Parenting Classes

(Individual, Couples, and Family)
Our counseling approach includes the use of the following strengthening techniques, including:

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
Negative thinking is common during difficult times. Cognitive behavioral therapy is a method for replacing negative thoughts with more positive thoughts.

Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR)
Eye movements or other forms of bilateral stimulation are used to assist in processing distressing memories and beliefs.

Personal Power
We each have the ability to control our own
thoughts, feelings, and behaviors…but not
those of others. By focusing on managing
ourselves, we become stronger and more
aware of our own personal power.

Solution-Focused Brief Therapy
Clients are viewed as the experts of their lives, capable of identifying both helpful and harmful ways of coping with similarly challenging situations from their past.

Specialized Techniques
Trish has developed the CONTROL parenting method for youth with Reactive Attachment Disorder traits, and the BEEPS elementary school empowerment initiative. Alvin has developed the sharing-caring communication method for couples.

Alternative Dispute Resolution
The Supreme Court of Ohio Dispute Resolution Section provides training for judges, magistrates, attorneys, and helping professionals. Alvin has completed extensive training in both parenting coordination and mediation – including basic mediation and advanced family/divorce and child abuse and neglect mediation. For more information visit:

Ten-week education and support groups are offered at the Arch Street location on a variety of topics including:

Mares Pairs
Building healthy relationships with ourselves and others.

Recovery and Re-Entry
Education and support for individuals in recovery and transitioning from prison to community living.

Life Skills for Young Adults
Planning for Retirement
Growing Your Small Business

Math tutoring for youth in grades 1-5.
For a current listing of workshops and tutoring sessions, visit:

Parenting Classes:
Three-hour Successful Parenting class providing an alternative to the Ross County Child Protection Center’s Families in Transition class.
Monday’s, 5-8 PM

Ten-week Effective Co-Parenting class offering a more in-depth discussion of the topics included in the Successful Parenting class.
Wednesday’s, 6-7:30 PM

Topics discussed include the following:
• Understanding your emotions and how to cope
• Communication and Parenting Plan
• Childhood Development
• Child Safety
• Mental Well-being
• Needs, Understanding and both parental and child needs
• Finances
• Education for both parents and children
• Social Services and Community Resources
• Parenting Challenges and Difficult Behaviors

Questions? Call Laura Crawford at (740)
804-6807. To register online visit:

Alvin Mares, Ph.D., LISW-S
• Counseling and Mediation

Patricia Mares, M.Ed., LPCC-S
• Child and Family Therapist

Tandy Cyrus, M.Ed., LPCC-S
• Individual, Couples and Family

Lisa Knight, M.Ed., LPC
• Child and Family Therapist

Sara Cory, M.Ed.
• Program Coordinator

Laura Crawford
• Parenting Education

Bailey Foreman
• Tutoring

Sara Flowers
• Executive Assistant

Jennifer Foreman
• Program Manager

William Beavers
• Insurance Specialist

We accept most types of insurance, with copays typically being the same as those for a regular office visit to your family doctor. For those with high deductible policies or without insurance, we limit the out-of-pocket cost to $80 per hour counseling or mediation session. Questions? Contact William (Bill) Beavers at (740) 804-6804.

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