About RCS

Rochester Counseling Solutions is based on the idea that people from all backgrounds, struggling with any sort of issues deserve access to quality mental health services. Our goal is to help you make the changes necessary to improve your overall quality of life. Together we can make that change happen.

“Change can be frightening and temptation is often to resist it. But change almost always provides opportunities- to learn new things, to rethink tried processes and to improve the way we work and live.”

Klaus Schwab

Founder and executive chairman of the World Economic Forum

Our Vision for Quality Mental Health

Years ago we were faced with change. We found ourselves working for a system we could no longer support or feel good about. As much as we wanted to resist, and remain in a place that was safe and familiar, we knew we had to make a change. That was the start of Rochester Counseling Solutions.

Our vision was to create a place where people from all backgrounds, struggling with whatever issues, would feel safe and confident in receiving quality mental health services. Our hope was, through providing these services, our clients would be helped to make whatever changes were necessary, internal or external, to improve their quality of life.

To date, we have over 80 years combined experience in providing quality mental health therapy. We take great pride in the fact that we have a diverse clientele and enjoy working with people of all ages, backgrounds, sexual orientations, races, and socioeconomic statuses. It is our hope that all our clients will feel welcomed and will get the help they need to reduce their emotional suffering and live happier lives.

Meet our Counselors

Kelly Ardieta

It is my belief that therapy is about healing, change and growth. The therapeutic relationship is a vital ingredient to successful therapy. I strive to build a therapeutic relationship with my clients, where there is a sense of trust, safety and respect.

Robert Hawkes portrait with silhouette

Robert Hawkes

With over 40 years of experience treating people with mental illness, addictions and personal problems, I'm ready to help you and your situation. Now accepting next day appointments.  

For Individuals

Individual therapy is intended for those who are challenged by a particular issue or are looking to gain a greater understanding of themselves and how they relate to their environment.


For Couples

Couples therapy focuses on the dynamics between the two individuals. This may be related to a particular event in the relationship or ongoing obstacles the couple faces.

For Families

Family therapy can be helpful when the concern resides within the family itself. That may be rooted in parenting style, a child’s troubling behavior or change in family structure.