Older Adults & Caregivers

Counseling Services

Family & Children’s Service provides an array of compassionate mental health services to respond to the social, emotional and psychological needs of older adults and their families. 


  • Anxiety, stress & depression
  • Alzheimer’s disease
  • Caring for a spouse or parent
  • Dementia & Delusions
  • Empty Nest Syndrome
  • Losing Independence
  • Social withdrawal & isolation
  • Widowhood

Support Groups

Grandparents Support Group offers a free educational discussion group for grandparents who are raising their grandchildren. The group is facilitated by a Family & Children’s Service therapist and addresses the unique challenges and issues facing grandparents. Participants need not be existing clients of Family & Children’s Service in order to attend the free group sessions.

Caregiver Support Group offers a free, educational and supportive environment for caregivers helping an older adult family member. The group is facilitated by a Family & Children’s Service therapist and addresses issues faced by caregivers. There is no charge for this group and participants need not be existing clients of Family & Children’s Service in order to attend the group sessions.

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Psychiatry Services

F&CS offers psychiatry services to aging adults that are also receiving services in our counseling program. Geriatric psychiatry services are provided by a member of our psychiatry team in connection with a client’s therapist and primary care physician.

Our psychiatrists work collaboratively with the clients and F&CS therapists to assess and, when needed, develop a pharmaceutical plan in response to a mental illness.

Some people benefit from medication to manage a life situation, whether it be temporary or permanent.  Please consult with your F&CS therapist if you believe a psychiatric evaluation is needed.

Outreach, Education & Support Services to Adults

Community Outreach

  • Provides an onsite presence in downtown Ithaca
  • Supports a welcoming and inclusive community
  • Kindly engages people and de-escalates potential conflicts
  • Keeps eye open for people showing signs of distress

Community & Continuing Education

  • Community education to raise awareness
  • Continuing education for clinicians and therapists
  • Psychoeducation for families and adults
  • Support groups for caregivers and guardians

Kinship Resources for Caregivers

  • Trauma-informed needs assessment
  • Referral and connection to community resources
  • Advocacy within Family Court, DSS, and school systems
  • Psychoeducation, peer support and after-care consultation

Call today to make an appointment with a counselor at (607) 273-7494 during our hours of operation: Mon-Thu 8:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Fr 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Your call will be directed to an intake professional who will match you with a compatible counselor based on your assessed needs.
If you are experiencing a mental health emergency, please dial 911 for immediate assistance.

Fees for service are reimbursable through Medicaid, Medicare, and private health insurance. This practice serves all patients regardless of ability to pay. Discounts for essential services are offered based on family size and income. We do so through generous support from the United Way support and private individual and corporate donations.