About Birchlawn Place Counseling Center, INC

What contributed to the founding of Birchlawn Place Counseling Center, INC?

After over six years of clinical practice in the Rochester Community, Brittni Timmerman, MS, NCC, LPCC, RPT identified a need to bridge the gap between children and families’ mental health needs and access to holistic and equitable community based mental health services. Brittni took this identified need and paired it with her belief that an integral part of providing holistic and innovative services is dependent on providing a safe place while fostering connections, emotional wellness, healing, and a sense of community within the children and families she works with as the motivation and inspiration to found Birchlawn Place Counseling Center, INC. 

The identified children and family’s mental health need influenced Birchlawn Place Counseling Center INC.’s Founding Principle:

Birchlawn Place Counseling Center, INC was founded with the sole purpose of bridging the gap between children and families’ mental health needs and access to holistic and equitable community based mental health services.

Our Founder’s beliefs about what is integral to providing holistic and innovative mental health services demonstrates the core values that shape the behaviors and services provided by our clinical team and outlines the goals and objectives of Birchlawn Place Counseling Center, INC. encompassing the mission of Birchlawn Place Counseling Center, INC:

Fostering connections, emotional wellness, healing, and a sense of community.

Why the name Birchlawn Place?

Birchlawn Place is a tribute namesake to the Founder’s maternal grandmother, D. J.  She was the matriarch of the founder’s family and played a crucial role in the founder’s upbringing.  D. J. instilled the core values of Birchlawn Place Counseling Center INC. within the founder, always leading by example and truly embodying what she aspired to share with those around her.  D. J. did not have much, yet what she did have she was always willing to share, always having an open-door and providing a safe place for family, friends, and neighborhood children whether for a meal, an afternoon respite, somewhere to go over the Holidays, or for temporary living arrangements.  She valued her family more than anything and worked tirelessly to ensure the well-being of all those she encountered even when she herself experienced loss and personal struggles in her life. D. J. was humble, resilient, empathic, a giver, radiated love, and valued togetherness. She was an everyday healer merely by staying true to her humanistic ways of engaging with the world around her and by fostering connections, emotional wellness, healing, and a sense of community.  D.J. lives on today through the actions and work of the countless individuals’ lives she touched. She is at the core of Birchlawn Place Counseling Center, INC.’s values and mission.