About Agnesian 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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Imagine if you couldn’t

Written by: Vivian Hazell, Lead Autism Therapist, Agnesian Beyond Boundaries of Autism Imagine if you couldn’t interpret what those around you are about to do or WHY they are doing it or what you should do in response…. You have just imagined being a child with autism.  Now imagine that child is in an environment [...]

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Back to School Tips

Written by: Jennifer Specht, PhD Outpatient Behavioral Health Services The start of school can be a stressful and anxiety provoking time for the entire family.  Going from the laid back times of summer to the routine and structure of the school year is a difficult transition for many families. Here are three simple ways to [...]

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How to age gracefully?

Written by: Anne Miller, MD Behavioral Health Services at St. Agnes Hospital People in the United States are living longer than ever before. Many seniors live active and healthy lives. But there’s no getting around one thing: as we age, our bodies and minds change. There are things you can do to stay healthy and [...]

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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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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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A Time When Silence was Golden

Written by: W. Drew Brandli, MSW, LCSW with Agnesian HealthCare Behavioral Health Services “I don’t think he heard me,” said a woman in speaking with a friend about her husband. “He doesn’t seem to care about what I have to say or how I feel. It is always what he thinks, and then he tells [...]

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Are Children Affected by Stress During the Holidays?

Written by Krystle Schmitz, MA, LPC-IT, Psychiatric Associates Holidays are often associated with spending meaningful and sometimes chaotic time together.  For children and adolescents, this means days off of school and having some fun!  These fun activities typically result in schedule changes and disrupted routines, which can lead kids to feeling some degree of increased [...]

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Struggling with forgiveness?

Written by: Colleen Zietlow, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist with Agnesian HealthCare Behavioral Health Services Many of the patients I work with struggle with the concept of forgiveness. Somewhere along the line forgiveness has become synonymous with giving in to somebody that has wronged us. This is not what forgiveness is. Forgiveness is letting go [...]

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Audio Blog: How parents can identify signs of autism

Agnesian HealthCare’s Janet Martin, OTR, a registered occupational therapist, discusses how autism affects sensory integration and how parents can identify signs of autism in their children.

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