Diagnosis and Level of Care

Health insurance companies require that clients are diagnosed with a DSM-V diagnosis at the clients intake session. Sometimes this diagnosis is “provisional,” meaning that more information is needed and will be gathered to confirm the “provisional diagnosis” or to choose an more appropriate diagnosis.

We see diagnosis as a “shorthand” or a way to communicate  in summary with other health care providers and insurance companies so that we know that we are talking about the same thing. You are not a diagnosis. We spend very little time talking about diagnosis in counseling because we’d rather talk about how we can help you to feel better and be happier in life.

Sometimes counseling at our level of care is not enough to give you the support you need. If this is the case, it is our ethical responsibility to help you to find providers that that can meet your needs. You may need a higher level of care, substance abuse in-patient treatment, or a partial or full hospitalization depending on the severity of your symptoms and your safety needs. It may be that you can be supported in counseling, but you also need the assistance of a good prescriber who can evaluate if medication might be helpful for you (we are not medication prescribers).

A few of the methods and models of treatment we use:
Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (Advanced)
Anger Management 12 week program (Growth Central publishing)
Mindfulness
Play therapy
Solution Focused Brief Therapy
Motivational Interviewing
Collaborative Problem Solving
Gottman Level 1
Psycho-education

Susan M. Doak, LPC. Newberg Counseling & Wellness

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