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Health and Wellness: Counseling
Affirmations' Counseling Program specializes in providing affordable services for the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender community. We offer LGBT-affirming counseling services in a safe and welcoming environment for people of all cultures, ethnicities, sexual orientations, and gender identities. 

We work with individuals and couples in the southeast Michigan area and are particularly sensitive to the important issues facing today’s LGBT community members, families, and allies. Affirmations counseling services can assist adults age 18 and over.


Submit a cover letter and resume to the Health & Wellness Manager by Friday, Oct 17th to be consider for a January 2015 start date. All interns placed with Affirmations' Counseling Programs must be able to intern at Affirmations for over six months and be enrolled in a masters or doctoral level graduate program. 

What types of counseling services does Affirmations offer? 
We offer short-term and long-term counseling that includes exploration of important issues such as healthy relationships, sexual orientation, gender identity, self esteem, confidence, and personal growth.

The most common issues for which people seek counseling at Affirmations are:

  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Relationship issues
  • Coming Out
  • Gender identity/exploration
  • Substance use/abuse
  • Domestic or intimate partner violence 

Who are the therapists?
Counseling services are provided by masters and/or doctoral students with advanced practice coursework in counseling, clinical psychology or social work. The students are supervised by a licensed professional in the mental health services field (e.g. LMSW, LPC, LP).

Additionally, we have licensed therapists who see individuals and couples with Blue Cross Blue Shield traditional or PPO insurance. 

How much does counseling cost?
Session cost is determined through insurance eligibility or sliding scale based on annual income. Affirmations accepts cash, check and credit/debit card. 

For Affirmations' sliding fee scale services, the initial assessment session costs $35. Additional sessions are priced on a sliding scale based on income and household size. The per-session fee are calculated during the initial assessment appointment. Counseling may be free to those who qualify.

For Affirmations' billable insurance services, the cost of the initial assessment and per-session fees are determined by the insurance company. 

Do you offer couples therapy?
Yes. In fact, more than half of our clients at Affirmations seek services for relationship related issues. 

How long are the sessions? 
An initial assessment appointment lasts about 2 hours. Weekly sessions last about 45 minutes.

Are there a limited number of sessions? 
No, duration of therapy is guided by client need and/or insurance requirements/guidelines.

Can I come to counseling if I'm court offered?
At this time, we do not currently provide letters to court officials for counseling services provided.

Do your counselors prescribe medication?
No, our therapists are not licensed to prescribe medication. Affirmations can, however, provide LGBT-affirming referrals to licensed psychiatrists, including those listed on our Health & Wellness Network. 

Call us to complete an intake at (248) 677-7229 or fill out our online Counseling Services Intake Form.

If you'd like additional information or have questions not answered here, please contact:

Lydia Ahlum Hanson, MSW, MPH
Health & Wellness Manager
Direct line: 248-677-7223

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