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Eva "Melissa" Gadd

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

Hi there, my name is Melissa and I'd love to be a support to you! I earned my Master's Degree in Social Work from the University of Michigan over 20 years ago and have worked in a variety of settings both as a medical social worker and as a therapist. I truly enjoy the strong relationships that I have built and consider myself lucky to enjoy my work every day. I have worked with a wide range of people experiencing a variety of struggles, including depression and anxiety, grief and loss and life changing transitions. These transitions may include from school to work, marriage or divorce, the birth of a child or an empty nest and changes in personal health or caregiving for a loved one. I utilize a variety of approaches to help you achieve your goal, tapping into your personal strengths and offering support and acceptance. I feel that working in a Person In Environment perspective can be validating and help people achieve their goals quicker. I also employ techniques such as Motivational Interviewing and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, recognizing that what works for one person may not work for everyone. I am excited to be a part of BetterHelp, with this platform allowing validation and support to be available to everyone, even with the hectic lifestyles many lead. I look forward to working together soon!

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Erin McDaid

Offering therapy in MI
License: LMSW,LCSW
Stress, AnxietyGriefBipolar disorderDepression
8 years of experience

Hi, I am Erin McDaid. I have been working for over eight years as a clinical therapist with adults, older adults, and older adolescents. I use a goal-oriented therapy style, focusing on areas of strength or need that are determined by the client. My style is no-nonsense and direct. I use a wide variety of skills and techniques including cognitive behavioral therapy, mindfulness therapy, narrative therapy, and motivational interviewing. I often assign homework for clients to complete between therapy sessions (however, I try not to make it complex or overwhelming). I do not believe in stereotyping, labeling, or stigmatizing people. I welcome working with people of all faiths, genders, sexual orientations, political affiliations, and ethnicities. At an initial interview clients should expect to discuss with me their background (how they grew up, what they have done since high school, any relationship status), their current symptoms, any drug or alcohol use or history, any legal history, and their hopes for what they will get from therapy. During this discussion I will work to clarify any questions that occur to me and to reassure the client that both the client and I are understanding the client’s needs and history. We will also discuss what the specific issues are that brought you to therapy. Be ready to be open and forthcoming. Clients may leave their initial session with a simple homework assignment that will begin to move them forward with their treatment.

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Marissa Ollech

Offering therapy in MI
License: LMSW
Stress, AnxietyTrauma and abuseGriefDepressionADHD
15 years of experience

Hello! :) I am a Licensed Therapist in Michigan with over 15 years of experience working as a therapist. I have worked with clients with a wide range of concerns including depression, anxiety, relationship issues, Narcassistic abuse and Narcassism, Borderline Personaity Disorder parenting , career challenges, OCD and ADHD. I also helped many people who have experienced physical trauma or emotional abuse. My counseling style is warm and interactive. I believe in treating everyone with respect, sensitivity, and compassion, and I don't believe in stigmatizing labels. My approach combines Cognitive-Behavioral, Motivational Interviewing, and a Dialectical Behavioral Therapy approach to counseling. I will tailor our dialog and treatment plan to meet your unique and specific needs. It takes courage to seek for a more fulfilling and happier life and to take the first steps towards a change. If you are ready to take that step I am here to support and empower you. I am along for the ride all the way with you! So let's start this amazing and therapeutic path together!

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Alicia Burkhard

Offering therapy in MI
License: LMSW
Stress, AnxietyAddictionsParenting issuesSelf esteemDepression
8 years of experience

I am a therapist with seven years of experience providing therapy to individuals with mental illness and those struggling with life changes or difficult circumstances. I received my Bachelors degree in Social Work from Central Michigan University, and my Masters degree from Michigan State University. I then was able to gain experience as a therapist in the community mental health setting as both a clinician treating severely and persistently mentally ill individuals, and also as an administrator. Through my years of service, I was able to gain knowledge on interventions to treat depression, anxiety, relationship issues, parenting struggles, personality disorders, trauma, and substance abuse disorders. My therapy style is warm and interactive. I believe in treating everyone with respect, sensitivity, and compassion, and I don't believe in stigmatizing labels. Different interventions that I am trained in include Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Trauma focused interventions and Motivational Interviewing, among others. I will tailor our treatment plan to meet your unique and specific needs. It takes courage to seek assistance for your mental health, 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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Ilene Vallance

