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Mental Health Therapist Saginaw MI

Mental Health Therapist in Saginaw, Michigan

Anxiety, depression, and grief are heavy emotions, and you don’t have to face them alone. An anxiety therapist or depression therapist can help you. Please don’t hesitate to reach out to learn more.



Hello! My name is Cherie and I am a Licensed Professional Counselor and Certified Rehabilitation Counselor. I earned my Bachelor of Science in Psychology at the University of Michigan and a Master’s Degree in Counseling from Fort Valley State University, with a specialization in rehabilitation counseling. My specialty areas include helping clients who experience anxiety, depression, school issues, behavioral challenges, phobias, communication, and adjustment difficulties. I value utilizing mindfulness as a strategy for grounding, and pull from various techniques. Complementing my focus on clients with mental health challenges, as a Certified Rehabilitation Counselor, I am educated and trained to work with individuals with physical, developmental, emotional, and intellectual disabilities. Dedicated to the growth and emotional wellbeing of children with challenges and their families, I view parents as an integral part in the treatment process. I love seeing families become happier and healthier with support. Being a school-based child therapist has provided me with vast experience working with children, adolescents, and young adults in various stages of life transitions. I utilize a strength-based approach along with gratitude practices to help clients increase their ability to gain internal validation. My empathetic and relaxed nature helps create a safe, therapeutic space for clients to process their experiences and gain insight in order to deepen their relationship with themselves and others. I am passionate about guiding people through learning to understand their emotional experience and take ownership of their life journey.



Hello! My name is Daniel.  I am a fully licensed Mental Health Counselor (LPC).  I graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Psychology, Minoring in Sociology, from Saginaw Valley State University.  I then went on to complete a Clinical Counseling Master’s Degree from Oakland University.  Since completing my Master’s, I have been providing Clinical Counseling, with an emphasis on serving diverse populations with mental health and behavioral issues.  I take great pride in providing unconditional positive regard and acceptance to my clients, no matter what their background may be.  Forming a strong, trusting therapeutic relationship is critical to Clinical Counseling.  Helping clients develop greater insight about themselves and the world in which they live is central to their overall well-being and success.  Empowering individuals to recognize and live up to their full potential is incredibly fulfilling and inspiring.  Assisting people in their pursuit to heal and thrive has been my greatest privilege.

I have experience working with clients presenting with: Mood Disorders (Depression, Anxiety, Bi-Polar Disorders), Social Phobias, Behavioral Issues, Trauma-Related Disorders, Adjustment Disorders, LGBTQ Issues, Relationship Issues, Career/Academic Issues, Bereavement, Personality Disorders, and Relationship Issues.



My name is Gerred.  I am a Limited Licensed Master of Social Work.  I completed a bachelor’s degree in Social Work in 2019 at Saginaw Valley State University (minoring in Psychology) and completed a master’s degree in Social Work in 2020 from Saginaw Valley State University.  I am also a Certified Advanced Alcohol and Drug Counselor (CAADC).  I have been working with individuals presenting with Substance Use and Co-Occurring Disorders since 2018.  I also have experience helping individuals struggling with anxiety, depression, trauma, as well as grief and loss.  I am convinced that every person deserves to live their best possible life.  Utilizing a variety of treatment modalities, I am committed to helping people along this journey with empathy and compassion. 



Children and teens often experience stress that they do not understand. Often, they lack effective communication and coping skills.  Stressors tend to manifest into undesirable behaviors, impacting their overall wellbeing and the wellbeing of their families. School-aged children may experience a drop in grades, social isolation, emotional outbursts, decline in attendance, and/or feel an overall sense of hopelessness. While maintaining a client centered, strengths-based therapeutic perspective, hope can grow, and families can strengthen through education, skill building, and empowerment.
I offer a safe space and friendly climate for children, teens, young adults, and parents and/or guardians to reach their goals. I have experience as a sexual assault victim advocate, working with clients involved in the child welfare system (CPS, Foster Care, Adoption), and as a school social worker with students who struggle with an array of disabilities.
Asking for help for ourselves, the children in our lives, and/or for our family can be a difficult step. Building a relationship with my clients that is safe, comfortable and genuine is key. I am here to assist you on your journey towards growth and healing. “Courage starts with showing up and letting ourselves be seen.” -Brene Brown



My greatest passion comes from understanding the impact that trauma has on the lives of survivors. I enjoy helping clients find healthy perceptions of themselves and teach them how to strengthen their relationships, learn how to heal, and create wonderful, meaningful lives filled with purpose. I have been trained in a range of modalities including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy-Informed, and Trauma Informed Treatment. I understand that there is not a single approach that works for everyone, and it is essential to find the right therapist on your journey to healing. 


