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Erin Mercer

Offering therapy in MI
License: LPC
Relationship issuesFamily conflictsParenting issuesSelf esteemCoping with life changes
5 years of experience

Hello! I'm Erin Mercer and I would be happy to help you in whatever area of your life that brought you to Better Help. First, let me tell you a little bit about myself, so that you can see if I am the right fit for you. I am a LPC (Licensed Professional Counselor) and also have a MA in Counseling from Wayne State University and have a NT (School Counseling) certification in Michigan. Credentials aside, I have always had a knack for helping others work through their issues. I began my career teaching, but soon realized that helping both students and their parents with the social/emotional aspect of school was where I felt my strengths were, so I went back to get the credentials needed to do what I love doing. In my personal life and in counseling sessions, I am the go-to person if you want someone who is down-to-earth and warm so that you feel comfortable sharing whatever is troubling you. I have experience counseling in areas such as relationships (family, friends and couples), anxiety/depression, stress, life changes and parenting. First and foremost, I do take a person-centered approach to counseling. This means that during sessions, I will be genuine and honest with my feelings, so that clients will feel comfortable doing the same. I also will create a positive environment of unconditional support and understanding so that clients can grow in their own self-awareness. I also use techniques from various theories depending on what an individual client would like to accomplish during sessions. These techniques are nothing to be nervous about; just maybe some journaling, role playing an upcoming difficult situation or a little "homework" of something small to try before the next session. Just remember that my main goal is for you to be comfortable throughout the counseling journey.

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Thomas Osborn

Offering therapy in MI
License: LMSW
Stress, AnxietyLGBTTrauma and abuseSelf esteemBipolar disorder
15 years of experience

Greetings, I am a licensed clinical Social Worker with over 14 years of experience working with adults, families, and couples. I have worked with individuals and families from many different backgrounds experiencing a wide range of concerns including, depression, mood disorders, anxiety, gender dysphoria, relationship problems, sexual orientation, and various traumas. I earned my Bachelor’s degree in Clinical/Community Psychology in 2005 and my Master’s Degree in Social Work in 2014. I am licensed as a Clinical Social Worker in the State of Michigan. I have experience working in hospitals, outpatient clinics, substance use, hospice, an in-home case management. My counseling style is to approach each person with compassion, respect, and empathy. I enjoy helping people navigate the challenges of life by creating a safe, respectful, and judgement free space. I believe that people are the expert of their own experiences and will work with you to discover your own path toward growth and healing. I look forward to providing you with the support, compassion, respect, and empathy you need to grow and heal on your journey.

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Heather Ford

Offering therapy in MI
License: MSW
Relationship issuesFamily conflictsTrauma and abuseParenting issuesSelf esteem
15 years of experience

I am a licensed clinical social worker with over 15 years experience working with adults and couples in a variety of capacities including inpatient and outpatient mental health, substance abuse, domestic violence, and juvenile probation. I am a commissioned officer and combat veteran, and served nearly 10 years as a clinician with the US Air Force. I received my Masters of Clinical Social Work from Michigan State University in 2007 and am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LMSW) in the State of Michigan. I excel at working with couples, as well as first responders and military veterans. My approach is warm and caring but I am also blunt and will tell you exactly what I think and will encourage you to push yourself to do everything you can to feel better. I will level with you, coach you and motivate you.

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Chandra Lowe

Offering therapy in MI
License: LMSW
Family conflictsParenting issuesSelf esteem
19 years of experience

Thank you for sharing information about yourself. I'm so happy that you reached out for help. I am Chandra Lowe, a licensed therapist. You can read more about my background, education, experience, and counseling approach by clicking on my name on this page. I have been a counselor for almost 20 years working with individuals, couples, children and families. You can read more about my background, education, experience, and counseling approach by clicking on my name on this page. Currently, I have several daytime openings. My schedule is subject to change as time allows. If this would work with your schedule, and you feel comfortable with details in my profile, great! Please take a look at my informed consent to see if you can agree to everything posted. I do ask for full name and address in order to be in compliance with my state licensing board. All of your information is confidential. If you feel uncomfortable with this in any way, that's ok! However, at that point, I would encourage you to change counselors which can be done directly from your profile. I am a therapist with 20 years of experience working with families in various settings. I have worked with clients that have a wide range of concerns including relationship issues, communication issues, anxiety, depression, family issues, custody issues, and parenting issues. My specialties Include communication struggles, boundary setting, parenting issues, building relationships, and adoption. I have a client centered and strength based approach. I find importance in helping clients find solutions and set goals. My therapy style is warm and interactive. I am very easy to talk to and very compassionate. I enjoy listening to others and in return like to assist people on their journey for a more enjoyable and less stressful life. I understand from personal experience that fertility issues and foster care and adoptive situations can be very emotional. The journey can be long, difficult, and full of many feelings and emotions. I can provide support to you if you are on this journey. I also can help clients find value in themselves by learning to identify their strengths and building positive self-esteem. I look forward to talking with you. It takes courage to reach out and talk about difficult topics and concerns. I am here to assist and empower you to make the changes in your life you are seeking or simply provide support while you are going through a difficult time in your life. If everything looks good on your end, we will be able to get started! Please let me know if you have any questions or concerns about anything. I'm just a message away!

