Working With Your Mental Health Professional

It is important to be patient and work with your mental health professional. Sometimes it may take weeks or even months before you see any changes. Medications that are used to treat mental health problems take time to work. Therapy that requires a person to talk about their problems also takes time.

While it is important for you to be patient, it is also important for you to be open and honest about what you think is best for you. The mental health professional has special training, but the bottom line is that you know what’s best for you. If a certain medication or other treatment is not working, be assertive and let the mental health professional know.

Service Planning

Once you have been evaluated by your mental health professional, you and your therapist or treatment team will develop a service plan. This plan will identify goals you want to accomplish in treatment and the specific kinds of therapy that will be used to help you reach those goals. In a partnership model, you need to be willing to work on those goals. The service plan shouldn’t just talk about your problems, but should also talk about your strengths and strong points, and how you can use them to reach your goals.