Frequently Asked Questions about DuraCARE Counseling & Consulting Services, LLC

What is DuraCARE Counseling & Consulting Services, LLC?

DuraCARE Counseling is entering its 5th year in operation with over 45 years combined experience supporting our clients to feel better and do better in their personal, academic, and social lives.

DuraCARE Counseling provides mental health counseling, substance abuse counseling, play therapy, couples/family therapy, psychiatric services, and academic tutoring & consulting services to children, adolescents, couples, adults and older adults.  We are staffed by various experts in mental health professions who specialize in working with individuals.  Our staff is experienced at helping individuals address problems that are interfering with their emotional, family, academic, social and/or personal well-being.

Why participate in therapy?

Unaddressed emotional and mental issues can have significant impact on our occupational, social, academic, physical, and personal well-being.  Mental illness causes persons to miss work, be unproductive on jobs or in academic settings, and contribute to problems with self-esteem and self-confidence.  Unfortunately, one of the greatest impacts untreated emotional and mental health issues can have is on our personal relationships with our partners, spouses, children, relatives,  and close friends.  If you are experiencing difficulties in of these life areas, get help now!  Call us at 504-327-5753 and get support from highly trained professionals to begin making adjustments in your life.

Why play therapy?

According to The Association for Play Therapy defines play therapy as “the systematic use of a theoretical model to establish an interpersonal process wherein trained play therapists use the therapeutic powers of play to help clients prevent or resolve psychosocial difficulties and achieve optimal growth and development.” Play therapy is a way of being with the child that honors their unique developmental level and looks for ways of helping in the “language” of the child – play.  Trained professionals therapeutically use play to help clients, most often children ages three to 12 years, to better express themselves and resolve problems.

Play Therapy works best when a safe relationship is created between the therapist and client, one in which the latter may freely and naturally express both what pleases and bothers them.

Play Therapy is used a primary intervention or as supportive therapy for:

  • Behavioral problems, such as anger management, grief and loss, divorce and abandonment, and crisis and trauma.
  • Behavioral disorders, such as anxiety, depression, attention deficit hyperactivity (ADHD), autism or pervasive developmental, academic and social developmental, physical and learning disabilities, and conduct disorders.

Research suggests Play Therapy is an effective mental health approach, regardless of age, gender, or the nature of the problem, and works best when a parent, family member, or caretaker is actively involved in the treatment process (APT, 2014).

Why In-Home Counseling?

In home and in-office therapy services are convenient, comfortable and private for our clients.  Therapy in the home or office setting is convenient, and allows the client to seek support in a secure and comfortable environment.  In addition, for those clients that have difficulty getting out of the home due to medical ailments or other impairments can still receive therapeutic support from a professional counselor on our staff.

How can medication management help?

Psychotherapy in conjunction with psychotropic medication is very effective and comprehensive in treating depression, anxiety, ADHD, mood disorders, and other psychological issues.  DuraCARE Counseling & Consulting Services, LLC has licensed psychiatrists and nurse practitioners on staff to assist with psychiatric consultation and medication management.

How is my privacy protected?

During the intake process, a counselor or mental health specialist will thoroughly explain our confidentiality policy.  In short, what you share with your therapist is confidential.  However, there are certain conditions when confidentiality between the therapist and client can be broken. For example,  if a client expresses intent to harm him/herself or others or if a client expresses that they are the victim of abuse/neglect it is the policy of DuraCARE Counseling & Consulting Services, LLC to disclose that information in order to ensure the safety of the client and/or victim.  There are other situations when confidentiality may be broken, all clients will read and review the confidentiality policy of DuraCARE Counseling & Consulting Services, LLC during the intake process.

I don’t want my parents to know what I’m discussing with my counselor. Can I trust you?

Our counseling services are confidential. If you are 18 or over, the privacy of your medical and mental health records is protected by law, and we will communicate with your parents only with written permission. However, there are circumstances when our counselors may suggest that it could be helpful for you to discuss something with your parents, or we may encourage you to let us discuss something with them. This can only occur if you sign a release of information. If you decline, we will respect your wishes. During the intake process, a counselor or mental health specialist will thoroughly explain our confidentiality policy.

If I’m having thoughts of hurting myself or feeling like I want to die, what should I do?

You are very important to us, and we want to help you. If you are having a crisis or feeling suicidal, call our office at 504-327-5753 and we will help.  If it is after office ours, please call 911 or go to the nearest emergency room.   You may also call the National Suicide Prevention Helpline at 1-800-273-8255 or go to the nearest hospital or emergency room.

I just got out of a hospital or other inpatient facility (for instance, for an addiction or an eating disorder), and they say I need ongoing outpatient treatment. Can I just come to you?

Congratulations on completing that phase of your treatment. We would be happy to meet with you to see if our services or a referral to a provider in the community would be most helpful.  Please call our office at 504-327-5753 to schedule an appointment for admission/intake into our program.

How do I get my records from DuraCARE Counseling & Consulting Services, LLC?

We are happy to release mental health records to other clinical providers. If you plan to transfer your care to another provider, please establish that therapeutic relationship first and then contact us to send records to the new provider. The fee for records request is $10 ad $1 per page for any page over 10 pgs.

Where are you located?

Metairie Location

4323 Division St. Suite 102 Metairie, LA 70002 (map to location )
504-327-5753

LaPlace Location

429 W Airline High Ste H Laplace, LA 70068
www.duracarecounseling.com

When are you open?

Business hours:
M | T |W |Th | F 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Saturdays & Sundays by Appointment Only
Crisis intervention services available by phone 24 hours a day, 365 days a year

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