The Counseling & Diagnostic Center, a private practice in Florence, has been providing quality mental health services in Northern Kentucky and Cincinnati for more than 30 years.

The CDC, opened in 1983 by founders A. Dewey Sanders and T.W. McCann, is now primarily owned by Dr. Thomas C. Noyes, who joined the practice in 1988.

It offers individual, group and marital/family therapy for mental health and substance use disorders. It also provides psychological evaluations and consultations for several school systems as well as substance abuse assessments to the community at large.

With the increasing opioid epidemic in Northern Kentucky, Noyes says he saw a need for expanded assessment and treatment services for alcohol and substance abuse.

Last year Boone, Kenton and Campbell counties ranked in the top five counties in Kentucky for opioid deaths, according to Kentucky Office of Drug Control Policy.

“We just cannot ignore this data, especially when we have so limited resources for treatment in this area,” he says.

As a result, CDC has launched New Directions, a 10-week intensified outpatient program.

“New Directions is a separate program geared toward people with substance abuse histories that may also have mental health issues,” says Micah Noyes, Noyes’ son and a licensed mental health and chemical dependency counselor.

In Kentucky an intensified outpatient program, or IOP, must provide no less than 9 hours of services a week—three days a week, three hours at a time, he says.

Eligible clients, he says, “basically have not functioned or improved at a lower level of care in a traditional outpatient setting or one-on-one weekly therapy setting but they are continuing to struggle and show they need more services.”

He previously established an IOP for adolescents at the Children’s Home of Northern Kentucky in Covington, and says joining CDC offered the best opportunity to reach a wider population.

“You really can’t treat children, adolescents or parents without treating the entire family,” he says.

New Directions is about making positive life choices, dealing with anxiety, depression and stress.

New Directions focuses on individuals’ strengths and assets rather than their weaknesses. The program incorporates group sessions, Noyes says, because they lend themselves to a supportive environment.

“We are passionate about helping individuals regain control of their lives, understanding the roots of their substance use, and teaching strategies to allow them to emerge from our program armed with tools for a lasting recovery,” CDC’s brochure says.

Over its history, CDC has been a training site for psychological graduate students and providing up-to-date psychological testing to help identify underlying psychological and behavioral disorders.

Treatment specialties include ADHD, anxiety, depression, grief and loss, sexual abuse/addiction, marriage issues, suicidal ideation and anger management.

CDC’s other providers include Christen T. Logue, a licensed counseling psychologist; H. Greg Merrill, licensed clinical social worker; and Beth E. Brinsko, licensed clinical psychologist.

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