My educational background includes a Master of Social Work from Saginaw Valley State University. I am a fully licensed Clinical Master Social Worker through the Association of Social Work Boards. I am a Certified Advanced Alcohol and Drug Counselor from the Michigan Certification Board for Addiction Professionals and a Certified Clinical Trauma Professional from Evergreen Certifications.




Hello, my name is Temara. I am current offering both in-person and remote sessions to best suit whatever fits into your current lifestyle. I work to provide each client with their own person-centered plan while utilizing a strength-based approach.

I have a master’s degree in Social Work from Fordham University. Prior to becoming a therapist, I was a case manager for 4 years, working with mental health and substance use clients. During my bachelor’s degree in Social Work at Saginaw Valley State University, I completed an internship at Saginaw Juvenile Court as a probation officer. Through those experiences, I have enjoyed working with both teens and adults in overcoming challenges they have faced in their lives. I have worked with both individuals, couples, and children- ages ranging from 5-65 years old.

As we navigate through life, we have highs and lows in which we all handle differently than the next. Some lows seem harder than others and seem like they will go on forever. Please remember- you are stronger than you think. I thank you for being brave and reaching out for help. I would be honored to help you recognize the strengths you have inside yourself and help you work through challenges that you are currently facing.


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Hello, my name is Heather!  I am available for in-person and telehealth services. I focus on client strengths and use client-centered approach in treatment.  I utilize humor in a down-to-earth style while remaining genuine and sincere. I believe developing the therapeutic relationship is critical for treatment. Seeing individuals and families laugh and experience joy again is what motivates me to continue with my job every day. While the journey to finding peace and joy may look different for everyone, it is possible by providing the ears to really listen, heart to have compassion, mind to provide the education, tools to empower.

My educational background consists of a master’s in social work from Michigan State University.  Over the last four years, I have primarily focused on creating treatment plans that fit each client while incorporating Play Therapy approaches, Attachment-Based therapy, Trauma-Informed Care, and other modalities. Additionally, I possess a robust history of successfully counseling, guiding, and empowering clients to utilize their unique skill sets to navigate difficult life transitions, divorce, family separation, foster care, and adoption.

I have court experience around families experiencing custodial challenges regarding divorce and reunification. I enjoy working with adults, children, adolescents, and families.

I have experience working with individuals that present with depression, anxiety, bi-polar disorders, ADHD, trauma, LGBTQ+, school related concerns, divorce, social phobia, bereavement, and behavioral concerns.


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Hi! I am honored to be able to assist clients in their journey to becoming their best, centered selves. I am strongly influenced by Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Person-Centered Therapy. I believe that the client’s collaboration with their counselor in the therapeutic relationship is vital to their success. When clients actively participate in the therapeutic process, they often come to realize that growth and change are possible. Therapy is sometimes taxing and frustrating, and, at times, beyond exasperating. Some may even feel worse before they feel better. Clients might notice that uncomfortable feelings and emotions, such as anger, frustration, or fear, come out of the shadows. It is most often necessary to feel these emotions to grow and see the change one desires. I believe that with the right therapeutic support, most individuals become empowered, ultimately giving them the ability to work through their problems and make positive life decisions.


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Hi there! My name is Sara, and I am a Licensed Master of Social Work. I received my master’s degree from Michigan State University. My specialty areas include depression, anxiety, agoraphobia, adjustment issues, grief, poor impulse control, and disruptive behaviors. I am experienced in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Play Therapy, and other treatment modalities. I have previously worked in the settings of child welfare, home-based therapy, and hospital social work. I have experience working with clients with medical conditions that impact that daily mental health (depression/anxiety/grief). I currently work as a School Social Worker. I enjoy working with children, adolescents, adults, and families. I love to see my clients work through their mental health needs through a strength-based approach; being a cheerleader and supporter as they increase their skills to enhance their well-being. “Mental health…is not a destination, but a process. It’s about how you drive, not where you’re going.” — Noam Shpancer, PhD

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To learn more about mental health counseling or to schedule an appointment, call (989) 220-3060. We look forward to speaking with you!

Primary Communities Served

Saginaw, Bay City, Midland, Frankenmuth, Essexville, Linwood, Kawkawlin, Edenville, Sanford, Oil City, Coleman, Merrill, Hemlock, Freeland, Shields, Saginaw Twp, St. Charles, Chesaning, Millington, Bridgeport, Vassar, Fairgrove, Zilwaukee, University Center