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Melissa Andrews

Offering therapy in MI
License: LMSW
Stress, AnxietyTrauma and abuseGriefDepressionCoping with life changes
3 years of experience

I am a Licensed Masters Social Worker in the state of Michigan. I have experience working with adults, college age students, and adolescents. Clinical issues that I have the most experience in include depression, trauma, grief, anxiety, overeating, relationship issues, self esteem issues, obsessive and compulsive behaviors, and stress management. A main focus in my treatment is establishing a therapeutic alliance with the client. I believe having a good connection helps facilitate effective counseling and provides the best outcomes. In therapy, I am supportive, compassionate, and am present with individuals both in times of struggle as well as times of achievement and progress. I make sure to meet each individual where they are at and actively listen to and respect where they would like to see themselves in the future with the help of therapy. Working collaboratively with individuals on their treatment goals is a priority throughout treatment and I encourage open communication regarding what therapeutic techniques and approaches work best for the person to ensure the best therapeutic experience. My counseling style combines strength-based, cognitive-behavioral, motivational interviewing, and solution-focused approaches to help individuals achieve their therapeutic goals. Identifying one's strengths and the coping skills that can be used to help work through various issues is an important part of my therapy approach. I truly value each individual therapeutic relationship and fully empathize with the different emotions a client may experience throughout treatment. I believe that each individual has the ability to overcome struggles but that sometimes having additional support in the form of therapy can help one to better identify and recognize the coping skills and strengths they already possess. You have taken the first step in creating a healthier, happier you and I would be honored to support you in that journey!

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Meghan Tafel

Offering therapy in MI
License: LCSW
Stress, AnxietyFamily conflictsTrauma and abuseGriefDepression
13 years of experience

Hello! My name is Meghan Tafel, and I am a licensed clinical social worker (LCSW) in the state of Michigan. I earned my Master of Social Work degree from the University of Michigan in 2000. Since then, I have worked in various capacities throughout my career, including therapist, educator, school counselor and victim advocate in the court system, and mother. Each of these opportunities have provided me with a broad spectrum of experience working with various clients. I have extensive experience working with clients effected by physical and sexual abuse, domestic violence, and those that have been victims of other violent crimes. I have experience with concerns relating to anxiety, ADHD, behavioral concerns, depression, family conflict, grief and loss, obsessions and compulsions, peer relationships, self-esteem, and trauma. In my work with clients, I utilize an eclectic style of practice, which means, I will work to find the strategies that work best for you. Most of the time, I tend to incorporate psychodynamic, strength-based, cognitive-behavioral, and solution-focused therapy strategies in my work with clients. Finally, and perhaps most importantly, I am passionate about helping people. I love seeing how people can grow from challenging experiences, and, I absolutely love being a part of that process. I would be honored to help you become a healthier and happier person!

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Kimberly Taylor

Offering therapy in MI
License: MA,LPC
Stress, AnxietySelf esteemDepressionCoping with life changesCompassion fatigue
12 years of experience

Adult Profile MA in Counseling from Wayne State University, Detroit, Michigan (2008) BA in Spanish and Secondary Teaching from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor (2000) Biography: My name is Kimberly Taylor and I have 10 years working as a licensed professional counselor (LPC). I graduated in 2008 with a Master of Arts Degree in Mental Health, School Counseling and Substance Use Counseling from Wayne State University. I specialize in working with Depression, Anxiety, Codependency, Women’s Issues, Pre-teens, Adolescents, Victims of Domestic Violence, Identity, Spirituality, Christian Counseling and Life Transitions. I create a tailored experience and counsel from multiple theoretical frameworks. These techniques include: Mindfulness, CBT, DBT, Trauma-Focused Therapy. I am also adept at Holistic counseling, which is blending Mind, Body and Spirit techniques with traditional therapeutic approaches. I am a well-rounded practitioner, in that I have counseled in a variety of settings, such as: community mental health; substance use facilities; schools; Spanish-speaking agencies; refugee shelters; integrative health clinics and private practice. In addition, my background as a K-12 school counselor allows me to relate to the needs of Pre-Teens and Adolescents. What makes me unique as a counselor is the perspective I have gained as a “wounded healer.” It is my desire to share the wisdom from overcoming my own early life struggles to uplift others. In my practice I strive to give my clients the type of experience that I would want, such as being truly heard; not feeling judged and feeling accepted regardless of race, sexuality or religion.It is also a part of my mission to unmask the stigma of mental health in our country and make treatment more accessible ALL PEOPLE.

