Find Therapists, Counselors and Psychologists in Livonia, Michigan

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


Angela Cook-Hoekwater

MA,LPC
11 years experience
I am a Licensed Professional Counselor licensed in Michigan with over 10 years of experience working as a trauma counselor and creativity coach. I have worked with clients with a wide range of concerns including depression, anxiety, relationship issues, parenting problems, grief and LGBT. I also helped many people who have experienced physical, including sexual, trauma or emotional abuse. My counseling style is warm and interactive. I believe in treating anyone with respect, sensitivity, and... Read More
I am a Licensed Professional Counselor licensed in Michigan with over 10 years of experience working as a trauma counselor and creativity coach. I have worked with clients with a wide range of concerns including depression, anxiety, relationship issues, parenting... Read More
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  • Languages:English
  • Experience:11 years

Dr. Karen Perez

PsyD,PhD,LPC,LLP
20 years experience
Psychotherapy can be an effective tool in providing you with the necessary support and training to overcome the challenges you face. By seeking therapy, you are taking responsibility and action to change what no longer works in your life. Many studies have shown throughout the years that psychotherapy is an effective form of treating and managing mental illnesses and other emotional disorders. As an experienced licensed professional counselor, it is my honor to assist you in... Read More
Psychotherapy can be an effective tool in providing you with the necessary support and training to overcome the challenges you face. By seeking therapy, you are taking responsibility and action to change what no longer works in your life. Many... Read More
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  • Languages:English
  • Experience:20 years

LaKeisha Blackwell-Wright

B.A.,Criminal,Justice,MA,Counseling
10 years experience
Thank you for taking the time to work on you. It is my pleasure to walk along side of you on this journey. Compassion, empathy and genuine love for people propels me to utilize the therapeutic process to listen, encourage, empower and uplift. My professional experience includes working with young adults in transition, adults and families in various settings from community mental health to providing home-based services. Psychotherapy Specializations include: substance use disorders, work... Read More
Thank you for taking the time to work on you. It is my pleasure to walk along side of you on this journey. Compassion, empathy and genuine love for people propels me to utilize the therapeutic process to listen, encourage,... Read More
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  • Languages:English
  • Experience:10 years

Steven Berman

MAPC,MAAC,LPC,NCC,CAADC,CCTS,CFTP
3 years experience
I am a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) and a Certified Advanced Alcohol and Drug Counselor (CAADC) in the state of Michigan. I have dual master's degrees from the University of the Cumberlands. As a therapist, my goal is to assist my clients in working through issues that negatively affect them in their daily lives. I have experience working with a variety of clients with many different issues. I have extensive experience working with clients on... Read More
I am a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) and a Certified Advanced Alcohol and Drug Counselor (CAADC) in the state of Michigan. I have dual master's degrees from the University of the Cumberlands. As a therapist, my goal is to assist... Read More
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  • Languages:English
  • Experience:3 years

Erin McDaid

LMSW
6 years experience
Hi, I am Erin McDaid. I have been working for over three years as a clinical therapist with adults, older adults, and older adolescents. I use a goal-oriented therapy style, focusing on areas of strength or need that are determined by the client. My style is no-nonsense and direct. I use a wide variety of skills and techniques including cognitive behavioral therapy, mindfulness therapy, trauma-informed therapy, and motivational interviewing. I often assign homework for clients... Read More
Hi, I am Erin McDaid. I have been working for over three years as a clinical therapist with adults, older adults, and older adolescents. I use a goal-oriented therapy style, focusing on areas of strength or need that are determined... Read More
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  • Languages:English
  • Experience:6 years

Laverne Santangelo

LPC
10 years experience
Hello! My name is Laverne Santangelo and I am a Licensed Professional Counselor in Michigan. I am also a certified Wholistic Life Coach and Yoga Teacher. My experience and knowledge in the mental health field and helping professions is vast. I have volunteered and worked in some capacity of helping others to be the best they can be for 25yrs. I am a veteran. I retired from the Army National Guard with 23 years of... Read More
Hello! My name is Laverne Santangelo and I am a Licensed Professional Counselor in Michigan. I am also a certified Wholistic Life Coach and Yoga Teacher. My experience and knowledge in the mental health field and helping professions is vast.... Read More
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  • Languages:English
  • Experience:10 years

Paulette Niemiec

M.A.,L.P.C.
18 years experience
I would like to take some time to introduce myself to you. I have been working as a professional counselor for over 18 years. I have obtained a Masters Degree from Eastern Michigan University in psychology counseling and hold a license in the State of Michigan as a professional counselor. I provide both individual and couples therapy. Couples: Since lack of communication is the number one reason people divorce in this country,... Read More
I would like to take some time to introduce myself to you. I have been working as a professional counselor for over 18 years. I have obtained a Masters Degree from Eastern Michigan University in psychology counseling and hold a... Read More
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  • Languages:English
  • Experience:18 years

