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Counseling and Outpatient Services

Applewood Centers helps over 6,000 children, teens and their families each year. Our counseling and outpatient services are designed to help children and young adults (up to age 21) and their families. Services include individual, family and group therapy provided by licensed social workers, counselors, psychologists and psychiatrists. We have psychiatrists, psychologists, therapists and other professionals who are fluent in Spanish and able to provide bilingual counseling services.

*NEW - We are now accepting Walk-In’s for Outpatient Mental Health Assessments on Wednesdays from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. at the Jones Center! 

  • Outpatient Counseling – For children up to age 21 who have mental health issues or exhibiting a variety of problematic behavioral issues. Alcohol and Drug Assessment and Treatment Services treats youth who have co-occurring mental health disorders with substance abuse.
  • Intensive Home-based Treatment – For youth who have severe emotional disturbance and in need of intensive level of mental health treatment to be stable and safe.
  • Community Psychiatric Supportive Treatment (CPST) – wraparound services for children and youth with emotional and behavioral disturbance who have been witnesses of violence, are reunifying with their families and/or are in conflict with their parents. 
  • Multisystemic Therapy® (MST) – For youth exhibiting problematic sexual behavior or serious behavioral problems and are at risk of becoming involved with the juvenile justice system.
  • Trauma-focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy – Helping children who have experienced very difficult or frightening events.
  • Kazdin's Parent Management Training – Teaching and coaching parents how to change or modify problematic behaviors.
  • Early Childhood Mental Health – For children birth to age 6 who are experiencing social, emotional or behavioral difficulties.
  • Special Needs Child Care Consultation – Training for child care providers, parents and home-based care givers.
  • Family Preservation – Team who works with families during reunification of child from out-of-home placement.

As the lead agency in a Cuyahoga County Tapestry System of Care – Care Coordination Partnership, Applewood provides outpatient services for children by facilitating child/family team meetings to develop a plan that identifies goals and resources needed to support the child and family. Applewood staff monitor the impact of services, provide ongoing assessments and offer recommendations for ongoing services when plan goals have been achieved.

To download a brochure highlighting Applewood Centers' Community-based Treatment programs click here.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is counseling?

Counseling is an opportunity to talk with a trained professional to help solve problems. It can provide help with behavior, feelings, school or family. Counselors use a variety of skills such as listening, watching, playing and talking in order to help clients understand and cope with feelings, and learn new skills for positive behavior.

Who can receive counseling at Applewood Centers?

Children up to age 21 can receive counseling. In most cases, especially when young children are involved, parents are also a part of the counseling process. Sometimes it is even appropriate for an entire family to participate.

Who are the counselors?

Our counseling staff consists of licensed professionals in the fields of social work, counseling, psychology, psychiatry or nursing who specialize in working with children and teens.

Where do we go for counseling?

Applewood's counselors see clients in many environments including our offices in Cleveland and Lorain County, schools, at home and in the community.

What will take place during a counseling session?

At the first appointment your counselor will spend time with you and your child in order to understand your concerns. You will be asked some questions and you and the counselor will complete paperwork. The counselor will explain the rights that you and your child or teen have as clients of Applewood Centers. You may be asked for permission to allow the counselor to speak with other professionals such as your child's teacher or pediatrician. Together, you will set goals so that progress during treatment can be measured. Your counselor will work with you to schedule future appointments.

How long is a counseling session?

Each counseling session usually lasts about one hour. The number of sessions needed depends on many things including the extent of the problem, the length of time it takes to feel comfortable in counseling, and the amount of time and effort you and your child are able to commit to the counseling process. While they vary greatly, the average number of sessions at Applewood is generally anywhere from eight to 12.

How will I pay for counseling?

Applewood Centers accepts many traditional insurance, HMOs, PPOs and Medicaid. As a contract agency of Alcohol, Drug Addiction and Mental Health Services Board of Cuyahoga County, and Lorain County Board of Mental Health, Applewood is able to offer a sliding fee scale based on family income when appropriate.

How do I make an appointment for my child?

The first step is to contact Applewood Centers Intake Department at 216-459-9827 (Cuyahoga County) or 440-324-1300 (Lorain County). Trained professionals will talk with you confidentially about the concerns you have with your child. If it is determined that counseling may be beneficial, we will assist you in making an appointment. If you find that other resources may be more helpful to your family, we will help you make a connection to those services.

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