As demand for mental health services and counseling grows in the valley, Nevada Behavioral Solutions is planning to expand its services with new programs and a new location.
Nevada Behavioral Solutions is a full-service mental health operation providing care to adults and children, including psychosocial rehabilitation, basic skills training and day treatment.
The group established operations in Pahrump last summer but recently came under new management at the beginning of the year. The Pahrump operation is now owned and operated by Dr. Ron Zedek, a psychiatrist who has worked in the community since 2010.
Stephen Stepanovich, a licensed marriage, family and child therapist intern with the group, said part of what he feels makes the group different is that it offers a wide range of care.
“I think that’s what makes us more diverse than other groups. I know some agencies strictly concentrate on just adults or just children, and I like that we have everything,” he said.
Nancy Wilson, also a licensed marriage, family and child therapist intern, said the integrated mental health approach the company takes in treating patients seems to really make a difference in their recovery.
“What I really like were the integrated services, so it’s not just one thing and you don’t have to send people out (for other services),” she said. “Everything is actually here, and the people out here are just really nice, it’s a good comfortable environment to be in. And unlike in the city, you actually have a relationship with your clients — you work with them and actually build a relationship with them and their families.”
Stacy Holbrook, the group’s director, said a whole family approach to counseling has benefitted all types of patients and their loved ones.
“It’s a total family systems approach. So if someone at home is having anxiety and dealing with all of the issues at home and all the bills and stress, you can try and help the one individual, but then there is the spouse, who is also kind of fighting it at home and the children at home so by helping each individual in the family you’re kind of helping the whole family together,” she said.
In addition to providing services to help with a myriad of mental health, marriage, family and parent-child relationship issues, the group also provides crisis intervention as well.
Madison Gulli, another licensed marriage, family and child therapist intern with the group, said she believed Nevada Behavioral Solutions was one of the few places in the community that offered it.
“And I think it’s really important to have that,” she said.
Though Stepanovich has only been with the group for approximately seven months, he said the whole systems approach of offering therapy, psychiatry, medication and intervention for clients seems to make a huge difference in their recovery time.
“I’ve seen people start to feel better in less than six months,” he said.
To continue their work in providing tools to help families, Wilson said she is currently working to start a program known as “Parenting the Love and Logic Way” this year.
“We’re looking at doing a trial run in a couple of weeks and training our providers so we can get some good feedback and then launching that out into the community,” she said. “People will be able to sign up and it will be a six-week course that we’ll run weekly just on how to communicate better with your kids, how to get better responses, how to eliminate some of the arguing, some of the defiance and some of the other things families deal with. So we’re hoping it will be a positive tool we can give parents and families in the community.”
In addition to proving an additional program to help counsel and aid parents and children in the community, Behavioral Solutions also plans to make its services more streamlined by eventually moving all of its services into one building.
The group is currently working out of two buildings, one at 2780 Homestead Road and the other at 1210 E. Basin Ave.
Holbrook said it only made sense to move everyone under one roof after seeing a spike in the number of clients they were serving in the last six months.
Shallan Covington, a nurse practitioner with the group, said the move will make providers’ jobs easier because they won’t have to send clients across town for different services any longer.
“When I have clients that need therapy right away, I don’t have to go can you come pick them up or trust that the client is going to drive over there. I can just walk them down the hallway,” she said.
Holbrook said though there isn’t a set move-in date for the new location, near the intersection of Calvada and Pahrump Valley boulevards, Nevada Behavioral Solutions is actively working to get into their new space.
For more information on Nevada Behavioral Solutions or to make an appointment, call 775-727-6000 or visit www.nevadabehavioralsolutions.com.