Heritage Clinic For Women’s counselors provide unbiased, non-judgmental abortion counseling and information.
All of our counselors have a degree in one of the human services fields such as psychology, social work, family and human sexuality, or sociology. All have empathic listening training as well as crisis intervention training.
Our counselors’ investment is not so much what you choose but rather how you choose.
Our counselors provide individual counseling to focus on the your concerns and provide a safe environment for you to ask questions and explore all of your feelings regarding your current reproductive issues. Occasionally, parents and partners are invited into a segment of the counseling session.
We believe reproductive decisions such as when, with whom and under which circumstances to have a child are extremely personal and crucial to our abilities to be good parents and to make a positive impact in our lives. Equally important are decisions regarding when and with whom to be sexually intimate and methods chosen to prevent unplanned pregnancy or sexually transmitted diseases.
Therefore our counselors are prepared to answer questions regarding:
- Current contraception methods
- Morning after pill also known as emergency contraception
- Crisis pregnancy decision-making
- Abortion options
- Adoption options
- Pregnancy and childbirth
- Social assistance agencies
- Sexually transmitted diseases and their prevention
Our counseling services can be broken down to the following areas:
Pregnancy options counseling:
All options are discussed and specific gains and losses are explored, support systems are identified. Physical procedures and risks are explained.
Medical history is taken, decision process and certainty of choice are discussed, support systems are identified, contraception information and access are offered, abortion procedure is explained, possible risks and aftercare instructions are reviewed, consents are signed.
Post Abortion counseling:
Unresolved feelings regarding abortion decision, circumstance or experience are addressed. Decision process is re-visited identifying gains and losses of choice. Coping mechanisms and support systems are identified. Referrals for spiritual, relationship, or personal crisis counseling might be given.
Parental Consent/Judicial Bypass counseling:
Existing and potential support systems are identified. Assistance in approaching parents or other support persons is offered. Judicial bypass process is explained. Questions regarding pregnancy options are answered.
Information regarding potential benefits and risks and costs of preferred methods are discussed.
- Sensitive Care
- Confidential Services
- Compassionate Staff