Resources for Free or Low Cost Mental Health Counseling

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(Nan Kerr-Mueller, orig. Dec 2016)

Oakland County, MI – Last month I started a quest to find some counseling help for a young adult in my life. They did not currently have health insurance and were having trouble finding someone that would see them. I started with Easter Seals as I have often found them to be very helpful in my job (I work at Big Brothers Big Sisters) when I have needed services for people under 18. Once you are over 18, however, they require insurance.

Unless you are in college, the only place I found that did not ask for insurance is Oakland Integrated Healthcare Network. If you are in school you can utilize the counseling center without insurance. You can also go to the Wayne State Psychology Clinic and they will work out payments with their sliding scale which I hear is very reasonable. Sand Castles is free, however, it is very specific to grief counseling for families. It does not handle every day depression.

Common Ground was very helpful. They have a 24 hr crisis hotline as well as a building on Telegraph that is open 24-7 and has counselors to handle a crisis. They gave us a number to start the insurance path and recommended Community mental health services from there.

I also included some apps here. I had people recommend the first 3 as helpful.

The young person I wanted to help is waiting for an apt with Oakland Integrated Healthcare Network and until then is seeing their school counselor.

I did some of the phone calling for them. It was very worrying to me that for many places (not included on this list) when I said they were over 18 and without insurance there was nothing they could do and could not offer alternatives. That shows me that even when there are alternatives they may not be long lived because of funding issues. This is a sad state.

Here are the resources I was able to find:

Oakland Family Services
114 Orchard Lake Rd
Pontiac, MI 48341

(248) 858-7766

(248) 544-4004

Rochester Hills
(248) 853-0750

Walled Lake
(248) 624-3812


Wayne State Psychology Clinic

Sliding scale

For additional information call the main office at (313) 577-1681.


University of Detroit Psychology Program sees members of the public


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Plum Hollow Center

22200 West Nine Mile Road

Southfield, MI 48033

(248) 359-8787

Fax: (248) 636-4009


Joslyn Smile Center

816 Joslyn Avenue

Pontiac, MI 48340

(248) 758-1231

Fax: (248) 282-7810

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461 West Huron, Suite 107

Pontiac, MI 48341
(248) 857-7432

Fax: (248) 636-4064


Summit Center

279 Summit Drive

Waterford Township, MI 48328

(248) 724-7700



Easter Seals Adult Mental Health

22178 W 9 Mile Rd
Southfield, MI 48033



Common Ground hotline. Can handle crisis 24-7

They were VERY helpful and kind on the phone


1200 N Telegraph Rd., Bldg. 32E
Pontiac, MI 48341


Community Mental Health Services




Oakland University, do not need to be a student


Sand Castles (Through Henry Ford Health Systems)

FREE Grief and Loss counseling for families



FernCare Free Clinic also has some counseling services available:


Affirmations LGBT Community Center in Ferndale has counseling services:


Also, if you go to college, check with their counseling center.

OCC, Wayne State, UDM, etc… they all have counseling services. These are included with your tuition. Do not hesitate to use them. They will not be able to prescribe medication.


Apps for people struggling with depression:

(I know people who have used and liked the first 3)

Lite Sprite



Number to get health insurance

Healthy Michigan 855-789-5610


If you know of any other resources that should be added to this list, please message We will try to keep this list as updated as possible.

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