It’s not always easy to open up about our mental health. Sometimes, we might not even realize that we need to. Take the popular TV series The 100, for example. Clarke, the main character and leader, takes a lot of hits over the seven seasons.
In the last season, she struggles severely and reaches her tipping point when her daughter’s life is put in danger. Because of how overwhelmed she feels, she starts to have a mental breakdown. Unfortunately, when living on a desolate planet without access to real mental health care, she was forced to deal with it on her own. That was until her trusted friend, Gaia, practiced mindfulness and breathing exercises with her.
Even Clarke, in the midst of everything going on, understood the importance of getting help for her mental health. We all have things going on in our lives—stress, anxiety, relationship problems, past demons. While talking to a trusted friend, family member, or co-worker might provide you with some relief, working with a mental health professional can give you the guidance and support you need to overcome your battles.
Thriveworks Counseling Henderson provides exceptional mental health services to those going through challenging times. If you’re struggling with something, consider working with a counselor, psychotherapist, psychologist, clinical social worker, or life coach at our office.
You might feel a little nervous at first, but we can assure you that you will be welcomed into a safe, supportive space. We want to help you heal, grow, and achieve the success you’ve always hoped for. To schedule your first session, please give our office a call.
How Does Counseling and Therapy Work at Thriveworks Counseling Henderson?
If you’re here, it means that you’re thinking about taking the next step in your mental health journey and you’re ready to learn more. We’re glad to hear it! At Thriveworks Counseling Henderson, we only work with the top mental health professionals. You can be sure to receive the most comprehensive plan of care every step of the way.
To ensure this, your provider will assess your needs and struggles to provide you with a customized treatment plan. This plan will cover a variety of therapeutic techniques and methods to help you achieve things like better communication skills, coping mechanisms, stress management techniques, and more.
At our office, we also provide our clients with both in-person and online counseling options. If you choose online counseling, you can pick between video and telephone counseling. You will also get to choose which counselor you’d prefer to work with in-person and online therapy—if you have a preference.
In any instance, our team members are excited to get the chance to work with you.
Depression: Types, Symptoms, and Treatment
Depression is more than just feeling sad or upset. It’s a serious mental disorder that comes with harmful symptoms like a deep despair, loss of interest in one’s day to day, and general discontent or unhappiness. Here is a more complete list of common depression symptoms:
- Loss of motivation
- Mood swings/irritability
- Withdrawal from loved ones
- Appetite and weight changes
- Thoughts of suicide/self-harming
- General unhappiness
The depression that you and I are most familiar with is major depression, which is characterized by the above symptoms. To be diagnosed with major depression, one must exhibit at least 5 depression symptoms for two weeks or longer. However, there are other types of depression, too.
Different Types of Depression
Other types of depression include minor depression, bipolar disorder, seasonal affective disorder (SAD), and persistent depressive disorder (PDD). While these share the depression symptoms listed above, there are other factors that distinguish them from one another such as their duration and/or cause.
- Minor depression: This type of depression differs from major depression in that only two depression symptoms must be present for the individual to be diagnosed.
- Bipolar disorder: Bipolar disorder is different from other types of depression in that it comes with two main states: depression but also mania. Mania is the opposite of depression, in that the individual experiences an elevated or excitable mood.
- Seasonal affective disorder (SAD): SAD, sometimes called winter depression, is a form of depression that typically begins in the colder months and resolves in the warmer months.
- Persistent depressive disorder (PDD): PDD is long-term. It is characterized by the symptoms listed above, but those with PDD exhibit depression symptoms for at least two years.
Depression is a serious mental health condition that can make day to day life unpleasant or even unbearable. Fortunately, it is also highly treatable. Both antidepressants and therapy prove effective in helping one manage their symptoms and live happier again.
If you are feeling depressed or exhibiting symptoms of any which depressive disorder, Thriveworks Counseling Henderson can help. We have therapists and psychologists who can provide you with depression therapy.
What Is Anxiety? Is This Fear and Worry Normal?
Anxiety can be described as intense and persistent worry or fear. While worry and fear are warranted in certain situations, anxiety is experienced in everyday scenarios that wouldn’t typically trigger extreme emotions or reactions.
Here are a few examples of out-of-control anxious thoughts:
- “Did I leave the door unlocked? This is the day that someone breaks into my house and it’ll be all my fault.”
- “My boss is so unhappy with me. I turned in my project an hour late. I don’t deserve to be working here.”
- “I forgot to put a note in Jenny’s lunchbox. She’s going to hate me for that and feel completely unloved.”
These thoughts exceed normal reactions to the events described. Individuals with anxiety expect the worst and fail to slow their excessive worry and fear down.
Anxiety Disorders: OCD, Panic Disorder, Phobias, and More
The anxiety that you and I are probably most familiar with is called generalized anxiety disorder (GAD). It is not the only anxiety disorder though; in fact, there are many others. Here is a list of common types of anxiety:
- Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD): OCD is characterized by excessive thoughts that cause the individual to perform compulsions. Symptoms of OCD include impulsive behavior and rituals.
