Counseling at CFS

Our licensed therapists provide comprehensive counseling and support to people of all ages on a variety of issues. We accept many insurance plans and counseling services are offered on a sliding scale. Therapists can help with many topics including:

  • Major life events like death, divorce, and illness
  • Traumatic experiences and PTSD
  • Marital and family concerns
  • Communication
  • Parenting challenges
  • Sexual abuse
  • Substance abuse and addiction
  • Foster care & adoption related issues
  • Pregnancy support
  • Self-esteem
  • Depression
  • Bullying
  • Stress and anxiety
  • Anger
  • Coping strategies
  • Domestic violence
  • Grief and loss
  • And much more

A Trauma-Informed Approach

Where appropriate, our counselors utilize a trauma-informed approach to treating children, adults, and families, as well as other evidence-based models of treatment. We are here to help define the problem and to provide the tools with which people can make a difference in their own lives.

Accepting new patients!

(231) 946-8975 Traverse City
(231) 347-4463 Harbor Springs
(989) 448-8344 Gaylord

(800) 442-7315 Third Level (24-hours)

Call today to learn more or to schedule an appointment.
We’ll complete a short intake with you over the phone to discuss your unique needs, discuss insurance and payment options that may be available to you, and schedule your first appointment.

Concerned about paying for counseling?
Please talk with us. We’re here to help.
We partner with Traverse Health Clinic, Community Mental Health, and MDHHS and work with many insurance companies including Medicaid to accept payments for services. New insurance providers are occasionally added.

The CFS Difference

We are a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, supporting our community for 80 years. We help individuals and families prevent, resolve, or adjust to life’s pressures.

We’re here to help!

Our licensed therapists provide counseling to individuals, couples, and families of all ages on a variety of issues. We offer individual counseling, group counseling, couples counseling or couples therapy, family therapy and family counseling, and more.

CFS uses the most innovative, effective, and comprehensive therapeutic counseling techniques, ensuring that you get the best service possible!

Schedule an Appointment

(231) 946-8975 Traverse City
(231) 347-4463 Harbor Springs
(989) 448-8344 Gaylord Email

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(800) 442-7315 Third Level (24-hours)

Contact Third Level for immediate assistance 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days each year. Counselors are standing by right now to talk about any problem you might be facing. We listen, work with you to problem solve, and provide tools and resources to help you navigate life’s many challenges.

Frequently Asked Questions

Everyone may benefit from counseling at some point in their lives. Sometimes people need counseling because something traumatic happened to them. Sometimes people need counseling because their emotions interfere with their daily lives. Sometimes people just need someone to talk openly with. 

The first step is calling CFS to schedule an appointment with a therapist. We will complete a short intake form over the phone with you to gather some basic information, help you check your insurance plan and other available payment options, and assign you to a therapist that best meets your needs.

(231) 946-8975 Traverse City
(231) 346-4463 Harbor Springs
(989) 448-8344 Gaylord


The length of your counseling varies based on your individual needs. Some people only have one counseling session while others may work with their therapist for months or even years. We take an individualized approach to ensure you get the right help for as long as you need it.

We accept many insurance plans including Medicaid. Services are offered on a sliding-scale to ensure affordability. Please talk with us if you’re concerned about paying for counseling.

Our therapists can help with a variety of issues including depression, trauma, pregnancy, self-esteem, trust, post-traumatic stress, anxiety, family and relationship concerns, parenting, sexual or other abuse, conflict resolution, behavioral and mental health, substance abuse or addiction, post-adoption support, foster care related issues, grief and loss, and more.

When appropriate, our counselors utilize a trauma-informed approach to treating children, teens, and adults, recognizing that each person is an individual, with individual strengths and needs. This approach understands that traumatic events can overwhelm a child’s ability to cope and has both immediate and long-term impacts on functioning and behaviors. We  can work with you and your child to overcome traumatic experiences and start a path towards healing and growth.

Still have questions? Call now, we’re here to help!

To learn more about Behavioral Health Services at CFS, or to make an appointment with a therapist, please contact us. We’ll complete a short intake over the phone, talk with you about payment options available to you, and schedule your first appointment.

Overcoming Trauma

Trauma occurs when dangerous our traumatic events overwhelm a person’s ability to cope. Some examples include abuse or neglect, violence, witnessing or experiencing sexual abuse, serious accidents, illness, or the loss of a loved one. Traumatic experiences have been linked to poor health outcomes and a reduced quality of life. Our therapists use a trauma-informed approach, when appropriate, to help individuals and families overcome the negative effects of trauma.

The Facts on Trauma

Over 25% of kids in the US will experience a serious traumatic event before their 16th birthday.

Around 15% of kids who experienced significant trauma developed Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).

Children in foster care are twice as likely to suffer from PTSD than US war veterans.

Michigan is one of the worst ranked states (41 out of 50) in incidences of abuse and neglect.

Source: National Child Traumatic Stress Network,

Learn More About ACEs

To learn more about how Adverse Childhood Experience (ACEs) impact health and development, read our recent blog post about trauma.

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Special THANK YOU to these great community partners for their support of our counseling program: