Local Clinical Therapist Mary Brazier and Counselor Elizabeth Nelson, both having backgrounds in social work — most recently with Oklahoma Families First Inc. — have begun a practice of their own — Advocates for Change, Family Services, PLLC.

Local Clinical Therapist Mary Brazier and Counselor Elizabeth Nelson, both having backgrounds in social work — most recently with Oklahoma Families First Inc. — have begun a practice of their own — Advocates for Change, Family Services, PLLC. The pair of mental health care professionals hosted an open house at their site, at 610 N. Broadway, Thursday. Brazier decided in January it was time to branch out and friend-and-colleague Nelson followed suit.

Brazier said they attend to clients 3 years old to 100, though she laughed and made it clear she wouldn't turn away anyone older.

“We primarily help foster kids,” she said, “and do a lot of trauma work.”

Brazier said mediation, helping families learn certain basic skills, as well as parental re-entry services are also among the agency's offerings.

Supervised visits also can be conducted onsite, Brazier said.

She said she is proud to now have a large back yard available for families to use for such visits.

“You know how hard it is to have to huddle up in a small cubicle,” she said.

“We're thankful to have more space now to work,” Brazier said.

The duo also has help from independent practicing Clinician Harmony Horste.

For more information, call (405) 432-5060.