Addiction counselors and mental health professionals work closely together under the NorthNode model of care, from daily consultation about patients, to co-facilitating group-therapy sessions. A mental health professional is designated to all clients with a co-occurring diagnosis such as depression or anxiety disorder. Clients diagnosed with a co-occurring disorder learn how alcohol and other drug use can increase mental health problems. Individual psychological therapy is goal-directed, with the patient focusing on behavior and skill development to reduce emotional stress and strengthen social, interpersonal, and vocational skills. Topic-focused group psychological therapy provides opportunities to share information, insights, and emotional support with other clients. If needed, medication management and referral assistance may be provided.