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Updated on Jan 17, 2024

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G. Nathanael Carela, LMFT

Michigan, LMFT #4101006874; Florida, LMFT #MT3525

Seeing clients since 2014
About G. Nathanael | He/him

Nate is not only bilingual (fluent in Spanish and English) but also embraces his multicultural background (hailing from Puerto Rican and Dominican heritage). He is deeply committed to broadening his own beliefs and perspectives to connect with individuals from diverse backgrounds. He actively seeks opportunities for personal growth in this endeavor. Nate leverages his diverse life and educational experiences to provide support to individuals, couples, and marriages as they navigate through their unique transitions and challenges. When working with individuals, he places a strong emphasis on helping them identify their life's purpose, effectively manage anxiety disorders, enhance emotional regulation, and cultivate healthier interpersonal relationships, whether romantic, familial, or friendships. In his work with couples, Nate addresses various issues, including communication challenges, effective problem-solving, premarital counseling, healing from infidelity, and guiding them through life transitions such as divorce, blended families, or the arrival of a new child. Nate's extensive professional background spans across different settings, including the school system, dependency courts/child welfare systems, community mental health agencies, private therapy practices, and in-home therapy services. He has a wealth of experience in supporting people of color and individuals from multicultural backgrounds. Nate's therapeutic approach is grounded in evidence-based practices, and he actively collaborates with his clients to find tailored solutions to their unique situations.

Message to clients

You find it difficult to believe how distant and cold your relationship has become. Many conversations escalate into heated arguments filled with personal attacks, dredging up past grievances, and defensiveness. Expressing your thoughts and feelings without fear of judgment has become a challenge. Despite your best efforts, numerous strategies you've tried to mend the relationship haven't consistently worked. This leaves you feeling isolated, frustrated, torn, and sometimes even desperate. Countless sleepless nights are plagued with thoughts that suggest your relationship might end if change doesn't happen soon. However, your hope remains intact. You yearn for happiness, understanding, and appreciation within your relationship. Your goal is to reignite the joyful moments, establish meaningful relationship goals, and rediscover a satisfying intimate life. I'm here to help you build a relationship that's truly worth nurturing! I provide in-person therapy in Southfield, Michigan, and also offer online counseling services accessible in Michigan and Florida through a secure Telehealth platform. My practice is inclusive, serving a diverse range of clients, including multiracial individuals and couples, Spanish speakers, those managing anxiety, and individuals with religious or spiritual beliefs.

Education

Masters of Science in Marriage & Family Therapy | Capella University, 2015

Race and ethnicity

Hispanic, Caribbean immigrant, Bicultural

Cultural and experiential knowledge

Hispanic culture, Caribbean culture

Languages spoken

English, Spanish

Spiritual knowledge

Islam, Christianity, Mormonism, Non-religious (Agnosticism, Atheism, Secular)

None listed

Virtual or in person

Virtual and In Person

Specialties

Anxiety, Couples counseling, Premarital counseling

Additional areas of focus

Anxiety, Bicultural experience, Blended families, Coparenting, Step parenting, Couples counseling, Dating, First generation immigrant experience, Infidelity/affairs, Intercultural/interfaith relationships, Life transitions, Panic attacks, Parenting, Premarital counseling, Social anxiety, Spirituality, Stress

Therapeutic style

Empowering, Conversational, Solution-oriented, Passionate, Challenging

Modalities

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Gottman method, Family systems, Solution-focused brief therapy, Strength-based therapy

Cost

$165

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Individual Session

$190

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Couples Session

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Family Session

Sliding scale

Does not offer sliding scale spots

Insurance accepted
Does not work directly with insurance companies
Works with your out of network benefits to get you reimbursed for therapy
Click here to check your out of network benefits for free
Peer review

Gelmar demonstrates genuine interest in improving the quality of life of his clients. Gelmar is bilingual! Gelmar stays calm under stress when problem-solving or when in teamwork.

—Matilde Fonseca, LMHC
Peer review

Gelmar has grown as a marriage and family therapist. He is very honest and humble with his clients. He looks for peer support and refers clients if they are not in the scope of his practice. He will be an asset!

—Dr. Ana Elizabeth Iosipan, PhD
Peer review

Nate, will provide a non-biased therapeutic environment. I have had many clients who had Nate for couples therapy and they reported that he was not biased and made them feel heard and seen. He has helped clients in his therapeutic setting seek out support and help individual. I have had clients report, if it was not for Nate they would not have seek individual therapy. He is empathic, and a great listener.

—Fadowa Harrel, LMSW
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Amalia Miralrio, LCSW

Michigan, LMSW #6801106748; Pennsylvania, LCSW #CW021049

Seeing clients since 2015
About Amalia | She/her

Amalia is a clinical social worker with an additional masters degree in human sexuality. She specializes in working with women and gender non-binary adults. Amalia has advanced training in psychodynamic therapy, which helps her patients understand their unconscious patterns in their most intimate relationships.

