The difference between Live Oak Mental Health and Wellness and other mental and behavioral health facilities begins right there in the name.
“Our field has evolved to focusing more on wellness,” says Melissa Camp, LPC, director of Clinical Operations at Live Oak. “Yes, there’s a diagnosis there, and yes, there are obviously medications that are a part of that for most people, but [we’re] really trying to focus on wellness. How do we get ourselves to be healthier and stronger?”
Melissa, who has worked in the field for 22 years, says that in the past, there was heavier emphasis on symptoms and diagnosis. Today, the conversations are more evolved.
“We talk more about what wellness and healthiness look like for you and how do we help you get to that place,” she says.
Live Oak patients may include someone experiencing loss or trauma, a veteran suffering from PTSD or a brain injury, or an adolescent considering suicide. Melissa says the stigma surrounding mental health is pervasive and keeps many people from seeking treatment. Live Oak has opened its doors to the entire community to try to diminish some of the stigma.