Mental Health

Ways Therapists Can Help

Everyone needs an unbiased opinion, someone who can look at both sides of the coin at once. Sometimes it’s telling you the one year affair you’ve been having with your office secretary might be exhilarating, but is it worth throwing away a fifteen year marriage for something that might be temporary? Another time it might be providing much needed tools on how to pull yourself away from a drug dependent life on the streets.

Mental Health therapists can spend up to twelve years in higher education. Let me show you how those twelve years of study can help someone needing a trained professional’s guidance.

Experience

With a Doctorate degree in family counseling, there isn’t anything this person hasn’t heard, seen or experienced before. He or she comes to you prepared with ideas, scenarios and coping mechanisms that the average adult could never develop without years of schooling.

Perspective

Therapy can help you see your situation from many different perspectives. When you are deeply embedded in your own thoughts and ideas, a therapist is trained in showing you all of the sides you can’t see due to your illness.

Judgement Free

Getting mental help takes away the judgement and disappointment that friends and family burden you with, even unintentionally. A therapist is neutral, and does not pick sides or “tell” you what you should do. He or she is trained in psychotherapy, also known as talk therapy. He or she finds ways for you to cope with racing thoughts, behavior issues, and sensory issues. It’s all about healthy ways to cope with daily life.

Working With Your Doctor

Therapists can work closely with your doctor in deciding the correct medications for your illness. Your therapist hears your daily challenges, and can advise the doctor of what he or she has noticed in your sessions. If the doctor puts you on a medication, your therapist can observe how this medication makes you feel or behave. The therapist might notice something is wrong before you do, and can make you aware, so you can tell your doctor.

Advancements in the Field

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy is a growing trend. These specialized therapists train and work to give the client constructive ways of harnessing anxiety and phobias. It’s all about finding equilibrium in a chaotic world. You learn to change destructive behaviors or disturbing thoughts. Sessions are spent reinforcing positive aspects of thoughts and behaviors so that when negativity strikes, you have the right ammunition to drive it away. Most mental illnesses exist because patients fear lack of control in what happens to them. CBT gives back control in how you react to situations you cannot change.

Getting mental help should not be scary. You are working with a trained professional. Just as a teacher is a trained professional working with students to prepare them for society and the work force, a therapist is a trained professional preparing his or her students’ mental stability to achieve those actions. Your mental health determines how you succeed.