Michael Rivest, Ph.D., D.S.T.

Licensed Clinical Pastoral Counselor

Location Near Therapist: Winston Salem, NC
Fast Contact: Email or Call Dr. Rivest.
Sexual AddictionsMarriage Counseling
Individual CounselingDepression
GriefRelationship Issues
Life CoachingPre-Marriage Counseling

Marriage Counseling, now that is another story. I love using couple’s counseling to heal childhood wounds. Isn’t that what real love is meant for? Isn’t poor communication an emotional hiding out? Couples create a marriage vision that directs their marriage not life.

Related Sites:
City of Greensboro
North Carolina Board of Licensed Professional Counselors

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Winston-Salem, North Carolina is a city with an abundance of attractions great for the entire family. Here you will find the Children's Museum featuring hands-on exhibits for those of all ages. Be sure to stop by the astronomy and art stations as you venture through this great attraction. For families seeking to get outdoors, the Salem Lake Regional Park is the perfect outing location. With fishing amenities and a playground for children, there is something for everyone.1 Grand Theater 18 is great for enjoying the newly released comedies and family-friendly films. As you make your way to your seats grab a snack at the concession stand for your children and teenagers. Adventure Landing is ideal for families with children and teenagers, regardless of age. Here you will find everything from miniature golf and bumper boats to an arcade with a wide variety of games. For the history buff, Horne Creek allows you to travel back in time to the 1800s. Ashley Elementary, Paisley IB Middle, and North Forsyth High are a few of the schools within the area.

Marriage and Family Mental Health in Winston-Salem

Strong Fathers is a parenting group for men who seek to improve their relationship with their children. Participants learn about the importance of a positive male role model in a child's life and discover ways they can be that person. The program is particularly focused on helping men take a leadership role in making positive decisions about their child's future. Anyone who serves in the role of dad can join the group. Contact Family Services at 336-722-8173 to learn more.2

The North Carolina Victim Assistance Network seeks to support individuals and families who have suffered abuse or neglect. The agency coordinates services in order to meet each person's psychological and physical needs. Legal assistance is provided as well. Outreach programs endeavor to raise public awareness of domestic violence issues and training programs ensure that area professionals have the tools required to help families in need. For additional information, call 336-779-6320.3

Families who need support services due to homelessness or poverty can seek assistance at the Salvation Army. Their emergency shelter provides a safe haven for women and children who live on the streets. A food pantry is also available so each member of the family gets the nutrition they need. Financial assistance is available to families who are struggling to make ends meet, but who are still in their own homes. Vocational training, support groups, and substance abuse prevention programs ensure the mental health needs of each family are met as well. Culturally and linguistically competent services are also offered for the growing Hispanic population in Winston-Salem. More information is available by calling 336-722-8721.4

Family Services and Assistance Programs

The Forsyth County Department of Family Services is dedicated to promoting the health, safety, and stability of families in the Winston-Salem area. The agency oversees foster care and adoption programs that ensure all children have a loving home in which to grow up. Adult programs include those that offer protection for the elderly, the disabled, and other vulnerable populations. Emergency funding in times of crisis, energy assistance, and stipends for food are also offered as part of their assistance programs. Call 336-703-3800 to obtain further details.5


1. City of Winston-Salem. (2014). Salem Lake. Retrieved from http://www.cityofws.org/departments/recreation-parks/salem-lake
2. Family Services. (2014). Strong Fathers. Retrieved from http://www.fsifamily.org/strongfathers.cfm
3. North Carolina Victim Assistance Network. (2014). Directory of Victim Services. Retrieved from http://www.nc-van.org/directory/forsyth/SafeonSeven.html
4. Salvation Army of Winston-Salem. (2014). Social Services. Retrieved from http://www.salvationarmycarolinas.org/winston-salem/programs/social-services
5. Forsyth County Department of Family Services. (2014). Homepage. Retrieved from http://www.co.forsyth.nc.us/dss/default.aspx