Sherry Mullins,MA, Licensed Professional Counselor

Sherry Mullins,MA, Licensed Professional Counselor

Telehealth Available
Professions: Creative Arts Therapist, Licensed Professional Counselor, Psychotherapist
License Status: I'm a licensed professional.
Primary Credential: Licensed Professional Counseling - 6401005021
Billing and Insurance:
I am an in-network provider for:
  • Anthem
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield (BCBS)
Fees: We welcome Blue Cross Blue Shield PPO and private pay clients. We believe a good fit with your counselor is important. (Take advantage of our Free 20-minute consultation offer. *offered when we are taking on new clients and to those seeking our services.

*Please note that we are not taking adolescent clients at this time. I find they do not have the autonomy to use this level of therapy, which often leads to frustration and does not help the client, the family, or myself.
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Ferndale, Michigan 48220

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My Approach to Helping

What we tell ourselves matters. What we believe about ourselves matters even more. In fact; it controls everything we think, say, feel, experience, and do. ~Sherry


*****See our section on Specific Issues I am Skilled at Helping with to see if you notice yourself there!

More Info About My Practice

We have moved to Ferndale! More to come.....

We happily accept your Blue Cross Blue Shield, BCBS Federal, and other Blues insurance. I'm happy to help you make sense of your insurance plan.

No insurance? We do accept private pay clients. (Some therapists don't.) We are known for working quickly and accurately, and our clients can and do experience noticeable results often within their first weeks of treatment.

Specific Issue(s) I'm Skilled at Helping With

Creative Types
"Empaths" (as an identity - capital E air quotes. This is different from having empathy)
The Tower Card always comes up.
"I hate people." or "I hate stupid people." (Be honest.)

Chronic Post Traumatic Stress (A.K.A. Death by Papercuts)

Perfectionistic People Pleasers (who, according to others or maybe even themselves, can never get it right)
Anxious Overwhelmed Notices EVERYTHING and Overthinks Anything (rinse and repeat, this is endless)
Highly Intelligent People
Do you feel like you're worthless?

Family Drama and Family Trauma
Codependent Relationships (I take care of everybody but nobody ever does the same for me. I don't get it.)
Betrayal that Feels like Abandonment (I don't like you when you are you. Be what I want you to be or I will punish you, shame you, or withdraw my love.)
Relationships with Narcissists or Borderlines
You're too nice.

I don't want to have BOUNDARIES or do my own thing because then I would be SELFISH (and people might not like me).

You became "The Parent" at a young age.
You could "feel" what needed to be done before you even learned to speak, and you took care of it. You still do this and have done it all your life. This is normal to you.
You were expected to "Perform and Excel" at grades, music, sports, etc.

Highly Sensitive People (people who are genetically born with a more sensitively tuned central nervous system. This is different from being an Empath. These two often, but do not always, go hand in hand.)

You're feeling so Angry! (but you won't show it, or for some of you even own it, you just stuff it, clench your jaw, and often become angry with your own self instead)

Deep longing ~ Sadness that is not easily remedied or relieved ~ Chronic "Missing"
No Meaning ~ No Purpose ~ Existential Problems (often said: "I'm not suicidal, but I have no real interest in living.")
Palliative Care ~ End of Life Review ~ Memoir
The Abandoned ~ The Bereaved ~ Those Left Behind

Or, to sum it up, we could just say: You don't belong here. ~Ouch.

Fun Fact: Do you know that every physical pain and illness is linked up with mental, emotional, environmental, and spiritual factors? The majority of our clients have at least one auto-immune disease.

Chronic Pain, particularly Centralized Pain Conditions (also known as: "We don't know what's wrong with you.")
Invisible Illnesses, Autoimmune Diseases (also called: "You don't look sick!" Often involve years of hearing from the medical community and loved ones that "there's nothing wrong with you.")
Whole Person Practices Addressing Health and Healing

How Psychotherapy Can Help

Underneath it all we are doing depth therapy, trauma therapy, somatic therapy, relational therapy, archetypal therapy, and contemplative therapy. You don't even need to know what all of these mean. (You'll probably go look them up though...) This work is not for the faint of heart. It is designed for those who want permanent deep healing and not just a quick fix.

My Guiding Ethical Principles

That's simple. To care. I can't tell you how many clients have quickly said that unlike some other therapists they had tried, "I actually seem to care about them". And it's true. You can do amazing things with your life with someone by your side who truly cares.

On the Fence About Going to Therapy?

The first 20 minutes by phone are free for those who are interested in therapy services. If we fit, great! We'll talk about the next step. If we feel another therapist would be just right for you; we'll acknowledge that and I'll wish you well. That's fine too. (I take the "anti-sales" sales approach.) Either way, I promise you will leave with something from those 20 minutes that you did not have before.

