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Counselors, Therapists and Life Coaches in Sterling Heights, MI

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Briana Banks
Self Pay Rate: $99

Briana Banks, LMSW-C

Philosophy of Care

Briana Banks is a Licensed Masters Social Worker - Clinical (LMSW-C) in the states of Michigan and Texas. Briana is passionate about serving adolescents who struggle with anxiety, depression, trauma, and behavioral concerns. She also enjoys serving adults who wish to work through their struggles with anxiety, depression, trauma, relationships, personal identity/values, and adjustments to life.

Briana completed her Master of Social Work (MSW) with honors at Grand Valley State University. She is experienced in treating a diverse population in a culturally competent manner.

Briana's philosophy is rooted in cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), focused on helping clients reframe their current mindsets and empowering them to change the way they think and behave. Through this lens, it is understood that there are certain things in life that we can and can’t control and Briana works to help clients continue to maintain their awareness.

Education

Grand Valley State University
Master of Social Work

Specialties

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Adolescents
  • Behavioral Issues
  • Stress
  • Trauma & PTSD
Daliesha Robinson
Self Pay Rate: $99

Daliesha Robinson, LMSW-C

Philosophy of Care

Daliesha Robinson is a Licensed Master Social Worker and a Certified Clinical Trauma Professional in the state of Michigan. She completed her Bachelor of Social Work at Eastern Michigan University and received her Master of Social Work from the University of Michigan. She has over 8 years of experience working with adolescents and adults living with the symptoms of depression, anxiety, PTSD,substance related addiction, life- cycle transitions, chronic health conditions, and more.

She is equipped with effective skills to conduct thorough biopsychosocial assessments, facilitate individual and group sessions, implement intensive case management, and activate crisis intervention when needed. She engages with a trauma informed approach and her practice includes a harm reduction philosophy.

Daliesha customizes her therapy style based on the presenting needs of her clients. She is motivated to help them achieve their most desired goals. She utilizes a variety of therapeutic models such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Motivational Interviewing.She is innovative, applies best practices, and supports her clients from the beginning to the end.

Daliesha welcomes you to a safe and non judgmental space where you can feel comfortable to share your story and start on your journey to healing.

Education

Masters of Social Work
University of Michigan

Specialties

  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Trauma
  • Substance Use
  • Stress Management
Maria Tovar-Ruiz
Self Pay Rate: $99

Maria Tovar-Ruiz, LPC, CAADC

Philosophy of Care

Maria Tovar-Ruiz is a Licensed Professional Counselor and Certified Advanced Alcohol and Drug Counselor (LPC, LAADC) who has over 24 years of experience specializing in helping clients who are suffering from symptoms related to depression, anxiety, life transitions, women’s issues, trauma, relationship concerns, self-esteem, anger management and substance use.

She earned her Master’s degree from Michigan State University and strives to create a relationship where you will feel fully acknowledged, valued, and seen for the unique person that you are. Maria has an eclectic, down to earth and humorous approach to therapy. She values partnering with people from diverse backgrounds who are seeking to increase their life satisfaction and quality of life.

She believes in helping people identify their own strengths as they learn to trust in their power to have the most fulfilling life that they envision. Maria believes that you are the expert of your own life, while she is a partner that will provide tools, feedback and encouragement as you reach for your goals.

Education

Michigan State University
Master of Arts in Counseling

Specialties

  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Stress management
  • Self-esteem
  • Life transitions
  • Anger management
  • Women’s issues
  • Substance use
  • Trauma
Carl Catanese
Self Pay Rate: $99

Carl Catanese, LMSW-C, LMFT

Philosophy of Care

Carl graduated from Wayne with his Master of Social Work degree. He also has a Master of Education Degree. He is a hypnotist and is able to use EMDR. He has a CAADC from MCBAP. He is a licensed marriage & family therapist as well as a licensed Master Social Worker with clinical and macro certification. 

