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Sheryl Essenmacher

Offering therapy in MI
License: LMSW
Stress, AnxietyTrauma and abuseAnger managementBipolar disorderDepression
28 years of experience

Recently received my certification in DBT and Mindfulness! Counseling really does change lives. After practicing for over 27 years I can attest to the fact that it works when the foundation of trust is present between client and therapist. I have an undergrad degree in psychology and masters in clinical social work, however, experience is key. Life offers its own degree of sorts as well, and I have learned that clients "do not care how much you know until they know how much you care!" I care and it shows...so I have been told. My personal experience is extensive -- providing insight into most issues of life including addiction, trauma, sexual abuse, blended families, depression, women's issues, and chronic mental illnesses. I was a director of a psychiatric hospital, tutored student interns, worked as a probation officer, mentored juveniles within the court system, and counseled the geriatric population experiencing adjustment disorders to name a few areas. As a result of my eclectic experience, I opened my own practice after 18 years. My private practice focuses on adults and all the issues that come with relationships, children, day to day living, aging, and learning to love the self that you are. Cognitive behavioral therapy offers understanding of past experiences and this is key to change. I challenge you to be all that you can be! Come and learn and grow! And I welcome the opportunity to assist you as I have so many others!

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Alta Davis

Offering therapy in MI
License: MA, LPC,CGC
Stress, AnxietyRelationship issuesFamily conflictsGriefDepression
20 years of experience

I am a Licensed Professional Counselor and a Certified Grief Counselor with over 20 years of experience in assisting individuals with the issues of life. I have a MA in counseling and a Doctorate in Ministry. I have worked in a hospital setting as well as private practice with a variety of experience in Mental health issues. My therapeutic approaches include but are not limited to Person Centered Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, and Solution Focused Therapy to help identify and explore effective solutions and coping skills. I Work with individuals to encourage and support with a listening ear of compassion in a nonjudgmental environment. This journey of life can be very difficult at times, but it helps to know that someone will walk with you in a caring and safe space. I am here for you.

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Dr. Charlotte Chase

Offering therapy in MI
License: PhD,LPC
AddictionsGriefSelf esteemCareer difficultiesCoaching
5 years of experience

Often, we feel stuck in our current circumstances; that is, we are so accustomed to the "usual" way of living our lives that change seems impossible. My specialty is helping you identify what is problematic in your life, explore the feelings about it, and then devise a suitable action plan that addresses the problem and moves you beyond it. The problem is no longer insurmountable, and together we find an acceptable way to ease your mind. We also develop your coping skills, so you are more prepared to recognize additional challenges as they arise. I am a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC, Michigan license) and Certified Performance Technologist (CPT) with 20+ years in organizations working to identify performance problems among the workers, work, or workplace. My experience includes a private practice, work within employee assistance programs, and spiritual direction. Specialties: Life choices Career planning Stress & Anxiety Trauma Cancer diagnoses

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Kathrine Flavin

Offering therapy in MI
License: LPC,CAADC
Stress, AnxietyAddictionsGriefSelf esteemDepression
12 years of experience

I am a licensed professional counselor and certified addiction and drug counselor in Michigan with over 10 years of experience working as a mental health and addiction counselor. I have worked with clients with a wide range of concerns including depression, anxiety, relationship issues, parenting problems, career challenges, and addiction. My therapy style is warm and interactive. I believe in treating anyone with respect, sensitivity, and compassion, and I don't believe in stigmatizing labels. My approach combines cognitive-behavioral, person-centered therapy, solution-focused and motivational interviewing. 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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Susan Shouse

Offering therapy in MI
Stress, AnxietyFamily conflictsGriefSelf esteemCoping with life changes
25 years of experience

Hello- My name is Susan. I am licensed in Michigan with over 25 years of professional experience. I have worked as a mental health therapist in both clinical and in-home settings, mainly with adults and older adults. I'm also an experienced grief therapist, having worked in hospice. My specialties include mood disorders (depression, anxiety and worry), grief and loss, coping with major life changes, motivation, goal setting, and overcoming shyness and improving self-esteem. I'm also experienced in counseling people who are choosing or changing career paths, struggling with relationship issues, and addictions. My Clinical approach utilizes a variety of techniques including Solution-Focused Therapy (just what it sounds like), Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (Changing thoughts and beliefs to change behavior), and Family Systems Therapy (families are inter-connected therefore what happens to one affects others). Most importantly, I practice active listening skills. This involves having a genuine interest in You! I'll be listening carefully to what you have to say, reflecting back what I'm hearing from you, asking pertinent questions, and making suggestions based on insight and many years of experience. I value the relationship I have with my clients. I take my time in building trust and mutual respect, and I follow your lead. After all, this is your journey- not mine! It's never too late to start living your best life! I respect and admire your courage in taking this huge first step of choosing a counselor. If you're ready to begin, I am here to support and empower you. I look forward to working with you!

