Sky Kershner, MSW, DMin

Kanawha Pastoral Counseling: LPC, LCSW

Location: 16 Leon Sullivan Way, Charleston 25301
Fast Contact: Email or Call Dr. Kershner.
MarriageFamily
TeensAdults
SeperationBlended Families
Sexual Issues

Open, Positive, Available, Accepting, Effective. Helping people have better relationships with themselves and others. Clinical Member and Former Supervisor, American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy

Related Sites:
City of Charleston
West Virginia Counseling Association

Therapy Charleston, WV

Counseling Loudon Heights, South Park, Riverview, Rutledge, Tyler Mountain, Green Valley, Dungriff, Olcott

Your kids are going to like Charleston, West Virginia, and we're confident you will, too. Teenagers will want to spend whole days at the Hot Spot Amusement Center, and younger kids will have a good time there as well. And to catch a movie, head down to The Great Escape. Or, imagine how proud you'll be the first time one of your kids bowls a strike at Galaxy Lanes. Live shows provide wonderful family fare, and you won't be disappointed with Charleston Stage Co. Younger kids and older ones alike will be able to learn while having the times of their lives at the Avampato Discovery Museum. Make sure they don't miss the 360-degree movie theater. And when autumn comes, you'll be glad to know your kids are in the best hands at schools such as George Washington High School, John Adams Middle School and Weberwood Elementary School. Whether studying, working, or out having fun, you'll be glad you came to Charleston.1

Marriage and Couples Mental Health in Charleston

Charleston and Kanawha County residents tend to be stable and well-to-do, with a majority of households being established families.2 Yet over 40 percent of married couples in Charleston with children less than 5 years of age are living below the poverty line.3 This is due in part to lack of access to fair wages, quality education, and proper health care for some residents, and takes a serious toll on the mental health of these families.

The West Virginia Bureau of Senior Services provides many support programs for elderly individuals and their families. Educational materials regarding health and physical fitness are available, as is access to mental health information. If you or an elderly loved one has questions about Medicaid and other senior services, the Bureau of Senior Services can provide help. Legal aid is offered, as is long-term ombudsman service. For further details about these and other programs, call 304-558-3317.4

Family Services and Assistance Programs

The Kanawha County Department of Health and Human Resources offers assistance programs to families in need. From childcare subsidies to SNAP Food Stamps to emergency assistance and access to adequate health care, the Department of Health and Human Resources seeks to stabilize families and ensure they have the services they need to live optimally. Additionally, the department offers burial assistance to families that cannot afford to bury a deceased loved one. Recipients of Medicaid qualify for transportation assistance, and those that cannot afford to pay their utilities can apply for subsidies in order to keep their homes heated and cooled. For immediate help, contact the Kanawha County office at 304-746-2360.5


References

1. City of Charleston. (2014). Home - Charleston, WV. Retrieved from http://www.cityofcharleston.org/.
2. United States Census Bureau. (2014). American Fact Finder. Retrieved from http://factfinder2.census.gov/faces/nav/jsf/pages/community_facts.xhtml.
3. US National Library of Medicine. (2014). The Mental Health of Married, Cohabitating, and Non-Coresident Parents With Infants. Retrieved from http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1586128/.
4. West Virginia Bureau of Senior Services. (2014). Home - West Virginia Bureau of Senior Services. Retrieved from http://www.wvseniorservices.gov/.
5. West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources. (2014). Family Assistance Directory. Retrieved from http://www.wvdhhr.org/bcf/family_assistance/.