Mental Health Links


The following links provide information on topics related to mental health.


Addiction and Recovery

Alcoholics Anonymous
Alcoholics Anonymous Recovery Resources
Center for On-Line Addiction
www.DUIFoundation.org
Habit Smart
Substance Abuse/Addiction
Treatment and Recovery
Web of Addictions


Anger Management

AngerManagementGroups.com


Anxiety Disorders

Answers to Your Questions About Panic Disorder
National Center for PTSD
Obsessive Compulsive Information Center


Associations & Institutes

American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry (AACAP)
American Psychiatric Association
American Psychological Association
American Psychological Society
Canadian Mental Health Association
Center for Mental Health Services
National Institute of Mental Health
National Mental Health Association
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration


Attention Deficit Disorder

ADDA - Attention Deficit Disorder Association
Attention Deficit Disorder, NIH
Born to Explore: The Other Side of Attention Deficit Disorder


Child Abuse and Domestic Violence

Childhelp USA®
Children and Families
Protection & Advocacy
Questions and Answers about Memories of Childhood Abuse
The National Domestic Violence Hotline Website
Women, Violence and Trauma


Chronic Fatigue

Chronic Fatigue Syndrome


Depression

Bipolar Disorder, Pendulum
Depression
Depression and How Therapy Can Help
Depression Screening
Depression Test, Symptoms of Depression, Signs of Depression


Developmental Disorders

Asperger's Disorder
NeuroWeb
Pervasive Developmental Disorders


Diagnosis

DSM-IV Diagnoses and Criteria


Dissociative Disorders

Sidran Foundation Home Page


Eating Disorders

American Dietetic Association
Something Fishy

Miguel A. Contreras LCSW, PsyD

​Is therapy confidential?


In general, the law protects the confidentiality of all communications between a client and a psychotherapist. Information is not disclosed without written permission. However, there are number of exceptions to this rule. Exceptions include:

  • Attaining a better understanding of yourself and your personal goals and values
  • Developing skills for improving your relationships
  • Finding resolution to the issues or concerns that led you to seek therapy
  • Find new ways to cope with stress and anxiety
  • Managing anger, depression, and other emotional pressures
  • Improving communications skills - learn how to listen to others, and have others listen to you
  • Getting "unstuck" from unhealthy patterns - breaking old behaviors and develop new ones
  • Discovering new ways to solve problems
  • Improving your self-esteem and boosting self-confidence
  • Suspected child abuse or dependant adult or elder abuse. The therapist is required by law to report this to the appropriate authorities immediately.
  • If a client is threatening serious bodily harm to another person/s. The therapist must notify the police and inform the intended victim.
  • If a client intends to harm himself or herself. The therapist will make every effort to enlist their cooperation in insuring their safety. If they do not cooperate, further measures may be taken without their permission in order to ensure their safety. 

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  • Do I have mental health benefits?
  • What is my deductible and has it been met?
  • How many sessions per calendar year does my plan cover?
  • How much do you pay for an out-of-net provider?
  • Is there a limitation on how much you will pay per session?
  • Is primary care physician approval required?
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He is a licensed psychotherapist as well as a certified addiction specialist in

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​What if I don't know what my goals are for therapy?


If you aren't sure what your goals are for therapy, your first task is to figure that out. It may take several sessions before a direction is clarified. During the course of therapy your goals may change. However, establishing a direction for therapy will help you get the most out of the experience.


Do you accept insurance? How does insurance work?


There is a confusing array of insurance arrangements. The first thing you should do is check with your insurance carrier. Check your coverage carefully and find the answers to the following questions:

Why do people seek therapy?


People come into therapy for many reasons. Some need to respond to unexpected changes in their lives, while others seek self-exploration and personal growth. When coping skills are overwhelmed by guilt, doubt, anxiety, or despair, therapy can help. Therapy can provide support, problem-solving skills, and enhanced coping for issues such as depression, anxiety, lack of confidence, relationship troubles, unresolved childhood issues, bereavement, spiritual conflicts, stress management, body image issues, and creative blocks. People seeking psychotherapy are willing to take responsibility for their actions, work towards self-change and create greater awareness in their lives.


What can I expect in a therapy session?


During sessions you are expected to talk about the primary concerns and issues in your life. A session lasts 45 minutes, but some people request longer sessions. Usually weekly sessions are best. Some people who are in crisis or extreme distress need more than one session per week, at least until the crisis passes. During the time between sessions it is beneficial to think about and process what was discussed. At times, you may be asked to take certain actions outside of the therapy sessions, such as reading a relevant book or keeping records. For therapy to "work," you must be an active participant, both in and outside of the therapy sessions.


What benefits can I expect from working with a therapist?


A number of benefits are available from participating in psychotherapy. Often it is helpful just to know that someone understands. Therapy can provide a fresh perspective on a difficult problem or point you in the direction of a solution. Many people find therapy to be a tremendous asset to managing personal growth, interpersonal relationships, family concerns, and the hassles of daily life. The benefits you obtain from therapy depend on how well you use the process and put into practice what you learn. Some of the benefits available from therapy include:

Journals & Magazines

ADHD Report
Anxiety, Stress and Coping
Autism
Childhood
Contemporary Hypnosis
Dementia
Depression and Anxiety
Dreaming
Drug and Alcohol Review
Dyslexia
Early Child Development and Care
Eating Disorders
Educational Assessment
Illness, Crisis & Loss
Industrial-Organizational Psychologist
Journal of Gambling Studies
Journal of Happiness Studies
Journal of Mental Health and Aging
Journal of Sex & Marital Therapy
Journal of Sport and Exercise Psychology
Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment
Language and Cognitive Processes
Loss, Grief & Care
Mental Retardation and Developmental Disabilities
Metaphor and Symbol
Neuropsychological Rehabilitation
Parenting
Personal Relationships
Personality and Individual Differences
Psychiatric Bulletin
Psychology of Men & Masculinity
Psychology Today
ReVision: A Journal of Consciousness and Transformation
Stress and Health
Studies in Gender and Sexuality
Substance Abuse
Suicide and Life-Threatening Behavior
Trauma, Violence & Abuse


Medications

Drug Interactions, Alternative, MotherNature
Drug Interactions, DIRECT
Medical Dictionary
Medications
Medications, FDA
Medications, PDR
Medline, Comparison
Multivitamins
Psychiatry and Psychology


Personality Disorders

Mental Help Net - Personality Disorders
Personality Disorders


Prevention

Prevention


Referrals

Road Recovery


Suicide Awareness and Hotline

Suicide
Suicide Awareness Voices of Education
Suicide, Now is Not Forever
Suicide: Read This First


Additional Resources

Disaster/Trauma
HIV/AIDS
InfoQuit Smoking
Interpretation of Dreams
Keirsey (Myers-Briggs) Temperament Sorter
Signs of Menopause, Symptoms of Menopause