Ross Herner, LLMSW

You deserve to feel supported.

Early in my life, I discovered that helping others was my calling. I feel fulfilled every time that I’m able to truly connect with another person and authentically understand what they are going through. We all have problems. We all have frustrations. We all have felt painfully alone and overwhelmed at one point or another. I don’t want you to have to feel that way by yourself.  I’m here for YOU. Therapy allows you the space to feel supported and to tackle whatever is holding you back. With me, you can talk about anything. As a therapist, I consider it my job to create an environment where anything is on the table. You deserve to talk to someone without any judgment, and I hope I can be that person for you.

Empathy is one of my strongest personal values. I believe connecting with each other and truly seeking to understand the feelings of another person is what life is all about. Building genuine rapport with others and collaborating with my patients to help them feel empowered is what keeps me going. I really pride myself on going above and beyond to offer unwavering support in the midst of struggle. I know that coming to therapy can be a hard decision for some people, but it doesn’t have to be. I hope that you will engage with me without feeling pressured, because I’m a laid-back, down-to-earth person who just wants to help you. Let’s talk and work through things together.

EDUCATION

  • Master of Social Work (MSW), Wayne State University
  • Bachelor of Applied Science, Oakland University

WORKS WITH

  • Kids
  • Teens
  • Adults
  • Older Adults

TYPES OF THERAPY

  • Person Centered Therapy
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
  • Motivational Interviewing
  • Solution-Focused Therapy

In therapy, I want you to know that I’m really listening. No two people are identical. Your unique feelings and experiences deserve to be explored and processed in a safe way. I care about the things that matter to you. I care about your relationships. I care about what’s bothering you. Your feelings are valid, no matter what they may be.

We live in this big chaotic world where we don’t always have the opportunity to slow down and truly reflect on who we are and how we relate to people and experiences around us. Without taking the time to reflect and process what we are going through, we can start to feel anxious, overwhelmed, and even depressed. When mental health symptoms take over, life stops being fun. It’s so important to address these early on and develop effective coping skills that work for you. Nobody’s mental health treatment should be identical to someone else’s. I want to partner with you to discover the things that will actually help YOU.

Maybe you’re struggling within your family. Maybe your friends are being toxic. Maybe school is stressful or you hate your job. Maybe it feels like you’re always disappointed or like it’s really hard to enjoy things like you did before. You might be feeling worried about something important. Maybe you’re in the middle of a life transition and struggling to adjust. Maybe you have lost someone. Or maybe you feel lost yourself. I can’t even imagine what may be on your mind but I invite you to schedule an appointment with me so we can talk about it. Opening up about something you’ve been dealing with can make a huge difference for many people. I would be honored to connect with you and work toward healthy goals together.

FAVORITE SELF-CARE

I personally practice self-care through hanging out with my dog Louie, doing bikram yoga, practicing mindfulness, and of course, spending time with family and friends. It’s so important for all of us to prioritize our self-care and I find that just spending quality time with the people closest to me is one of the biggest ways that I can recharge and feel my best. Other things that feed my soul include music, traveling to new places, being in nature, and helping others in any way that I can.

FUN FACTS

  • I play a few instruments, including piano, ukulele, and guitar. 
  • I spent time volunteering abroad in Israel, teaching English to kids in school.
  • I am a massive foodie! I love Hispanic, French, Korean BBQ, and Middle Eastern cuisine!

LIFE MOTTO

Live in the Present.  One piece of advice that I tell myself all the time is to try and “be more present” in my life, while remaining grateful for the things and people around me. It helps me stay grounded so that I can fully embrace all of my experiences. 

Contact us to setup online therapy with Ross!

Email hello@riveroakspsychology.com

Call/text 248-717-1232