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March 10, 2021
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What to Expect in Mental Health Treatment

What is mental health counseling and how might it benefit you? This is a question facing many people today, as mental illness sheds its stigma and gains time in the spotlight. Counseling plays an important role in mental health treatment, regardless of the severity of a diagnosis. But when you’re new to mental health care, it might all seem a bit foreign. What is Mental Health Counseling? Counseling is a type of treatment provided by trained mental health professionals. Services may include psychotherapy, cognitive behavioral therapy, assessment and diagnosis, treatment planning, solution-centered therapy, substance abuse therapy, and crisis management. The goal of mental health counseling is to get to the root of the mental illness and develop a plan for managing it. Who Can Benefit? Anyone can benefit from counseling, even those who don’t have a diagnosable mental illness. You do not have to be in the severe stages of a diagnosis to gain from counseling. In fact, the earlier you seek treatment, the more successful it is likely to be. If you are living with mental illness, it can help you sort through a complicated mass of emotions and triggers so you can live a happy, healthy life. Counseling can also help your friends and family members understand what you are experiencing and how they can get involved. What Format Will It Take? You may have an image in your mind of what mental health counseling looks like: you, on a couch, while a psychologist perches on a chair and asks you probing questions. In some ways, this may not be far from the truth, but remember that what you see in movies and what happens in real life are often very different. Counseling comes in many forms, not just one-on-one. You’ll also attend group therapy with others in a similar situation, or family therapy, where you and your loved ones sit down together in a safe, controlled, therapist-guided environment. Each person will benefit from a different combination of therapy types. Who Are the Counselors? When seeking mental health counseling, always go to an accredited therapist. Qualified professionals have been trained in proven methods. These counselors draw on a number of therapies, including traditional and modern methods, to give you an individualized program that can best address your needs. Where Can I Find Counseling? Mental health counseling is available at hospitals, community centers, behavioral health care centers, and independent practices, just to name a few. The best treatment center for you will depend on a number of factors, such as location, cost, convenience, and qualifications. If you or someone you love is suffering from a mental illness call us and we can offer appropriate guidance. We also offer educational workshops for families and professionals. What to Expect in Mental Health Treatment? Taking the first step to seek treatment for your mental health or substance abuse can be overwhelming. Learning more about what to expect can help those struggling with their mental health feel a little more at ease about the process. The Mental Health Center at Destination Hope is dedicated to providing compassionate mental health treatment. Our admissions counselors are there to guide you through the process and answer your questions. Taking the first step to seek treatment for your mental health or substance abuse can be overwhelming. Learning more about what to expect can help those struggling with their mental health feel a little more at ease about the process. The Mental Health Center at Destination Hope is dedicated to providing compassionate mental health treatment. Our admissions counselors are there to guide you through the process and answer your questions.

Step 1: Completing an Assessment

After you contact the Mental Health Center, an assessment will be set up. Prior to the assessment, you will have a chance to provide the admissions professionals with background information on your condition. During the assessment, you’ll meet with an experienced mental health professional. The goal of the assessment is to determine the level of care you need and what type of treatment would be most beneficial based on your condition.

Step 2: Starting The Program

Our Mental Health Center provides various programs and we will work with you to find the one that best fits your condition and lifestyle.

 Partial Hospitalization Program

In the partial hospitalization program (PHP), you will live at the residential facilities while you undergo treatment or stay at home and commute to treatment every day. The PHP program is full-time and requires dedication and commitment. During the PHP program, several forms of therapy may be employed, including:
  • Psychotherapy
  • Cognitive behavioral therapy
  • Family therapy
  • Social skills therapy
  • Medication
In an intimate setting, you’ll receive personalized attention to manage mental illness.

Residential Health Program

The residential health program is the most intensive program that the Mental Health Center at Destination Hope has to offer. The residential program last 30, 60, or 90 days with 24-hour care in a controlled treatment environment. Both one-on-one and group therapy is available. The residential health program removes a patient from their home or social environment to promote healing, while also incorporating immersive, real-life interaction to develop their coping abilities. Key benefits of the residential health program include:
  • Ongoing medical assistance
  • Individual & group therapy
  • Dual diagnosis treatment for cooccurring substance abuse issues
  • Support group meetings
  • Medical treatment/assistance
  • Comfortable community living & furnishings
  • Proximity to South Florida beaches and access to regular activities

Intensive Outpatient Program

The Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) is designed for clients who need to continue working and taking care of their responsibilities, such as taking care of a family. The IOP is based on your condition and needs, some of the therapies that may be used include:
  • Cognitive behavioral therapy
  • Psychotherapy
  • Medication
  • Social skills therapy
IOP is typically an intermediate step between the PHP program and living without support. Generally, you will only receive treatment a few hours a day, three days a week. It’s essentially part-time treatment.

Aftercare

Once you are ready to leave, we coordinate an aftercare program. Aftercare can include case management, support group sessions and community involvement. Our mental health professionals have helped countless people get their lives back on track. Getting treatment is the first step in mental health management. Call us to get help today! Destination Hope also provides mood disorder programs, thought diagnosis programs, and dual diagnosis programs. These programs consist of focused and effective treatment that address the specific mood, thought, or addiction disorder that the patient experiences. The treatment addresses symptoms as well as the psychological, biological, and interpersonal variables. If you or someone you love is struggling with their mental health or well-being, do not hesitate to reach out to us. The Mental Health Center at Destination Hope is here to help, putting our patients first and diligently working to find the best treatment possible.

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