The nightlife in Ferndale is well-known as they have many different bars, restaurants, dance clubs, and shops along the famous 9 Mile Road. However, if you have social anxiety disorder, you are not comfortable going out in public or anywhere there is a crowd. Luckily, Ferndale also has some of the best therapists in Michigan. 

Dealing with social anxiety disorder is a struggle every single day as you fight the worry, panic attacks, and insomnia that plagues you. There is no way you can go out to a crowded restaurant or club with this disorder. You have to contact one of the Ferndale therapists to get treatment.

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Lizabeth “Lizzie” Sperry

Offering therapy in MI
License: LMSW
Stress, AnxietyFamily conflictsTrauma and abuseGriefDepression
9 years of experience

Hello there! My name is Lizzie and I am a fully licensed therapist (LMSW, CCTP) in the State of Michigan, US and here on BetterHelp. I have been in practice for 10 years and I especially LOVE working with people from different places all over the world! I am truly excited to get the opportunity to get to know you and your story! I consider it a privilege when a person makes the choice to allow me a glimpse into their world. So, I thank YOU for making the brave decision to reach out. You will find that I have a very intentionally casual and laid-back style in therapy. Therapy doesn't have to be any harder than it already is! I am coming from a strength-based, relational and humanistic perspective as I believe that the most important component of the therapeutic process is the very relationship itself between client and therapist. In addition to the standard messaging back and forth in the main counseling room, the "meat and potatoes" of this process will be our live sessions. These sessions occur in real time and last for 45 minutes. They are scheduled by you ahead of time and you can find my weekly availability by checking out my schedule here on BetterHelp. I strive to be sure that my clients feel heard, respected, valued and supported by creating a safe devoid of judgement where I will meet you where you are, not drag you to where I or anyone else thinks you should be, and I hope to help you find some peace, some knowledge, some awareness, perhaps a different perspective, and most importantly, some healing. As I already said, I believe the relationship between client and therapist is key to effective work. Therapy is not an overnight fix. And if you are looking for a brief solution-focused approach, I'm not your girl. I believe that by taking the time and effort to build a foundation of trust, I will provide the understanding and empathy, the guidance, and the gentle challenges necessary to be sure that you meet (and even exceed, in some cases) your treatment goals. Buckle up because you are in for a bit of a wild ride when you enter therapy, but I would argue that it's worth it, and that you will come out on the other side of it not just a more balanced, more strength-focused, more positive and happier version of yourself, but also with the tools and shift in perspective to maintain that upward trajectory long after our work together has come to an end. I earned my Bachelor's Degrees in Biology and Criminal Justice and my Master's Degree in Social Work with a Clinical emphasis from Grand Valley State University. I am a Licensed Clinical Master's Level Social Worker and a Certified Clinical Trauma Professional with 10 years of professional experience counseling people of all ages from all different cultures/walks of life struggling with all manner of issues spanning from diagnosable mental health disorders, relationship and/or family issues, career difficulties, overall lack of motivation and/or direction in life, and/or just simply emotional imbalance, dysregulation and/or dis-ease. If we sound like a good fit, let's take the first steps toward figuring it all out. And if we are not a good fit, it's super simple to change therapists on this app with no awkwardness or discomfort at all!

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Laura Havey

Offering therapy in MI
License: LMSW
Stress, AnxietyGriefParenting issuesAnger managementSelf esteem
23 years of experience

Clients often seek out therapy because they are experiencing significant discomfort in their lives. I feel that this discomfort is often a healthy way of letting us know that we may be open to change. Change begins with recognizing our patterns of behaving and relating to others in our lives, and examining patterns of behavior that may not be in our best interest. I think this is best done in a caring and encouraging environment where the client feels heard, respected, and understood. I strive to be client focused and responsive to my client's changing needs during the process. In my twenty three years of practice, I bring experience in working in many areas including, family and relationship issues, anxiety, coping with stress, divorce, self esteem and parenting issues. I use a variety of approaches that include mindfulness and cognitive behavioral therapy. While it may be difficult to find the right therapist to work with at first, I find my warm, empathetic, friendly, straight forward approach helps my clients to work through issues and find peace and purpose within their lives.

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Jessica Beane

Offering therapy in MI
License: LPC,CAADC,NCC
Stress, AnxietyAddictionsTrauma and abuseAnger managementDepression
10 years of experience

Welcome. Since you are here looking at profiles, I would guess you are struggling with some area of your life. I’m glad you are here and this is a BRAVE thing you are doing. A little about me and how I can help. My name is Jessica Beane and I am a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) and a Certified Advanced Alcohol and Drug Counselor (CAADC) in Michigan. I earned a BA at Wayne State University (2004) in psychology and a minor in sociology. I obtained my MS from University of Phoenix (2014) in Mental Health Counseling. I have over 10 years experience working in the mental health field. I started out working in a residential center for teenage girls as a youth counselor/direct care aid, rehabilitation specialist at a clubhouse, and a case manager in a Community Mental Health (CMH) agency. I have a variety of experience with different populations including teenagers all the way to the elderly. I have worked with individuals from the inner city, suburbs, and rural areas. I have worked with a wide range of concerns including depression, anxiety, Bipolar, PTSD, trauma, abuse, rituals, OCD, relationships issues, domestic violence, substance use/addictions, and self esteem issues. My therapeutic style begins with developing rapport with a client. This is extremely important because individuals like yourselves will be sharing intimate details of their lives and need to feel safe. I use an integrated model overall because I find it important to have a large tool box when working with people. CBT and motivational interviewing are two models I use the most. I believe the importance of learning how thoughts affect feelings which trigger behaviors. I also find it useful and beneficial to assist clients in getting motivated for change. My belief is that everyone deserves inner peace and happiness. I hope to walk with you along this journey and help you feel better and be your truest self. Progress over perfection is key and we can do hard things. Please let me know if you have any questions. I am excited to hear from you and start this journey. I understand finding the right fit is so important and can take time. I am here to assist in any way possible. Remember you CAN do hard things. Keep being BRAVE.

