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Treatment services for individuals who have just experienced a first episode of psychosis.

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FIRST is a program for individuals who have just experienced a first episode of psychosis. It is designed to prevent needless suffering and waiting months or even years before being diagnosed and treated. It is critical to provide intensive intervention as soon as possible following a first episode of psychosis.

We Focus on Schizophrenia Spectrum Disorders

The FIRST program is a collaboration between the Best Evidence in Schizophrenia Treatment (BeST) Center at Northeast Ohio Medical University (NEOMED), CG&FS and Community Support Services, Inc. It is a comprehensive treatment program for individuals aged 15-40 who have had an initial episode of a schizophrenia spectrum disorder and reside in or near Summit County. Our FIRST program focuses on helping people with schizophrenia spectrum disorders improve their recovery and resiliency, reduce relapse rates and setting and achieve goals for the future.

What You Can Expect with FIRST

FIRST treatment services include psychiatric care, individual counseling, family psychoeducation, supported employment/education and support services provided in an integrated manner by a highly qualified team. 

FIRST program goals include: 

  • Improving individual and family functioning 
  • Reducing the chance of relapse 
  • Improving the long-term course of the illness 
  • Decreasing the overall cost of treatment on the mental health system 

For additional information about our FIRST program, email us at firstsc@cgfs.org.

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Individual Counseling & Therapy

We provide in-person or telehealth sessions with our qualified, compassionate therapists.

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Facing emotional, behavioral and social anxiety presents challenges that can be overwhelming. Talking about those challenges with a mental health therapist who specializes in working with children, teens and their families can help build a solid foundation for emotional harmony and behavioral development. 

What You Can Expect with Individual Counseling and Therapy

Individual counseling and individual therapy sessions involve talking about your feelings, thoughts, behaviors and the things that are troubling you. Your mental health therapist will work with you to set goals or identify the things you would like to accomplish, then help you develop various strategies to help you reach your goals.  

Our qualified, compassionate therapists can help with a wide range of concerns, including:

  • Depression and mood disorders
  • Anxiety
  • Grief counseling
  • Life transitions
  • Trauma and PTSD
  • ADHD
  • Behavioral concerns
  • Substance use

We Offer In-Person and Telehealth Therapy for Mental Health

Our staff of mental health professionals provides comprehensive care for children, teens, adults and families with mental health challenges in Northeast Ohio. Our mental health therapist and counselors meet you where you are. That’s why we offer both in-person counseling and therapy for mental health at our Northeast Ohio locations as well as telehealth appointments.

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