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Amy Matelic

Clinical therapist offering therapy in MI
Counselor License Type(s): LMSW,RYT
Stress, AnxietyAddictionsFamily conflictsBipolar disorderDepression
23 years of experience as a mental health therapist

I am a licensed Master’s Clinical Social Worker in Michigan and Nevada with over 20 years of experience working in the field of medicine and social work. I am a registered yoga teacher so I practice yoga and meditation for personal wellness. I have worked with clients with a wide range of mental health issues including depression, anxiety, mood and thought disturbances. I have helped many people who have experienced legal, family, and financial problems. My therapeutic style is person centered and relationship based. I believe in treating people with kindness and empathy. My approach combines cognitive-behavioral therapy and motivational interviewing. I believe people have choices; you can choose to take a different path or not. My goal is not to judge you for who you are or who you want to become. I am a person centered therapist so what that means to you is I allow you to direct the treatment as you deem fit and necessary. I will not force you to do something you don't want to do or talk about. I respect a person's boundaries. I also practice mindfulness so what this to you is I don't always have the answers. I believe thoughts can come and go; they only have meaning unless we give them meaning. I am educated in addiction medicine. I have done research on weight issues and mental health. I have worked with people with substance abuse issues. I enjoy treating both children, adults and families. I enjoy happiness in my sessions and I also enjoy music. However if you are struggling, I will be there to support you and provide you a empathetic bedside manner. My goal is to make you feel better at the end of the session than when you came into it. However, at times that requires your participation and allowing yourself to feel enjoyment through positive communication. My goal is to listen and reflect. I like to keep things simple. I look forward to our journey! Are you ready to start it?

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Dr. Hakeem Lumumba

Clinical therapist offering therapy in MI
Counselor License Type(s): PhD,LPC
AddictionsRelationship issuesFamily conflictsParenting issuesSelf esteem
39 years of experience as a mental health therapist

Greetings, my name is Dr. Hakeem Lumumba, PhD. I have been a therapist for over 30 years. I have had the privilege of working with a plethora of clients ranging from addiction, mental health concerns, to couple therapy. I believe in forming a collaborative relationship with my clients for the purpose of empowering them. I received my Doctor of Philosophy degree in Counseling from Wayne State University in Detroit, MI. While working towards my Doctoral degree, my cognate was Psychology. At present, I am a Licensed Counselor and Social Worker in the State of Michigan. Recently, I have applied to become a Licensed Counselor in Alabama . In addition, I am a National Certified Counselor, a Master Addiction Counselor, an Approved Clinical Supervisor, and a Department of Transportation Substance Abuse Professional (DOT/SAP). Besides my clinical experiences, I have been an educator for over 20 years at various institutions such as Wayne State University, Siena Heights University and the University of Phoenix. Finally, I am dedicated to the well being of my clients.

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Cara Gibson

Clinical therapist offering therapy in MI
Stress, AnxietyAddictionsRelationship issuesFamily conflictsDepression
11 years of experience as a mental health therapist

Hello, I'm Cara and I have practiced counseling for over 10 years. I have worked with those battling addiction, adults and adolescents who struggle with depression, anxiety and conflict resolution. I have experience working with adolescents, families, couples and individuals. My experiences include working in outpatient, residential and in-home counseling settings. I believe in listening to what the client needs and at the same time challenging them. I feel the way to do this is building a good rapport and to have open communication. I use more of a client based approach but am open to adjusting to what the client needs. There is a stigma around mental health which I feel needs to change. I believe every individual should seek counseling if they feel they need help and there should be no shame attached to receiving counseling services. I look forward to helping those who are looking to take the steps to better themselves.

