Three Trails EFAP
Three Trails Employee and Family Assistance Program
is a counseling agency designed to respond to the needs of employees, spouses, and dependent family members of participating businesses and organizations.

Our Mission
is to provide professional assistance early and in a timely manner so that problems do not worsen. Such concerns may include workplace stress, marriage and family tensions, alcohol and drug abuse, and other difficulties. Counselors at Three Trails assess the scope and nature of the presenting concerns and will provide counseling or refer the individuals to specialized services if appropriate.

Staff
Three Trails EFAP is staffed by two full time counselors, one part-time counselor, and an office manager. More information or scheduling of appointments may be obtained through calling 307-237-5750 or stopping by the office at 812 South David Street, Casper, WY.

Office Hours      
Day Hours Remarks  
Monday 9:00am to 6:00pm Closed during the noon hour  
Tuesday 9:00am to 7:00pm Closed during the noon hour  
Wednesday 9:00am to 6:00pm Closed during the noon hour  
Thursday 9:00am to 7:00pm Closed during the noon hour  
Friday 8:00am to 1:00pm Closed after 1:00pm  
Saturday Closed    
Sunday Closed    

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EFAP Model

Three Trails EFAP was set up in 1999 as the last program in a model that originated thoughout Canada. At present, there are approximately 18 programs in all. Our umbrella organization, Insight EFAP International, brings these programs together once a year to further development of our services for the benefit of employees. Currently, Three Trails EFAP is the only program in the United States.

Three Trails EFAP, a professionally staffed counseling agency, is located at 812 South David Street in a remote location. It is purposely not housed in any member worksites to preserve confidentiality of the clients and, therefore, make it a safer and more attractive environment. It is staffed by a licensed marriage and family therapist, 2 licensed professional counselors, and an office manager. A resource library is also available for members to check out materials on a variety of issues that help promote emotional growth.

A unique aspect of the program is the ability of a spouse, live-in partner, or dependent family member ( Up to age 18 ) to also use the service. While they may be seen as part of marriage or family counseling, they may also use the service independently of the employee.

Concerns that individuals may bring to Three Trails can be anything that interferes with living, such as marital or parenting problems, alcohol and drug use, workplace stress, depression, and many others. No concern is inappropriate since it is the counselor's job to refer individuals to appropriate services if the problem is outside of his/her expertise or falls beyond the capability of counseling at Three Trails. More importantly, no concern is too small, since prevention and early intervention is the goal of the program.

Three Trails EFAP is governed by a Board of Directors made up of designated employees of member worksites. The Executive Director of Three Trails is directly accountable to the Board and thus is accountable to the member worksites. The Board is responsible for setting policies regarding the philosophy and function of Three Trails and supervising the Executive Director.

The Employee and Family Assistance Program is also comprised of workplace EFAP committees and representatives. These are trained employees that promote the EFAP and use of Three Trails for those that may benefit from it. In addition, EFAP committees facilitate educational programming within their worksites that serves to strengthen positive living skills in their employees.

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LYNETTE COTTON

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Lynette Cotton is the Executive Director of Three Trails EFAP. She received her Bachelors degree from Adams State University in Heath with a minor in Reading. A Colorado native, Lynette arrived in Casper from Portland, OR where shewas the Chief Administrative Assistant to Larry Steele (Portland Trailblazer Alum) and The Hoop USA assisting in the growth and development of a series of high end sports and health facilities throughout the United States.

Lynette joined Three Trails EFAP in July of 2006. She loves to travel with her husband, Todd, being active in her church & spending time with their children and grandchildren.

   

CHRISTY JINDRICK-THOLL

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Christy graduated from the University of Wyoming with a Master of Science in Counselor Education in 2008. Christy is a Licensed Professional Counselor with the State of Wyoming and is a National Certified Counselor as well.

Christy started her career in the counseling field working at the Central Wyoming Counseling Center as a Case Manager in 2003 and then the Foster Parent Coordinator in 2005. She then moved on as the primary therapist for Mercer Family Resource Center, formally known as Mercer House, in 2006. There, she had extensive training and work in group therapy, substance abuse, and child/adolescent therapy.

