The people in the Pipestone area will soon have a new option for advisory services.
The Pipestone Counseling Center opens at 201 Second Ave. SW to Pipestone on Monday February 28. The company will be open on Mondays and Tuesdays to start and will offer in-person sessions and telehealth visits.
“We’ll add days as more people get here,” said Amy Fry, who started the new venture.
Fry is one of four counselors who will see clients at the Pipestone Counseling Center. She worked at Southwestern Mental Health (SWMH) for 13 years until 2019 and later worked in private practice at Marshall and Slayton.
She said she decided to start her own consultancy office last year in a bid to fill the need for consultancy services left by SWMH’s decision to close its Pipestone office and switch to telehealth services. Fry said she chose a career in consulting because she loved people.
“I feel like it’s a calling, something I was created for,” she said. “I love my job and I love the people.”
Fry, of Garretson, SD, is a licensed marriage and family therapist and said she works with everyone, but specializes in children and trauma. She is also a Certified Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing Therapist and a Licensed Play Therapist.
Bradd Bakken, David Johnson, Darren Lind and Jackie Tinklenberg work with Fry.
Bakken, of Walnut Grove, is a licensed professional clinical counselor and works with children and adults. Fry pointed out that he is also a farmer, operating a three-generation farm with his father and son. She said she hoped farmers would feel more comfortable talking to her.
Johnson, of Sioux Falls, is a licensed professional counselor. He has experience working with addictions and adults.
Lind, of Woodstock, is a licensed alcohol and drug counsellor. Fry said he would do group sessions on Saturday mornings to start.
“I felt it was really important to have a licensed alcohol and drug counselor join the group practice because the community needs that kind of help here,” said Fri.
Tinklenberg, of Edgerton, is an intern and will earn a master’s degree in social work from the University of South Dakota in May. She is following Fry for now and plans to start working part-time in June.
Fry said she wanted people to know that most counselors at Pipestone Counseling Center have a connection to southwestern Minnesota.
“I would like people to know that this is about our community and that we care about it,” she said. “Southwest Minnesota, we’re invested.”
To learn more about Pipestone Counseling Center or to contact one of the counsellors, visit www.pipestonecounseling.com. Fry said there will be no secretary in the office and people can contact their selected adviser directly by phone, text or email, which are available on the website.