Don’t get arrested for “operating under the influence”

Holiday season should be fraught with fun. But an OUI can be devastating to you and innocent others. It is VERY EASY to cross .08 BAC, the limit in Maine!!! I will spare the lecture on the arithmetic on how one crosses the legal limit by only saying that is so INCREDIBLY easy. Most clients…

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Sleep Hygiene

Insomnia is the number one health problem among humans. It has many causes; resolving it can be a challenge and varies among us. Trying lots of experiments, as with most problems, is likely to lead to what works best for you. You can find lots of advice on how to secure good sleep hygiene. My…

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Professional Team Expands

With pleasure we announce that Dr. Mary Jude and Dr. Pricilla Young have joined our team. Their main roles are to provide immediate consultation to our clinical staff, policy formation, quality controls, and chart reviews. These are season medical providers who are rich with experience, training, and knowledge. We are so delighted to have them…

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We are expanding our facilities

We are expanding our facilities. We secured very nice facilities at 270 High Street in Ellsworth. This office lies in the heart of Ellsworth and will replace the three separate offices we have into one location. A delightful office suite with plenty of parking, easy access, and directly across the street from Ellsworth Internal Medicine.…

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New Collaborations Established with Area Hospitals

Dirigo Counseling Clinic is proud to announce that a Memo of Understanding has been executed between our practice and St. Joseph’s Hospital, Mt. Desert Hospital, and Blue Hill Memorial Hospital. This establishes a relationship between our “Behavioral Health Home” and the hospitals’ “Medical Health Home” The Health Home model is an initiative rolled out by…

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Dirigo Counseling Clinic Peer Fitness and Nutrition Group

Have you been thinking about getting more PHYSICALLY FIT? Don’t know where to start? Want to eat more NUTRITIONAL MEALS? Don’t think you can afford it? Want to start making HEALTHIER CHOICES for yourself and your families? Don’t have the motivation to help keep you on track? Dirigo is launching it’s Summer Fitness/Walk Group. This…

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Current Professional Accomplishments and Achievements by Staff at Dirigo Counseling Clinic

Four of our professional employees have successfully achieved advances in their qualifications. Shelly Dyer, LCPC, has passed *The National Clinical Mental Health Counseling Examination. *This exam consists of 10 clinical simulations designed to sample a broad area of competencies, not merely the recall of isolated facts. The NCMHCE is a requirement for counselor licensure in…

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Experience of an Intern

I have had the privilege to be an intern at Dirigo Counseling Clinic since September. The experience has been both invigorating and challenging. As a burgeoning professional, there are many challenges that pop up. Everything is new and sometimes as a young intern it can be overwhelming to think about all the things that you…

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Quality Assurance Results

Dirigo Counseling Clinic just completed a season of inspections, audits, surveys, and reviews from both State and Federal authorities. We are very pleased to announce that the days of these authorities spent pouring over our clinical and administrative records resulted in the highest ratings that are available. No corrections were asked of us and all…

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Employee Assistance Program

Many employers now offer Employee Assistance Program (EAP). A growing number of providers have special training in evaluating and treating employees with brief therapeutic interventions. They are known as Certified Employee Assistance Professional (CEAP®). This certification is “The world’s only professional credential denoting expertise in the EAP body of knowledge and behavioral health in the…

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