About Agnesian HealthCare Behavioral Health Services

Agnesian HealthCare has long been recognized as a leader in providing quality care for members of our community with psychological and addictive concerns. Our highly-trained team of professionals includes psychiatrists, addictionologist, psychologists, psychotherapists, nurses, family therapists, social workers, and certified alcohol and other drug abuse (AODA) counselors. These professionals work together with three locations to serve children, adolescents, adults, couples and families.
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Learning the hard lessons of raising independent children

Written by: Tamara Langhoff, APNP at the Treffert Clinic My best friend has always come to me for parenting advice. I guess this is the benefit of having a pediatric nurse practitioner for a “bestie.” My children are three to seven years older than hers; I have “been there and done that.” When I was […]

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Yoga is a key piece of one’s healing journey

Written by: Lauren Villegas, PsyD, psychotherapist, Outpatient Behavioral Health Services Cancer steals your breath; yoga gives it back. As a psychotherapist and a yoga teacher, I am always trying to figure out ways that I can combine my two passions in a meaningful way. I recently began researching the impact yoga has on common side effects […]

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Living well with multiple sclerosis

Written by: Nancy Goranson, PhD, Agnesian HealthCare Behavioral Health Services A lot of questions come into play when an individual is diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis (MS) or for loved ones that have someone living with this disease. Here are just a few of the most common questions or concerns that arise. First of all, what […]

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New Year, New You?

Written by: Lauren Turner, MA, NCC, LPC-IT Predoctoral Intern at St. Agnes Hospital in Outpatient Behavioral Health As I write this blog, I’m reflecting on how quickly time passes. To think that it is almost 2016 is pretty startling. Where did 2015 go? Where did last winter, spring, summer and fall go? At the beginning of each year, we […]

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Happy Halloween tips for children with autism spectrum disorders

Halloween is right around the corner. Along with excitement, it often signals the beginning of the holiday season. The fall colors, trips to the pumpkin patch and candy galore – it’s a treat for our senses! Children with autism spectrum disorders may interpret and react differently to the hustle and bustle of the holiday season, […]

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A Sign of Health is Knowing When to Seek Help

By Jackie Block, LMFT, LCSW, St. Agnes Hospital  “A sign of health is knowing when to seek help.” It’s true you know when things are not going well, those who recognize a problem and seek solutions are much better off than those who chose to avoid and deny whatever the problem is. It can be […]

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Alcohol and drug abuse: identifying the issue and finding solutions (Part Three)

Part Three: helping loved ones Helping a person who drinks too much takes knowledge, compassion and patience. Some actions are helpful and others are not. Do: Try to remain calm, unemotional and factually honest about how the person’s drinking abuse hurts you and others. Discuss the concern with someone you trust – a friend, clergy […]

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Alcohol and drug abuse: identifying the issue and finding solutions (Part Two)

Part Two: how does alcohol affect you? The reason that alcohol can cause such extensive damage to the body is because it goes everywhere. There is no body cell resistant to alcohol. Your Appearance – According to researchers, more than one or two drinks a week promotes aging. Alcohol is considered a food with non-nutritional […]

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Our senses and sensory processing

Written by: Vivian Hazell, MSE, LPC Lead Autism Therapist with Agnesian HealthCare Points to consider:The only way that any person knows what is going on both internally or externally is how they gather information through their senses (central nervous system) and how they interpret that information with their brain to come up with an adaptive […]

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Alcohol and drug abuse: identifying the issue and finding solutions (Part One)

Part One: alcohol, drug abuse growing issue How many more tragedies need to occur? Each of us somehow or in some way has been adversely affected by the sobering consequences of alcohol-related concerns. The facts and statistics speak for themselves. One in every three suicide involves alcohol. Seventy-five percent of men and 50 percent of […]

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