Advanced Psychotherapy Services
Gemstone Counseling Centre
A nonprofit organization dedicated to providing mental health services to all individuals
28916 Euclid Ave., Wickliffe, OH 44092
(440) 944-6565 ext. 1,
Fax (440) 944-0489,
email:
advpsyser@aol.com
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Mental Health Evaluations

Advanced Psychotherapy Services - Gary M. Echt

Gary M. Echt, LPCC, LICDC, SAP has been working in the field of mental health for almost 20 years. In the past he has worked for several community-based mental health agencies in Geauga County as well as Cuyahoga County.  He is currently in a very successful private practice in Wickliffe where he attends to the needs of individuals, couples , family, and adolescents providing General Mental Health , Substance Abuse services and for the State of Ohio Parole Authority, providing treatment for sexual and violent offenders coming out of the prison system.  Aside from his private practice he has worked with defense attorneys and provided expert testimony in legal court cases in Federal, State, and local Municipal courts.
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Psychological Assessments with Attorneys and Courts in Mind

Advanced Psychotherapy Services provides both Individual and Group Treatment for Adults and Adolescents as well as their families.  Treatment is provided with attorneys and courts in mind.  We recognize that the court and law office can be a very busy place.  Part of the focus is to make the task easier by responding with a service that is reliable, consistent, affordable, and timely.

A professionally done assessment can quickly and therapeutically help guide which direction an individual may need to go.  By utilizing highly recognizable psychological instruments (MMPI-2, MAPP, Beck Depression Inventory, Staxi-2, Static 99 , and others) we can best determine whether it is inpatient, outpatient or an educational path that is needed.   

It is important to make these decisions in a timely manner as research indicates the more quickly an individual is involved in a treatment process, the more likely he is to succeed. It may also be important to involve family to help them understand the process and what might be going on with their family member. 
Evaluations for court include but are not limited to : sex offender, immigration (hardship waivers, medical certification for disability exceptions, asylum, etc.), BWC, and substance abuse.

For legal counsel we recommend Ian N. Friedman & Associates, LLC.


Sex Offender - Individual & Group Treatment Evaluations and Assessments, Individual and group treatment, Expert Witness for court proceedings.  The sex offender assessment is to help determine what treatment may be most appropriate for the individual, not to determine innocence or guilt.

Domestic Violence Advanced Psychotherapy Services provides treatment in the form of both individual and group counseling so the issue of safety for both individuals as well as the community is of prime importance.

Anger ManagementProviding Both Individual and Group Treatment for Adults and Adolescents as well as their families and developed with attorneys and courts in mind for reasonable costs.

Chemical Dependency Issues Assessments as well as individual and group treatment. We are currently an SAP (Substance Abuse Provider) for the Department of Transportation.

Bureau of Workers' Compensation Assessments and treatment of psychological allowed claims. (C-9, C-19, and C-84 forms).  General Mental Health issues including but not limited to Depression, Anxiety, Growth & Developmental issues, and Self-Esteem.  http://www.ohiobwc.com/                        

Insurance Coverage & Populations Serviced We accept most major insurance coverages, and can often work within the means of the individuals sometimes offering a sliding fee scale.   We are currently on most insurance panels and those we are not on will often accept a non-network provider and we are willing to accept their "Usual and Customary" fee.

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