The Counseling Center at Family & Children Services:
Caring People. Experienced Therapists. Restoring Hope.
March 1, 2017
Are you or someone you know struggling with depression, anxiety or something you simply can’t explain?
The Counseling Center at Family & Children Services can help.
“We have great therapists who care deeply about the work they do and the clients they serve,” said Rina Battani, L.M.S.W., clinical supervisor at The Counseling Center. “They are highly trained, highly skilled, know how to connect with clients and connect their clients to community resources that can help them.
“The Counseling Center is a safe place to explore ways that you can make your life better.”
In operation for more than 30 years, The Counseling Center currently has a staff of 10 licensed therapists with more than 250 years of combined experience in specialties as diverse as the client-base they serve – from infants to the elderly, men and women, couples and families – throughout the greater Kalamazoo, Portage and Battle Creek communities.
Clients turn to Counseling Center therapists for treatment of a multitude of issues including, depression, anxiety, anger management, family and relationship issues, ADHD, parenting issues, couple’s problems, grieving and loss, school-related and behavioral problems, drug and alcohol use, relationship issues, gender identity, stress management, sexual abuse and trauma, post-traumatic stress, and more.
Treatment options are also varied, and include individual and group sessions, mindfulness, parenting training, play therapy, and more.
A Spanish language therapist is also on staff at The Counseling Center and coordinates client care through the Hispanic American Council of Kalamazoo.
Many referrals come from word of mouth and from physicians, schools, and mental health agencies.
“Because of our deep ties to the schools and to a range of organizations, we use every available resource to ensure clients receive the care they need,” said Battani. “Our therapists are known throughout the local systems and are highly sought after for everything from teacher training to in-school therapy.”
According to Battani, The Counseling Center has two therapists embedded in two Kalamazoo Public School buildings and master’s degree level interns working in six additional schools. The interns are from Western Michigan University counseling, psychology and social work programs. The Counseling Center has also partnered with Communities in Schools Kalamazoo for many years.
“Our therapists consult with teachers on students’ school-related and behavioral problems. That is unique to us.”
Counseling Center therapists work with students identified by school personnel and parents as struggling with both school-related problems and nonacademic issues such as ADHD, anger management, anxiety and depression, blended family issues, divorce, grief and loss.
“We meet with students individually or in groups. We also offer children’s specialty trauma services, including trauma assessments by therapists trained at The Children’s Trauma Assessment Center,” said Battani. “Play therapy is a particularly important therapy we offer for children.”
The Counseling Center accepts most insurances and is a provider for many employee assistance programs (EAP’s). Medicare and a limited number of Medicaid clients are also accepted.
HANDLE WITH CARE, Family & Children Services’ annual fund that helps struggling clients meet critical needs, may be able to remove an obstacle or barrier that blocks a client’s path to counseling success.
“This also makes The Counseling Center unique,” said Battani. “No other counseling group offers this lifeline.”
And it all begins with one call.
Make an appointment at our Kalamazoo or Portage offices by calling 269-344-0202. Make an appointment at our Battle Creek office by calling 269-965-3247.
Kalamazoo (1608 Lake Street) and Battle Creek (778 W. Columbia Ave.) offices are open Monday through Friday and offer convenient day and evening hours. Services at our Portage office (1302 West Milham) are by appointment only.
“Our intake specialists will arrange an appointment with a therapist whose specialty best fits your needs,” Battani said.
“Sometimes the hardest part of changing your life for the better is making that first phone call. My message to people who are suffering is pick up the phone and call us.” The Counseling Center at Family & Children Services is a safe place with a lot of compassion and kindness.
Learn more about The Counseling Center and our therapists at www.fcsource.org/counseling.