Alishia Ebel, LMSW
As the owner and founder of Plymouth Mental Health, I want to thank you for taking the time to learn more about our practice. Every clinician has their own story of of the evolution of their career and I am proud to share mine and how PMH came to be...
Like many mental health professionals, I went to school to help people. Growing up, I was drawn to helping my friends and enjoyed being their support and person to lean on. For me, making a choice to go into the mental health field was an easy one. Fresh out of college and very green, I went into the workforce, ready to "save the world." As you can imagine, as you read that statement, I was very disappointed in the reality of the mental health system. As I powered through my career, I worked in quite a few settings and roles but never really felt like I found my niche. I was burned out and exhausted!
On a whim, I applied for a therapist position at a group practice that I stumbled across while trying to find something new. My colleagues described being in private practice as "The Holy Grail" of career opportunities. It was where almost every therapist wanted to end up. I didn't have much hope when going into the interview, but to my surprise, I got the job! This was the beginning of finding my niche and my passion. After getting my feet wet for a few years at the group practice, I decided to go off on my own and start my own private practice. Being my own "boss" allowed me a lot of freedom when it came to my clients. I could finally focus on providing the best care for them without the limitations set by management or being bogged down with unnecessary paperwork. This is exactly what I needed!
As my practice grew, I found myself having to turn clients away or add them to my waitlist because I was full. Great problem to have, but I saw a need and wanted someone who could help with some of the overflows, so I hired my first contractor. The rest is history, so to speak. Because of the demand and valued importance of mental health, we have continued to grow to help provide services to those in need.
My focus as the practice continues to grow will always be providing quality person-centered therapy to our clients and I believe that we have the greatest team of mental health clinicians that are committed to that same mission. It was important for me to find therapists that had similar values as me and really understood the importance of person-centered care. A client is not just a number or part of some productivity quota like some larger agencies focus on. They are a real person who is in need of help and support, and they deserve to be treated as such.
Because of our great team and the quality of services that they have provided, we have gained a great reputation in the community. This has allowed us the opportunity to expand to add another office location in Ann Arbor, MI, along with our original location in Plymouth, MI. It has been a great joy to be able to expand our reach and be able to help another community in the area.
We hope that you will trust us with your care and we look forward to meeting you!