So glad you are here!

Welcome to Solid Ground Counseling Center! Located in Madison, Alabama Solid Ground is providing individual, couples, and family therapy services to clients of all ages.

As you navigate the pages of this site, if you have any unanswered questions we encourage you to reach out. We are willing and happy to assist, and look forward to meeting your counseling needs!

Why Solid Ground?

What is different about Solid Ground Counseling Center?

At it’s foundation Solid Ground is a place of love and hopeLife can be challenging, ugly, and difficult to navigate. In these tough times we typically feel unloved, alone, unseen, and hopeless. The work done at Solid Ground is intended to assist the client is seeing they are not alone, and refocus the mind to ones strengths, while facilitating emotional healing.

But how do I do that?

A core belief at Solid Ground is that in order for a person to cultivate any positive change of circumstances in life, one must feel loved. This is achieved by seeing each client as a unique person. Using an individualized treatment plan designed specifically for each client, therapeutic work conducted at Solid Ground should invigorate the client, and flood hope into their life. From this place of love and hope, the client can take on the challenge of directing positive growth in their life.

Positive growth? What exactly does that mean?

Growth looks different for everyone. Each circumstance is different, and thus must be treated as such. Positive growth is that which moves the client in a positive direction, towards a place of healthier functioning. Since therapy is a deeply personal journey, the client should ultimately be in charge of what that journey looks like. While there will certainly be therapeutic input, the course of life is lived by the client, and thus should be chosen by the client. Therapy will be a collaborative (joint) effort between client and therapist to create a realistic, desirable outcome that works best for the client.

Follow this link to find out what types of therapy are used at Solid Ground Counseling Center.

Have other questions? Check out our FAQ page!

Therapist Info

Rachel Sullivan is the founder and Marriage and Family Therapist at Solid Ground Counseling Center.

Rachel is a married mom of four, local to the Madison, AL area. An Army veteran, Rachel has a strong desire to change the negative stigma surrounding, and improve accessibility to, mental health care in her community. She possesses a passion for pouring hope and life back into people and approaches her counseling practice with the same enthusiasm.

Rachel Sullivan, MFTA
Solid Ground Counseling Center

Rachel obtained her Masters in Marriage and Family Therapy and has a background in assisting and strengthening family systems. As an undergraduate she studied Child and Family Development and Psychology.  It was then that she fell in love with working with families. She completed her graduate internship here in Madison, AL at Inside-Out Ministries. Along with her time at Inside-Out she has worked as a peer counselor in a community pregnancy center, with children in private practice as well as in school settings, and nurtures relationships as a certified Facilitator of the globally recognized PREPARE/ENRICH relationship tool.

As a Marriage and Family Therapist, Rachel’s scope of practice includes working with individuals of all ages, couples, families, and groups surrounding a variety of issues including: anxiety, depression, coping, premarital counseling, marriage strengthening, divorce care, trauma recovery, life skills, and family transitions. Marriage and Family Therapists are an elite group of mental health professionals who have a systemic perspective on wellness.

Education

• Northcentral University (Prescott Valley, AZ)
Master of Arts in Marriage and Family Therapy, 2018
• American Military University (Charlestown, WV)
B.A. in Child & Family Development, Minor in Psychology, 2012, with Honors

If you feel that Rachel may be a good fit for your therapy needs, you can schedule an intake session by calling 256-503-8586. Interested in the therapy types used at Solid Ground? Follow this link.

FAQ

What does therapy look like?

In a regular session, therapy looks a lot like a conversation. Although there is work to be done, the work happens as we talk. There won’t be many “how are you feeling” type of questions, so much as there will be a natural dialogue of therapist learning how to assist the client in meeting their goals. Especially in early sessions, clients can expect questions about their background, as well as their future desires. Each session will vary in specific content, depending on where the client is in the treatment process, but will continue to build on previous sessions and work towards the client-directed end goal. Select this link to read about the therapy types used at Solid Ground Counseling Center.

How do I become a client?

You can click here to establish a new client account online. Or you can set up an intake appointment by calling 256-503-8586.

Privacy

Mental health care, the health care umbrella that marriage and family therapy falls under, is subject to the same HIPAA rules and regulations as seeing your primary care provider. As such, your personally identifiable information (PII) is kept confidential. Solid Ground Counseling Center uses a secure, HIPAA compliant platform for scheduling, client registration, and record keeping. This is in an effort to help you rest easy. When you choose Solid Ground you won’t need to worry about confidentiality and safety.

Session Length

All sessions are 50 minutes, unless otherwise noted. Some work with children will be dictated by child’s tolerance of session work. In cases where the child is unable to have a productive session, sessions may be cut short. Depending on the amount of time lost, fees may be adjusted.

Session Cost

All session fees are $40/hour, regardless of the number of individuals in your session. There are no new client fees. All fees are due at time services are rendered.

Insurance

At this time, Solid Ground Counseling Center cannot bill insurance. All sessions must be paid for privately. We apologize for any inconvenience this causes.

Cancelling Appointments

Appointments made through the online client portal cannot be cancelled less that 36 hours before appointment time. These appointments MUST be cancelled over the phone at 256-503-8586. Repeat cancellations may result in a referral. Please note, sessions cancelled within 24 hours of appointment will result in a charge of 1/2 your session fee.

No Shows

We respect your time, and ask that you respect ours. Although we understand that sometimes emergencies happen, therapy cannot produce positive outcomes when it is not taken seriously. Repeated no-shows may result in a referral.

Termination of Treatment

Therapy is your journey. At intake, we will establish therapy outcomes, or goals that you desire to be met over the course of treatment. These goals will be continually worked towards as part of the session work. As treatment progresses and goals are met, we will discuss termination of treatment. Termination happens in a collaborative way, and only once treatment goals are met.

Location

Solid Ground Counseling Center is located in the Midway Office Center at 9694 Madison Blvd. Suite A7 in Madison, AL 35758. Our suite is located on the West side of building “A”, which is located closest to Madison Blvd. when entering the complex off of Madison Blvd.