FAQs

What is different about Mental Health Counseling at Christian Counseling Ministries of WNY (CCM)?

We are the only state-licensed mental health agency that identifies as a non-profit, faith-based Christian ministry. Our counseling is grounded in Biblical principles and doctrine. We integrate clients’ faith and spirituality according to their desire and comfort level. All of our counselors are trained professionals with graduate level degrees in various counseling fields. 

Our goal is to provide affordable counseling to any client in need, therefore fees are assessed on a sliding scale.

 

Do I have to be Christian to come to CCM?

No. Though our counselors are all active in local Christian churches and profess a Christian worldview, we welcome clients of all faiths and backgrounds.

 

How long are appointments?

The initial appointment is 2 hours long, including testing. After that, sessions run for 45-55 minutes.

 

How often do I come and how long does counseling take to resolve problems?

Most commonly, clients come to counseling once a week in the beginning to gain the most benefit. As problems or symptoms start to resolve, the time between sessions increases.

Time in treatment varies depending on type and severity of the problem and the client’s goals for treatment. Most clients attend 8-12 sessions over 3-6 months.

 

Can I bring someone with me?

Yes! It is up to you who attends the session; however, it is best to discuss this with your counselor to get the most out of your appointments and achieve the best outcome.

 

What types of counseling do you provide?

As a staff, we are able to provide individual, marital/couple, premarital, family, and group counseling.

We see clients of all ages, including children, teens, adults, and the elderly.

 

Can I use insurance?

We do not accept insurance as payment. However, we can provide you with a copy of your receipts to submit to your carrier for out-of-network benefits. This requires us to provide a diagnosis and treatment code.

 

When are appointments available?

Counselors are available Monday-Friday 8 am-9 pm, and limited Saturdays.