Psychotherapy and counseling are types of treatment aimed at improving your mental health and overall wellness. These treatments can assist individuals who are experiencing emotional or behavioral issues, or people who are struggling with a mental health disorder. If you are taking medication for a mental health disorder, therapy and counseling will usually improve the results you are getting from the medicine for a complete and synergetic therapeutic benefit.
How Can Counseling Help My Mental Health?
Various types of therapy targeting the field of mental health use different techniques. In most kinds of therapy and counseling, the person receiving treatment will talk with a professional therapist in a safe, secure, and comfortable atmosphere. However, psychotherapy is more than just talking about your problems to another person. Therapy can teach you new ways to think about the situations that cause problems in your life and help you cope with your feelings and emotions. It can help with feelings of anger, fear, social anxiety/discomfort, shyness and panic disorders. It can also give you tools to help fight low self-esteem and depression along with helping reduce the prevalence of obsessive compulsive disorders, agoraphobia, social phobia, and many other types of phobias related to your mental health.
Some people may not want professional therapy or counseling because they feel ashamed of their problems. Others may believe that therapy and counseling are for seriously mentally ill or “crazy” people only. But this is not true. Don’t let shame and fear stop you from getting the help you need. Good mental health is part of your overall health and well-being.
Is Psychotherapy The Right Choice For Me?
Therapy and counseling can help treat a variety of problems related to your mental health. Some common reasons why people seek the services of a psychotherapist or licensed clinical social worker may include the following:
- Depression, sadness
- Marriage problems, infidelity, divorce or other relationship issues for couples
- Sexual problems related to anxiety
- Stress, anxiety, shyness
- Addictions and compulsions (drugs, alcohol, gambling, video games etc)
- Grief, loss or bereavement
- Anger issues, rage
- Parenting or family problems
- Phobias (social, OCD, agoraphobia)
- Chronic pain or illness
- Domestic violence or abuse
- Eating disorders (anorexia, bulimia)
If you are not sure if psychotherapy and counseling are the right fit for you, contact the Counseling Center For Growth And Recovery for a no-cost assessment of your situation. I am a mental health psychotherapist and licensed clinical social worker with over 25 years of experience helping individuals, families, and couples overcome real-life challenges in the Palm Beach County, Florida area. As a trained professional, I utilize my unique skill set to improve your well-being with a caring, supportive, non-judgmental, and solution-focused approach. Begin to enjoy your life once again on a path to growth and recovery.