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Melissa Kaekel

Clinical therapist offering therapy in MI
Counselor License Type(s): LPC,CRC
Stress, AnxietyGriefCareer difficultiesDepressionCompassion fatigue
21 years of experience as a mental health therapist

I've been working as a counselor for over 15 years. My primary areas of focus are disability issues, workplace issues, and military/veteran issues. I have experience with: * Adjusting to a disability (recovering from accident, chronic pain, depression, unsure of what to do now) * Coping with changes caused by a disability (career change, change of work tasks, use of reasonable accommodations) * Workplace stress (conflicts with peers/supervisors, unhappy with career, etc) * Readjusting to civilian life after military service (home and/or work, stress from working with the VA for help) * Working through combat-related traumas My approach to counseling is to help you find value and meaning in the experience as you navigate a way forward. We create a safe space for you to share your feelings. I like to provide an assignment between sessions for you to complete to help reinforce a new change or skill or to assign a writing exercise to help you explore your feelings, but these are not required. We'll work to figure out how you'll benefit the most from our time together. I'm a liberal person who is comfortable working with people of all sexual orientations.

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Terri McKoy

Clinical therapist offering therapy in MI
Counselor License Type(s): LPC, LCMHC, LPCC
Stress, AnxietyAddictionsRelationship issuesFamily conflictsDepression
9 years of experience as a mental health therapist

Welcome! Your landing here is on purpose and probably brings you incredible relief! During our lifetime, we have experiences that may cause us to unravel or become distracted from the course of life. I strive to establish a relationship where we can begin the journey to peace. "Peace does not mean to be in a place where there is no noise, trouble or hard work. It just means to be in the midst of those things and still be calm in your heart"-Author Unknown The goal is to feel whole, safe with a positive self-perception. I have 20 years experience working in various settings (i.e. outpatient centers, communities, schools, correctional centers and collaborating with hospitals). I've been provided the opportunity to support teens, adults, and families who overcame a wide range of challenges and symptoms in both individual and group sessions. I have studied and trained in Reality-based Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Cognitive Behavior Therapy, and certified in Grief Therapy. Im looking forward to meeting you. Let the journey begin! Specialty Areas: *Anxiety *Depression *Substance Use *Addictions *Grief *Acute Stress *Conflict Resolution

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Cassie Bueker

Clinical therapist offering therapy in MI
Counselor License Type(s): LPC , MA, CAADC
Stress, AnxietyAddictionsSelf esteemDepression
13 years of experience as a mental health therapist

I’m a Licensed Professional Counselor providing counseling services in the State of Michigan. I have over 10 years experience assisting individuals struggling with anxiety, depression, family dynamics, parenting concerns, grief and loss, trauma, and addictions. My goal is to motivate, encourage, and support clients in achieving personal goals. In my free time I enjoy reading, biking, the lake and spending quality time with friends and family.

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Dr. Blandina Rose-willis

Clinical therapist offering therapy in MI
Counselor License Type(s): PhD
Career difficulties
3 years of experience as a mental health therapist

My counseling activities began with working with ex-offenders and ex-addicts who were seeking jobs. Clients’ issues ranged from job seeking skills to self-esteem issues, to appropriate job-related functions. I then moved on to university counseling, where my skills were applied to students who were struggling to effectively complete classes and move on. In some cases, career decisions changed or needed to be explored. I then moved to community college counseling, where issues included homelessness, prostitution, self-esteem, post-war trauma, career clarification, single parenthood, feelings of worthlessness, and many other areas. I had success with these clients, despite carrying a huge caseload and fighting burnout. Upon completion of my PhD, I became an administrator and used my counseling skills to supervise staff and departments, teach and model effective communication skills and problem-solve. In all of these roles, listening was my most effective skill. I strongly believe that every person deserves a counselor who will give them unconditional positive regard, the watchwords of client-centered counseling. Clients should also know that I believe in the healthy personality, that individuals, when provided support and options, will forge their way forward and solve their issues and continue with new life skills to use. I would consider myself a holistic person in that I believe that all aspects of the psyche and body work together — health, spirit, mental wellness, sexuality, exercise and self care all come together to create the person working to become. I believe we are all becoming. When I opened my counseling practice, I was focused on diversity consulting and community health and wellness. I believe that communities need counseling, too. I also had a small clientele, most of whom were experiencing some form of depression based on marital issues, a sense of being overwhelmed, and/or needing support in making some health and diet changes. In addition to individual counseling, I also conducted various forms of counseling groups. My group work is a strength over the course of my career. Most recently I conducted a workshop for teachers on LGBTQ legal and social issues, and found that a great deal of individual counseling could have been incorporated with that group going forward. So much to do, so little time.

