• Call Now: 405.341.3554
  • Connect

Edmond Family Counseling Articles

Articles by the Counselors at Edmond Family Counseling

Access to Prevention leads to Healthy Adults

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

By: Chad McCoy, LPC, Assistant Executive Director


Consider for a moment a couple of truths: Early identification is the best indicator for a positive outcome and people are living much longer than ever before. If you agree with these truths and the evidence that supports them, please continue reading. If not: You can give me a call at 405-341-3554 (but remember I charge by the hour).

With the advances in science, technology, and access to health care, people now live longer. In order to make the best of that longevity, we need to be able to correctly identify mental health issues, increase access to these services, and keep these services cost effective. Important here is that prevention will always be more cost effective than treating a serious illness or disease.

With counseling, unlike physical health, there is no magic bullet. There is rarely a particular pill that will render you 100% cured. Sure, we have medications that can help, but make no mistake, Medication + Therapy = Gold Standard. The power within the counseling office comes from a couple different approaches. They include counselors who rely on the most recent up-to-date scientific evidenced methods to help treat mental health issues, and the relationship between the counselor and the individual. We can identify the types of characteristics which lead to effective counseling and counselors. However, when you add another individual with different characteristics the chemistry may or may not be successful. Having greater access to services allows for a greater pool of counselors and increases the chances of finding a “proper” fit. We try to match clients and counselors based on a wide variety of characteristics tailored to meet each client’s needs and the areas of expertise within our clinical staff. A greater pool of counselors and variety of services provides the best opportunity for early intervention.

This is our goal, but there is a barrier to achieving the goal of best practices for this community. A familiar threat to non-profits including Edmond Family Counseling has reared its ugly head again: Funding. It’s no surprise to anyone with a television or that reads a newspaper that our state continues to struggle creating revenue. Through that struggle, more and more programs are cut; not only from health services but also mental health care services. Because of these continued cuts, fewer providers are available. With fewer providers available, the earliest interventions, and the most cost effective may no longer be available. Eliminate these services and we have the prospect of lives not fully lived, and a community in peril. In fact, quality of life for individuals and the whole community may suffer greatly due to needs being met too late, or tragically, not at all.

Even though effective counseling has its barriers, no threat is greater than that of losing access to services and funding sources. Prevention is necessary to address the need that 1 of every 4 people will have during their lifetime, that of mental health. Edmond has historically voiced its support for community mental health, and for that, this agency is deeply grateful. If we can be of service to you, please give us a call or go to our website, http://edmondfamily.org. There you can explore options, find ways to get involved, and follow our blog.

Post has no comments.
Post a Comment

Captcha Image

Trackback Link
Post has no trackbacks.

Recent Posts


Co-Parenting Class Peers How do children process trauma Positive Thinking Funding Edmond drug use Relationships World Health Organization Disability Sanjay Gupta goals Community Suicide Prevention Programs Oklahoma drug use Culture Disasters Mild-Depression Boundaries Snapchat How to detect signs of depression Domestic violence resources bucket list Parenting with purpose Legalization of Marijuana Elizabeth Loftus Conflict Brain Research Family Roles How to control panic attacks Enabling Adult Children Great Depression Parenting Teenagers Parent peer pressure Divorce with minor children Feldman and Kravetz Prom Codependency Support Group Heroin in the Suburbs How long should counseling take What is domestic violence Spanking Retirement Golden Child Holiday stress Dr. Ben Carson Gender Roles Waxing Teens and cell phones Food Allergies Teenagers parenting college age kids Young Adults Nutrition and stress Social Media Death Prom safety Teen Safety fads Organization College Age Children David Feldman Setting Boundaries for Your Teen Anger Call of Duty Personality Test Addiction Grandparents as parents History Teenage Development Darcy McConnell Strong Willed Child Suicide Learning Disabilites Marijuana HB 2249 Limitations of counseling Holidays Isolation in teens United States Drug Enforcement Agency Fear Chad McCoy 13 Reasons Why Communication Seniors Negative Thinking Mental Health Movies for Teens Terrorism and children ADA School Teens and Smartphones Managing substance abuse Entitlement Syndrome National Drug Threat Assessment Summary Discipline Confidentiality Developmentally appropriate strategies for grief counseling Lee Daniel Kravetz Gun violence and mental health Panic attacks Therapy Happiness Children Dating Al McCormick Micro-aggression Freshman Year Heroin Crisis DIY Marriage counseling Wax Prom guidelines for teens Depression and social media Parkland Shooter Communication techniques for couples Joshua and Rebecca Weigel Speaker Listener Technique Parenting and Cell Phones Character Development Michael Jackson list Butane Hask Oil privilege Positive Illusions Prevention Microagression Grandparenting Captain of Your Ship 13 Reasons Why NOT Substance Abuse Siblings in Conflict Early Treatment of Depression Exercise treatment for depression John Goetz Teens and Time Management Audrey Woods Ben Carson Parenting through Divorce Suicide Prevention Recommendations GirlStrong How common are panic attacks Child Development Donald Miller When Teens Should Get a Cell Phone Newsletter Detox Diet Tumblr 710 Positive Reinforcement Learning Emotions Teen Drug Use Teen Parenting Family Systems Theory Political bias The Butterfly Circus Facebook ADHD 5 Love Languages Choices What Matters Most Program Affluenza self-sabotage HK pen Edmond Drugs The Martian Movie Marriage counseling Role Models Panic Underage Drinking How to manage anxiety Independent Living Self Investment Drug Use Child Abuse Bias Why did the system fail Bias and memory Goal Setting The Amazing Race Oklahoma Department of Human Services Help for panic and anxiety Summer Plans for Teens Aggregated News for Teens Andy Weir Quinton Ellis Decision-Making Teen Jobs Drug Abuse What Really Matters Drinking in high school Jay Asher Helen Keller gadgets Emotional Development Childhood depression Trauma Communicating with your child Scapegoating Suicide Prevention for Teens Bullying Time Management Teenage perception of drug use Teen Suicide Divorce How to talk to your kids about terrorism Grounded Hope Apps for Teens Eating Disorder Procrastination Grandparent Initiative Stress Tetra-Amelia Syndrome Sheila Stinnett Working Parents Edmond Family Counseling AARP What to do when you are laid off Edmond Character Council Schedule 1 Drug Impact of Suicide Parenting non-verbal communication Family Theory Girl Strong Supersurvivors Disciplining Teens Fidget Spinners Instagram Dr. Rhonda Patrick Bong Social anxiety Is therapy forever College Prescription Drugs How many sessions do I need Political Correctness Annie Sullivan Edmond Municipal Court College Campus Chores for Teens Summer Self Image Consequences The Martian Book New year’s resolution Co-Parenting Depression Amanda Percival How to recognize domestic violence Self-Esteem Oklahoma Statute on Marijuana College Transitions Medical Use of Marijuana in Oklahoma Normalcy Changing Problem Behavior Risk taking Unemployment How prevalent is domestic violence Belinda Crosier Marriage Ridley Scott Retirement Planning Hanna Baker Summer time parenting Setting Boundaries with Adult Children Teens Use of Technology Back to School Links between unemployment and depression Divorce School Panic Disorder Sexual Abuse Twitter Alcohol Millenials Butane Honey Oil personal growth James Dobson Americans with Disabilities Act Anxiety Cell Phones Misconceptions of Smoking Marijuana Twenty Somethings The Golden Years spring Opiods Reading Jackie Shaw Presidential debate Technology Communicating with your teen Unemployment and depression The Miracle Worker high school Teenage Boys School Anxiety Adult Children Will counseling work quickly Mayme White Miller


Call Us Now!