The Family Counseling Center of St. Paul’s (FCCSP) provides mental/behavioral health care services from licensed, bilingual (English/Spanish), culturally competent professionals. Our services include assessment, treatment planning, resource referral, therapeutic support and education for mental health, substance abuse, and family relationship challenges.

Individual Therapy

 The stress we experience in our lives can be overwhelming. Traumatic events, relationship challenges, work demands, and family caregiving needs often interfere with our ability to cope and find joy in our lives. Bilingual, Culturally-Competent Psychotherapists from the Family Counseling Center of St. Paul’s work with individuals of all ages in a confidential, supportive setting to listen to presenting concerns, conduct a comprehensive assessment, and identify internal strengths and external supports that help people effectively cope with challenges in their lives. We work collaboratively with clients to develop personalized goals and treatment plans. FCCSP’s ongoing engagement with culturally-competent community partners also enables us to link clients and their families to added resources (link to community partnerships).

Couples Therapy

Separation and divorce are painful for all involved, including children, who may begin to wonder if there is such a thing as lasting love. Unresolved parental conflict can affect children’s future relationships, as well as their present behavior. The bilingual, culturally competent therapists at the Family Counseling Center of St. Paul’s bring hope to deteriorating relationships. We help couples resolve conflict through communication techniques and profound listening to both sides of the story. Our compassionate, impartial approach introduces couples to skills that help heal wounded relationships and strengthen families.

Our support for couples includes:

  • Assessment of the relationship problem
  • Instruction in positive communication techniques
  • Facilitation of a process to help couples have an accurate image of their partner
  • Facilitation of a process to help the couple take responsibility for communicating their needs and desires to their partner
  • Facilitation of a process to help each partner value the needs and wishes of their partner as highly as their own

Parenting and Family Support

The experience of raising children can lead to all kinds of stressors within families. Parents, grandparents, and other caregivers come to us seeking help to understand, and respond effectively to, their children’s needs. Therapists at the Family Counseling Center of St. Paul’s respond with sensitivity to the particular strengths and challenges of each family we meet. Our culturally-competent approach to care enables our clinicians to be especially attuned to the concerns of parents who are raising children within a cultural environment very different from the one in which they grew up. We help parents build confidence and joy as they learn skills to promote the healthy development of their children.

Our support for families includes:

  • Assessment and psychotherapy for children and adolescents
  • Instruction in positive parenting skills
  • Communication with health and education providers as needed to promote consistent, holistic support for children and families
  • PCIT (Parent Child Interaction Therapy) – Evidence-based treatment for young children (age 2-7) with oppositional behaviors. In PCIT, the therapist works with parents and children together to teach skills that improve the parent-child relationship and effectively manage the child’s behavior

Provider Support

We believe that the health of the community depends on treating providers of health and community services with the same kind of personalized approach we provide to clients – care which values the unique experiences, needs, relationships, and strengths of each person we encounter. To that end, we provide:

  • Supervision for Bilingual Therapists
    • For many years, FCCSP’s team of therapists has included Masters-level students and clinicians preparing for licensure. By providing supervision to bilingual clinicians in training, we have also increased the capacity of the community as a whole to respond to a dire need for professional, licensed, bilingual care providers.
  • Specialized support to professionals
    • Education and human service professionals are often required to go above and beyond the expected scope of their work to respond to the needs of those they serve. Exposure to the stressful circumstances of their own clients can lead to vicarious stress for providers and, ultimately, for many professionals faced with overwhelming demands and limited support, to burnout. The therapists at the Family Counseling Center of St. Paul’s have met with professionals to build strategies for stress management and improved satisfaction within their work environment.
  • Employee Assistance Programs (EAP)
    • FCCSP therapists participate in Employee Assistance Programs offered through many employers. These programs offer assessment of issues effecting employees (e.g. depression, anxiety, burn-out, substance abuse), and recommendation and referral to needed resources.

Initiatives

Building the Pipeline

There is a severe shortage of Spanish-speaking therapists qualified to meet the demand for behavioral health services in our community. Our “Building the Pipeline” Initiative seeks to address that shortage by connecting with educational institutions and providing bilingual student interns with skilled and supportive supervision.

If you are interested in learning more about our internships or our “Building the Pipeline” Initiative, please contact kathleen@stpaulscounseling.org.

Community Engagement

How do you build a healthy community? One relationship at a time.

For over a decade, the Family Counseling Center of St. Paul’s has earned a reputation as a trusted community resource in Wilmington, Delaware and surrounding areas. We have fostered meaningful partnerships with other institutions in the community, opening the door to a wider pool of resources for our clients.

We actively seek opportunities to link with partner institutions to work provide psychotherapy, education, and professional support to their clients and providers. Benefits of partnerships include:

  • Increasing clients’ access to needed services.
  • Supporting professionals.
  • Building cultural competency and sensitivity to mental health issues within partner institutions.

Issues

Our therapists have experience treating a variety of conditions and stressors, including, but not limited to:

  • Acute Stress Disorder
  • Addictions
  • Adjustment Disorder
  • Anxiety Disorders
  • Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder (ADHD)
  • Bipolar Disorder
  • Depression
  • Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

Ongoing collaboration with community mental health experts and continuing professional education help our therapists follow best practices to respond most effectively to the specialized needs of clients.

Treatment Models

FCCSP’s team of therapists includes clinicians certified in:

  • Addictions / Chemical Dependency
  • Hypnotherapy
  • Parent Child Interactive Therapy (PCIT)
  • Spiritual Direction

Therapists employ the following modalities in their work with clients:

  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
  • Mindfulness-Based Practice
  • Strength-Based Practice
  • Play Therapy

Spiritual Direction

 Sometimes we feel lost in this world and we begin searching for the spiritual to fill a void we may feel. The Family Counseling Center of St. Paul’s provides a spiritual companion to both English and Spanish-speakers to help them pay attention to where God is in their life and how to respond and to grow in intimacy with this God who seeks us and loves us. The person who seeks spiritual direction may talk about their life’s experiences with a desire to find God in them. The Family Counseling Center of St. Paul’s is here to help you in that process.

Accepted Forms of Payment

The Family Counseling Center of St. Paul’s offers the following forms of payment for services:

  • Sliding Fee Scale (based on income and individual/family situation)
  • Copay (associated with insurance coverage)
  • Some clients may qualify for services covered by funding provided through the Delaware Criminal Justice Council by the US Dept. of Justice, Office of Justice Programs, Office for Victims of Crime, subgrant #VF15-1513

Insurance

We accept the following forms of insurance:

  • Medicaid: Highmark Health Options, United Behavioral Health / Unison, Diamond State Health Plan
  • Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield of Delaware & Independence Blue Cross Blue Shield of Delaware
  • Magellan (Amerihealth, Keystone East)
  • Coventry (Mental Health Net)
  • Cigna
  • Aetna
  • Tricare PPO
  • State of Delaware Victim Compensation Assistance Program (VCAP)
  • Worker’s Compensation
  • Employee Assistance Programs