NWMHC offers outpatient services via its own clinics or in partnership with other community providers in Crookston, East Grand Forks, Fosston, Ada, Warren and Hallock. NWMHC is a licensed Rule 29 Mental Health Clinic.
A clinical interview is used to determine the current level of functioning. Direct observation of the individual takes place to determine if the individual meets the criteria necessary for a mental health diagnosis. The assessment must be conducted by a mental health professional (clinical psychologist or clinical social worker) with specialized training. Diagnostic assessment is a tool used for any age.
Psychiatric services focus on diagnosing and treating mental disorders for both children and adults. The psychiatric staff evaluates the need for psychiatric medications and meets with clients on a regular basis.
Psychological testing consists of standardized measures (cognitive, achievement and/or personality) that assist with diagnostic clarification along with mental health, medical and/or educational treatment planning. Testing can be court-ordered or initiated by self-referral or other agencies such as school personnel, social services or medical professionals. Testing is often at least three hours in length. Feedback of test results is often communicated during a future appointment. Psychological testing is available for children, teens and adults.
A neuropsychological evaluation is a comprehensive assessment of a person's cognitive, emotional, behavioral and social functioning. It typically begins with an interview, because a person's history and circumstances are important to understand how they are functioning currently. Other important people in a person's life, such as family members, teachers, or others may also be interviewed. A neuropsychological assessment uses standardized tests to evaluate cognitive skills, motor abilities, and emotional functioning. The tests are "pencil and paper," computerized or hands-on tests that ask you to solve problems, remember information or demonstrate skills. Typically, the following areas are evaluated:
· General intellectual functioning
· Academic / achievement functioning
· Language & visual-spatial skills
· Attention and concentration
· Executive functions (such as planning, problem-solving, and organization)
· Learning and memory
· Motor coordination/skills
· Emotional, behavioral and social development and functioning
Individual, Group, Family and Marital Therapy
Outpatient therapy is offered at Northwestern Mental Health Center five days a week and evenings by appointment. Problems with stress, anxiety, depression, anger, social fears, and family conflict are explored in individual, marital, and family therapy sessions. Therapy/Counseling is available to all ages. Call the main office for additional locations and hours.
Northwestern Mental Health Center with its Licensed Psychiatrist and Advance Practice Registered Nurses diagnosing and treating mental disorders of both children and adults. They are able to assist individuals in accessing medication management services such as prescription medication monitoring and medication regulation with your psychiatrist or personal physician, as appropriate.
Court Ordered Evaluations
The NWMHC offers Court Ordered Psychological Evaluations for legal proceedings, as requested.
Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) therapy is an 8 Phase, integrative, trauma treatment therapy that helps people heal from traumatic events, as well as, life disturbing experiences. EMDR therapy is an evidence-based therapy that is considered a recommended treatment of choice by several international mental health organizations for healing Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Through ongoing research, we are seeing the efficacy of EMDR reach into other presenting concerns including addiction, anxiety, depression, chronic pain, and much more. EMDR therapy is designed to help a person identify events that feel stuck and cause distress in their life. EMDR therapy helps facilitate the activation of the brain's inherent system to process and integrate the information that gets “stuck”. EMDR therapy will not erase the memory; rather a person will be able to remember the story without all the emotional charge that was distressing before the treatment. The effect of EMDR is not desensitization in and of itself but includes the multifaceted impact of reprocessing all aspects, or negative maladaptive information into an adaptive, healthy and useful resolution.
EMDR therapy is for people across the lifespan that have experienced trauma and/or life disturbing events. Talking with an EMDR therapist can help decide whether this is the right plan for you. Please feel free to connect with one of our EMDR therapists if you have any questions or want to explore this option for your recovery.