When looking to achieve optimal health and wellness, taking good care of your psychological health is just as important as diet, exercise, and managing weight.
If you or a loved one is struggling to reduce stress, maintain a positive attitude, or approach life with self-confidence, seeing a mental health specialist can help to promote psychological health and overall well-being. Southern Hills Hospital is proud to provide its newest service to the community: RISE (Respect, Inspire, Strengthen, Empower) Behavioral Health. Our Behavioral Health Department provides assessment for seniors with behavioral health concerns and those with co-occurring medical issues. Read on to learn more about some of the main types of practitioners that may be able to assist you.
Medical doctors (MD) that undergo specialized training in the diagnosis and treatment of mental health conditions. These professionals are the only mental health practitioners that are able to prescribe medications in the treatment of mental illness. Many psychiatrists receive extra training to specialize in pediatric psychiatry, forensic psychiatry, or psychoanalysis.
Psychologists may work in a variety of settings and are able to assess and counsel patients who are in need of their services. These professionals have a doctorate (PhD) in psychology and, depending on their specific area of interest, may help to counsel families, couples, patients with eating disorders, or those suffering from serious mental illnesses.
- Mental health counselor
Mental health counselors can provide psychotherapy in either an individual or group setting. They can work in many different settings and possess a master’s degree in clinical or counseling psychology.
- Clinical social worker
These mental health practitioners provide patients undergoing traumatic life events with psychotherapy and access to community care. Most clinical social workers have an advanced degree in social work and can practice in public or private agencies.
- Alcohol and drug abuse counselor
Alcohol and drug abuse counselors are specially trained to diagnose and assist patients with addiction problems. These professionals often have specialized mental health training in addition to a bachelor’s degree and supervised clinical experience.
The mental health practitioners and other medical specialists at Southern Hills Hospital & Medical Center are dedicated to promoting the continued wellness of the residents of Las Vegas and the surrounding communities. Contact our Consult-A-Nurse healthcare referral line today at (702) 880-2700 to schedule a consultation with an experienced mental health practitioner near you. For more information about our Behavioral Health Department RISE, families are encouraged to contact 702-880-2415.