Message to clients

I help my clients internalize a greater sense of self-compassion with patience, care, and great attention to detail. I take my time learning about your family of origin, past relationships, and relationship to the culture at large. My advanced training in psychodynamic therapy helps me listen for what’s not consciously known to you, but is certainly felt. Sometimes this feels like a chronic sense that you’re not good enough, even when you “know” that isn’t true. Maybe you’re anxious, lonely, or confused by your own choices. I approach each patient with the humility of knowing that no matter how much training I have, I know close to nothing about how your mind has made sense of your life. We work together to make useful meaning of what we learn about you together.

Education

Masters of Social Work | Widener University, 2016; Masters of Education in Human Sexuality | Widener University, 2016

Race and ethnicity

Hispanic, Biracial, Bicultural

Cultural and experiential knowledge

Hispanic culture

Languages spoken

English

Spiritual knowledge

Non-religious (Agnosticism, Atheism, Secular)

None listed

Virtual or in person

Virtual and In Person

Specialties

Racial/cultural identity, Self esteem/self worth, Trauma

Additional areas of focus

Anxiety, Bicultural experience, Biracial experience, Body image, Caring professionals (doctors, therapists, etc.), Codependency, Dating, Gender identity, Grief and/or loss, Highly sensitive people, Infidelity/affairs, LGBTQ+ sexuality, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Polyamory/non-monogamy/open relationships, Sexual harassment, abuse, and/or assault

Therapeutic style

Affirming, Direct, Calming

Modalities

Depth psychotherapy, Attachment based, Psychodynamic, Strength-based therapy

Cost

$200

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Individual Session

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Couples Session

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Family Session

Sliding scale

Does not offer sliding scale spots

Insurance accepted
Does not work directly with insurance companies
Works with your out of network benefits to get you reimbursed for therapy
Click here to check your out of network benefits for free
Peer review

Amalia brings the right blend of expertise, curiosity, and humility to her role as a therapist. Her intelligence, boundaries, and commitment to the dignity of her clients should be the standard for the field. Any client, especially those from marginalized or invisible identities, would be fortunate to be in her care.

—A. Maria Marcelin, LCSW, M.Ed
Peer review

Amalia uses evidence-based styles of psychotherapy to provide quality treatment to each client. Amalia cares deeply about her clients and she's extremely thoughtful while working with them to reach their goals. Amalia continues to strive to educate herself about her field, which informs her exceptional ability to help her clients.

—Kathryn Thomas-Palmer
Peer review

Amalia is not just knowledgeable, but the way she presents that knowledge in an unassuming and compassionate way is refreshing. Clients will have access to a real advocate for their interests and healing. She quickly allows for trust and security to transpire in her office.

—Andrea Broadwater, MA, LPC
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Kristen Jacobsen, LCPC

Illinois, LCPC #180.008355; Michigan, LCPC #6401020318; Wisconsin, LCPC #10228-125; Florida, Registered Telehealth Provider #TPMC2333

Seeing clients since 2009
About Kristen | She/her

Kristen specializes in anxiety, perfectionism, complex trauma, and relationships. She has been working in the field for over 14 years and is trained in several treatment modalities, including EMDR, Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy, etc. She is Chicago-based, but conveniently online, and sees clients in Illinois, Michigan, Wisconsin, and Florida.

Message to clients

You have a simmering undercurrent of anxiety, and your entire life feels like a list of obligations. You feel weighed down, overwhelmed, and stressed. You’re pathologically helpful and a self-proclaimed people pleaser, so you find yourself gritting your teeth to make it through the day... but you paste a smile on your face and fake it. From the outside you’re successful, high-achieving, respected, and known for going above and beyond, but internally, you know your truth. You’re overly self-critical, procrastinate often, script conversations in your head, and worry about everyone else’s expectations of you. What if you could feel confident saying no to things that don’t serve you? What if you could learn how to put yourself first without feeling selfish? What if you could live a more balanced, intentional, and fulfilling life? Let me help you get clarity on what you’re feeling, why, and how to fix it. We all have “blind spots” that hold us back in some way, and it takes an outside perspective to help identify these. Even if you think that you’ll let others down, you’re not as smart or capable as your colleagues, you need to have a clear plan, mediocrity is unacceptable, or you have to maintain this facade in order to be successful. I will show you how to shift your thoughts and behavior in ways that will pave a clear path to joy and confidence. There is no greater investment in life than discovering your full potential.

