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Vanisha Young

Offering therapy in MI
License: LMSW
Family conflictsTrauma and abuseParenting issuesSelf esteemADHD
3 years of experience

Hello!!! I am thrilled you have taken the time out to read my bio! It means so much! Therapy is a tool I believe can be an asset to everyone! I am Vanisha Young! A Licensed Master's Level Social Worker, Licensed in the State of Michigan. I have supported clients with difficulties such as: Crisis, Depression, Anxiety, Trauma, and Self-esteem Issues. I utilize a Person-In- Environment approach to understand client situations, and Strength- based perspectives to help clients see they have the capacity to change the outcome of their situations. My Favorite quote that I live by is: "People do not care how much you know; until they know how much you care". -Theodore Roosevelt I desire to connect with clients on an individual basis and develop a relationship that is authentic. The road to being emotionally healthy is often one that requires a tremendous amount of work, but is well worth it! I look forward to an opportunity to work with you!

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James "Jim" Dailey

Offering therapy in MI
License: LMSW
Stress, AnxietyRelationship issuesGriefSelf esteemCoping with life changes
8 years of experience

Hi there, Thank you for taking the time to view my profile. If you have questions about anything you see here please feel free to contact me. My name is Jim Dailey. I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in the State of Michigan. I have worked in the field of social work since 2009. My work has included conditions/topics such as: depression, anxiety, traumatic brain injury, aging, chronic illness, self esteem, coping with life changes, and grief & loss. I have worked with a diverse group of clients over the years. In my opinion, the best part about social work is the opportunity to build a therapeutic alliance with people of different backgrounds. I am excited about the possibility of working with you. I would describe my therapy style as supportive; judgment free. My peers have described me as having a calming presence. My clients have been comfortable opening up to me about life experiences. I offer a safe space to vent feelings of stress, anxiety, anger. My job is to reflect these feelings as you work through them. Silence is also welcomed during a session. Sometimes we need more time to collect our thoughts. We are living in times of uncertainty and we may feel completely different from one day to the next. I will meet you where you're at. In terms of therapy types, I utilize: Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy, Solutions-Focused Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Relaxation Therapy. My clients have reported feeling more at ease after doing relaxation exercises such as guided breathing/progressive muscle relaxation. I want you to know that I take confidentiality very seriously. I adhere to the National Association of Social Workers Code of Ethics. Please don't hesitate to contact me with questions about privacy or anything else related to web-based therapy. Thanks again

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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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Frances Martinez-Stafford

Offering therapy in MI
Stress, AnxietyTrauma and abuseParenting issuesAnger managementDepression
23 years of experience

I am a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) in Michigan with over 23 years of professional guidance and counseling experience. I have a Masters degree in Guidance and Counseling earning credits from both Central Michigan University and Eastern Michigan University. I have a Bachelor's degree in Education from The University of Michigan, earning a Lifetime Teaching Certificate. I am a member of the Michigan Mental Health Counseling Association (MMHCA). Much of my personal counseling work has focused on stress, anxiety, a spectrum of parenting issues, anger management, motivation, depression, self-esteem, personal and professional confidence, family conflicts, and family of origin insight. I also have experience working with trauma to include emotional, physical, and sexual abuse, domestic violence, grief and loss, and life changes. I pull from a variety of modalities. I am educated in, and do my best to continue my personal education in the following: Client Centered Therapy which aims to increase one's self-esteem and self-acceptance working to decrease those negative feelings that like to pull us down. Clients work towards unconditional positive thinking about themselves, and are the guides in their own therapeutic process. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) focuses on contrasting rational versus irrational thoughts and in so doing, challenge those obstacles one wishes to conquer. It helps to identify what it is that triggers a person's negative actions, and how to overcome those behaviors. Solution Based Therapy is just that. It focuses on how to accomplish a set goal. Behavior Activation Therapy (BAT) is a very specific type of therapy to combat depression. It focuses on action and the environment. The most common symptom of depression is lack of interest of doing things we used to enjoy. BAT focuses on returning to doing just those things. Narrative Therapy focuses on your life story and how you view your past, present, and future. We try to discover what memories are bringing you down, and how to deal with those in a more positive manner - even if it is just acceptance. I have some knowledge of DBT - Dialectal Behavioral Therapy, but am not certified. DBT tries to balance being in the middle - combining our cognition with our feelings to create the "wise mind". I am a retired Michigan Public School's teacher (certified grades 7-12) and counselor (certified K-12), now working in the tele-health field with Better Help. Although I have spent the bulk of my guidance and counseling career working in middle schools, I still have much experience working with adults. Counselors are the liaison between students, parents, teachers, specialists, administration, probation officers, foster and adoptive care, community resources and much more. What I am most pleased about in working with Better Help, is that I am able to concentrate on treating individual clients without administrative duties pulling me away from helping people one on one. I work with my clients to create an open and safe environment where thoughts and feelings can be shared without fear of judgment. I realize that mental health care isn't always looked upon as importantly as physical health care is, so I applaud you for being willing to take the first step in this journey for yourself. To protect our physical selves, we need to nurture, build, and strengthen our emotional selves as well! I will tailor our dialogue and treatment plan to meet your unique and specific needs. I will listen to you without interruption, try to calm your fears, speak to you with respect, and offer the help that you are ready to accept. I want our sessions to be honorable, safe, and helpful. I welcome the chance to work with you! I also lead 6 group sessions: Anxiety Reduction Tactics; Depression and BAT; Feeling Angry or Frustrated At times in Parenthood; Religious Confusion and Relation to Stress, Sadness, or Loss; Communication and Boundaries; and Genealogy: Family Relationships and Emotional Connections.

