Jacob Chmara, MA, TLLP


Accepting New Patients


Master in Clinical Psychology | Michigan School of Psychology

Bachelor of Arts in Cognition & Neuroscience | University of Michigan


  • English


  • In Person
  • Online

Insurance Accepted

  • Aetna
  • Blue Care Network
  • BCBS
  • Priority Health
  • Self Pay

Type of Therapy

  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
  • Humanistic Therapy
  • Psychodynamic Therapy

Patient Population

  • Adults
  • Teens

Issue Focus

  • ADHD
  • Anxiety / Depression
  • Life Transitions
  • Personal Empowerment
  • PTSD / Trauma
  • Relationships


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About Me: Jacob Chmara

I see therapy as a road trip: you’re in the driver’s seat, and I’m in the passenger’s seat. You decide where you want to go, and I’ll help you get there. Oftentimes the obstacles along the journey become overwhelming, but you shouldn’t have to navigate them alone. Whether you’re experiencing depression, anxiety, low self-esteem, relationship issues, work-related stress, behavioral issues, or just feeling stuck, I’m here to help. I treat each client as a unique individual with unconditional positive regard, and work to empower and support you in making the changes that you want to see.

I completed my BA in Cognition and Neuroscience from the University of Michigan and earned my Master’s in Clinical Psychology from the Michigan School of Psychology with a specialization in Applied Behavior Analysis. My experience includes working with both adolescents and adults in various outpatient settings. I draw from a wide range of techniques, knowledge, and experience to inform my practice, all tailored to address your unique needs.

I understand that starting therapy can be a daunting and scary endeavor. With me you’ll find a warm, compassionate, safe environment free from personal judgement. As an active, empathic listener, my goal is to help you feel understood, experience symptom relief, manage daily stress, increase awareness and create a deeper personal connection to yourself.

My Unique Approach to Therapy

What makes my approach unique? I am regularly asking for feedback from my patients. How is the treatment going? Are we addressing issues you care about? Do you feel you are making measurable progress? At Start My Wellness, we help people actively engage in making therapy as useful and user friendly as possible. We use this feedback to improve treatment methods, guide therapist training and improve overall customer satisfaction. We believe this patient-centered approach makes Start My Wellness world-class.

Specialized & Extended Training

What makes Jacob Chmara stand out is his high level of education and experience. He, along with all Start My Wellness therapists, attends at least 120 hours of extensive ongoing training and personal development per year in treating anxiety, depression, work stress, and relationship problems. This rigorous instruction differentiates Jacob from others in the field and allows him to provide the highest quality of service to patients.

David Sims
David Sims
I received an affordable, thorough psychological assessment by Dr. Bloom. He was very helpful, knowledgeable and insightful. I very much appreciate the service he offers because full neuropsychological testing is expensive and nearly unobtainable for people with certain types of insurance. I paid out of pocket and it was worth every cent.
Curtis Jemison
Curtis Jemison
It's not normal for me to write reviews. The service that I received from the staff at Start my wellness, was absolutely amazing! The response and help from Rayven at the front desk was extremely helpful. She was able to walk through the process without making me feel rushed or pressured. She was knowledgable of the everything I need to be seen in a timely and professional manner. The treatment team was caring and warm. I didn't feel like "Just another patient", or embarrassed about my conditions. Thank you all for helping me.
Sabreen Nafsu
Sabreen Nafsu
I love talking with Laila. I feel really comfortable and she seems genuinely kind. I look forward to my appointments with my psychiatrist now thanks to her, which is something I never thought I would say.
Chelsey Steele
Chelsey Steele
I love this place. I look forward to coming here! Everyone is helpful around the office and my particular person help me stay sane every week!
Irene Roberts
Irene Roberts
Wonderful practice. Provide primarily virtual sessions which is preferred for me. Dr. Marashi is very knowledgable and helped me finally for the first time in my adult life nail down a combination of medications to help manage my PMDD and ADHD struggles. I could not have achieved everything I have in the past year without her support and knowledge. I recommend to everyone that struggles with their mental health.
Pearl Fonbuena
Pearl Fonbuena
They understand and listen. Couldn’t ask for a better place to go to!
Sean Gossard
Sean Gossard
Lauren Anderson is the best!