Mental Health Services
We are here to offer Hope, Help and Healing
Our clinical services focus on a broad variety of concerns such as:
- Depression and Anxiety
- Physical or Sexual Abuse
- Family Dysfunction
- Behavior Interventions
- Attentional Disorders
- Stress Management
- Psychological Testing
Saratoga Center for the Family offers individual and group counseling for children, families and adults at our main office in Saratoga Springs, as well as at satellite offices located in the community, and through our Student Empowerment Services at Scotia-Glenville, Shenendehowa, and South Glens Falls Central Schools.
Clients are seen by licensed, skilled and dedicated clinical professionals, possessing years of diverse counseling experience. You are not alone, we can help.Student Empowerment Services
Frequently Asked Questions
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Once you have spoken to our Intake Coordinator and an appointment has been scheduled, please download and complete an intake form and bring it with you for your first visit.
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- Individual, Family and Group Therapy for children, adults and families are available by appointment
- Flexible office hours including early morning and evening hours
- All cases assigned by risk
- Treatment goals are set for each client in order to measure progress
- Clinicians work collaboratively with schools, physicians, and community agencies when requested by the client
- We are a fee-for-service provider so mental health services are covered and paid for according to the clients’ health insurance plan. We accept most major insurances including Fidelis, CDPHP, and Tri Care.
- Sliding fee offered to eligible applicants
- Phone intakes required for all services
Saratoga Center for the Family collaborates with local school districts to offer Student Empowerment Services. The program offers private mental health services in the school setting. The program addresses the social, emotional and mental health of students in grades K-12 and encompasses developmentally appropriate screening, intervention, behavioral assistance, training and psychiatric services; all focused on serving student needs in the context of the school environment.
What is Student Empowerment Services?
With parental consent, the Saratoga Center for the Family will offer a full range of comprehensive mental health services in the student’s school, including:
- Identification and assessment of children with behavioral and emotional health needs
- Individual, group and family therapies for crisis intervention
- Consultation with parents, teachers and school administration
- Parent and teacher trainings on mental health issues
- Referrals to other community mental health programs can be made, if needed
Why offer private, mental health programs in school?
- Convenience for the family and student
- Allows the Saratoga Center for the Family therapist, school staff and the family to work together to build student success in school
- Keeps student’s issues from affecting emotional, academic, or physical development
- Provides relief from symptoms earlier
- May prevent long-term problems
- Improves academic performance and personal relationships with family and friends
How can my child access services?
In collaboration with the child’s parent/guardian students can be referred by a school counselor, psychologist, social worker, nurse or building administrator. In addition, parents can make their own private referral.
What is meant by outpatient mental health services?
Outpatient mental health services are a level of care intended to treat people who do not require crisis services or do not require hospitalization. Mental health counselors and clients typically meet for a 45 to 50 minute session. Depending on a client’s needs, treatment can be short term for only a few sessions, or for more intensive needs, more sessions as needed.
Who will be my therapist?
Therapy is generally provided by a person who has attained at least a Master’s degree in a field of study that qualifies him or her to conduct therapy. Some of the staff may have extra certifications or specialized training. Our staff is required to post their degrees in their office for you to see and we encourage you to ask the mental health counselor assigned to you about his or her qualifications.
What if I don’t like my mental health counselor?
There may be any number of reasons why you and your mental health counselor may not prove to be a good match and that’s ok! Therapeutic progress is enormously helped by a strong relationship. Sometimes you may feel that better progress might be possible with a different mental health counselor. We strongly encourage you to let your mental health counselor or the Clinical Director know how you feel about being assigned to a different mental health counselor.
How will I know when I’m done?
An important part of treatment will be you and your mental health counselor talking about what you would like to change or to be different or what skills you may wish to acquire. You will then work together to create a treatment plan. In the treatment plan, you can clearly state your goals. For example, I will use my coping skills in five out of seven situations. You and your mental health counselor will re-assess these goals every 90 days to determine how you are doing and talk about whether or not you believe that you are reaching your goals.
What if I’m too uncomfortable to say anything to my mental health counselor?
It is hard to just meet somebody and talk with them about deeply important or personal things. Your mental health counselor is a trained helping professional who will work very hard to help you feel safe and comfortable. If you don’t feel like talking at first, your mental health counselor will understand. The words will come when you are ready.
How will I pay for services?
If you have an insurance that we accept, we will bill your insurance. Because we are a non-profit agency, lack of insurance will not prevent you from receiving services here. An administrative staff person will ask you about your insurance coverage and work with you to make services possible.
How do I get started?
It’s really as simple as picking up the phone! You will be asked to complete a short intake over the phone that usually takes about 15 minutes. Depending upon whether or not we have a wait list at the time, you can usually expect to receive a phone call from us in about one to two weeks to schedule your first appointment.