Christy considers herself to be an existential and experiential therapist and uses a lot of art therapy, hands-on activities, and creative play in therapy. She is trained in Becoming a Love and Logic Parent, Truthought:Corrective Thinking, Quantum Learning, and Strengthening Families. Her specialty is with children and adolescents, but has worked with a variety of ages, cultures, and family dynamics. Drawing from her own personal experience, Christy also specializes in women's grief, anxiety and personal growth.

When not working, Christy loves to spend time with her 13 year old daughter, 3 year old son husband and dogs. Her hobbies include house remodeling, 4 wheeling, and playing Co-ed softball.

   

WESLEY BERTAGNOLE

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Wesley graduated from the University of Wyoming with a Master of Science in Counselor Education and a Bachelor of Science in Human Communication. He is a Licensed Professional Counselor with the state of Wyoming and is also a National Certified Counselor.

Wesley’s theoretical background is centered in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Solution Focused Therapy. By using this theoretical background, Wesley is able to give his clients the knowledge and power they need to make positive changes in their lives.

Wesley is currently working full time at Casper College as a Career Counselor where he also teaches a variety of courses. When he is not working, Wesley enjoys baking, photography, and spending time with his family.

   

BONDA ZELLER

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Bonda graduated from the University of Wyoming with a Master of Science in Counselor Education and a Bachelor in Secondary Education. She is a Licensed Professional Counselor with the State of Wyoming and is also a National Certified Counselor. She is fluent in Spanish.

Bonda has worked with youth and their families as a mental health counselor, teacher, and school counselor. She most often uses techniques from solution-focused therapy, cognitive behavior therapy, and play therapy. She enjoys working in cooperation with her clients to find options that best suit their needs.

She treasures spending time with her spouse and their three children. She likes to travel to different places, spend time outdoors, and watch movies with popcorn.

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Board Members

Participating Employers

  • Board Chairman - Gayle Schnorenberg
  • Vice Chair - Chauncy Johnson
  • Secretary - Peggy Milberger
  • Treasurer – Cyndi Magee
  • Member - Leanne Woodfill
  • Member - Crystal Mueller
  • Member - Vili Vangelova-Petkova

How do I use the service?

If you are uncertain whether you qualify for counseling services at Three Trails, check with someone from your personnel or human resource department, or a person in a management position. Each worksite determines who is eligible for the service. Once you determine that you may seek help, your spouse, life partner, or dependent family member may also seek assistance with you or independently. If you have a minor child who wishes to seek help, you are asked to attend the first session and sign a form that gives us permission to help your child.

You may call us directly at 307-237-5750 to make an appointment or inquire through an EFAP representative at your worksite. We are located at 812 South David Street in Casper, Wyoming. Our fax number is 307-237-5772.

Upon arrival you will fill out some paperwork that gives us important information in helping to provide effective service and you will meet with your counselor for fifty minutes. The first session is spent providing information to the counselor that helps him or her assess the scope and nature of your concern. If your counselor feels that a referral to another provider is in order, he or she will discuss this with you at length. In many instances, however, counseling with your EFAP counselor is appropriate and effective.

It is important to remember that your EFAP service is meant to provide timely service to a large number of people. Your patience in scheduling is appreciated. Be assured, however, that your counselor will make every attempt to insure that your needs are being addressed in the most effective way possible.

Any business, for profit or non-profit, may join Three Trails EFAP. A business may join at any time during the year (if resources are sufficient) and once that occurs, employees, spouses, and dependent family members may use the service. There is no session limit per year.

Information on a particular employee's usage of service will not be provided to employers. The confidential nature of this service is critical if employees are to benefit. General usage data for small employers will be provided on a periodic basis. Further, those who seek out Three Trails must do so voluntarily. Three Trails does not provide mandatory counseling or counseling as a punitive or disciplinary measure.

The cost for membership is $65.00 per covered employee. All full-time employees must be included in the plan. It is the Employer’s decision whether or not to include part-time employees. Employers pay the same rate for each eligible employee.

Spouses, dependent family members, and retirees may use the service at no extra assessment.

In the first year of membership, the business $65.00 per FTE assessment will be prorated. Additionally, there is a one-time $15 per FTE assessment when a business first joins. This amount is applied for research and development costs, such as educating staff members on the EFAP program, use of training consultants if necessary, and purchase of equipment that may be required to serve added employees.

If you would like further information on joining the Three Trails EFAP program, please, contact us at 307-237-5750. We would be happy to send you more information or come and speak to you and your employees at your convenience.