- Panic Disorder: This anxiety disorder comes with a sense of lost control and panic attacks, which many people mistake for heart attacks.
- Phobias: Phobias, including agoraphobia and social phobia, are another type of anxiety. These are characterized by anxiety symptoms that are induced by specific events or situations. For example, those with social phobia feel anxious in social interactions.
- Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD): PTSD is an anxiety disorder that can form after a traumatic experience. Victims of trauma experience a range of symptoms, from flashbacks and nightmares about their trauma to social withdrawal and hypervigilance.
Therapy for Anxiety: CBT, Exposure Therapy, and Others
If you recognize that you are feeling anxious or exhibiting signs of an anxiety disorder, this observation might cause you to feel even more worried and fearful. The good news is that you are not alone in your battle against anxiety. Thriveworks Counseling Henderson has anxiety therapists who specialize in treating clients with these disorders.
A common approach to anxiety therapy is cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT). This focuses on helping the individual mitigate harmful thoughts that cause or exacerbate their anxiety. Another helpful form of therapy for anxiety is exposure therapy. Exposure therapy is particularly helpful when someone suffers from a specific phobia.
Couples Therapy and Marriage Counseling
The reality (the harsh reality) is that relationships aren’t painless. While the relationship we have with our partner is meant to uplift and enrich, it also comes with challenges like jealousy, betrayal, or even financial stress. The thing is that working through these challenges can strengthen your bond and improve the health of your relationship.
Sometimes, the challenges that we face with our partner aren’t easy to manage or work through. When we can’t seem to resolve the issue properly or determine the right way forward, a couples therapist or marriage counselor can help.
Problems Discussed in Relationship Counseling
Our relationships are unique, yet there are common issues that many couples face. Here are a few common relationship problems that many relationship counselors see in therapy:
- Lack of communication
- Financial stress
- Infidelity or other betrayal
- Commitment problems
- Disagreements in parenting
- Differing values and priorities
These problems can be difficult to discuss and work through, but talking to an unbiased third party can make a huge difference. Add the professional skills, experience, and training that couples therapists and marriage counselors possess to the mix and you have an effective plan.
How Exactly Do Couples and Marriage Counselors Help?
Couples therapists, marriage counselors, and other licensed relationship counselors help their clients open up to each other about the problems at hand, improve their overall means of communication, and strengthen weak areas of their relationship.
These counselors utilize different techniques to help their clients in couples therapy and marriage counseling, such as the Gottman method. The Gottman method does a complete evaluation of the relationship and then utilizes Sound Relationship House Theory to help the couples achieve the relationship they desire.
If you and your partner have hit a rough patch, the relationship counselors at Thriveworks Counseling Henderson would be happy to help.
Anger Counseling: Do I Need Anger Management Help?
We all experience anger, as this is a normal and healthy emotion. However, some people struggle to cope with their anger and express it in unhealthy ways. For example:
- Damaging property
- Terrorizing others
- Acting aggressively or violently
- Yelling or screaming at others
If you engage in unhealthy aggressive behavior when you feel angry, you should consider anger counseling. Anger counseling can offer anger management help, which involves understanding triggers of anger and learning to express anger properly.
Understanding Common Signs of Anger
As we’ve already established, we all feel angry sometimes. The problem isn’t experiencing this emotion but handling it properly. The first step in handling our anger well is understanding when feelings of anger are developing. Here are a few common mental and emotional anger signs:
- Mental exhaustion
- Aggressive and violent thoughts
- Vengeful thoughts
- Difficulty focusing
- Excessive crying
If you struggle with anger issues, start to take notice of your anger signs. This will then enable you to take a step back and respond to your anger in a healthier manner.
Professional Anger Management Help
The anger counselors at Thriveworks Counseling Henderson can talk to you in greater detail about the common signs of anger, triggers of anger, and healthier strategies for dealing with anger.
If you think that you might have an anger or aggression problem, consider scheduling an anger counseling session. Our counselors and psychologists will utilize their vast amount of skills and training to offer personalized anger help.
Trauma and Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
Traumatic events are distressing and can make the following days, weeks, months, even years difficult. A few common forms of trauma include:
- Natural disasters and automobile accidents
- Physical or mental/emotional abuse
- Any form of violence or aggression
- Military combat
- Other threats to one’s life
When someone experiences a traumatic event, they move through many emotions that are difficult to endure. It’s important that they confront these emotions as well as the trauma to move on properly. If they don’t, it’s likely that they will develop post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
PTSD Signs and Symptoms
Sometimes, the severity of trauma doesn’t quite hit us until we start to experience PTSD symptoms, such as:
- Sleep disturbances, like nightmares or insomnia
- Flashbacks to the traumatic event
- Withdrawal from loved ones
- Depressive thoughts and feelings
- Mood swings
These symptoms can make normal functioning virtually impossible. Any combination of the above can seriously disturb one’s performance at work, the health of their relationships, and every other area of life.
