Right now, quality counseling is only available in privileged neighborhoods in Chicago. To access the best providers, individuals and families must have access to private insurance companies such as Blue Cross Blue Shield and Aetna through corporate employment. Alternatively, they can pay high out pocket fees that range from $120/hour to $400/hour. Intensive mental health programs can even cost $50,000/year/individual out of pocket.
Families with limited income may qualify for state funded insurance plans such as AllKids but those plans do not support providers enough to establish quality care facilities. The outcome is that quality care facilities are opened in higher income neighborhoods and limited income neighborhoods are reduced to fewer choices and underfunded facilities.
Dynamic Counseling’s mission is to raise the funding needed to provide quality counseling to anyone regardless of their ability to pay for services on their own. To provide quality services in-house, Dynamic will raise money through private donations, large scale fundraising programs, and grant applications.
Dynamic Counseling was founded by Lauren Rabin and Katie Jackson. Lauren and Katie met at Autism Family Center where they provide comprehensive care to families living with Autism. They are constantly rewarded by the work that they do but have learned that healthcare is a broken system only rewarded to some families. They founded Dynamic Counseling in an effort to provide quality counseling that is affordable and accessible to everybody in Chicago.
One in five adults in America experience a mental illness but many people cannot afford treatment.
Approximately nineteen percent of American adults live with anxiety disorders.
Fifty percent of youth ages eight to fifteen didn't receive needed mental health services in the previous year.
The average delay between the onset of mental health symptoms and intervention is 8-10 years.
Seventy percent of youth in the juvenile justice system have mental illness.
Approximately fifty percent of students with mental illness over the age of fourteen will drop out of school.
Dynamic Counseling’s mission is to raise the funding needed to provide quality mental health care to anyone regardless of their ability to pay for services on their own. To provide quality services in-house, Dynamic will raise money through private donations, large scale fundraising programs, and grant applications.
To establish quality counseling, specialty providers will be recruited to develop unique specialized mental health center. The first specialty program to be launched is called Daybreak. Daybreak’s specialty is trauma and major life events. It’s Clinical Director, Kathryn Jackson, has extensive experience dealing with trauma and attachment related issues. She is harnessing this experience to develop a program that focuses on major and traumatic life events such as grief, divorce, etc.
Future programs will focus on autism, depression, and other critical areas of mental health.
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