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The Pick Family Give Back

Lidia Harding
Donor Spotlight Giving Youth and Family Counseliing
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A fortunate coincidence

Ten years ago, Brenda and Chris Pick realized they needed help with family challenges and decided to seek support from a local therapist. Fortunately, during that same month, they saw information about YES’ counseling services in a local school newsletter and decided to reach out.

Learning Dialectical Behavioral Therapy skills

YES, provided access to a counselor who positively impacted with training in Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT). DBT helps people develop healthy ways to deal with stress, regulate emotions, and improve relationships with others. For the Pick family, it meant they had a toolkit they could use to navigate difficult emotions during challenging family situations. To this day, they still implement one of the coping skills shared by the YES therapist, in which they hold an ice cube during heated moments to change moods and create calm.

Giving back to those who cannot afford services

The Pick family recognized how important access to a therapist and training in these skills was for them and many people in our community. As a family who received help when they needed it most, the Picks wanted to help those who otherwise wouldn’t be able to afford these evidence-based therapies, to have the same opportunity, and have chosen to contribute to YES every year.

Brenda and Chris believe that supporting YES and the youth of our community is more important now than ever,

“Our kids need support, and donating to YES is a great way to support all the kids in our community. But to help more kids, we need to provide more support,” says Brenda. “Especially with all the struggles nationwide, mental health issues are critical right now.”

The Pick family believes that contributing to YES is an action we all can take at a local level to support our youth today and ensure a healthier tomorrow.


Evidence-based therapy like DBT is only made possible by donors like Brenda and Chris. Please join the Picks in support of children, youth and families by donating today! Each gift, whether it’s $5 or $500, makes a significant impact in the lives of youth.

And now you can give something youth can count on by making a monthly donation to YES. A monthly gift is the most convenient and effective way to provide consistent help to children, youth, and families in our community. It’s also budget and inflation friendly.  To schedule your monthly donation, visit youtheastsideservices.org/donate

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