Dr. Robert Stern and Therapist, Rick Shaw now offer their services on Mondays at the Hubbard Medical Clinic.
The Behavior Health Services Clinic at EMH offers outpatient behavior health services, which include intensive and extensive outpatient psychiatric programs and continuing care programs such as:
- Treatment for depression
- Treatment for Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome
- Treatment for Multiple Personalities
- Medication Management
- Family and marital counseling
- Play therapy
- Preadolescence to elderly mental disorders
- Group therapy
- Grief therapy
- *NEW* Parent-Child Interactive Therapy
Group therapy along with grief and mental health therapy programs help you focus on improving and effectively coping with the challenges of daily living.
EMH offers a full time psychiatrist who performs diagnostic evaluations and medication management for adults along with working with chronic mental disorders:
Robert Stern, D.O. Psychiatrist
Dr. Stern graduated from the University of North Texas for his Doctor of Osteopathy.
He did his Residency at Cherokee Mental Health Institute in Cherokee, Iowa. He is a Board Certified Psychiatrist who has been with EMH since 2008. He performs diagnostic evaluations, handles medication management and specializes in chronic mental disorders in adults.
Three counselors offer experience in working with people of all ages from children through elderly affected by trauma from abuse or clients who have trouble regulating emotions, along with cognitive therapy approach for children to express themselves to promoting therapeutic progress:
Sharon Freese, M.A., L.M.H.C., L.M.S.W., R.P.T.
Sharon received her Master of Arts degree in Mental Health Counseling from the University of Northern Iowa. She is a Licensed Master Social Worker, a Licensed Mental Health Therapist and a Registered Play Therapist. Her experience includes the Iowa Veterans Home, Covenant High Risk Prenatal Clinic, and Family Therapy at Quakerdale, here in Iowa.
Sharon has worked as a Mental Health Therapist at EMH since 2000. Sharon works with children, adolescents and adults in the context of family and relationships. With children Sharon utilizes her knowledge and experience with Play Therapy as a means of encouraging open expression from the child.
In 2012, Sharon added Parent Child Interactive Therapy (PCIT) sessions for children age 2 through 6 who have disruptive behaviors, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, Oppositional Defiant Disorder and Conduct Disorder. According to the Iowa Consortium for Mental Health (www.ICMentalHealth.org), EMH is the first to offer this type of therapy in Hardin and surrounding counties.
PCIT seeks to diminish undesired behaviors in young children through sessions that address the parent-child relationship. Throughout the sessions the therapist coaches the parent on interacting with the child. As the sessions advance, the therapist coaches from an adjoining room using video equipment or a one way window, and a “bug in the ear’ device to speak directly to the parent. Studies have shown PCIT to be effective in decreasing the negative behaviors it addresses in children, improving the parent-child relationship, and providing parents with satisfactory outcomes after the therapy is completed.
Rick Shaw, M.A., L.M.H.C., L.M.F.T.
Rick has a BS degree in Psychology with a Master of Arts degree in Counseling. He is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist as well as a Licensed Mental Health Counselor. Rick’s focus in mental health counseling has been primarily with individual, Family, and Relationship Counseling and works with clients 8 yrs and older.
Rick has been practicing at EMH for over 8 years and says he really enjoys his work here. He says he finds the solution oriented and cognitive therapy approaches quite useful with clients he sees.
Pamala Hammond, L.M.S.W.
Pam holds Bachelor's and Master's degrees in Social Work from the University of Northern Iowa. Pam works with all ages and emphasizes goal-oriented approach to helping her clients. Pam offers individual counseling and incorporates family members and concerned persons as needed to help all involved live their lives in the most fulfilling manner possible.
Pam join the EMH Behavior Health Services Clinic in April of 2013.