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Geriatric Counseling Silver City NM

Geriatric counseling in Silver City, NM helps seniors figure out what supportive senior services are necessary for seniors to go about their daily lives. Depending on individual physical limitations and cognitive challenges, geriatric counselors will recommend different levels of senior care management. Read on to find out more and to gain access to geriatric counselors around Silver City.

Alan M Berkowitz
(505) 388-4497
315 S Hudson
Silver City, NM

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Casa Mia Ranch
(575) 388-4025
246 Xyz Ranch Rd
Arenas Valley, NM
Mental Health Professional

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Durelle Freeman
(575) 388-2717
Silver City, NM
Practice Areas
Clinical Mental Health, Corrections/Offenders, Couples & Family
National Certified Counselor

Border Area Mental Health Service - Kathie Hunt-Moreland PhD
(575) 388-4412
315 S Hudson Street # 19
Silver City, NM
Southwest Psychology Associates
(575) 388-4100
1504 N Gold Street
Silver City, NM
Veenstra Anne A Msw
(575) 388-0064
301 W College Ave
Silver City, NM
Mental Health Professional, Osteopath (DO), Psychologist

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Gierasch Molly, Ph.D.
(575) 534-2856
6 Redwood Circle
Silver City, NM
Pat Barsch
(575) 534-4084
300 W Yankie Street
Silver City, NM
New Beginnings
(575) 538-3205
2540 N Silver Street
Silver City, NM
Kid's in Need-Supportive Service
(575) 388-2414
2100 Memory Lane
Silver City, NM
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Geriatric Counseling


By: Mark Castleden


Please could you describe the principles of counselling in the elderly?


Counselling needs to be divided into that which can be provided by carers, nurses and doctors without a specialist knowledge in counselling, and psychotherapy and that which requires a psychotherapist. It can be given to a single patient at a time or to groups and families. For depressive disorders, brief psychotherapy is often combined with an antidepressant drug and with social measures. Individual therapy is generally suitable for specific problems that can be the focus of short term treatment. It may also be ideal for those who could be treated in a group but who would feel awkward there because of shyness or the nature of their problems, and it is also chosen for patients with more complex psychopathology.

The common factors in psychotherapy are listening and talking, release of emotion, giving information, providing a rationale, restoration of morale, suggestion, guidance and advice, and the therapeutic relationship. Counselling is based on these general factors. The central feature in counselling is the relationship between the counsellor and the person counselled, the relative importance of giving information, allowing the release of emotion, and thinking afresh about the situation. In counselling to relieve distress, it may be more important to listen rather than give information and to provide an opportunity for emotional release and discussing ways of coping with problems.

Bereavement counselling focuses on working through the stages of grief. It combines an opportunity for emotional release, information about the normal course of grieving, and advice about the practical problems of living without the deceased person.

With problem solving counselling, the patient is helped to identify and list problems that are causing distress, consider what practical courses of action might solve or reduce each problem, select one problem and try out the course of action that appears most feasible and likely to succeed, and to review the results of the attempt to solve the problem.

Finally, the elderly will benefit from psychotherapy and counselling, but the principle may be that affective symptoms should be adequately treated first. At the least, if psychotherapy is being considered for depressive illnesses, it will usually be more effective if combined with antidepressants.

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