"Light is the symbol of truth."
- James Russell Lowell
We would like you to get the most from your counseling sessions. To help you, we've answered some of the most popular questions asked about our counseling services.
Getting the Help You Need
If you are experiencing any of the warning signs below, you may need a mental health screening to assess the need for treatment. With treatment, you can get back on the road to recovery and live a productive and fulfilling life.
Marked personality change
Inability to cope with problems and daily activities
Strange grandiose ideas
Prolonged depression and apathy
Marked changes in eating and sleeping patterns
Thinking and talking about
Extreme highs or lows
Abuse of alcohol or other drugs
Difficulties in relationships
Excessive anger, hostility, or violent behavior
A full range of outpatient services are offered including:
Mental health assessment and evaluation
Individual and marriage therapy
Home counseling and support services
Drug and alcohol evaluations and treatment
Oncology Management Session
Bereavement Support Group
Why Consider Counseling?
Counseling is an opportunity to step back and view personal problems more clearly. A counselor can provide the direction needed to work through the disturbing feelings that often surround problems and cloud their solutions.
A counselor will not tell you what to do or make decisions for you. A counselor will help you express your thoughts more openly and identify problems and their causes more clearly. Counseling can be painful, but it can also be a time of renewal and growth. Through counseling, you explore goals, values and responsibilities. You learn listening and communication skills that will help you improve relations with others and cope more effectively with problems in the future.
Counseling is an opportunity to problem solve and explore options to reduce stress and live a happier life.
How Long Does it Take?
Counseling sessions are provided on a one-to-one basis. Occasionally, a counselor may find that a person's problem can be better addressed by another program or agency. In these cases, the counselors will refer the person to an appropriate service.
How Much Does it Cost?
Fees for counseling are discussed at the time of the initial appointment. The PMC business office bills your insurance company for you. However, it is your responsibility to learn whether or not your insurance company will reimburse you for counseling sessions. If counseling cannot be afforded, a charity program can be initiated if criteria is met. This is arranged through the business office.
Since responsibility plays an important part in counseling, there is a charge for missed appointments unless the counselor receives notice of cancellation 24 hours in advance of the appointment time.
Is Counseling Confidential?
All counseling sessions are strictly confidential. Counselors urge people to be open and honest so that their problems might be dealt with in the most effective manner. All counseling records are secured in our office. There are, however, two exceptions to this statement of confidentiality:
(1) A counselor is required by Nebraska law to report any instances of child abuse to the local Child Protective Services Office.
(2) Should it be apparent a client may be dangerous to either himself or herself or to another person, the counselor will work with the client to resolve his/her problem in the best possible way, this may involve legal authorities.
What if I'm not Satisfied?
If you have a concern with the counseling process, we ask that you first try to discuss that concern with your counselor. If this does not solve your problems, a referral will be made on your behalf if you choose to do so.
More Questions or Interested?
Contact Jill Belt, LHMP, CSW for an appointment.