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Welcome to River Valley Counseling Center, Inc.

Thank you for your interest in River Valley Counseling Center, Inc.  Since 1953, RVCC has been changing lives and empowering communities in the greater Holyoke/Chicopee/
Springfield area. 

Very few of us go through life without encountering serious challenges at some point or another.  Whether it’s a teen in crisis, an episode of depression, new stress on the job or having to cope with serious illness, these difficulties can happen to any of us.

When concerns such as these arise, people in our community know they can turn to River Valley Counseling Center for help.  The comprehensive services and support provided by our dedicated and talented team make a difference to thousands of people every year.

Please accept my invitation to use this website as a resource to learn more about the important work of River Valley Counseling Center, Inc.  It is intended to be a source of information for consumers and their families, behavioral healthcare providers and policy makers. 

Please call our offices if you need information, if you'd like to schedule an appointment for services, if you're interested in employment, or if you wish to discuss opportunities to show your support by making a contribution.

Best regards,

Anne Marie Martineau
Executive Director

 
Featured Topics
Abuse. Abuse occurs when people mistreat or misuse other people, showing no concern for their integrity or innate worth as individuals, and in a manner that degrades their well being. More...
Addictions. Addiction is the repeated involvement with a substance or activity, despite the substantial harm it now causes, because that involvement was (and may continue to be) pleasurable and/or valuable. More...
Addictions: Alcohol and Substance Abuse. People who become addicted to alcohol/drugs are gradually introduced and desensitized to them over a period of time. More...
Alzheimers Disease and other Cognitive Disorders. This topic center provides information on Alzheimer's Dementia, other forms of dementia, traumatic brain injuries, and other cognitive disorders such as Delirium, all of which cause problems with thinking, memory, attention, judgment and emotion regulation. More...
Anger Management. Anger is a basic and normal emotion, but one that can easily become destructive and lead to health and social problems. Explore information in this topic center on the nature of anger, and anger management therapy and techniques. More...
Child & Adolescent Development: Puberty. This article provides an overview of puberty and the physical, mental, emotional and social changes that occur during this time. More...
Childhood Special Education. This center focuses on the educational challenges that children face. Special needs children are children who, due to significant medical, physical, cognitive, emotional, or learning issues, require different, usually more intensive accommodations from schools and learning environments than do typical children. More...
Depression: Major Depression & Unipolar Varieties. This topic center is a comprehensive overview of the unipolar mood disorders with an emphasis on the causes of and treatments for depression. More...
Drug Addiction. More...
Elder Care. One of the biggest decisions a family may have to make is to determine how to provide care for elderly parents/relatives when those elders are no longer able to live independently. More...
Emotional Resilience. This topic center surveys Emotional Resilience: that collection of skills, characteristics, habits and outlooks that make it possible to remain maximally flexible and fresh in the face of stress. More...
Family & Relationship Issues. Family and personal relationships and friendships can be very difficult to handle. We've gathered resources to help you learn about and better manage relationship problems you may be experiencing. More...
Gambling Addiction. Gambling addiction describes an impaired ability to resist the impulse to make financial wagers on games or activities that rely heavily on chance. More...
Relationship Problems. Our aim here is to educate the reader about the nature of marriage or marriage-like relationship problems and what can be done to solve them when that is possible. More...
Retirement. Retirement is essentially a life transition; just one of many life transitions that people must make throughout the course of their lives. Life transitions involve a passage from one state of affairs to another. More...
Sex and Pornography Addiction. Sexual addiction refers to a preoccupation with sexual thoughts or sexual behavior to the extent that this preoccupation continues even though it causes substantial harm. More...
Wellness and Personal Development. Wellness is a broad topic that includes disease prevention, stress reduction, and even personal, social and spiritual growth. Until quite recently, very little attention was ever paid to helping people who are not ill, disordered or diseased in some way learn how to further enhance the quality of their lives, or prevent the onset of future illness. More...

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Could a Blood Test Predict Suicide Risk?
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Adults Who've Abused Alcohol May Be at Risk for Memory Problems
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THE STAFF OF RVCC WILL BE VOLUNTEERING AT THE 21ST ANNUAL GLASGOW LANDS SCOTTISH FESTIVAL!!!
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How Exercise Can Reduce Anxiety
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How Much is Too Much Alcohol?
Many people have a drink after work. Sometimes they meet with co-workers at a local bar near work and sometimes they have a cocktail at home. Sometimes they have a glass of wine before dinner which they believe is good for their health as is discussed in the media, particularly if it's red wine. Does this make them alcoholics?... More...


Do Disrespectful People Make You Angry?
The feeling of being disrespected is one of those things that often enrages people. Willingly subjecting yourself to disrespectful people can cause plenty of problems, such as poor self esteem and bottled up anger. However, jumping to conclusions that you are being disrespected (when you are not) can cause plenty more problems. More...


Parents and Coping and the Terrible Twos
Caveat: Just prior to sitting down to write this article, I noticed that a friend of the family, who happens to have a two-year-old, writes that her little boy has repeatedly said, "No, no, no, no; two thousand and eighty five times in the last two hours." More...





River Valley Counseling Center, Inc.

To Schedule an Appointment
413.540.1234 

Administrative Offices
413.540.1100
319 Beech Street
Holyoke, MA 01040

CONCERN/EAP

413.534.2625

Affiliated with Holyoke Medical Center

A member of Valley Health Systems

A United Way agency

 


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