Randall is a young father with a heart of gold. His love for his young children and wife is palpable, and he works hard to provide for them. Randall does not just want to do things the right way. He wants to do them perfectly, and when life is not perfect, Randall’s anxiety rises. In fact, anxiety has secretly plagued Randall since he was a child until one day, he could not hold it together anymore. Randall had a panic attack while attending a play.
The hit show, This Is Us, gives a glimpse into the realities of what it is like to struggle with a mental illness through one of its lead characters, Randall. The show resonates with so many people’s experiences. It does not shy away from the secrecy that can surround mental illness, the shame that often plagues individuals, and the challenges of recovery. But most importantly, This Is Us also portrays the joy that all people can experience and how mental illness does not have to hold them back. Howie Mandel expresses a similar 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.”
What if capturing life’s beauty and possibilities were possible despite the inevitable setbacks, hardships, and challenges? It is, and many people are working with a counselor, therapist, clinical social worker, psychologist, or life coach to learn how. As Howie says, help is out there, and life can be better.
Thriveworks Counseling Chattanooga understands the challenges that any mental illness can bring to an individual’s life, and we have also seen people overcome those challenges and thrive. Our life coaches, therapists, and counselors are fully licensed in Tennessee and work with an array of clients who are all fighting for the life they want.
Why Do People Seek Therapy and Counseling?
If life is a storm, mental health services are often the safe harbor. Life can be busy, disorienting, and chaotic. Stepping back to breathe, reflect, and reorient oneself is often one of the best but hardest things for people to do. Mental health professionals can often guide people as they gain perspective and find a path forward. With a safe, non-judgmental place to process, clients often find clarity instead of chaos.
Skilled therapists have often walked the road of recovery with many people, and they can often help people bypass common pitfalls. One example of a common hazard that leaves people stuck is blame. While it is a natural and common response, blame is rarely a helpful response. Assigning fault can initially feel powerful, but in the end, it leaves people helpless. Instead of focusing upon what people can do for themselves, blame focuses people’s attention on what other people have or have not done—something they have no control over.
A more empowered and positive stance is to live proactively and from one’s own values. This posture requires courage because it often means people need to make difficult adjustments in their lives. This may mean making room in your life for treatment or having a difficult conversation with a loved one. No one has to walk through these adjustments alone. Mental health care was once plagued with social stigma, but that stigma is fading. More and more people are receiving the help they need to make important life changes.
Tough choices and life adjustments are often an endeavor that requires short-term discomfort but ask anyone who had gone through a mental health journey and they will likely say, it was all worth the effort. They will also likely say that they could not have done it without help.
Book an Appointment for Counseling or Therapy at Thriveworks Counseling Chattanooga
The staff at Thriveworks Counseling Chattanooga prides itself on offering quality care and prioritizing our clients’ needs. Whether you have been to therapy previously or not, we hope that your experience with Thriveworks Counseling Chattanooga will be unique and positive. Our goal is to set up our clients for success from the moment they contact our office.
If you call to set up an appointment with Thriveworks Counseling Chattanooga, here is what you can expect:
- A real person will answer your call and help you schedule an appointment.
- Weekend and evening appointments are available.
- Many new clients have their first appointment within 24 hours of their first call.
- We accept many forms of insurance.
- We offer in-person and virtual counseling (online therapy) appointments.
If you are ready for support and guidance on your mental health journey, know that Thriveworks Counseling Chattanooga wants to help. Call us today.