Improving Mental Health in Durham, NC—Therapists, Life Coaches, and Counselors
Randall seems to have it all. He is happily married with two wonderful children. Their family home is beautiful. Randall is settling into a challenging and rewarding career. On the outside, his life is perfect. Unfortunately, Randall is like many others—the outward appearance does not tell the whole story. On the outside, Randall has clung to perfection because on the inside, he is plagued by anxiety. Since he was a child, he has been worried and anxious and obsessive, but he has born this burden alone. That is, until Randall had a very public panic attack. Randall, of course, is from the hit show This Is Us. His character has given many who do not struggle with a mental illness a realistic peek into what it is like to fight anxiety. He has also given those who are battling a mental illness a spotlight that acknowledges and honors their struggle. The show has reached a wide audience, in large part because it resonates with people’s experiences—both in the difficult and in the beautiful. Speaking of his own mental illness, Howie Mandel articulates a related thought:
“There isn’t anybody out there who doesn’t have a mental health issue, whether it’s depression, anxiety, or how to cope with relationships.
Having OCD is not an embarrassment anymore – for me. Just know that there is help and your life could be better if you go out and seek the help.”
The hardships of mental illness are real, but so are the possibilities for treatment. Many people are struggling with mental illness, relational challenges, or professional stagnation, but many are also reaching out to work with a therapist, counselor, or life coach because as Howie reminds us, life can get better. Sometimes, all we need is a little help.
The mental health professionals at Thriveworks Durham are ready to offer that help. Our staff understands the challenges that life can bring, and we have worked with many clients to achieve goals, treat symptoms, and establish peaceful relationships.
Why Pursue Mental Health Care?
Whatever is happening in your life right now, everyone needs a safe place where they can retreat. Even during the good times, life can be chaotic, busy, and disorienting. Stepping back to take a deep breath, reflect, prioritize, and reorient oneself can be difficult in the midst of a busy life, but it often very rewarding. One thing that can make it easier is working with a mental health professional. Many clients find their appointments to be the highlight of their week. They may see therapy as one of the places where they can share freely and be themselves honestly without being afraid or being judged. Therapists and counselors can often support and guide their clients as they find a path forward.
Experienced counselors have helped many people find their own path, and they understand the common pitfalls along the way. For example, many people understandably turn to blame, but it inevitably leaves them feeling stuck. It is a common and natural response to find fault when life is hard, but unfortunately, it is also an unhelpful response. Instead, therapists, counselors, and coaches can often help their clients find solutions instead, focusing upon what they can do whereas blame focuses people’s attention upon what they cannot control (that is, other people).
Pitfalls do not have to hold people back. Instead, they can live from their own values and according to their own priorities. This is a more proactive, positive, and empowered stance toward life. It requires courage to live this way, but many people find that the risk and the effort is well worth it. Living proactively may requires a difficult conversation. It may require making adjustments. It may require taking a risk. But with any risk, there is always the promise of reward. Short-term challenge is often what is necessary for long-term success.
When challenges arise, there is no shame in asking for help. A few examples of why clients at Thriveworks Durham have started their mental health journey includes…
- Grief counseling
- Anger management
- Child therapy
- Eating disorders
- Obsessive-compulsive tendencies
- Cannabis use
- Job loss
- Suspected abuse of a child
- Executive coaching
- Psychiatric testing
- Couples and marriage counseling
- Sexual identity issues
- Post-traumatic stress disorder
- Career advancement
- Family therapy
Do you recognize anything from this list? You may be experiencing one of these common mental health challenges. If you did not recognize anything, know that not all struggles in life fit into quick description. Many people begin therapy knowing that they want help, but they are not sure what they want to achieve with their counseling sessions.
Setting up Appointments with a Therapist, Counselor, or Life Coach at Thriveworks Durham
The goal of Thriveworks Durham is to provide quality care that puts our clients’ needs first. We hope that your time at Thriveworks Durham will be positive and unique. When you contact our office, here is what you can expect:
- A scheduling specialist (that is, a real person) will answer your call and help you make an appointment.
- Evening and weekend sessions are offered.
- You may have your first appointment the following day.
- We do not keep a waitlist, so you will not be put on one.
- Many different insurance plans are accepted.
We hope that our clients receive the help they need when they need it. Contact Thriveworks Durham today.