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The Counseling Center at JFS

The Counseling Center at JFS Rochester  provides a range of evidence-based models to support the mental health and well-being of individuals, children, and families in our community, across the lifespan regardless of age, race, faith or circumstance.

About Our Programs

We offer counseling services using evidence-based models like Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR).

Our experienced counselors also provide a safe and supportive environment for adults to explore their thoughts, feelings, and behaviors and develop effective coping skills. These services are also provided to older adults by counselors who are experienced with the unique needs of aging and caregiver concerns. We are able to provide in-home services as appropriate to older adults. We also offer on-site counseling services for children and youth at Jewish day schools, religious schools, and Jewish child care centers, providing essential support to young people in our community. Telehealth sessions are available. It is our goal to make mental health counseling accessible and affordable for every community member; we offer a wide range of models of care, accept most insurance plans, and provide a generous sliding scale fee schedule with additional need-based discounts.

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All Counseling Services

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Aging Counseling

The Counseling Center at JFS offers services for aging adults and their caregivers to address the unique challenges that come with aging and caring for older loved ones. Our experienced therapists work with older adults and their caregivers to improve communication, navigate complex medical and social systems, and promote emotional wellbeing and quality of life for all involved.

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Child & Adolescent Counseling

The Counseling Center at JFS Rochester offers child and adolescent counseling services using evidence-based models like Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) to address a range of mental health concerns in young people. Our experienced therapists provide a safe and supportive environment for children and adolescents to explore their thoughts, feelings, and behaviors and develop effective coping skills to improve their emotional wellbeing.

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Family Counseling

The Counseling Center at JFS offers family counseling services to provide support and guidance to families facing various challenges. Our experienced therapists work with families to improve communication, build stronger relationships, and navigate difficult situations together.

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Individual and Group Counseling

Anyone struggling with depression, anxiety or other mental health concerns that impact family and work life are welcome at The Counseling Center at JFS. Our team of licensed therapists work with people of of all ages to help resolve their unique challenges and regain a sense of well-being and stability.

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Nurture Program

The Nurture Program at JFS brings the community together by matching volunteers with parents during the first year of their baby’s life. Volunteers are trained and supervised to support parents who are adjusting to parenthood, feeling isolated, or overwhelmed.

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Play Therapy

Our registered play therapist provides an intervention for children as young as three that is proven to disrupt negative patterns and build positive coping strategies.

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School & Childcare Counseling Support

The Counseling Center at JFS includes on-site counseling to meet the social, emotional, developmental, and mental health needs of children and youth at Jewish Day schools, religious schools, and Jewish child carecenters.

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SPACE

SPACE – Supportive Parenting for Anxious Childhood Emotions – helps parents understand and support their child who is experiencing anxiety, while also taking care of their own emotional needs. The treatment focuses on the idea that when parents can manage their own reactions, they are better equipped to help their child.

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The Impact of Trauma and How to Find Support

In the wake of traumatic experiences, many individuals find themselves in need of support—a role that Heather Starks and her team are championing at the Counseling Center at JFS Rochester. As the Counseling Center’s clinical director, Starks hopes to curb the continued demand for trauma services in Monroe County with trauma counseling programs. Starks and the JFS team of clinicians help people of all ages, race, faith, or circumstance face and heal from trauma.

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