Northwest Iowa is identified as an area of need for mental health services. Chris Carr, LISW identified this need, coupled it with his desire to help people, and opened his own practice. Pathways Centers for Emotinal Well Being, P.L.C has been open for one short month with his main office located in the upper level of The Depot in Cherokee.
He provides mental health therapy for a variety of problems ranging from depression and anxiety to counseling for anger managment, dealing with stress, family and marriage, and more. His philosophy stems from helping people to help themselves so that therapy isn't a permanent part of their life. He helps them set goals by looking at all the systems in their lives and asks clients from the beginning how soon they want to be done. Typically, most clients only need 8-11 visits.
Carr serves more than one location, currently serving clients in Cherokee two days a week, in Battle Creek one day, and Pocahontas two days. In September he will be adding a few more therapists who are dedicated to the area and believe in helping people the way he believes. He believes in working with a client as partner in the process of helping themselves. As a staff they will be able to serve all the locations on a daily basis and participate in staffing to give each other input, which will enable them to best serve their clients.
He decided to set up practice in Cherokee because he loves the area and the Depot provides a central location off the beaten path without the "clinical" feeling. He makes his home in Aurelia with his wife and three children.
Carr has a Masters in Social Work, which enables him to accept all mental health insurances. However, he started out going to college to be a math teacher. He discovered during his student teaching that students were lining up before and after class to talk to him about things happening in their lives.
That experience is what set the wheels in motion towards his new plan to help people. He completed his math degree and then went to work on his graduate degree in Omaha. He gained experience helping families and children at Forest Ridge in Estherville and Midwest Christian Children's Home near Peterson.
His license enables him to work just about anywhere. When most therapists would move closer to larger cities to be near large practices he chose to set up in the rural areas and attract other therapists to the area who will stay in the area and work with him.
Carr shares information about what may indicate a need for therapy because sometimes people are in better shape than they perceive. He says some signs would be sleeping longer or all the time may be one indication of depression. Another indication would be if the problems you are having affect a system in your life, for example, school, family or other relationships, or health.