Carl Catanese has a private practice in Macomb County. He is a social work consultant at Stonecrest Psychiatric Hospital. He worked in the public school system for 25 years. He owned and directed a counseling practice in Macomb County. He had three full time therapists working for him. He has supervised social work interns from Wayne State, University of Michigan and Oakland University.

Carl has worked with school children, families, marriages as well as people suffering from various psychiatric disorders. He has worked with alcohol/substance disorders. He has worked with persons with autistic disorders and cognitively impaired. He has done group therapy with all of the above.

Carl believes that mental health care is a critical and necessary for some people. Clients should feel free to deal with their emotional struggles both major and minor. It can be a growth experience for the client as well at the therapist. 

Carl and his family live in Macomb County. His wife is a professional choir director and directs Cantata Academy. His son is finishing his occupational therapy degree at Oakland University.

Education

Wayne State University
Master of Social Work degree

Specialties

  • Couples/ Marriage Counseling
  • Family Therapy
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Stress
  • Substance Abuse
  • Anger Management
  • Grief
Darlita Paulding
Self Pay Rate: $99

Darlita Paulding, LPC

Philosophy of Care

Darlita Paulding is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) who has 15 years of experience working with adolescents, adults, couples, and families. Darlita has assisted Individuals working through anger, depressive symptoms, anxiety, unhealthy relationships, low self-esteem, and stress.

Darlita completed her Bachelor of Arts ( BA) in Psychology at Michigan State University and her Master of Arts (MA) in Counseling at Oakland University. She is a National Certified Counselor (NCC). Darlita utilizes cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) and solutions focused therapy to provide the most comprehensive services in a concise, yet warm, empathetic, and supportive environment.

Darlita seeks to enhance your personal strengths while assisting you in overcoming your challenges. Her goal is that everyone should be able to live their life to their greatest potential. While working with Darlita, you have the potential to transform your life, reconcile relationships, build hope, and enhance your self-esteem through exceptional treatment and services.

Education

Oakland University
Master's in Counseling

Specialties

  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Stress management
  • Self esteem
  • Life transitions
  • Anger management
Jennifer Plesz
Self Pay Rate: $99

Jennifer Plesz, CRC, LPC

Philosophy of Care

Jennifer Plesz is a Certified Rehabilitation Counselor and Licensed Professional Counselor (CRC, LPC) with over 6 years of professional experience helping clients tp overcome anxiety, family conflict, relationship difficulties, pregnancy and post-partum-related issues, stress, anger issues, ADHD, women's issues, and much more.

Jennifer earned her Master's degree in Rehabilitation Counseling from Wayne State University, and has several years of experience working with people from all backgrounds. Today Jennifer offers individual, couples, and families who experiencing hard times, or new obstacles.

Tackle your roadblocks with help from Jennifer; with her professional support and guidance, you can start feeling better, while rebuilding trust, confidence, and contentment. With each session, she'll work to establish a professional, caring relationship between you and herself.

Specialties

  • Couples & Relationships
  • Family Therapy
  • Anxiety Therapy
  • Mood Disorders
  • Personality Disorders
  • Substance Abuse
  • Trauma & PTSD
Rachel Wolf
Self Pay Rate: $99

Rachel Wolf, LPC, CCTP

Philosophy of Care

Rachel Wolf is a Licensed Professional Counselor and Nationally Certified Counselor in the state of Michigan. She has over 7 years of experience working with a widely diverse population of adults seeking help with depression, anxiety, anger management, substance abuse, relationship issues, sexuality, and life transitions. She also has experience working with couples and those in alternative relationship structures/polyamory.

Rachel received her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Master of Arts in Counseling from Oakland University. She uses client-centered, strength-based, cognitive-behavioral, mindfulness-based, and solution-focused approaches, using empathy, creativity, flexibility, and a safe, judgment-free environment. She will provide tools for growth, emotional support, feedback, and guidance to help each unique individual develop a more rich, joyful, meaningful life.

Rachel seeks to provide an environment where you are able to be your authentic self. You are the expert on your own life, and Rachel seeks to help guide you on the path to achieving your dreams and goals. She will meet you at your level, whether this is your first time seeking treatment, or you’ve been in treatment before.

