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Individual and Family Counseling

At one point or another in our ever-changing lives, we may become stuck or frustrated and need some help to get moving forward again. JFCS Counseling Services is home to a unique and highly qualified team of therapists who offer compassionate care with particular attention to your personal needs, values, traditions and expectations.

If you’re challenged by any kind of recent stressor in your life or grappling with an ongoing issue you’ve been unable to resolve on your own, our experienced therapists can help.

How We Help

We provide counseling in a wide range of areas including, but not limited to, depression, anxiety, self-image or self-worth, relationship problems, family stress, anger management, grief and loss, and parenting issues, including single parent and blended families. Specialists in the challenges of aging are available for older adults; in-home sessions are an option.

CONTACT US TODAY
Stefanie Small, LCSW, Director of Clinical Services | 412-422-7200 | ssmall@jfcspgh.org

Our therapists are sensitive and supportive as they work with you and your partner to resolve ongoing problems and develop a greater level of intimacy and understanding.

How We Help

We can help you make progress on a wide range of issues including but not limited to communication, infidelity, navigating faith differences, parenting conflicts, inability to resolve ongoing issues, and marriage preparation.

CONTACT US TODAY
Stefanie Small, LCSW, CMC, Director of Clinical Services | 412-422-7200 | ssmall@jfcspgh.org

We recognize that children and adolescents have unique needs, and we have therapists who are specifically qualified to help them. Our therapists can help young people who are having trouble adjusting to changes in family or school, as well as those suffering from depression, loss and more.

How We Help

Children can talk openly about their feelings with a caring, nonjudgmental professional. We help children and adolescents deal with a wide range of issues including but not limited to problems adjusting to recent changes in family or school, behavior problems, academic trouble, social problems, depression, self-image or self-worth, and grief and loss.

Play therapy is available for young children who have difficulty putting their feelings into words.

CONTACT US TODAY
Stefanie Small, LCSW, Director of Clinical Services | 412-422-7200 | ssmall@jfcspgh.org

The dynamics of living in a family can be stressful at times. Whether as an addition to individual therapy or on its own, family therapy will help your family resolve conflict, communicate more effectively and find strength and support in one another.

How We Help

Family therapy creates space for everyone to talk openly about their thoughts and feelings with a caring, nonjudgmental professional. Our experienced therapists cover a wide range of areas including but not limited to communication, step- and blended family adjustment, interfaith issues, parent-child conflict, caregiving for older adults or special needs children, and grief and loss.

CONTACT US TODAY
Stefanie Small, LCSW, Director of Clinical Services | 412-422-7200 | ssmall@jfcspgh.org

If you’re facing a stressful life issue, you may feel less alone when talking with people who are facing similar challenges.

How We Help

We currently offer support groups for people who are caring for an elderly spouse or parent or those who struggle with raising a child adopted internationally. A professional facilitator and group members will offer you emotional support, practical information and tips on how to cope with your unique situation. We also can refer you to many other support groups throughout the community.

CONTACT US TODAY
Stefanie Small, LCSW, Director of Clinical Services | 412-422-7200 | ssmall@jfcspgh.org

Radical changes in family life – a new diagnosis, unexpected development, unforeseen consequence – not only create stress but require information, support and resource referral quickly. We can help.

How We Help

ADHD, dementia, chronic illness, learning disabilities – when families suddenly find themselves facing issues such as these, they often don’t know where to turn or what to do. Whatever the age or issue, our experienced staff can help guide and inform decisions about individualized learning plans, resources, government programs, and community support.

CONTACT US TODAY
For older adults: Maxine Horn, Information & Referral Specialist for AgeWell Pittsburgh | 412-422-0400 | mhorn@jfcspgh.org

For children and younger adults: April Artz, LPC | 412-521-3800 | aartz@jfcspgh.org

If you, or someone you know, are experiencing mental, physical or emotional abuse by an intimate partner or family member, we offer a safe, confidential environment for you to come forward and seek help. Please note that we are not an emergency service but can connect you with one. You deserve better; let us help.

How We Help

Our assistance is completely confidential. Whether or not you are ready to leave, we offer help without judgment. Services are available at no cost. We can refer you to shelters and other relevant services.

CONTACT US TODAY
Bari Benjamin, LCSW, BCD, Psychotherapist | 412.521.3800 | bbenjamin@jfcspgh.org

Mental health has become a growing issue for our families.  More and more children are suffering from depression, anxiety, and other disorders that need to be addressed. But many families are not equipped to handle their children’s behaviors or diagnoses, and they don’t know where to turn.

How We Help

Our professional staff offers counseling to individuals and families.

JFCS Counseling Services has also developed a handbook, Everything You Wanted to Know About Your Child’s Mental Health But Are Afraid To Ask. The information in the handbook is provided to educate families about mental health and guide them through an often difficult journey.

You can read an electronic copy of this handbook below. Hard copies are available at no charge from JFCS Counseling Services. You may want to share them with colleagues, families, teachers and others.

This handbook was made possible through the generosity of the Seed family in memory of Alex Edward Seed, and funded by the Alex Seed Mental Health Fund with assistance from Rodef Shalom Congregation.

CONTACT US TODAY

Stefanie Small, LCSW, Director of Clinical Services | 412-422-7200 | ssmall@jfcspgh.org

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