CreekSide Counseling Services (CCS), â€”a new agency serving adolescents aged 13 and up, and adults in Oswego Countyâ€”opened recently at 335 W. 1st St. (Time Warner Bldg.), it was announced by Jody Fiorini, Ph.D., owner. The new service will host an open house from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. on Wed., June 30.
â€œAt CCS, we believe that problems represent an opportunity for personal growth and that mental health counseling is a positive approach to dealing with lifeâ€™s challenges and transitions,â€ Fiorini said. â€œWe employ clinicians with a wide range of educational experience including Ph.D. level counselors, Masters Level counselors, and Masters Level counseling interns.
â€œOur agency specializes in serving our clientsâ€™ needs regarding: divorce and separation; Sexual orientation; Depression; Obsessive Compulsive Disorders; Anxiety and Panic; grief and loss; and Relationship issues.
â€œWe also offer counseling on parenting issues, coping with disability, and life transition issues. There is a shortage of mental health counselors in Oswego County and we are here to help meet those needs.â€
CCS is open evenings and weekends by appointment and they accept many insurance plans. â€œWe also have flexible rates for those who do not qualify for insurance,â€ Fiorini said.
Once of the specialties of CCS is grief and loss counseling for children, Fiorini said. â€œIn fact, â€™Counseling Children and Adolescents Through Grief and Loss,â€™ a book I co-authored with my colleague, Jodi A. Mullen Ph.D., was the American Journal of Nursingâ€™s 2006 Book of the Year.
â€œWe want people to know that CreekSide Counseling is a warm, inviting place. Itâ€™s a place where people will feel comfortable and at ease. We believe in the empowerment of clients: All people have the capacity to solve their own problems. Our job is to help them discover their own inner strengths.
â€œAll clients will be treated with dignity and integrity in an atmosphere that provides acceptance and welcome for all cultures, genders, sexual orientations, disability statuses, and social classes.â€
Fiorini is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor and a National Certified Counselor. She is also a professor at SUNY Oswego in Counseling and Psychological services.
CCS can be contacted at (315) 343-3344 and atÂ [email protected].