CONNIE FRITZ-PHILLIPS
MS,NCC,LPC,LPC-MH,QMHP,LAC,ICADC,CCMHC,ACS,NCCE,NCPC

CONNIE FRITZ-PHILLIPS

Mission Statement

Phillips Mental Health Services mission is to help you as the individual address a wide variety of challenges, strengthen your interpersonal and familial relationships and promote insight into the decisions you make by providing you with confidential professional counseling. 

Phillips Mental Health Services, "Where hope makes the impossible, POSSIBLE."

My Treatment Focus

My therapy style includes the use of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Play Therapy, and Behavior Modification.  CBT therapy is scientifically tested and is based on the cognitive model which is, simply that the way we perceive situations influences how we feel emotionally.  

Client Focus

My goal is to help you grow from your struggles, heal from your pain, and move forward to where you want to be in your life. 



Therapy

Depression & Anxiety

Depression, fear, and anxiety are some of the most common and uncomfortable emotions that we can experience at some point in our lives. Through counseling and treatment, we are able to help you recover motivation, perspective, and joy that you once had in your life. 

 

Trauma & PTSD

Many individuals can experience symptoms associated with painful and traumatic circumstances. Anxiety, fear, and hopelessness are a few emotions that can linger post traumatic events. We can help you overcome these symptoms and guide you through the process of grief and healing. 

 

Relationships

Relationship counseling can be beneficial to couples who are looking to strengthen their emotional connection, in all stages of their relationship. Therapy sessions are held with both couples and is a supportive place to discuss issues and solutions to better strengthen your relationship.     

Professional Testimonials

Testimonials

Sioux Falls, SD Attorney

Connie is able to accommodate and provide services to my clients that other facilities or programs cannot or will not. She is able to work around my client's schedules to make her services available.



Professor at South Dakota State University

Connie is a very successful practitioner in the mental health field. She provides caring, compassionate support to those dealing with life's circumstances.



Director of Psychological Health at SD Air National Guard

Connie is a great therapist who has the unique ability to truly do mental health and addictions counseling. These two areas often co-mingle and it can make therapy and recovery much more complicated, but excels with this. She can also see kids and was actively involved with a great children’s program during her internship - another skill that makes her unique.


"Connie Fritz-Phillips is an excellent licensed professional counselor who is a unique blend of competence and character.  Her services are exceptional and I would highly recommend her to those suffering from adversity that life too often brings.  You can trust Connie to provide confidential services that will increase the likelihood that you will move towards fullness of life."


Tenured Professor & Licensed Psychologist







FORMS

On your first visit please be prepared to complete required paperwork including a new client information form, an authorization for care and treatment form, a notice of privacy practices acknowledgment, informed consent, and be able to provide insurance information needed.  

Code of Ethics

All licensed counselors are required to follow the ACA Standard Code of Ethics. The Ethical Principles are the foundation for professional ethical behavior and decision-making.



COUNSELING NEWS

ADDICTION SERVICES/COURT APPROVED TREATMENT

DUI FIRST OFFENDERS EDUCATION/PREVENTION

This program is designed to enable participants to consider attitudes and behavior, support positive lifestyle changes, and reduce or eliminate the use of alcohol and/or drugs.  Evidenced-based curriculum is used for each program.  

INTENSIVE OUTPATIENT SERVICES

Alcoholism and/or drug addiction is a serious progressive illness that unless treated, can lead to mental, physical, and emotional pain. The goals of the program are to provide information about the emotional, physical, social, financial, and legal consequences of alcohol consumption and/or drug use to assist in preventing recidivism.  Individuals will learn to identify and understand his/her substance use patterns and their significance for self and others and to create an appropriate and comprehensive relapse prevention plan. Each participant will be provided with an individualized treatment plan based on a treatment needs assessment, alcohol & drug screening results and intake information. 

AFTERCARE/CONTINUING CARE

Aftercare, or continuing care, is the stage following discharge from IOP, when the individual no longer requires services at the intensity required during initial treatment. This Aftercare Program will allow individuals the opportunity to continue receiving education on the disease of addiction and the recovery process. The program is designed to support and emphasize the recovery principles and lifestyle changes that begin in a primary treatment program. It will also provide opportunities to address circumstances and issues that can jeopardize successful, ongoing recovery. 


Custody Evaluations & Parent Coordination

Nationally Certified Custody Evaluator - NCCE

A custody evaluator is a professional who makes a written recommendation to the Court as to what custody-visitation arrangement would be in the best interests of the children involved.

Custody evaluations are most often utilized in highly contested custody disputes. In the course of an investigation, a custody evaluator will interview both parents, observe the children with each of the parent's, conduct age-appropriate interviews with the children, and interview other significant people such as teachers, daycare providers, healthcare providers, extended family members. etc. Often it may also be helpful for the evaluator to visit the child’s home.  Fees are split evenly between the parent(s)/caregiver(s) for the custody evaluation. A well drafted report will contain a summary of the information collected, an assessment of the family and the needs of the children and will also recommend a custody/visitation arrangement. The custody evaluator’s recommendation is an important factor that the Court will take into consideration when deciding what custody/visitation arrangement is in the children’s best interests.

Parent-Child Reunification Therapy

  

Reunification counseling is a therapeutic process intended to reunify a child with an estranged parent in a manner that will be beneficial to the child and to both parents. Sometimes a parent can lose contact with a child during the challenging and confusing process of separation, divorce, a parent having been deployed most or all of the child’s life, imprisonment, etc. It is devastating to the family when this occurs and careful and immediate intervention is necessary to decrease the likelihood of lifelong difficulties.

Reunification counseling is often recommended when a child has been separated from a parent. This counseling is often ordered by the court or suggested by the Family Law Attorneys working with the family. The goal of reunification therapy is to help the child and parent reconcile their relationship in a safe atmosphere.

Reestablishing communication regarding the child between the parents is essential. Once the process begins, the actual work of reunification must be continuously reevaluated to look for factors that need to be addressed to avoid hindering the process. Reunification, if done ethically and safely, with the best interests of the child in mind, can produce positive results, a better adjusted child and the ability for the child to have the presence of two parents in his or her life.

Nationally Certified Parent Coordinator - NCPC

The Parenting Coordinator works directly with the parents to help them communicate more effectively and avoid conflicts about child-related issues. Parents who are constantly in court about child-related issues (such as a holiday visitation schedule might benefit from opinions and guidance to help make communication more effective. In addition, the parenting coordinator mediates issues, and when the parents are unable to agree, the parenting coordinator is often given the power to arbitrate what the result should be. Ultimately, the court has the final say over child custody and visitation issues, but a Parenting Coordinator can drastically reduce the need to go to court and therefore reduce conflict for the children in families involved in such disputes.

RESOURCES

LEGAL RESOURCES

DSS/SD Department of Social Services

FAMILY SAFETY

Licensed by:

South Dakota Board of Examiners for Counselors and Marriage and Family Therapists (SDECMFT)

South Dakota Board of Addiction and Prevention Professionals (SDBAPP)

International Certification & Reciprocity Consortium (IR&RC) 

South Dakota Department of Human Services 

National Board for Certified Counselors (NBCC)

Professional Academy of Custody Evaluators (PACE)

Academy Register of Family Court Services