Find Therapists, Counselors and Psychologists in Kalamazoo, Michigan

Find a therapist in Kalamazoo, Michigan  that meets your needs. Browse our comprehensive list of affordable and licensed therapists in Kalamazoo to find a professional specializing in counseling people with stress, anxiety, depression, relationship issues, grief and more.

Laura Jennings

LMSW
3 years experience
Life is a journey – It brings together beauty, joy, sorrows, trauma, and more challenges than we could ever anticipate. We come into this life needing to be loved, protected, and nurtured. I believe that doesn’t change as we go throughout our lives, but many of us experience situations and relationships that shake us to our core. Often, we come out asking who we are, where we are going, and why we exist.... Read More
Life is a journey – It brings together beauty, joy, sorrows, trauma, and more challenges than we could ever anticipate. We come into this life needing to be loved, protected, and nurtured. I believe that doesn’t change as... Read More
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 3 years

Stephanie Morin

LMSW
11 years experience
Hello! My name is Stephanie and I am an LMSW practicing in the state of Michigan. I have been working in the mental health field for 10 years with children, adolescents and adults with various backgrounds. I have extensive experience working with survivors of trauma. I also have worked with clients experiencing issues with depression, anxiety, stress, family issues and anger. I provide a welcoming environment and I believe in treating everyone with respect. My... Read More
Hello! My name is Stephanie and I am an LMSW practicing in the state of Michigan. I have been working in the mental health field for 10 years with children, adolescents and adults with various backgrounds. I have extensive experience... Read More
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 11 years

Krystal Smith

MSW, LCSW-C
11 years experience
I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW-C) with desire to serve others with compassion. I have experience working with adolescents, adults, groups, families, and couples using an eclectic approach tailored to the unique needs of each individual. I earned my Bachelor’s of Arts Degree in Psychology from North Carolina State University and attained my Master’s of Social Work Degree from the University of Maryland, Baltimore. I have experience in various settings... Read More
I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW-C) with desire to serve others with compassion. I have experience working with adolescents, adults, groups, families, and couples using an eclectic approach tailored to the unique needs of each individual. ... Read More
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 11 years

Lauryn Shugars

MA, LPC
5 years experience
Welcome! I am here to help support you through whatever you are experiencing or going through. I believe that each of us can attain greater health and wholeness by attending to and integrating mind, body, and spirit, attuning to our inner wisdom and building on our unique strengths. I strive to create a space that is warm, collaborative and inquisitive. I am your ally and facilitator in this process, helping you navigate through this... Read More
Welcome! I am here to help support you through whatever you are experiencing or going through. I believe that each of us can attain greater health and wholeness by attending to and integrating mind, body, and spirit, attuning to our... Read More
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 5 years

Dr. Melissa Oleshansky

PhD, RYT
20 years experience
It takes a really strong person to seek out therapy. My name is Dr. Melissa Oleshansky. You can call me "Dr. O." I am a Fully Licensed Clinical Health Psychologist, Life Coach, and Certified and Registered Hatha Yoga Instructor in the state of Michigan. I have been practicing psychology and health promotion for over 20 years. I have earned a PhD in clinical health psychology and two Masters Degrees, one in clinical psychology and... Read More
It takes a really strong person to seek out therapy. My name is Dr. Melissa Oleshansky. You can call me "Dr. O." I am a Fully Licensed Clinical Health Psychologist, Life Coach, and Certified and Registered Hatha Yoga Instructor in... Read More
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 20 years

Jennifer Flanders

LMSW
4 years experience
You're in the right place and I'm glad you're here. I'm Jennifer. Thank you for considering exploring what's getting in the way of you living the life you've imagined. I use a collaborative approach where I walk beside you through this process. You'll feel less alone and you have a trusted person to help you carry your burdens. For the past five years, I've worked with those who experience psychosis, bipolar... Read More
You're in the right place and I'm glad you're here. I'm Jennifer. Thank you for considering exploring what's getting in the way of you living the life you've imagined. I use a collaborative approach where I walk... Read More
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 4 years

Nadine Collier

MA, LPC
20 years experience
The road of life is full of twists and turns. Sometimes we lose our way and find ourselves wandering farther from our intended destination. At other times, we may find ourselves being forced to take an alternate path. My desire is to equip you with the skills needed to navigate that road successfully. Together we will discover the obstacles in life that cause you to stumble and find practical ways to overcome them. I am a... Read More
The road of life is full of twists and turns. Sometimes we lose our way and find ourselves wandering farther from our intended destination. At other times, we may find ourselves being forced to take an alternate path. My desire... Read More
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 20 years

Michelle Solo

LMSW, CAADC, ACSW
22 years experience
Welcome, and kudos for taking this step in self-care. For some, reaching out for support comes easily; for others it is a scary step that they are unsure of. Either way, as a Clinical Therapist, I am inspired by every individual who makes the choice to utilize this resource because there is no reason for anyone to “go it alone” in this world. My name is Michelle and I am a licensed Clinical... Read More
Welcome, and kudos for taking this step in self-care. For some, reaching out for support comes easily; for others it is a scary step that they are unsure of. Either way, as a Clinical Therapist, I am inspired by... Read More
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 22 years