Had a Negative Therapy Experience?

Most of my clients have. Or they had good therapy experiences but feel like they went as far as they could go with that. Sometimes clients feel like they have talked about every single thing in therapy that they could possibly talk about, and they don't know why they still feel like something is wrong. Other times therapy was quite successful and life is very stable and good for them and that's when their body and mind go into a complete panic that they can't get rid of and can't make any sense out of. This is when I'll often get a call.

Although I do get some clients that are new to therapy, this is not "newbie therapy."

How My Own Struggles Made Me a Better Therapist

Some therapists are taught to never talk about themselves in therapy, and that the focus should be 110% on the client. But how can we bond like that? The relationship between us IS the therapy. My past and my inner makeup are significantly flawed, but I practice self-love and know my worth. This makes good modeling. This makes keen wisdom. This makes stillness and safety in my own mind, spirit, and body. This provides you with a warm container in which you can heal without even speaking, just by being together, often through the meeting of eyes alone. Because I have seen myself you will feel seen, deeply seen, and understood. I do share about myself in therapy, but for now, I will choose to practice what I preach and use good boundaries, and not disclose or expose my whole self. We are only just making one another's acquaintance.

Importance of the Client-Therapist Alliance

Are you an odd duck? A misfit? An introvert? An artist? Someone who doesn't quite fit "here"? Perhaps you feel lonely, anxious, outcast, weighed down, overly responsible, pained. You're irritated, sensitive, suffering, trying to find your way while others tell you you're doing it wrong. What do you want? What do you need? Where do you go from here? Come. Sit with me a moment. Feel yourself melt into the warmth of belong. Life doesn't have to be so lonely, so isolated, so hard. Using her own introverted, quirky, quick, and intuitive ways; Sherry sees what is good and draws out the best of who you really are.

Services I Provide

Ages I Work With

  • Adults
  • Elders


  • English

Groups I Work With

    Highly Sensitive Persons, Empaths, Misfits, Introverts, Socially Awkward, ArtistsWritersCreative Types, Perfectionists, Chronic Illness, Hard to Diagnose Illness, Chronic Pain, Hard to Diagnose Pain, End of LifePalliative Care, Bereavement, Complicated Grief, Lack of Purpose, Failure to Thrive, ReligiousSpiritualExistential Issues, Pre-Marriage Couples, Women

Industries & Communities Served

  • Education
  • Entertainment Industry
  • LGBTQ+
  • Self-Employed and Freelance Professionals

Client Concerns I Treat

  • Abandonment
  • Anger
  • Anxiety
  • Attachment Issues
  • Codependency / Dependency
  • Control Issues
  • Creative Blocks
  • Dissociation
  • Eating and Food Issues
  • Emotional Overwhelm
  • Emptiness
  • Family of Origin Issues
  • Forgiveness
  • Grief, Loss, and Bereavement
  • Habits
  • Helplessness / Victimhood
  • Inadequacy
  • Irritability
  • Isolation
  • Life Purpose / Meaning / Inner-Guidance
  • Midlife Crisis / Midlife Transition
  • Narcissism
  • Perfectionism
  • Posttraumatic Stress / Trauma
  • Rejection
  • Religious Issues
  • Self-Care
  • Self-Compassion
  • Self-Confidence
  • Self-Criticism
  • Self-Doubt
  • Shame
  • Somatization
  • Spirituality
  • Suicidal Ideation and Behavior
  • Trichotillomania
  • Trust Issues
  • Worry
  • Worthlessness

Types of Therapy

  • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)
  • Bibliotherapy
  • Body Psychotherapy
  • Body-Mind Psychotherapy
  • Breathwork
  • Clean Language, Symbolic Modeling, and Metaphor Therapy
  • Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM)
  • Contemplative Psychotherapy
  • Depth Therapy
  • Developmental Psychology
  • Discernment Counseling
  • Dreamwork
  • Emotionally Focused Therapy
  • Energy Psychology
  • Existential Psychotherapy
  • Family Systems Therapy
  • Gestalt Therapy
  • Guided Therapeutic Imagery
  • Healing Touch
  • Holistic Psychotherapy
  • Humanistic Psychology (humanism)
  • Integration of different therapy models
  • Internal Family Systems (IFS)
  • Journal Therapy
  • Jungian Psychotherapy
  • Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT)
  • Mindfulness-Based Interventions
  • Narrative Therapy
  • Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP)
  • Poetry Therapy
  • Schema Therapy
  • Sensorimotor Psychotherapy
  • Somatic Experiencing (SE)
  • Somatic Psychotherapy
  • Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT)

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