Jilian Rakow, M.A, LPC

Jilian Rakow, M.A, LPC



Obtaining mental health services is a personal and private decision. It can also be very challenging. It can be especially challenging for people who are Deaf or hard of hearing.


There are many reasons to seek mental health services. Mental health care is provided by mental health services and qualified professionals. Each professional has specific skills, mental health professionals are licensed by the state where they work, and all professionals have codes of ethics that require certain behavior, for example, confidentiality.


Direct communication with a mental health care professional in your language and in a mode of communication that is accessible to you is almost always preferred. CCWM seeks to support the National Association for the Deaf’s (NAD) assertion that Deaf and Hard of Hearing clients are best served by the  provision of outpatient therapeutic services in their primary Language. It is in keeping with this mandate that we now offer outpatient therapeutic services provided by a Lincensed mental health profession who is fluent in American Sign Language.


Jilian Rakow, MA, LPC was a nationally certified Sign Language Interpreter through the Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf. Jilian was also endorsed by the State of Michigan as an interpreter specializing in Medical, mental health, and DeafBlind interpretation. Though Jilian no longer interprets, she has transitioned utilizing her skills and past experiences working with the deaf and Hard of hearing community to direct service provision as a mental health profession.


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