Mental Health Q&A with Program Manager Amanda

May 26th, 2017 - jfsbroward

Amanda Mor, Program ManagerAmanda Mor is a LCSW,  Licensed Clinical Social Worker.

How can I find the best mental health professional for my child or myself?

One of the strongest indicators of successful counseling services is the therapeutic relationship between the counselor and client. If a client does not feel that they have a connection with their counselor then it makes it really difficult to have significant progress.  One of the best signs of a good fit between a client and counselor is the client’s ability, to be honest with their counselor.

What treatment options are available?

There are a number of treatment modalities a counselor might use based on a client’s personality or identified goal. The most common counseling methods we use here at Goodman Jewish Family Services are cognitive behavioral therapy, which can be used to treat a number of mental illnesses such as depression and anxiety, and solution-focused therapy, which helps a client identify their goals and build the skills and abilities they need to achieve their goals.

If I become involved in treatment what do I need to know?

I would compare therapy to working with a personal trainer. Personal training requires hard work, including exercise, diet tips, consistency and a little bit of discomfort to be successful. Similarly, counseling works only when a client comes to therapy regularly and experiences a bit of discomfort in addressing underlying issues. Treatment is also effective when the client applies counselor-recommended techniques outside of therapy.

What do I need to know about medications?

Here at Goodman JFS we often refer our clients to a psychiatrist to assist in the treatment of mental illness. Approximately 13% of Americans currently take antidepressant medications, and another 18% take medication for anxiety. For some clients, medication can be used on a temporary basis while counseling and other lifestyle changes are implemented. But in more severe cases, individuals may need to take medication for the remainder of their lives.

 If a medication is prescribed to me and I begin to feel better after taking it is it okay to stop taking it?

NO! It can be dangerous to abruptly stop taking a medication. It is always best to speak with a doctor about the proper way to be weaned off a particular medication.  Your doctor is your partner in fighting your mental illness.  You should always voice your medication needs and concerns honestly when speaking with your doctor.

How can I get help paying for my prescriptions?

You would be surprised as to how little some medications can cost! At many stores, such as Publix, you can obtain low-cost medications. There are also prescription coupon programs that require a simple sign-up process, as well as prescription assistance programs that require demonstrating financial need. If you cannot afford your medication, it is important that you express these financial concerns to your doctor as there may be an alternative, more affordable medication available. Medication cannot provide its desired result if a client is unable to pay for it.

Where can I go for help?

Call us here at Goodman JFS! If we are unable to provide the assistance you need, our qualified intake specialist can identify resources within the community to assist you.

How do I find a local support group?

Calling Goodman JFS at 954-370-2140 is a great first step and JFS accepts many insurance plans. Google can also be your best friend when looking for resources. Clients work with care managers to identify the best support group that addresses the specific needs of each particular client. There is always someone out there who is going through similar challenges. It is just a matter of reaching out and starting a conversation.

If you or someone you know is dealing with mental health issues or other life challenges, please contact Goodman JFS at 954- 370-2140.  Our agency recognizes these challenges and offers a clinical counseling program in a sensitive and caring atmosphere that is unmatched in Broward County.

If you are having active thoughts about suicide, please call 911, the National Suicide Prevention Hotline at 1-800-273-8255, or go to your nearest emergency room.

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