Therapy for Trauma and PTSD
Thriveworks Counseling Henderson has a team of trauma and PTSD counselors at our Henderson, NV office who specialize in helping victims of trauma. These professionals are able to offer the guidance and support that one might need to heal from their trauma and move forward with their life.
Trauma therapists often work with their clients to help them confront their trauma head-on. This means acknowledging what happened to them and addressing all of the emotions that come with the event. Though difficult, this paves the way for healing. These professionals also equip their clients with effective mechanisms for managing those difficult emotions and other PTSD symptoms.
Child Therapy: Therapy for Kids, Adolescents, and Teens
Kids and teens struggle mentally and emotionally just like adults do. Sometimes, in fact, they run into the same mental health problems that we do like stress and anxiety. Oftentimes, though, they internalize these problems and reject to open up to their parents or other adults about them.
Here are a few challenges that young individuals commonly struggle with:
- The death of a friend or family member: The death of a loved one is hard for anyone to process and come to terms with. Kids, though, especially take these losses to heart and struggle to heal properly. Many of us need extra, professional help to properly grieve the loss of a friend or family member and move on with our lives. This includes kids and teens.
- Divorcing or separating parents: The decision to divorce or separate doesn’t just affect the two partners involved, it affects those closest to them: their children. It can be difficult for kids to process the separation of their parents as well as other big changes that come with this. Therapists who specialize in helping young individuals can help kids and teens process their emotions and adjust to the changes.
- Other major life transitions: There are other major changes or life transitions that can disturb a child or teen’s wellbeing. For example, moving to a new town and/or transitioning to a new school. This dramatic change can evoke many different emotions and leave kids feeling like their life is completely out of their control. Fortunately, child therapists and psychologists can help with this too. They can offer mechanisms for coping and also help them build their confidence in starting this new chapter of life.
Is My Child Struggling Mentally? Red Flags
Like we said earlier, many kids refuse to talk to parents or other adults about their mental health problems. However, they do often open up to a third party who they grow to trust. If you think that your child might be struggling mentally or emotionally, consider setting them up with a child psychologist or therapist at Thriveworks Counseling Henderson.
If you aren’t sure if your child is struggling but want to ensure that you get them the help they need if they are, consider the following red flags:
- Sleep changes
- Changes in weight or appetite
- Refusal to go to school (or disinterest)
- Isolation from peers or others
If your child appears to be struggling mentally or emotionally, consider setting them up with a therapy appointment. Our team of child therapists and psychologists can step in and help.
Life Coaching: Personal and Professional Fulfillment
Life coaching is another valuable mental health service, which can help you with personal and professional fulfillment. Mental health conditions aren’t the only problems that can throw our mental health off balance. If you are lacking personal or professional success/fulfillment, you can benefit from mental health help, too.
Life coaches help their clients achieve more. They help them to identify areas of their life that they’d like to change or improve and then they help them do it. While anyone can technically refer to themselves as a life coach, the life coaches at Thriveworks are certified and licensed mental health professionals. You can trust them to offer real, valuable professional help and guidance.
Should I Talk to a Life Coach?
Life coaches can help many different people. They can help a recent college graduate figure out what’s next. They can help a new mom determine where and how she can feel personally fulfilled again. They can help someone who has just retired find meaning in life again.
In all honesty, anyone can find benefit in talking to a life coach. These individuals dedicate their life’s work to helping people find greater happiness and success in life. If this leads you to think, “Maybe I should talk to one,” consider reaching out to Thriveworks Counseling Henderson. We’d be more than happy to set you up with a life coach upon your call.
The Benefits of Working with Thriveworks Counseling Henderson
After reading about the many different mental health services offered at Thriveworks, do you think that you could benefit from talking to a licensed professional?
If you’ve decided that you’d like to reach out for mental health help, you might be concerned about finding an available counselor, as doing so can be a challenge in and of itself. Fortunately, here at Thriveworks, we have expert providers who are readily available to help. You can look forward to meeting with your provider as soon as today or tomorrow.
When you choose to work with us, you can experience some of our other great benefits, too. These include:
- Flexible sessions in the evenings and on weekends
- Same- and next-day appointments
- Online therapy options
- Phone and email access to your provider
- Access to exclusive video content
- Free ebooks
- And more!
Schedule Mental Health Services at Thriveworks Counseling Henderson
Thriveworks Counseling Henderson is located just north of the intersection of Corporate Circle and N Green Valley Pkwy. We currently share a building with Wells Fargo Home Mortgage and Myers Realty Group. There’s parking available on all sides of the building.
If you have trouble finding our office or have any questions about how to get here, please don’t hesitate to reach out!