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Julianne Alston

Offering therapy in MI
License: LMSW
Trauma and abuseGriefParenting issuesSelf esteemADHD
6 years of experience

I have an undergraduate degree in sociology and a clinical master’s in social work. I have been in this field for 6years. I also specialize in infant mental health, which helps parents strengthen their relationships with young children. I have worked with all ages, from newborn, toddler, youth, teens, adults, and older population. I provide support for individuals coping with trauma, grief, loss, anxiety, adjustment, life transitions and challenges, coping with family issues, parenting skills, and providing CBT- Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. Motivational Interviewing and self-esteem building techniques. I pride myself in being an advocate for others of all ages. I am a very easy-going therapist with a strength-based approach. I have experience successfully supporting others in their journey of improving their quality of life and being successful in supporting others journey of healing.

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Dora Hudson

Offering therapy in MI
License: SCL,LPC,NCC
Stress, AnxietyAddictionsTrauma and abuseGriefDepression
14 years of experience

My name is Dora Hudson, my pronouns are She/Her/I and I have over 13 years of school and community counseling experience in Michigan schools and community agencies working with teens. So happy to meet you… I am a licensed professional counselor and I have been counseling individuals, and families for many years. My education and training include a master’s degree from University of Detroit Mercy, Master’s Counseling Degree Program as well as a Bachelor of Arts degree in Human Services. My experience has allowed me to acquire the counseling and coaching skills needed to work effectively with youth, adults and seniors including LGBTQ+ , depression, anxiety, relationship issues, career challenges, grief and loss, physical trauma or emotional abuse, as well as important life transitions. My counseling style is eclectic, non-judging, and engaging. I treat everyone with dignity, equity, and compassion. My approaches are cognitive-behavioral, person-centered, humanistic, spiritual and solution-focused counseling in a positive and supportive atmosphere. I help my client’s feel supported and open to share, to assist them in becoming more aware and to help them address their life challenges, to help them find a solution to meet your unique and specific needs. I will explore the areas of mental health and spiritual wellness to help them to a healthier mindset.

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LaShawn Taylor

Offering therapy in MI
Relationship issuesGriefSelf esteemCoping with life changes
10 years of experience

I am a licensed social worker in Michigan with 32 years of professional work experience. I have experience in helping clients with adjusting to chronic illnesses, relationship issues, coping with grief and loss, & motivation, self-esteem, and confidence. I also have experience working with coping with life changes. I believe in treating everyone with respect, meet your unique and specific needs. Taking the first step to sign up for sensitivity, and compassion. I will tailor our dialog and treatment plan to therapy can take courage and I am proud of you for getting started!

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Thomas Sudia

Offering therapy in MI
Stress, AnxietyAddictionsSelf esteemBipolar disorderCoping with life changes
20 years of experience

I am licensed in Michigan with 20 years of professional work experience. I have experience in helping clients with stress and anxiety, coping with addictions, motivation, self esteem, confidence, & bipolar disorder. I believe that you are the expert of your story and that you posses many strengths that will assist you in overcoming what challenges you struggle in. 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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Patrice LaGrand

Offering therapy in MI
Stress, AnxietyRelationship issuesSelf esteemDepression
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 & motivation, self-esteem, and confidence. 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. It takes courage to seek a more fulfilling and happier life and take the first steps towards a change. I am here to support & empower you in that journey.

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Tasha Hanson

Offering therapy in MI
Stress, AnxietyAnger managementSelf esteemDepressionCoping with life changes
15 years of experience

I am a Licensed Professional Counselor in Michigan with over 15 years of experience. I have experience in helping clients with stress and anxiety, coping with life changes, depression and anger management issues. I also have experience with assisting clients on increasing motivation, self esteem, and self worth. I believe in treating everyone with respect, sensitivity, and compassion. I will tailor our 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 and empower you in that journey.

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Joan Ledford

Offering therapy in MI
Stress, AnxietyGriefParenting issuesCoping with life changes
6 years of experience

My background includes working with children of all ages, young adults, and adults through age 104. I have experience helping clients living with anxiety, grief, stress, family conflicts, & parenting concerns. 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. It takes courage to seek help in identifying needs and to take the first steps towards a change. I am here to support you in that journey.

How to find counseling in Muir

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

How does the cost of in-person counseling compare to the cost of BetterHelp with a licensed Muir 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 Muir 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 Muir 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 Muir, 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 Muir 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 Muir 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 Muir 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 Muir 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 Muir 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 48860 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 Muir 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 Muir 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 Muir, 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.

Muir 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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Below are some of the zip codes served by BetterHelp therapists in Muir:

48851, 48860

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