Behavioral Health


UCCW has been helping refugees and immigrant with getting self-sufficiency since 1998.  Throughout our long history, UCCW has remained focused on helping families and individuals by delivering a continuum of services designed to maximize their potential and success. In 2013, UCCW reached the goal of becoming a licensed community mental health provider. Many refugees and immigrants suffer from stress, depression, and anxiety associated with displacement that often remains untreated for long periods of time. Our work is founded on our unwavering belief in the resiliency and strength of the human spirit. That, with help of professional bilingual and bicultural Behavioral Health Counselors, people can and do overcome the barriers and obstacles that confront them and heal.

The Behavioral Health program offers:

We believe that therapy is a collaborative process, strength based, with an emphasis on solutions. Everyone desires and needs feedback, guidance, and support throughout their life. Counseling is a healthy and positive way to empower yourself to make changes for the better.

Everyone experiences stress factors in their lives. Individual counseling with a trusted therapist can start the healing process needed to become healthy and productive. Ongoing support is vital for adults, children, youth, parents, and families coping with the emotional, medical, or relationship issues of everyday life. There are many forms of support and therapy for people of all ages. All individual counseling is viewed within the context of the whole family, since one family member experiencing problems can affect other members of the family.

Family counseling involves the whole family or several family members. This approach is used to help families work through and/or adjust to issues and challenges affecting the entire family. It emphasizes family relationships as an important factor in psychological health. We believe involving families in solutions is often beneficial.

We all have “blue” days or weeks and periods of extended grief after a significant loss, but depression is a sadness that doesn’t seem to get better. Recognizing depression in the older person is not always easy since it is often masked by other problems such as physical ailments, memory loss, confusion, lack of appetite and disturbed sleep patterns. Often depression in the elderly goes undiagnosed and untreated, particularly when they live in institutional settings.

One-on-one counseling focuses on supporting the individual and validating her feelings. The therapist helps the person verbalize feelings, and assist in building self esteem and having a more balanced outlook–reducing negative thoughts and beliefs. Individual therapy helps the older adult deal with the “whys” and “hows” of their thoughts, feelings and relationships. It can also help identify and support the strengths and useful coping mechanisms the older adult has utilized in the past. Thus, one-on-one therapy can reduce a sense of hopelessness and improve the outlook on life.

Case Management and Advocacy services designed to achieve client wellness and autonomy through advocacy, communication, education, identification of service resources and service facilitation. Case manager will assist them in connection with community and state resources and work to develop plans that comprehensively address the health, financial and psychosocial needs of the client. Case management services are offered in a climate that allows direct communication between the case manager, the client, family members, and appropriate service personnel.

The home visiting program target highly vulnerable, at-risk clients living in fragile situations. Such vulnerable clients have a need for positive emotional experiences, as their past experiences with relationships have often been negative and difficult. The home visiting program have developed approaches that are relationship-based with the strong interpersonal relationships component. Because of the high needs and intensity of service delivery required by clients with such vulnerabilities, the home visiting program provides an intensive, well-coordinated and highly specialized range of services.