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

Jillian Schneider

LPC, CAADC, CCSAS
15 years experience
I can understand and relate to the hesitation with finding a therapist and starting therapy. My philosophy is that everyone at sometime in their life could benefit from therapy. I encourage an open, warm, and non-judgmental environment. I want you to be comfortable coming to session and taking the journey of healing and well-being together. I have a variety of experience working with different populations. I have been in the human service field for about... Read More
I can understand and relate to the hesitation with finding a therapist and starting therapy. My philosophy is that everyone at sometime in their life could benefit from therapy. I encourage an open, warm, and non-judgmental environment. I want you... Read More
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 15 years

Lauryn Shugars

MA, LPC
6 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: 6 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

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

Scott Steenbergh

MSW, LMSW, CAADC
3 years experience
I have been employed in the healthcare field since early 2012 and has held various roles in several health systems ranging from Direct Care, to Population Health Management and Managed Care Utilization. The bulk of my experience has been in the treatment of co-occurring mental health and substance use disorders across a broad continuum of care. I have faith in the idea that people can, and do change. In my experience, change is not... Read More
I have been employed in the healthcare field since early 2012 and has held various roles in several health systems ranging from Direct Care, to Population Health Management and Managed Care Utilization. The bulk of my experience has been in... Read More
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 3 years

Traci Baxendale Ball

LMSW, CAADC
25 years experience
Welcome! You will already know from what you have read on Better Help that I am a licensed professional with a graduate degree. I maintain a full time private practice and I cherish the work that I do. When you work with me..... I'll help you feel at ease quickly, so that we can get those issues that brought you here resolved. I focus on providing you the expert help you deserve, with a... Read More
Welcome! You will already know from what you have read on Better Help that I am a licensed professional with a graduate degree. I maintain a full time private practice and I cherish the work that I do. When... Read More
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 25 years

Jacquelyn Buffo

MS, LPC, CAADC
7 years experience
My name is Jacquelyn Buffo, but you can feel free to call me Jackie. I am born and raised in Michigan. My husband and I have 3 boys and we enjoy anything outdoors. In fact, we decided to leave the hustle and bustle of our large city and move to the countryside at the end of 2017. It was one of the best decisions we’ve ever made! I graduated from Michigan State University (go green!) with... Read More
My name is Jacquelyn Buffo, but you can feel free to call me Jackie. I am born and raised in Michigan. My husband and I have 3 boys and we enjoy anything outdoors. In fact, we decided to leave the... Read More
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 7 years

Melissa Brabandt

MA, LPC, NCC
8 years experience
Hello! My name is Melissa Brabandt. I am a Licensed Professional Counselor with over 8 years of experience working with clients living with anxiety and depression, as well as people having difficulty with life transitions and change. I firmly believe that people can live a healthy, happy, and productive life while learning to manage and overcome anxiety and low mood. I would love to help you develop skills to maneuver the waters of feeling... Read More
Hello! My name is Melissa Brabandt. I am a Licensed Professional Counselor with over 8 years of experience working with clients living with anxiety and depression, as well as people having difficulty with life transitions and change. I firmly... Read More
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 8 years

Audrey Berdeski

MA, LPC
11 years experience
I am a counselor licensed in Michigan with over 10 years of experience. I have worked with clients with a wide range of concerns including depression, anxiety, relationship issues, parenting problems, career challenges, OCD and ADHD. I also helped many people who have experienced physical trauma or emotional abuse. My counseling style is warm and interactive. I believe in treating anyone with respect, sensitivity, and compassion, and I don't believe in stigmatizing labels. My... Read More
I am a counselor licensed in Michigan with over 10 years of experience. I have worked with clients with a wide range of concerns including depression, anxiety, relationship issues, parenting problems, career challenges, OCD and ADHD. I also... Read More
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 11 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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