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Rebecca Kalasky

Offering therapy in MI
Relationship issues
18 years of experience

I am licensed in Michigan with 18 years of professional work experience. 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.

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Mahana Lugo-Montenegro

Offering therapy in MI
Stress, AnxietyTrauma and abuseSelf esteemDepressionCoping with life changes
10 years of experience

Mahana Lugo received a Master’s Degree from Western Michigan University in Counseling Education. Mahana has worked in the Human Development field for seventeen years in different areas including Community Mental Health, School Counseling, Education and Human Resources, both in the United States and Nicaragua. Although Mahana uses and eclectic approach to be able to serve the needs of each person, her two main two theoretical orientations are Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Behavioral Therapy. Mahana is trained in the Evidenced Based approaches Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT), and Suicide Prevention Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (SP-CBT). Mahana’s experience has focused on Trauma, Depression, Anxiety, Developmental Disabilities, ADD/ADHD, Crisis Intervention.

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Matthew Stewart-Fulton

Offering therapy in MI
License: LMSW
Stress, AnxietyGriefSleeping disordersDepressionCoping with life changes
11 years of experience

I am a licensed clinical social worker in Michigan with 11 years of professional experience. I have worked with clients managing stress and anxiety, coping with grief and loss, sleeping disorders, & depression. 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. 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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Shaneise Wilson

Offering therapy in MI
Stress, AnxietyRelationship issuesFamily conflictsSelf esteemDepression
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, relationship issues, family conflicts, & motivation, self esteem, and confidence. I believe in treating everyone with respect, sensitivity, and compassion. I will tailor our dialog and treatment plan to meet your unique and specific needs. Taking the first step to seeking a more fulfilling and happier life takes courage. I am here to support you in that process.

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LaJoyce Eberhardt Shillingford

Offering therapy in MI
Stress, AnxietyRelationship issuesFamily conflictsSelf esteemCoping with life changes
30 years of experience

I am licensed in Michigan with 30 years of professional experience. My primary focus is to help clients get better, not just feel better. I have experience in helping clients with stress and anxiety; relationship issues; family conflicts; as well as motivation, self esteem, and confidence. I believe in treating everyone with respect, sensitivity, and compassion. I will tailor our dialog and treatment plan using reason-based models 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 toward change. I am here to support and empower you in that journey.

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Brian Ring

Offering therapy in MI
Stress, AnxietyRelationship issuesTrauma and abuseAnger managementDepression
8 years of experience

I am licensed in South Dakota with 8 years of professional work experience. I have experience in helping clients with stress and anxiety, relationship issues, trauma and abuse, & anger management. 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 Perrinton

Finding the best therapist close by in Perrinton 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 Perrinton. 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 Perrinton, 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 Perrinton 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 Perrinton 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 Perrinton, elsewhere in Gratiot, or in the greater state of Michigan.

Frequently asked questions (FAQs)

Some other commonly asked questions on therapy with a licensed counselor and BetterHelp serving the Perrinton area can be found below:

How does the cost of in-person counseling compare to the cost of BetterHelp with a licensed Perrinton 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 Perrinton 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 Perrinton 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 Perrinton, 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 Perrinton 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 Perrinton 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 Perrinton 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 Perrinton 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 Perrinton 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 48871 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 Perrinton 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 Perrinton 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 Perrinton, 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.

Perrinton has many clinicians who practice person or client-centered individual therapy in-person and through online therapy to assist clients in their healing journey. If you opt into online therapy, you might also be able to meet with providers all over the United States and change therapists easily at any time. Many people struggling with anxiety and depression, substance abuse, body image issues, and more find therapists that are a good fit for them, feel supported, and gain further insight into their lives through internet-based therapy.

Do therapists judge you in therapy sessions?

The boundaries between you and a therapist are in place to help you and them regarding ethical concerns. Mental health professionals are held by ethical standards through the American Psychological Association (APA) and are not allowed to judge or harm their clients. If you are concerned about sharing details about yourself, feel free to withhold personal information. Their job in the therapeutic relationship is to create a safe place, help you gain a deeper understanding of your mental health, and support you. You might consider changing counselors if you don't feel safe or respected.

Stay up to date with the leading online counseling platform

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Take some time today to learn more about the team of therapists at BetterHelp to understand the services available to you clearly. If you are new to therapy or have any questions about the services and terms, please reach out through the contact page or send an email to

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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