Mental health services focus on helping individuals recover from mental illnesses like bipolar disorder, clinical depression, anxiety disorders, schizophrenia, and more.
Our Mental health professionals are trained to understand and treat mental health issues, both in individual, family and group settings.
HOW DO YOU DESCRIBE MENTAL HEALTH?
Mental health includes our emotional, psychological, and social well-being. It affects how we think, feel, and act. It also helps determine how we handle stress, relate to others, and make choices. Mental health is important at every stage of life, from childhood and adolescence through adulthood.
IS MENTAL ILLNESS PERMANANT?
The negative effects of mental illness are, for a large proportion of people, ongoing and pervasive. Mental illness is most often not ‘permanent‘ in the sense that its effects are not consistent over time, though the pattern of impairment and functioning can persist for many years.
WHY DO MENTAL HEALTH NEEDS GO UNTREATED?
Some factors that lead to patients balking at getting help are: The nature of mental illness often entails self-objectivity being in short supply, resulting in many patients not being aware that they need treatment or denying that fact altogether.
WHAT HAPPENS IF MY MENTAL HEALTH NEEDS GO UNTREATED?
Chronic mental illness can lead to aches, pains, and gastrointestinal distress that have no physical source. Over time, your aches and pains become detrimental to your physical health. You may develop serious physical injuries that make it even more difficult to recover from mental illness.
WHAT ARE THE SYMPTOMS OF POOR MENTAL HEALTH?
- Feeling sad or down.
- Confused thinking or reduced ability to concentrate.
- Excessive fears or worries, or extreme feelings of guilt.
- Extreme mood changes of highs and lows.
- Withdrawal from friends and activities.
- Significant tiredness, low energy or problems sleeping.
WHAT ARE THE TYPES OF MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES?
- Individual therapy.
- Group therapy.
- Family therapy.
- Support groups.
- Intensive outpatient care.
- Partial hospitalization.
- Psychiatric medications and outpatient medical management.
WHAT ARE THE MOST COMMON TREATMENTS FOR MENTAL ILLNESS?
Mental Health Treatments
- Psychotherapy. Psychotherapy is the therapeutic treatment of mental illness provided by a trained mental health professional. …
- Medication. Medication does not outright cure mental illness. …
- Hospitalization. …
- Support Group. …
- Complementary & Alternative Medicine. …
- Self Help Plan. …
- Peer Support.
CAN YOU TREAT MENTAL HEALTH WITHOUT MEDICATION?
Holistic treatment is a fast-growing segment of mental health treatment that offers natural options for those wondering how to treat mental illness without medication. Most holistic activities borrow from time-honored Eastern medical practices that help promote relaxation.
Drug addiction is a chronic disease that changes the brain circuits, including those responsible for governing self-control and other behaviors
Alcoholism is when you have trouble controlling your drinking, you are preoccupied with alcohol, you continue to use alcohol even when it causes problems in your life (job, relationships, health, etc.), you have to drink more to get the same effect, or you have withdrawal symptoms when you rapidly decrease or stop drinking.
Why do drug-addicted persons keep using drugs?
Drug addiction is a biological problem that causes changes in the brain after long term drug abuse, making it difficult to abstain from drugs without getting treatment.
Can alcoholism and addiction be cured?
Alcoholism and addiction are chronic diseases that can be managed successfully with ongoing treatment. Treatment has helped millions of people stop drinking and drugging, rebuild their lives and live a life in long-term recovery. Like other diseases, it is not always cured.
Will treatment work or will I relapse?
Treatment works and has helped millions of people rebuild their lives. Addiction has physiological and behavioral components, thus successful treatment involves changing deeply rooted behaviors. There are times when there is an underlying mental health issue that does not get treated and thus the person may turn to drugs again, causing a relapse. Relapse means the treatment needs to be either reactivated or another type of treatment needs to be utilized.
Our Substance Use services focus on helping individuals recover from alcohol and/or drug use, abuse or dependency (both illegal and prescription drugs).
Our Counselors offer both individual and group therapy.
In individual therapy, is a process through which clients work one-on-one with a trained mental health and/or Substance Use clinician in a safe, caring, and confidential environment and focus on the individuals immediate or near future issues, concerns and needs.
WHAT IS COUNSELING?