Education

Oakland University
Master of Arts in Counseling

Specialties

  • Mood Disorders
  • Anxiety
  • Substance Abuse
  • LGBTQ+
  • Relationships and Alternative Relationship Structures/Polyamory
  • Trauma/PTSD
  • Anger Management
  • ADHD
  • Self-esteem
  • Family Issues
Priscilla Jimenez
Self Pay Rate: $199: Intake
$149: Follow-up

Priscilla Jimenez, PMHNP

Philosophy of Care

Priscilla Jimenez is a board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) with experience treating adults seeking help with depression and anxiety. Priscilla completed her Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) in Nursing Education at Oakland University and her PMHNP at Maryville University. Prior to working in the field of psychiatry, her background included 7 years of Medical Surgical Nursing and 4 years of ICU Registered Nurse experience. From those years, Priscilla came to understand that one’s emotional, psychological, and spiritual wellbeing are just as important as one’s physical wellbeing.

Priscilla's personal philosophy is that all of her clients should, and will be treated equally, and with respect. Her mission is to aid clients along their individual journey of mental health, by mutually setting goals based on the clients’ needs. Priscilla aims to maximize pharmacologic efficacy, in order to achieve higher functioning and symptom relief for her clients.

Priscilla is a strong advocate for mental health care and has a passion for treating mental illness. She is dedicated to providing the best care possible by listening to her clients, employing motivational interviewing techniques, and providing evidence-based treatment options.

Education

Oakland University
Master of Nursing Education

Specialties

  • Depression
  • Anxiety
Crystal Smith
Self Pay Rate: $99

Crystal Smith, LPC

Philosophy of Care

Crystal is a Licensed Professional Counselor with over 15 years in the mental health field working with clients to improve life satisfaction. She specializes in treating adults and children who are struggling with depression, anxiety, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, trauma, abuse, neglect, relationship difficulties, adjustment issues, grief and loss, parenting support, and substance use disorders.

Crystal has a Master’s Degree in Counseling with an advanced specialization in treating children and adolescents from Oakland University in Rochester, Michigan. She is trained in trauma-focused cognitive behavioral therapy and is a Certified Advanced Alcohol and Drug Counselor. Crystal has also completed the Level 1 Training in Gottman Method Couples Therapy.

Crystal creates a safe, welcoming, and supportive environment for her clients. She encourages personal empowerment through the use of strength-based strategies and motivational Interviewing techniques combined with psychoeducation, solution-focused techniques, cognitive behavioral therapy, and mindfulness practices to improve adjustment and live a more fulfilling life.

Specialties

  • Adjustment difficulties
  • Anxiety
  • Childhood trauma
  • Depression
  • Divorce support
  • Parenting support
  • PTSD
  • Self esteem
  • Substance Use disorders
Angela Arche
Self Pay Rate: $99

Angel Arche, LMSW-C

Philosophy of Care

Angel Arche is a Licensed Master Social Worker in the State of Michigan with over 20 years of experience. She has worked with diverse populations including those with depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, substance abuse, life transitions, relationship issues, PTSD, grief and loss, and many other issues that affect how one functions daily. She completed her Bachelor in Social Work at University of Michigan-Flint, and received her Master of Social Work from Wayne State University.

Angel engages in collaborative, strength based, cognitive therapy, solution-focused therapy, client-centered, and emotionally focused approaches to therapy while keeping in perspective the need to be flexible, and creative. She is known for her eclectic and relatable approach tailored to the unique needs of each client.

Angel provides an open and compassionate environment to build a relationship with individuals, couples, and families always meeting people where they are at. She strives to help her clients regain peace and quality of life.

Specialties

  • Ages 13-65+
  • Anxiety/Stress
  • Couples/Marriage Relationships
  • Depression
  • Family Therapy
  • Grief & Loss
  • Life Transitions
  • Mood/Bipolar Disorder
  • Schizophrenia
  • Spectrum/Psychotic Disorders
  • Trauma/PTSD

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