BY STACI WILSON
Integrative Counseling Services PC in New Milford held its grand opening on Thursday, July 12, at its new office on Summit Street.
ICS owner and CEO Alyse Kerr, a Licensed Professional Counselor, is a Susquehanna County native. She has offices in Scranton and Harrisburg, but wanted to bring the behavioral and health services support back to her hometown. Kerr specializes in trauma care and also helping those with developmental disabilities and she and her staff works closely with their families and providers.
“It hasn’t been real until today,” Kerr said at the grand opening event, noting the area’s need for mental health services. It has special meaning, she said, “when people come up to you and say, ‘Thank you,’ we needed this so much; or when someone looks you in your face and says thank you for what you’ve done for my family, or community.”
New Milford Mayor Scott Smith welcomed Kerr and Integrative Counseling Services to the borough. Speaking to Kerr’s return to the town, Smith said a person’s hometown remains a special place “but to return to the area, wanting to bring knowledge and care to help the people of that hometown, that’s a community’s greatest accomplishment.”
Commissioner MaryAnn Warren welcomed Kerr and the ICS staff to the county. “This is a resource that has been needed in the county forever,” Warren said. “And it couldn’t come at a more opportune time.”
There are two full-time counselors working in the New Milford office, Lisa Fisher and Thomas Sheeran. Additional members of the ICS counseling staff, including an art therapist, also provide services at the New Milford location, as well as in Scranton.
ICS offers individual, family and couples counseling, as well as training to agencies and individual groups (first responders, law enforcement, etc.) on a variety of topics related to mental illness and intellectual disabilities.
ICS therapists are trained in, but not limited to, Eye-Movement De-sensitization Reprocessing, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavior Therapy and Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy.
ICS as collaborative relationships with physicians, psychiatrists, pharmacists and neuropsychologists in Pennsylvania to help better serve their clients, as well as many agencies across the state including both government and private.
ICS accepts both insurance and private payments and are in network with several insurance providers including Pennsylvania Medicaid and Medicare, and the private pay service works on a sliding scale based on your income.
For more information, find them on Facebook, or visit them on the web at www.integrativecounselingpc.com.