Elizabeth Carrillo, Lori Minidis, Lisa Lederer, Margo Million, Linda Smith, Dr. Jim Robertson, Amber Lee, Jim Scherrer, and Paula Smith outside the new Kids Creek location.Counseling at CFS

Our trained and licensed therapists offer comprehensive counseling services to people of all ages on a variety of issues. Many insurance plans are accepted and services are offered on a sliding scale. Therapists can help with many topics including:

  • Depression
  • Coping Strategies
  • Marital and family concerns
  • Parenting challenges
  • Sexual abuse
  • Substance abuse
  • Adoption-related issues
  • Pregnancy and birth counseling
  • Building self-esteem
  • Grief and loss
  • Trauma

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.

CFS partners with Traverse Health Clinic, Community Mental Health, and MDHHS and accepts a variety of insurance plans, including many Medicaid plans. New insurance providers are occasionally added. Please talk with us if you're concerned about paying for services.

Call (231) 946-8975 today to learn more!


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We are a nonprofit organization, supporting our community for nearly 80 years. We help individuals and families prevent, resolve, or adjust to life's pressures (personal, professional, medical, economic, psychological, legal, educational, or environmental).

We are 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 therapy, 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 our clients get the best service possible!

In April 2015, our Behavioral Health Department moved to Kids Creek Children's Clinic to provide more comprehensive services in a professional atmosphere. The new partnership with Kids Creek will allow us to provide additional services which treat children with medical and behavioral health issues under one roof. The new location also houses our new Trauma Assessment and Treatment Center, which began conducting comprehensive trauma assessments in the Fall of 2015.

To learn more about Behavioral Health and Counseling at CFS, or to make an appointment with a therapist, please contact us at (231) 946-8975 or cfs@cfsmail.org.

After hours, contact Third Level for immediate assistance, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at (800) 442-7315.


Frequently Asked Questions

Who needs counseling?

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.

How do I get started?

The first step is contacting CFS to schedule an appointment with a therapist. We will complete a short intake form 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.

How long will I see a therapist?

The length of your counseling varies based on your individual needs. Some people only have one counseling session while others have hundreds.

How will I pay for counseling?

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.

What kinds of things do you help with?

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


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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 American youth will experience a serious traumatic event before their 16th birthday.
  • Around 15% of those who had experienced a serious trauma developed Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).
  • Children in foster care are twice as likely to suffer from PTSD than US war veterans.
  • Michigan ranks as one of the lowest states (41 out of 50) in incidences of abuse and neglect.

Source: National Child Traumatic Stress Network, www.nctsn.org/

To learn more about how Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) affect development and health, or to see what your ACE score is, visit AcesTooHigh.com


phsacf Special thank you the the Petoskey Harbor Springs Area Community Foundation for supporting unmet counseling needs at Child & Family Services. PHSACF provided $9,000 to supplement therapy and supportive services for uninsured and underinsured individuals.