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Affordable Counseling Program (ACP)

As low as $30 a session, ACP is a great counseling service perfect for clients who are uninsured, underinsured, or with unmet high deductibles.

**Please note we currently have a waiting list for the ACP

Let us help you start taking control of your mental health and wellness today!


1 in 5 US adults and 1 in 6 US youth experience mental illness each year yet only less than 50 percent of US adults with mental illness received treatment. The average delay between the onset of mental illness symptoms and treatment is 11 years. (National Alliance on Mental Illness)


If you experience the following signs, you may need a therapist:

  • Frequent Anxious or intrusive thoughts

  • Feel overwhelmed

  • Hopelessness

  • Social withdrawal

  • Prolonged rage and anger

  • Constant fatigue


Excellent Counselling at CMHC Is Affordable

Equal access to excellent mental health care is one of CMHC’s pillars.Most clinicians accept major health insurance and/or offer sliding scales. For those who lack insurance or insurance do not offer adequate mental health coverage, we offer an Affordable Counseling Program (ACP).

We believe everyone one should have access to quality mental health care.

Our Affordable Counseling Program is opento client age 10 and up. Whether underinsured, uninsured or with high unmet deductibles, CMHC provides high-quality counseling services for as low as $30 a session.


Our AffordableCounseling Program clinicians are professionally trained pre-licensed therapists that are under supervision by board-certified clinicians and approved supervisors. They have gone through a rigorous CMHC interview process as other clinicians did.  The areas they are focusing on are anxiety, stress management, PTSD, trauma, relationship issues, and anger management.


Our team of therapists offers a non-judgmental, compassionate, and empathetic environment where you can openly talk with trust. We can help you discover yourself, have more fulfilling relationships, and help you achieve your goals.


Maryland Affordable Counselling Program Offers Flexibility


We offer the flexibility to choose the type of therapy that can help you best achieve your goals with convenience.  Available options include:


  • In-person, indoor sessions at our beautiful Towson office

  • In-person, outdoor and outdoor sessions using our porch/gazebo at the Towson office or one of our nature partner sites around the greater Baltimore area (Baltimore, Towson, Owings Mills, Monkton)

  • Telehealth Sessions from the comfort of your home


Don’t delay the treatment, request your appointment today. We are here to help!


Why choose ACP?

Who are the ACP clinicians?

ACP can be a great choice for clients who do not have mental health insurance coverage or have unmet high deductibles.    Also, many CMHC clinicians have a long waiting list and mental health should not wait.

ACP clinicians are pre-licensed clinicians that are under supervision by the board-certified clinicians and approved supervisors. They have gone through a rigorous CMHC interview process as other clinicians.

How do I know the ACP clinicians are good?

All CMHC ACP clinicians are closely supervised by fully licensed therapists.  They review and consult with their supervisors on all of their cases.

How much does ACP cost?

As low as $30 per session.

Meet Our ACP
Clinical Interns

Audra Howard Ferguson

Audra is an impassioned seeker of mental wellness, currently pursuing her Master's in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at Johns Hopkins University. Her journey in this field is shaped by a deep-rooted belief that nobody should traverse life's complexities alone. Audra incorporates the person-centered approach, solution-focused approach, and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy into her practice. She holds a holistic perspective that includes sound therapy, mindfulness, Buddhist psychology, and nature, acknowledging the profound connections between the mind, body, and spirit in the pursuit of healing. Driven by a commitment to collaborative therapy, Audra actively partners with her clients, valuing their unique strengths, personal values, and aspirations. She tailors her therapeutic approach to accommodate the distinctive needs of each individual, ensuring a personalized and effective journey toward mental well-being. Within her practice, Audra fosters a safe, supportive, and compassionate environment. Her aim is to provide a sanctuary where clients feel empowered to explore their inner landscapes, fostering growth and embracing transformation. In Audra's world, navigating life's challenges becomes a shared journey toward self-discovery and healing, one marked by resilience, support, and unwavering compassion.

Shelly Slyker

Shelly embraces a holistic, person-centered approach and is currently pursuing a master’s degree in clinical counseling with Adams State University. With warmth, humility and presence, Shelly collaborates with clients to foster a sense of safety, self-compassion, and awareness of patterns.  This foundation creates fertile ground for learning and new possibilities to flourish. Listening deeply, Shelly actively partners with clients to individualize the therapeutic experience in service of their goals.  Her unwavering belief in every person’s innate wisdom and capacity for growth supports clients to find their voice, moving past feeling stuck by patterns that no longer serve them.
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