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Our Albany therapists are solution-focused, offering individual therapy , couple therapy & marriage counseling.

At our Albany area office, licensed therapists help people find healthy ways to target and resolve life issues. Whether through individual counseling, marriage counseling or couples therapy, our Albany therapists can help you figure out how to move forward and make better choices in your life.

Many individuals struggle with depression, anxiety, painful relationships or just find themselves in uncomfortable situations that keep happening over and over. We help individuals understand their choices and uncover strategies that will effectively change their life for the better. Individual therapy can often be someone’s first experience feeling safe enough to really uncover the root issues and develop the skills to make healthy changes.

Couples often find couples counseling to be the last house on the block. After failed attempts to get your needs met in a relationship, going to therapy can be an effective way to find connection and happiness in your relationship. An experienced therapist can help couples develop a better understanding for each other. When clients finally understand each other they will often begin to treat each other respectfully and more lovingly. We offer the communication tools and skills that help couples create relationship strategies that work.

We offer a solution focused approach, and all of our therapists are committed to furthering their expertise through ongoing education.

Carolyn Schimanski, LMHC
Carolyn Schimanski has been working with individuals, couples and groups for over 20 years. She feels that helping people change takes active participation by the therapist. Through questioning she helps clients identify all the things that are challenging the individual or couple, help them gain some insight and develop a path forward to be better able to achieve the things in life that they want.

Relationships can be especially difficult to maintain in the frantic pace of life we now frequently experience. It is important for the couple to reconnect to the things that brought the couple together in the first place that may have gotten lost along the way. Sometimes trust is missing, communication is unsuccessful and both partners can feel lost and alone. Couples frequently have some variation of the same fight over and over. Carolyn hopes that through her warm and engaging style, non judgmental attitude and thoughtful feedback she can create a safe space for the couple to learn better communication skills, how to “fight fair”, and things they can do to restore trust. Exploring those dynamics can allow change to occur and the relationship to flourish once again.

Carolyn has experience with a wide range of issues that individuals and couples may be struggling. This includes domestic violence, addiction, chronic illness including HIV/AIDS, parenting, trauma and PTSD, grief and loss, anger management, gender and sexuality, and stress management.

Hello. My name is Sevin Philips. I’m a licensed therapist and I’m the founder of our counseling center in Albany NY. I’m doing this video because I want to assist you in making your decision. I want to tell you a little bit about the kinds of therapists that we are, what you can expect from your counseling sessions, and also give you an understanding of some of the unique ways to pay for counseling that you might not be aware of.

So, first of all, when you come in for your first session, it’s very natural for you to come in and most likely we’re going to ask you some questions and hear your thoughts, your feelings, and your opinions about your life issue. And it’s really great because we’re very interactive. And when we ask questions, it’s a great way for us to get to know you so that we can better help you, and what I often find is that clients get to learn about themselves more through that kind of deep questioning.

Now, if you might have family or friends, some of us don’t always share our deep innermost thoughts and feelings with them, but if you have them, that’s great. What’s really unique about this relationship is that you don’t have to worry about us. We are here for you 100% and that makes it a very special relationship for you to do your work.

Also I want you to know that everyone from time to time in their life needs help. It’s completely natural and normal to reach out, and I think it’s uncomfortable sometimes because it’s new, maybe you’ve never done it before. But it’s a very healthy thing to do, to reach out and get some help from time to time.

We are solution-focused therapists and I want to tell you that because it gives you some indication as to how we work. I mean, we’re great listeners, we’re very interactive, we give a lot of feedback. But essentially, eventually, we’re going to help you develop a roadmap in your life by teaching you skills and tools that are directly related to your life issue and we’re going to support you, taking those out of our sessions and moving into the real world and practicing some of the things that we’re talking about. That’s the kind of therapist that we are.

You might get a better understanding of who we are by watching some of the videos on our website or reading some of our articles. It’s a great way to get to know who we are, some of the advice that we give. I also highly recommend that you reach out and give us a call. With no commitment at all, you can talk to your therapist that you would be seeing in your local area and get a feeling for them, get a sense of their personality. You might be able to tell them a little bit about why you’re coming in. And it’s a great way, I think, ease into this whole therapy process. And, of course, if you feel comfortable with that person on the phone, make an appointment so that you can see if they’re a good fit for you during your first session.

Now, sometimes people pay for therapy using what’s called out-of-network insurance coverage. We are an out-of-pocket therapy provider, but if you have out-of-network insurance, and you can verify that through your insurance company, we can assist you with an invoice that may get you some money back. Also, you might have through work something like a health benefit, for example, a flex spending account where we can give you an invoice and maybe even assist you in using some of those monies to pay for it.

I hope this was helpful. And if you have any additional information that you need or questions, please give us a call. Thank you so much.

Counseling Specialties

  • Interpersonal Issues
  • Marriage Counseling & Couples Therapy
  • Relationship and Intimacy Issues
  • Premarital Counseling
  • Sexual and Emotional Disconnect
  • Infidelity
  • Parenting
  • Fighting and Defensiveness
  • LGBTQ Adults
  • Life & Career Transition
  • Life & Career Transition

Albany Therapist Locations

Relationship Counseling Center
878 New Scotland AVE,
Albany, NY 12208

Phone: (518) 318-1168

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User Reviews

Trying to find good couples counseling can be a daunting task.  Our relationship is important to us so we don’t just want your average run of the mill therapist.  I stumbled onto the Relationship Counseling Center website and found a large selection of videos about relationships issues, many where spot on for our relationship.  I

Gary P. April 5, 2015

So, I’ve had what I’ll call “classic” issues with therapy. Until about 18 months ago, I thought that I could just deal with whatever I needed to, without help. Yeah. Then, I had a couple of unsuccessful starts with a couple of other therapists; One who really sucked, and one whose style was more along

David F. March 11, 2015

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