Anxiety and fear can come in many forms and be at the ROOT of problems or the RESULT of problems. Racing or obsessive thoughts, panic, and fear of your own thoughts may be frustrating, and it may also be absolutely terrifying. Anxiety can be brought on by a major life event, conflict or insecurity in your relationship, trauma, new parenthood, dissatisfaction with life, or an overthinking, overactive mind. Anxiety can get in the way. Your relationship may be full of conflict, your success in school or your job may be suffering, you may have begun to feel hopeless or depressed, or you just can’t enjoy your life. Your old ways of coping have stopped working, and the worries come back.
My name is Sharon Yaecker Roesser. I am a psychotherapist and a fully and independently licensed Master of Social Work (LMSW) in Michigan. You do not need to live like this. It can get better! From the initial session, you can feel relief because you will begin to see a path out of fear.
In office Psychotherapy for Individual, Couples, and Families
Online Psychotherapy for clients all over Michigan
Supervision for Social Work Professionals
Consultation for schools and organizations
I specialize in:
Anxiety, fear, and related issues
Perinatal anxiety for moms, partners, and families
Schools -> Students and teachers
Consultation and supervision for social work students and professionals
Since 2001, I have been honored to work with people off all ages and from a variety of backgrounds, in Manhattan, Brooklyn, and now for the last 10 years in Metro Detroit. In addition to my role as a psychotherapist, I have been a teacher, a school social worker, and an elementary school principal. I’ve worked with people with a variety of strengths and needs including anxiety and depression, behavioral concerns, chronic health issues, and relationship issues. I have had a LOT of jobs since graduating from undergrad from Northwestern University outside of Chicago in 2001, and I absolutely love this one. I have three kids five and under, and I am daily reminding myself of all the mindsets, skills, and strategies I discuss with clients!
therapy, I believe in getting to know each client as an individual and working together to determine goals and create a vision for the future. Based on the specific needs of each client, we will formulate a plan for how to address the concerns and build upon strengths.
I have experience, I am confident in what I know, AND I approach every new person and new experience as a learner. I will treat you like an individual and be ready to adapt my approach TO you and WITH you. You will be a part of the process. I will tell you what I’m thinking, and I will welcome you’re feedback. If a connection I make for you feels right, great! If it doesn’t, I want you to tell me so we can figure it out. The field of psychotherapy is growing and changing all the time, and I’m excited to utilize the developments in technology and knowledge to come up with the best possible plan to help you reach your goals, feel how you want to feel, and be YOU.
Even when pain may be deep and fear may feel unbearable, there may be a way to step back and laugh, for even just a minute. If there is a way to laugh together, we will find it!
I use a variety of approaches to support my clients, and no psychotherapy plan is the same because no individual is the same as the next (of course!) Models I pull heavily from are Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Mindfulness, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, and Interpersonal Therapy, and for couples, Emotion Focused Therapy and the Gottman Method. See the psychotherapy page for a more detailed description of these methods.
Prior to my current work, I spent many years working in schools, as a teacher, as a mental health professional, and as a principal. I was a Teach For America Corps member in New York City in 2001. This gives me a unique perspective to understand the stresses of working in schools and in challenging work environments, as well as the experience of adolescents facing school pressures. I have also worked with couples and families in a variety of capacities, as a family therapist for a Wayne State Medical School research study and as a parent trainer in Southwest Detroit. I have provided mentorship and supervision to limited license social workers and MSW students for the last 8 years as a field instructor for University of Michigan, which allows me to develop new clinicians and pushes me to stay current on new developments. I currently also work a few times per month as a contingent psychiatric social worker at a leading local hospital system.