Pastoral Counseling Service is incorporated as a private non-profit organization, and has been in existence in the Greater Akron community since 1963. Through the years, we have been recognized as a strong advocate of children, youth, and families, continually exploring innovative ways of making professional therapeutic services available.
With our mission to provide mental health services, guidance and direction to persons who are trying to understand and solve difficult issues in their lives, PCS operates under the Ohio Department of Mental Health & Addiction Services and is an accredited COA (Council on Accreditation) mental health agency. As a non-profit agency, we are certified to provide behavioral health counseling and therapy, mental health assessments, pharmacologic management, and community psychiatric supportive treatment (CPST).
Since 1998, PCS has joined efforts with Akron Public Schools to offer School-Based Therapy to the children in Akron, OH. Due to the success of this partnership, collaborations with Woodridge Local Schools, Barberton City Schools, Imagine Schools, Believe to Achieve Academy, and I CAN Schools have made School-Based Therapy our largest endeavor. We also provide Outpatient Services for people of all ages at our Barbara M. Vassel Comprehensive Care Center at 147 Park St. in Akron.
PCS has successfully served many clients for over 40 years, and this venture continues to grow. In 1998, we provided services to approximately 175 clients with a clinical staff of seven. Today, we are actively serving nearly 2,500 clients. Of our nearly 140 employees, over 100 serve as direct line staff, providing therapy and community psychiatric supportive treatment.