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LifeMarks Counseling

LifeMarks Therapists 

Amy Hartman, M.A., WCC, LPC-MH, ACS, OMhP, LAC
Angela Sadowski, MSW, CSW-PIP, QMHP
Bruce S. Fogas, Ph.D.
Shawn Van Gerpen, M.D.
Timothy Soundy, M.D.
Erica Gloor, MA, LPC, QMHP
Nicole Burger, M.A., CCDCIII, CPS, LPC
Michelle McClintic, MSW, CSW-PIP
Gretchen Starnes, M.A., LPC

Volunteers of America, Dakotas' LifeMarks' affordable services include assessments, individual and group counseling, mediation, and crisis intervention available to youth, adults, couples and families. Medicaid and most insurances are accepted. A sliding fee scale is available, thanks to the support of United Way.

Counseling Services

LifeMarks Behavioral Health offers skilled professional staff. Clinicians are trained in working with a variety of every day challenges.

  • Depression
  • Stress
  • Anxiety
  • Grief and loss
  • Substance use
  • Physical, sexual and emotional abuse
  • Marital and family issues
  • Divorce
  • Parenting issues
  • Crisis situations
  • Psychological assessments
  • Psychiatric evaluations
  • Medication management

Contact Information: 605.334.1414

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Getting Help For Substance Abuse


Substance Abuse

We offer substance use evaluations for adolescents and adults. The evaluation is the first step in determining if the individual needs further assistance with their substance use. Walk-in assessments are available every Wednesday From to 8 a.m. - 10 a.m. and 1 p.m.- 3 p.m., and every Friday from 8 a.m. - 10 a.m. Assessments are also offered Monday through Friday by appointment.

Aftercare Programming

The aftercare program focuses on providing continuing care, counseling and support to adolescents and adults who have completed a structured inpatient or outpatient treatment program.

Intensive Outpatient Substance Abuse Treatment

Intensive outpatient services focus on providing intensive outpatient treatment over for ages 12 to 18 and for adults 18 and up who are harmfully involved with alcohol or other drugs. The program provides individual, group and family counseling and assists the individual in developing the skills necessary to remain substance-free and begin a recovery program.

Inpatient Chemical Dependency Treatment

We work with youth ages 12 to 18 years of age. These young people have substance use disorders. This involvement causes a negative impact on an adolescent's physical, mental, social, vocational, intellectual, emotional and spiritual development. The substance use treatment program integrates into Volunteers of America, Dakota's residential program.

Here, we provide a developmentally appropriate environment in which youth can internalize and practice knowledge, insight and skills. This environment ensures the best opportunity for a young person's ongoing success. The residential environment also provides the youth opportunity to interact with peers without a treatment focus, just as they would when in the community. Volunteers of America provides each young person with a counselor who develops a comprehensive treatment plan focusing on their substance use issues as well as behavioral or mental health issues.

Adolecent Outpatient Program


Adolescent Outpatient Program

Volunteers of America, Dakotas' adolescent intensive outpatient program is designed to treat adolescents ages 12 to 18 with substance use issues. The program utilizes the Matrix Model for Teens and Young Adults. This is a comprehensive, organized set of evidenced-based therapy.

New Start For Women in South Dakota


New Start For Women

Volunteers of America, Dakotas' New Start for Women program is a 24-hour residential program for pregnant and parenting women, and their children who have substance use disorders. New Start provides a safe, structured, therapeutic and staff-secured environment.

New Start for Women provides holistic services for pregnant and parenting women to help them lead healthy and productive lives. Participants gain insight in the following areas:

  • Attaining their high school diploma, GED or specialized skills training
  • Learning parenting, child and self care, independent living, and relationship skills
  • Addressing their Substance use, mental health or legal problems
  • Improving their employability skills
  • Accessing high-quality prenatal, postpartum and well baby care

Volunteers of America, Dakotas provides these comprehensive services to allow participants to gain the information and skills necessary to live a healthy, drug-free, satisfying life and to develop positive parenting practices to care for themselves and their child.

In addition to family therapy, daily phone and visiting hours are available to encourage family involvement from the admission process to aftercare planning.

Volunteers of America Prevention Resources


Southeastern Prevention Resource Center

Volunteers of America Dakota's Southeastern Prevention Resource Center dedicates its efforts to the following:

  • Creating safe families, schools, and communities
  • Preventing the misuse of alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs
  • Increasing safe driving and passenger safety

PRC Services

"Data Results for Substance Use in South Dakota Among Youth, Young Adults and Adults"

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Relationship University


Relationship University

Relationship University is a voluntary program providing FREE healthy relationship education to Sioux Fall area communities. Our mission is to strengthen marriages and relationships within the community for individuals and families, of all ages and diversities, through skill-based education.

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