Midwest Counseling & Evaluation Services, LLC mission is to help you as the individual address a wide variety of challenges, strengthen your interpersonal and familial relationships and promote insight into the decisions you make by providing you with confidential professional counseling.
Midwest Counseling & Evaluation Services, LLC, "Where hope makes the impossible, POSSIBLE."
My therapy style includes the use of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Play Therapy, and Behavior Modification. CBT therapy is scientifically tested and is based on the cognitive model which is, simply that the way we perceive situations influences how we feel emotionally.
My goal is to help you grow from your struggles, heal from your pain, and move forward to where you want to be in your life.
Depression, fear, and anxiety are some of the most common and uncomfortable emotions that we can experience at some point in our lives. Through counseling and treatment, we are able to help you recover motivation, perspective, and joy that you once had in your life.
Many individuals can experience symptoms associated with painful and traumatic circumstances. Anxiety, fear, and hopelessness are a few emotions that can linger post traumatic events. We can help you overcome these symptoms and guide you through the process of grief and healing.
Relationship counseling can be beneficial to couples who are looking to strengthen their emotional connection, in all stages of their relationship. Therapy sessions are held with both couples and is a supportive place to discuss issues and solutions to better strengthen your relationship.
On your first visit please be prepared to complete required paperwork including a new client information form, an authorization for care and treatment form, a notice of privacy practices acknowledgment, informed consent, and be able to provide insurance information needed.
All licensed counselors are required to follow the ACA Standard Code of Ethics. The Ethical Principles are the foundation for professional ethical behavior and decision-making.
This program is designed to enable participants to consider attitudes and behavior, support positive lifestyle changes, and reduce or eliminate the use of alcohol and/or drugs. Evidenced-based curriculum is used for each program.
Alcoholism and/or drug addiction is a serious progressive illness that unless treated, can lead to mental, physical, and emotional pain. The goals of the program are to provide information about the emotional, physical, social, financial, and legal consequences of alcohol consumption and/or drug use to assist in preventing recidivism. Individuals will learn to identify and understand his/her substance use patterns and their significance for self and others and to create an appropriate and comprehensive relapse prevention plan. Each participant will be provided with an individualized treatment plan based on a treatment needs assessment, alcohol & drug screening results and intake information.
Aftercare, or continuing care, is the stage following discharge from IOP, when the individual no longer requires services at the intensity required during initial treatment. This Aftercare Program will allow individuals the opportunity to continue receiving education on the disease of addiction and the recovery process. The program is designed to support and emphasize the recovery principles and lifestyle changes that begin in a primary treatment program. It will also provide opportunities to address circumstances and issues that can jeopardize successful, ongoing recovery.
A custody evaluator is a professional who makes a written recommendation to the Court as to what custody-visitation arrangement would be in the best interests of the children involved.
Custody evaluations are most often utilized in highly contested custody disputes. In the course of an investigation, a custody evaluator will interview both parents, observe the children with each of the parent's, conduct age-appropriate interviews with the children, and interview other significant people such as teachers, daycare providers, healthcare providers, extended family members. etc. Often it may also be helpful for the evaluator to visit the child’s home. Fees are split evenly between the parent(s)/caregiver(s) for the custody evaluation. A well drafted report will contain a summary of the information collected, an assessment of the family and the needs of the children and will also recommend a custody/visitation arrangement. The custody evaluator’s recommendation is an important factor that the Court will take into consideration when deciding what custody/visitation arrangement is in the children’s best interests.
Reunification counseling is a therapeutic process intended to reunify a child with an estranged parent in a manner that will be beneficial to the child and to both parents. Sometimes a parent can lose contact with a child during the challenging and confusing process of separation, divorce, a parent having been deployed most or all of the child’s life, imprisonment, etc. It is devastating to the family when this occurs and careful and immediate intervention is necessary to decrease the likelihood of lifelong difficulties.
Reunification counseling is often recommended when a child has been separated from a parent. This counseling is often ordered by the court or suggested by the Family Law Attorneys working with the family. The goal of reunification therapy is to help the child and parent reconcile their relationship in a safe atmosphere.
Reestablishing communication regarding the child between the parents is essential. Once the process begins, the actual work of reunification must be continuously reevaluated to look for factors that need to be addressed to avoid hindering the process. Reunification, if done ethically and safely, with the best interests of the child in mind, can produce positive results, a better adjusted child and the ability for the child to have the presence of two parents in his or her life.
The Parenting Coordinator works directly with the parents to help them communicate more effectively and avoid conflicts about child-related issues. Parents who are constantly in court about child-related issues (such as a holiday visitation schedule might benefit from opinions and guidance to help make communication more effective. In addition, the parenting coordinator mediates issues, and when the parents are unable to agree, the parenting coordinator is often given the power to arbitrate what the result should be. Ultimately, the court has the final say over child custody and visitation issues, but a Parenting Coordinator can drastically reduce the need to go to court and therefore reduce conflict for the children in families involved in such disputes.
I am a SD Court Approved Treatment Provider for the First and Second Circuit Courts. If you have been court ordered to take an evaluation, click on Approved Assessments below.
You will be redirected to the Approved Assessments website, then click “Take Assessment”.
South Dakota Board of Examiners for Counselors and Marriage and Family Therapists (SDECMFT)
South Dakota Board of Addiction and Prevention Professionals (SDBAPP)
International Certification & Reciprocity Consortium (IR&RC)
South Dakota Department of Human Services
National Board for Certified Counselors (NBCC)
Professional Academy of Custody Evaluators (PACE)
Academy Register of Family Court Services