In life, it can feel like you're standing amongst a crowd of spectators. Everything you do is under scrutiny, and you have no idea how you're going to put on your show. When you naturally feel anxious or depressed, you need to act fast. One person who can help you is a counselor based in Pontiac. 

Pontiac was known for its stadium, which was demolished in 2017. A counselor can demolish the crowd around you and allow you to improve yourself in a discreet manner. If you want some privacy, speak to a counselor today. You can improve yourself and be ready to perform again.

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Dawn Gaden

Offering therapy in MI
License: MA,LPC,NBCC
Stress, AnxietySelf esteemCareer difficultiesDepressionCoaching
21 years of experience

I am a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC), practicing for over 19 years. I have been in private practice as a sole practitioner for almost 2 year. I am certified in Complementary Medicine and Wellness, a Registered Yoga Teacher, and life coach. I bring to my clients a solution focused approach to health and wellness that merges coaching, mindfulness, and holistic health. I have a passion for positive psychology, the power of positive thinking and an active approach to create lasting sustainable change in your life. My areas of expertise and passion come from working with clients from a spiritual perspective, which includes building our intuitive guidance (meditation is a key tool for quieting the mind and tuning in), using energy work such as tapping (EFT) to heal and understand the mind, body, and spiritual connection to health and wellness. I am also an intenSati Leader, trained in NYC in November 2016. intenSati means mindful intention. It's a practice that puts affirmations into action - it's the real CBT! The practice combines NLP, movement, meditation, goal setting and using positive powerful words in order to gain understanding of old limiting beliefs and how to build the foundation to create a new and powerful belief system that allows you to create the life you love. I look forward to working with you on this journey of self discovery!

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Stephanie Petersen

Offering therapy in MI
License: LMSW,LCSW
Stress, AnxietyGriefSelf esteemCareer difficultiesCoping with life changes
12 years of experience

Hi there! Kudos to you for reaching out for support! I am a Licensed Master Social Worker (LMSW) in the state of Michigan and Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) in the state of Missouri, with over 12 years of experience working with people of all ages and backgrounds. I got my BSW from Oakland University and my MSW from Wayne State University. My past job experiences include medical social work in a hospital setting and home health. I have been working as a telehealth therapist based in Missouri since 2020. My areas of focus include issues relating to grief and loss, adjusting to illness, life changes, family/relationship conflict, stress and anxiety, self-esteem, and addiction. I am an eclectic therapist who specializes in cognitive behavioral therapy and mindfulness. I'm here to teach you coping skills to help you help yourself. Together we will explore your past experiences and analyze your thoughts to help you get to know yourself as much as possible. I will be your nonjudgmental cheerleader on your journey of overcoming personal challenges and reaching goals! When I'm not working, I love reading, traveling, movies, music, martial arts, gardening, and playing with my french bulldogs. YOLO is my personal motto! I applaud you for reaching out for support! I look forward to getting to know you and helping you live your best life :)

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Camille Romain

Offering therapy in MI
License: MBA,LMSW
Relationship issuesFamily conflictsSelf esteemCareer difficulties
17 years of experience

You are the architect of your own life, and your success is based on your own design. Hi, my name is Camille! I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, with over 13 years of experience providing therapeutic services in the medical and non-profit arena. I graduated from Wayne State University in 2003 with my MSW and Spring Arbor University in 2018 with my MBA. Over the course of my career, I have recognized that it is not just important to listen to clients but to really hear what they are sharing and help them process their own thoughts. My therapeutic approach is a combination of humanistic and client-centered therapy with a genuine, non-judgmental empowering demeanor. As a therapist, I believe that you are the expert of your feelings. Together we will delicately approach the challenges you are faced with. By using a client-centered approach, you will feel heard, supported and come to your own self-understanding. My responsibility as your therapist is to encourage you to explore your feelings, examine experiences, assess challenges, and help you move forward the best way possible. This is the beginning of something special for you, and I’m glad you have decided to embark on this transformational journey of therapy. Let’s get started! How can I help?

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Cecelia Salamone

Offering therapy in MI
License: MA LPC
Stress, AnxietyRelationship issuesGriefSelf esteemCareer difficulties
25 years of experience

Hello! My name is Cecelia Salamone and I am a Licensed Professional Counselor from the State of Michigan. I have a M. A. in Counseling and B.S. in Education with Certification – Secondary and Elementary. I believe it is important to create an accepting, respectful, compassionate, encouraging environment. My approach is to develop a relaxed, empathic, non-judgmental, connection. Sometimes the first step is most challenging. I applaud you for reaching out to BetterHelp for counseling. To help reduce stress, anxiety or other negative emotions, I use Emotional Freedom Techniques or Tapping. We all have a unique story. Perhaps you have had your story since you were a child, teenager, or possibly a few years or months ago. I would be honored if you would take me into your confidence and share it. You have lived your life and you are the expert. I will work cooperatively to devise approaches and solutions that work best for you. We will strive to reach your potential and work towards a sense of healing, joy, self-understanding and HOPE. Since Laughter is the Best Medicine – I have a great sense of humor and laughter is part of who I am. Laughter helps us stay mentally healthy, relaxes the body, reduces stress and anxiety. Your goal as you travel your journey - Hope, Healing, Joy, Laughter Counseling is a valuable investment. You are taking steps to prioritize your life. I look forward to having the opportunity of working with you.

