Throughout the month of May, organizations across the United States are recognizing Mental Health Month. Catholic Charities joins in this effort to raise awareness of the importance of mental health, to reduce the stigma mental illness carries, and to provide help.
If you suffer from mental illness, you’re not alone. The National Alliance on Mental Illness, or NAMI, reports “one in five people will be affected by mental illness in their lifetime.” Moreover, it’s a good thing to get treatment for mental illness. According to the Presidential Proclamation declaring Mental Health Month, “we recognize the vital role mental health plays in the well-being of individuals and our nation.”
Catholic Charities Offers Counseling Services
Catholic Charities’ Counseling staff brings a wide range of expertise, including therapists who are licensed social workers, mental health counselors or marriage and family therapists. They help clients heal and recover from a wide range of behavioral health conditions using rigorously tested methods that are proven to help clients make progress.
Most importantly, Catholic Charities therapists center the care they provide on the needs of each client. During a client’s first appointment, the therapist learns about the client’s background, current situation, overall health and goals. We create a treatment plan based on the goals clients identify.
To meet the specific needs of each client, we provide a range of behavioral health services, including:
individual counseling that provides clients with one-on-one sessions with a therapist to discuss issues that are important to the client, their health or their quality of life;
group counseling that uses proven methods to help clients practice new skills and learn they are not alone in their suffering; and
family counseling that helps clients relate more closely with family members, find the cause of children’s behavioral problems or cope with a family member’s mental illness or death.
Catholic Charities helps clients maximize the benefits of their counseling by providing additional support to apply their new skills in daily life and to participate in their communities. These supports include:
case management, which helps individuals and families with a variety of needs, such as advocacy, housing, employment, medication and referrals; and
peer counseling, in which clients receive assistance from trained and certified staff members who have personal experience being in recovery from substance use and/or mental health disorders. Peer counselors share their stories and offer encouragement and practical guidance to help clients live full and independent lives in recovery.
If you or someone you know is searching for help with a behavioral health issue, call us at (509) 242-2308.
Catholic Charities Counseling is committed to providing high-quality behavioral health services and will:
Serve all persons regardless of ability to pay
Offer discounted fees for persons who qualify
Not deny services based on a person’s race, color, sex, age, national origin, disability, religion, veteran status, gender identity or sexual orientation