The Enid News and Eagle, Enid, OK

February 19, 2011

Forming a mental picture

Local counselors offer traditional and unique services

By Bridget Nash Staff Writer
Enid News and Eagle

ENID — Physical health is important to everyone, but mental health and wellness affects everyone and is just as important.

Enid has several mental health agencies that provide a wide spectrum of services and counseling.

End Point Counseling

One provider is End Point Counseling, where Rita Osborne, licensed professional counselor, provides counseling services.

“I do counseling for children, families, adolescents and adults,” Osborne said.

End Point Counseling has been here since 1993 and offers traditional counseling services for people with a variety of needs.

Osborne said one of the most important things someone can learn in counseling is how to make the right choices — decisions “that will benefit themselves and their families” — in any situation.

Many people can benefit from seeking professional counseling whether they are having a situational problem or a long-term one.

“Anytime people feel discomfort, and they have not been able to find a resolution to the issue, then it is always good to talk to someone,” Osborne said. A counselor not only offers a different perspective on the issue but he or she can listen without bias. Sometimes, Osborne said, when people have someone to whom they can talk out loud to, they also can find resolution.

Osborne has been in the mental health field since 1975.

Youth and Family Services

Families who may need counseling plus a little more help can seek help from Youth and Family Services in Enid.

“There are a number of services we provide,” said Shelby Hall, development director.

One service is respite care for parents that provides short-term care for children with certain needs to help maintain a positive family relationship.

Youth and Family Services also provides in-school counselors in 11 of Enid’s public schools.

“What we do is provide kids with counseling to prevent classroom disruption,” Hall said. “That program has kind of exploded this year.”

Currently the in-school counseling program serves between 350 and 500 of Enid’s students.

After-school groups also are overseen by Youth and Family Services, and those groups focus on teen anger, a at-risk adolescent girls and  elementary students.

In the area of family therapy, Youth and Family Services employs a family specialist who visits homes and works within the family system.

In addition to the family specialist, all Youth and Family Services therapist see families, and there currently are 19 mental health professionals on staff, Hall said.

Parenting classes are available though Youth and Family Services.

“They are for any parent who feels like they need them,” Hall said.

Parents who may not be able to pay can apply for grants to help provide those services.

“We never turn anyone away,” said Hall.

Substance abuse programs are available, including first-time offender classes and drug assessments.

Youth and Family Services has been in business in Enid since 1974 and also offers play, art and cognitive therapy.

A mentoring program is available for at-risk youth, and Youth and Family Services also has an emergency youth shelter.

Choices Institute

Also available in Enid is Choices Institute, an outpatient, day treatment facility that provides traditional services starting from one hour a week to more intensive services for children for three hours each day five days a week.

Choices Institute offers Love and Logic parenting classes as well as individual, family and group therapy and individual and group rehabilitation.

One unique program of Choices Institute is Sib Shops for siblings of children with disabilities.