Offering therapy in MI
Stress, AnxietyParenting issuesSelf esteemCompassion fatigueADHD
16 years of experience

I am a licensed clinical social worker and an endorsed Infant Mental Health professional in Michigan with over 16 years of professional work experience. I have experience in helping clients with stress, anxiety, ADHD, depression, trauma, abuse, motivation, self esteem, confidence, parenting skills, postpartum depression, compassion fatigue (due to work related issues and life stressors), and professional development through reflective supervision for professionals working in the early childhood sector. You are the hero in your own story despite what life has thrown at you. This step you are taking for your own mental health is a huge one and takes a lot of courage. You should feel proud of yourself.

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Virginia Vary

Offering therapy in MI
Stress, AnxietyAddictionsLGBTTrauma and abuseGrief
35 years of experience

I am licensed in Michigan with 35 years of professional counseling experience. My experience includes helping clients with LBGT-related issues. Assisting adults who have experienced trauma and abuse, & or those coping with grief and loss. I also have experience working with coping with life changes. I work with my clients to create an open and safe environment where thoughts and feelings can be shared without fear of judgment. Taking the first step to seeking a more fulfilling and happier life takes courage. I am here to support you in your life journey

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Eileen Welch

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

I am licensed in Michigan with 3 years of direct therapy experience and 15 years of social work experience providing support to others in need. I have experience in helping clients with stress and anxiety, coping with grief and loss, self esteem, and confidence, life changes, aging and caregiver concerns & depression. 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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Kasie Frazer

Offering therapy in MI
LGBTGriefCareer difficultiesDepressionCoaching
11 years of experience

Hello. My name is Kasie Frazer and I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. I received my bachelors degree from the University of California Los Angeles with a major in American Literature and I obtained my Master's in Social Work degree from the University of Michigan. Go Blue!! I have the great privilege of being licensed to practice in Arizona, California, Colorado, Maryland and Michigan. I come to the Better Help platform with 19 years of professional work experience including helping clients with LGBTQ+ related issues, coping with grief/loss, depression & anxiety. I also enjoy helping clients with executive and professional coaching to enhance their career goals. It may sound like a cliché, but helping people has always been my passion. My social work background allows me to listen and support clients on their level. It has always been extremely important to me for people to feel safe, heard and supported. It is only in that environment where an individual can be open to speaking freely. 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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Maria Williams

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

I am licensed in Michigan with 8 years of professional work experience. I have experience in helping clients with stress and anxiety, relationship issues, 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 Ithaca

Finding the best therapist close by in Ithaca 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 Ithaca. 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 Ithaca, 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 Ithaca 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 Ithaca 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 Ithaca, 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 Ithaca area can be found below:

How does the cost of in-person counseling compare to the cost of BetterHelp with a licensed Ithaca 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 Ithaca 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 Ithaca 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 Ithaca, 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 Ithaca 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 Ithaca 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 Ithaca 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 Ithaca 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 Ithaca 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 48847 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 Ithaca 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 Ithaca 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 Ithaca, 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.

Ithaca 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 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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