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As one of Monroe’s and Bastrop’s area up and coming resources for quality mental healthcare, Guidance for Behavioral Health/First Choice Counseling, LLC specializes in Outpatient Mental Health Services to get members feeling healthier than ever before. And while we work hard to offer Person Centered Treatment Plans that guide you to a happier and mentally healthier life, we also focus on preventative strategies to ensure you stay better for longer.

• Community Psychiatric Supportive Treatment (CPST)

Community Psychiatric Support Treatment (CPST) is a goal-directed support and solution-focused intervention, which focuses on reducing the disability resulting from mental illness, restoring functional skills of daily living, building natural supports, and achieving identified person-centered goals or objectives as set forth in the individualized treatment plan. Services address the individualized mental health needs of the member. Services are directed towards adults, children, and adolescents and will vary with respect to hours, type and intensity of services, depending on the changing needs of each individual. The purpose of CPST services is to provide specific, measurable, and individualized services to each person served.  CPST services focus on the individual’s ability to succeed in the community; to identify and access needed services; and to show improvement in school, work and family function. CPST is a face- to-face/telehealth intervention with the individual present; however, family or other collaterals may also be involved. Most contacts occur in community locations where the person lives, works, attends school and/or socializes.

• Psychosocial Skills Rehabilitation (PSR)

Psychosocial Skills Rehabilitation (PSR) is designed to assist the individual with compensating for or eliminating functional deficits and interpersonal or environmental barriers associated with mental illness through skill building and supportive interventions to restore and rehabilitate social and interpersonal skills and daily living skills. Skills building includes the practice and reinforcement of independent living skills, use of community resources and daily self-care routines. The primary focus is to increase the basic skills that promote independent functioning so the member can remain in a natural community location and achieve developmentally appropriate functioning, and assisting the member with effectively responding to or avoiding identified precursors or triggers that result in functional impairment.

• Individual & Family Therapy

Individual & Family Therapy is a face-to-face/telehealth therapeutic intervention involving the member and one or more family members. The primary goal is to help the member and family improve their overall functioning in the home, school, work and community settings. This goal is accomplished by helping the member and family increase effective coping mechanisms, healthy communication strategies, constructive problem-solving skills and increased insight into the nature of the member’s difficulties and the impact on the family.  Evidence-based strategies is used when applicable and tailored to address the member’s and family’s needs. This service is intended to be time limited with services reduced and discontinued as the family functions more effectively.

• Crisis Intervention

Emergency response to mental health crisis is available 24 hours a day, 7 days weekly. Staff utilizes an on-call system and procedures that ensure all situations requiring specialized crisis intervention are responded to in a timely and effective manner.

• Substance Abuse

The Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) (ASAM Level 2.1) provides services directed towards adults, children, and adolescents in Region 8. We offer outpatient treatment programs designed to provide members with the highest level of quality care to those focused on transforming their lives from the lifestyle of substance use, abuse and dependency on drugs and/or alcohol. Our mission is to counsel individuals coping with addiction(s) by providing quality and effective strategies to prevent the use of drugs and or alcohol by implementing new skills and education through therapy, and support groups to prevent relapse. IOP is intended to guide individuals to a happier and healthier addiction free lifestyle.

Transportation is available for this service upon request