Outpatient Mental Health Clinic
Outpatient Therapy—A Process of
Self-Discovery and Making Positive Change
“How can I be helpful to
you?” is a well-intentioned question that we encounter while browsing at the
cell phone store or standing at the deli counter. It’s a question that focuses you on the task
that you are working on to complete in that particular moment in time. When the same question is asked by a therapist
in our clinic, it is intended to send an entirely different message.
The clinicians at Community Care
want to help you make the changes that you want to make. We are here for you, no matter who you are, or
where you are on your journey through this life. We are people who have chosen to dedicate our
careers to reaching out to others who are trying to find their way through the
complex life that we all lead.
The terms “therapy” and
“Mental Health Clinic” can be off-putting to many people, because they often
come with outdated ideas about what therapy is.
At Community Care, “therapy” is a word that means that two people have
come together to share ideas, to build on things that are working well, and to
shore up defenses against things that are not.
Our therapists are highly skilled, experienced people who have chosen to
work in the Outpatient Clinic because they want to support people just like
you. It is our hope that anyone who comes to Community Care will find an open
door to self-discovery.
How does it work?
When you first arrive for a
session, you will meet with a Therapist for what is referred to as an “intake
assessment,” which is used to develop an understanding of what you want to
achieve. It is important to note the
word “you.” Many begin therapy because
there is pressure for change to occur.
Sometimes that pressure comes from a friend or a loved one, and
sometimes it is “official” pressure from a DHHS worker or a probation
officer. At other times, the pressure to
change comes from inside, when a person realizes that they want their life to
be different, when they want to reach their potential and move away from the
challenges of the past, or when they are ready to free themselves from the
problems of today. This first meeting
will be about what you want, not what others want for you. You will leave feeling heard, understood, and
in full-support of the plan that is developed because you will have designed
Who can receive therapy at the Clinic?
Community Care is fully
licensed to provide mental health and substance abuse treatment to families, children,
and adults of all ages. We currently accept MaineCare, Anthem, and self-pay
clients and we will be expanding our affiliations with additional insurers in
the coming weeks. Our clinic currently
serves people who are:
Recovering from difficult life experiences, including the effects of trauma or abuse
substance abuse and/or maintaining recovery
skills to manage chronic mental health challenges
Learning to manage
the stressors of balancing employment with other priorities
conflict, managing difficult child behavior, and parenting support
conflict within a marriage/partnership
and becoming more comfortable in social settings
Involved with the
child welfare system
Will my therapist be any good?
Our therapists are trained in
the latest proven methods of helping others.
All of our staff have had advanced training in Motivational
Interviewing, which is a form of therapy that has been demonstrated to be
highly effectively in helping those struggling to change behaviors or
lifestyles. Other interventions used by
our therapists include, but are not limited to: Cognitive Behavioral Therapy;
play therapy; and couples, individual, and family therapy.
Our therapists are encouraged
to seek out specialized trainings in areas of particular interest to them. Some have specialized licenses in counseling
around drug and alcohol use/abuse and problem gambling. Others have decades of experience working
with children, families, and adults struggling with virtually every type of
challenge, including family conflict, depression, anxiety, grief and loss,
parenting challenges, and involvement with the child welfare system.
Our therapists are supported
by an outstanding group of like-minded co-workers who share Community Care’s
values of treating others with unconditional positive regard and the utmost
respect. The therapists are backed by an
Agency deeply committed to supporting those who choose to trust us. They do this work because they have chosen to
and they are backed by an employer that values their skills.
What happens next?
Different forms of therapy
work better for some people than others. There is no standard-issue plan. You will work directly with your therapist to
make a plan that works for you based entirely on your goals for the future, and
together, in complete (federally protected) privacy, you will explore various
actions steps and the reasons that you are thinking about taking them. We will talk about how things that you have
experienced make you who you are today and how those things shaped your
relationships with other people in your life.
We will help you find yourself when you are lost, discover an answer to
a question that has long bothered you, or reduce your reliance on coping
strategies that are creating more problems than they solve.
Where is therapy available?
We have skilled therapists based in both our Bangor
and Saco offices.
Make A Referral
Community Care offers medication management to children (up
to the age of 20) within our Bangor office. Dr. Bernard Quigley, MD, is a board
certified child psychiatrist and has been providing an exceptional level of
medication management to children within Community Care’s outpatient clinic
since 1998. Parents have found reassurance through the education Dr. Quigley
has been able to offer as they seek to understand their child’s psychiatric
needs, and have enjoyed seeing their child’s symptoms subside through his
excellent psychiatric care.
To receive medication management, the child must have MaineCare.
Make A Referral