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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.


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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


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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 Marissa.  I am a fully licensed Clinical Master Social Worker. I received my bachelor’s degree from Saginaw Valley State University with a focus in Youth Services. I received my master’s degree from Michigan State University. Throughout my time as a social worker, I have been fortunate enough to work with individuals of all ages, ranging from infants to geriatrics. I have experience treating anxiety, depression, eating disorders, grief and loss, adjustment disorders, and trauma. My goal as a therapist is to walk alongside those who are on a journey of growth through tough seasons and recognize the stressors and strengths that make them unique.
I utilize various treatment modalities including mindfulness, trauma-informed care, cognitive behavioral therapy, solution focused therapy, motivational interviewing, and crisis intervention. It is my passion to help others in reshaping their world to embrace love, hope, kindness, and gratitude for life itself.


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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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I completed my bachelor’s degree in Social Work in 2013 and completed my master’s degree in Social Work in 2021, both at SVSU.  I have experience working with ages ranging from adolescents to elderly and have worked in outpatient, residential, hospital, and nursing home settings.  I meet my clients where they’re at and help them achieve their desired goals.

I have completed training in Motivational Interviewing, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy- Session 1, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Trauma Informed, and Co-Occurring Disorders.  I have spent most of my career assisting individuals presenting with depression, anxiety, hallucinations, delusions, trauma, and personality disorders. If there is something you are looking for that I do not have experience with I will do my best to find the appropriate evidence-based practice to provide you with the best treatment possible. I am always willing to learn and explore new information to better serve my clients.

I strive to create a non-judgmental environment, with open discussions. I feel that we can each learn from one another. I am currently offering in-person sessions but am willing to consider telehealth sessions, if preferred, after establishing a rapport in person. 


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Hello! My name is Stephanie and I am a Limited License Master of Social Work. I received my degree from Saginaw Valley State University.

I am committed to helping people learn how to build healthier relationships with themselves. My work focuses on treating ineffective behaviors and habits. I believe in taking a collaborative approach to helping clients reach their goals.

I have been trained in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Trauma Informed treatment, and Motivational Interviewing. I have experience helping people struggling with depression, anxiety, trauma, and personality disorders.

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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