Offering therapy in MI
License: MSW,LMSW,ACSW
Stress, AnxietyRelationship issuesSelf esteemDepressionCoping with life changes
30 years of experience

My name is Ilene Vallance, LMSW, ACSW and I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LMSW) in the State of Michigan. I am a member of the National Association of Social Workers (NASW) and Academy of Certified Social Workers (ACSW). I have over 30 years of professional experience providing mental health services and psychotherapy in the public and private sector. I have specialized training in Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Solution Focused Therapy, Positive Psychology, conflict resolution, and interpersonal communication skills. I enjoy working with a diverse group of adults and bring a wealth of professional experience to the table that you may find helpful in meeting your personal goals. As a therapist, I have a relaxed, nonjudgmental, and validating style. I understand the pain that can be associated with not feeling well emotionally or not feeling connected to others. I look forward to meeting you and sitting down together to talk.

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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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Dr. Edward Jones

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

Hi, my name is Dr. Jones, and I am licensed in Michigan with 22 years of professional work experience. I have experience in helping clients with stress and anxiety, coping with addictions, relationship issues, & trauma and abuse. 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 seeking a more fulfilling and happier life takes courage. I am here to support you in that process.

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David Dakroub

Offering therapy in MI
Stress, AnxietySelf esteemCareer difficultiesDepressionCoping with life changes
20 years of experience

I am a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC). I have worked with individuals with mental health issues in both a hospital and private practice settings for over 20 years. You can read more about my background, education, experience and therapy approach by clicking on my name above our messages. I generally check messages here a few times per day Monday through Saturday and usually respond as quickly as I can. I do appreciate your patience when it takes a bit longer at times, as I may be tending to other clients or professional/personal responsibilities. I do my best job helping clients through Christ-centered, Spirit-led counseling. This is counseling that addresses our root issues by reaching and treating the core of our three-part beings–,humans being spirit, soul and body. I believe most of our problems can be dealt with just by bringing your thoughts, attitudes and beliefs out and into the light through Client-Centered Therapy. It is then where we can see and treat the real issues using a combination of Solution-Focused Therapy and Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT). This is just a few of the simple way of bringing relief and answers to what has been bothering you. I believe that I can help you with what has been weighing on you and get you back on track to the kind of life you deserve.

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Michael Hartman

Offering therapy in MI
Stress, AnxietySelf esteemCoping with life changesADHD
7 years of experience

I am licensed in Michigan with over 10 years of professional work experience. I have experience in helping clients with stress and anxiety, motivation, self esteem, confidence and coping with life changes. I also have experience working with concentration, memory and focus (ADHD). I work with my clients to create an open and safe environment where thoughts and feelings can be shared without fear of judgment. I work to provide an environment that is also honest and appropriately challenging to elicit growth. Taking the first step to sign up for therapy can take courage and you should be proud of yourself for getting started.

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Karen Owens

Offering therapy in MI
Stress, AnxietyFamily conflictsEating disordersParenting issuesDepression
7 years of experience

I am licensed in Michigan with 7 years of professional work experience. I have experience in helping clients with stress and anxiety, family conflicts, eating disorders, & parenting issues. I work with my clients to create an open and safe environment where thoughts and feelings can be shared without fear of judgment. 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.

How to find counseling in North Adams

Finding the best therapist close by in North Adams 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 North Adams. 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 North Adams, 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 North Adams 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 North Adams 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 North Adams, elsewhere in Hillsdale, 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 North Adams area can be found below:

How does the cost of in-person counseling compare to the cost of BetterHelp with a licensed North Adams 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 North Adams 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 North Adams 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 North Adams, 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 North Adams 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 North Adams 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 North Adams 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 North Adams 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 North Adams 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 49262 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 North Adams 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 North Adams 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 North Adams, 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.

North Adams 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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