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166,081 people sought individual therapy help in Michigan in the last year

Discover how starting individual therapy can support your own journey toward a happier, more fulfilling life.

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ACCEPTING NEW CLIENTS

Aetna, ASR, Blue Care Network of Michigan, +19 more
Coping Skills, Self Esteem, Stress, OCD / Obsessive-Compulsive, Anxiety, +1 more

My goal is meet you with compassion and understanding while helping you to challenge negative thinking and behavior.

ACCEPTING NEW CLIENTS

ASR, Blue Care Network of Michigan, Blue Care Network of Michigan Medicare Advantage (HMO | PPO), +20 more
Domestic Abuse, Anger, Women’s Issues, Sexual Abuse, OCD / Obsessive-Compulsive, +4 more

My passion is to help people feel heard and empowered to live their best lives.

ACCEPTING NEW CLIENTS

Aetna, ASR, Blue Care Network of Michigan, +22 more
Military / Veteran, Chronic Illness, Medical / Health Issues, Anger, Behavioral Issues, +14 more

Who you are is beautifully and uniquely crafted by your experiences in life and I am here to help you discover ways to improve your quality of life an... Who you are is beautifully and uniquely crafted by your experiences in life and I am here to help you discover ways to improve your quality of life and relationships. Read more

Hear from our clinicians

What is your go-to approach for individual therapy?

Heather: My go-to approach for helping people in individual therapy is cognitive behavioral therapy. I prefer CBT because it helps clients understand how their environment, thoughts, feelings, and behavior are all related and intertwine with each other. Clients tend to have better success when they are able to understand that their feelings are always valid and that it is their thoughts that we need to work on in order to improve how they are feeling and ultimately change negative behaviors that are a result of those feelings.

Rhoda: My go-to approach for helping people in individual therapy is to help the client understand and process their feelings which ultimately allows for emotional or behavioral change. I enjoy connecting with clients because that connection allows clients to feel heard and safe to make changes.

What tools do you teach in individual therapy?

Heather: I teach the following tools in individual therapy:

  • Cognitive restructuring, which involves disputing the distortions that underpin a client’s challenges.
  • Journaling, which is a form of self-monitoring that helps clients identify their thought patterns and emotional tendencies.
  • Stress reduction exercises such as meditation and progressive muscle relaxation can all be effective CBT tools for managing anxiety.
  • Diaphragmatic breathing, which is a mindfulness practice, helps clients learn to regulate their breath and activate their body’s relaxation response.
  • Exposure and response prevention, which involves exposing yourself to whatever it is that normally elicits a compulsive behavior, but doing your best to refrain from the behavior.
  • Successive approximation, which helps the client to learn about breaking the large goal into small, easy-to-accomplish steps, so they can map out the path to success and make the journey seem a little less overwhelming.

Rhoda: I teach the following tools in individual therapy:

  • Help clients identify their negative thought patterns and resulting feelings and behaviors
  • Help clients understand their values and where their thoughts and feelings originate
  • Help clients modify their negative thoughts and behaviors to more positive
  • Help clients learn various coping tools and relaxation techniques such as guided meditation, mindfulness training, and muscle relaxation
  • Help clients improve their communication skills using assertive communication and active listening

How do you know when a client is making meaningful progress in individual therapy?

Heather: I know a client is making meaningful progress in individual therapy when they are seeing their symptoms reduce and tracking that with validated measures like the PHQ-9 or the GAD-7.

Rhoda: I know a client is making meaningful progress in individual therapy when they express having more confidence in themselves. They express more positive interactions with themselves and others and are doing activities that they enjoy.

What can clients do in their personal time to supplement individual therapy?

Heather: Clients can supplement their time in individual therapy with group therapy, reading therapist-recommended books or watching podcasts, and watching recommended films or videos, to name a few.

Rhoda: I encourage clients to practice the skills and utilize the tools we discuss in session. Clients can supplement their time in individual therapy with reading and researching ideas and tools on their own.

What should someone do to prepare for starting individual therapy?

Heather: To prepare for your first individual therapy session, you can read the bio of the therapist you will be seeing to get an idea of who they are, prepare questions, set realistic goals, and most importantly keep an open mind and a willingness to explore new ideas.

Rhoda: To prepare for your first individual therapy session, you can come with an openness to share your thoughts, feelings, and behaviors and what you wish to accomplish through therapy.

Starting Individual therapy

What is individual therapy?

Individual therapy, also known as individual-counseling, allows people to engage in private sessions with a skilled therapist, counselor, or psychologist. The core objective of individual therapy is to establish a secure and confidential setting where they can openly discuss whatever emotional, psychological, or behavioral challenges you face. Through these one-on-one sessions, the client and therapist work together to delve into, comprehend, and ultimately find solutions for the issues at hand in their life.

How does individual therapy work?

Individual therapy unfolds in a structured process, commencing with an initial assessment in which the therapist gathers essential information about your history, concerns, and objectives. Together, you and your therapist collaboratively establish specific, attainable goals for your sessions, which can encompass symptom alleviation, personal development, or finding solutions to particular challenges.

Can individual therapy help me?

Yes, individual therapy, also known as individual-counseling, at Thriveworks can help you to improve your mental health and overall quality of life.

