AUSTINTOWN – Advanced Counseling Solutions saw a sharp spike in referrals and mental health issues brought on by the pandemic and quarantine regulations.
Services centering on school challenges for teachers, professors, parents and students and for individuals dealing with job loss and career interruptions were in high demand in 2020 due to external stressors and pressures of the year.
Additionally, clinical sessions almost doubled, creating opportunities to grow the business. Advanced Counseling added mental health therapists, medical clinicians, life coaches, support staff, nutritionists and nutrition health coaches.
Clients had access to TeleHealth, a digital communication network embraced by many in the healthcare field.
But many clients still preferred face-to-face counseling. In April, Advanced reopened to see patients with safety protocols in effect.
The pandemic has increased the need for more mental health providers. Advanced Counseling Solutions responded by adding a third location at 3974 Boardman-Canfield Road, Canfield. It joins existing locations in Boardman and Austintown.
This facility is the first of its kind in northeastern Ohio that applies a comprehensive approach to the overall wellbeing of individuals.
Advanced Counseling Solutions has become the leading source in the Mahoning Valley for teaching traditional outpatient mental health to new clinicians.
“My new passion is to teach new clinicians how to break into the private arena and not only survive, but thrive,” said Dr. Joseph Marzano, president of Advanced Counseling Solutions. “When people say it isn’t possible to deal with mental health without the stigma, I can tell you that it is very much so.”
Marzano said his goals are to provide superior outpatient mental health therapy, and to develop quality professional clinicians.
Advanced Counseling Solutions is a private organization with 27 mental health providers and office staff.