"It isn’t the rich that lead the way to growth and prosperity.
Instead, it is a thriving and vibrant middle class that shows us the path." (Madland, 2011)
Mental Health America ranked Arizona 50th in the nation for access to behavioral and mental healthcare, despite excelling at providing services to those with zero to low income who qualify for Medicaid, known as AHCCCS in Arizona (Stuart, 2015). In 2019, the gross income limit for an individual to qualify for AHCCCS was $16,620 a year, leaving numerous hard working individuals and families uninsured or underinsured (AHCCCS, 2019). In a 2018 health insurance survey, 28% of U.S. adults with employer-sponsored health insurance and 42% who bought their own plans through marketplaces were underinsured (Commonweath Fund, 2019).
Members of the middle class with low to mid middle-income suffer when it comes to accessing behavioral and mental health counseling/therapy services for two reasons: (1) lack of available services and (2) cost of services are a barrier (Stuart, 2015). In a survey of working adults with employer-sponsored commercial health insurance, 50% of the respondents said costs had forced them or a close family member to delay a doctor’s appointment, not fill a prescription, or postpone some other medical care (Levey, 2019).
Achieve Counseling & Wellness was founded with the goal of supporting the individuals, couples, and families of Arizona's middle class in living healthier, meaningful, and fulfilling lives. We understand that healthier individuals, couples, and families nurture healthier communities. When well-being is supported, people are able to achieve their full potential, live healthier lives, and maximize their contributions to society. In turn, our economy is strengthened which helps Arizona's communities thrive and remain vibrant places to live, work, and play.
We also understand the vital role middle class communities play in the health of our society as a whole. Research shows the ways the strength of the middle class affect economic growth and stability. A strong middle class:
- Promotes the development of human capital and a well-educated population
- Creates a stable source of demand for goods and services
- Develops the next generation of entrepreneurs and creates jobs
- Supports inclusive political and economic institutions, which underpin economic growth (Boushey & Hersh, 2012)
As a unique 501(c)(3) nonprofit psychotherapy private practice, we are proud to support Arizona’s middle class by providing the highest-quality, five-star, accessible, and affordable counseling/therapy services. In-person counseling/therapy services are available at our easy to access, centrally located Phoenix office. Convenient, user-friendly, online counseling/therapy telehealth services are available throughout Arizona.
Driven by our mission to support the middle class, we are committed to accepting most major employer-sponsored and commercial health insurance plans, pricing full-rate services competitively, and using profits to provide sliding scale affordable counseling/therapy to members of the middle-class with low to mid income. People who join the Achieve Community can feel good knowing that not only are they investing in their own well-being, but the rates they pay help support the well-being of hard-working individuals and families who would not be able to access psychotherapy services without our affordable counseling/therapy options.