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Patrick Murphy

Offering therapy in MI
License: MS,LPC
Stress, AnxietyDepression
3 years of experience

I am a Michigan-based outpatient therapist who has been in the field since 2018. I work with clients of all ages, who predominantly struggle with anxiety, depression, mood disorders, post-traumatic stress disorder, and anger, and I do so from a trauma-informed perspective. I accomplish this by coming alongside my clients as a fellow traveler on the road to wellness. As we explore these and other symptoms together, I assist my clients with developing a personalized array of tools to overcome their mental health challenges. Therapy is only effective as an equal partnership. You are the world's leading expert on yourself. It is my job as your therapist to be in your corner, helping you address these challenges with all the knowledge, research, education, and skill that I can provide. If you feel ready to embark on this road, I am ready to come alongside and help.

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Danielle Pagan

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

I am a cognitive behavioral therapist with an eclectic approach to treatment. I like to incorporate multiple psychotherapies into my work with clients. Not everyone is the same and I enjoy working as a team with my clients. I have been working as a therapist for 7 years. I have helped people with trauma, grief, self esteem, loss, addictions, and mental health issues such as depression and anxiety. Whatever you want to work on in therapy, we will manage together as a team. I attended the Chicago School of Professional Psychology to obtain my degree in counseling. I look forward to working with you!

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Alexis Mitchell

Offering therapy in MI
Self esteemCoping with life changes
4 years of experience

I am licensed in Michigan with 4 years of professional work experience. I have experience in helping clients with motivation, self esteem, and confidence & coping with life changes. 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.

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Hilary Jacques

Offering therapy in MI
Stress, AnxietyTrauma and abuseGriefParenting issuesDepression
17 years of experience

Hi! My name is Hilary Jacques. I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW). I received my Bachelor’s degree in 2006 from Florida Atlantic University and a Master’s Degree in Social Work (MSW) in 2008. I have training in Play Therapy, Child-Parent Psychotherapy (CPP), Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), Filial Therapy, Sand Tray Therapy, Art Therapy, Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT), Brazelton Touchpoints, Infant Mental Health, and Triple P (Positive Parenting Program). There is an African proverb that says, “It takes a village to raise a child.” I am passionate about working with Mothers (including other important caregivers) of the “village” and their children, adolescents, and teens. I work with families who have experienced trauma/PTSD and stress. During our first appointment, we will have a conversation about the presenting symptoms/behaviors, personal and family history, treatment goals and expectations. We meet as often as we agree to for therapy to talk/play about life experiences, have fun, connect, learn, develop a toolkit of coping skills and calming techniques, and explore and try out new things. Sounds like a great plan! I look forward to meeting with you! Hilary Jacques, LCSW

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Gina Kirby

Offering therapy in MI
Stress, AnxietyLGBTGriefSelf esteemCoping with life changes
28 years of experience

I am licensed in Michigan with 28 years of professional counseling experience. I have a background in helping clients with stress and anxiety, LGBTQIPA2S+ related issues, coping with grief and loss, motivation, self esteem, and confidence issues. I work with my clients to create an open and safe environment where thoughts and feelings can be shared without fear of judgment. Asking for help takes courage and I am here to support you in that process.

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Dale Potter

Offering therapy in MI
Stress, AnxietyLGBTTrauma and abuseDepressionCoping with life changes
15 years of experience

I am licensed in Michigan with 15 years of professional work experience. I see myself as a Wabi-Sabi, eclectic therapist who often works to see creative, outside the box though towards discovery. I have experience in helping clients with stress and anxiety, lgbtq+ related issues, post Christian and Progressive spiritual exploration, ACE's, trauma and abuse, & depression, specialeducationand dyslexia, life transition. 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.

How to find counseling in Sheridan

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

How does the cost of in-person counseling compare to the cost of BetterHelp with a licensed Sheridan 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 Sheridan 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 Sheridan 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 Sheridan, 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 Sheridan 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 Sheridan 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 Sheridan 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 Sheridan 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 Sheridan 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 48884 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 Sheridan 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 Sheridan 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 Sheridan, 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.

Sheridan 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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