Mental health has become an integral part of everyday life that people are starting to take more seriously. But did you know that in 2019, less than 20% of the population actually received mental health treatment in the past 12 months?
That’s a surprisingly low number. You might be asking: “Why’s that?”
One reason is that many people are unable to find the best psychologist for their specific needs.
This article will highlight the benefits of going to therapy and some common forms of therapy.
Why Go To Therapy?
Society has painted the “ideal” life as one that is always busy or ‘hustling.’ Alongside that, people are not encouraged to confront their emotions and trauma.
In fact, the Nation Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) estimated that approximately 1 in 5 Americans live with some type of mental illness.
This is where therapy comes in. Therapy is by far one of the best ways to improve mental health.
Therapy sessions can help an individual let go of repressed emotions, heal childhood trauma, uncover certain events in life that caused trauma, and so much more.
But finding therapy for what you need can be difficult because no one teaches us where to ‘start.’
Let’s take a look at some of the most common ones.
Talk therapy is the most common type of therapy available to Americans. It is the fundamental form of therapy that psychologists use with their patients.
Talk therapy usually occurs in a 60minute~ session in which the therapist asks a series of questions to the client. After the client opens up or shares some stories, the therapist can diagnose the patient.
Other times, there is no diagnosis and the two just talk. Sometimes hardships in our lives come simply because we need someone to talk to.
Listed below are some of the most common types of talk therapy.
This form comes with a goal in mind: to eliminate or reduce behaviors that are harmful to the client. The therapist would then talk through a plan on how to replace these behaviors.
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
The foundation of CBT is cognitive restructuring. This involves changing unhealthy or negative thought patterns in the client’s mind. The next step after that is to reshape those thoughts that would serve the client’s life more positively.
Therapists who follow a holistic approach take routines and methods from other types of therapies. They combine them into their own program to formulate a unique approach to talk therapy for every client.
Individual Therapy vs Family Therapy
Here’s a topic some might not consider: your therapist might actually be able to counsel you with your family!
A therapist can help you identify which parts of your life have been affected by your family. They’ll also help your family understand what you are going through and how they can help
However, this form of therapy does not work for everyone. That’s when individual therapy is better.
Finding the Best Psychologist
Arguably the most important step to any mental health therapy regimen is to find a psychologist who can treat you best. This means finding a local psychologist who specializes in your demographic and is certified to treat your mental health needs.
Some things to look out for:
- Is this therapist certified?
- Do they have trusted reviews?
- Do they take my insurance?
You might also want to check if your therapist is LGBTQ+ and BIPOC friendly if you fall under those categories. Choosing the best psychologist for your specific needs is the most surefire way to maintain your psychological safety.
There’s a type of therapy for everyone. We advise you to look for a therapist that can help treat your needs and help live the life you’ve always wanted.