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Welcome to our Self Help Library page. Our library is divided into sections according to topic. Included in our library is a wide variety of reading material along with video and audio material. All employees of our current clients are eligible to use our free library check out. Feel free to stop by our office any time during our business hours and browse.

To check out material, we simply ask you to fill out a form with your name and a contact telephone number. Currently you may check out 1 book for a maximum time of 2 weeks, and a CD for 1 week. The videos may be viewed in our library. We prefer you to return the materials on time so that others may utilize this service. The following is a list, by section, with links to the titles of the materials we currently have.

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Mindfulness Meditation and Humanistic Therapy

by Don Benson, Psy.D. ABPP
September, 2010

Mindfulness meditation has received a lot of attention in the psychotherapeutic community in recent years. This form of meditation, despite being several thousand years old, has enjoyed renewed interest in the western world and particularly in the counseling and psychotherapy communities. Its psychological value to the emotional well-being of the individual, group and community cannot be overstated.

Mindfulness meditation is a form of meditation that fosters an attention to the processes of awareness. Although this is true of all meditation forms, mindfulness meditation is not as concerned with a focal point of concentration. Rather, the moment-to-moment unfolding of experience is observed in mindfulness meditation. It has been referred to as "awareness of awareness". The elements of mindfulness meditation include an attempt to cultivate an open, accepting, and nonjudgmental awareness of current experience, which can include thoughts, feelings, and sensations. For example, a feeling of anger is noticed and fully accepted during the meditation. All aspects of one's experience have inherently equal value, no matter where they fall on the continuum of pleasant to unpleasant.

The value of mindfulness meditation is seen in the ability to appreciate the transient nature of experience. A "mindless" state can be characterized as being out of touch with the actual nature of reality. For instance, thoughts are often mistaken for reality and not seen as merely being thoughts. There is a tendency for an individual to over identify with such thoughts (or feelings as well) and assign his total reality to them. Just consider the depressed person who has thoughts of self-loathing. Such a person sees these thoughts as statements of reality and defines himself accordingly. The practice of mindfulness meditation heightens the awareness and understanding that these transient aspects of experience (thoughts and feelings come and go) do not define the individual. Allowing such aspects of experience to be what they are frees us to not automatically react to them and thus gives us the ability to respond or not respond as we see fit. In this sense, mindfulness meditation teaches us to live in the moment and expands our freedom to create our lives.

Enter humanistic therapy. This form of therapy is made up of a variety of more specific therapies. The unifying factor that makes such therapies humanistic is the uncompromising belief in the freedom of the individual. People are not ultimately controlled by the environmental conditions around them, nor are they a product of early childhood experiences. Whatever influences these exact on the individual, the ultimate ability to choose one's course of action or even attitude toward something is the hallmark of the humanistic position.

Humanistic therapists are not as concerned with matters of the past as some forms of therapy are. A present focus in therapy is more characteristic of humanistic therapy, since there is literally an unending array of possibilities for the client. One's past does not define that person and does not have to determine the course of her life. In a sense, where one wants to take her life is more important than where she has been.

Humanistic therapy is concerned with uncovering authenticity. The authentic client is the healthy client, the fulfilled person. Such a person is present to her experience. She doesn't seek escape or avoidance from herself, nor does she seek resistance or defiance to her experience in the moment. Such a person knows herself. This is the goal of humanistic therapy and is the journey to be traveled.

The practice of mindfulness meditation fits with the principles of humanistic therapy. There is a concept in humanistic therapy known as unconditional positive regard (UPR) that is bestowed upon the client by the therapist. UPR captures the accepting and nonjudgmental position of being mindful to experience. It has been mistakenly seen as unqualified approval of a person's decisions and actions, but this is not the case. Rather, UPR is explained effectively through the language of mindfulness. The therapist provides an accepting and nonjudgmental response to the client's experience, fostering the client's ability to embrace his own experience without judgment and condemnation. As discussed earlier, this is a necessary condition for the client to act from an authentic position, creating the possibility for true change.

There is much that mindfulness meditation can teach regarding how to live in the present moment, something that the humanist respects as the hallmark of living fully. For example, the encounter between the therapist and the client is a genuine connection in the moment and can have a meditative quality all its own. The use of mindfulness meditation in humanistic therapy can broaden and deepen the experience of being human for each client.


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