Counseling & Psychotherapy for Older Adults
Many older adults find it difficult to cope with the changes and losses they experience as they age, especially if they transition to new living arrangements.
Therapists serve as supportive listeners who work with individuals to navigate their new roles and the emotions that come with these transitions. Therapists work with older adults to resolve negative and problematic beliefs, behaviors and feelings. Counseling addresses a variety of concerns and symptoms, always respecting the unique needs of each person.
Our counseling and therapy services utilize a wide range of techniques including cognitive-behavioral therapy, supportive therapy, problem-solving therapy, and reminiscence therapy.
We provide specialized therapies for people with a life-long history of mental illness such as bipolar disorder, schizophrenia or other. We also support and provide guidance in making difficult end-of-life decisions. All services can be provided where clients live regardless of whether they live in a private home, senior housing or a skilled nursing facility.
For those wanting to work with a clinical social worker in an office setting, clients are invited to our main office in Creve Coeur for regular sessions.
Paying for Therapy & Counseling
For those with Medicare Part B, therapy often has no cost or a small co-payment depending on the private insurance coverage. Pathways for Aging is able to bill Medicare and secondary insurance providers directly so clients can focus on feeling their best and enjoying life.
Counseling & Therapy for Caregivers
Adult children or other family members caring for an aging loved one often feel stress and guilt over their huge responsibilities. Many adult children find themselves stretched between caring for their children and caring for their aging parents or other family members. Therapists help caregivers work through their own emotions so that they have the energy and ability to care for their loved ones. Pathways for Aging often can bill private insurance for qualifying individuals.
Why Therapy & Counseling Works
Scientific research currently indicates that several therapy treatments are as effective as, if not more than, anti-depressant or anti-anxiety medications in older adults. Many older adults also prefer therapy and counseling over medication for their emotional needs. Our social workers always encourage clients and their families to discuss their symptoms and options with their physician or psychiatrist to find the proper treatment or blend of treatments for each individual person.
In a 2009 Washington University School of Social Work evaluation, Pathways for Aging learned that older adults seen by our social workers have observable improvements in their mood and behavior, and that local geriatric professionals trust our services.
Services for Groups & Organizations
Pathways for Aging also provides counseling and therapy for groups and organizations. We can tailor support groups or presentations specifically for you organization.
Contact us at 314-395-7560 to schedule a personalized, professional consultation.