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What is mental illness?

 

 

Mental illnesses affect everyone in one way or another. One in five people in the United States will be diagnosed with a mental illness at some point in their life. Approximately 44 million people are currently afflicted with a mental illness. You may have experienced a mental illness yourself, or you may have a friend or family member who has a mental illness.

Mental illness has a negative stigma. Society blames individuals for their mental illness. Mental illness is NOT a sign of weakness or poor character. It is not due to lifestyle choices or religious beliefs. An individual is not at fault for their mental illness. There are many factors correlated with the development of mental illnesses.

Mental illnesses range from a wide variety of inflictions. Some illnesses are more debilitating than others. Every mental illness is treatable. The most effective treatment is a combination of pharmacological (medication) and psychosocial (therapy) treatment.

Source: NAMI—The National Alliance on Mental Illness [Retrieved 2007];

1-800-950-NAMI.

 

 

What is treatment?

 

Treatment comes in many forms such as individual, couples, family and groups. It is an interactive process between the therapist and client. An initial clinical assessment is used to determine what life stressor, mental illness, addiction or situation is problematic.

Treatment is provided in a confidential and private manner within a comfortable atmosphere. The intent is to provide skills, information, education, coping mechanisms and understanding to individual personal problems. No one is turned away due to inability to pay.

 

 

 

 

 

Making an appointment

 

We do not have a waiting list. Our goal is to provide same day access.  Depending on your needs we may be able to schedule an appointment for the day you call.  Otherwise, we are usually able to schedule appointments within a week from the date you call.

We have an on-call therapist available 24/7 for all emergency calls.  If you are in crisis call us at (888) 863-0535 so that we may assist you in accessing our on-call therapist. 

We require all clients to fill out an Application for Services and a Release of Information (if applicable).  A Release of Information must be signed in order for us to acknowledge to anyone that you are a client.  We cannot release appointment times or your presence in the building to anyone without a release.  If you have a spouse or other family member that may be calling to verify appointment times, you will need to sign a release specifically for that purpose.  You have the right to cancel a signed release at any time by submitting a written request to cancel the release.  

We will provide you with a copy of our HIPAA Compliant Privacy Policy and a Professional Disclosure for the provider you are assigned to. 

When you call to make an appointment we will offer to send you the paperwork in the mail and you can bring it with you when you come in, or you can arrive a few minutes early to complete the paperwork. 

 

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