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Kapree Jones

Clinical therapist offering therapy in MI
Stress, AnxietyRelationship issuesSelf esteemDepressionADHD
6 years of experience as a mental health therapist

Welcome, I would like to commend you for making the first step in seeking support and change. Give yourself a pat on the back. It took much courage to get this far. As a licensed professional counselor, certified in working with Diverse populations, I empower, support, and provide guidance to groups and individuals to help them overcome personal obstacles through teletherapy. I will use a variety of theories and interventions to facilitate in helping you heal and achieve your personal goals. I have worked with adults, teens, and children in helping identify behaviors and thought patterns that interfere with meeting their goals. I work with depression, anxiety, self-esteem, ADHD, defiance, trauma, co-parenting, relationship issues, behavioral issues, transition issues, attachment issues, and grief. As a therapist in Michigan for the past 6 years; I understand everyone’s journey is different. Allow me to walk with you as we explore the different ways to achieve treatment goals based on the changes that you’d like to make in your life. The practice is dynamic and impactful. You are not alone; We are in this together! Your growth is important to me.

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Nicole Little

Clinical therapist offering therapy in MI
Stress, AnxietyGriefAnger managementSelf esteemDepression
25 years of experience as a mental health therapist

I am licensed in Michigan with 25 years of professional work experience. I have experience in helping clients with stress and anxiety, coping with grief and loss, anger management, & motivation, self esteem, and confidence. 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. 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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Susan Whitener

Clinical therapist offering therapy in MI
Stress, AnxietyRelationship issuesSelf esteemCareer difficultiesCoping with life changes
25 years of experience as a mental health therapist

I am licensed in Michigan with 20 years of professional work experience. I have experience in helping clients of all ages with relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, & career difficulties. 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 sign up for therapy can take courage and I am proud of you for getting started!

How to find a therapist for counseling in Sylvan Lake

Finding the best therapist close by in Sylvan 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 in Sylvan Lake that work best for you in order to begin your personal journey towards emotional healing with a therapist.

Understanding the type of therapy you'd like to search for is crucial before finding a therapist or psychologist in Sylvan 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 Sylvan 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 in the Sylvan Lake region and in the state of Michigan. Find a therapist under any of these distinctions and know that the sessions they offer can provide a safe place to heal.

A mental health counselor working through their own in-person therapy practice in Sylvan Lake or online may assist clients in improving healthy relationships, communication skills, working through life transitions, couples counseling, managing a mood disorder, improving coping skills, self help tips, offer life coaching, family therapy, or change in negative thinking patterns. A therapist may also provide a safe place and validation for clients experiencing emotional pain, or that simply want a psychological assessment. 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 Sylvan 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 Sylvan Lake 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 Sylvan Lake, elsewhere in Oakland, or in the greater state of Michigan.

Frequently asked questions (FAQs) about therapists and mental health services

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

How does the cost of in-person counseling with a therapist compare to the cost of BetterHelp with a licensed Sylvan 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 Sylvan 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 Sylvan 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 a BetterHelp therapist 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). If you're looking for a therapist, Cincinnati offers a variety of professionals who can help with your mental health needs at a price you can afford.

How is a licensed therapist on this Sylvan Lake online therapy platform verified?

Therapists in Sylvan 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 Sylvan Lake psychiatrists to prescribe a drug or medication as treatment, or perform psychological assessments and other psychiatric services.

How does working with a professional 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, post traumatic stress disorder, and more. An online mental health therapist, including the therapists in Sylvan 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 Sylvan Lake helping individuals on topics including managing life transitions, symptoms affecting sexual health, behavioral health, coping skills for anxiety, depression, trauma, stress, marriage counseling, and more. 

What mental health issues can psychotherapy address with the help of psychologists?

