Therapeutic Life Choices expands behavioral health business

BY MARK DREADFULWATER
Digital Media Coordinator – @cp_mdreadfulwat
12/29/2020 09:00 AM
Main Cherokee Phoenix
A screenshot of Therapeutic Life Choices website shows the phrase ‘Tohi Usti Gvnvnv Edasdi’ in Cherokee phonetics. It means “Peaceful Path to Walk.” Despite many small businesses being shuttered due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Tulsa-based Therapeutic Life Choices recently expanded its operations to Tahlequah. COURTESY
TULSA – Despite many small businesses being shuttered due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Tulsa-based Therapeutic Life Choices recently expanded its operations.

“I am from Tahlequah and love the community,” Therapeutic Life Choices CEO Chris Taylor said. “We have therapists that office in Tahlequah and Muskogee.”

TLC was started in 2015 by Taylor and Rhonda Churchill, under the counsel and advice of Dr. Johnnie Mark Kirk, and were able to complete all that was needed to “get the agency going.” The business has been operating since.

“We were looking for an agency that put the clients first and connected the client with a doctor that would staff with the therapist to assist in helping the client maximize the potential for wellness and assisted them in finding their own peaceful path to walk,” Taylor said.

Taylor said he has been in the behavioral health industry since 1983 and has seen how many agencies do business, and he wanted “to put together a continuum of care for the clients that I was working with.”

“I have been blessed to be able to work with some of the best in the field,” he said. “From working under Dean Lena Belle Rotton at NSU (Northeastern State University) to being able to work under Roger Ruth at Youth Services. Then getting to share years with Rhonda Churchill and Leslie Smith as clinical directors at TLC, I have got to see ethics and clinical procedures in action.”

Taylor, a Cherokee Nation citizen, has incorporated Cherokee culture into the business as well.

“After deciding on a name, we went to a Cherokee elder, Prentice Robinson to ask for a translation of the name into Cherokee,” he said. “Tohi-Usti-Gvnvnv-Edasdi, “a peaceful path to walk” was incorporated into the name.”

He said he sees the importance the Cherokee culture plays a part in the counseling services.

“Understanding Cherokee history and the fact that we shared the land with nature and understood our place has shaped me and how I operate,” he said. “Understanding wellness at a much deeper level allows us to seek balance in all aspects of one’s life. Our people have always sought the counsel of our elders. Understanding that those who operate from a position of knowledge of life’s challenges can offer the advice and direction that we need to find balance and harmony. Many of our clients are Cherokee and have understanding of some of our language. I believe that we must understand our culture to understand why we are who we are.”

Taylor said TLC offers therapy for all ages, psychiatrist visits and medication and tele-med appointments. It accepts most insurances and Medicaid. The Tahlequah office is at 118 E. Shawnee St. For information, visit therapeuticlifechoices.com.
About the Author
Mark Dreadfulwater has worked for the Cherokee Phoenix since 2006. He began as a graphic designer, a position that exposed him to all factions of the organization. Upon completing his j ...
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Mark Dreadfulwater has worked for the Cherokee Phoenix since 2006. He began as a graphic designer, a position that exposed him to all factions of the organization. Upon completing his j ...

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