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Alliance Counseling Services
CORONA/COVID-19 UPDATE

Please note that Alliance Counseling & Therapeutic Services will be closed do to the Corona Virus from March 16, 2020 until further notice.  In the meanwhile, Alliance Counseling will be offering Telehealth through a HIPAA compliant, secure, website.  If you are interested, please feel free to email or call (all office calls will be monitored on a daily basis).  Thank you for your patience at this time.  Please stay safe and healthy!

What is Telehealth?

(Also referred to as Telemedicine, Teletherapy or Telepsychiatry)
Telehealth is a form of video conferencing allowing psychiatrists and therapists to provide services to patients outside of the office, for example at the patient’s home or workplace. It also provides the opportunity for consultation with family members, teachers and other providers involved in the patient’s care. Surveyed patients participating in telemedicine say they are very satisfied with the care they are receiving and that they feel telemedicine is a reliable form of practice. In addition, they find that they are able to keep their appointments on a more regular basis.


A study published in the Journal of Clinical Psychiatry comparing in-office-treatment to treatment via telepsychiatry indicated “There were no statistically significant differences between study groups for symptoms, quality of life, and patient satisfaction... there is a strong hypothesis that videoconference-based treatment obtains the same results as face-to-face therapy and that telepsychiatry is a useful alternative.” 


What do Telepsychiatry & Teletherapy Require?

For your appointment, you will need to have access to a private place and a computer/tablet/smart phone with a camera and high-speed internet. Alliance Counseling Services will provide you with access to a secure HIPAA compliant videoconferencing software free of charge. All you have to do is be on your device and logged on at the time of your appointment. Is Telepsychiatry & Teletherapy Secure? Alliance Counseling Services ensures the interaction between the patient and psychiatrist/therapist is completely secure and HIPAA compliant. The teleconferencing software encrypts all forms of data, including video and audio. 


Alliance Counseling & Therapeutic Services offers individual, couples and family therapy focusing on communication, conflict resolution, trauma, personal adjustment issues, substance use disorders, co-occurring disorders and DWI aftercare.

Treatment is Client centered, strengths based and utilize a variety of interventions based on Evidenced Based Practices, such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Motivational Interviewing.  At Alliance Counseling, we focus on helping people attain safety from trauma/PTSD, mental health and substance abuse.

MISSION
Alliance Counseling Services is a private counseling partnership incorporated in May 2009 by Elizabeth Palladino, LICSW and Kristen Welch, LICSW, MLADC.  Both partners are New Hampshire and Massachusetts licensed.  The purpose of this partnership is to provide professional counseling services in a confidential supportive environment.


SERVICES
  • Services include individual therapy, couples and family therapy.  Co-occurring mental health and substance use disorder treatment is available.  In addition, Alliance Counseling Services works in conjunction with the NH Department of Corrections:  Parole/Probation.  Prior to initiating any therapy, individuals will complete the intake assessment at which time a treatment plan is developed.

  • Intake Assessments include a thorough bio-psych-social approach to the individuals reported history and includes the therapist's observations and recommendations.  The assessment ranges from one to one and a half hours (1-1 1/2.)

  • Individuals/Couples/Family therapy sessions are forty-five (45) to fifty (50) minutes in durations, unless a shorter time is agreed upon by the Client and Therapist.

  • Substance Use Evaluations (LADC Evaluations) are performed utilizing a variety of testing measurements including the Addiction Severity Index, the Driver Risk Inventory-2 (DRI-2) to name a few.  Substance Use Evaluations are of a three-hour duration.  Substance Use Evaluations are NOT billed to insurances and are a rate of $375 and are scheduled on Fridays,


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APPOINTMENTS
Alliance Counseling is by appointment only.  Please call or email to make an appointment.  We offer both day and evening appointments.  Elizabeth Palladino (epalladino@alliancecounselingservices.net) is available Monday and Tuesday from 2pm-7pm.  Kristen Welch(kwelch@alliancecounselingservices.net ) is available Monday through Thursday 9am-6pm.

Appointment times are reserved for you.  If you are unable to keep an appointment, please call 24-hours in advance to cancel. Unless the driving conditions are dangerous or you have an emergency situation, all sessions that are missed or not cancelled within 24-hours will be charged to you for the missed session fee of $40 as insurance companies cannot be billed for missed sessions.  The missed seesion fee ($40) would need to be made in full prior to next apointment.