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Lynn Craig

Offering therapy in MI
License: LICSW
Stress, AnxietyTrauma and abuseParenting issuesSelf esteemDepression
30 years of experience

I am a licensed independent clinical social worker with over 25 years of experience working with children, teens, adults and their families in a wide range of settings. I have worked in healthcare, schools, residential settings, and social service organizations. You could say I have "been there and done that". It has been my honor to partner with many people over the years to help them make positive changes in their lives. I believe in the inherent worth and dignity of all individuals and that we all have times in our lives when we need to join with others to make course corrections, learn new skills, and work toward a better quality of life. I tailor my integrative therapy based on the unique strengths and needs of each client. I do have a strong foundation in humanistic and client centered theory, meaning I believe that the client guides the direction of therapy and that you are the expert in you. I come from a strengths based perspective and I believe in building upon the positives to learn new skills, strategies and increase insight. I use techniques from a wide variety of therapies including cognitive-behavioral, solution focused, psychodynamic, and person centered with the ultimate goal of finding what works for each individual. I believe that it is important to work together toward the self identified goals and to see progress as soon as possible, because that is what keeps people engaged in the process. I respect that it is a commitment, of both time and resources., and it is important to see results. I look forward to talking with you and learning how we might be able to partner together to improve your quality of life.

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Lindsey Bronold

Offering therapy in MI
Stress, AnxietyEating disordersDepression
5 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, eating disorders, & depression. I believe in treating everyone with respect, sensitivity, and compassion. I will tailor our dialog and treatment plan to meet your unique and specific needs. 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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Covita Ankney

Offering therapy in MI
Stress, AnxietyAddictionsTrauma and abuseIntimacy-related issuesDepression
6 years of experience

I am licensed in Michigan with 6 years of professional work experience. Since getting my MSW from Ferris State University in 2018, I have worked at Community Mental Health, as well as a school and medical family practice providing short-term and long-term therapy. I help clients manage mood disorders, stress, anxiety, trauma, and/or abuse. I take a skills-based approach with treatment, so I focus on providing practical tools to help each client access fulfillment and peace. I will meet you where you’re at with a non-judgmental stance and help you formulate goals that meet your own needs.

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Rebecca ​S​t​.​ ​J​a​m​e​s

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

Hello! Thank you for taking the time to read my profile. I am Licensed Clinical Social Worker and I believe the most important piece of a successful outcome in therapy is building a safe and trusting therapeutic relationship. I am passionate about serving and empowering people to become their best selves. I have worked with people challenged by depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, trauma, abuse, grief, and many other life stressors. My approach is client centered and strengths based, drawing heavily from Cognitive Behavioral Theory, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, and some Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, among others. In working alongside clients, I strive to make the therapy experience genuine, positive, respectful, and safe. I believe that you are the expert of your own story and that you have many strengths that will assist you in overcoming challenges. Taking the first step to sign up for therapy can be hard and scary, and it takes courage. I am proud of you for taking this step toward healing. I am excited to meet you and work together to identify your goals and make plans to achieve them!

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Heather Raitz

Offering therapy in MI
Stress, AnxietySelf esteemCoping with life changesCoachingADHD
9 years of experience

I am licensed in Michigan with 9 years of professional work experience. I have experience in helping clients with stress and anxiety, motivation, self esteem, and confidence, coping with life changes, & executive and professional coaching. I believe in treating everyone with respect, sensitivity, and compassion. I will tailor our dialog and treatment plan to meet your unique and specific needs. It takes courage to seek out a more fulfilling and happier life and to take the first steps towards a change. I am here to support & empower you in that journey.

How to find counseling in Otter Lake

Finding the best therapist close by in Otter Lake 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 Otter Lake. 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 Otter Lake, 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 Otter Lake 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 Otter Lake 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 Otter Lake, elsewhere in Lapeer, 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 Otter Lake area can be found below:

How does the cost of in-person counseling compare to the cost of BetterHelp with a licensed Otter Lake 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 Otter Lake 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 Otter Lake 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 Otter Lake, 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 Otter Lake 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 Otter Lake 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 Otter Lake 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 Otter Lake 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 Otter Lake 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 48464 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 Otter Lake 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 Otter Lake 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 Otter Lake, 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.

Otter Lake 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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