WISE MIND: Services Offered

Counseling for Children/Teens: Tracy Olson, MSW, LCSW provides child therapy services for Wise Mind Clinic. She sees children from the age of 5 (school age) and older. Both Tracy and Patty are available to see teenagers, 14 years and older. Parents can provide consent to treatment for children up to 13 years old. For teens 14 years and older, both the parent and the teenager must consent to treatment.

If you or your child have concerns about:

• Grades
• Worrying and anxiety
• Social problems / problems with friends
• Anger
• Aggressive behavior
• Family problems
• Adjustment or transitions
• Sadness or moodiness
• Attention or concentration problems
• Self confidence
• Grief or loss
• Self harming behavior
• GLBT issues / Pregnancy issues

An initial phone call is all that it takes to get the process started. After completing the screening, we will be able to provide information about the possible value of an evaluation/assessment and how we can help your child or teenager. At least one parent must be involved in the assessment/evaluation session and treatment planning.

Individual Counseling for Adults (and Teens)
Individual Psychotherapy/Counseling (Teens or Adults) – Individual psychotherapy can be an effective treatment for a wide range of problems, including:

• Depression, down or sad mood
• Lack of normal enjoyment
• Sleeping problems
• Eating problems or eating disorders
• Excessive worrying
• Social isolation or anxiety in social situations
• Problems with college/education
• OCD (Obsessive Compulsive Disorder)
• Irritability or anger problems
• Difficulty concentrating
• Anxiety or fearfulness
• Trauma (PTSD/Post Traumatic Stress Disorder)/prior history of abuse, sexual assault, domestic violence
• Grief or loss / life transition
• Self-injury or suicidal thinking,

We provide safe, supportive, and well-educated therapy staff for people who are LGBT (Lesbian/Gay/Bisexual/Transgender) to be able to share their concerns.We are strongly committed to respecting the religious and spiritual values of each person we see.

The areas of focus for therapy, the frequency, and length of treatment are decided by both the patient and the therapist at the start of treatment.

Marriage Counseling / Couples Therapy: Psychotherapy for couples can be helpful if you have concerns about:

• High levels of conflict or emotion when trying to communicate
• Frustration with a lack of connection and emotional distance
• Coping with an illness (mental health or other medical issue)
• Serious disagreements about parenting or household function
• Anger or Shut down problems in the relationship
• Major transitions
• Loss or Grief

***Depending on your insurance company, couples treatment may be covered by insurance. Marriage Counseling, where the sole focus of the session is the relationship (not mental health treatment), is generally not covered by insurance. However, having a primary focus on the relationship can help with communication, feeling of emptiness, or lack of mutual problem solving ideas and be helpful with treatment for a number of mental health concerns. If relationship concerns are affecting your well-being and mental health, meeting as a couple or family can be valuable. Since we are a state certified outpatient clinic, one person needs to complete the initial forms and intake/assessment appointment to determine the diagnosis, and the need for treatment. In the assessment, the individual and therapist will discuss the potential value of having the spouse, partner, or other family member participate in the treatment and will make a decision about having combined therapy be part of the treatment plan. 

Group Therapy: Group therapy can be a very helpful addition to individual therapy. Currently, we are running an adult Dialectical Behavioral Therapy Skills Training Group (DBT). This is a group that has different modules to help with distress tolerance, mindfulness, interpersonal effectiveness (relationships), and emotion regulation. Patients stay in individual therapy with a provider from Wise Mind Clinic and participate in a screening to determine whether the group is a good fit with the treatment plan and supplement to individual therapy. For more information on the DBT Skills Training Group, please contact us.

Brief Therapy Options: Many concerns are effectively addressed in brief psychotherapy (10-15 sessions). Some anxiety and depression problems, relationship problems, and adjustment issues respond very well to a brief course of treatment. Some of the treatment models we use work very well to provide relief quickly, for example, Interpersonal Therapy, and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. In these situations, the patient and therapist select a clear target and work consistently to resolve one or maybe two specific concerns. After successful treatment, you may want to prioritize new goals, or just return to psychotherapy on as needed basis. Some patients choose to end psychotherapy after a brief treatment episode, and some patients who are doing well discuss with their therapist the desire to continue services and set new targets.

Community Presentations: We have a strong commitment to sharing information with our community. We are available to speak for high school, college, and community events. Previous presentation topics have included anxiety, depression, rural issues, pregnancy and post partum mood/anxiety disorders, DBT skills training, and suicidal and self harming situations.

Professional Training: We are available to provide professional training in your agency for professionals and para-professionals in education, social services, or health care. Areas of special skill include evidence informed treatment for anxiety and mood disorders, interpersonal effectiveness, emotion regulation, distress tolerance (Dialectical Behavioral Therapy DBT Skills Training Modules), working with self harming or suicidal individuals.