Employee Spotlight: Thomas and Sandy Preininger

Thomas Preininger, LCSW, M.Dlv., Psychotherapist and Licensed Clinical Social Worker

Tom, an ordained Catholic priest, has been with The Center for over six years and currently serves as a psychotherapist. With almost 30 years of experience, his counseling specialties include helping individuals, couples and families.  He deals with issues such as depression, anxiety, PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder), grief, trauma, personality disorders, emotional problems and provides spiritual direction. He has also been trained in EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing), the premier treatment for PTSD.

“Bringing spirituality into the therapy process is the biggest factor that is special to me.  For me, the core of psychotherapy is the Second Commandment: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’  The more you know how to love yourself, the more you are able to set appropriate boundaries, respect your feelings, thoughts and needs.  This allows you to look at roles and relationships in a healthier manner and find more life and peace.  When we are able to do that for ourselves, we are able to project that onto those around us.  That is what the goal of psychotherapy is.”

Sandy Preininger, Outreach Coordinator

Sandy is a retired school teacher of 30 years.  She came to The Center three years ago, and some of her responsibilities include coordinating outreach activities and grant writing.

“Everyone at The Center works together, and together we have been able to accomplish a lot in just a few years.  We’ve launched new programs such as the Expressive Therapeutic Arts Institute, the Integrated Behavioral Health Model of Care with two clinics and a special initiative to serve honorably and dishonorably discharged veterans, and have broken ground on The Seeds of Hope Garden.  I’m especially excited about our latest addition of an English bulldog therapy puppy, who is never too busy to give us wet kisses.”

Tom and Sandy have spent their lives serving the community.  Together, they recognize the tremendous need for helping adults and children struggling with life, love, marriage, divorce and more.  The work they do every day is vitally important to The Center.