The motto of Brighton, Michigan is “Where quality is a way of life” because the townspeople insist on making sure they have nothing but the best. They are also proud of their excellent schools, abundant employment opportunities, and cutting-edge health care, which includes mental health care.

Getting quality mental health care is important no matter who you are or where you live. Sometimes, we just need a little extra support from someone who understands. Fortunately for the residents of Brighton, there are some awesome counselors and therapists in the Brighton area who can help with whatever mental or emotional health concerns they may have.

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Kamara Marsh

Offering therapy in MI
Stress, AnxietyAddictionsTrauma and abuseGriefCoping with life changes
21 years of experience

Hi, I am Kamara Marsh MA LPC. Welcome to a place where you'll feel heard, understood, and comfortable. My approach is holistic, client-centered and solution-based with over two decades of experience working with diverse populations and multiple problems. I use a variety of approaches and my favorites include Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Dialetical Behavioral Therapy (DBT). Do you desire guidance, skills, and tools to succeed in life? My aim is for you to take something away every session and apply in your daily life. Develop the coping and problem skills you need to reach your goals and attain your dreams for tomorrow :)

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Pamela Knaffle

Offering therapy in MI
License: LMSW
Stress, AnxietyFamily conflictsAnger managementSelf esteemDepression
3 years of experience

Hello! My name is Pam Knaffle and I am a licensed Master Social Worker in the State of Michigan. I obtained my undergraduate degree in social work from Madonna University in Livonia, Michigan in 2007. In 2009, I obtained my graduate degree from Michigan State University in Lansing, Michigan. During my 11 years of counseling, I have worked with clients from 0-100 years of age. What that means is that I have worked in a variety of settings including: in-home services for early childhood emotional and mental health, adult medical in home health, school based services, group home residential services for foster children, nursing home medical social work, domestic violence and private practice which included all age ranges and severity of clinical issues. Most of my experience includes working with individuals who are struggling with depression, anxiety, relationship issues, self-esteem, career challenges, mood disorders, stress, grief and loss, and learning disabilities. My approach to therapy is client centered. I personally want to express my gratitude to you for acknowledging and accepting you are dealing with something that is out of your control and seeking the assistance to move forward. Admitting and seeking help are two of the hardest decisions someone can make, and you are a strong person for taking this step. Being a client centered therapist means you (the client) are the expert on your own life and determine the direction and depth of therapy. I specialize in multiple modalities that are strengths-based and solution-focused. Some of the modalities include: Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy. Using the techniques from these modalities, I assist clients in exploring their feelings, behaviors (how they are helping or aiding in their dysfunctional thoughts and destructive actions and beliefs), relationships, grief and loss, stress and learning disabilities. As clients go through their therapy, they will learn mindfulness, relaxation techniques, emotion regulation, and empowerment of their own lives. Outside of my work as a therapist, I enjoy spending time with my husband, two daughters and dog. Extra-curricular activities include power boating, basketball and traveling. Again, I want to express my sincere appreciation for you in taking this first step to get back to a healthy emotional and mental status. I provide a warm, non-judgmental environment and am easy to talk too. I look forward to working with and guiding you towards your emotional and mental health goals. Specialties: • Stress • Anxiety • Depression • Self-Esteem • Coping with life changes

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Catherine Mather-Colcernian

Offering therapy in MI
License: Counseling
Stress, AnxietySelf esteemCoping with life changes
20 years of experience

Welcome! Thank you for having the courage to change and grow through counseling. I am an experienced Licensed Professional Counselor in the State of Michigan. I have an undergraduate degree in Psychology and English from Central Michigan University, a Masters in Guidance and Counseling Community Mental Health from Oakland University and a Specialization in School Counseling. My approach is person centered. I understand that we all bring our one of a kind experience to the counseling process. Your uniqueness and individuality will be respected and honored in a safe, caring environment. My expertise is in situational anxiety and depression, self-confidence building, behavior change, and motivational understanding. If your striving for deeper understanding of yourself and others, reduction of stress and anxiety, and a happier more fulfilled life please schedule an appointment with me. I use a client centered approach, Mindfulness, Emotional Freedom Techniques. and CBT coupled with solution based counseling. I do not believe in stigmatizing labels. You will be listened to with deep respect, compassion, and sensitivity. If you are afraid that you cannot change or grow, I will help you understand that this is possible. You may discover areas of strength that you were unaware of. Clients says that I provide a safe, warm, insightful and caring environment for them. My specialities are: Stress and Anxiety Developing Self-Confidence Highly Sensitive People Relationship Building Emotional Freedom Technique Mindfulness I look forward to working with you!

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Alice Mason

Offering therapy in MI
License: LMSW
Stress, AnxietyRelationship issuesTrauma and abuseBipolar disorderDepression
20 years of experience

A good place to start is to have someone you can talk with and, over time, develop trust. My name is Alice, and I’m a Master’s level Licensed Clinical Social worker with 20 years experience as a therapist. I have worked with people who come from diverse backgrounds and who are dealing with many different problems. My goal in working together is for you to feel better about yourself and your ability to manage difficult life circumstances. My training and expertise include work with depression, life crises, anxiety, low self-esteem, trauma, grief, relational and family issues. I’ve provided therapy and assessments in-home and in clinical settings, and more recently via zoom and telephone. I take an active, individualized approach to counseling, seeking your input in determining goals and methods that will work for you. Working together, you can discover new patterns of thinking and behavior in order to achieve your goals. My approach may combine cognitive-behavioral, relational, humanistic, person-centered, and solution-focused therapy. I believe everyone has strengths to draw upon to move forward in life and feel more fulfilled and satisfied. You will find me to be caring, compassionate, and supportive. I hope we can talk soon.

