Why should I see a counselor if I have a mental illness?
People will often seek counseling to help cope with a specific mental illness. Perhaps you have been previously diagnosed with a mental illness that you would like to continue treatment for. Or, maybe you just think there might be something going on, but don’t know what. You might have been referred to counseling from a psychiatrist in addition to your prescribed medication.
Counseling vs. Psychiatry
Typically, counselors provide therapy, but cannot prescribe medication. Psychiatrists provide prescriptions and medical observation of your mental health care, but often refer to counselors for therapy. Counselors will sometimes work in conjunction with your psychiatrist to provide collaborative treatment for your diagnosed mental illness. We can provide you with a referral if you are interested in an evaluation by a psychiatrist. We are qualified to provide an accurate, working diagnosis for you to begin your mental health treatment.
Whatever you situation may be, counseling can help. We have a variety of counselors covering a broad spectrum of diagnoses and circumstances to help you cope better. Please give us a call today to start your personalized treatment experience.