As mental health concerns grow across the nation, Genesis Medical Associates, Inc. is proud to offer counseling services to the Pittsburgh area. Contact us to discuss your mental health concerns.
Approximately 1 in 5 adults in the U.S. - that is 43.8 million, or 18.5% - experiences mental illness in a given year. As concerns over mental health increase across the United States, we feel that it is more important than ever for family doctors and primary care practices to offer solutions and address this medical need. Many people with mental illness have a full team working with them; and that is why we believe our primary care team is just as responsible for our patient’s mental care as a psychologist or therapist.
To help increase our abilities to address mental illness, Genesis Medical Associates, Inc. now includes a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) as part of our medical team. Our primary care doctors are now the first line of defense, there to hear your concerns and to listen for red flags describing depression or other mental health issues. Should we feel that therapy may be a beneficial addition to your treatment plan, we can refer you to our in-house counselor. Our services are 100% confidential, and guarantee that your Genesis care team has full access to your complete medical history at any given time. We truly believe this approach maximizes mental health treatment efforts, and that our team’s coordinated efforts can help you regain a healthier state of being.
Licensed professional counselors (LPCs), are doctoral and master's-level mental health service providers. They are trained to work with individuals, families, and groups in treating mental, behavioral, and emotional problems and disorders. The well-rounded nature of their training makes them a quality asset to a family practice.
While primary care doctors are often the first professional a person will talk to about symptoms related to depression or other mental health issues, they are not able to provide the in-depth care needed to manage these health issues. Mental health is complex, often involving cognitive processes as well as hormonal imbalances in the brain. And while primary care doctors are trained in a variety of physical ailments and care, they do not traditionally have the expertise needed to prescribe mental health drugs or to practice psychotherapy. With that in mind, it is best to seek out mental health services from a counseling professional and to coordinate this care with your primary doctor to ensure they have a complete picture of your health at any given time.
While the final specifics of care will vary from person to person, in general, when patients begin to work with an LPC, they will typically answer questions that will help their care provider understand their situation and why they are seeking medical attention. Based on this information, the counselor can start to develop a series of interventions that involve concrete methods to address problems and concerns in a patient’s life (usually through refining and changing the client’s decision-making process). Typically, patients and counselors work together on an individual level, ensuring the patient’s focus is on what they can do within their life to change environmental contributing factors to their mental health.
The exact care approach used from patient to patient is always different. This is because LPCs offer individually based mental health counseling, with a focus on collaboration as well as a flexible nature in terms of adopting care modalities. Because of this, LPCs can offer tailored therapies and care methods that are effective for each individual patient (as long as the approach to care falls within the ethics guidelines as well as the legal standards for the counseling profession in the state in which one practices). Most importantly, this flexibility in methods and practice allows patients to find relief from mental health and illness in a way that works best for them.