Why should I care about my mental health?
Mental health is a person’s condition regarding their emotional and psychological well-being. Like physical health, everyone has mental health. How healthy are you? Like any aspect of physical health, prevention is the best policy. We brush our teeth to prevent disease. We visit doctors routinely for checkups.
We monitor our nutrition. The same must be done for mental health. Routine practices are extremely important. Engaging in therapy for a wellness check. Implementing coping strategies to alleviate stress. Maintaining a self-care regime to prevent burnout. Speaking with mental health professionals to process triggers. All are necessary for optimal health. Are you practicing mental health hygiene?
What is therapy?
Therapy is a goal-oriented, high-value, scientifically proven process that teaches you how your mind works. It helps you relate and make changes to your thoughts, navigate your feelings, and recognize patterns in your behaviors to overcome emotional and behavioral challenges. Therapy provides a safe space; a judgement free zone to gain clarity, build emotional intelligence and resilience.
Our therapists practice evidence-based techniques designed to be shorter-term treatment methods. You should start seeing progress after just a handful of visits with your therapist. Effective therapy has an end date. Therapy can be temporary because it teaches you the skills and tools that last forever.
What is the role of a therapist/counselor?
A therapist is like a coach–a coach for your mind. Like a personal trainer, a professional therapist creates an effective training program for your mind that is designed just for you, with your specific goals in mind. Professionally certified therapists are experts in how humans process thoughts and emotions.
Your therapist spends time in the session to listen for patterns to figure out what’s working, what’s not, and come up with a plan that will help you make positive changes. You’ll learn valuable insights about how your mind works in session and gain skills that will help you make it work better. Change comes not just from going to therapy, but also from spending time practicing the skills that you learn in session.
What is telehealth/teletherapy/virtual therapy?
The World Health Organization (WHO) defines telehealth as health care services that use real-time, two-way telecommunications and virtual technology to deliver health care outside of traditional health care facilities.
Teletherapy is providing therapy via live video connection using the internet. Telehealth provides quality of care that is on par with traditional in-person services. With virtual therapy, you are no longer constrained by your physical location; the goal is to make mental health services more accessible and convenient.
What is the difference between counseling and coaching services?
Sometimes the boundaries between the two are not always clear.
Coaches work with their clients to reach specific life goals (i.e. finding a new job). There is no focus on emotional challenges or difficulties. Goals set within a coaching session are measurable and results are visible and tangible (i.e. updating a resume). Coaches focus on goal achievement; focus in on effective action; and are open to disclose personal information and share their own experiences.
Counselors work with their clients who have thinking, emotional or behavioral challenges (i.e. stress and anxiety at work). Goals set within a counseling session may not be obvious to everyone because the goals are focused on internal, emotional change (i.e. reducing destructive thoughts and distress) and rely on the report of the client to determine improvement. Counselors explore problems and processing feelings with clients and look to develop new strategies to confront obstacles and achieve goals. Counselors rarely disclose personal information; only if it can advance the client’s healing process. Counselors have a Master’s degree and Mental Health license in the state they are practicing.