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Welcome to River Valley Counseling Center

Thank you for your interest in River Valley Counseling Center where clients are active participants in their treatment.  

All of us encounter serious emotional challenges – a teen in crisis, an episode of depression, stressful environments at home or work, dealing with serious physical illness, living with a chronic mental illness.  We provide assistance.  We help thousands of people each year and have since 1953 when we began supporting individuals, families and communities in the greater Holyoke/Chicopee/Springfield area. 

All three of our community outpatient clinics have a team of experienced, licensed mental health clinicians and psychiatrists who provide client-centered treatment to individuals, couples and families. Group psychotherapy is also available for particular issues such as anger management, parenting and trauma.  At RVCC, staff work with you to determine your plan of intervention.

RVCC is a member of Valley Health Systems and became affiliated with Holyoke Hospital in 1986. This relationship allows our clients access to the most comprehensive behavioral health continuum of care in Western MA.  The hospital provides one of the best inpatient psychiatric units in the Pioneer Valley associated with a step down model of care where both behavioral and substance abuse issues are treated. 

River Valley Counseling Center’s Day Treatment program is a key component of the behavioral health continuum of care. This program provides multi-disciplinary intensive care to people who are experiencing an unstable or acute phase of their illness but do not require in-patient care.  This strength-based, goal-driven treatment option is focused on reclaiming positive functioning and capabilities in a supportive environment six hours a day, Monday through Friday. 

This website is a resource to describe other important services available at River Valley Counseling Center such as the HIV/AIDS Project, School Based Health Centers and our Employee Assistance Program.  It’s intended to be a resource for prospective clients, families, behavioral healthcare providers, community partners and policy makers. 

You are invited to call our Central Intake Department at (413) 540 1234 for more information or to schedule an appointment.  You may call (413) 540-1160 if you are interested in employment or wish to consider making a contribution. 

Thank you for visiting our website.

Sincerely,

 

Rosemarie M. Ansel, MSW, CHC

Executive Director

 

 

 

 

 
Featured Topics
Abuse. Abuse occurs when people mistreat or misuse other people, showing no concern for their integrity or innate worth as individuals, and in a manner that degrades their well being. More...
Addictions. Addiction is the repeated involvement with a substance or activity, despite the substantial harm it now causes, because that involvement was (and may continue to be) pleasurable and/or valuable. More...
Addictions: Alcohol and Substance Abuse. People who become addicted to alcohol/drugs are gradually introduced and desensitized to them over a period of time. More...
Alzheimers Disease and other Cognitive Disorders. This topic center provides information on Alzheimer's Dementia, other forms of dementia, traumatic brain injuries, and other cognitive disorders such as Delirium, all of which cause problems with thinking, memory, attention, judgment and emotion regulation. More...
Anger Management. Anger is a basic and normal emotion, but one that can easily become destructive and lead to health and social problems. Explore information in this topic center on the nature of anger, and anger management therapy and techniques. More...
Child & Adolescent Development: Puberty. This article provides an overview of puberty and the physical, mental, emotional and social changes that occur during this time. More...
Childhood Special Education. This center focuses on the educational challenges that children face. Special needs children are children who, due to significant medical, physical, cognitive, emotional, or learning issues, require different, usually more intensive accommodations from schools and learning environments than do typical children. More...
Depression: Major Depression & Unipolar Varieties. This topic center is a comprehensive overview of the unipolar mood disorders with an emphasis on the causes of and treatments for depression. More...
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Elder Care. One of the biggest decisions a family may have to make is to determine how to provide care for elderly parents/relatives when those elders are no longer able to live independently. More...
Emotional Resilience. This topic center surveys Emotional Resilience: that collection of skills, characteristics, habits and outlooks that make it possible to remain maximally flexible and fresh in the face of stress. More...
Family & Relationship Issues. Family and personal relationships and friendships can be very difficult to handle. We've gathered resources to help you learn about and better manage relationship problems you may be experiencing. More...
Gambling Addiction. Gambling addiction describes an impaired ability to resist the impulse to make financial wagers on games or activities that rely heavily on chance. More...
Relationship Problems. Our aim here is to educate the reader about the nature of marriage or marriage-like relationship problems and what can be done to solve them when that is possible. More...
Retirement. Retirement is essentially a life transition; just one of many life transitions that people must make throughout the course of their lives. Life transitions involve a passage from one state of affairs to another. More...
Sex and Pornography Addiction. Sexual addiction refers to a preoccupation with sexual thoughts or sexual behavior to the extent that this preoccupation continues even though it causes substantial harm. More...
Wellness and Personal Development. Wellness is a broad topic that includes disease prevention, stress reduction, and even personal, social and spiritual growth. Until quite recently, very little attention was ever paid to helping people who are not ill, disordered or diseased in some way learn how to further enhance the quality of their lives, or prevent the onset of future illness. More...

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River Valley Counseling Center, Inc.

To Schedule an Appointment
413.540.1234 

Administrative Offices
413.540.1100
319 Beech Street
Holyoke, MA 01040

CONCERN/EAP

413.534.2625

Affiliated with Holyoke Medical Center

A member of Valley Health Systems

A United Way agency

 


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