What is Mental Health Counseling?

Category: Psychotherapy

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Counseling can be defined as a relatively short-term, interpersonal, theory-based process of helping persons who are fundamentally psychologically healthy resolve developmental and situational issues.

Reported purpose & perceived effectiveness
Purpose Patients Evaluations Perceived Effectiveness
Major depressive disorder 52 29
Generalized anxiety disorder 40 11
Support mental / emotional health 39 20
Post-traumatic stress disorder 27 17
Bipolar disorder 19 10

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  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell

Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects as an overall problem
Severity Evaluations
Severe
0
Moderate
4
Mild
5
None
57

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Mental Health Counseling

Side effect Patients
Apathy 2
Change in outlook 1
Costly (ie money or time) 1
Difficulty trusting others due to mild paranoia 1
Emotional abuse 1
Feeling abandoned 1

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Dosages

Based on patients currently going to Mental Health Counseling

Dosage Patients
weekly 5
45 min monthly 2
120 min monthly 2
60 min weekly 2
180 min yearly 1
50 min monthly 1
60 min monthly 1
monthly 1
100 min monthly 1
45 min weekly 1

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Why patients stopped taking Mental Health Counseling

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients
Other 14
Felt finished with this treatment 13
This particular therapist or program didn't seem to help 12
Change in health plan coverage 8
Expense 8
This type of therapy or counseling didn't seem to help 7
Completed the number of sessions covered by my insurance 6
I didn't have enough time 5
No convenient appointments available 5
Doctor's advice 4
Found another therapist or program I preferred 2
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Duration

Currently going to Mental Health Counseling

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 1
1 - 6 months 1
6 months - 1 year 1
1 - 2 years 3
2 - 5 years 2
5 - 10 years 6
10 years or more 5

Stopped going to Mental Health Counseling

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 5
1 - 6 months 15
6 months - 1 year 14
1 - 2 years 5
2 - 5 years 6
5 - 10 years 5
10 years or more 2
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 36
Usually 21
Sometimes 7
Never taken as prescribed 2
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 8
Somewhat hard to take 16
A little hard to take 20
Not at all hard to take 22
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 8
$100-199 7
$50-99 6
$25-49 7
< $25 21
Not specified 17
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8 patient evaluations for Mental Health Counseling

Jul 14, 2016 (Started Feb 15, 2010)

  • Effectiveness
    None (for Support mental / emotional health)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 60 min Monthly

  • 0 helpful marks

Nov 5, 2012 (Started May 25, 2011)

  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for low self esteem)
  • Effectiveness
    None (for obsessive-compulsive disorder)
  • Effectiveness
    None (for flat affect)
  • Effectiveness
    None (for not caring if i live or die)
  • Effectiveness
    None (for guilt or self blame)
  • Effectiveness
    None (for difficulty trusting others due to mild paranoia)
  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for Support mental / emotional health)
  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for difficulty relating to others)
  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for loneliness)
  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for generalized anxiety disorder)
  • Effectiveness
    None (for major depressive disorder)
  • Side effects
    Mild (low self esteem, apathy, flat affect, Seeking answers to ALL my questions, some relief in pain and depression, Self Doubt, guilt or self blame, difficulty trusting others due to mild paranoia, change in outlook, feeling of discouragement)
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    Very hard to take
Dosage: 200 min Monthly
Advice & Tips: My most immediate issue(s) were Obsessive Compulsive Disorder as well as Major Depressive Disorder and Anxiety. My counselor was helpful in answering questions and looking up information, but she really had no real training in what I needed her for. When I started with Excess Daytime Sleepiness, I kept forgetting appts or sleeping through them (either at home or at her office).

Jun 26, 2012 (Started May 25, 2011)

  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for low self esteem)
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for difficulty relating to others)
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for loneliness)
  • Effectiveness
    None (for Can't stop looking for answers.)
  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for generalized anxiety disorder)
  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for major depressive disorder)
  • Side effects
    Moderate (low self esteem, apathy, flat affect, Seeking answers to ALL my questions, some relief in pain and depression, Self Doubt, guilt or self blame, difficulty trusting others due to mild paranoia, change in outlook)
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    Somewhat hard to take
Dosage: 200 min Monthly
Advice & Tips: I'm not entirely sure my therapist understands how deeply my issues affect ME. She thinks everything can be solved by just stopping the obsessive behaviors--she claims they are a substitution for something else--I want to know WHAT THAT SOMETHING ELSE IS. I am also constantly obsessed with details--I am always asking questions about the most minute things; I can't even get through a movie because I get caught up with minor inconsistencies and I don't appreciate the "editorial license" that producers take, even though I'm an [former] editor, copywriter, copyeditor and published writer. I want all these questions in my head to stop.

  • 0 helpful marks

Aug 21, 2012 (Started Feb 06, 2012)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for suicidal thoughts or urges)
  • Side effects
    Mild
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Somewhat hard to take

  • 0 helpful marks
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