I am a licensed clinical social worker with close to 30 years of post-masters experience in psychotherapy. I work with adults, teens, couples, and families. Depression, anxiety, domestic violence, ADHD, and PTSD are my primary specialties. I also have significant experience in high conflict custody issues and post-divorce conflict. I am available via face-to-face sessions in downtown Chelsea Michigan, or via teletherapy. I take Blue Cross, Blue care Network, and Aetna.
I am a general psychotherapy practitioner experienced in crisis intervention, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), anxiety, depression attention deficit and hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and life transitions. I have a Masters Degree from Michigan State University and provide individual outpatient counseling to older adolescents, young adults and adults. I enjoy working with a diverse clientele and have worked with homeless and runaway youth, families in crisis and individuals going through life changes along with providing therapy to individuals and groups of various ages and identities.
I believe one of the most important things you can do is work on yourself and define your own story. You are not just what has happened to you or where you have been- you are who you choose to be. I love working with clients who are simply open to doing the work. This can mean a number of different things, but what’s important is that you are showing up for yourself. If you can do that, you’re off to a great start!
I believe that when people seek counseling it is because they want to make a change in their lives, improve a life situation, make a decision, solve a problem or have greater understanding and insight to their lives. Counseling is a trusting partnership between client and counselor. A process of looking at and integrating thoughts, feelings and actions in a safe environment. It is not about telling you how or when to change, but rather finding what works best for you. Effective counseling requires a commitment of time, energy, and active participation by both client and counselor.
Often, we forget about the stress and anxiety our children, teens and young adults are experiencing through traumatic daily life events. These experiences can lead individuals to feel broken and questioning their sense of purpose. Learning how to cope with these feelings and life stressors can help the individual identify their belonging in the world.
My role as a counselor is to create a safe space by using a non-judgmental client-centered approach. I believe people are unique and not one approach is universal. I will adjust my approach to fit the client for maximum benefit. I also believe that our thoughts cause our feelings, and we can change the way we feel/think even if the situation does not change. My goal is for clients to strive in all human experiences. My approach uses an integrative theoretical orientation with a focus on cognitive-behavioral theory and person-centered.
Maybe you have thoughts that beat you up, call you names, or tell you that you should be doing better. Perhaps there are days when you find it hard to get going, or lack the motivation to complete tasks. My belief is that through getting to know each other better, by building a real connection, through thorough assessment, and evidenced based interventions, you can change the way in which you react to your thoughts and the world around you.
Ever feel like you don't matter? Feel lonely, disconnected and don't know where to turn? Well, you matter! Let's talk!! I have worked with adolescents and young adults for over 25 years. Often times people who identify outside the "norm" feel like they don't matter, they do! The world around you is so uncertain and at times and can be not safe. Maybe you have experienced trauma, anxiety, depression, bullying, or you just feel marginalized. You need to feel safe to talk and work through your concerns. It's exhausting to carry that burden alone. I enjoy working with adolescents and teens, but also have a good rapport with adults.
If you are struggling, stuck, or want a listening ear, we consider it an honor to learn from your story and walk with you through life's difficulties. We are trained and have experience working with children to older adults. We will incorporate a thorough assessment of what is going on with the use of research-proven interventions to help. Most of all, we will listen to your story and strive to help you heal and grow during every meeting.
Dr. Thomson is a Licensed Psychologist who received her PhD in School Psychology from Michigan State University. She has worked in school, hospital, and clinic-based settings, and is highly trained in evidence-based treatments for diverse childhood behavioral health concerns. She enjoys working collaboratively with children/teens, families, schools, and others to improve youths' functioning.
You are the expert of your life. As a therapist, I am here to learn from you and to offer you an objective view of yourself, including your strengths, which we will build from. I believe in a very person-centered approach to therapy where we work together to identify goals and to formulate a treatment plan tailored specifically to you. I utilize treatment techniques of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy including mindfulness, coping strategies, thought stopping, and anxiety reducing techniques.
Children, adolescents, and families face challenges and stresses everyday; sometimes, these can become too much to handle alone. Particularly during this stressful time, effective treatment and support are necessary. Our clinic treatment orientation is Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, a short-term, goal-oriented, and effective approach. Call today to find out more about how we can help your child, marriage, and family thrive!
Are you or a loved one currently living with depression, anxiety, self-harm, grief, loss and/or trauma symptoms? Are you looking for support that could enhance your relationship(s)? I believe in building one up in a sincere & safe way, identifying strengths within individuals, while empowering to communicate effectively & reduce escalation & conflict. My work experience has focused on children, families, parenting, school, treatment of adults, psychiatric assessments & trauma. My personal history as an unexpectedly solo parent & then cancer survivor may help others moving through new difficult situations.
