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Holistic Mental Health

 

Treating the whole person.

 

More than a therapy session…

Healing The Whole Person

All Riverside providers encourage regular exercise, good sleep habits, and a healthy diet. The brain simply works better with good rest and nutrients. 

Our medical staff focuses on the importance of your physical health.  Psychiatrists and nurse practitioners look for biological causes for emotional problems (e.g., thyroid disorder).  They will consider chemical imbalances as sources for emotional and thinking difficulties.  When psychiatric medications are advised, they will review the risks and benefits of medication options. 

We also encourage you to seek an initial evaluation and routine follow-up with your general practice physician to rule out medical causes of mental illness.  This as part of treating the whole person rather than just looking at symptoms.

Our counselors provide psychotherapy to support and guide you to healing of depression and anxiety. 

They listen.  They ask questions.  They listen some more.  They will help you uncover psychological aspect of mental struggle and help you to see the big picture.  Counselors discuss a variety of pathways forward and empower you to make you own choices regarding next steps.  Our counselors include psychologists, licensed professional counselors and licensed clinical social workers.

As counseling helps to reduce stress, your brain will heal and your body will relax.  Physical signs of stress (eg headache and muscle tension) are usually reduced.  Your counselor may also discuss mind-body relaxation techniques such as mindfulness or deep breathing exercises as way to prevent and manage stress.

For those with an interest in Christian spirituality, we offer a faith-based counseling option.  Several members of our staff are available to discuss Biblical principles, prayer, and meditation as part of therapy.  Individuals from other faiths and non-spiritual persons are also encouraged to follow their beliefs in order to find deeper meaning and purpose.  Faith-based counseling

Mind

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)

Riverside offers help in healing the mind. We offer highly trained and experienced counselors who will work with you to help you look more carefully at the sources and solutions for your emotional, behavioral, and relationship struggles. We don’t have the answers; we have a willingness to help you discover answers.

Psychiatric medication may be needed to restore healthy sleep patterns, concentration abilities, or healthy mood balance. Your psychiatrist or nurse practitioner can help you to weigh the risks and benefits of medication, and help you to determine if medication is necessary.

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In most cases, counseling is helpful. In most cases, medication is helpful. The two usually work better together. Therefore, if psychotherapy is not leading to significant relief of emotional impairment, your counselor may recommend that you consider an evaluation for psychiatric medication.

Body

Psychiatric Medication

Depression, anxiety, and other emotional struggles may be related to a problem in the brain. Chemical imbalances in brain cells (e.g. Low serotonin function) may result in impairments of ability to work or sustain healthy relationships.
While psychotherapy may help to restore brain cell function in mild depression and anxiety, medication management should be considered when significant impairment of school, work, or relationships develops.

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Psychiatric medication may be needed to restore healthy sleep patterns, concentration abilities, or healthy mood balance. Your psychiatrist or nurse practitioner can help you to weigh the risks and benefits of medication, and help you to determine if medication is necessary.
In most cases, counseling is helpful. In most cases, medication is helpful. The two usually work better together. Therefore, if psychotherapy is not leading to significant relief of emotional impairment, your counselor may recommend that you consider an evaluation for psychiatric medication.

Spirit

Faith-Based Counsel

Many people place great value on their spiritual perspective and seek to include discussion of spirituality as part of their counseling process. Riverside offers the option to discuss spirituality, from a Christian world view, as part of this process.

When requested, some of our therapists integrate discussions of a client’s spiritual walk and traditional forms of psychotherapy.

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When scheduling your first appointment, our receptionists will be pleased to discuss which provides offer this form of counseling. For those who do not wish to discuss issues of faith, counselors will focus on psychotherapy or medical approaches to emotional issues.

Please ask our receptionist to schedule you with a Faith Based Counselor or Psychiatrist if this is your preference.

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