Everyone faces some form of adversity during his or her lifetime. Whether it is severe anxiety, depression, addiction, a bad childhood experience, a break-up, divorce, injury, crime, tragedy, or death, people need support. Often, we rely on the loving support of family, friends, or our spiritual community. Sometimes we need more. One increasing common way that people seek help is with professional counseling.
Fortunately, we live in a time where there is less of a stigma or secrecy than once associated with seeking therapy. This is because more people than ever know someone who has been in crisis and has benefitted from professional help. In addition, there is a greater emphasis on mental health in the media and in the workplace.
The Benefits of Therapy
There are many benefits to therapy. Contrary to what you’ve seen on the Sopranos or other shows, a therapist really isn’t trying to “get into your head.” Instead, therapy is about identifying what is troubling you, teaching you to identify how this manifests in you, and giving you problem-solving tools. For example, small worries can become big ones over time. A therapist can help address these concerns before they snowball.
In addition, a therapist may provide a fresh set of ideas from someone who has likely seen the scenario. Rather than resort to “solutions” that have failed you in the past, a new therapist-guided approach may be helpful. Further, like a personal trainer, the mere existence of a therapist can create a sense of support and accountability. Consistency and reinforcement are important parts of successful therapeutic intervention.
Finding a Therapist
There are several resources you should consider when seeking a therapist.
- If you are a victim of domestic violence, consider contacting the North Carolina Coalition Against Domestic Violence to ascertain whether there is a domestic violence counselor who can serve you.
- Contact your employer’s Employee Assistance Program (EAP). Many employers have contracted with third party providers to offer limited emergency and non-emergency mental health services. If there are not notices posted at your workplace regarding your EAP, then contact your HR representative for the contact information. An EAP may provide qualifying employees with hospitalization, psychological assessments, or a limited number of free therapy sessions. The selection of therapists is limited to those in your EAP’s network.
- If your employer does not have an EAP, or you have exhausted the sessions provided by the EAP, you should contact your health insurance company to determine if therapeutic services are available.
- If counseling is unaffordable, there are groups of therapists and trainees who offer free (known as pro bono) counseling or non-profit organizations that provide discounted therapy sessions for qualifying people.
New Direction Family Law
Separations and divorces are traumatic for every member of the family. It is vital to recognize this and to exercise proper self-care. If you are considering a divorce, contact New Direction Family Law. We will listen to you, answer your questions, and give you the attention that you deserve. Let us help you toward your new direction. We serve Wake, Johnston, Lee, Harnett, Cumberland, Nash, Granville, Franklin, and Durham counties. Call New Direction Family Law at (919) 719-3470 to schedule a consultation, or contact us through our website.
Sarah J. Hink
New Direction Family Law