Services & Programs
Second Nature Counseling was founded in 2018 to address the need for counseling services in the community. We have worked with clients who have struggled with all areas of life. Our experiences are different but our personal philosophies are the same; mental wellness is important and good mental health is necessary for success in life.
We are dedicated to enhancing the lives of those who have taken the leap to realize their potential. Counselors on our team provide counseling services to address many areas of life, including anxiety, depression, changes in living environments, and stress from work and school.
Starting from the beginning of any process, we are unaware of our incompetencies; we “don’t know what we don’t know.” As we learn and grow, we become conscious of those incompetencies and begin to work to improve upon them. We actively implement new competencies – we are conscious of them. As we become more competent, we begin to utilize them unconsciously as they become Second Nature. Our counseling techniques and approaches all keep this process in mind and we help you develop unconscious competencies to help you achieve your personal growth.
Our Areas of Focus
Change can be difficult. Most people cannot easily adapt to change. Whether it's moving, changing jobs, or starting a new relationship, there are times when it all seems unbearable but it's not. With some extra energy and time dedicated to examining your situation, it is possible to overcome the stress and overwhelming feelings you may have about the changes in your life.
Couples & Families
We recognize that, sometimes, our needs are familial and within our relationships. Our team will work with couples and families of all shapes and sizes to help them grow together.
What to Expect
The process of counseling or therapy can be intimidating, especially if you’re new to counseling. As a local group, located in Schenectady, New York, we understand how important it is to feel comfortable and trusting of someone with whom you share your personal details. Second Nature Counseling strives to maintain every client’s privacy and confidentiality.
Here are some common reasons people reach out to us:
- Be happy at work
- Enjoy healthy relationships
- Succeed when faced with challenges in life
- Manage stress and anxiety
- Realize one’s identity and personality
Cost & Fees for Counseling
Our Schenectady based practice offers counseling services to individuals, couples. families and groups. Rates for services are agreed upon prior to beginning counseling and with the consideration of insurance and other financial factors. Accessibility to counseling services is important to us and we want to make sure anybody who seeks counseling may access it while maintaining personal investment and responsibility.
Second Nature Counseling is an equal-opportunity organization. The organization prohibits discrimination and harassment based on race, color, creed, religion, sex, gender, national origin, citizenship, ethnicity, marital status, age, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression, veteran status, or any other status protected by applicable law to the extent prohibited by law. The organization provides an atmosphere of respect, dignity, acceptance and safety for all clients. This nondiscrimination policy covers admissions, employment, and access to and the process of receiving counseling services. Furthermore, no client will be discriminated against based on referral source. The office is open to clients from several referral sources including, but not limited to, self-referrals, medical doctors, payment sources including public and private insurance.
Hours & Scheduling
The counselors and therapists at Second Nature Counseling do not have set office hours. Each appointment is scheduled individually and based on the availability of the counselor.
Sliding Fee & Discounted Rates
It is the policy of Second Nature Counseling to provide essential services regardless of a person’s ability to pay. Clients will not be denied service based on the inability to pay for services. If insurance cannot be billed or provided, clients have the option to pay a fee for service as well as take advantage of a sliding fee scale based on financial need. A sliding fee schedule is used to calculate the basic discount and is updated each year using the Federal Poverty Guidelines. Final decision for admission and sliding fee scale is determined by the provider. Once approved, the discount will be honored for six months, after which the client must reapply.