Outpatient Mental Health Services
Professional and confidential counseling is provided to children, adolescents, and adults for various concerns and problems.
Counseling and psychotherapy services are also offered to couples and families.
A wide range of issues brings people to counseling, including depression, anxiety, family conflict, eating disorders, behavior problems, separation, and divorce, coping with physical illness, grief and bereavement, and more.
Counseling Services may also be provided by our staff at the Platteville schools and the River Ridge school districts.
WKM routinely and regularly refers patients to the Dean Clinic for more extensive psychological testing and neuropsychological testing. Dean Clinic for more extensive psychological testing and neuropsychological testing. (WITH) Additional testing for cognitive functions, memory and learning problems, ability and achievement, and projective testing are also available.
Both are processes of interactions between a person desiring help with problems and difficulties in living and a person trained in psychological techniques and principles which offer help.
Counseling usually refers to techniques designed to help a person deal more effectively with current stresses and problems. These may involve coping with loss, coping with stress at work or home, fostering better family relationships, improving self-esteem, or improving parenting effectiveness. Counseling is usually present-oriented, educational, and preventive. Task-oriented cognitive and behavioral approaches may help the client develop techniques and strategies to help them deal more effectively with conflict, become more self-aware, and develop a better overall self-understanding.
Psychotherapy is also a process of trying to help a person become better able to cope with difficult life experiences, symptoms of emotional distress, and loss of the ability to function healthily and productively. Based on a medical model, the person in treatment may be referred to as a patient by the therapist and/or their physician. Psychotherapy may incorporate past experiences, focus on symptoms such as depression or anxiety, and focus on alleviating suffering, distress, or disability the patient is experiencing emotionally or behaviorally.
Counseling and Therapy are both collaborative ventures between you and the person helping you with problems and difficulties. Open communication, trust, honesty, and a mutual desire to improve your situation and experience are all involved. Your active participation in the therapy process can greatly facilitate reducing your symptoms and reaching your therapy goals. It is extremely important that you act responsibly by attending all scheduled appointments or giving adequate notice if you cannot attend for legitimate reasons. Successful psychotherapy requires greater participation and cooperation from you than is usually true of treatment for most physical problems. Your efforts play a crucial role in determining how much benefit will occur from the process. Your active and assertive participation in the process may include “homework” assigned by your therapist. This may include keeping a journal, measuring progress on a chart, reading, or other activities designed to foster personal growth and help you achieve your therapeutic goals.