Central Kentucky Counseling Associates

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We are a private practice of dedicated mental health professionals who focus on improving the quality of life for clients of all ages. If you desire help and change, you have come to the right place.
We accept Medicaid!
Phone: 859-759-1223

(Go to "About Us" Page for each clinician's direct phone number and email address)
SERVICES
School-Based Counseling

If your child is having behavioral problems at school, we can send a qualified therapist to work with your child at his or her school at a time that does not disrupt learning. Busy with your work schedule and cannot take time off for therapy appointments? No problem; we can conduct therapy at your child's school so you don't have to worry about missing work. We also provide crisis intervention services for schools when needed! 

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Home-Based Counseling

We know life gets crazy with work, appointments, and everything else, so we want to make getting the help you need easier. We can come to your home to work with you or your child individually, or for couples or family counseling. Call us today to find a therapist near you! 

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Office-Based Counseling

For those of you who prefer the traditional, office-based therapy, our offices are coming soon!
Parenting Education Classes​

If the court has ordered you to take parenting classes or if you are a parent who just wants to learn how to be more effective or how to better handle the stress of parenting, call us today. 
Substance Abuse Classes

If the court has ordered you to take substance abuse classes, if you are involved in a DCBS case and substance abuse classes are part of your case plan, or if you are needing a substance abuse assessment, call us today!
Targeted Case Management
   
We provide case management for children and families for many reasons, including:
  • support with finding community resources such as housing, utilities, employment, or healthcare
  • help for your child at school
  • help with an open DCBS case
    


Why Therapists Offer School-Based Therapy

School-Based mental health services are outpatient mental health/early intervention services delivered in schools to improve access to mental health services for children and families who would not otherwise have access.
Common barriers to service access include:
  • Lack of reliable transportation
  • Childcare issues
  • Employment issues
  • Unfamiliarity with the community
  • Language and cultural issues
  • Stigma related to seeking mental health services
In these cases, the children in need of service might not have access to therapy if the School-Based mental health services were not available.
School-Based mental health services go beyond the direct delivery of outpatient mental health services. Therapists provide on-site consultation and training for school staff in the field of children's mental health. They establish and maintain links between educators, mental health professionals and human service resources, all of whom support the family and enhance the academic and functional development of children who face school failure due to mental health problems or diagnosed mental disorders.
School-based mental health services expand the school's team of professionals who understand the range of children's developmental needs. Child therapists are an important part of the school's support teams that create and manage comprehensive prevention/early intervention care plans for children who have or are at risk of mental health problems.

Therapists are master's level, licensed mental health professionals employed, clinically supervised and supported by Central Kentucky Counseling Associates. They are all very familiar with the school systems and the way things work during the school day and want to make life better for the students, parents, teachers, and administrators in any way that they can.
Play Therapy for Elementary Age Students​

At the elementary level, all our therapists are trained to provide play therapy. Play Therapy is a powerful tool for addressing cognitive, behavioral, and emotional challenges. Central Kentucky Counseling Associates has licensed professionals that use play therapeutically to help clients better process their experiences and develop more effective strategies for managing their worlds. Children are usually referred to play therapy to solve problems and deal with issues that are troubling the child. Often, children have used up their own problem solving tools and express themselves in negative ways, such as acting out at home, with friends, or at school. We use play therapy to help children cope with difficult emotions and find solutions for their problems. By using a play therapy setting, children find healthier solutions and learn new ways of coping with their issues.

“Play Therapy is based upon the fact that play is the child’s natural medium of self expression…It is an opportunity which is given to the child to ‘play out’ his feelings and problems just as in certain types of adult therapy an individual ‘talks out’ his difficulties.” -Virginia Axline
How can play therapy help my child?

Play therapy helps children:
  • Become more responsible for behaviors and develop more successful strategies.
  • Develop new and creative solutions to problems.
  • Develop respect and acceptance of self and others.
  • Learn to experience and express emotion.
  • Cultivate empathy and respect for thoughts and feelings of others.
  • Learn new social skills and relational skills with family.
  • Develop self-efficacy and thus a better assuredness about their abilities.
After School Therapy

If your child attends an after school program and you would rather have a counselor work with him or her after school, we can accomodate that as well! 
Why Therapists Offer Home-Based Therapy

Home-Based therapists recognize that it can be challenging to get to an office for a therapy appointment due to illness, disability, personal crisis, or for lack of finances, transportation, or childcare. Home-Based therapy can be a solution to these obstacles, in the same way that many rural doctors still make house calls. 

In addition, when treatment is provided in the home, the relationship between therapist and client is likely to develop more rapidly, because clients are more relaxed at home than in an unfamiliar office setting. As a result, progress and healing can occur more readily.
Home-Based Therapy for Families

Sometimes office-based therapists offer in-home services when specific skills, like parenting, can be demonstrated and practiced in the home. This allows the counselor to observe the parent-child relationship in action, providing insight into family dynamics. For example, Home-Based therapy can be particularly beneficial in therapy for children showing disruptive behavior patterns and for children with high-needs or developmental delays. Other family therapy benefits may include:
  • Ensuring all family members are in attendance and engaged in the therapy process.
  • Offering support to foster parents and children, especially in new placements.
  • Focusing on family preservation for families who may be facing the removal of a child into foster care. 
  • Removing barriers and defenses in teens by meeting on their territory and allowing the therapist to learn more about the teen by observing his or her personal space.
If you think Home-Based therapy is right for you, call us today to determine how to proceed. Establishing when and how often in-home therapy sessions occur will depend on what you and your therapist decide. Home-Based therapy can be used intermittently, as a supplement to office sessions, or as the primary approach. 

