It’s that time of year again…

Helping us to help others thrive…

When many people hear the word counseling they think of all the negative stereotypes that commonly fall under the rubric of “crazy”. Rarely do we think, many of the people making headlines in the news would not be there if they could have received the help they needed through counseling. Counseling agencies are run on the big business model and if the units of service are not met they do not receive the funding they need to continue their business. My vision for the service I provide was and is to provide quality service and catch those who fall between the cracks in mental health.

In 2002, I knew I needed a nonprofit tax id but I was not sure how I was going to use it and when I would be able to use it. I knew I wanted to help people and catch those who most often fall between the cracks in our community. Today my practice reaches out to consumers in and around Cleveland. We have had clients come from as far as Twinsburg, Hudson, and Wooster for, our services. Using technology we have been able to help some in North Carolina and Florida. Counseling is needed and widely used by more than 50% of the American population. My passion and dedication for the service I provide has lead to my being innovative in how I provide my services. With the help and technology knowledge of my friend at Hurricane Labs I have integrated the use of Skype and FaceTime to provide secure web based services to consumers who want the help but cannot make their office visit. I have developed and used my mobile therapy unit to go out into other communities to provide the services to those who need them most.

This year alone in the services I provided I have corrected a half dozen misdiagnosed children and worked with their pediatricians to get them properly medicated. I have watched three young adults grow beyond the limits of their Bipolar diagnosis and helped them achieve balance and stability in their life. I have received numerous thank you notes from families for the work I have done with their loved ones. I have the outcomes and the gratitude to know that my mental health model works. While my work is invaluable it is through the support from people like you that our doors remain open. On January 28th we would have been open and operational for 9 years. In 2013 we are hoping to integrate trained therapy dogs into the practice to aid in the patient healing process.

As the end of the year approaches tax season is soon to begin. Why give your tax dollars to uncle Sam when you can lend your support to your community. Donate a portion of what you would pay in taxes to us- to helping others. We are asking for your donation of support today. Your monetary gift to the Alternatives Center is a tax-deductible gift, so please make your end of year donation today.

When you make your donation, please include your contact information and we will send you a receipt for your tax-deductible gift. Please make checks payable to Alternatives Center and write “donation” in the memo section of the check. Or you can make your donation online using the paypal ID: Why wait? Make your year-end tax-deductible gift now. When you contribute you will have the satisfaction of knowing you helped change the lives of people in need in your community. If you know of a person or business who would like to make a donation for an end of the year tax write off please don’t hesitate to forward this information to them!


Thank you so much for your generosity and compassion,
Ja’Nitta Marbury, Ph.D., PCC-S

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