Too many folks wait until they have hit “rock bottom” before they decide to speak with a counselor. It can be so scary to make a first appointment with a counselor, that some folks consider the idea for years before they actually place a call. A complicated system of insurance companies, co-pays, doctor networks doesn’t make it any easier to enjoy the benefits of great counseling and supportive services. Rest assured that while it may seem like you need VIP status to get an appointment, there truly is a great counselor out there for you and your partner. Below you will find a summary of some of the resources that Philadelphia had to offer.
1. For the LGBTQ couple:
Jacqueline Summers specializes in couples counseling with gay and lesbian couples. Call 866-660-3535 to schedule an appointment.
2. For culturally sensitive counseling:
The Ladipo Group offers counseling services for and by the African American community. They will accept insurance, and they are flexible with scheduling appointments (weekends and evenings are available). Additionally, Congreso de Latinos Unidos offers supportive services and bilingual counseling to the Latino America community.
3. For the suburban couple:
Located in Media, PA (12 miles west of Philadelphia), Serenity Counseling Center offers couples counseling and other various wellness programs (including, but not limited to: massage and nutritional counseling). What makes Serenity Counseling Center unique is that they offer phone consultations before the first visit so that you can discuss with a counselor your needs and expectations.
4. For the uninsured couple:
Nathaniel Amos, LCSW, is a local clinical social worker who maintains a private practice in the city of Philadelphia. He is available for folks who do not have health insurance, and he is able to provide a variety of supportive services to match your financial situation. Nathaniel Amos can be reached at (215) 402-7870.
5. For the “on the fence” couple:
Ms. Amy Pickens offers counseling services for couples (dating and married). What makes her site unique is that it offers a great deal of information for folks who are in the beginning stages of learning about couples counseling. She uses her site as an educational tool, teaching visitors to the site about changes you can make in your relationship without having to come in for therapy. If you’re not sure that you’re ready for counseling, this site is a great place to visit to have some of your questions answered.
6. For the “almost married” couple:
The Center for Marriage Counseling offers both flexible treatment plans and premarital counseling. This is a great resource for the couple who wants to enter into married life with a healthy first step.
7. For the “anti-counseling” couple:
We all know that a certain amount of stigma exists when you bring up the “c-word”: counseling. Heaven forbid you use the “t-word”: therapy. For folks who cannot bring themselves to join the counseling club, the Council for Relationships offers a different “c-word”: classes! There, you can take a more academic approach to bettering your relationship by learning about communication styles, anger management, and stress relief.