Case Management

Case managers can help with the following services as well as many others:
   
  • Assist parents in finding community resources such as housing, utilities, and mental and physical healthcare.
  • Develop safety plans and aftercare plans with families
  • Provide on-call crisis intervention
  • Maintain working relationships/communications with DCBS, the court, and other community partners
  • Transport clients to visits and appointments as needed
  • Attend school meetings as needed
  • Provide referrals for mental health services and any other required service for the children and/or family
  • Complete all court orders as directed by the court
  • Provide Independent Living services to children as needed


    
Mobile Crisis Intervention For Schools

Our mental health mobile crisis response team can effectively and appropriately intervene in a mental health crisis. We can meet the child at school and attempt to get to the scene within 60 minutes. The crisis clinician will meet face- to-face with the student in crisis to assess and de-escalate the situation. Additional services then can include: stabilization for up to ten days, rapid access to psychiatrists, health care navigators, and referrals to other community mental health providers if needed. The clinician can also contact emergency services when necessary.  Additionally, clinicians can provide longer-term support by helping teachers, loved ones, and caregivers develop “crisis plans” to better prepare for future crises.

Employee Conflict Resolution

Central Kentucky Counseling Associates recognizes the value of constructive conflict resolution. A conflict resolution clinician promotes the resolution of workplace disputes at the lowest level possible using conflict resolution and collaborative processes, providing a neutral setting where conflicts are resolved in a positive and constructive manner for all employees. This setting is helpful because emotions can run high and make it difficult for parties to feel heard and understood. The conflict resolution clinician serves as an impartial third party to help staff express their workplace concerns, resolve and manage conflict, and learn more productive ways of communicating. The clinician seeks to promote a fair and interest-based conflict management system through mediation, conflict coaching, and training. Appropriately handled conflict promotes intellectual debate and expanded understanding; provides opportunities for nurturing empathy, promoting moral development, and fostering reconciliation and healing; and can be a positive force for change within the workplace.

Consulting

Consulting is the service you seek to answer a specific problem using the expert knowledge of a professional. A consultant has specialized knowledge and expertise on the process or the problem that is of interest to you. Often a consultation will be a short term engagement on one specific topic. Consultants work with individuals, families, groups and organizations. Occasionally teaching or training will be part of the engagement. If you need someone to consult with to help you make a big decision, to help with restructuring your company, to be an extra set of trained eyes and ears for finding solutions to problems, call Central Kentucky Counseling Associates today. 
  
Continuing Education Training for Teachers 

If your school needs someone with expertise in the field to come educate teachers and staff about mental health issues you will likely face in the school setting, give us a call today to arrange a training. Popular topics include:
  • ADHD: Focusing, Learning, Teaching
  • Behavior Management in the Classroom
  • Suicide Risk: How to Identify It and What to Do
  • Childhood and Adolescent Depression: What Does It Look Like?

Counseling for Teachers

Central Kentucky Counseling Associates offers convenient in-school counseling to teachers in any of the school districts we serve. We can come to you before or after school for consultation or personal mental health concerns. Common topics teachers like to cover in counseling sessions include:
  • Balancing work and home life
  • Stress management
  • Interpersonal conflict
  • Parenting skills
  • Anxiety
  • Depression

Parenting Education Classes

Central Kentucky Counseling Associates' Parenting Education Classes provides education and demontration of effective parenting skills.  Parenting classes are structured, curriculum-based courses focusing on effective parenting and non-violent methods of discipline.  Our groups provide a setting in which parents can share experiences and receive emotional support from others with similar concerns. Group interaction enhances parental functioning, improves communication skills, and breaks social isolation.  

While many parents have been referred to our programs by the Department of Community Based Services, the court system, or other community agencies, no referral is required to participate in our program.
You can attend parenting classes if:
  • You are a parent or guardian of a child.
  • You are interested in learning about how to be a better parent.
  • You are willing to promptly attend 12 sessions and make up absences with individual sessions.
  • You are willing to take an initial parenting survey and a post-test.
  • You agree to avoid violent or verbally abusive behaviors inside and outside the classroom.
  • You agree to keep class conversations confidential.

Parenting classes cover topics such as:
  • Nurturing
  • Children’s Brain Development
  • Developing Empathy
  • Understanding our Feelings
  • Building Self-worth
  • Family Morals, Values, and Rules
  • Understanding Discipline
  • Developing Children’s Sexual Self-worth
  • Handling Stress
  • Handling Anger
  • Trusting Relationships

Cooperative Co-Parenting Divorce Class

A Co-Parenting Class is often the first parenting class the court will mandate when couples are getting a divorce or partners are separating. This 4 hour class will provide you with tools to support your children through this change and help you deal with your ex-spouse or ex-partner. Divorcing or separating parents can benefit from this class and be better equipped to deal with the ongoing challenges.

Substance Abuse Classes

Substance abuse classes are offered for those who have been court ordered by a judge or referred by DCBS as part of their case plan. These classes can also benefit anyone who wants help discontinuing alcohol or drug use.