The history of Advocates is rooted in its original efforts to help people diagnosed with psychiatric disorders to live well and function fully in the community in the least restrictive way possible. Today that mission extends to virtually any person dealing with mental health issues.
Full-service clinical supports create a complete safety net of psychiatric care for people experiencing either acute or chronic mental health challenges. Programs for adults, children, elders and families are designed first to stabilize then support the individual as he or she develops coping skills that will strengthen and grow.
• 24-hour psychiatric emergency services
• Crisis stabilization and hospital diversion
• Psychiatric and medication services
• Outpatient mental health counseling
• Addiction counseling
• Dual diagnoses counseling and consultation
• Child and family home-based services
• School outreach programs
• Bilingual outreach services
• Older adult support services
• Respite care
Same-Day Access Service
For individuals seeking outpatient mental health services for themselves or a loved one, Advocates is pleased to offer initial appointments on the same day you call. The Same-Day Access service provides immediate assistance and support with understanding, compassion, and confidentiality. Patients take away from their initial appointment a support plan and course of treatment to meet life goals. Same-Day Access is available at the Advocates Community Counseling (ACC) clinics in Framingham and Marlborough and is open to adults age 21 and older. For complete program information, click here to review the Same-Day Access brochure.
Group Therapy at Advocates Community Counseling
Group therapy has many proven benefits that cannot be reached through individual therapy for some individuals. Group treatment can instill hope, create a sense of belonging, show you that you are not alone, and provide a safe place to practice new skills. It has been proven effective for depression, stress management, anxiety and panic, relapse prevention, symptom management, and anger management.
Time limited and cost effective, group therapy may be used alone or in combination with individual treatment and medication management. Master-level clinicians and clinical nurse specialists lead groups ranging from 6-12 participants that may last for 12-16 weeks or longer. Specific groups are available for a range of needs including life skills, recovery, anger management, substance abuse, and medication management.
Group therapy is open to individuals who wish to embark on their road to recovery alongside others with similar goals. Groups may be all male, all female, or co-ed. Click here to view a complete listing of all group therapy offerings and contact information.
Interested in joining a group therapy session? Call today.
ACC Practitioner Profiles
Varda Colin, MD
Chris Gordon, MD
Patricia Hanson, MD
Robert A. Karr, MD
Idalmis Murray, RN, MSN
Susan Richardson, APRN-BC
Thomas K. Weiss, MD
Eligibility & Fees
Psychiatric Emergency Services (PES) are available to any individual of any age who is in need of emergency mental health and substance abuse services, regardless of insurance or capacity to self-pay. There is no charge to the individual from Advocates for this service.
Advocates Community Counseling (ACC) contracts with most major insurances. To find out if we are in your network, please contact your insurance company or our office.
If you do not have insurance, a sliding scale fee schedule is available for outpatient services.
Please contact us at 508.661.2020 for medication evaluation or group therapy rates.
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Advocates provides support services for people with:
- Mental illness or co-occurring mental illness and substance abuse
- Intellectual or developmental disabilities or co-occurring mental illness and developmental disability
- Prader-Willi Syndrome
- Autism and pervasive developmental disabilities
- Acquired or traumatic brain injury
We also provide support services for:
- Deaf adults with mental illness or a developmental disability
- Families who are supporting a family member with a disability
- Elders living in the community who may have a mental illness or substance abuse disorder
- Adults with a mental health diagnosis in jail or re-entering the community
- Youth in transition from foster care
- Individuals and families who are homeless or at risk for homelessness