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Jacquelyn Buffo

Offering therapy in MI
Stress, AnxietyAddictionsFamily conflictsSelf esteemDepression
9 years of experience

My name is Jacquelyn Buffo, but you can feel free to call me Jackie. I am born and raised in Michigan. My husband and I have 3 boys and we enjoy anything outdoors. In fact, we decided to leave the hustle and bustle of our large city and move to the countryside at the end of 2017. It was one of the best decisions we’ve ever made! I graduated from Michigan State University (go green!) with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Elementary Education and Language Arts. I went on to pursue my Master’s Degree in Mental Health Counseling in 2009. I have been a licensed therapist for nearly 9 years. Prior to practicing as a professional counselor, I worked as a career counselor in Detroit for 3 years. After earning my graduate degree, I worked as an in-home therapist in the metro Detroit area. There, I counseled adults and children who were survivors of abuse, experiencing PTSD, and addiction issues. After I obtained my certification as an advanced drug and alcohol counselor in 2016, I became the primary counselor at an inpatient women’s specialty program. I provided therapeutic services to pregnant women and mothers suffering from substance abuse and mental health disorders. I was able to obtain my dream job as an adolescent and adult outpatient therapist with Henry Ford Health System (HFHS) in 2016. HFHS provided me with an amazing opportunity to receive intensive training in dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT). I am currently in the process of obtaining my DBT certification and I co-lead an adolescent DBT skills group. My area of focus includes borderline personality disorder, anxiety, depression, addiction issues, interpersonal conflict, self-esteem and trauma. It is my personal and professional belief that creating a life worth living requires intention and skill; it doesn’t just happen. Life can be difficult at times and some of the difficulties we experience are out of our control. However, sometimes we cause the pain we experience due to lack of skill, intention or self-awareness. Through acceptance and change we can learn to maximize our happiness and create a life we love. Mindfulness is a cornerstone of my therapeutic approach, which is something I learned in my DBT training and practice daily. I am blessed to be able to provide services with BetterHelp because it makes therapy accessible to everyone. It can feel intimidating and scary to reach out for professional help and it can also be one of the best decisions you ever make. BetterHelp is a revolutionary platform that helps make therapy more approachable by reducing the fear that can accompany traditional face-to-face counseling. Thank you for taking the time to learn a little bit more about me, I look forward to hearing more about you.

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Jodi Luster

Offering therapy in MI
Stress, AnxietyTrauma and abuseDepressionCoachingCompassion fatigue
20 years of experience

Hello and I’m so glad you are seeking support with your life. I am a Licensed Master Social Worker in Michigan, a Board Certified Diplomat and Certified Addictions Counselor, I have been in human service for over 20 years. I have worked with children age 3 to seniors over 100 years old. I've worked with individuals with a history of abuse/neglect, addiction, anxiety, chronic illness, depression, domestic violence, grief and loss and those spiritually seeking. My therapeutic expertise includes trauma informed care, cognitive behavioral and solution focused interventions, and motivational interviewing. All interventions stem from a person-centered holistic approach. My professional experience ranges from case management in community mental health, delinquency and youth residential facilities, Home Health Care and Hospice, starting numerous outpatient substance abuse programs, nonprofit executive leadership, business consulting and life/spiritual coaching. I believe in the celebration and acceptance of every person. We examine all aspects of a person’s life and help find what intersects. The overarching goal is balanced living and having tools at our disposal in order to become skillful at creating self-defined balance for ourselves whenever we face life challenges that take us off center. I use all that I have learned to help those who choose to receive it. Personally, I enjoy cooking, traveling, and adventure experiences like zip lining and skydiving and most importantly helping others find mental, physical and spiritual health. It would be an honor to assist you along your life’s journey. I wish you peace and fulfillment!

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Ula Rutan

Offering therapy in MI
License: MA,LPC,IMH-E
Relationship issuesFamily conflictsTrauma and abuseParenting issuesSelf esteem
10 years of experience

Hi, my name is Ula and I am a licensed professional counselor in the state of Michigan. I would describe myself as easy-going and down-to-earth with a good sense of humor. My mission is to help others experience being seen, heard, and understood. In doing this, I hope to empower individuals to find ways to grow to their full potential. In order to provide therapy to others, I attended Siena Heights University to earn a master's degree in community counseling. For about seven years, I have been working with individuals and families with a variety of challenges such as family conflict, trauma, depression and anxiety, stress-related issues, communication challenges, self-esteem, and much more. I utilize an eclectic approach to counseling to meet the unique needs of individuals that support them to work on their mental health goals. These evidence based approaches include Mindfulness-Based Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. I truly look forward to helping you!

