Mental & Emotional Wellness

Mental & Emotional Wellness at HCH

Grief Coaching - at Holton Community Hospital

Grief is an incredibly profound human experience. It signifies the capacity to mend and transform during the grieving journey, ultimately embracing the inevitability of change. This transformative journey leads to the discovery of a rekindled sense of purpose and significance in life. It’s crucial to remember that every individual’s experience of grief is distinctly personal, and each encounter with loss or life transition is inherently unique.

Four Compelling Reasons to Choose Grief Coaching:

1. Navigating the Starting Point: Grief coaching helps individuals address the question, “Where do I begin?” and encourages them to take meaningful steps towards personal growth.

2. Transforming Grief into Purpose: Grief coaching guides individuals in turning their grief into a meaningful focus along the pathway of their grief journey, allowing them to find purpose and direction.

3. Embracing Resilience and Joy: Grief coaching supports the bereaved in moving towards resilience and gaining access to moments of joy during their healing process.

4. Forward-Looking Approach: Grief coaching is distinct from therapy; while therapy involves an inward-looking process, grief coaching adopts a forward-looking approach. It’s tailored for individuals ready to move forward, celebrating the memories associated with their loss as they navigate life’s changes.

It’s important to remember that those grappling with grief are not broken, but they often find themselves unsure of how to navigate this transformative process. Common questions that arise include, “Where should I even start?” or, “What can I expect along the way?” and even, “Am I handling this in the right way?” Grief coaching serves as a valuable resource that provides validation and offers a space for the expression of emotions to those who are navigating the complex terrain of grief.

Traci Smith, a Licensed Master Social Worker and Certified Grief Coach, possesses the expertise to guide and support individuals through this challenging process. 

For questions or to book an appointment, call Traci Smith, LMSW at 785-364-9617.

Behavioral Health Services at Family Medicine

Telemedicine Behavioral health, mental health and psychiatric services for adults and children

We have partnered with Integrative Health Services to provide behavioral health services to our community.  All appointments are scheduled through Holton Family Medicine and completed via telemedicine in our Holton Family Medicine clinic.

Please contact Holton Family Medicine at (785) 364-2126 to schedule your telemedicine visit.

Christy Clark, APRN


  • Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner
  • Family Nurse Practitioner
  • Hospice Care
  • 10 years in Healthcare Leadership Experience


  • Psychiatric Care
  • Medication Management
  • Individual and Family Care






Jason Poston, LCSW


  • Licensed Substance Abuse Treatment Practitioner
  • Licensed Clinical Social Worker
  • 10yrs + Providing Counseling Services
  • Certified Sex Offender Treatment Provider
  • National Certification Commission for Addiction Professionals
  • Certified AcuDetox Specialist
  • Individual, Group, Family, Marriage/Couples


  • Mental Health
  • Substance Abuse
  • Intensive Care Coordination
  • Crisis Intervention
  • Depression, Anxiety,

    PTSD, Behavioral Management, Grief/Loss, Substance Abuse,   Abuse/Neglect




Holton Community Hospital’s Senior Life Solutions program is a voluntary outpatient mental health program designed to address the distinct needs of older adults, typically aged 65 or older, who are struggling with depression and anxiety, often related to the challenges of aging.

If you or someone you know has recently encountered any of the following situations, this program may be suitable for you:

• Recently experienced a traumatic event
• Lost a spouse or close family member
• Loss of interest in previously enjoyed activities
• Changes in appetite
• Difficulty sleeping or changes in sleep patterns
• Loss of energy
• Feelings of sadness or grief lasting more than two weeks
• Feelings of worthlessness or hopelessness 

The program staff includes a board-certified psychiatrist, licensed social workers who lead group discussions as well as individual sessions, a registered nurse who assesses vitals each group day and communicates them to providers weekly, and other professionals dedicated to the emotional well-being of the seniors in our community.

Family members, physicians, or other health professionals can refer individuals to the program. However, no doctor’s referral is required.

For more information about Senior Life Solutions, call 785-364-9610. 

Nicole Baum, RN, Director; Jordan Jones, CNA; and Tiffany Blevins, LMSW