Christian Counseling in Birmingham, MI—Oakland Christian Counselors and Therapists

Christian Counseling in Birmingham, MI—Oakland Christian Counselors and Therapists

When we experience mental and emotional challenges, we experience spiritual challenges too As Christians, we find refuge in our faith and in God Himself when we begin to suffer. He serves as our unfaltering guiding light—in Him, we can find the hope, the strength to work through our challenges. But what do we do when we struggle to turn to our Christianity and locate this gift from Him?

“The Christian does not think God will love us because we are good, but that God will make us good because He loves us.” –C.S. Lewis

Christian counseling is designed to help people of the Christian faith work through the mental challenges and life issues before them. How? It combines effective therapy techniques with God’s teaching and other elements of faith. At Thriveworks Birmingham Counseling in Oakland County, our Christian counselors use prayer, scripture, and a wide range of effective therapeutic practices to best help their clients. In this type of therapy, you don’t have to worry that your counselor doesn’t understand or consider your Christian faith in treatment; you can trust that this will be a focus of treatment, instead.

If you’re in the Birmingham or Beverly Hills area, consider starting a relationship with one of our Thriveworks Birmingham Christian counselors. We can get you in for your first appointment as soon as today or tomorrow—not to mention, we have plenty of appointment options for you to choose from. We’re happy to accommodate you, with flexible session times as well as online counseling opportunities. Call us at (248) 686-3347.

What Challenges Can I Work Through in Christian Counseling?

We all get caught up in the churn and burn of each day. We’re forced to name our priorities and put a few other things on the backburner. The sad reality is that sometimes our faith winds up on the backburner. Fortunately, if we dedicate a little time to introspection, we can recognize that putting time and energy into our faith as well as our relationship with God is always important. In fact, it’s especially important and valuable during times of struggle.

If you feel like you’re pushing away from your faith during times of struggle instead, the Christian counselors at Thriveworks Birmingham Counseling can help you get back on the right path. They can reconnect you with God as you learn to overcome the challenges that lie before you. The Christian counselors on our Thriveworks Birmingham team are skilled and experienced in doing so, not to mention they have their personal Christian knowledge and faith to supplement this process. Now, to be more specific, Christian Counseling can help you to address and manage a wide range of challenges including:

  • Mental illness: depression, anxiety, and others
  • Addiction or substance abuse
  • The death of a loved one or another tough loss
  • Major stress, at work or at home
  • Struggles in parenting
  • Relationship issues
  • Lack of success, meaning, fulfillment
  • Anger or other difficult emotions

At Thriveworks Birmingham Counseling, our Christian counselors and therapists are well-prepared to meet with you and help you overcome the challenges before you, while also helping you to get closer to God.

Is Christian Counseling Right for Me?

At Thriveworks, we are confident that everyone can benefit in some way from working with a mental health professional. If you are a person of the Christian faith, Christian counseling is a great option for you. As we touched on earlier, Christian counseling is designed to help Christians work through a range of challenges and issues, using a combination of God’s teachings as well as effective therapy techniques.

Long story short, if you feel strongly about your faith and are interested in bolstering your relationship with God, Christian counseling could definitely be the right fit for you! The decision to begin counseling is an extremely personal decision, but if you do decide that you could benefit from Christian counseling, our counselors will be here ready to help.

Schedule Christian Counseling at Thriveworks Birmingham, MI

We all have room to grow. Are you interested in growing closer to God? Are you interested making meaningful changes in your life that align with your faith and moral values? You’ve come to the right place. To schedule your Christian counseling appointment at Thriveworks Birmingham, just give our office a call at (248) 686-3347. We’ll be here.

Phyllis Jones
Accepting:
  • Aetna
  • ASR
  • BCBS of MI
  • Blue Care Network
  • Beacon Health Options
  • Behavioral Health Systems
  • Cigna
  • Humana
  • Magellan
  • Multiplan
  • Priority Health
  • Tricare
  • United Healthcare
Self Pay Rate: $99

Phyllis Jones, LPC, NCC, CADC-M

Philosophy of Care

I have experience with children, tweens, teens and adults in many capacities and I have a diverse skill set. I have had many years of counseling, case management and supervisory experience. I enjoy using a Solution-focused, Humanistic, Existential and Eclectic approach, with the clients, couples and families served. I work with people with many disorders, including, Bipolar Disorder, Depression, Anxiety, Schizophrenia, family and marriage counseling, individual counseling, substance abuse, Autism and individuals with physical disabilities. I also offer counseling services to GLBTQQ (teens and adults) and employment and job exploration for those transitioning in life.

I look forward to meeting you.

Education

I hold my Master of Science in Mental Health Counseling, LPC, NCC and I also have my CADC-M.