Is individual therapy conducted in person or online?

Individual therapy at Thriveworks is conducted both in person and via Online therapy. We encourage you to choose the option that works best for you.

How long does individual therapy last?

The duration of your individual therapy sessions will vary. The decision on the number and frequency of sessions is typically collaboratively determined by the client and therapist.

How much does individual therapy cost?

At Thriveworks, we take most major forms of insurance, which means that many of our clients only pay $0-$50 co-pay per session. However, there are also self-pay options that sit around $200 per session, depending on the service and location, for those who are out-of-network.

Pricing & insurance

Our therapists accept most major insurances. We accept 585+ insurance plans, and offer self-pay options, too.
Learn more about pricing for therapy and counseling services at Thriveworks.

Our Portage therapists and counselors accept 27 insurance plans

  • Aetna

  • ASR

  • Blue Care Network of Michigan

  • Blue Care Network of Michigan Medicare Advantage (HMO | PPO)

  • Blue Cross Blue Shield | Anthem (Blue Card)

  • Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan | BCBS Medicare Advantage (HMO | PPO)

  • Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan | BCBS PPO

  • Carelon

  • Cigna | Evernorth

  • Cigna | Evernorth EAP

  • Cigna | Evernorth Medicare Advantage

  • Compsych

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Self-pay costs at Portage
Talk therapy

Talk therapy

Includes individual, couples, child/ teen, & family therapy

First session

$1

Ongoing sessions

$1

Talk therapy

Psychiatry

Includes reducing symptoms with medication & management

First session

$1

Ongoing sessions

$1

Hear from our clients

4.9 Thriveworks Portage reviews are collected through Thriveworks.com.
★★★★★
This will be short since I can only type with one hand currently, but I thoroughly enjoyed my first session with Dan. He seems very patient, thoughtful, and intelligent. I look forward to working with him and letting him pick my brain to help me become a healthier and more balanced person!
Read more This will be short since I can only type with one hand currently, but I thoroughly enjoyed my first session with Dan. He seems very patient, thoughtful, and intelligent. I look forward to working with him and letting him pick my brain to help me become a healthier and more balanced person!
Portage Jun 2022
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★★★★★
Cassie met with my cousin for several sessions to discuss issues related to my cousin's childhood. Cassie helped my cousin assess her feelings in a balanced way . She was also very supportive, listening and providing feedback effectively without being judgmental. This was exactly what my cousin needed. A very rare technique among many counselors these days.
Read more Cassie met with my cousin for several sessions to discuss issues related to my cousin's childhood. Cassie helped my cousin assess her feelings in a balanced way . She was also very supportive, listening and providing feedback effectively without being judgmental. This was exactly what my cousin needed. A very rare technique among many counselors these days.
Portage Feb 2022
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★★★★★
Rudy was professional and approachable. He was able to point out beliefs I had that were interfering with my ability to enjoy my life, but did so in a respectful manner. He was an effective therapist, with a genuine, caring approach.
Read more Rudy was professional and approachable. He was able to point out beliefs I had that were interfering with my ability to enjoy my life, but did so in a respectful manner. He was an effective therapist, with a genuine, caring approach.
Portage Feb 2021
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★★★★★
The best
Portage Jul 2020
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★★★★★
The intake coordinator Brittany was AMAZING. She listened to my needs so she could match me with a therapist that could help me. She was incredibly kind and truly listened to me in a stressful situation.
Read more The intake coordinator Brittany was AMAZING. She listened to my needs so she could match me with a therapist that could help me. She was incredibly kind and truly listened to me in a stressful situation.
Portage Jul 2020
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★★★★★
Alex helped me more than I can say! He was sensitive and patient with me and helped we work through some very difficult issues. His knowledge and communication skills guided me towards a positive outcome that gave me great peace. Thank you so much Alex for being there for me!
Read more Alex helped me more than I can say! He was sensitive and patient with me and helped we work through some very difficult issues. His knowledge and communication skills guided me towards a positive outcome that gave me great peace. Thank you so much Alex for being there for me!
Portage Jul 2020
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★★★★★
Heather has always been the person that many people go to for advice and help. When she isn't helping people at work she is helping people at our church. All of the staff at Thriveworks are great. I highly recommend Thriveworks Counseling.
Read more Heather has always been the person that many people go to for advice and help. When she isn't helping people at work she is helping people at our church. All of the staff at Thriveworks are great. I highly recommend Thriveworks Counseling.
Portage Jul 2020
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★★★★★
The experience from the persons answering the phone and emails to my counselor, Heather, have been efficient and very helpful. I'm very thankful for Thriveworks because I can count on you when I need you most.
Read more The experience from the persons answering the phone and emails to my counselor, Heather, have been efficient and very helpful. I'm very thankful for Thriveworks because I can count on you when I need you most.
Portage Jun 2019
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Where to find us

Getting here

Thriveworks Counseling & Psychiatry Portage is off of Milham Avenue and New Port Road. We are somewhat near a Chick-fil-A, and in the same shopping area as DICK’s, off of Gladys.

Phone number

(269) 264-4920

Languages spoken by MI providers

  • English
  • Spanish
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