North Star Counseling Center

Helping the families of Inyo County find their way

Mission Statement

The purpose of North Star Counseling Center (NSCC) is to provide quality, culturally relevant, low cost counseling services to students and their families in Inyo County. Our school-based counseling program focus on prevention and early intervention strategies and treatments. Our mission is to improve the lives of the individuals we serve by providing tools and insights so they can better recognize, confront, and understand their challenges. All counseling services are confidential. North Star Counseling Center is a program under the Inyo County Superintendent of School’s Special Education Department.

Who can receive NSCC Services?

Students of Inyo County Public Schools and their family

Why Counseling?

Counseling provides insight and tools to work through challenging issues. Through counseling and support groups, we assist people with the following issues:

  • Behavioral Problems
  • Issues in the Home
  • Separation/Divorce
  • Anxiety/Fear
  • Low Self-Esteem
  • Bullying
  • Depression
  • Eating Disorders
  • Communication Issues
  • Conflict Resolution
  • Family Crisis
  • Anger Management
  • Grief

How do I access NSCC services?

  • Contact your child’s school principal or support staff to get a referral for services.
  • Contact NSCC directly at Inyo County of Education (ICOE) (760) 873-3262 ext 2585
  • We make an effort to schedule appointments at convenient times for clients.
  • Session fees are sponsored by the Inyo County Superintendent of Schools and your child’s School District.

Who are the Counselors?

Counseling services are provided by associate level clinicians with a Masters in Marriage and Family Therapy (AMFT), Clinical Social Work (ACSW), or Professional Clinical Counseling (PCC) under regular supervision by a California licensed psychotherapist.

About North Star Counseling Center

North Star Counseling Center was conceptualized by Inyo County Superintendent of Schools, Terry McAteer and Mono County Office of Education, Stacey Adler. Their goal was to provide an environment in which students and members of the communities of Inyo and Mono counties were able to access affordable counseling and therapy.

When behavioral issues surface, students struggle with the ability to achieve both academic and social successes. Many families are unable to afford private counseling services and the local county mental health agencies are experiencing exceptionally high caseloads. North Star Counseling Center provides the necessary counseling and therapy sessions to students which help them to thrive in school and at home.

North Star is staffed by Associate Marriage and Family Therapists and Associate Clinical Social Workers, who are seeking completion of 3,000 supervised clinical hours. They are supervised weekly by licensed members of the mental health care community.

Additional Resources

First 5, Triple P Provider, Triple P is a program designed to help parents manage children’s misbehaviors https://www.inyocounty.us/first5/

Wild Iris, is an agency designed to help families or individuals through domestic violence, sexual assault, and child abuse https://wild-iris.org/

Do you have a loved one living with a substance abuse disorder?

Toiyabe Indian Health Project has behavior therapists that are trained in Community Reinforcement and Family Training (CRAFT). Studies have shown that CRAFT has effectively helped substance abusers engage in treatment as much as 64% compared to common interventions without CRAFT 13%
(Assadbeigi et al, 2016).

https://www.toiyabe.us/services/family-services/
https://pdfs.semanticscholar.org/96cb/b76585ac96f86c325868d87c6db4a1afa8cb.pdf

Do you or someone you now use excessive substances? The links below provide information on the effects of various substances, how to get treatment, and they have 24/7 support

https://www.drugrehab.com/treatment/
https://www.drugrehab.com/co-occurring-disorder/
http://www.drugrehab.com/guides/suicide-risks/