Beverly Hills, MI African American Counseling

Counseling for the African American Community in Beverly Hills, MI

Many social stigmas plague those with mental illness and those who seek mental health care. Regrettably, some people feel that stigma more than others. A 2010 study showed that Caucasians receive mental health care at double the rate as African Americans do, while each community experiences mental illness at the same rate. Many factors explain the disparity. The health care community has historically given inadequate or even harmful care to African American communities, causing a breach of trust. Many communities do not have access to mental health care at all. Further, mental health care is often seen as a replacement for traditional support networks within African American communities. While the stigma runs deep, more recent studies are showing that it may be changing. African Americans are seeking mental health care at greater rates, and they are also receiving a higher quality of care from their culturally informed therapists.

Jinneh’s experience illustrates this shift. Her mother passed when she was in high school, and Jinneh struggled with depression, explains The Washington Post’s article, “Therapists say African Americans are increasingly seeking help for mental illness.” When a doctor prescribed an antidepressant, Jinneh’s friends and family members convinced her not to fill it. Several years later, Jinneh was still fighting her depression when her college roommate suggested she go see a therapist. Reluctantly, she went. This time, she took her medication and continued with her treatment. Jinneh’s depression healed, and now she dedicates her career to teaching others about the importance of mental health care. Jinneh is not the only person who is overcoming the stigma of mental health care. Psychiatrist Dr. Jeffrey Gardere has a practice in New York, and he observed, “I’ve seen an increasing number of African Americans who feel increasingly less stigmatized about coming in and seeking therapy and who also recognize the healing power of therapy.”

Access to mental health care is improving. Therapists and counselors are learning how to offer better care to African Americans. These positive changes mean more and more people are receiving the help they deserve. Thriveworks Beverly Hills hopes to contribute in a positive way to this trend by offering therapy that is aware and sensitive to unique challenges that those in the African American community face.

Community, Religion, Therapy, and Family: Mental Health Care as a Community Effort

Many African American communities have deep and rich support systems—religious communities as well as caring friends and family members. The valuable role these play in an individual’s life has not always been acknowledged by the mental health community. Far too often, mental health professionals and community support have been on opposite sides instead of on the same side. The stigma around mental health care is decreasing. The mental health field’s understanding of how to integrate community support is increasing. The therapists at Thriveworks Beverly Hills see themselves as one piece of a client’s mental health care support network. We are on the same team as a client’s family, friends, community, and religious leaders.

Community support can play a role in an individual’s life that a mental health professional cannot. A therapist can play a role in an individual’s life that community support cannot. When everyone plays their part, individuals can often thrive because they have received holistic care.

Growing Trust

Therapy requires trust to be built between a counselor and a client. As access to mental health care is expanding, it is also important to educate people on what they can expect from therapy. The professionals at Thriveworks Beverly Hills know that transparency is an important aspect of growing trust. Here is a transparent look at what therapy at Thriveworks Beverly Hills involves.

We offer individualized care to each of our clients. Clients have control over the therapeutic pace and goals. Our counselors are guides, and their goal is to provide a space where clients feel safe to share their challenges, joys, wounds, stories, weaknesses, strengths, and more. A key element to safety is respect. Our therapists do not approach issues of race and ethnicity with a “colorblind” lens. Instead, we emphasize understanding and empathy. We know that each therapist has their own cultural biases, and we want to become aware of them so that they do not interfere with a client’s care. As trust and respect are built, African American clients may discuss what is truly happening in their lives, including…

  • Discrimination
  • Career advancement
  • Grief counseling
  • Racial trauma
  • Divorce
  • Anxiety
  • Sexual identity issues
  • Child therapy
  • Substance use
  • Obsessive-compulsive tendencies
  • Anger management
  • Eating disorders
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder
  • Depression
  • Suspected abuse of a child
  • Infidelity
  • Psychiatric testing
  • Addiction
  • Job loss
  • Executive coaching
  • Couples and marriage counseling

Scheduling Therapy at Thriveworks Beverly Hills

Did you recognize anything on that list of issues discussed in therapy? It is ok if you did. You are not alone. It is also ok if you did not. Not every mental health challenge fits into a neat label or onto a list. You are not alone. The therapists are Thriveworks Beverly Hills are ready to help. We have appointments available. When you contact our office, you will not reach a voicemail, but a scheduling specialist will help you make an appointment. You will not be put on a waitlist, but you may have your first appointment within 24 hours of your first call. We also offer weekend and evening sessions. Many insurance plans are accepted as well. Let’s work together. Call Thriveworks Beverly Hills.

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Overall Rating: 5★★★★★ based on 14 5 1 14 reviews. See all reviews
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Great therapist

Andrea Golden is easy to talk with and goes or of her way to give a balanced perspective.
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Lindsey is great!

