Frequently Asked Questions

Who does MCS serve?

MCS serves Adults, ages 18 and over, who can benefit from outpatient psychotherapy. The center has served clients from 19 Georgia counties.

What services are provided?

Individual, group, and couples psychotherapy of exceptional quality on a low-cost, sliding-fee scale.

What if I need medication?

While the staff at MCS does not prescribe, or provide prescriptions, we can offer several options for medication. These options include suggestions for a low-cost psychopharmacology clinics for medication if you do not have insurance, as well as recommendations for psychiatrists. If you are insured and are willing to use your insurance, your therapist can coordinate care with physicians in private practice who can treat you for any medication needs.

What kinds of mental health issues and concerns are addressed at MCS?

MCS therapists see clients on an individual level with a broad array of issues and concerns, including but not limited to: depression, anxiety, stress, relationship issues, childhood abuse and trauma, grief and loss, personal growth, post-traumatic stress, sexual identity/orientation issues, post-recovery addiction issues, and eating disorders. In addition, MCS offers couples psychotherapy to help couples work through and resolve various interpersonal issues and concerns, as well as offering group therapy sessions focused on more specific skills training and processing concurrent with individual psychotherapy.

How do I become a client?

Call 404-321-1794, and leave a message on our intake line and a therapist will contact you. The therapist will ask some basic questions by phone to determine your needs. When appropriate, an intake appointment will be scheduled to further assess your situation and to see whether or not our center can effectively address your needs and concerns. If MCS is a good fit, you will begin working with a therapist on an ongoing basis after you both agree on a convenient schedule. If our clinician determines that another setting might be more appropriate, a referral will be made in order to achieve the right fit for you. You may also fill out our online appointment request form.

What are your fees for services?

Fees are based on a sliding fee scale, ranging from $30 to $115 per session. The sliding scale is based on the client’s income and number of dependents. The initial intake appointment is a flat fee of $40; during the intake appointment, your therapist will discuss an appropriate fee level for future sessions.

What about people who can't afford even $30 per session?

There is scholarship money available for clients who qualify for a limited number of sessions at $10 per session.

What are your hours?

MCS has appointments available beginning at 8:00 in the morning. Our last scheduled appointments are at 7:00 in the evening. Therapists at MCS are available at different times on different days, allowing for clients to find a convenient time that works for their schedule.

Where are you located?

MCS is conveniently located near I-85 at the corner of North Druid Hills Rd and Buford Hwy in the Druid Chase office complex. Our address is 2801 Buford Hwy NE, Suite 470, Atlanta, GA 30329. We do not accept walk-ins. For complete directions, please call 404-321-1794 ext. 2 or visit our contact page.

How long is a session?

Sessions are typically 50 minutes in length for individual and couples psychotherapy. Group therapy sessions will vary depending on the nature of the group provided.

Does MCS take insurance?

Because our fees are considerably lower than what it actually costs the center to provide our services, we are unable to accept 3rd party payments. Cash, checks, and credit cards are accepted at time of service.

Do you take credit cards?

Payment for services by credit card can be made online by going to our Make a Payment page and filling out the form.

How long has MCS been in operation?

The center was founded in October 1995 as a grass-roots project of the partners of Metropolitan Psychotherapy Associates (MPA), a full service multi-disciplinary group of psychotherapists in private practice. MCS was created in order to assist in training a new generation of highly skilled, caring psychotherapy professionals who share our commitment to serving those with limited financial means. Find out more on or Mission and History page.

Who are your therapists?

Our therapists are experienced clinicians with post-graduate work in the field of mental health and Master’s degrees in Professional Counseling, Clinical Psychology, or Clinical Social Work. They are working under close clinical supervision to fulfill their 3-year post graduate licensure requirement in the State of Georgia. To learn more about our current ‘resident’ therapists head over to our Clinicians page.

What if I have a court order to receive therapy?

We do not work with clients who are court mandated. We will not sign any forms as part of a court mandate, nor do we provide any assessments or evaluations as part of any ongoing legal matters.

How is MCS funded?

MCS is a 501 (c) (3) organization, relying on grant monies and individual contributions to supplement revenue derived from client fees. The center receives no public funds. MCS has been awarded grants from a number of foundations, including:  All Saints’ Episcopal Church Community Ministries Allocation Committee; The Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta, Inc. – Catherine R. Arnold Fund; Lois and Lucy Lampkin Foundation; Microsoft and NPower National Partnership; United Way of Metropolitan Atlanta – Homefront Effort Grant; Mary Allen Lindsey Branan Foundation, United Health Care Donors for Doers; Richard C. Munroe Foundation; HealthCare Georgia Foundation; Ida Alice Ryan Charitable Trust; Fulton-DeKalb Hospital Authority; Schwab Charitable Fund; T. Rowe Price Program for Charitable Giving; Cox Foundation; and Jesse Parker Williams Foundation.

How many people have you served?

MCS provided 40,000 hours of direct clinical services to nearly 4,000 since the center opened in 1995.

How do I make a referral?

Fill out our MCS Referral Form and/or call us at 404-321-1794 ext 1.

What is the residency program?

MCS offers one of the few settings in the metropolitan Atlanta area where therapists working towards licensure can receive clinical supervision and hands-on clinical experience to satisfy licensure requirements. MCS clinical supervisors are qualified to oversee clinicians seeking licensure as social workers and licensed professional counselors. 38 therapists have achieved licensure through their work and clinical supervision received at MCS. A total of 60 post-graduate therapists have received training and clinical supervision at the center. Lean More.

Do you work with practicum students?

We do not work with practicum students.

How do I apply to become a resident?

There are 3 ways to apply:

  1. Mail your resume along with a cover letter to Rachelle Kennedy, LPC, NCC, CPCS, Clinical Program Manager, at MCS, 2801 Buford Highway, Suite 470, Atlanta, GA 30329.
  2. Submit your resume and cover letter by email to rkennedy@mcsatlanta.org.
  3. Fill out our online application form.