December 27, 2018

Guidelines for Choosing Effective Mental Health Interventions

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Every day we are faced with a myriad of choices. Which route to take to work, which type of bread to buy at the grocery store, which pair of shoes to wear, among others.  These routine choices are often simple and don’t qualify as life-changing. However, when we have to make larger decisions it can be a rigorous process of painstaking consideration to determine which one will lead to the best outcome for our future. Mental health intervention for instance should be deliberate. Once you’ve taken that monumental first step, deciding to pursue therapy, it only leads further down the rabbit hole of complex choices. What type of therapy do I need? How do I know if this therapist is competent? What do all of these different treatments mean and how will they benefit me? When you are choosing where to receive care and ultimately trusting a stranger with your mental health, the answers to these questions matter a great deal. Without somewhat extensive research, the average person likely doesn’t know which methods of therapeutic intervention are available today or why some are more effective than others. To help those seeking answers make informed decisions, the Colorado Department of Human Services have curated a list of guidelines for both mental health providers and clients. The document addresses qualities of safe and effective therapies and therapy centers as well as characteristics that may be a red flag.  If you find yourself up against the very questions listed above, these guidelines are a great place to start.

The article can be accessed here

As always, Utah Center for Evidence Based Treatment offers free consultations to help you answer the important questions and elect if the therapies we offer are a fit for you.