Ileah-Marè Smith
Accepting:
  • Aetna
  • ASR
  • Beacon Health Options
  • Behavioral Health Systems
  • BCBS of MI
  • Blue Care Network
  • Cigna
  • Humana
  • Magellan
  • Multiplan
  • Tricare
  • United Healthcare
Self Pay Rate: $99

Ileah-Marè Smith, DMIN, MAPC, NCC, LPC, ACS

Philosophy of Care

Ileah-Marè is a licensed professional counselor social who specializes in Christian counseling, mood disorders, relationship issues, women’s issues, and sexual health. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Oakland University, a Master’s degree in Counseling from Ashland Theological Seminary, and a Doctorate in Ministry from Ecumenical Theological Seminary. She completed additional addictions training at Western Michigan University and has worked with specialty populations including: homeless populations, domestic violence populations, and with high school age children and young adults. Ileah-Marè completed her post-graduate training in sex therapy and sexuality education at the University of Michigan. She has extensive experience working with cultural and religious issues, especially within the Christian community. Ileah-Marè is a member of the National Board of Certified Counselors and has Approved Clinical Supervisor certification. She has over 14 years of clinical experience across a variety of settings including outpatient specialty clinics, crisis intervention, structured outpatient programs, intensive day treatment, clinical consultations, and private practice.  She has provided clinical and administrative supervision to counseling students, interns and professionals. She has a broad range of clinical experience working with individuals, couples, and groups across the life span.

Ileah-Marè is eclectic and uses a blend of Cognitive Behavioral, Motivational Interviewing, Solution Focused, Reality Based, and psycho-education to individuals age eight and up. A holistic approach is utilized by exploring with and educating clients about how mind, spirit and body are interconnected. Her theory is that people are free to experience change when they have hope and guidance to challenge and replace irrational thoughts, beliefs, and attitudes. She enjoys helping people navigate through their personal and life challenges by teaching them how to use their personal strengths.

Education and Licensure

  • Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC)
  • MA

Specialties

  • Depression and Bipolar Disorder
  • Anxiety Disorders
  • Behavioral and Discipline Challenges
  • Parenting Issues
  • Self-Harm Behavior
  • Complicated Grief Reactions
  • Chronic Pain and Chronic Illness
  • Anger and Stress Management
  • Trauma and Abuse
  • Family and Relationship Issues
  • Children/Adolescents
  • Suicide Assessment and Risk Reduction
  • Group Psychotherapy
  • Chronic Mental Illness
  • Couple’s Conflict
  • Self-image and Self-Esteem Issues
  • Spiritual Issues
Lynn MacDonald
Accepting:
  • Aetna
  • ASR
  • BCBS of MI
  • Blue Care Network
  • Beacon Health Options
  • Behavioral Health Systems
  • Cigna
  • ComPsych
  • Humana
  • Magellan
  • Multiplan
  • Priority Health
  • Tricare
  • United Healthcare
Self Pay Rate: $99

Lynn MacDonald, LPC

Philosophy of Care

Welcome! My name is Lynn MacDonald. I am a graduate of Oakland University where I obtained my Master of Arts in Community Agency Counseling.  I am a Licensed Professional Counselor in the State of Michigan. I have over fifteen years in the Human Services field. I have been practicing as a Professional Counselor since 2013; providing individual, family and group therapy interventions with children ages three to seventeen and adults of all ages. My clientele has consisted of child victims of neglect, physical and sexual abuse, as well as their family members, children with severe emotional disturbance and their caregivers, individuals with a trauma history, including members of the military, depression, generalized and severe anxiety, coping with grief and loss, crisis counseling, individuals who self-harm or are suicidal, family conflict, and parenting concerns. I work with children, adolescents, and adults on an individual, conjoint or family basis. I have regularly facilitated child social skills building groups, teen survivor groups and parent support groups with a variety of topics. 

I have worked as an Advocate in schools for Special Education needs, in the court system for victims of abuse, and have fifteen years’ experience providing all types of Case Management services and am able to connect clients to resources within their communities. 

I am experienced in a variety of counseling techniques. I believe it is very important to establish a trusting, ethical, therapeutic relationship with my clients and I utilize empathy and unconditional positive regard.  I consider myself Integrative, which uses a combined approach to psychotherapy that brings together different elements of specific therapies. Integrative therapists take the view that there is no single approach that can treat each client in all situations. Therefore, I will draw from techniques that fit the client as an individual. I am compassionate, open minded, and very Person Centered in my approach. I have used therapeutic techniques drawn from Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Play Therapy informed interventions, Sensorimotor Psychotherapy, Structured Sensory Interventions for Traumatized Children, Adolescents and Parents (SITCAP), Family Systems Theory, Behavioral based interventions, Psycho-education, and other interventions necessary to assist my clients to reach their therapeutic goals and healing. 

I am passionate about my work and am grateful for the trust my clients extend to me. I work very hard with my clients to assist them to achieve their goals. I value your honesty and feedback. When we work together you can expect to be treated fairly, respectfully, honestly, and without judgment.

I am here to serve you and to assist you to bring about the change you want for your life. Thank you for your consideration. I look forward to working with you!

Specialties

  • Trauma
  • Depression
  • Stress, Anxiety
  • Family conflict
  • Coping with Grief/Loss
  • Self esteem
  • Children, Adolescents, Teens
  • Couples
  • Groups
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People Love Our Providers!

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

★★★★★
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! Wow...so 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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