Find Therapists, Counselors and Psychologists in Lansing, Michigan

Find a therapist in Lansing, Michigan that meets your needs. Browse our comprehensive list of affordable and licensed therapists in Lansing 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

Sara Dupuis

Ph.D, LP, LMFT; AAMFT Approved Supervisor
10+ years experience
Relationships play an important role in our everyday lives. When relationships get off track, it can cause experiences of pain, depression and anxiety. As such, I work with individuals, couples and families to help relationships heal. I work across the age ranges, treating children, adolescents and adults. Read More
Relationships play an important role in our everyday lives. When relationships get off track, it can cause experiences of pain, depression and anxiety. As such, I work with individuals, couples and families to help relationships heal. I work across the age ranges, treating children, adolescents and adults. Read More
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 10+ years

An Overview of Mental Health Resources in Lansing, Michigan

The famous city of Lansing, Michigan serves as the state’s capital. It is best known for being home to Michigan State University as well as some renowned museums, such as the Museum of Natural History. Lansing is home to roughly 117,000 people according to 2017 statistics from the U.S. Census Bureau. A characteristic some people of the city is the population is growing slowly relative to neighboring areas. They feel as though it balances Lansing between suburban and city life, making it a prime example of Midwest living. Lansing reminds people of larger cities because of how abundant amenities, such as grocery stores and coffee shops, are. Also, if you are regularly in the mood to pick up your helmet and bike to your destination, you will be pleased to hear bike lanes are plentiful and neighborhoods are walkable.

Typically, the reason a family decides to move from one place to another has to do with a job opportunity. Raises in pay or new jobs altogether are the primary motivating factors. Lansing, Michigan is no different in that regard. However, employment is especially hard to come by; decent paying employment even harder. Moreover, those that are able to land a job are not always able to maintain it, as layoffs and other events are regular occurrences. Area Vibes states the city’s unemployment rate is 66 percent higher than the national average. The economic problems of Lansing are ancillary to another complex, long-lasting issue the city is facing. Experts are saying Lansing, in addition to the rest of the country, is going through a “mental health crisis.” Let’s go over, in detail, what that means, how the state of Lansing’s mental health got so poor, and what you can do to get in contact with a licensed therapist who can help if you are in need.

An Overview of Mental Health in Lansing, Michigan

Unfortunately, the problem of skyrocketing rates of mental illness is not relegated to one city alone. An especially alarming study recently published by Johns Hopkins Medicine claims 26 percent of American adults suffer from a diagnosable mental disorder. When narrowing the view to a state level, the results do not improve. A recent study commissioned by Mental Health America ranks the state of Michigan amongst the top 50 percent of states regarding the prevalence of mental illness in addition to the lack of access to mental health care. In this context and for future reference, the term mental illness refers to any diagnosable psychiatric disorder ranging in severity. For example, generalized anxiety disorder or clinical depression. So, why is mental health such a problem in Lansing, specifically?

Firstly, as touched on before, Lansing’s economy is not prosperous. In fact, the average income per capita is roughly 32 percent lower than the national average, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. Employment that pays a livable wage is becoming increasingly scarcer as time goes on. A resident of Lansing is 66 percent more likely to be jobless than the typical American. Of course, unemployment tends to breed poverty. Lansing is no exception in that regard. The poverty level in the city is a whopping 95 percent higher than the national average. Unfortunately, there is a significant relationship between poverty and mental health. Research tells us poverty both breeds and amplifies the experience of mental illness. A study published by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration suggests American adults living below the federal poverty level are more than two times as likely to suffer from a mental illness.

Moreover, it is no secret that education plays a crucial role in one’s life with respect to mental health. As per statistics from local school districts, the city of Lansing suffers from a sub-par school system. The average test score of a Lansing student is almost 20 percent lower than the national average of 49 percent. Undoubtedly, the poor education many children are receiving in Lansing is negatively affecting the community’s mental health.

The Trouble of Finding a Suitable Therapist in Lansing, Michigan

Many people are surprised to find out plenty of Americans are finding it troublesome to seek out a suitable therapist. An alarming study from the National Institute of Mental Health suggests a majority (57 percent) of Americans who live with a mental health condition receive no form of treatment during any given year, regardless of the necessity to do so. Experts are blaming the nationwide shortage of mental health professionals who provide care to patients.

In the case of Lansing, in particular, officials are pointing fingers at poorly crafted policy, poverty, and stigma surrounding mental illness as being barriers to mental health care. The rate of individuals who lack any form of health insurance in Lansing is significantly higher than the national average, coming in at almost 12 percent, as per the U.S. Census Bureau. A good chunk of the people who lack health insurance is also low-income earners. This means that for many, the out-of-pocket expense of counseling simply is not an option.

Mental Health Resources in Lansing, Michigan

Fortunately, state and federal entities are starting to pay attention to the mental health crisis and are directing more funds geared towards tackling it. More organizations who focus on offering mental health care are opening frequently. Lansing residents have quite a few options available to them, including Lansing Psychological Associates who provide a bevy of services to those in need. A New Hope Mental Health Center does many of the same things and service both youths and adults in the community.

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