The Village ICT

The mission of The Village is to build community awareness through advocacy and education, and to promote social support and treatment of mental health issues related to childbearing throughout Southern Kansas. 

Our focus is on removing treatment barriers for those suffering from perinatal mood and anxiety disorders. These include postpartum depression and anxiety, and mental health complications related to infertility, pregnancy loss, and/or infant loss. Our work includes reducing stigma by building awareness,  improving quality care by educating mental health providers, and providing  direct service for those with limited resources. We are grounded in the belief that it takes a village to care for each other. No one should feel alone. You are not alone!

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Our Why
  • 1 in 7 Mothers experience depression or anxiety during pregnancy or postpartum.

  • Postpartum mood and anxiety disorders (PMADS) are the number one complication of childbirth.

  • Fathers can get depressed and anxious after the birth of a child too.

  • Infertility, pregnancy loss, and infant loss can create sadness and anger that might lead to depression.

  • Many people who experience these problems do not seek help because they worry about being judged, or they simply don’t know where to go.

  • No one should suffer alone. What you are going through is understandable and treatable.

Our Team
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Lauren Lahn, LCP

I am a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) in the state of Kansas and received my Bachelor’s degree from the University of Colorado and my Master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Regent University. I have previously worked in community mental health and substance abuse agencies as well as in private practice settings. I have a heart for clients that struggle particularly with postpartum depression and anxiety, birth trauma, and infant loss. 

    My experience includes working with individuals who struggle with high amounts of stress, relationship difficulties, postpartum depression, infant loss, anxiety, depression, grief, life transitions, trauma, anger management and parenting issues. 

    I am very excited to be part of the team at The Village and l am thrilled to be working with a client population that I am most passionate about.

I have always wanted to empower people to live their best lives comfortably. I believe that everyone holds value and want people to recognize that. I am passionate about women’s issues as well as body image and health. I am excited to grow this year at the Village to help fulfill  my goals.

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Sarah Post

LSCSW;
Co-founder & Board President

sarah@thevillageict.com

I founded The Village in 2018 after years of working with women as a clinical social worker which allowed me first hand knowledge of the many barriers women face during this period. For over a decade I have been working with perinatal mental health as a psycotherapist. My areas of specialty include perinatal mood and anxiety disorders, with emphasis on pregnancy and infant loss. As a leader in this field I found that there weren't enough resources in Wichita to adequately meet the mental health needs of women. I created The Village to meet the needs of those women and families that have been unseen and underserved.  My primary office is located in College HIll where I have my private practice. Besides therapy I also conduct trainings for professionals on topics related to perinatal mental health.

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Kristi McNeal

LSCSW

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Taylor Stout, MSW

Outreach Coordinator 

taylor@thevillageict.com

I began working with The Village in August of 2019 as a practicum student through the Wichita State University MSW program. I was brought on as their Outreach Coordinator in May of 2021. Being at the Village has brought me so much joy to be able to see women striving to be their best selves. I am very passionate about women's empowerment and my experiences at The Village help me with that. I love working on our social media, getting clients where they should be, and networking with other organizations. My favorite part about The Village is the people that I get to work with and the women I get to serve. I'm so thankful and humbled to be a part of this organization.   

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Sara Martin

Fundraising Coordinator

smartin@thevillage.com

 

Being a new mama, and having walked through 2 miscarriages and 5 years of infertility. Everything The Village stands for is near to my heart. I am so excited to be stepping back into the nonprofit world. Even more excited to be part of a team full of amazing women!

Tiffany Rohr, LMSW 

Tiffany is an LMSW who is passionate about supporting women through all the challenges of pregnancy and motherhood.  Tiffany Rohr grew up in Kansas and married her high school sweetheart.  After five years struggling to conceive, Tiffany experienced two difficult pregnancies and births followed by severe postpartum depression.  She credits these challenges and recovery as the driving force behind her passion to bring awareness to mental health issues relating to childbearing and the societal stigma women face.  Tiffany received her MSW from Wichita State University in 2019 and has worked as a medical social worker for the past three years.  As a military family, the Rohrs enjoy traveling the world together and creating memories.  Tiffany has been fortunate enough to call Florida, Nebraska, Georgia, and Kansas home.  When she's not traveling, you'll find Tiffany bird-watching in her favorite hammock.  Tiffany looks forward to being part of your recovery story with The Village ICT.

Board of Directors
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Lyndsey Brown
Holly Montgomery

MD

LPC

Building a community to support women is a huge passion of mine. As a counselor, I have had many encounters with clients who have suffered losses, experienced infertility, or dealt with postpartum depression. I have walked alongside them as they have grieved and worked their way through their journey in what sometimes feels like a very isolated place. However, I do not think I understood the gravity until I was in their shoes. Experiencing my own 20 week and then 10 week losses, walking this journey myself, has taught me even more and has made me realize even greater the education and support that is necessary to live with these heart-wrenching experiences. The goal of The Village in reducing the stigma and providing direct services is something that I value deeply and I want to be a part of this village. As a Licensed Professional Counselor with a PhD in Counselor Education, I bring a strong focus on mental health, and an enthusiasm and passion for the cause.

I enjoy providing patient-centered care with shared decision making in my office and hope to carry that into the community for all women and mothers. I believe better education in the community will greatly benefit our patients as well as the community. Until attention is brought to and more education provided for mental health disorders affecting women and mothers, we cannot truly address the problem. 

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Hayley McQueen
Sapphire Garcia-Lies

Doula and Founder of The Wichita Birth justice Society

As a mental health professional serving in the healthcare field as well as in private practice, I am witness to the many ways that lives are touched by every day mental health concerns. Perinatal mental health needs are important for individuals throughout the lifespan and across all demographic areas. I am passionate about mental health awareness and ensuring that all are aware that they need to protect their mental health daily.

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Dan Clifford

PhD

Strategic Planning Chair

Dan is the Children and Family Health Director at the Sedgwick County Health Department and has worked for Sedgwick County since 2016.  He received his doctorate in psychology from Wichita State University and his Master’s in Public Health from the University of Kansas Medical Center-Wichita (KUMC-W).  Dan supports a variety of maternal and child health projects across Sedgwick County and Kansas. Dan also is an adjunct professor at KUMC-W and Wichita State University.  In his free time, he enjoys woodworking and spending time with his daughter Halee and their dog Indiana (Indy). 

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Taryn Zweygardt

LMSW; Co-founder

Taryn has moved to full-time private practice. We miss her here at The Village but are grateful that she continues to provide excellent service to women in our community.

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Support Groups

Pregnancy and Postpartum Support Groups:

*Baby Friendly. Open to any mother struggling with symptoms of depression or anxiety during pregnancy or postpartum.

Wednesdays at 10-11:00am (Virtual)

Wednesdays at 5:30-6:30pm (Hybrid)

Fridays at 10-11am (in person)

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Following a very traumatic birth, postpartum depression was running rampant in my life.

After overcoming ppd and birth trauma, I couldn’t stop thinking about other moms going through the darkness that I did and the lack of resources available. The longing in my heart to be an advocate for moms will never go away. Every mom deserves to be heard, validated, and supported where she needs it. That’s why I knew I wanted to be a part of The Village. Their mission is near and dear to my heart and I’m so thankful to be a part of an organization making such an impact on the women in the community.