Therapy, also called psychotherapy or counseling, is the process of meeting with a therapist to resolve problematic behaviors, beliefs, feelings, relationship issues, and/or somatic responses (sensations in the body).
This month is mental health awareness month. Read more below to learn more about therapy and how we can normalize the process of getting mental health counseling when we need it.
What does the term, “normalizing” mean? Normalizing refers to an activity in which something in the interaction is made normal by labeling it 'normal' or 'commonplace' or by interpreting it in an ordinary way.
What are some reasons why an individual would want to seek mental health counseling?
- Not feeling like themselves
- Drug or alcohol dependence
- Relationship issues
- Loss or grief
- Any major life changes
- Traumatic experience
- Compulsive behaviors
- Thoughts of self-harm or harm to others
- Feelings of anxiousness or depression
- A want to improve mental and emotional health
What are some benefits of receiving mental health counseling?
- Improved communication skills
- Ability to make healthier choices
- Developing coping strategies
- Treatment of mental and emotional disorders
- Treatment of behavioral issues
- Improved relationships
What are some ways to normalize the conversation about mental health?
- Talk openly about mental health
- Educate yourself and others
- Be conscious of language
Why is it important that we normalize therapy?
If mental health counseling is normalized, more individuals will be more likely to seek help when they need it or even before severe conditions begin. An individual’s mental health can have a large impact on one’s mental, emotional and physical health. We would love to start the conversation with you here at Rise Counseling & Diagnostics if you are interested in therapy for yourself, your child, and/or your family. Contact us today at 501-891-5492 to Get Started.