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Dr. Diane Fuselier-Thompson

Offering therapy in MI
License: LMSW, PhD
Stress, AnxietyFamily conflictsSelf esteemCareer difficultiesDepression
20 years of experience

I have been a licensed clinical therapist for 20+ years. My background in medical social work practice working primarily in hospitals and community mental health centers to engage patients in a range of modalities to address issues of adjustment to chronic illness, diagnoses of cancer, caregiver fatigue, family dynamics, anxiety and depression. My counseling style is patient centered and culturally responsive to understand social and cultural factors that impact our everyday behavior, cultural identity and responses to psycho social stressors. My therapeutic approach includes Motivational Interviewing, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), person-centered planning and solution focused outcomes to address your holistic health and optimal mind-body functioning. I look forward to working together to achieve goals of a healthy lifestyle for yourself and family.

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Michelle Karr

Offering therapy in MI
License: LMSW
Stress, AnxietyTrauma and abuseAnger managementSelf esteemDepression
15 years of experience

I am a licensed clinical social worker with 15 years of experience. I have experience in working with clients struggling with many issues including anxiety, depression, OCD, ADHD, anger management, mood disorder, and Autism Spectrum Disorder to name a few. I also have education and experience in working with individuals who have family members struggling with addiction and may be dealing with co-dependency issues. My approach is strength-based and solution-focused while integrating Cognitive Behavioral Therapy techniques. I will tailor sessions to meet the unique needs of my clients. I can help provide the support you need for a better quality of life. Reaching out for support is a great first step! Let me help you set and reach your goals. Together we can work towards a happier, healthier version of you!

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Marlene Knecht

Offering therapy in MI
License: LMSW
Stress, AnxietyRelationship issuesFamily conflictsParenting issuesDepression
30 years of experience

I am an experienced LMSW social worker with 30 years of experience working with the multicultural population in Detroit , Michigan and the greater Wayne County area. I have worked with children in foster care and residential care and in juvenile justice placements. I have worked with families, young adults, teens and adults with issues of abuse, neglect, substance use, depression, anxiety, loss and grief, economic hardships, parenting challenges, medical issues, blended and divorced families. I have provided treatment for HIV patients and those seeking support to be the most authentic people they can be. I am willing to talk with couples who are working to better their relationship. I think they will find me a listening neutral ear. I believe in helping clients find their strengths no matter what life circumstances have impacted them. I regard my clients positively unconditionally. My favorite quote from Winston Churchill is to "Never, Never Give Up." I believe people should be as happy as they can possibly be. I will use Motivational Interviewing, Person Centered, Cognitive BehaviorTherapy, DBT, and Imago techniques and tools in sessions. I also like Mindfulness to aid relaxation and combat overall stress. But above all, I will listen and learn what you are thinking, doing and feeling to aid your overall emotional adjustment.

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Joseph Arocho

Offering therapy in MI
Relationship issuesFamily conflictsSelf esteemCompassion fatigue
5 years of experience

I am licensed in Michigan with 5 years of professional work experience. I have experience in helping clients with relationship issues, family conflicts, & motivation, self esteem, and confidence. I also have experience working with compassion fatigue. I work with my clients to create an open and safe environment where thoughts and feelings can be shared without fear of judgment. I focus on providing avenues for individuals to self-reflect in order to foster individual and personal growth through self-discovery. Ideally, individuals in everyone's lives come and go so to have the skills to self-regulate through stress is what I strive to help individuals find. My clinical background often explores family dynamics as well as personal life circumstances to gauge how best to approach resolving the stressor. The first step to sign up for therapy can take courage and is a vital step towards finding the improvement you are seeking in your life. Thanks for reaching out and I am excited to work with you!

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Quiana Davis

Offering therapy in MI
Stress, AnxietySelf esteemCareer difficulties
5 years of experience

I am licensed with 5 years of professional work experience. I have experience in helping youth and young adults with stress and anxiety, motivation, self esteem and confidence, & life goals. 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 in that process.

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Ryan Davis

Offering therapy in MI
Stress, AnxietyAddictionsRelationship issuesDepression
10 years of experience

I am licensed in Michigan with 10 years of professional work experience. I have experience in helping clients with stress and anxiety, coping with addictions, & relationship issues. I also have experience working with 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 sign up for therapy can take courage and I am proud of you for getting started!

How to find counseling in Pontiac

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

How does the cost of in-person counseling compare to the cost of BetterHelp with a licensed Pontiac 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 Pontiac 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 Pontiac 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 Pontiac, 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 Pontiac 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 Pontiac 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 Pontiac 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 Pontiac 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 Pontiac 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 48340 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 Pontiac 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 Pontiac 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 Pontiac, 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.

Pontiac 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

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 Pontiac:

48340, 48341, 48342, 48343

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