What is Counseling/Therapy?

Clinical mental health counseling is a distinct profession with national standards for education, training and clinical practice. Clinical mental health counselors are highly-skilled professionals who provide flexible, consumer-oriented therapy. They combine traditional psychotherapy with a practical, problem-solving approach that creates a dynamic and efficient path for change and problem resolution.

Mental health therapy (also referred to as “therapy”, “psychotherapy” or “counseling”) is a way to overcome the barriers that keep us from learning and growing. Therapy is a process by which you and, in some cases, other important people in your life can discover solutions to the problems you face.

By talking about your problems with a trained therapist, you can discover new ways to understand your difficulties, develop new skills to help you cope with life’s demands, improve your relationships with the people around you and learn to feel and function better. More importantly, you can learn a lot about yourself as a person, find ways to better meet your own emotional needs, set and achieve personal goals and live a more satisfying life.

In addition to medication treatment, psychosocial treatment such as cognitive behavioral therapy, interpersonal therapy, peer support groups and other community services can also be components of a treatment plan and that assist with recovery. The availability of transportation, diet, exercise, sleep, friends and meaningful paid or volunteer activities contribute to overall health and wellness, including mental illness recovery.

The best treatments for serious mental illnesses today are highly effective; between 70 and 90 percent of individuals have significant reduction of symptoms and improved quality of life with a combination of pharmacological and psychosocial treatments and supports.

Behavioral Health Resources has a team of therapists on staff who specialize in all areas of mental health counseling and behavioral therapy. Visit their website, or make the call to Behavioral Health Resources at 269/979-8333.