Therapy and Counseling in Greensboro, NC – Mental Health Services
The hit show This Is Us has audiences tuning in every week and often in tears by the end of the show. Their deep characters, moving storylines, and good writing have created an almost cult-like following, but there may be a bigger reason for the shows success: it tackles mental illness with accuracy, honesty, and hope. Randall, one of the star characters is a good man. He has a loving wife and two beautiful daughters. He also has severe anxiety. Like many people, Randall has hidden his obsessive behaviors and worrying thoughts. Anxiety secretly plagued him since he was a young child, but his secret was revealed during a very public panic attack. The show has shown the difficult reality of anxiety, but it has also shown the hope that life can be better.
“I think one thing is that anybody who’s had to contend with mental illness – whether it’s depression, bipolar illness or severe anxiety, whatever – actually has a fair amount of resilience.” —Kay Redfield Jamison
Many people either know what it is like to live with a mental illness or they know what it is like to love someone who is living with a mental illness. Depression, bipolar, anxiety, eating disorders, and more are more common than many realize or want to admit. Anyone who has either struggled or supported a loved one who struggled against these mental illness should know that they are strong, as Psychologist Kay Redfield Jamison reminds us. Strong people know that reaching out for help is often the smart choice. Therapists, counselors, and life coaches can often help people find the right diagnosis, which may lead to the right treatment.
That is why Thriveworks Greensboro offers mental health care: we love helping people take tangible steps that improve their lives. Whether they are facing mental illness, career stagnation, or relational tension, our therapists, counselors, and life coaches have walked with their clients, step-by-step, to find solutions that improve their lives.
What Does Mental Health Care Involve?
In one sense, the care that each person receives during therapy or counseling should be unique and personalized because what each individual is experiencing is unique. Yes, there are common symptoms to mental illness. Yes, there are patterns to relational tension. Yes, there are strategies for career advancement. However, the details of how these are playing out in an individual’s life are unique and important. Mental health care should address each individual’s unique needs.
In another sense, there are principles of care that can be applied in most mental health settings. For one thing, any therapeutic relationship is just that–a relationship. As with any relationship, each partner must establish trust. Thus, counseling, therapy, and coaching start with a time that allows clients to speak freely about why they are pursuing therapy–the circumstances that led them to that decision as well as their goals for the time. Clients may or may not have an idea of what they want to accomplishing during their time, but if they do, they are encouraged to share. Therapists often inquire about each client’s physical health, career, family, friendships, relationships, spirituality, mental health concerns, and anything else that may be helpful during treatment. Counselors, coaches, and therapists work hard to create a safe place for their clients, where they feel safe to share.
As trust is build, the therapeutic relationship often progresses. Clients may feel more and more comfortable presenting what is happening in their lives. For example, a client may want to work through an issues such as…
- Grief counseling
- Anger management
- Eating disorders
- Cannabis use
- Career advancement
- Job loss
- Post-traumatic stress disorder
- Couples and marriage counseling
- Executive coaching
- Psychiatric testing
- LGBTQ issues
- Obsessive-compulsive tendencies
- Suspected abuse of a child
- Child therapy
- Family therapy
As clients present situations they are facing, mental health care professionals will work with them to find a treatment plan that fits their symptoms, circumstances, and goals. Again, each treatment plan will be unique, but generally speaking…
- When clients receive a diagnosis for a mental illness, like Major Depressive Disorder, or when they are suffering from trauma they experienced, the focus of their treatment plan is often safety and healing.
- When clients have a personal or professional goal that they want to achieve, their therapy plan often focuses upon self awareness. With their coach, therapist, or counselor, they may go through exercises that identify their strengths and weaknesses or clarify their values and goals.
- When clients have an addiction or are fighting impulsive behavior, accountability and attachment may be the focus of their treatment plan. Clients may need to help owning the consequences of their behavior while exploring any psychological wounds that may be contributing to it.
Scheduling a Mental Health Care Appointment at Thriveworks Greensboro
If you are thinking about working with a life coach, therapist, or counselor, think about working with the professionals at Thriveworks Greensboro. Our staff is experienced, skilled, and caring. We also do our best to be supportive, from the moment you contact our office. When you pick up the phone and dial our number, here is what you can expect:
- A person (not a voicemail!) will answer and help you make an appointment.
- You may be meeting with your therapist, coach, or counselor the next day. If not within 24 hours, then soon.
- We accept many insurance plans.
- Evening and weekend appointments are offered.
Sound good to you? Call Thriveworks Greensboro today.