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Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) Now Offered at BCA

Bedford Counseling Associates is pleased to offer Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) Services starting April 3, 2023. 

TMS is a non-invasive FDA-approved medical procedure used to help treat Major Depressive Disorder. TMS is a prescribed treatment that uses a small device called a “treatment coil” placed over the scalp to deliver brief magnetic fields to stimulate the brain.  The treatment has been shown to be a safe and well-tolerated procedure that can be an effective treatment for adult patients, 18 and older when medications and psychotherapy have not provided relief. TMS can offer hope to those who suffer from depression and who seek a treatment option void of surgery, anesthesia, or sedation. Patients must qualify for TMS and need to be referred by their Medical Provider.

To learn more about Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation at BCA, please click this link.

For Crisis Situations call NH Rapid Response

As of January 1, 2022, the NH Rapid Response Access Point is available to all NH residents by calling 833-710-6477. This is an additional and valuable resource for NH residents who are experiencing a behavioral health crisis. The Mobile Crisis Response Team (MCRT) of The Mental Health Center of Greater Manchester will now work in conjunction with the NH Rapid Response system.

NH Rapid Response Access Point is a statewide effort initiated by the NH Department of Health and Human Services and Bureau of Behavioral Health and being implemented in collaboration with community mental centers statewide.
For more information  visit: NH988.com



Voted as Family Favorite for 5th Year

Thank you to all our friends and supporters for voting in the Parenting NH annual Family Family poll over the summer. The Mental Health Center of Greater Manchester and Bedford Counseling Associates was named again in 2018 as the Family Favorite in the Mental Health and Counseling Services category.  We appreciate your votes and your support.

Our agency strives to provide the best evidence-based behavioral health practices in New Hampshire as we serve all age groups from childhood to older adult. Our system of care is the largest outpatient provider in the state and work hard to add new programs and services each year to meet the needs of those who are affected by mental illness.

We certainly appreciate all who voted and we are honored with the designation of Family Favorite in Mental Health and Counseling Services for the 5th consecutive year! Thank you.


Bedford Counseling/Mental Health Center a Family Favorite Nominee

Please vote for the 2018 Family Favorite Mental Health & Counseling Service in Parenting NH’s annual poll. The Mental Health Center is listed under category #45 and one must vote in at least 15 categories for your vote to count.

The Mental Health Center system of care has been voted a family favorite mental health and counseling service for the last 4 consecutive years by the families of those we serve. Please help us make it a 5th year and vote today!

Family Favorites, ParentingNH’s award program, is a chance for community members to recognize the places, people and things that make New Hampshire a great place to raise a family.  Voting will end on August 15.

(Please click the logo to the left to access the voting poll)


BCA Named as Family Favorite for Mental Health Counseling

For the 4th year in a row, The Mental Health Center of Greater Manchester & Bedford Counseling Associates have been selected by the readers of Parenting New Hampshire as a “Family Favorite” award recipient in the category of Mental Health and Counseling Service.

PrintThe Family Favorite awards, now in its seventh year, is a program that recognizes family-friendly businesses, services and places in almost 60 categories – as chosen by the readers of Parenting New Hampshire magazine.

The Family Favorite Award voting took place online from June 1 through August 15, 2017. The results of the reader’s poll will appear in the November 2017 issue of Parenting New Hampshire.



Mental Health Dinner Benefit This Fall

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The Mental Health Center of Greater Manchester will hold the 18th Annual Celebration for Mental Health Dinner & Awards Benefit on Monday, October 23, 2017. The event will be held at the Derryfield Country Club starting and the featured speaker will be screenwriter and author, Gloria Norris.

Gloria spent her childhood years in the projects of Manchester, NH  which are the backdrop for her book, Kookooland. Autographed copies of the book will be sold after the dinner and program on 10/23/17.

Presentations for the Community Leadership and the Annual Wheelock-Nardi Advocacy Awards will also take place during the benefit. All proceeds support family wellness services. For more information on the event, click here.

Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT) Offered at BCA

One of the most sought-after treatments for trauma is now available at Bedford Counseling Associates. Trauma often causes people to struggle with their memories and thoughts regarding a certain event, making it difficult to make sense of what happened. When one fees unable to sort out the trauma, it can have a dramatic and detrimental effect on one’s life and in dealing with the memories.

How Cognitive Processing Therapy Can Help

Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT) helps by offering new ways to handle distressing thoughts and to gain an understanding of those events. By using the skills learned in CPT therapy, one will develop techniques that enhance recovery from a traumatic event. CPT will help you to understand how a traumatic event changed the way you look at the world, yourself, and others and how it plays a role in how you think, feel and act.

CPT has been shown to be one of the most effective treatments for PTSD and for working with Veterans. Many clinicians at Bedford Counseling Associates are trained for Cognitive Processing Therapy and are able to provide you with the very best in treatment options. Call for a consultation today.

Mental Health First Aid Training

The adult Mental Health First Aid Training program is now offered for community groups in the Greater Manchester area.

Mental Health First Aid is a 8-hour training certification course which teaches participants a five-step action plan to assess a situation, select and implement interventions and secure appropriate care for the individual. The certification program introduces participants to risk factors and warning signs of mental health problems, builds understanding of their impact and overviews common treatments.  Thorough evaluations in randomized controlled trials and a quantitative study have proved the CPR-like program effective in improving trainees’ knowledge of mental disorders, reducing stigma and increasing the amount of help provided to others. To inquire about the training program contact Mary Beth Lavalley at (603) 206-8558.

For more a Mental Health First Aid brochure, MHFA Training Brochure.

New Image for Counseling Center

MANCHESTER, NH – Bedford Counseling Associates (BCA), an affiliated group practice of The Mental Health Center of Greater Manchester, recently launched a new website and a revised logo, which were designed and developed by Graphic Details of Portsmouth. BCA, which provides short term counseling and medication services, implemented a new marketing strategy in response to the growing demand for its behavioral healthcare services. BCA has been a staple in the community for more than 25 years, but in the past, its programs were promoted as part of the system of care that is provided by The Mental Health Center of Greater Manchester.

MHCGM Marketing and Development Director, Sandra Seney, said “The re-designed marketing approach for Bedford Counseling Associates will help us to better align its core services with our target market. Although the practice is flourishing, it was time to give BCA its own identity, so that we could be more responsive to current marketing trends in promoting the programs and services that we offer for children, adults and seniors.” Seney added, “The new mobile-responsive website was an important step for our group practice, since our target market increasingly uses mobile phones and tablets to access the internet. The accessibility of the site will allow others to gather the information that they may need, while in the privacy of their home.”

The new site; www.bedfordcounseling.org is specifically dedicated to the programs and services offered at BCA, which focus on restoring health and improving quality of life. Bedford Counseling Associates is conveniently located at 1228 Elm Street in downtown Manchester.


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