Counseling is a collaborative process which involves the development of a unique, confidential, therapeutic, helping relationship. In this relationship, the Counselor acts as a facilitator in helping the client to understand more accurately him/herself and the world around him/her; to better understand their feelings and behaviors; and to assist in their interpersonal relationships. Discussion of whatever is important and impacting someone’s life can enable an individual to grow towards greater freedom in making mature choices and taking responsible action.
WHAT IS COUNSELING LIKE?
Counseling will be a different experience for different people, as we strive to meet your individual needs based on your unique set of circumstances. In your first session, which is called an “intake” appointment, you will be asked basic, informational questions and work with your Counselor to establish goals for counseling. Goals or recommendations may include a referral for group counseling, couples counseling, signing up for a workshop, and/or a referral to another organization on- or off-campus.
What happens during the course of your counseling experience may differ over time, based on your situation, progress, or changes in your life. Your therapist may at times suggest exploring potential solutions such as relaxation training, journaling, role-playing, talking with relevant individuals, reading assignments, or even “homework.” How the therapeutic process will progress depends on your needs and goals.
WHAT ARE SOME COMMON MYTHS ABOUT COUNSELING?
Asking for help is a sign of weakness.
Contrary to this belief, it takes a great deal of emotional strength to seek help for problems that may be too overwhelming to manage alone.
A Counselor will fix my problems right away.
The goal of counseling is not for someone else to “fix” your problems. We are here to help you to identify those concerns and to set goals for yourself. Solving those problems may involve working with your therapist to explore your feelings, thoughts, and behaviors. In doing so, you can explore your options and make a decision for how to best achieve your goals. YOU are the best one to fix your problems!
A Counselor can’t understand what I am going through, because they’re not going through it themselves.
We agree that each individual is unique, and to achieve a complete understanding of one’s situation is very difficult. However, our staff members have been trained to learn about, be sensitive to, and respectful of the unique experiences of each client. Those experiences may include concerns related to gender, age, cultural background, racial/ethnic differences, sexual orientation, gender identity, family-of-origin, or socioeconomic issues.
IS WHAT I SAY IN COUNSELING CONFIDENTIAL?
Counselors have a professional, legal and ethical responsibility to follow state and federal laws concerning Confidentiality. This means that information about your counseling sessions is not shared with anyone without your expressed written permission. There are some exceptions to confidentiality, however. If there is the possibility of harm to the client or another person, or in cases of child or elder abuse, Counseling Professioals are all mandated to report certain information to the appropriate authorities. Please ask your therapist for more information about confidentiality.
HOW LONG WILL I HAVE TO BE IN COUNSELING?
Many problems can be dealt with in a brief period of time, but this is not always the case. There is no magic number or formula to determine how long it may take. During your initial intake assessment, you and your Counselor will have a conversation around deciding if your needs are best met in Outpatient Therapy or are beyond the scope of the short-term services offered. If your counseling needs exceed our session limits, your Counselor may make a referral to community resources for continued care.
You and your Counselor will speak regularly about your progress. Eventually you and your Counselor may determine that you have met your therapy goals. At this point, you may discuss your need for continued therapy. You may also bring up this topic at any time during your sessions.
FAMILY AND/OR GROUP COUNSELING
Family and/or Group counseling may be an alternative or supplement to individual counseling. It may be the best option for Individuals who are coping with Family issues, relationship or interpersonal concerns; however, it may also be appropriate for others who are dealing with issues such as depression or anxiety. The opportunity to meet with other people can provide you with peer support as you learn ways to cope.
WORKSHOPS AND SPECIFIC TOPICS.
Along with groups, there are also workshops that focus on specific topics, such as anxiety or stress management. These workshops typically meet for a brief time period and are more educational in nature than a therapy group. Ask your Counselor for more information.
WHAT IS COUPLES COUNSELING?
Couples counseling is an opportunity to work with your partner on issues that may be impacting your relationship. You may focus on communication skills, conflict resolution, or making decisions about your future together. Your Counselor will serve as a mediator and guide during these discussions and will help you work together to focus on and achieve specific goals for your relationship.
FAMILY, couples and group COUNSELING
Is a form of treatment that is designed to address specific issues affecting the health and functioning of a two or more people. It can be used to help a family through a difficult period, a major transition, or mental or behavioral health problems within your family. It can help you recognize and resolve conflicts and improve relationships.