Life Coaches, Therapists and Counselors in Erie, PA—Improving Mental Health
Life is full of possibilities and excitement. Every day is a new day with a new surprise or adventure. People can dream their dreams, plan their plans, and live their lives. At least, they can in theory. People can accomplish many things they set their minds to, but the real-life experience rarely feels heroic or excited. In fact, it often feels boring, drab, and even mundane. Life can be a daily grind of struggle and setbacks. At times, life can be both at the same time: exhilarating and overwhelming.
What if it were possible to handle the setbacks and challenges of life while capitalizing on what is good and beautiful and exciting about it? Many people are learning how to do just that, and they are working with a mental health professional to learn how. Counseling, therapy, and coaching is teaching many people that hardship and fears are normal, and that their dreams are worth fighting for.
“There isn’t anybody out there who doesn’t have a mental health issues, 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.” —Howie Mandel
The therapists, coaches, and counselors at Thriveworks Erie have helped a wide variety of clients—those facing a difficult diagnosis and those wanting to reach a life goal and those who are doing both—fighting a diagnosis and fight for their dreams. Thriveworks Erie loves helping our clients overcome life’s challenges and thrive.
Why Consider Mental Health Services?
Whatever current challenge people face, one of the most difficult things to do could also be one of the most helpful: steeping back and gaining perspective. When people take a deep breath, see their context, and identify the specific problem, often a path forward appears. For many people, they are finding therapy, counseling, or coaching a place where they can do these things with a professional’s help. Mental health professionals often provide safe relationships for their clients where they can relax, think clearly, and move ahead.
Mental health professionals can also help their clients avoid common pitfalls that leave people stuck. For example, blame is an easy and natural response to difficulty. However, blame can also leave people feeling hopeless and helpless, and people are active agents in their own growth and happiness. They cannot always control their circumstances or what other people do, but people can think, choose, and act according to their own values. Blame leaves people stuck, living according to someone else’s game plan. Skilled therapists can often help clients overcome blame and other common pitfalls, so that clients let their own values drive their lives.
It takes courage to live by one’s values and make life changes, and everyone can have support in that journey. Asking for help is normal, and many people work with a professional to determine how, when, and what adjustments to make in their lives. Thankfully, many of the cultural stigmas that plagued mental health are losing their grip as working with a counselor or therapist is more and more accepted. Everyone needs help at some point in their lives. It is ok to reach out.
Making tough choices for one’s life may be a short-term loss, but it almost always a long-term gain. When people experience discomfort, that often means they are making changes that will set them up for success. They are rejecting their comfort zones, and they are taking risks. Many people are looking back and so thankful they made the changes they needed to make. Consider these situation:
- You job is great. You are doing well, but is it where you want to be long-term? How could you move up the ladder? Or is a career change in order?
- A dear friend died without any warning, and most days, it is hard to breathe your sadness feels to heavy.
- After a cross-country move, your teens are acting out of character. Adjusting has been difficult, and you have tried everything you know to help them.
- After years of marriage, your spouse confesses to an affair.
Each of these situations has the potential for growth, even though they also present significant challenges. Working with a mental health professional may help people capitalize on the opportunity and overcome the challenges. A few of the challenges/opportunities that people come to Thriveworks Erie to process includes…
- Child therapy
- Grief counseling
- Anger management
- Eating disorders
- Cannabis use
- Obsessive-compulsive tendencies
- Executive coaching
- Job loss
- Couples and marriage counseling
- Psychiatric testing
- Post-traumatic stress disorder
- Sexual identity issues
- Suspected abuse of a child
- Career advancement
- Family therapy
Scheduling an Appointment for Therapy, Counseling, or Coaching at Thriveworks Erie
Whether you have participated in mental health care previously or not, know that Thriveworks Erie takes pride in how we operate and offer care to our clients. We want our clients to feel supported from their very first step in the process. That is why we have real people who answer our phone and help our clients schedule appointments. That is why most new clients have their first appointment within 24 hours of their first call. That is why we work with most insurance companies and accept most insurance plans.
If it is time for you to start your mental health journey, Thriveworks Erie is ready to help. Contact us today.