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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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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Eight Dimensions of Wellness

Written by: Lauren Turner, Predoctoral Intern, Outpatient Behavioral Health Services For many of us, the term “wellness” is thrown around almost every day. We hear how important it is to be well from medical doctors, mental health professionals, hospital employees, talk show hosts, etc. But, what does it actually mean to be a “well” person? […]

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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 2015 is pretty startling. Where did 2014 go? Where did last winter, spring, summer and fall go? At the beginning of each year, we […]

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Recognizing Depression

It’s easy for many of us to identify what depression looks like based on what we have seen in the news and other media. Images of individuals who are often tearful, distant and isolative, or just seem to be “down in the dumps” are usually what quickly comes to mind. However, there are many “faces” […]

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Autism and winter clothing

Written by: Vivian Hazell, MSE, LPC Lead Autism Therapist at Agnesian HealthCare Many children with autism find it hard to shift to different clothes at change of seasons. The most stressful for parents is shifting to winter wear because of the need to keep exposed skin from the cold temperatures. Many times the sensory processing […]

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Holiday Tips for Families Living with Autism

Written by: Vivian Hazell, MSE, LPC Lead Autism Therapist at Agnesian HealthCare For many children with autism, holidays are full of stressors, such as a bunch of people gathered together (like for Thanksgiving dinner), different routines, (like no school), changes, (like a tree in the living room) and surprises (like opening gifts).  Here are some […]

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