Darrin Oliver

LMSW
17 years experience
I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, with a master’s degree in Social Work from Western Michigan University. I have worked with adults, families, couples, children and adolescents for more than 20 years in many different settings (residential treatment, education, individual counseling, equine and adventure therapy). I enjoy skateboarding, ice hockey, playing music and riding horses. I strive to create a compassionate and safe environment where clients can experience lasting change and... Read More
I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, with a master’s degree in Social Work from Western Michigan University. I have worked with adults, families, couples, children and adolescents for more than 20 years in many different settings (residential treatment,... Read More
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 17 years

Dawn Gaden

MA, LPC, NBCC
21 years experience
I am a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC), practicing in Michigan for over 18 years. My experience comes from a range of opportunities such a county jail working with inmates and addiction, private practice setting, as well as non profit counseling offices. I have been in private practice as a sole practitioner for over one year. I am certified in Complementary Medicine and Wellness, a Registered Yoga Teacher, and life coach. I bring to my clients... Read More
I am a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC), practicing in Michigan for over 18 years. My experience comes from a range of opportunities such a county jail working with inmates and addiction, private practice setting, as well as non profit counseling... Read More
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 21 years

An Overview of Mental Health in Kalamazoo, Michigan

Equidistant from the major cities of Detroit and Chicago, Kalamazoo reposes in the southwest region of Michigan. It shares its name with the county of which it is the seat of government. The relatively young median resident age of 26.4, compared to 39.7 years for Michigan as a whole, may be due to the presence of higher-education institutions in the city: Kalamazoo Valley Community College, Kalamazoo College, and Western Michigan University. The Kalamazoo Mall, first built in 1959, is another notable feature.

The demographic make-up of Kalamazoo is predominantly white at 63.7 percent, followed by residents who identify as black at 21.1 percent. The next most populous group to consist of a single ethnicity is those who identify as Hispanic at 7 percent.

Estimated median household income for Kalamazoo in 2016 was lower than the statewide median of Michigan at $40,441 and $52,492, respectively.

An Overview of Mental Health In Kalamazoo

According to the Michigan Department of Community Health, between 2012 and 2014 the percentage of adults reporting 14 or more days out of 30 of poor mental health, including emotional problems, stress, or depression, was 12 percent in Kalamazoo. This represented a 2 percent increase from 10 percent between 2011 and 2013. These numbers were similar in proportion to those reported by adults in Kalamazoo County, southwest Michigan, Michigan statewide, and the United States.

Factors Affecting Mental Health in Kalamazoo

As the opioid crisis continues to loom large across the country, substance abuse is one of the primary mental health concerns in Kalamazoo. Apart from substance abuse, there are several populations within the community of Kalamazoo that have been identified as particularly vulnerable to mental health issues: youths, low-income individuals, and the black community.

Substance Abuse: Accidental drug-related overdoses killed more people in Kalamazoo County than motor vehicle accidents in 2016. Despite an overall reduction in opioid prescriptions written in Kalamazoo County of 23 percent between 2010 and 2015, the average of opioids prescribed is still higher than the national average. Accidental drug-related deaths, many involving opioids, have increased in Kalamazoo County from 2015 to 2017.

Youth: Most of the statistics available regarding mental health in Kalamazoo involve adults only, but this gives only a partial picture of the overall state. According to a local advocacy group, about 5,000 youths in Kalamazoo County have serious emotional disorders.

Race: In 2004 and 2005, Kalamazoo County conducted a Behavioral Risk Factor Survey. The telephone survey originally came from the Centers for Disease Control and asked respondents to rate their own health, both physical and mental. The rationale behind the survey is that there is a high correlation between actual health status and self-reported health status.

The county broke down the data by demographics, including race and income, and found that 19.6 percent of black respondents reported 14+ days of poor mental health during the preceding month, compared with 10.1 percent of white respondents. When considering both mental and physical health, 23.9 percent of black respondents reported that poor health limited their activities, approximately twice the number of white respondents who reported activity limitation at 11.9 percent. Overall, while only 13.6 percent of white respondents rated their general health (physical and mental) as fair to poor, 18.1 percent of black respondents did so.

Low Income: The same study indicated that poor general health also correlated with low income, and the less money respondents made per year, the more likely they were to report poor mental health. Approximately one quarter (25.1 percent) of respondents making less than $20,000 per year reported 14+ days of poor mental health in the preceding month, while 14.3 percent those making $20,000 to $34,999 per year reported the same. These percentages were significantly higher than the percentages for those making $35,000 a year or more.

Mental Health Resources in Kalamazoo

There is good news for those in Kalamazoo living with mental illness. In September 2018, the county received a $16 million dollar grant for expansion of mental health services. The award will be divided evenly among four mental health facilities in Kalamazoo County:

  • Easterseals (Auburn Hills)
  • Health West (Muskegon Community Mental Health Authority)
  • Kalamazoo County Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services
  • West Michigan Community Mental Health Authority

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