To help people living with cognitive impairment and their care partners navigate the challenges of daily life with dignity and purpose by building a supportive community through strengths-based counseling, education, support groups, group activities, research and outreach.
Our Care Approach
The Memory Counseling Program utilizes a strengths-based approach to the care we provide you, whether you are a person with dementia or a care partner. We believe that every person has strengths that they use to cope with the challenges of life. Our goal is to help you identify those strengths and use them to grow and heal.
During the first meeting, one of our team members will get to know you and identify what services best fit your needs. These services may include individual counseling, support groups or other specialized care.
Our team offers a variety of counseling services and approaches, including:
- Supportive psychotherapy (“talk therapy”)
- Solution-focused therapy
- Cognitive and behavioral intervention strategies
- Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)
- Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR)
- Narrative Therapy
- Counseling for couples and families
- Grief Support
All our support groups are confidential and led by trained professionals.
- The Caregivers Advocating, Partnering, Empowering & Supporting (CAPES) is a support group for care partners whose loved one is experiencing Alzheimer’s disease of another form of dementia. The CAPES group follows a 10-week curriculum that combines a traditional support group with educational material.
- After completing CAPES group, you can attend the ongoing monthly Caregiver Support Group that connects care partners in a safe place for sharing caregiving experiences.
- The Support Group for People with Dementia is a companion group to CAPES that follows a similar 10-week support group curriculum adapted for people living with dementia. Participants explore their emotions and experiences with dementia using various therapeutic techniques along with art, music and movement.
- The Honoring Our Personal Experiences (HOPE) is a support group for individuals with mild cognitive impairment or early stage Alzheimer’s disease and their care partner together. This group offers strategies for healthy living and healthy relationships in spite of memory loss.
- The Frontotemporal Dementia (FTD)/Lewy Body Dementia (LBD) Support Group is a monthly group that connects care partners of those who have FTD or LBD with others on a similar journey. Previous attendance in CAPES is suggested but not required.
- The Grief Support Group is a monthly group that connects people who have lost a loved one to dementia. Previous attendance in CAPES is suggested but not required.
Other Specialized Care
Other services are available on an as-needed basis.
- Education about the dementia disease course and its effects for your loved one
- Support for the stress and burden of being a care partner, including self-care and wellness
- Management of behavioral disturbances and other common challenges encountered with dementia
- Family meetings
The Memory Counseling Program accepts most forms of insurance and is committed to serve all who seek our services. If you are concerned about your ability to pay, financial assistance is available through the Financial Counseling Department. For questions about your insurance coverage, please contact your insurance company directly.
Billable services include the initial intake assessment, individual psychotherapy for the person with dementia and their care partners, family meetings, and medical education consultations.
The generous support of donors enables us to offer some services at no cost to participants, such as support groups, general dementia education, and outreach.