HSC – WCH Partnership To Bring Counselor To Hospital

Human Service Center – Washington County Hospital Partnership To Bring Counselor To Hospital

Human Service Center (HSC) and Washington County Hospital (WCH) are partnering to bring more opportunities for health and wellness to Washington County.

Alison Brendel, a Therapist with HSC, will be available for professional counseling on Wednesdays from 8 am to 5 pm in the hospital clinic.

Brendel has her Master’s degree in Clinical Psychology and is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor (LCPC) as well as a Certified Alcohol Drug Counselor (CADC). She also has specialized training in Dialectical Behavioral Therapy and Co-Occurring disorders. 2018 will mark Alison’s fifth year with Human Service Center.

“It’s an honor to be so welcomed by Washington County and Washington County Hospital. It’s important for all of us to be involved in caring for our community members and assist them in achieving stability in their lives and in their recovery,” said Brendel.

Alison Brendel.

Alison’s presence at the clinic addresses what HSC and WCH hope to achieve: easier access to healthcare of every kind. Similar to the flu and other common illnesses, symptoms of depression, anxiety, and substance use are often felt but sometimes left untreated by a professional.

This frequently leads to worsening symptoms and unnecessary suffering. By offering additional opportunities to access care, both organizations hope to help more people achieve and maintain healthy living.

To be referred to counseling with Alison, talk to your primary care doctor.

Alison’s care at WCH will be an addition to what she provides at HSC’s Okawville office, where she is joined by two other counseling professionals – Pam Jackson and Pat Cope.

For those not able to receive care in Nashville, all three clinicians are available in Okawville at varying hours Monday through Friday.

Washington County Hospital is a vital member of a growing list of Human Service Center Partners in the area. Sherriff Bradac, the Health Department, and many citizens are also working with HSC on a coalition to address the substance use epidemic.

More information on the care provided by Washington County Hospital can be found on their website at www.washingtoncountyhospital.org or by calling 618-327-8236.

For more information on the care provided by Human Service Center, visit their website at ourhsc.org, find them on Facebook, or call 618-243-2091.

To get involved in the opioid coalition, contact Carol Mulholland at Sparta Community Hospital at 618-443-2177.

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