Find Therapists, Counselors and Psychologists in Sterling Heights, Michigan

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

Overview of Mental Health Care in Sterling Heights Michigan.

Sterling Heights situated in Macomb County Michigan approximately 16 miles from central Detroit. Between 2015 and 2018 there have been nearly $30 Million in cuts to Mental Health Services in Macomb County, Michigan. The cuts were due to the way state funding formula to determine funding changed due to Michigan’s regional funding redistribution program. These cuts have said to have caused a spike in violent crimes perpetrated by people suffering from untreated mental illness or substance addiction. Cuts to mental health services have shifted the duty of care to emergency rooms, community hospitals, law enforcement agencies as well as the families and carers of those affected. Without adequate support, those caring for the mentally ill may experience higher levels of stress, anxiety, worry, and depression.  The cuts have also caused a spike in suicide rates with local news documenting a spate of copycat suicides. From August to October 2018 there have been three separate incidents of mentally ill people jumping off an overpass located in the town.

Mental health resources in Sterling Heights

In the event of a mental health crisis, the Macomb County Emergency Response Group crisis team advise people to travel to the nearest hospital with a psychiatric care unit. The behavioral center of Michigan, located in Warren treats acute psychiatric cases where the patient is threatening to harm themselves or others. (The Behavioral Center of Michigan, 2007) Psychiatric services for non life-threatening mental health problems like substance abuse, autism and child emotional disturbances are available from the Macomb County Community Mental Health department.

There are some psychiatric and counseling services on offer ranging from traditional talking therapies to an organization that provides people with service dogs trained to treat conditions such as depression, anxiety, and panic attacks.

Socioeconomic factors and their impact on mental health in Sterling Heights.

Poverty

According to the census 12.6% of people living in Sterling Heights live below the poverty line.  These figures are above the US overall poverty rate of 12.3%.  Therefore poverty disproportionately affects those living in Sterling Heights. Poverty can be both the cause and the consequence of mental illness as it is often co-morbid with pressure points and transitions throughout life; homelessness, redundancy and family breakdown are all causes and effects of poverty and can coexist with mental illness.  The psychological burden of poverty-induced worry and stress placed on the brain can make it harder to study, learn new skills or search for a new job.  The stress caused by poverty can also limit a person’s attention span, causing them to dismiss positive, goal orientated lifestyle choices in favor of short-sighted, risky decisions. Negative lifestyle choices can adversely affect and individual’s economic and mental state.

Displacement

Sterling Heights is home to many first and second generation immigrant communities. Although the prevalence of common mental illness is usually lower in immigrant communities than in the general population, over time the instances of mental illness can reach similar levels to those seen in the general population. Many immigrants to Sterling Heights are refugees; trauma, fear, post-traumatic stress disorder, depression and anxiety can adversely affect refugee communities. However pre-existing conventions within immigrant communities coupled with changing immigration policies can prove to be a barrier to accessing mental health services. Immigrant communities may also be at a significant disadvantage navigating the US’s often complex mental health system. The treatment of mental illness also varies from culture to culture, and cultural sensitivities can often influence what type of help a person receives. Often these barriers can be overcome and the outcomes improved with the use of trained interpreters and culture brokers to help overcome linguistic and cultural differences. However, with Sterling Height’s limited budget such services are scarce.

Environmental and geographic factors.

Tornado activity in Sterling Heights is 21% greater than the overall US average. A survey of tornado survivors carried out in April 2011 discovered that in the wake of a violent tornado 66% of affected individuals require crisis counseling and a further 21% of affected individuals will suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder, long after the disaster. consequences of bad weather. However, adverse weather, particularly tornadoes can impact Stress, anxiety, acute stress reaction and the ability to self-regulate.

Difficulties of finding a counselor in Sterling Heights

Mental health is a complex and nuanced subject. Almost everyone will have a mental illness at some point. However, not everyone is fortunate enough to find a counselor with the skills, knowledge, and sensitivity to deal with the complex array social, cultural or existential factors that influence a person’s mental well-being. In communities that have been ravaged by cuts to mental health funding, it is even more unlikely that we will find the right counselor when we need them the most, making online therapy a great option for those in need of help.