Outpatient Psychotherapeutic Services include initial assessment, and individual, family, group, and multi-family group therapies. Outpatient Psychotherapeutic Services are defined as intentional, face-to-face interactions between a therapist and an individual, family, or group where a therapeutic relationship is established to help resolve symptoms of a mental and/or emotional disturbance.
The following are some common questions individuals have about the therapy process:
Q? Who receives therapy?
A: Most people, at one time or another need some help. For some, talking with a therapist helps them understand ways to improve their life. Sometimes people seek therapy at the advice of a primary care provider or a health agency. Sometimes it is overwhelming life stress or a crisis that causes a person to decide to go to therapy. In addition, many times people enter therapy to gain insight and acceptance about themselves and to achieve personal growth. Psychotherapy is for anyone who is unhappy with the way he or she acts or feels, and wants to change.
Q? What is therapy?
A: Therapy is a process in which a person goes to a professional in order to bring about changes in his or her own feelings, thoughts, attitudes, and/or behavior. The task of the therapist, therefore, is to help individuals make the changes they wish to make. Sometimes the person entering therapy knows changes are needed but does not know what changes to make or how to go about making them. A therapist helps the person figure this out.
Q? Are there different types of therapy?
A: There are a number of effective types of therapy. Some work better than others in treating certain disorders and conditions. There is no "one-size-fits-all" approach. In addition, some therapies have been scientifically tested more than others. These are commonly referred to as evidenced-based practices, such as cognitive behavioral therapy, motivational interviewing, or dialectical behavior therapy to name a few. Some people may have a treatment plan that includes only one type of therapy. Others receive treatment that includes elements of several different types. The kind of therapy a person receives depends on his or her needs. Your therapist will consider your particular situation and preferences to determine which approach may be best for you. An Initial Assessment is completed during the first visit. This process will enable the clinician to assess an individual’s presenting issues and reasons for seeking service as well as allowing an opportunity for the individual to get a feel for what counseling involves. The Initial Assessment involves identifying goals of counseling and discussing, with the individual, their hopes and desired outcome for therapy.
Individual therapy is a collaborative process between the therapist and the person that aims to facilitate change and improve quality of life. Therapy can help people confront barriers that interfere with emotional and mental well-being and it can also increase positive feelings such as compassion, self-esteem, love, courage, and peace.
Family therapy which helps individuals within a family understand and improve the way family members interact with each other and resolve conflicts.
Group therapy, which brings together a small group of people facing a similar mental illness or situations, is led by a qualified counselor or mental health provider.
Our Sliding Fee Scale (SFS) for individual and group therapy are as follows:
Therapy services are available to individuals with Medicaid, Medicare, VA, Tricare, most private insurances and to people without insurance. (Their fees will be based on a sliding fee schedule based on household income.)These services are available in all of our seven counties: Choctaw, Clay, Noxubee, Lowndes, Oktibbeha, Webster, and Winston.