In order to serve the public and increase community involvement SMR Counseling Services will be offering a limited number of Pro Bono (free) counseling services to the community at our Burtonsville office.
About Our Pro Bono Services
Pro Bono counseling is free service available to adults who are unemployed, uninsured, under insured, or unable to afford traditional counseling services. This may include individuals and couples that are struggling with situations such as unemployment, life changes, depression, anxiety, grief or marital issues. We will provide short term counseling (10 sessions or less) at no cost to the recipient. Your sessions will be provided by Master’s Level students, Licensed Professional Counselor Interns, Social Work Interns, or Marriage and Family Therapy Interns supervised by Dr. Shauna Moore Reynolds, Ed.D., LCPC-S, LPC, ACS.
Pro Bono Services Eligibility Criteria*
* Individuals and Couples
* Unable to afford traditional counseling services
* Commitment to Prompt Attendance
* Commitment to fully participate in therapeutic interventions and homework
Due to the availability and training levels of our counselors providing Pro Bono services at SMR Counseling Services there are some clients who may be not appropriate for our Pro Bono services.
Individuals and couples not eligible for Pro Bono counseling services at SMR Counseling Services would be:
* Involved in court or legal issues (probation, parole, deferred adjudication)
* Child and Adult protective services involvement
* Couples in or moving towards divorce proceedings
* Child custody cases
* Court ordered services
* Struggling with drugs and alcohol as primary issue
* Suffering from chronic mental illness
* Any issue outside of the therapeutic competency of our counseling staff
All Pro Bono clients are pre-screened for appropriateness. If at any point an individual or couple is determined to need more intensive services than our counselors can offer, they will be referred out to be linked to the appropriate services.
To register for Pro-Bono Counseling, please call one of our offices to go through the application process. Burtonsville 240-389-1487 or Clinton 301-374-8926.
*Your sessions begin when you schedule your first counseling session. If you cancel or do not show up for your first appointment, you will no longer be eligible for pro bono services. If at any point you fail to cancel within the 24 hour cancellation time period, show up late or are a “no-show” for your appointment your pro bono services will be cancelled. You can continue counseling sessions with SMR Counseling Services, but you have to pay the fee appropriate for your type of counseling. Fees will vary based upon qualifications of the counselor and style of counseling (individual, couple, or family counseling). Options for pro bono are (1) 10 consecutive weeks (2) 10 Bi-weekly appointments not to exceed 4 months.