Education

Bachelor of Psychology & Educational Studies I Vanderbilt University, 2004; Master of Counseling Psychology I The Adler School of Professional Psychology, 2009

Race and ethnicity

White

Cultural and experiential knowledge

White culture

Languages spoken

English

Spiritual knowledge

Non-religious (Agnosticism, Atheism, Secular), Christianity

None listed

Virtual or in person

Virtual Only

Specialties

Anxiety, Trauma, Codependency

Additional areas of focus

Anger management, Caring professionals (doctors, therapists, etc.), Dating, Stress, Narcissistic personality, Life transitions, Midlife stress, Parenting, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Self esteem/self worth

Therapeutic style

Conversational, Empowering, Humorous, Inquisitive, Intellectual

Modalities

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), Dialectical behavior therapy (DBT), EMDR, Internal family systems (IFS)

Cost

$200

/

Individual Session

/

Couples Session

/

Family Session

Sliding scale

Does not offer sliding scale spots

Insurance accepted
Does not work directly with insurance companies
Works with your out of network benefits to get you reimbursed for therapy
Click here to check your out of network benefits for free
Peer review

Kristen is a wonderful colleague who works hard and is passionate about helping others. She is insightful to the experiences many women face and can create a safe and supportive environment where people can heal and grow. She is highly ethical and strives to give top notch care to her colleagues and clients.

—Alicia Johnson, LMFT
Peer review

Kristen is a great therapist who is both warm and direct. She's great at providing context and clarity and also creates an understanding space for self-discovery.

—Katie Bellamy, LCPC
Peer review

Kristen is a very kind and thoughtful human. She cares a lot about her clients and her clinical work. As she is very knowledgeable and intelligent, I imagine that she provides detailed psychoeducation for those that she works with, helping her clients understand the why of what is going on. I know she is often putting time and effort into growing as a person and a clinician, which I believe is a great attribute in a solid therapist.

—Gail Reich, LCPC
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Fee
Year Started practice
Specialties
G. Nathanael Carela

$165

2014

Anxiety, Couples counseling, Premarital counseling

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Amalia Miralrio

$200

2015

Racial/cultural identity, Self esteem/self worth, Trauma

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Kristen Jacobsen

$200

2009

Anxiety, Trauma, Codependency

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FAQs

Frequently asked questions about therapy

What's the difference between in-person and virtual therapy?

Although there is no research that suggests in-person or virtual therapy is more effective, you may prefer one over the other. Some people prefer the intimacy of being in the same physical space as their therapist, while others prefer receiving treatment in the comfort of their own home. If you have a tight schedule, virtual therapy is a great option since you won’t commute to your therapist’s office. Virtual therapy also allows you to see any therapist throughout your state, which means one less barrier to finding your soulmate therapist!

When should someone start therapy?

Deciding when to start therapy is a very personal decision, but we recommend starting sooner rather than later. Along with running the risk of your mental health declining, you also miss out on time spent working on yourself, repairing your relationships, and so much more. Life is short, so why not make it the best possible as soon as possible?

What type of therapy is right for me?

Your therapist will carefully customize your treatment plan, and they will likely rely on a variety of therapeutic methods. There are some treatment methods that are better for specific disorders (like exposure therapy for OCD or phobias), but a combination of several will likely be the best option for you.

Is going to therapy worth it?

We’re huge advocates for therapy at Best Therapists, but we know that not everyone has a good experience in therapy. Working with a high quality therapist (with whom you have a great relationship) can be life changing. You can change harmful behaviors or thought patterns, shed or improve hurtful relationships, increase your resilience and coping methods for dealing with mental illness, and much more. We think that that’s pretty frigging worth it, but finding the right therapist for YOU is crucial to this equation.

What's the difference between a psychotherapist and a psychologist?

The main difference between psychotherapists and psychologists is their education. Psychologists receive more education, and in some cases, psychologists focus more on research than clinical work. But both therapists and psychologists go through thousands of hours of clinical training. When choosing a therapist, the skill of the therapist and your relationship with them matters way more than which degree your therapist has.

Do therapists offer free consultations?

Yes, most therapists offer free consultations. This not only benefits you, but the therapist too! Therapists want to see if you are a good fit before doing an official therapy session with you to save you (and them) time and energy. Although your relationship has barely begun, you both will feel out your chemistry. You won’t be BFFs by the end of the consultation, but should get a sense of whether or not you’ll work well together.

About Us

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We vet therapists, so you can focus on fit—not quality.

Through peer reviews, license verification, online reviews, and requiring acknowledgement of trauma-informed care, we do our best to make sure that your best therapist provides high quality care (and that's regardless of your race, sexual orientation, or background).

But your friend’s best therapist might not be your best therapist. That's why personality fit between you and your therapist is crucial. It’s not something that we can verify for you, so we encourage you to schedule free consultations with multiple therapists to get a sense of your chemistry together.

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