New mental health clinic offers affordable, expanded services
Spindletop’s new Specialty Psychiatric Clinic can aid people in working toward solutions to their most difficult life issues. The goal of the clinic is to help people improve their emotional and mental health, including relationship difficulties and the process of working through life changes, losses and transitions.
Spindletop Center is one of 39 community centers in Texas whose goal, in part, is to help people who have severe mental issues like schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, major depression and substance abuse problems.
However, until recently, the center was unable to help people who had diagnoses outside of those major issues. Southeast Texans dealing with post traumatic stress disorder, anger problems, anxiety, relationship obstacles and other emotional health problems did not fall under the categories of individuals Spindletop could help.
The staff of the Specialty Psychiatric Clinic at Spindletop is working to change that.
“You can handle a lot,” said Katherine Hightower, director of SPC, “but not everything should be handled alone. There are so many people who just don’t know where to turn, who don’t know if they can afford help. We want to be there for them.”
SPC employs an MD and four therapists who can work with people facing addiction, divorce, job loss, grief, trauma, caretaker stress and other life challenges.
Hightower said, “We want to hear from the community. We welcome referrals from individuals, families, physicians, therapists, clergy and social service agencies.”
“At some point in our lives, we all need some help, someone to talk to. We want to be here for you.”
Hightower said, “Sometimes the best way to combat stress is to catch problems before they turn into bigger issues. We want to be here to walk people through the process of identifying what is making them unhappy so that they can stay in control of their lives at work and at home.”
SPC is at 2750 S. 8th St., Beaumont, near the corner of Washington Boulevard and 8th Street. Clinic hours are noon to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. For more information on the clinic’s services, call (409) 839-1096.