BetterHelp's verified Sylvan 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:

  • Cognitive behavioral therapy - This type of therapy is provided by therapists who are professional counselors, helping clients identify and change negative thought patterns through structured sessions.
  • Behavior therapy - Therapists use behavior therapy techniques to help clients modify harmful behaviors and develop healthier habits, often through the guidance of a professional counselor.
  • EMDR therapy - EMDR therapists assist clients in processing traumatic memories to alleviate emotional distress and improve overall well-being, utilizing the expertise of a professional counselor.
  • Talk therapy - Therapists engage clients in talk therapy to explore their feelings and develop strategies for dealing with various mental health issues, often guided by a professional counselor.
  • Depression - Therapists offer counseling to help individuals manage symptoms of depression and improve their mood and functioning, often working closely with a professional counselor.
  • Anxiety disorders - Therapists specialize in anxiety disorders, offering strategies to manage and reduce anxiety symptoms effectively, often through counseling sessions with a professional counselor.
  • Stress - Therapists provide tools and techniques to help clients cope with stress and improve their mental resilience, frequently under the supervision of a professional counselor.
  • Eating disorders - Therapists experienced in eating disorders offer specialized counseling to address unhealthy eating patterns and body image issues, with the support of a professional counselor.
  • Grief - Therapists provide support and guidance to clients experiencing grief, helping them navigate the stages of loss, often in collaboration with a counselor.
  • Attachment therapy - Therapists use attachment therapy to help clients understand and improve their emotional bonds and relationships, often with the assistance of a counselor.
  • Relationships - Therapists work with clients to improve communication, resolve conflicts, and strengthen their connections with others, often using the skills of a counselor.
  • Children, adolescents, and teens - Therapists specializing in youth therapy address the unique mental health needs of children, adolescents, and teens, often involving a counselor in the process.
  • Addiction (substance abuse) - Therapists offer counseling for addiction, helping clients overcome substance abuse and maintain long-term recovery, often under the guidance of a counselor.
  • Divorce - Therapists support individuals through the emotional and practical challenges of ending a marriage, often working with a psychologist to provide comprehensive care.
  • Trauma or PTSD - Therapists specializing in trauma and PTSD help clients process traumatic experiences and reduce their symptoms, frequently collaborating with a psychologist.
  • Bipolar disorder - Therapists provide counseling to manage the mood swings and challenges associated with bipolar disorder, often in consultation with a psychologist.
  • Psychodynamic treatment - Therapists use psychodynamic treatment to explore unconscious processes and how they affect current behavior, often guided by psychologists.
  • Career counseling - Therapists assist clients in making informed decisions about their professional paths and resolving work-related issues, often with the help of psychologists.
  • Alcohol use disorders - Therapists offer specialized counseling to help clients manage and overcome alcohol use disorders, frequently under the supervision of psychologists.
  • OCD - Therapists provide strategies and support to manage obsessive-compulsive disorder symptoms, often via psychotherapy.
  • ADHD - Therapists offer counseling to help clients with ADHD improve focus, organization, and overall functioning, often via psychotherapy.
  • Mood disorders - Therapists work with clients to stabilize and improve mood through various therapeutic approaches, frequently in psychotherapy.
  • Sex addiction
  • Complex trauma
  • Life transitions

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 Sylvan 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 in Sylvan Lake?

One of the potentially rewarding aspects of working with a Sylvan Lake 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.

Sylvan Lake therapists 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 Sylvan Lake 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 Sylvan 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 psychotherapist.

With a lot of people in MI, therapists 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 48320 or the surrounding zip codes, consider others available through the BetterHelp site. No matter if you are seeking help from therapists in your area or beyond, online therapy can be a great option.

How should I prepare for my first therapy session with a Sylvan Lake counselor?

Before seeing your Sylvan Lake 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 while offering mental health services. The first session will often serve as an intake to get to know you as a person and learn why you're attending therapy in Sylvan Lake.

Should I find a therapist or psychologist for therapy 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 from a therapist. A Sylvan 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 with a Sylvan Lake counselor 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 that a counselor can help with.

Is mental health care and therapy with a therapist worth it?

Therapy with a licensed counselor 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 therapist 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 Sylvan 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.

Sylvan 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 during telehealth appointments?

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.

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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 to customer service 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.

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