INTRODUCTION TO OUR COUNSELING PROGRAM
Our Counseling program offers professional counseling by state licensed and master's degree-level therapists for individual, couples (married or otherwise) and families. We also have a psychiatrist on staff that does psychiatric evaluations and ongoing medication management.
WHO WE TREAT
We treat children as young as 3-5 years old, teens, young adults through older adults. We serve families, individuals, parents, and couples.
HOW WE CAN HELP
We all go through hard times at some point in our lives. Some individuals seek out counseling to receive support through a normal yet stressful life transition such as coping with the stress of school or a new job, being able to better handle parenting challenges, facing the empty nest, dealing with retirement, etc. Other times, life presents us with unexpected challenges such as coping with the loss of a loved one, marital difficulties, going through a divorce, dealing with chronic health problems, losing a job, etc. Whether you are dealing with one of life’s challenges or a mental health concern such as clinical depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, PTSD, ADHD, substance abuse, etc., we can help.
Below are just some of the issues our counselors can help you with:
Attention Deficit Disorder
Childhood Sexual Abuse
Obsessive compulsive disorder
Physical & Verbal Abuse
Post traumatic stress disorder
WHAT TO EXPECT AT THE FIRST APPOINTMENT
When you call to make your initial appointment, our counseling receptionist will ask you some questions including why you are seeking counseling, what the age of the client is, whether you are covered by private health insurance, an employee assistance program, Medicaid, Medicare, or another funding source. If you do not have coverage, they will tell you about our sliding fee scale and what you need to bring to your initial session in order to be eligible for a possible fee reduction. At that time, they will try to assign you to the therapist that appears to be the best fit for you and your needs.
Your first appointment will take approximately an hour and a half. When you arrive, you will be given a packet of intake paperwork to fill out. Your counselor will then meet with you and gather information about what problem brought you to counseling, what your background and family history are, what kind of support system you have, and what your goals for treatment are. At this time, you and your counselor will discuss how often you will meet, and what treatment is recommended.
SEEING OUR PSYCHIATRIST
In some cases, you may already know that you wish to have a psychiatric evaluation to assess your needs for medication. In other cases, you may decide to make an appointment with our psychiatrist after talking to your counselor about ways medication might help. In either case, you need to be evaluated by one of our staff therapists first prior to your first meeting with our psychiatrist.
We understand that the information you share in counseling is of a personal nature, and that you would want it to remain private. Therefore, it is important for you to know that your therapist is very committed to maintaining your confidentiality and will only speak to others when you have given specific written permission to share information regarding your treatment with a specific person or organization and in compliance with HIPAA laws. That said, it is important to state that there are also three situations in which we are required by law to disclose information about you:
· When there is a court order or subpoena from a judge;
· When there is reasonable suspicion of child or adult abuse, neglect, and/or endangerment;
· If we believe that you are in real danger of harming yourself or someone else.
OUR COUNSELING STAFF
Dr. Iya Awrumtchuk-Klim, Psychiatrist~ has been a practicing psychiatrist for almost 40 years. She has worked in both inpatient and outpatient treatment settings and has experience working with children, adults, and geriatric services.
Mary Francisco, MSW, LSW, LCAC~ has a passion for helping individuals, especially expecting mothers and/or mothers who struggle with drug or alcohol abuse. Her other passions include marital counseling. Other areas of interest include working with individuals and/or families who deal with depression, anxiety, infertility, bereavement, women’s issues, anger management and/or self-esteem issues. Her treatment approach is integrative, incorporating cognitive-behavioral, strengths-based, family systems, internal family systems, interpersonal and mindfulness therapy. Mary Francisco received her degree from IU and is a licensed social worker and licensed clinical addictions counselor.
TO SCHEDULE AN APPOINTMENT:
The Center for Counseling at
FAMILY SERVICES, INC
Howarth Center, Suite 201
615 North 18th Street
Lafayette, IN 47904
HOURS OF OPERATION:
- Monday and Wednesday: 9am-3pm
- Tuesday and Thursday: 8am-8pm
- Friday: 9am-2pm