Mission & History
Mission & History
Metropolitan Counseling Services is a leader in providing affordable mental health services and serves as a model for other programs seeking to reach underserved populations.
is that adults have access to high quality, extended mental health counseling services.
is to be a leader in providing affordable and specialized outpatient counseling, while training the next generation of psychotherapists.
Since 1995, MCS has helped change the lives of adults suffering from mental and emotional concerns. MCS provides help through individual, couples, and group psychotherapy on a low-cost, sliding fee scale—as low as $30 a session. At MCS, therapy is aimed at everyday people—people who need help with relationships, parenting, recovery from sexual, physical and substance abuse, and people who suffer from depression, anxiety, and stress.
The center’s model, based on low-cost service, an innovative training program, and community collaboration, has been presented to both local and national audiences. MCS therapists’ special training in working with trauma survivors has made its work even more relevant in the post-September 11 environment.
MCS officially began operation in 1995 under the name Metropolitan Psychotherapy Community Clinic (MPCC). It was a grassroots project of Metropolitan Psychotherapy Associates (MPA), a full service multi-disciplinary group of psychotherapists in private practice. These therapists realized that people without insurance and with lower incomes often could not get the quality mental health care they offered, especially if they needed long-term help. With that concern in mind they began offering supervision and training to post-graduate therapists, who in turn, provided low-cost services to adults in need.
For the first 6 years, there was no paid administrative staff and the day-to-day operations of the clinic were performed solely through the pro-bono energies of MPA partners and supportive colleagues. In the year 2000 the center achieved tax-exempt status retroactive to its inception and convened its first board of directors. The center was awarded a Homefront Effort Grant by the United Way of Metropolitan Atlanta to provide psychotherapy services to individuals experiencing trauma-related disorders linked to the events of September 11, 2001. MCS has received grants from a wide variety of sources since 2000. The Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta, The United Way of Metropolitan Atlanta, Microsoft, Southern Crescent Habitat for Humanity, The Lois and Lucy Lampkin Foundation, Jesse Parker Williams Foundation, Cox Foundation, Mary Allen Lindsey Branan Foundation, HealthCare Georgia Foundation, Central Congregational Church, All Saints’ Episcopal Church, Ida Alice Ryan Charitable Trust, The Fulton-DeKalb Hospital Authority, The John and Mary Franklin Foundation, and The Richard C. Munroe Foundation have all partnered with MCS on a range of projects. Grant funds have been requested for specific purposes and MCS has received support to solidify organizational infrastructure, engage in a strategic planning process, receive a technology assessment, obtain computer equipment and software, purchase a new telephone system, consult with a fundraising professional to develop a fundraising plan, conduct a series of groups for new Habitat for Humanity homeowners, collaborate with physicians and other health professionals for the ‘Focus on Women’s Health’ program, and establish a Client Assistance Fund to subsidize session fees for people who are unable to pay even our lowest fee.
From 1995-2016, MCS has provided more than 40,000 hours of direct clinical services to nearly 4,000 clients from 19 Georgia counties. During this time the center has also provided clinical supervision and post-graduate training for 60 therapists pursuing licensure.