I had the honor of working with Lindsey at a previous job and she is one of the sweetest individuals I have ever met. Lindsey listens intently to everyone and is open to people from all walks of life. Lindsey is knowledgeable and passionate about advocating for mental health. This makes Lindsey a great leader and counselor. I would refer anyone I know to Lindsey!
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I’ve known Tammy Wagstaff for quite some time. She was very helpful to me for finding my strengths and improving my working and personal relationships. She is a good listener and is able to “see” my point of view . I would highly recommend this counselor
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Review for Sandra Quigley

*****I have been a patient of Sandra's for nearly 2 years now and I really can't say enough good things about her work with me. She is a true Christian counselor and that was exactly the perspective I needed to guide me down the path God was trying to lead me. She definitely strengthened my faith and made many of life's big problems seem like small speed bumps when looking at the big picture!! I highly recommend Sandra Q. if you are looking for the someone who honestly cares about you and the journey you are on. Remember, there’s ultimately only one way to peace in your life, and that’s to walk daily with the Prince of Peace, Christ Jesus!! *****
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I really enjoyed meeting Melissa.

I really enjoyed meeting Melissa. It was easy to converse with her. She was very professional but completely relatable too. I would definitely recommend Thriveworks!
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Moving with meaning

Much Gratitude Christine, You're helping me become the best version of myself. The self I've always pictured the vision is clear and I am ready to LIVE!!
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I wouldn’t recommend it – one of the worst therapists I’ve ever seen

The doctor (PhD) I saw for therapy decided, on the second session, to pay more attention to doing things on his phone than to listening to me. He thought he was hiding what he was doing behind his portfolio, but he was not. I could see the reflection of what he was doing, and he was looking down more than up. He was pretending to listen but didn't do a very good job of that, because when I stopped talking, he would incorrectly try to restate what I said or, make a comment on what I said which turned out to not be relevant because it was clear he wasn't listening. He did not seem to want to be there. It was a horrible experience. I called the next day to complain to the lady on the phone, and got a sincere "I'm sorry" and that's it. When I got the bill (very expensive, by the way), I have been attempting to call the office to pay it over the phone but I keep getting told that the people that do the billing are currently busy and that I should call back. It should not be that difficult for someone to take a credit card number and apply it to my bill, especially a bill I shouldn't have to pay due to horrible service. I hope the other therapists at Thriveworks are better than the one I selected, and actually have interest in helping their patients.
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Couldn’t be happier

We couldn't be happier with the staff and help we have received for our family at the practice. Christine has been particularly helpful in assisting myself and our family get back on track.
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Comfortable, private space for anyone and everyone in the family to get the personal time and space they need.
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She helped change my life

Dear Marcy, I can't thank you enough for recommending your therapist Dawn Gaden to me. She has helped change my life. I have always struggled with feeling misunderstood. But recently I fell into a deep depression; beyond something I could resolve myself. Therapy was required for my recovery. Since childhood I have been weary of therapists because I would talk through my problems but I didn't get tools and strategies to handle my problems better. Dawn has changed that. For the first time I leave each appointment not only relieved from having talked my issues through, but more importantly with tools to help me move forward. She has introduced me to methods I had considered silly, but now I could live without. I am proud of the person I am becoming and the journey I have chosen to take. Thank you for all you have done to change my life and my family's future.
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She Inspires Hope

I found Sandra Quigley on the web while searching for a Christian counselor. I was having a lot of anxiety about making a career change. She not only helped through the anxieties, she also helped me with concerns in my personal life. Sandra's non-judgmental and compassionate approach, made me feel comfortable and hopeful.
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Karen Waldrop

Ms. Waldrop is an active listener and excellent problem solver. She offers practical resolutions to everyday problems for those suffering with depression, life changes, anxiety, and stress. She provides empathy in a quiet manner with a gentle sense of humor. She is capable to offer a variety of tools for those seeking positive and lasting life changes. If you are seeking someone with whom you can discuss your deepest personal issues in a confidential manner I would highly recommend Ms. Karen Waldrop as your therapist.
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Everything I needed

I found Sandra Quigley in the back of a magazine (Psychology Today). I desperately needed someone to talk to. Newly retired with plenty of time to allow my mind to take over my life, I felt constantly anxious and very out of sorts. Enter Sandra Quigley- compassionate, non-judgmental, kind, and gentle. She is everything that I needed to heal myself. I had never talked to a therapist before, so this was a new venture. It was very important to me that I find someone with whom I could feel comfortable. Right away, I felt comfortable. I did have assignments; I never was prescribed a single drug. She went out of her way to help me specifically with my issues- finding me articles, books, telling stories. I never felt uncomfortable; I felt and still feel that my time with Sandra is valuable. With Sandra’s help, I have unearthed a much calmer, happier, together self that now wakes up each morning looking forward to the day ahead. We all have our baggage- I never once realized that I could unpack that bag and put my crap away. I now get to walk through life so much lighter!!
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So helpful!

I really love the helpful and peaceful approach at Thriveworks. I have known Marcy for a long time and her ability to work through tough spots and discuss personalities makes her a lot of fun for me. Time flies when we chat and that is a good thing for a guy like me who is always worried about time. I also love Dawn Gadens video blogs! insightful and easy to access. I don't see Dawn in counseling but if she is that good on video I have to believe she is great in person. Give a shot...I bet you will love them.
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  • 31000 Lahser Rd #5
    Beverly Hills, MI 48025

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