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Where youth achieve functional wellness

in a dysfunctional world.

Every Youth Deserves a Chance to be Happy, Healthy and Loved

We help children and adolescents prevent mental illness and heal through a combination of evidenced-based therapeutic interventions, psycho-education, therapeutic play, and artistic expression. We offer a variety of artistic expression classes including creative dance, theater, drama, music, arts, songwriting, and crafts. In addition, we provide therapeutic services including individual, group, canine-assisted, family, filial, and various forms of play therapy.

The ElRod Center offers services to all in need, specializing in ages 2 – 24. Our unique combination of both preventative and treatment programs gives children, adolescents, and families an opportunity to have an outlet, increase emotional intelligence, and develop skills that will help them achieve functional wellness through all of life’s hills and valleys. We strive to help youth and families develop resilience, confidence, strength, emotion regulation skills, and healthy relationships.

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We are here to heal the children of our community.


ElRod Center was incorporated July 2017 in Eugene, Oregon. We are dedicated to helping youth achieve functional wellness through creative, innovative, and research-based methods. Our purpose is to promote recovery, resiliency, wellness, independence and safety for individuals receiving mental health services and support. Standards for services and support are person directed, youth guided, family driven, culturally competent, trauma & wellness informed, and promote functional and rehabilitative outcomes for individuals that are developmentally appropriate.

ElRod Center is committed to providing a work and treatment environment that promotes healing and allows people to flourish. All individuals are considered for entry without regard to race, ethnicity, gender, gender identity, gender presentation, sexual orientation, religion, familial status, marital status, creed, national origin, or age. We are inclusive with all individuals and provide a safe place for children and families to seek services.

Our heart is to serve our community with integrity. We are committed to serving and pledge to continually grow and evaluate how we can best serve every child and family that comes into the Center. Please know this is your Center, if you have any questions or concerns please reach out directly to our Clinical Director, Marian Stiegeler, LPC and she will be happy to chat with you.


Co-founders Julie Nowacki and Marian Stiegeler, LPC, MS-MHC, QMHP, CMHIMP have combined their individual passions to form a single vision to help children and teens who are suffering from emotional and social issues. Julie has 15 plus years helping manage singer/songwriters and is very passionate about seeing others pursue their dreams. She also has experience teaching in specialized preschools working with children with challenging behavior, limited communication and lack of problem solving skills. Her father in-law Rod suffered from a mental illness and took his own life in October of 2016. This tragic event inspired Julie to use her life experience and professional experiences to address the mental health crisis that was affecting youth nationwide Her vision was to create a safe place where kids of all ages could come and express themselves while increasing their social and emotional intelligence.

Marian is a licensed professional counselor and registered play therapist, and has had a life long passion for helping children. She also had a dream of opening up a play therapy center based on her own trauma that she experienced when she was younger. She has received impeccable training and valuable experience with children and families that has equipped her. She saw first-hand the need for this type of therapeutic environment for the youth in our community. So, when Julie and Marian met July of 2017 in Eugene, Oregon–they found that although their individual visions were incomplete, together their visions made one complete and beautiful dream! And with that, ElRod Center in memory of Rodney Lee Nowacki was born!

Therapeutic Art Expression Classes

ElRod Center features group therapy classes with trained and accomplished artists that focus primarily on therapeutic artistic expression and play for ages 2 – 24. Our heart-felt mission is to provide the young people of our community with a safe and nurturing environment so that they can utilize the proven power of creativity to process, heal, and grow. Moreover, we work closely with all of our families and their children to carefully assess their needs so we can offer a highly personalized approach to help them attain the personal growth they are striving for in our program.

Group Therapy Programs

Dance Therapy
Music Therapy
Art Therapy
Social Skills
Exploratory Drama
Family In-Home Consultation
Healthy relationships
Life skills instruction
Social skills
Filial therapy group
Emotional Intelligence (EQ)
Healthy coping strategies

As a nonprofit, our goal is to also keep our group therapy classes affordable for everyone. As of 2020, we are now accepting Pacific Source through OHP.


  • $5 suggested donation for creative expression classes
  • We offer our services completely Free to foster care kiddos and families that service this vulnerable population
  • Please don’t let the financial obligation prevent you from coming, we are here to help and we have community partners to help with scholarships.

ElRod Center will also provide in-home family therapeutic consultation, parent resources, life skills instruction, open play opportunities, many different types of psychoeducational classes and much more.

Presenting Problems

Anxiety Disorders
Traumatic Grief and Loss
Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)
Eating Disorders
Suicide Prevention
Trauma and PTSD
Addiction in Families
Healthy Relationships
Social Skills & more



Marian Stiegeler | Healthy Mind, Happy Heart

One of our co-founders speaks about the impact of art therapy on the suicide epidemic.

Julie Nowacki | Helping Children Pursue Their Dreams

Co-Founder Julie Nowacki on the origins of the ElRod Center, and the power of music therapy for youth.

Rick Dancer | ElRod Center The Buck Stops Here

ElRod Center to Prevent Bullying: Get Real with Rick Dancer


Ceaser is our Therapy Dog Ambassador. He is utilized and specifically trained to support youth and families in a therapeutic or group setting. Therapy dogs have a huge positive benefit in therapy sessions, and he has worked with many kiddos in individual and family sessions, giving therapy to each in the way they need it.

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“My children have benefited from the work done at ElRod Center. They are better adjusted emotionally and equipped to handle life’s adversities because of the services they received.”

“My teens have worked through traumatic stress and made big improvements.”

“The therapy model is effective and a necessary part of the community.”

“ElRod Center is having a powerful impact on the community.”

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