HANCOCK - Less than one year after Tim Payment moved North Coast Counseling Services, LLC from downstate to Houghton, he was on the move again.
In July, he relocated his office to 300 Dunstan St. in Hancock, to better serve the needs of the community.
"We moved for expansion opportunity to provide more services," he said. "We relocated from a single-therapist office to a five-office suite. By October, I anticipate having a multi-disciplinary team of seven, working diligently to serve the community's needs."
Licensed Professional Counselor Tim Payment, of North?Coast Counseling Services, LLC, stands outside his new office location at 300 Dunstan St. in Hancock.
Tim is a dual diagnosis therapist who specializes in mental health and substance abuse counseling for children and adults. He provides gambling addiction services; domestic violence, anger management, sex offender treatment, children and family therapy, and marital and couples counseling services in a safe and confidential environment.
North Coast Counseling is a private practice, however, Tim said he operates much like a nonprofit.
"We try to work with any and everybody that's in need regardless of age or issue," he said. "Most private practices are run more in a typical business manner, whereas what I try to do is build enough capacity into the business that we can help anybody who knocks on our door or finds their way to us."
Another way they are able to provide services for a minimal cost is by working with interns, he said.
"We provide services at a fee people can afford," he said. "Using sliding fee scales, and NCCS doesn't ask for donations or run fundraisers as most nonprofits do."
Tim said because he is the owner, that gives him the opportunity to add staff or programming to meet the community's needs without having to consult with boards or navigate bureaucratic hoops.
"In the past, Michigan had provided government-supported mental health centers that would provide help to all of the people regardless of their circumstances. In the current economic times, they've changed their service array to only serve certain populations," he said. "We haven't. We are a behavioral health center and we'll help anybody who comes in."
North Coast Counseling accepts most forms of insurances, and private pay.
"We accept UPHP and Medicaid," he said. "We do our very best not to turn anyone away."
North Coast Counseling Services collaborates with several community agencies and provides both office-based and outreach counseling services in Houghton, Ontonagon, Baraga and Keweenaw counties.
In September, two staff members will be working in Ontonagon Area Schools, providing creative supportive services for the school, as well as providing outreach services.
"In Ontonagon we're going to be offering a program called the Responsible Thinking Process (also known as RTP)," he said. "The pilot RTP program is something new to the Copper Country."
North Coast Counseling Services, LLC is in the process of recruiting new staff. Applicants are encouraged to submit a resume via email or fax to firstname.lastname@example.org or (888) 873-8402.
Tim is a disabled U.S. Air Force veteran who served during Desert Shield/Desert Storm. He grew up and attended school in Lower Michigan where he worked for different community mental health centers and Catholic Social Services.
He opened North Coast Counseling Services, LLC in West Michigan in 2006 before relocating to Houghton in November 0f 2010.
"It was either the Drummond Island, or the Copper Country, and here we are," he said. "I enjoy the area. I love to snowmobile, ski and hunt. There's just so many recreational opportunities."
Tim has 21 years of experience in the field of behavioral health, mental health and substance abuse. It was a profession he chose early on after having experienced a "rough childhood" himself.
"I had encountered a very supportive team of professionals who helped my family and myself," he said. "I thought I might be able to help people in a similar manner that that team did."
Tim holds a master of science degree in counseling and psychology and is a licensed professional counselor. He is a nationally certified counselor; internationally certified advanced addictions counselor; a clinically certified sex offender treatment specialist; and is on the pathological gambling provider panel for the state of Michigan.
In the near future, Tim anticipates working closely with local alternative high schools, and the regular K-12 schools as well, providing both office and outreach counseling services.
When asked what he enjoys most about his job, Tim said he loves to see the "ah-ha" moment with people when their lights come on.
"Their eyes sparkle when they see the possibilities of their future, past or current problems or difficulties," he said. "I love working with children. It's very rewarding."
North Coast Counseling Services is located at 300 Dunstan St. in Hancock. For more information, call (906) 523-5580 or visit northcoastcounselingservices.com.
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