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Local mental health center welcomed by chamber

Mental Health & Wellness Center, LLC opened its doors to clients in January 2018 in Jessamine County to meet the needs of mental health within the community, and recently celebrated with a ribbon cutting hosted by the Jessamine County Chamber of Commerce last month.

Owned by Carol Loose and Lee-Anne Vaughn who work at MHWC as therapists, the pair said opening the center in their hometown just seemed like the perfect choice.

“We enjoy working with clients of all ages and doing so is within our scope of expertise,” Vaughn said. “We serve an equal number of adults, adolescents, and children. Ms. Loose particularly enjoys working with children and adolescents. She is a registered play therapist and works with children as young as four years old. (I) enjoy working with adults and adolescents of all ages.”

Through the chamber partnership, Vaughn said the center is pleased to be developing supportive relationships with other organizations within the community. As a chamber member, Vaughn said MHWC is afforded opportunities to connect and network with other Jessamine County business owners.

“We are so pleased to be a Chamber member,” Vaughn said. “We were eager to be a part of an organization that supports businesses with a mission of improving the quality of life in our community.”

Vaughn said it was important to open a mental health center in the community because mental health determines how we handle stress, relate to others and make life choices.

“Mental Health.gov says it best,” Vaughn said. “(It states), ‘Mental health includes our emotional, psychological, and social well-being. It affects how we think, feel, and act. It also helps determine how we handle stress, relate to others, and make choices. Mental health is important at every stage of life, from childhood and adolescence through adulthood.’”

The most utilized service at MHWC, Vaugh said, is the Individual Therapy. Although, family therapy and couples’ therapy are available options when appropriate and requested.

“We are trained as nurturing parenting facilitators and our clinic will be offering group parenting classes in the upcoming months,” Vaughn said. “Our clinical therapists are (also) trained in multiple evidenced-based therapies such as EMDR, Brainspotting, Trauma Focused – CBT, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, substance abuse treatments, and Play Therapy.”

MHWC accepts most insurances, which Vaughn said includes TRICARE, Medicaid, Medicare and self pay.

“We are excited to share that MHWC will soon be offering medication management as a new service with the addition of a psychiatric nurse practitioner,” Vaughn said. “We expect this service to be available by the first of the year.”

For more information visit www.mhwcenterky.com.