Yoga, massage, art coupled with therapy to provide mental health options
Angela Roegner has dreamed about starting her own private counseling practice for the past year. With the help of her friends and colleagues, that dream will be realized this month as they open the Oasis Counseling Center.
Located at 1531 Rockford Court, just west of Don Lowery Lanes, Oasis will open Oct. 7, offering a variety of therapies and support for any number of mental illnesses or emotional issues. The goal of the center is to get the community thinking differently about mental health.
“I really want to change the face of mental health,” said Roegner. “I want to de-stigmatize it. You always think of the chronically mentally ill. I want people to know that it is acceptable to come in for therapy for all kinds of life issues. There are so many people working odd shifts that create any number of issues. It’s okay to get therapy to help handle that. It doesn’t mean they’re crazy. It’s healthy to work on issues for their own well-being.”
Roegner explained that the opportunity to create Oasis presented itself when two of her co-workers -- Jayne Ribble and Paige Pine -- expressed a willingness to branch out with her to provide treatment to the community in a different way. They were quickly joined by neuropsychologist Judey Anders and a nurse practitioner, Trina Greenwald.
That combination of talent gives Oasis more than 100 years of experience in the field and expands the potential treatment options. In addition to a wide variety of therapies and counseling, Oasis will be able to provide educational testing, medication referrals, and even service to the Spanish-speaking community.
Beyond this, Oasis will offer what some might think are unconventional or alternative therapies, but it is all part of offering the greatest array of services in order to meet the needs of the community.
“We’re going to have a massage therapist on staff, and we’ll hold all kinds of groups,” said Roegner. “We’ll have a relaxation group. We’ll have a yoga instructor along with a therapist who does guided imagery at the same time and teaches deep breathing techniques.
“There will be some art-based healing groups for sexual and domestic violence survivors. We’ll have a PTSD support group for our military veterans. That is a big need in the community. And we’ll have grief and bereavement support groups.
“We want to be a place where people can come to get the help they need and not feel like it is a weakness. We don’t want anyone to suffer in silence.”
Roegner is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW), specializing in 23 different therapeutic areas, from anger management to Dialectical Behavioral Therapy. She also sits on the St. Joseph Hospital Foundation Board and the Mental Health Association Board.
Ribble, LMHC, CCMHC, is the veteran of the group, bringing 38 years of experience as a clinical therapist. She specializes in 26 therapeutic areas, with a particular focus on women’s issues and abuse survivors. She handles clients ages 15 and older and does not specialize in marriage counseling. She also sits on the Mental Health Association Board.
Pine, LCSW, has 15 years of experience and specialized in 10 therapeutic areas, including chronic mental illness and martial/couples therapy. She works with clients ages 10 and older.
Greenwald, MSN, PMHNP-BC, is a certified developmental disabilities nurse and mental health nurse practitioner with 28 years of experience. She specializes in psychiatric evaluations and medication management for children, adolescents, and adults.
Oasis will accept all major insurance and will have weekend appointments available. For additional information, visit www.theoasiscounseling.com or call 453-4500 beginning Oct. 7.