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Naomi Smith

Offering therapy in MI
License: LMSW
Stress, AnxietyAddictionsRelationship issuesFamily conflictsDepression
23 years of experience

My name is Naomi Smith. I am a licensed master social worker with 23 years of experience in working in mental health and also providing therapeutic services to Individuals. My primary focus as a clinician is helping my clients meet their needs and build their confidence. As a therapist, I have the skill to compassionately listen, be non-judgmental, and at all times provide support, encouragement and empowerment. My approach to therapy is simple: “Restoring peace, one day at a time, one piece at a time.” My commitment to my clients is to be open and honest in all my communication and to help each client reach their personal goals. The process of change is a heart issue and that change can only come from within. I believe every client has a purpose to fulfill and the ability to realize that purpose in their present life. This is why I enthusiastically use Person-Centered Planning with clients. In order to be successful, a client must be willing, dedicated, and committed to accomplishing their individual plan. My commitment as a therapist is to help guide, impart, and facilitate that change process. The integrity of my character and words are of the highest standard. My communication is honest and open. I am excited and privileged to be a part of your journey to change, success, and a future that looks much brighter. I look forward to working with you! SPECIALTIES • Bi-polar Disorder • Depression • Anxiety • Grief and Loss • Self-Esteem • Anger Management Also experienced in: Spiritual Counseling, Emotional Issues, Behavioral Issues, Substance Abuse, Life Application Coach, Forgiveness, Communication Problems, Caregiver issues and Stress, Abandonment, Co-dependency, Guilt and Shame Clinical approaches: Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Motivational Interviewing, Solution-Focused Therapy, Person-Centered Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Mindfulness, Psychodynamic Therapy Years of Experience: 23

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Wayne Groves

Offering therapy in MI
License: LPC,MS
Stress, AnxietyRelationship issuesTrauma and abuseGriefDepression
20 years of experience

I have provided counseling services as Professional Counselor in the States of Nebraska and Michigan. I received my Masters Degree in Counseling Psychology from Creighton University. I have been a Licensed Professional Counselor since 2001 and Certified with Michigan Counsel of Professional Gambling. I have specialized education in Local and Federal Law Enforcement Trauma been educated and with Concerns of Police Survivors dealing with Traumas of Law Enforcement. My philosophy and approach to counseling is a holistic approach. Helping to develop a better self awareness and understanding of oneself. To assist in mental health issues that have impacted a person's life that would prevent the ability to cope and focus on specific challenges and daily tasks. I use turning obstacles into opportunities. Remember that you are stronger than any problem you may encounter or any disappointments life will bring

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Sara Rayes

Offering therapy in MI
License: LMSW
Stress, AnxietyRelationship issuesFamily conflictsTrauma and abuseDepression
4 years of experience

I completed my Masters of Social Work at Wayne State University. I am a fully licensed clinical social worker. I have been working with individuals, couples and families since 2018. I specialize in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy but have experience with other therapy styles as well. I have worked with people who experience MDD, GAD, BPD, ADHD, PTSD, DMDD and symptoms that may not meet full diagnostic criteria but are still looking for therapy. I aim to provide client-led, strengths-based services. I want you to feel welcomed, comfortable and in charge of your mental health. I can provide structured sessions with home-work to complete between sessions or more relaxed and flexible appointments that do not follow a set agenda. Your health and safety is my number one concern. Looking forward to meeting you!

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Ashley Sorenson

Offering therapy in MI
Stress, AnxietyRelationship issuesBipolar disorderDepressionCoping with life changes
15 years of experience

I am licensed in Michigan with 15 years of professional work experience. I have experience in helping clients with stress and anxiety, relationship issues, bipolar disorder, & 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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Cynthia Finnegan

Offering therapy in MI
Relationship issuesTrauma and abuseSelf esteemDepressionCoping with life changes
20 years of experience

I am licensed in Michigan with over 20 years of professional work experience. I have specialized experience in helping clients with relationship issues, trauma and abuse, motivation, self esteem, and confidence, & depression. I work with my clients to create an open and safe environment where thoughts and feelings can be shared without fear of judgment, but I will call them on their crap when and if appropriate. I have tattoos that I don't try to hide and I occasionally even swear. If either of those things offend you, I might not be the right fit. However, If you want someone who keeps it real while helping you become the best version of yourself, let's chat. Either way, taking the first step to sign up for therapy takes courage and I applaud you for getting started!

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Siarra Maketo

Offering therapy in MI
Stress, AnxietyAddictionsRelationship issuesFamily conflictsDepression
9 years of experience

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

How to find counseling in Brighton

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

How does the cost of in-person counseling compare to the cost of BetterHelp with a licensed Brighton 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 Brighton 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 Brighton 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 Brighton, 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 Brighton 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 Brighton 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 Brighton 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 Brighton 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 Brighton 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 48116 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 Brighton 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 Brighton 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 Brighton, 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.

Brighton 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.

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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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