The hit show This Is Us has a dedicated audience, often in tears by the end of an episode. Their deep characters, moving storylines, and good writing has created an almost cult-like following, but there may be a bigger reason for the show’s 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, and eating disorders 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 illnesses 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 Counseling & Psychiatry 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, psychologists, psychiatrists, 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. 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 accomplish 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 built, the therapeutic relationship often progresses. Clients may feel more and more comfortable presenting what is happening in their lives. We work with individuals, couples, families, and children. For example, a client may want to work through 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.
How Can Psychological Testing Help?
On top of counseling, therapy, and life coaching, you can also receive psychological testing here at Thriveworks Counseling & Psychiatry Greensboro. We have psychologists who can offer the following tests: differential diagnosis assessments, achievement testing, personality testing, and career interest assessments.
The functionality and the benefits of psychological testing can vary per test, but the main goal of psychological testing is to help one better understand why they act, think, or behave the way that they do as well as what their strengths and weaknesses are and how they can best utilize them.
Here’s a little bit about the tests that are offered at Thriveworks Counseling & Psychiatry Greensboro:
- Differential diagnosis assessments: These tests help psychologists determine what mental health disorder an individual has. This kind of testing comes in handy when an individual has symptoms that could be explained by more than one disorder.
- Achievement testing: This form of testing is typically given to children, as it measures one’s knowledge and skills. These tests can help place a child in a different grade level or gain admittance to a special program or school.
- Personality testing: Personality tests narrow in on one’s needs, motivations, strengths, weaknesses, and more. They can help to diagnose a personality disorder and also provide one with important information that allows them to work through interpersonal challenges.
- Career interest assessments: We also offer career interest assessments, which simply help one better understand what career path they might be interested in as well as which career paths they might excel in!
If you would like to schedule psychological testing, Thriveworks Counseling & Psychiatry Greensboro will be happy to set you up with one of our psychologists.
The Benefits of Online Psychiatry
The strong connection between the body and the mind makes psychiatry counseling an invaluable resource in treating a wide variety of mental, emotional, and behavioral disorders. Psychiatrists are medical doctors, which means they are qualified to evaluate symptoms from a medical perspective.
They can administer psychological questionnaires, prescribe medication to alleviate symptoms, and provide talk therapy sessions. Through talk therapy, you can learn strategies to cope with uncomfortable feelings, become more effective in your relationships, and overcome your mental health hurdles.
If you’re suffering from a mental health issue, help is available from Thriveworks Counseling & Psychiatry Greensboro. Make an appointment today to speak to a licensed psychiatrist online.
Schedule Mental Health Services at Thriveworks Counseling & Psychiatry Greensboro
If you are thinking about working with a life coach, therapist, psychiatrist, or counselor, think about working with the professionals at Thriveworks Counseling & Psychiatry 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 after.
- We accept many insurance plans.
- Evening and weekend appointments are offered.
Sound good to you? Call Thriveworks Counseling & Psychiatry Greensboro to get started today.