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Middletown Transcript
  • A homelike environment for mental health and counseling opens on Main Street

  • Wellbeing on Main is the latest business to debut on Main Street this summer.
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  • A new building for counseling and other mental health services in Middletown is offering “homelike spaces,” with lemonade in the waiting room, and a flower cutting garden in the backyard.
    Wellbeing on Main is the latest business to debut on Main Street this summer. Located in one of the street’s renovated historic buildings, the mental health and wellness center started receiving patients on July 29.
    “From conception, the entire vision of Wellbeing on Main has been to be different from other settings where individuals seek out these types of services. For instance, we are purposefully not situated in a medical complex or typical office building, but rather in the heart of the community,” said Dawn Schatz, a licensed therapist and owner of Appoquinimink Counseling Services.
    There are three counseling practices currently housed at Wellbeing on Main, including Appoquinimink Counseling Services, Touching Hearts Psychological Center, and the practice of therapists Adam Kleinmeulman and Jason Levin. Other spaces are available in the building to non-counselors interested in also offering wellbeing services, and by 2015, Schatz hopes to have group or meeting rooms available for rent.
    For Laurie Denham, a licensed therapist at Touching Hearts Psychology Center, having a place where people can go to receive wellbeing services in Middletown is important for southern New Castle County.
    “Our community is no longer alone. Those of us at Wellbeing on Main are extending our hands to you,” Denham said. “Will you reach back and grab ahold?”
    Therapists at Wellbeing on Main say they are aware that there are still some people who may be unfamiliar with counseling or therapy services, but that they are hoping their building and welcoming atmosphere will help ease any anxiety.
    “I understand that entering into therapy can be an unfamiliar, difficult and even an intimidating decision,” said Jennifer Ewald, another counselor at the office. “We’re dedicated to creating a safe, supportive, and comfortable environment for clients’ personal exploration and growth.”
    Wellbeing on Main will have a booth at this year’s Peach Festival for community members to enjoy free peach iced tea starting at 10:30 a.m. Wellbeing on Main also hopes to also be involved in Halloween Trick or Treat on Main later this year.

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