Thomas Cliff


Thomas Cliff


Telehealth Available
Professions: Clinical Social Worker
License Status: I'm a licensed professional.
Primary Credential: MSW - 6801093026
Billing and Insurance:
I am an in-network provider for:
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield (BCBS)
  • McLaren Health Plan
  • Medicare
  • ValueOptions
Fees: My charge for self-pay or out-of-network services is $125 per 60-minute session.
Free Initial Consultation


29700 Harper Ave
Suite 1
Saint Clair Shores, Michigan 48082

My Approach to Helping

Experience confirms what many, many studies report: The key to successful therapy is the warm, accepting relationship between the person seeking help and the therapist. Helping the person to feel comfortable and secure in the treatment is my starting point. When one feels safe enough, unexpected thoughts, recollections, and associations come to awareness. This new awareness starts the healing process. Many ideas we have are expressions of our earliest conclusions about the world and our place in it. I help people find these conclusions and consider whether they still make sense. For example, someone who repeatedly finds disappointment in relationships may operate on the unexamined assumption that others are unreliable, not to be trusted, and look for disappointment. The result can be sadness and loneliness. Someone who suffers job setbacks over and over may believe, deep down, that he or she is shameful and unworthy of success. The result can be self-defeating choices. Someone who experiences great anxiety for no apparent reason may be unknowingly reliving terrifying childhood experiences that foster the need constantly to be on high alert. The result can be a habit of self-defense that looks to others like anger. No one chooses to have these feelings. But one can choose not to let them stand in the way of happiness. I help people to make this choice.

More Info About My Practice

I accept insurance coverage from Magellan, traditional Blue Cross and Blue Shield, and Medicare. Other insurance is under consideration. For clients who do not have this coverage or choose not to use it, my fee is $100 per session.

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

Depression stemming from losing a parent at an early age
Anxiety stemming from childhood trauma
Grief at losing people we love
Grief and anger over job loss
Poor self-esteem from being molested sexually
Sources of emotional resilience

How Psychotherapy Can Help

The experience of psychotherapy is similar to but very different from talking to a good friend. A good friend wants one to feel better, not to feel sad, or overwhelmed. A friend can listen, enabling one to vent angry or sad emotions, which can be helpful for a while. A therapist, too, wants one to feel better. But in good therapy the listening is more focused, more attentive to clues, because the aim is not only that one feel better quickly but also that one have a better life.

Services I Provide

  • Individual Therapy & Counseling
  • Telehealth

Ages I Work With

  • Adults
  • Elders


  • English

Groups I Work With

    Retired individuals

Client Concerns I Treat

  • Abandonment
  • Abuse / Abuse Survivor Issues
  • Adjusting to Change / Life Transitions
  • Adoption / Reunion Issues
  • Aggression and Violence
  • Aging and Geriatric Issues
  • Agoraphobia
  • Anger
  • Anxiety
  • Attachment Issues
  • Bipolar
  • Breakup
  • Career Choice
  • Caregiver Issues / Stress
  • Chronic Illness / Disability
  • Codependency / Dependency
  • Communication Problems
  • Compulsive Spending / Shopping
  • Control Issues
  • Depression
  • Divorce / Divorce Adjustment
  • Drug and Alcohol Addiction
  • Emotional Abuse
  • Emotional Overwhelm
  • Emptiness
  • Family of Origin Issues
  • Family Problems
  • Fear
  • Fertility Issues
  • Grief, Loss, and Bereavement
  • Helplessness / Victimhood
  • Identity Issues
  • Inadequacy
  • Individuation
  • Infidelity / Affair Recovery
  • Irritability
  • Isolation
  • Jealousy
  • Life Purpose / Meaning / Inner-Guidance
  • Men's Issues
  • Midlife Crisis / Midlife Transition
  • Mood Swings / Mood Disturbance
  • Narcissism
  • Panic
  • Parenting
  • Perfectionism
  • Post Partum Depression
  • Posttraumatic Stress / Trauma
  • Power
  • Prejudice / Discrimination
  • Rejection
  • Religious Issues
  • Self-Actualization
  • Self-Care
  • Self-Compassion
  • Self-Confidence
  • Self-Criticism
  • Self-Doubt
  • Self-Esteem
  • Self-Harm
  • Self-Love
  • Sensitivity to Criticism
  • Sexual Assault / Abuse
  • Shame
  • Social Anxiety / Phobia
  • Spirituality
  • Stress
  • Suicidal Ideation and Behavior
  • Suspiciousness / Paranoia
  • Trust Issues
  • Values Clarification
  • Workplace Issues
  • Worry
  • Worthlessness

Types of Therapy

  • Anger Management
  • Body-Mind Psychotherapy
  • Depth Therapy
  • Integration of different therapy models
  • Interpersonal Psychotherapy (IPT)
  • Jungian Psychotherapy
  • Mindfulness-Based Interventions
  • Motivational Enhancement Therapy (MET)
  • Object Relations
  • Person-Centered Therapy (Rogerian Therapy)
  • Psychodynamic
  • Relational Psychotherapy
  • Self Psychology

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