About Us

Our Mission and Vision

Our Mission: Improve wellness and empower individuals by utilizing proven strategies built on a foundation of professional expertise and personal experience through clinical quality service delivery and foundational leadership principles.

Our Vision: To help individuals become the best version of who they can be.

Karl Shallowhorn, M.S., CASAC – President and Founder

Mental health advocate, educator, speaker and coach, Karl Shallowhorn, has a proven track record of delivering engaging and informative presentations to wide-ranging audiences across the United States. His combination of lived experience and clinical expertise makes him a unique resource, whether you are looking for a keynote speaker, behavioral health trainer or leadership development coach.

Karl is the author of Working on Wellness: A Practical Guide to Mental Health, Leadership Through the Lens of the 12 Steps and is the creator of a Mastermind course based on the 12 Step Leadership concept. He has been a featured blogger and writer for BP magazine. Karl has received numerous awards for his work in the mental health field including from the National Federation of Just Communities and the Buffalo Association of Black Social Workers. He has also been selected as a presenter for TedX Buffalo 2021 with his topic being, “African American Men and Mental Health: Crisis or Opportunity.”

Karl is a much sought-after speaker and a member of the Black Speakers Network, He is the host of a Facebook Live public affairs and health program sponsored by the Community Health Center of Buffalo. Karl has also been a guest on numerous podcasts, Including Landmark Recovery Radio and Mental Health and Wealth.

As a person in long-term recovery from bipolar and co-occurring addiction disorder, Karl’s goal is to help people discover their unmet potential and eliminate the stigma associated with mental illness. He has educated diverse audiences, including behavioral health providers, law enforcement, youth, educators, veterans and faith communities, among others.

Karl has worked professionally for over 28 years in the fields of addiction counseling, mental health advocacy, higher education, and leadership development coaching. His broad experience enables him to connect with individuals and groups in a unique manner.

Karl received his Bachelor’s degree in Broadcasting and Master’s degree in Student Personnel Administration from SUNY Buffalo State. He also earned his New York State Credential in Addiction Counseling and completed the University at Buffalo Online Trauma-Informed Clinical Foundation Program.

Karl is a Health Leadership Fellow, a program sponsored by the Health Foundation of Western and Central New York.

Karl has delivered over 200 trainings and workshops on mental health and addiction-related topics and is a Certified Mental Health First Aid Instructor. His passion for excellent emotional health and wellbeing is demonstrated by his ever-increasing desire to help others.

If you’re looking for a speaker who can connect with audiences then you’ve come to the right place. Karl’s down to earth approach and relatable style sets him apart from other presenters. He will give your group actionable steps to both raise their awareness about mental health and addiction as well as the tools they can use to help themselves or someone they know.

Karl is also able to work with you if you are interested in growing as a leader, whether you are just embarking on your journey or are already serving in this role. Karl’s framework for leadership development is based on tried and true principles as well as his own professional experience.

Karl is happily married to his wife Suzy and is the proud father of two adult daughters, Sarah and Lillie. In his spare time, he enjoys collecting vinyl records and cycling.

Lisa Prefontaine, M.S., LMHC

Lisa worked at Horizon Health Services for 13 years, 5 years as Clinical Director for Mental Health Services. She has maintained a private practice since 2011 and currently is a full-time consultant and trainer in addition to seeing adolescents and adults in private practice and teaching as an adjunct professor at Medaille’s and University of Buffalo’s Mental Health Counseling Graduate programs. Lisa is passionate about personal and professional development as a whole, along with advocating for destigmatizing behavioral health issues within our community. Lisa uses her advanced training in specialty topics, including on-going training in several other clinical therapy models currently, to promote creativity, inspiration, and knowledge within the WNY therapist community.

PRIVATE PRACTITIONER

Licensed therapist in private practice seeking consultation for cases and caseload management, 1:1 clinical growth and development, and developing your practice.

EMDR CONSULTATION

EMDRIA approved Consultant in Training. Individual and group consultation for individuals providing EMDR therapy to clients. Aspects of complex trauma therapy and case conceptualization included.

AGENCY/ORGANIZATION

Contracted and individualized training packages offered. Advanced training and workshops also available.

SPECIALITY TOPICS

  • Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) Trauma Informed Care (TIC)
  • Foundations of Complex Trauma Therapy Integrating Somatic Interventions
  • Clinical Supervision Telehealth Interventions
  • Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT) Perinatal Mental Health
  • Co-Occurring Disorders

LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT

Individual or group curriculum for clinical supervision, organizational leadership in a behavioral health setting and use of self.

ADVOCACY

Public health topics and community forums for the prevention of suicide in youth.