There are times in life when issues can feel too big to handle on your own. I believe that it is a strength to reach out and seek help. My first priority is to build a safe and trusting relationship and support you in every step of your journey. I am a bilingual (Spanish-English) Licensed Clinical Social Worker. I have worked in a grief center, community mental health, and outpatient clinic settings. I have provided counseling services with an emphasis on underserved and minority communities. I am also a strong advocate for stigma reduction of mental health and substance use disorders.
We're going to laugh too. Unless you don't want to and in that case I will try really hard not be funny at all. What's your story? I will follow along for a while to guide your work on whatever brought you here today. Maybe it's something small that you just need to get out in a safe space or maybe it's something bigger and life altering- we can talk about that too. Are there feelings or thoughts you just can’t shake lately? Are your relationships becoming challenging? Are you wanting to create new habits and ditch old ones? Give me a call or send me an email to see if we'd make a good fit.
I am a fully licensed psychologist who specializes in providing assessment services for adults, adolescents, and children. The path to self-understanding can be a challenging one. My goal through testing is to provide a safe place for individuals to gain insight into their behaviors, personality, and mental health concerns. These assessments typically examine the person's history, behavioral observations, and test results to provide appropriate diagnosis and treatment recommendations. I am well versed with psychological testing with diagnosis of attention issues and differential diagnosis for clinical syndromes.
I am a seasoned professional with care, concern and a passion for supporting others. My approach integrates holistic and evidence based modalities for thirty years now. I have been fortunate to facilitate the experience of creative healing of children, adolescents, and adults alike. I will return your call promptly to see how I can be of help.
Crises, transitions, and old patterns that no longer serve you can be daunting when you try to navigate them alone. I work to support you and/or family in discovering what you need and want in your life, by offering a kind, nonjudgmental space to attend to all the parts of you that you want to explore. While I work with a wide range of issues in my practice with individuals and families, I specialize in helping those experiencing anxiety, difficult situations or transitions in their lives, as well as those with ongoing mental health diagnoses.
I have over nine years of social work experience, the past almost seven has been in a counseling setting. I am comfortable working with and have experience with children, adolescents, adults, older adults, couples and families from all walks of life. My particular interests are in adjustment issues, anxiety, depression, adjustment to illness or new diagnosis, adolescent adjustment issues, and grief and loss counseling. However, I am more then willing to tackle any challenge facing my clients and come up with a collaborative solution for the best quality of life possible.
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, PhD, PLC, LMSW, ACSW
The individuals, couples, and families with whom I work are interested in understanding and addressing not only certain specific emergent problems such as those associated with adjustment and relationship difficulties, depression, and anxiety, but also the underlying thoughts, feelings, and behavioral and relational patterns that have contributed to the development of these problems. Through a collaborative, empathic process, these individuals, couples, and families are able to expand and utilize their skills, strengths, and self-understanding in order to live more meaningful and rewarding lives.
What type of mental health professional is right for me?
Some of the most common types of mental health providers in Chelsea are psychologists, licensed counselors, therapists, psychotherapists, and licensed clinical social workers, all of whom diagnose mental health conditions and provide individualized treatment.
Services offered, education and credentials vary by type of mental health professional. Each professional in Chelsea then may specialize in certain areas, such as depression, marriage counseling, or anxiety. Although many mental health providers are not licensed to prescribe medication, they may coordinate with a provider who can.
Both in-person and online therapy sessions are available from most psychologists.
How to find a specialist?
You can refine your search using the filters on this page. There are several categories you can filter by to find mental health professionals with the experience you are looking for. You may want to filter for CBT Psychologists in Chelsea, or Child Psychologists in Chelsea.
Many find it useful to use filters to view only psychologists that have experience working with certain issues, like Chelsea psychologists specializing in EMDR.
What method of therapy is right for me?
When it comes to treatment methods, there's no 'right way.’ Each method of therapy can be beneficial for a variety of issues. Psychologists in Chelsea specialize in therapeutic approaches such as CBT, EMDR, and Interpersonal Therapy (IPT), among others. Finding a psychologist or therapist who is a good fit for you is the most important step to discovering what type of therapy, or combination of therapeutic approaches, will meet your individual needs. Learn what to expect from different types of therapy and how they work.
How to use my insurance?
Many therapists accept health insurance. Check to see if your insurance is covered. Feel free to discuss this when you contact the therapist.