How Counseling Can Help You

Counseling offers you, or a loved one, ways to deal with stress, anxiety and unhealthy thoughts and behaviors. Counseling also helps manage symptoms more effectively and, most importantly, live in recovery.

A counselor can help identify goals and potential solutions to problems which cause emotional turmoil; seek to improve communication and coping skills; strengthen self-esteem, and promote behavior change and optimal mental health.

Sometimes, counseling alone may be the best treatment, depending on the illness and its severity. Other times, counseling is combined with medications. In this case, therapists will work with you to devise an appropriate treatment plan.

What is talking therapy?

Psychotherapy, or “talk therapy,” is a way to help you better understand your illness. It teaches you strategies and gives you tools to deal with your stress and unhealthy thoughts and behaviors. Psychotherapy helps manage your symptoms better and function at your best in everyday life.

Sometimes psychotherapy alone may be the best treatment for a person, depending on your illness and its severity. Other times, psychotherapy is combined with medications. A therapist will work with you or your family to devise an appropriate treatment plan.

What are the different types of therapy?

Many kinds of psychotherapy exist. There is no “one-size-fits-all” approach. In addition, some therapies have been scientifically tested more than others. You may have a treatment plan that includes only one type of psychotherapy. Others receive treatment that includes elements of several different types. The kind of psychotherapy you receive depends on your unique needs.

You should talk to your doctor or a psychotherapist about planning treatment that meets your needs.

Pro Bono Counseling Program

Our SunBridge program is a community referral resource as well as a pro bono counseling service that will match you, or a loved one, with a volunteer licensed mental health professional in your area. We can assist Oklahomans in need of counseling services but may be uninsured, underinsured or unable to afford their insurance co-pay.

We can provide screening and a limited number of counseling sessions at no charge to qualified low-income recipients.

The free or low-cost counseling service may be a good fit for you if you are experiencing transitional struggles, such as job loss, the death of a loved one, a relationship transition or response to trauma. It is not designed to serve people living with severe mental illness or in need of crisis intervention.

Who provides pro bono counseling services?

Therapists from a variety of disciplines donate their time to SunBridge in order to meet local counseling needs. Each professional has indicated areas of expertise so that the most appropriate match can be made with a therapist.

We can help you:

  •    Deal with situational depression, anxiety and the stress of everyday living
  •    Find solutions for your chronic pain and grief
  •    Address the emotional or mental pain of a relationship
  •    Cope with the trauma of a natural disaster
  •    Connect with family therapy, marital counseling, and parental consultation, as
    well as psychological testing and evaluation

Who qualifies?

1. Oklahomans unable to access treatment due to the lack of resources, including insufficient or no health insurance, and lack of income.
2. Individuals who are ineligible for access to care at a local community mental health centers.

How to Get Started

Fill out this interest form and we’ll get back to you. Even if you do not qualify for our pro bono counseling program, we’ll work with you to find the support and counseling services you need in your community.

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