Both mental health counselors and physicians play a critical role in the healing and recovery from depression and anxiety. While physicians identify and treat the chemical and physical causes of these ailments, counselors help patients uncover underlying emotional and mental triggers as well as unhealthy thoughts that perpetuate symptoms.
Primary care physicians and mental health counselors work together to treat the whole patient in the safest, most effective way.
Untreated depression and anxiety can dramatically impact a patient’s quality of life. Depression and anxiety can affect productivity, relationships, self-value, and physical health. In the most severe cases, suicidal thoughts or death can occur. It is critical that patients suffering from depression or anxiety seek care as soon as possible to prevent complications.
Each insurance policy clearly defines what services are covered and which are not. If the patient’s insurance policy covers mental health services, a qualifying diagnosis and referral are usually required from a physician before coverage takes place. The financial team at Associates in Counseling & Mediation can assist patients in determining their level of coverage and obtaining the necessary documentation.
Mental health counseling can help patients with depression and anxiety live a normal and fulfilling life.
The number of sessions required can vary significantly from one patient to the next. Some of the factors that determine how long counseling is needed include:
Some patients require counseling for a short period of time while other patients can benefit from long-term counseling.
No. Some patients require medication while others do not. Some patients need medication for a short-time before they are able to function at a high level without it. Some patients thrive on counseling in combination with healthy lifestyle choices. What works best for each patient should be determined by the patient, his or her primary care provider, and his or her mental health counselor.
At Associates in Counseling and Mediation, we accept all insurance plans except Medicare. Here is a list of some of the plans we accept. Please contact our office if you do not see your insurance provider listed.