Why Talk To A Professional

Because your mental health deserves expert care. In a world where stress, anxiety, and life’s challenges can feel overwhelming, our team of experienced therapists is here to be your compass in the storm. Please don’t go through these struggles alone; let us help you find your way to calmer shores. Connect with us today, and together, we’ll work towards building a stronger and happier you.

How to seek help

To start improving your mental health, you can take some important steps. First, practice self-care and try activities like exercise, meditation, or journaling to reduce stress.

If self-care and stress-reduction techniques don’t help and you’re dealing with significant distress or disruptions in your daily life, it’s crucial to seek help. Talk to someone you trust, like a friend or family member, about your experiences and concerns. They may not be able to solve your problems, but talking to someone supportive can provide relief. They might also help you find professional help if needed.

There are different types of mental health therapies, including talk therapy (psychotherapy) and medications. Research shows that the best approach often involves a combination of these therapies decided through collaboration with you, your family, and healthcare providers.

Before finding a mental health professional, consider

  • What you want in a provider, like their specialization, cultural compatibility, or gender.
  • If services are available in your area, either in-person or through teletherapy.
  • What your insurance covers.
  • What you can afford if you don’t have insurance.

When you’re ready to find help, you can

  • Ask people who are already seeing a mental health professional for recommendations.
  • Talk to your primary care provider, faith leader, teacher, or coach for support and resources.
  • Check if your school or workplace offers counseling services or an Employee Assistance Program (EAP).
  • Contact your state’s psychological association, local community mental health center, or hospital for information.
  • Use the Psychology Today “Find a Therapist” tool or the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration locator.
  • Look for therapy training programs with reduced rates.
  • Reach out to organizations like AIGAS or contact your health insurance provider for help.

When it comes to talk therapy and finding the right therapist

  • Clearly communicate your expectations and challenges during initial sessions.
  • Your therapist should explain their approach clearly and avoid using technical language.
  • It’s important to feel understood and comfortable with your therapist, so don’t hesitate to explore different therapists to find the right fit.

Consider cultural competence:

  • Working with a therapist who shares your cultural background can be helpful, but be aware of potential assumptions.
  • Find a therapist who respects and is curious about your background rather than making assumptions.
  • If cultural competence is a concern, discuss it with the therapist, and if they can’t engage in the conversation, consider finding someone else.

Regarding medication and finding the right prescriber:

  • For some mental health issues, talk therapy alone may not be enough, and medication can be crucial.
  • Medication and talk therapy are often used together to treat mental health conditions.
  • You may need a referral to a mental health provider who can prescribe medication, such as a psychiatrist.
  • The prescriber should take the time to understand your condition, explain the treatment, and provide clear instructions on taking the medication.
  • Regular check-ins are essential when starting a new medication to monitor progress and make necessary dosage adjustments as your body adapts. Practitioners aim for the lowest effective dosage.