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Free depression screenings and introductory therapy sessions offered by the Pfeiffer Institute for National Mental Health Awareness Week, Oct. 8-12

The Pfeiffer Institute, a nonprofit counseling center affiliated with Pfeiffer University that provides counseling to individuals, couples and families, is offering a free introductory therapy session ($30 value) and depression screening to new clients Oct. 8-12 to mark National Mental Health Awareness Week. Sessions are by appointment, which can be scheduled by calling (704) 945-7324.

The Pfeiffer Institute, located at 4805 Park Road, Suite 250, in Charlotte's SouthPark neighborhood, serves as a training facility for master's level graduate students from the Marriage and Family Therapy program at Pfeiffer University. Under the direct guidance of licensed and certified faculty members, therapist interns provide counseling for depression and anxiety; premarital, couples and family counseling; parenting support; grief counseling; work and career issues; stress management and conflict resolution.

“The status of an individual's mental health affects not only the person in question but people in their family, support system and workplace,” said Dr. Faith Drew, LMFT, CEAP, director of the Pfeiffer Institute. “The goal of the Pfeiffer Institute, in addition to helping to enhance the mental health of individuals, families and couples through high-quality services, is to increase awareness in the community of these important issues.”

The Pfeiffer Institute is open Mon.-Thurs., 10 a.m.-9 p.m., Fri. 10 a.m.-4 p.m.; and starting Jan. 5, 2013,
Sat., 9 a.m.-3 p.m.  While services typically are not covered by insurance, they are provided after the initial visit on a sliding payment scale. The Pfeiffer Institute's Charlotte clinic has been serving Mecklenburg County since 2008. A second location is scheduled to open in Raleigh in Jan. 2013 to accommodate expansion of Pfeiffer's Marriage and Family Therapy program to that market earlier this fall.

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