MRHC is continually working to address one of the primary health concerns affecting our rural communities, mental health. Hollie Schechinger, LMSW, provides counseling in Manning Monday-Thursday for patients 12 and older and is now accepting virtual telehealth appointments. Referrals are not needed. Schechinger is also now offering play therapy for children 5+. This is an intervention method to support children navigating traumatic experiences. As it can be challenging for children to articulate their emotions verbally, play therapy enables them to express themselves, process and communicate their traumatic experiences, and learn coping mechanisms through play.
“Play therapy is designed for children to work through trauma by telling the story in a way they know how, through play,” said Schechinger.
The focus will be on sand play therapy, utilizing a designated sand tray alongside an assortment of miniature figurines. This intervention method allows children to build boundaries, hopes, and safe places in their lives by making them in the sand tray. An array of toys, including those simulating courtroom scenarios or facilitating imaginative role-play through puppet shows and kitchen sets, will also be used. The objective is to empower children to address and prepare for potentially stressful situations.
To learn more or schedule an appointment, call (712) 655-8100. If you need additional mental health information, education, or would like to discuss support, please contact your primary care physician at (712) 655-2072. For those 65 and older, call Senior Life Solutions at (712) 655-8262. Or call the Manning Recovery Center at (712) 655-2300 and talk to a professional.