Find Therapists, Counselors and Psychologists in Pontiac, Michigan

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


Nicole Sobh

LMSW
13 years experience
Hello, my name is Nicole Sobh. I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in the state of Michigan. I earned a Bachelor of Psychology at Central Michigan University in Mount Pleasant, MI and a Masters of Social Work at Wayne State University in Detroit, MI. I worked within Community Mental Health for 8 years, specializing in providing therapy to children and adults with Developmental Disabilities. While there, I also provided therapy to client's family... Read More
Hello, my name is Nicole Sobh. I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in the state of Michigan. I earned a Bachelor of Psychology at Central Michigan University in Mount Pleasant, MI and a Masters of Social Work at... Read More
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  • Languages:English
  • Experience:13 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

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

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

Audrey Gilliatt

LMSW
16 years experience
During these trying times it is more important than ever to process our feelings, emotions, fears and worries in a safe and nonjudgmental place. Our mental health does affect our physical health - and we need both as strong as possible to navigate the days ahead. I am here to help. Greetings. My name is Audrey Gilliatt, I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) with more than 15 years... Read More
During these trying times it is more important than ever to process our feelings, emotions, fears and worries in a safe and nonjudgmental place. Our mental health does affect our physical health - and we need both as strong... Read More
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  • Languages:English
  • Experience:16 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

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

Judith Andrews

MSW,CSW
17 years experience
I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, a Nationally Certified Counselor and a member of the National Association of Social Workers. I have over 15 years of experience as a therapist. In college I studied Anthropology, Economics, and Sociology and went on to graduate with Honors with a Masters Degree in Clinical Social Work specializing in Individual and Family Therapy. I have experience working with a wide variety of people experiencing stress, anxiety,... Read More
I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, a Nationally Certified Counselor and a member of the National Association of Social Workers. I have over 15 years of experience as a therapist. In college I studied Anthropology, Economics,... Read More
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  • Languages:English
  • Experience:17 years

Ebony Dunigan

LMFT
3 years experience
Hi! My name is Ebony. I am a licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Michigan. That simply means that I help people who are experiencing difficult times. I use a solution focused approach to help you solve problems. I am here to help you think of new solutions to old problems and to help you improve your current level of functioning. I believe that the therapist and client relationship is important. I do my... Read More
Hi! My name is Ebony. I am a licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Michigan. That simply means that I help people who are experiencing difficult times. I use a solution focused approach to help you solve problems. I am... Read More
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  • Languages:English
  • Experience:3 years

Sharon Sumler

LMSW
20 years experience
Hi! My name is Sharon Sumler, and I am a Licensed Master Social Worker (LMSW) from the state of Michigan and currently working towards becoming a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) in the state of California where I currently live. In 2003, I have earned my Master of Social Work degree from Wayne State University and in 2013, my certificate in Geriatrics both from Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan. I have... Read More
Hi! My name is Sharon Sumler, and I am a Licensed Master Social Worker (LMSW) from the state of Michigan and currently working towards becoming a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) in the state of California where I currently... Read More
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  • Languages:English
  • Experience:20 years

An Overview of Mental Health in Pontiac, Michigan

Just slightly west and north of Detroit, Pontiac, Michigan is the county seat of Oakland County. The city is best known for being the home of General Motors, which supplied many of the jobs and economy throughout the 20th century. Founded in 1818, the city is the second in Michigan to be organized by European Americans.

The city is named after a famous Indian chief and was discovered as settlers looked north of Detroit for areas that weren’t barren or sterile. It is surrounded by Auburn Hills, Lake Angelus, Waterford Township and Bloomfield Township. The area boomed mostly in the 1920s and has struggled economically as the world has changed.

The population is close to 60,000 people. This is down almost ten percent from 2000, when the last census report was taken. Residents are often younger than the average in the rest of the state, and the median household income is significantly lower than the rest of Michigan’s. While the state and local city Detroit have struggled economically, the median income is still $52, 492, while the city’s is only $31,046. This means many residents live on smaller incomes than the rest of the state and the country.

Pontiac’s population is made up of almost 50 percent blacks, 26 percent whites, 18 percent Hispanic and a combination of Asian, Native American, Pacific Islanders and mixed races. The cost of living in Pontiac is much lower than the national average. Pontiac’s index is 87.8 while the country’s is 100. This may help to make up for some of the lower incomes in the city.

Of those 25 and older, less than 80 percent graduate high school and only 12 percent obtain a bachelor’s degree or higher. While the United States has hit a 50 year low when it comes to the unemployment rate at 3.7 percent, the city of Pontiac is much higher at ten percent. The poverty rate of the city is 34.4 percent, with females age 18-24 most likely to be living in poverty. With smaller incomes and a higher unemployment rate, many residents go without basic services they need like health care and mental health care.

Crime rates in Pontiac are extremely high. The city’s index is 510.7 while the United States average is 291.8. Higher crime rates are often associated with neglect, alcohol and drug abuse, poverty and low self-esteem. Many of these things are also linked to mental health, suggesting that there may be a correlation between crime rates, poverty and mental illness.

The county has 284 mental health professionals for every 100,000 people, but many lack the insurance or funds to pay for treatment. The most likely to be insured are males from age 6-17 and females from age 45-54. Unfortunately, the occurrence of mental illness does not follow the trends of who has health insurance and who doesn’t.

Mental Health Resources in Pontiac, Michigan

There are free clinics and community health centers that provide low cost or free mental health care, according to the Michigan Department of Health & Human Services. Despite the efforts of the city and state to counteract the problems many of the residents face, there is still a huge shortage of psychiatrists and mental health professionals throughout the country and it is often difficult to find help that is available, affordable and convenient.

With so many residents living in poverty and without jobs, it’s not just the treatment that they struggle to pay for. It’s transportation to and from appointments, the cost of prescription drugs and access to affordable childcare. As most mental health treatment plans include some type of regular therapy and medication, it’s difficult for those without resources to stay healthy.

The Challenge of Finding a Suitable Therapist in Pontiac, Michigan

Mental illness can be situational or a lifetime condition. You may be going through a tough time like a divorce a death or a job loss, or you may find that you are chronically depressed or anxious. Every person is different, but the suffering that mental illness brings doesn’t discriminate between race, gender or age. At E-Counseling, we want to help you find a suitable therapist as quickly as possible when you are ready to reach out for help. Browse our directory today to find someone who can help you.