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Memory Counseling Program

In response to the growing number of families affected by memory loss and dementia, the Memory Counseling Program (MCP) was established in 2011 with the support of Section on Gerontology and Geriatric Medicine at Wake Forest Baptist Health. The MCP provides counseling services for individuals diagnosed with mild cognitive impairment (MCI), Alzheimer's disease, or another form of dementia, as well as to their family members.  Services include individual, couple, and family counseling, as well as support groups, all of which provide a safe environment to talk about the journey with mild cognitive impairment or dementia, learn as much as possible about the disease, problem solve some of the common challenges encountered with memory and cognitive loss, and strengthen relationships.

The MCP facilitates three 10-week support groups. The Early Journey Support Group is for care partners (spouses and adult children) and their loved ones who are experiencing mild cognitive impairment or early stage dementia.  The Caregiver Support Group is for those caring for a loved one with Alzheimer’s or another type of dementia at any stage. In addition, a monthly maintenance caregiver support group is available to “graduates” of either of the 10-week groups who would like ongoing support. Held at the same time as the monthly maintenance caregiver support group, the Brain Fitness Group provides cognitive and emotional stimulation through music, interactive games, and light physical activities for those affected by dementia.

The MCP is staffed by three licensed practitioners: Edward G. Shaw, MD, MA (Director)Kathryn "Casey" Johanson, MSW, LCSW (Co-Director), and Cathy Wilson, MSW, LCSW. The clinic coordinator is Beverly Ingram, BS. All services are rendered in a professional manner consistent with the ethical standards of the American Counseling Association and the National Association of Social Workers. We are fortunate to have students from the UNC School of Social Work and other regional mental health programs that provide care and services as well.

In general, we see clients every few weeks or monthly, depending on the need. Sessions are typically 45-60 minutes long, scheduled at mutually agreed upon times, and are provided on a fee for service basis. Referrals can be made by a health care professional or by self-referral. 


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