Phone: 605-431-8595, Location: 6613 Eastridge Road, Black Hawk, SD 57718
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Mission Statement

Serenity Mental Health Services provides outpatient services for drug, alcohol and gambling addiction and mental health services. The focus of Serenity Mental Health Services is to contribute to the development or stabilization of mental health by fostering Social Interest in the lives of the clients served.

The therapeutic change process is anchored in Alfred Adler’s Theory of Individual Psychology. Individual Psychology is essentially a psychology of interpersonal relationships developed by Alfred Adler in 1911. It views man holistically as a creative, responsible, “becoming” individual moving toward fictional goals within his/her phenomenal field. Thus the individual with “psychopathology” is seen as discouraged rather than sick, and the therapeutic task is to encourage him/her, to activate his/her social interest, and to develop a new life-style through relationship analysis, and action methods.

Serenity is fostered as individuals and families are encouraged to accept the things they can not change, develop the courage to change the things that are in their power to change and gain insight into the difference. This will provide them the opportunity to face the conflicts and challenges in life with confidence in themselves and their communities.

The changes we experience in life are presented by the following concepts of the therapeutic change process identified as required to foster Serenity in clients:

S Social interest
E Early Memories
R Responsibility
E Encouragement
N Natural Consequences
I Individuality
T Teleology (Striving for a Goal)
Y Yes (No buts about it, the Courage to be imperfect, the elimination of excuses and blaming)

Simply put, Serenity Mental Health Services utilizes the concepts portrayed in the Serenity Prayer to facilitate change and spiritual transitioning.

“God Grant me the Serenity to accept the things that I can not change, the Courage to change the things I can, and the Wisdom to know the difference.”

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Diana Smith, PhD, LPC-MH owns and operates Serenity Mental Health Services and is licensed by the National Board of Certified Counselors. License number is LPC-MH2025 and she follows the ethical guidelines described by the NBCC found at their web site Diana is a member of the National Board for Certified Counselors, Certification Number 43911. In addition, she is also a member of the American Counseling Association, Member ID# 5140627. Online counseling can help you right now. Research has made it clear that this manner of offering therapy is effective and those who’ve experienced it have said they would seek it out again.

Dr. Diana is an APA (American Psychological Association) EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) approved Therapist in Training.