When we are no longer able to change a situation,
we are challenged to change ourselves.
– Victor Frankl
When “I” becomes “We,”
even “Illness” becomes “Wellness.”
Hope is important because it can make the present moment
less difficult to bear. If we believe that tomorrow will be better,
we can bear a hardship today.
– Thich Nhat Hanh
Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much.
– Helen Keller
Who We Are
Community Counseling Services (CCS) provides outpatient mental health treatment to Northampton County and the surrounding areas. We provide individual, family and group outpatient counseling and psychiatric services. The mission of CCS is to ensure that clients have the necessary social, emotional, psychological, educational and spiritual support to achieve their greatest potential. Our therapeutic staff utilizes a holistic, strengths based approach which promotes independent functioning and self-reliance. The use of evidence based techniques empowers clients to identify personal strengths, access community resources and cope more effectively with daily challenges. All therapists hold advanced degrees in psychology, social work or counseling. We are passionate about nurturing the resiliency of the human spirit; we believe that the therapeutic relationship inspires personal growth and change. Services are provided without regard to race, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity or any other form of discrimination. Established in 1992 as a program of Methodist Services, CCS operates offices in Bangor and Easton. Licensed by the Pennsylvania Department of Human Services (DHS), Community Counseling Services is a private, nonprofit and nonsectarian organization.
CCS offers mental health services at our Bangor and Easton locations: • Individual Therapy • Family Therapy • Psychiatric Evaluation • Medication Management • Referrals When Should I Seek Help? Everyone experiences occasional periods of low mood and distress. However, if you find that those feelings are negatively impacting relationships, school or work performance, ability to perform daily tasks, or general sense of well-being, it may be time to consider therapy. What About Medications? While psychiatric medications cannot solve the situations that lead to mood instability, sometimes neurochemical factors exist that impede the ability to make progress through therapy alone. Agency psychiatrist Enrique Lirag, M.D. has 20+ years of experience in the assessment and monitoring of symptoms from a psychiatric perspective. The addition of medications can lead to an enhanced therapeutic experience and more effective management of symptoms. Your therapist will help you decide if this option would be beneficial to you. Referrals If additional services are needed that are beyond the scope of CCS, our therapists will assist with the necessary referral process. Payment We accept public Medical Assistance, Medicare and a variety of commercial plans. If you do not have insurance, we also have self-pay or grant funding through Two Rivers Health & Wellness of Easton for those who qualify.
Autism Self-Advocacy Network (http://autisticadvocacy.org)
American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (www.afsp.org)
Anxiety and Depression Association of America (www.adaa.org)
COMPASS (apply for state benefits) (https://www.compass.state.pa.us/compass.web/Public/CMPHome)
Lehigh Valley Drug & Alcohol Intake (http://www.lvintake.org/)
National Alliance of Mental Illness (NAMI) (www.nami.org)
Northampton County Mental Health (https://www.northamptoncounty.org/HS/MENHEALTH/Pages/default.aspx )
Pennsylvania Diversity Network (www.padiversity.org)
Pennsylvania Department of Human Services: Office of Mental Health & Substance Abuse (OMHSAS) (http://www.dhs.pa.gov/)
Pennsylvania Office of Vocational Rehabilitation (OVR) (http://www.dli.pa.gov/Individuals/Disability-Services/ovr/Pages/default.aspx)
Recovery Revolution (www.recoveryrevolution.org)
Two Rivers Health & Wellness Foundation (https://www.trhwf.org)
Methodist Services provides life enriching programs to children, adults and families as they face the challenges of limited resources, increased poverty, homelessness, disabilities and inequities in education. We provide early childhood education, school age programs, housing services, supports for families, mental health and counseling services, and nutrition programs. Photos by Addison Geary Photography