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Susan Sullivan

Offering therapy in MI
License: MA LMFT
GriefAnger managementSelf esteemCoping with life changesCompassion fatigue
11 years of experience

I have been a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist for over 11 years, with experience conducting individual and group therapy. I work with clients who are dealing with a wide range of challenges including anxiety, depression, addiction, abuse, relationship issues, adjustment issues, grief and loss, and compassion fatigue . I use a person centered approach when in a therapeutic relationship with clients. This means I make a consistent effort to meet each client "where they are" as they progress through the process of self exploration. I use evidence based modalities that include Cognitive Therapy, Solution Focused Therapy, Mindfulness Therapy, Narrative Therapy as well as Psychoeducation. I approach my sessions as a team, addressing challenges together, as the client is the expert of his/her story. I create a space where we can work on resolving issues and where we can collaborate on treatment plans that are tailored to each client's personal needs and experiences. When working with clients I strive to make the therapy experience genuine, positive, respectful and safe. Through a humanistic approach I assist clients in creating and meeting their goals, to address difficult life issues and challenges, and to regain a new perspective on life.

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Spring Hardy

Offering therapy in MI
License: LMSW
Stress, AnxietyFamily conflictsTrauma and abuseParenting issuesDepression
24 years of experience

Quote: "You must tell yourself, no matter how hard it is, or how hard it gets, I'm going -Les Brown We are Living in a time of constant change and high stress. Family, Work, and our Societal Woes are moving and propelling so rapidly that it's a struggle to keep up and maintain our sanity. A time of refreshment, solacement and regrouping is needed to ensure stability, productivity and success in life. Hello, my name is Spring Hardy, a Licensed Social Worker for 23 years empowering individuals to find that stress free, contented lifestyle they are longing for. With the proper help, guidance, encouragement along with the right coping skills, you can maintain stability and become productive. I will be in your corner to ensure you can " Live Your Best Life". My experience consists of: Stress & Anxiety, Self-Esteem Issues, Trauma & Abuse, Depression, Grief & Loss, Sexual Assault, Geriatric, Family Issues, Autism, ADHD and Teen Challenges. My clinical Approach include : Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy Client-Centered Therapy Solution-Focused Therapy Mindfulness I am looking forward to us connecting and beginning "the journey" together.

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Shijuan Kelly

Offering therapy in MI
License: LCSW
Stress, AnxietyRelationship issuesFamily conflictsTrauma and abuseDepression
10 years of experience

I am a licensed clinical social worker with over 10 years of experience working as a psychotherapist. I have worked with clients with a wide range of concerns including depression, anxiety, relationship issues, parenting problems, trauma, anger, low self esteem, grief, rejection, abandonment, and loneliness. My therapy style is warm and interactive. I believe each person has worth and should be treated respect, sensitivity, and compassion. I believe truth brings about healing. I believe in partnering with people to help mend the broken pieces. I enjoy working with teens and adults. My approach combines cognitive-behavioral, solution focused, strengths based, and bibliotherapy. I will tailor our dialog and treatment plan to meet your unique and specific needs. 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 am here to support and empower you. I look forward to working with you!

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Dr. Gale Vrtiak

Offering therapy in MI
Stress, AnxietyAddictionsTrauma and abuseGriefAnger management
34 years of experience

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

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Jessica Brown

Offering therapy in MI
Stress, AnxietyRelationship issuesFamily conflictsParenting issuesDepression
11 years of experience

I am licensed in Michigan with 11 years of professional work experience. I have experience in helping clients with stress, anxiety, depression, relationship issues, family conflicts and parenting issues. I have worked with hundreds of teenagers and couples struggling with infertility specifically over the years. I believe that you are the expert of your story and that you have many strengths that will assist you in overcoming things that can challenge you. It takes vulnerability and 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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Linda Slaikeu

Offering therapy in MI
Relationship issuesFamily conflictsGriefDepression
16 years of experience

Linda Slaikeu, LMFT, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist I completed a Master’s degree at Bethel University, and I am licensed in Wisconsin, Minnesota and Michigan. I have 16 years of professional experience helping clients with relationship issues, life transitions, grief and loss, anxiety, depression, etc. I am a certified Prepare and Enrich Couples Inventory Facilitator. I work with couples to rebuild trust, improve communication, and rekindle emotional intimacy. During my therapy sessions, clients learn practical tools, strategies and skills that empower them to maintain the positive changes they achieve. It takes a lot of courage to take the first steps towards change, but you don’t have to face your challenges alone. I am here to support and empower you on your healing journey.

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Kathryn Fouchey

Offering therapy in MI
Stress, AnxietyTrauma and abuseSelf esteemDepressionADHD
10 years of experience

I am licensed in Michigan with 10 years of professional work experience. I have experience in helping clients with stress and anxiety, trauma and abuse, motivation, self esteem, and confidence, & 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 seeking a more fulfilling and happier life takes courage. I am here to support you in that process.

How to find counseling in Michiana

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

How does the cost of in-person counseling compare to the cost of BetterHelp with a licensed Michiana 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 Michiana 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 Michiana 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 Michiana, 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 Michiana 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 Michiana 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 Michiana 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 Michiana 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 Michiana 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 49117 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 Michiana 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 Michiana 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 Michiana, 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.

Michiana 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.

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