- Colage - provides information and support to students with gay parents.
- Focus Adolescent Services - Focuses on a wide range of adolescent issues and services.
- Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays - provides information and support to parents of gay, lesbian or transgendered children.
- Screening for Health - discusses anxiety, eating disorders and suicide.
- Selfhelp Magazine
- University of Southern Maine's Center for Sexualities and Gender Diversity - discusses issues around sexual identity.
Finding A Counselor
If you are looking for counseling or psychiatric medical services for your son/daughter, there are a number of places you can look. Here are some important things to keep in mind.
If you are insured: Before you enlist the support of a mental health counselor, it is recommended that you start your search through your insurance provider. If you are a member of a personal or group insurance plan, your insurance company has a list of "contracted providers". You can generally find the contact number of your insurance company on the back of your membership card or through the human resource office through your employer. This list contains the names and contact numbers of service providers who have agreed to contract with the insurance company who, in turn, agree to pay for their services. As a general rule, most mental health services do not require a referral from your primary care physician or family doctor but you should check on these requirements just to be on the safe side. If you do not get the consent of the insurance company, they will not pay for services. There may be restrictions on the type of provider your insurance company will pay for. For example, some restrictions require a referral for a medical professional such as a physician (M.D., D.O.), a credentialed psychologist (Ph.D., Psy.D), a clinical social worker (LCSW, LICSW), a licensed professional counselor (LCPC), or other master’slevel or doctorate level clinician.
If you are uninsured: You may qualify for state health benefits. There is no cost to apply or inquire. Some agencies will work with you in determining a payment plan or will use a sliding-fee scale, so don't be afraid to ask about it if you find an agency you'd like to work with.
Once you have completed the insurance protocols: Ask family or friends for any suggestions for counselors that they've used. Often they've used a provider that is also contracted with your insurance company. Your family doctor will also have some suggestions, and it’s a good idea to let him/her know of the mental health concerns you have anyway. They are often the first line of defense in all family health issues. Please know that it's perfectly acceptable to "shop around" for the counselor that will suit your family best.
Area Counseling Resources
The names provided below were obtained from students and/or families who shared their personal experiences and positive feedback as a result of participating in counseling services. It is not an all-inclusive list by any means, and SAU 9 holds no responsibility for making recommendations. The list is provided simply as a tool for further investigation for services.
- Ascent Counseling - 64 Kearsarge Road, North Conway. 603-319-4512
- Chestnut Hill Counseling Associates - 16 Fifth Street, Dover. 603-749-4462
- The Child & Family Center for Wellness - 170 Kearsarge Rd., North Conway. 603-356-4114
- Millhouse Counseling - Dover. 603-742-1373. Millhouse has a number of clinicians including mental health counselors, social workers, and psychologists. They have male and female clinicians.
- Mount Washington Valley Psychological Services - 81 Washington Street, Conway. 603-447-2453
- Northern Human Services - 25 West Main Street, Conway. 603-447-2111
- White Mountain Community Health Center (Teen Clinic) - 298 White Mountain Highway, Conway. 603-447-8900
Practitioners in Private Practice
- Cathy Bartok LCPC, Blue Wave Mall, Wells, ME. 207-646-1147
- Tim Erikson LCSW/LSAC - Kennebunk ME. 207-985-9192