Mental Health FAQ

Members of our community struggle with mental health issues on a daily basis. Find out more about the mental health services LifeWorks NW offers to support those in need of treatment.

What is mental health treatment?

Mental health issues can range from depression and anxiety to obsessive compulsive disorder, bipolar disorder or schizophrenia. That’s why LifeWorks NW treatment is a customized program of counseling and therapy, individually tailored to the specific needs of people with mental or emotional disorders—helping them live independently and enjoy a high quality of life.

Does LifeWorks NW have anyone who can relate to my cultural background and speak my language?

Yes. Our staff is diverse and provides a wide range of treatment programs for people from a variety of cultural backgrounds including African Americans, Latinos, Russians and others.

What range of services does LifeWorks NW offer?

We offer a full range of mental health services, including outpatient counseling, intensive rehabilitation for those with serious mental illness, and residential treatment.

How long does mental health treatment usually last?

Mental health treatment is as brief as possible, and is tailored to the unique needs of each child, teen or adult. While everyone has the right to discontinue therapy at any time, we encourage individuals to consult with their trusted LifeWorks NW counselors about completing treatment.

What does treatment involve?

At LifeWorks NW, we use recognized therapies that work, tailored to the unique needs of each individual. Treatment includes confidential evaluation, and may involve a mix of individual and group therapies.

How can families and friends make a difference in the life of someone needing treatment?

Supporting a friend or loved one during mental health treatment can be challenging. It requires patience, understanding and a non-judgmental attitude, but also allows you to offer your support in a variety of ways. Be sure to care for your own physical and emotional health during this period, as recovery can be a very trying time for all involved.

Is mental health treatment worth its financial cost?

Yes. The benefits of leading a healthy, independent life after successful mental heath treatment is priceless and can last a lifetime.

What if I don’t have insurance?

We have many programs for insured and non-insured people. Please contact us to find out what programs are available to you.

Does LifeWorks NW prescribe medication?

Yes. Our medical staff and counselors evaluate medication needs necessary to serve each person.

Can I come to LifeWorks NW for medications only?

We believe your primary care physician is the best resource for addressing specific medication needs. Our medical staff will work with your physician to determine an appropriate recommendation for you.

Does LifeWorks NW offer play therapy for children?

LifeWorks NW provides many therapies for children, some of which involve play. Depending on each child’s unique needs, therapeutic play or art activities may be part of an overall treatment plan.

Will I get better?

Yes. Treatment is generally effective in helping people solve the problems they seek help for, and our experience is that most people benefit from our services.

Will I be treated in the Adult or Older Adult services?

We develop customized treatment programs based on each individual’s mental state, rather than chronological age. For example, someone experiencing memory loss or disorientation due to early Alzheimer’s would be treated in our Older Adult program.

What if the client is resistant to treatment?

We understand treatment isn’t always easy. That’s why we recommend family and friends form a support network to help the person receiving treatment. The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) is an excellent resource for families of people with mental illness. Also, if the person needing treatment is resistant or home-bound, our caring staff can provide in-home treatment when necessary.

Didn’t find an answer to your question in the FAQ? Please feel free to contact our team and we will do our best to answer your question.

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