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Tia Gitgood

Offering therapy in MI
License: LCSW,LMSW
Stress, AnxietyTrauma and abuseGrief
10 years of experience

I have seen first hand that life is hard. I have been encouraged to see the power of therapy across all settings and over all barriers. I have seen lives changed; I love my job. My name is Tia Gitgood. I am a Social Worker licensed in Michigan, Tennessee, and Georgia with over 10 years of experience. I have worked in various settings from in-home to community clinics. I received my Master's Degree in Social Work from Georgia State University. I utilize a mix of therapies. My priority is to help my client. I work to stay up to date on new research to ensure that if something can help, I know about it. I primarily utilize cognitive-behavioral, dialectical-behavioral, and motivational interviewing. I believe the whole person must be treated. If you are not your emotional best, your body will tell you. I would love to take this journey to healing with you when you are ready.

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Charles Rose

Offering therapy in MI
License: Crcc,Lpc,48910
Stress, AnxietyTrauma and abuseSelf esteemCareer difficultiesDepression
6 years of experience

I am a licensed professional counselor (LPC) since 2018. I counseled the previous 2 years at a Limited License Professional Counselor (LLPC) at Par Rehabilitation. I worked and learned under Todd Westfall as an LLPC. I stayed on at Par for nearly 2 years after earning my LPC . I have since moved on to Fountain of Wisdom and Hope and A New Day Counseling. Since starting to counsel, I have worked with individuals with employment cases, depression, anxiety, autism, visually impaired, bi-polar and schizophrenia. I have worked in the disability environment my entire life. I have worked in direct care group homes, Hope Network, Community Mental Health and Harris Development Center. I have experience in case management of disability claims, Michigan Rehabilitation Services, SSI/SSDI claims with the Social Security Administration, short-term disability claims with Sedgwick CMS. Another area that I have experience in is with the Lansing Public School system. I worked as a special education assistant working with special education students and at-risk students. At age 18 I suffered a traumatic brain injury and had to overcome nearly all of life's obstacles to not only to become independent but to educate myself in the midst of living with the effects of a traumatic brain injury . So that experience gives me a unique perspective of how a client feels living with a disability and having the knowledge and information learned and used as a professional counselor. I appreciate you spending time reading my profile if you feel my education, life experiences and work experiences could help you get to where you want to go please give me a call. Thank You Charlie Rose

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Brenda Yanofsky

Offering therapy in MI
License: EdD
Stress, AnxietyRelationship issuesFamily conflictsSelf esteemDepression
35 years of experience

Hello from Dr. Brenda Yanofsky. I am a licensed clinical psychologist, licensed in the state of Michigan. In addition, my training includes training in natural Chinese Medicine and my healing approach combines the psychological as well as mind-body connection of energy healing. As a compassionate listener and healer, it is important for me to listen and learn about you to provide the best techniques and treatment, specifically designed for you. My training encompasses training in a variety of modalities and my services are personalized and specifically for you. My schedule is flexible and I am willing to provide appointment times that match your needs. With over forty years of experience, my specialties include anxiety, depression, relationships, grief and anger management, stress management, obsessive compulsive disorder, relationships, family issues, marital concerns, health challenges, insomnia concerns, and adjusting to challenges and change. Looking forward to supporting your healing journey. Flexible with scheduling and willing to provide an array of services: phone, text, and video services available through Betterhelp. Healing is a partnership of trust, compassion, and confidence that you have the beauty of soul and power of mind to create solutions for "your best life".

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Kathleen Hartman-McCarthy

Offering therapy in MI
License: MSW,LCSW
Stress, AnxietyAddictionsLGBTRelationship issuesDepression
25 years of experience

I have a master's degree in social work and am licensed in Indiana and Michigan as a clinical social worker. I have 25 years of counseling experience working with a variety of people who are struggling with mental health and addiction challenges. I use several approaches when I work with clients, motivational enhancement therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy, strengths and person-centered therapy to treat the whole person - mental health, physical health, spiritual health and interpersonal health. I offer a caring and compassionate place for clients to talk, learn new coping strategies and improve their quality of life.

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Amanda Rice

Offering therapy in MI
Stress, AnxietyTrauma and abuseAnger managementSelf esteemCareer difficulties
8 years of experience

I am licensed in Michigan with 7 years of professional work experience. I have experience in helping clients with stress and anxiety, trauma and abuse, & motivation, self esteem, and confidence. I also have experience working with career difficulties. I believe in treating everyone with respect, sensitivity, and compassion. I will tailor our conversations 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.

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Shondra Motloch

Offering therapy in MI
Relationship issues
6 years of experience

I am licensed in Michigan with 5 years of professional work experience. I have experience in helping clients with relationship issues. 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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Loni King

Offering therapy in MI
Stress, AnxietyRelationship issuesFamily conflictsTrauma and abuseSelf esteem
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, relationship issues, family conflicts, & trauma and abuse. 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.

How to find counseling in Ferndale

Finding the best therapist close by in Ferndale 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 Ferndale. 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 Ferndale, 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 Ferndale 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 Ferndale 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 Ferndale, 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 Ferndale area can be found below:

How does the cost of in-person counseling compare to the cost of BetterHelp with a licensed Ferndale 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 Ferndale 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 Ferndale 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 Ferndale, 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 Ferndale 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 Ferndale 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 Ferndale 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 Ferndale 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 Ferndale 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 48220 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 Ferndale 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 Ferndale 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 Ferndale, 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.

Ferndale 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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