Psychotherapy? Counseling? Therapy? What is that?

Yes, it is confusing. There is little standard terminology in the mental health (or is it Behavioral Health?) field. In practice, there is not much difference between counseling and psychotherapy (just “therapy” for short)..

In general, the term Counseling is used for highly focused, short-term treatment. Under enough stress, most people will show some anxious or depressive symptoms. When the distress is “greater than expected,” treatment for Adjustment Disorders can give you more perspective and coping strategies to get through the crisis faster and with less wear and tear.

Psychotherapy involves more complex and long-term assessment and intervention strategy. This is indicated in more serious conditions such as Major Depressive Disorder, or when the personality structure makes it more difficult for the patient to adapt.

Brief Consultations, sometimes called “Life Coaching,” is a means of increasing personal fulfillment, not the treatment of a disorder. Because these consultations are not considered therapeutic treatments, they are not regulated (or paid for by any insurance companies).

Examples of Objectives for consultations are Reviewing options with a professional before making a major decision, working on a plan to change a habit or meet a behavioral goal, and learning techniques to “de-stress” by increasing the relaxation response. Some clients just need to talk through a troubling experience or a complicated family situation confidentially with a non-judgmental third party.

There are no rules or qualifications covering this service, but in our case we use our professional experience and some of the tools of counseling or psychotherapy to help a client.

Our office is located at, 240 West Dixie Ave, Suite 5-B, Elizabethtown, KY. (see map)

Mental Health Emergencies

If you cannot guarantee your own safety from moment to moment or if you see someone who may be a danger to himself/herself or others, call 911. Police and Sheriff’s deputies will transport the person to a facility where he or she will be evaluated for mental health treatment. Keep in mind that no one can be hospitalized against his will unless he is a danger to himself or to others because of mental illness.

When there is a crisis but there is no immediate danger of harm and the patient is medically stable, treatment at a lower level of care may be appropriate:

Adult Crisis Stabilization Unit
100 Gray Street
Elizabethtown, KY 42701
Phone: (270) 737-1360

Emergency psychiatric evaluations can be done in the Emergency Department at HMH:

Hardin Memorial Hospital
913 West Dixie Avenue
Elizabethtown, KY 42701
(270) 737-1212

Inpatient services are also available at

Lincoln Trail Behavioral Health System
3909 S. Wilson Rd.
Radcliff, KY 40160
Phone: (270) 351-9444

LTBH has several specialty inpatient programs, including Chemical Dependency and Geriatric evaluation and treatment.

To schedule your first appointment, for Dr. Watters call 270-401-4107, or for Ms. Tully call 270-307-3672. Please leave your contact information and a good time to call you back. Or, you can send us an email. We accept Medicare and most major types of insurance.