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50 years of mental care

Birmingham Maple Clinic, a nationally accredited, private outpatient mental health clinic with a team of highly experienced and specialized therapists, is marking its 50th anniversary of helping people. It was founded in 1973 as The Maple Clinic by John Vanderlind, and at that time, it was one of the first outpatient psychiatric clinics (OPCs) in Michigan. Current owner Lori Kanat Edelson, LMSW, ACSW, BCD, LMFT, purchased the clinic in 1997, with another colleague from Vanderlind, and renamed it Birmingham Maple Clinic; she became the sole owner in 2004. Edelson’s specializations include anxiety and panic, chronic illness, couples counseling, family issues, gender orientation issues, LGBTQA, mood disorders. Today, Birmingham Maple Clinic has 40 therapists. Edelson’s vision has been to offer every mental health specialty under one roof and she expanded the list of providers to include marriage and family therapists, professional counselors, and master’s level psychologists. In 2016, two psychologists were added to the staff for psychological testing. Three therapists were trained in EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization & Reprocessing) and began accepting referrals for this specific type of trauma treatment. In 2017, training was supported to begin meeting criteria for certification as specialist with the transgendered population. The clinic serves individuals, couples, children, adolescents, families and groups and takes most major insurances.


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