Counseling

Do you ever feel too overwhelmed to deal with your problems? 

If so, you’re not alone.

According to the National Institute of Mental Health, more than a quarter of American adults experience depression, anxiety or another mental health issue in any given year. Others struggle to cope with relationship troubles, job loss, the death of a loved one, stress, substance abuse or other issues. Still others need help coping with a serious illness, losing weight or stopping smoking. These problems can often become debilitating.

We know healing occurs through genuine human relationships and engagement with others. We are here at IPD to help you.

How Does Therapy Work?

Healing occurs through genuine human relationships and engagement with others which can be called therapy. Talk therapy (also known as psychotherapy) can be an important part of treatment for mental health. In therapy, individuals are helped to cope with their feelings, solve problems and change behavior patterns that may contribute to symptoms. In talk therapy rather than just “talking about your problems”; we also work toward solutions. You might be encouraged to look at things in a different perspective or learn new ways to react to events or people. Focusing on your current thoughts, feelings and life issues with reference to the past can help explain things in your life, help you cope with the present, and prepare for the future.

Talk therapy can help you :

    • Understand your current Mental health Issues or psychiatric disorders
    • Establish mental health and life goals
    • Define and overcome fears or insecurities
    • Cope with problems and stress
    • Make sense of past traumatic experiences in a way that helps you move forward in your life
    • Understand if your upsetting feelings are the result of your situation, your past or could be related to a chemical dysregulation
    • Identify triggers that may worsen your condition
    • Improve relationships with your family and friends
    • Improve your self-esteem and self-respect
    • Establish a stable, dependable routine in your life
    • Develop a plan for coping with crises and stressors
    • Understand the origins of why things bother you and what you can do about them
    • End destructive life habits such as drinking, using drugs, overspending or unhealthy sex.

Choosing A Therapist

Many kinds of mental health specialists may provide talk therapy. Some common professionals include: psychiatrists (MD), psychologists (PhD, PsyD, EdD, MS), social workers (DSW, MSW, LCSW, LICSW, CCSW), counselors (MA, MS, LMFT, LCPC), or psychiatric nurses (APRN, PMHN). Your ability to talk honestly and openly with your therapist, set clear goals and make real progress are the most important things. Many people are apprehensive about seeing a therapist, but there is absolutely no need to be. Think of your relationship with your therapist as a partnership. The two of you will work together to help you see the world differently, become more adaptive in how you react to life stressors and ultimately have greater self-respect and feel better. You do not need to feel ashamed or embarrassed about talking openly and honestly about your feelings and concerns.

1. What is his or her expertise?

Many therapists are qualified to help you in many different situations, but some therapists fill specific roles or deal with specific subjects within therapy. There are marriage counselors, child therapists, family therapists, therapists who specialize in certain disorders and so on. If you want to see a therapist for a specific issue, it might be a good idea to find a specialist in that area.

2. What type of therapy does your therapist do?

Some therapist specialize in one kind of therapy others pull from various schools of therapy. Cognitive therapy helps individual change their thinking about life’s problems and helps individuals find better perspectives to see themselves others and the world. Dynamic therapist help you understand the good reasons you are doing what you do in the context of your past upbringing. Client centered therapist focus on helping individual truly understand their own problems through careful listening in a non-judgemental setting. Skills based therapist help you cope with life by teaching a variety of skills, “mindfulness, relaxation, deep breathing etc. Most therapist are “Eclectic” which means they pull from various schools of thought to do the best they can do for their clients. Over years of experience therapists develop certain ways of dealing with patients and approaching their issues. You should speak with your therapist about how he or she plans to treat you to make sure you are comfortable with the approach.

3. What is the fee?

Mental health is something that is covered by more insurance companies today compared to past years. You can check with your provider to see what forms of therapy or which therapists are included in your plan. There might be a co-pay for your visit, and there is always the possibility that the treatment is not covered. A therapist’s fees will also differ based on their level of experience, training, and specialization. Check with us and your insurance company before scheduling an appointment.

4. What would my appointment schedule be?

Your appointment schedule will be determined by the recommended type of therapy for your specific needs. More intensive therapy might call for multiple appointments per week, while less intensive therapy might be once a month. We are flexible about appointment times and dates. Call our office to find out what times are available.

5. Will I see a psychiatrist?

Every individual who comes to our clinic has one has one important goal: finding a more adaptive, helpful way to achieve a meaningful life. Therapist will address this common issue. Sometime, however, patients may have a medical or biochemical reason they are not feeling well. In these cases, individuals are referred to a psychiatrist, or Nurse practitioner for a medical and psychiatric evaluation. Based on the findings of this evaluation a patient may be advised to stop a medication, start a medication or be given other medical recommendations to address a “brain chemistry issue”.

Can I get medication if I need it?

Psychotherapy alone can be very effective. Medication can be useful in some situations, however. Sometimes, people need medication to get to a point where they’re able to engage in psychotherapy. Medication can also help those with serious mental health disorders. For some conditions, combining psychotherapy and medication works best. If you need medication, your therapist will work with your medical provider, nurse practitioner, or psychiatrist to ensure a coordinated approach to treatment that is in your best interest.

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