A little help, at the right time, can make a huge difference!
Sometimes, certain issues in life may not require ongoing counseling sessions. But being able to quickly consult with a professional can be very helpful. Whether it’s an argument with a family member, or the need for perspective on a loved one’s struggle with mental health, our consultations are available for quick and convenient help. Some benefits of scheduling a consultation are:
- Quickly address life stressors
- Schedule your own time (scroll down)
- Be seen in as little as one hour from scheduling
- Get professional assistance quickly
- No need for diagnosis
- No need to notify insurance
Answer: Consulting is a service you seek from a professional about a short term specific problem that is causing you moderate levels of stress. A consultant has specialized knowledge and expertise to help you with that particular problem. Often consultations will be a short term engagement on specific topics. Our consultants can work with individuals or families. Teaching, training, suport, advocacy and assistance with decision making are part of consulting. The main purpose of consulting is to support you through a life stressor. There is no commitment, no diagnosis, is short term and is Not treatment.
Answer: Clinical Counseling is a process that focuses on the relief of mental health symptoms or significant distress affecting your functioning. A counselor is someone you build a relationship with to help you learn to cope, adapt, and build skills. Clinical Counseling is a clinical treatment process that looks at behavioral patterns, social history and relationships, mental health symptomatology and thinking patterns to assign a psychiatric diagnosis. That diagnosis is used to establish treatment goals and the treatment process takes steps, typically weekly, towards those goals. A clinical counselor is performing treatment and is skilled in uncovering reasons for dysfunction and debilitating conditions such as depression, anxiety, or other disorders.
Answer: Consulting services are a proactive approach to getting some guidance and support during a life transition or in daily living. Consultation is for the benefit of helping people find some answers, advice, guidance and/or resources for their particular concerns. It is usually short-term and can include phone sessions to continue the support.
A consultation provides a safe place to talk with a mental health professional about whatever concerns you may be experiencing regarding yourself or your loved ones.
It allows you the opportunity to explore problems, maybe learn some new skills (ex. communication, parenting), and get some advice to improve your quality of life.
Answer: Examples of situations a consultation would be best for: Parenting dilemma, minor ongoing marital disagreement, stress with in-laws, large or small life change, social conflict, peer pressure, decision making, trouble at school, shocking news, challenge at work, trouble balancing obligations, needing help navigating social services, school system or health care industry, any other life stressor that isn’t because of an underlying clinical diagnosis such as depression or anxiety.
Limits to Confidentiality
Conversations with our consultants are confidential, with a few rare exceptions. Consultants may need to share information in an emergency when there is an immediate threat of harm to yourself or to others. Consultants are required by law to report when a minor, elderly person, or someone otherwise incapacitated and unable to act on his/her own behalf is being abused. We don’t want anything to be a barrier to students accessing help. If you have further questions about confidentiality, we encourage you to discuss them with a consultant.
It is Important to Remember:
Live Wellness consultants are also mental health professionals, Consultations are not a substitute for psychotherapy or formal counseling and does not constitute mental health treatment. Consults are for consultation about a specific problem. Most people come to consultations only once or twice. It’s also a place where people are able to have questions answered about formal counseling. Your consultant can help you determine whether formal counseling would be useful for you.