Specialized Counseling Services

Counseling Services - Durham & New London

ChangeInc has licensed clinicians to provide in-office counseling to adolescent and adult individuals in two locations, Durham and New London. Clinicians are licensed LCSW’s, LPC’s, LMFT, LADC’s and use evidence based therapeutic techniques to address a variety of issues. Additionally, ChangeInc has a specialized counseling program uniquely designed for deaf persons and persons with limited language skills. Issues addressed in counseling include:

  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Bi-Polar Disorder
  • Grief and Loss
  • Suicidal impulses
  • Stress
  • Substance Abuse
  • Adjustment Disorder
  • Self Esteem Issues
  • Women’s Issues
     

Counseling Services - In-Home Elder Care Program

ChangeInc provides in home empathetic counseling to elders who are on the Connecticut Home Care Program for Elders (CHCP). Counselors address and treat mental health disorders and a variety of issues that often occur in the later stages of life. Issues addressed in counseling include:

  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Bi-Polar Disorder
  • Grief and Loss
  • Suicidal impulses
  • Stress
  • Substance Abuse
  • Adjustment Disorder
  • Self-Esteem Issues

In-Home mental Health counseling service area is limited. Please call the office to see if counseling services are available in your area.

Deaf and Hard of Hearing Counseling

Deaf and Hard of Hearing (HoH) people can face challenges on a daily basis. Some of these challenges include communication difficulties and problems getting appropriate healthcare due to language barriers.  ChangeInc is aware of some of these challenges, and we are happy to report that we now have a counselor who can help! Alison Wetmur is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) who is Deaf herself, and fluent in both American Sign Language and English. Alison has many years of training, education, and experience working with the Deaf community.  Alison is available to meet with Deaf/HoH clients to help with different problems, like depression, anxiety, grief/mourning, substance abuse, and more.

End of Life & Living Will Counseling

A counseling program has been uniquely designed to address and meet the emotional needs of persons wishing to discuss end of life care options. Individuals will have a chance to discuss differences in care for end of life and will be able to explore options that best suit their needs and the needs of their families.

Individuals will have a chance to discuss and prepare living wills that will reflect their wishes for should they become seriously ill and be unable to make their own decisions. Issues discussed during sessions include deciding who the individual wants to make care decisions when they are unable, what kinds of medical treatment individuals want and don’t want, how comfortable individuals want to be during end of life, how individuals want to be treated during end of life and what things individuals want their loved ones to know.

Clinicians use the Five Wishes document obtained through the Aging With Dignity Organization as a guideline to explore each individual’s personal, emotional and spiritual needs, as well as medical wishes, for end of life. (See Five Wishes Description below and/or the Aging With Dignity website at agingwithdignity.org for more information regarding the Five Wishes Document.) Clinicians provide support to individuals and families through the process of decision making for preparing a comprehensive living will that will appropriately reflect the wishes of the individual.

Clinicians have specialized training in end of life and the sensitive topics that are explored for end of life care. Additionally, clinicians have specialized grief and anticipatory grief training to help individuals and families who find themselves in need of this type of support concurrently. Clinicians treat individuals and families with the utmost compassion and dignity throughout the entire therapeutic process.

What is Five Wishes? According the Aging with Dignity website and Five Wishes document, “Five Wishes is a living will.  It is a document that was written with the help of The American Bar Association’s Commission on Law and Aging and the nation’s leading experts in end of life care. To date more than 19 million people have already used it.  Five Wishes has been seen on CNN and NBC’s Today show and in the pages of Time and Money magazines.  Newspapers have called Five Wishes the first “living will with heart and soul.” Five Wishes meets the legal requirement of Connecticut and of 41 other states. Five Wishes can be used by any person 18 years or older and are competent to make their own choices.”