Eleanor Lowenthal, MA, LMFT, is a psychotherapist with offices in Woodstock and Norwich.
If it weren’t for grant assistance, some of Eleanor Lowenthal’s patients couldn’t receive the care they need. Lowenthal said that Ottauquechee Health Foundation grant assistance, specifically Good Neighbor Grants, is an important resource that helps people access care.
“They’re very generous and really want to be able to provide care for as many people as they can,” she said of OHF.
Lowenthal is a licensed marriage and family therapist in the Upper Valley, with offices in the Simmons building in Woodstock and Norwich. Her clients are usually individual adults and teenagers experiencing symptoms of depression, anxiety, and relationship-related issues.
“The focus tends to be existential,” she said of the care she provides. “I look at people through the lens of finding the meaning in where they are in their life span.” Depending on the diagnosis, Lowenthal uses cognitive or behavioral techniques to help manage the symptoms.
Some of her clients need financial assistance for their care, which is where OHF Good Neighbor Grants come in. Sometimes, she notes some of her clients can’t afford their co-pay. Also, Lowenthal takes some insurances, but she is not a Medicare/Medicaid provider, so Good Neighbor Grants are a great help in covering out-of-pocket costs.
“Basically, they just need care, and they’re not able to pay,” Lowenthal said. She also reduces her rate for clients receiving a grant. Lowenthal noted that the OHF program helps address the gaps in access to care that can often result within the current health insurance market.
“I think this is a little bit of a way of bridging that gap for people who haven’t been able to access appropriate health care,” she said.