Evergreen Psychological Services
Writer // Janelle Morrison • Photography // Laura Arick
Whether you are looking for adult or child psychological services, Evergreen Psychological Services offers an extensive range of expertise to meet the diverse needs of all of its clients at its private practice in Zionsville.
Opened in April 2017, Evergreen Psychological Services was founded by Zionsville resident, Kelly C. Young, PsyD., HSPP. Dr. Young received her Bachelor of Arts in psychology from Miami University, her Master of Arts in clinical psychology from the University of Dayton, and her PsyD. from the University of Indianapolis.
“I was working in a private practice for about 10 years in Indianapolis and was ready to start my own [practice],” Dr. Young said. “I decided to open the practice here in Zionsville because I love the community and enjoy being part of this community, but also because I noticed that there was a need for the type of practice that I wanted to develop – a comprehensive psychological services practice that would include medication management as well as therapy from a variety of perspectives.”
Since its opening, Evergreen has brought on a licensed social worker and more psychologists who are experts in a variety of specialized therapies to work with the adult and child clientele.
The latest addition to the Evergreen team is Brett A. Presley, MD, board-certified psychiatrist. Dr. Young added, “We brought on our psychiatrist, Brett, so we would be able to fill the need for medication management as well as the therapy expertise that he brings to our practice.”
Dr. Presley is originally from Angola, Indiana. He received his Bachelor of Science from Hillsdale College and his Doctor of Medicine (MD) from the Indiana University School of Medicine. Dr. Presley completed his psychiatry residency at Indiana School of Medicine and is a board-certified psychiatrist by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. He has worked with a variety of populations, including the HIV/AIDS population in the height of the epidemic. In the current opioid crisis, Dr. Presley has been working with people from all walks of life with opioid addiction and dependence.
His work as associate medical director for a large community mental health center as well as numerous other leadership positions within his industry have allowed Dr. Presley to work in many diverse settings, including inpatient hospitals, outpatient clinics, Suboxone clinics, crisis units, and pharmaceutical research.
Prior to completing his psychiatry residency, he studied Obstetrics and Gynecology.
His experience in that field and understanding of medication management through pregnancy makes him an asset for pregnant women who are struggling with their mental health. Dr. Presley changed the trajectory of his medical training course and switched his focus from the OB/GYN field to psychiatry because he was intrigued by the rapidly developing psychiatry field where new treatments were being introduced and research dollars were actively being spent.
“The [psychiatric] industry was the ‘big boom’ at that time,” Dr. Presley explained. “We were just learning about neurotransmitters, serotonin, and how the new medications were working. It drew me back to my psychology background, and after I graduated in 1997, I went to work for a community mental health center where I was for 21 years. I did six years of pharmaceutical clinical research and have done telepsychiatry for various places around the state that were underserved. I have also sat on various nonprofit boards.”
Dr. Presley has a strong conviction about the quality of care that his clients should receive and shares that philosophy with Dr. Young and the rest of the Evergreen team.
“It is important to look at people as a whole being,” he emphasized. “Medication is just another tool in our toolbox of treating people and helping them get well. Medications are often times very helpful for people to get the most out of therapy. When people are in great distress or are having severe symptoms, they are not often able to participate in therapy or get much out of it until their symptoms get a little more under control. At that point, they can blossom and take off with their progress through therapy.”
Dr. Presley works with his clients’ primary care doctors who are treating them for other medical ailments and believes in treating the whole person, not just focusing on the specific psychiatric diagnosis. He also believes in the benefit of holistic treatment methods in addition to traditional Western medicine.
“I don’t believe in running patients through like cattle,” he said. “It is not an appropriate way to treat people. I am not here to just write prescriptions for people. I will spend as much time with folks as they need, and they can meet with me as frequently as needed. I feel that therapy is an integral part of clients’ recovery and wellness, so we have a coordinated team of therapists here [at Evergreen]. It’s a team approach, including the client as a major part of the team for achieving his/her goals.”
For more information or to schedule an appointment at Evergreen Psychological Services, LLC, visit www.evergreenzionsville.com or call 317-520-465
- ADHD • Learning Disabilities/Dyslexia
- Underlying Personality Pathology
- Mood and Anxiety Disorders • PTSD and Trauma Related Disorders • Autism
- Behavior Disorders • Cognitive Disabilities • Developmental Delays
Evergreen Psychological Services, LLC
1155 Parkway Dr., Ste. 200
Zionsville, IN 46077 evergreenzionsville.com