Nichole Garcia

LMSW
7 years experience
Hello! My name is Nichole Garcia and I am a licensed masters social worker, LMSW. I have been working in the field for about 7 years and started out working with children and teens at a residential shelter in 2012. I also have experience working with adults with bipolar disorder, anger issues, trauma and abuse, personality disorders, ADHD, anxiety, depression, eating disorders, PTSD, the LGBTQ population, relationship issues, and many more. I have worked... Read More
Hello! My name is Nichole Garcia and I am a licensed masters social worker, LMSW. I have been working in the field for about 7 years and started out working with children and teens at a residential shelter in 2012.... Read More
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  • Languages:English
  • Experience:7 years

DeWan McPherson

MA,LPC
9 years experience
Thank you for taking the time to read my Bio. I have been a practicing therapist for over 9 years. I received my master’s from Central Michigan University and I am a Licensed Professional Counselor in the state of Michigan. I use an eclectic approach, which means that I tailor my approach to each individual client to make sure I always meet each person where they are. My non-judgmental style helps clients reach goals,... Read More
Thank you for taking the time to read my Bio. I have been a practicing therapist for over 9 years. I received my master’s from Central Michigan University and I am a Licensed Professional Counselor in the state of Michigan.... Read More
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  • Languages:English
  • Experience:9 years

Jennifer Fritz

PhD,LMSW
20 years experience
Welcome! My name is Jennifer Fritz and I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. I received my MSW and PhD from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. I am licensed in the state of Michigan and enjoy working with people of all ages. The first step in making a change is doing exactly what you are doing by being here. I am looking forward... Read More
Welcome! My name is Jennifer Fritz and I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. I received my MSW and PhD from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. I am licensed in the state of... Read More
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  • Languages:English
  • Experience:20 years

An Overview of Mental Health in Livonia, Michigan

Livonia is a largely suburban city southeast Michigan. It is located within Wayne County, the largest in the state, and its population was reported at just over 94,000 in the 2017 U.S. Census Bureau survey. The city itself is among the ten most populous in the state.

Many different mental health issues effect those living in Livonia, ranging from anxiety to various forms of depression. These challenges can stem from numerous factors, including socioeconomic, geographic and even weather-related traits of this midwestern city.

Temperature and Climate Concerns

Like most of Michigan, Livonia is colder and experiences harsher winters than most other American states. On average, nearby cities including Grand Rapids and Flint are among the cloudiest locations in the midwestern United States. It’s also home to high levels of rainfall and particularly biting temperatures, with a year-round average temperature just below 49 degrees Fahrenheit. In January, this number drops to around 23.5 degrees, well below the freezing threshold.

More clouds and less sun typically correlate with colder, darker winters overall. Shorter daylight hours have been established as a primary factor in seasonal affective disorder (SAD), a specific type of depression that affects an estimated 4-6% of the nation. While more people experience symptoms during the winter months, SAD is not a condition exclusive to the colder seasons. It can, however, frequently be overlooked or misdiagnosed.

The Danger of Diagnostic Shortcomings

The National Center for Biotechnology Information illustrates the dual threats of underdiagnosing and providing insufficient treatment for particular disorders, SAD included. Difficulties exist both in how specifically patients are surveyed, as well as separating a specific problem like SAD from other common conditions where symptom overlap can occur. These can include mental health issues such as:

  • Attention-deficit disorder
  • Bipolar depression
  • Eating disorders
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder
  • Substance abuse

Socioeconomic Factors in Livonia

Although Livonia’s population is predominantly Caucasian (91.2%), Latin and African-American communities together accounted for about 6.5% of the city’s makeup as of 2017. These minority groups represent the two highest figures with regard to high school dropout rates. Further disparity is reflected in the city’s average income levels, wherein Latin and Hispanic families ($79,917 per year) and black households ($73,508) ranked well below the overall family average of $86,130.

The link between education and earning potential sheds light on the effects of the divide illustrated by these statistics. A study published in the U.S. National Library of Medicine describes the relationship between low income levels and depression, highlighting the prevalence of mental health challenges suffered by those living near or below the poverty line.

One of the most prominent issues facing many cities in America is a basic lack of available mental health services. In fact, a 2016 report published by the Health Resources and Services Administration noted a troubling trend: workers in this sector are becoming more scarce when compared to public needs. The study estimates that the number of available therapists in the country will continue to fall short of demand, with a shortage of a quarter-million professionals projected by the year 2025. Unfortunately, this number reflects the reality in much of Michigan state as well.

In October 2018, the Michigan Assisted Living Associate reported a distinct concern regarding the state’s mental health workforce. An annual turnover rate of 37% has resulted in an alarming dearth of available therapists, a problem likely stoked by the field’s modest earning potential. Entry-level workers are expected to earn less than $10.50 per hour, with fewer full-time positions currently hiring compared to part-time.

Recruitment problems would appear to be compounded by poor funding. Though state legislature approved an additional $64 million for the fiscal year 2018, the impact is expected to be modest. It equates to an approximate 50-cent increase to hourly wages for mental health professionals, leaving average earnings below those commonly found in retail and food service industries.

Help is Available in Livonia

While the number of available mental health professionals is a concerning statistic, it shouldn’t dissuade you from seeking the assistance you need. The E-Counseling directory makes it easier than ever to find qualified therapists in your area, with helpful breakdowns of each professional’s experience, areas of focus and contact information. Find practitioners who specialize in a wide range of conditions, from stress and grief management to marriage and family counseling. Take the first step today and start creating the life you want to live.