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

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

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

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

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

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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