Who We Are

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Our Mission

The mission of ICC is to provide quality clinical care in a professional atmosphere regardless of gender, race, sexual orientation, ethnicity, socio-economic status, sex, religion, or physical, emotional development (Dis)Ability.  Our goal is to empower individuals, couples, families, and groups to identify and resolve issues that inhibit the client from living their desired life. We at ICC inspire change, improve lives, and celebrate the human spirit through psychotherapy, psychoeducation, community advocacy, and our internet-site. 

People seek professional counseling for a variety of reasons.  For example, you may be experiencing emotional challenges, anxiety, depression, post-traumatic stress, sleeping problems, loneliness, and/or conduct and behavioral issues.  Whatever the reason, we empower clients to find their untapped strengths and resources to assist a successful therapeutic outcome, experiencing healing and hope.  We know it takes courage to seek therapy and it will take commitment to see the therapeutic process through.  Accordingly, we at ICC commend you for taking this brave first step. 

ICC Serving the Mental and Behavioral Health Needs of Underserved Populations

We at ICC believe mental and behavioral health counseling should be available to all communities, including underserved populations like members of the African American, Latin American, Asian American, and those from the LGBTQ communities. Many in these underserved communities need mental health counseling more than the majority communities. For example, African Americans experience micro-aggressions, profiling by law enforcement, systemic racism, and discrimination based on skin color at a higher rate than most other Americans. These experiences cause fear, anger, distrust and trigger mood disorders like anxiety and depression.

ICC Culturally Competent Counselors

We at ICC pride ourselves on our culturally competent counselors, therapists, and staff. We feel cultural competence is a vital part of successful counselor/client relationships.

Culturally Competent Counselors:

  • Are more likely to acknowledge and explore how culture affects their client–counselor relationships.
  • Examine how their own beliefs, experiences, and biases affect their definitions of normal and abnormal behavior.
  • Are more likely to take the time to understand
    a client’s cultural groups and their role in the therapeutic process, a client’s relationships, and his or her substance related and other presenting clinical problems.
  • Are aware of their own cultural groups and of their values, assumptions, and biases regarding other cultural groups.
  • Strive to understand how these factors affect their ability to provide culturally effective services to clients.

Culturally Incompetent Counselors:

  • May provide counseling that does not address obvious issues that specifically relate to race, ethnic heritage, and culture.
  • Can unwittingly use their own cultural experiences as a template to prejudge and assess client experiences and clinical presentations.
  • Unwittingly minimize the importance of racial and ethnic experiences.
  • Fail to identify cultural needs and secure appropriate treatment services.
  • View a client’s behavior through a veil of societal biases or stereotypes.