In the Louisa May Alcott novel Little Women, Amy March states, “I am not afraid of storms, for I am learning how to sail my ship.” Humans are complex, social creatures who weather all kinds of daily psychological storms, from mild to acute. Storms and bad weather are a normal part of life. Fortunately, people often emerge from distressing experiences with important insights and wisdom. Sometimes that wisdom can help carry them through the next storm, or better yet, prevent the next storm from happening.
But it’s not always easy to overcome adversity and learn how to find meaning in your struggles. That’s where mental health experts like counselors and psychologists can help.
The licensed mental health providers at Thriveworks in Lakewood, CO have numerous counseling specialties to help clients address their behaviors, emotions, and life issues. Through counseling services, therapy, and psychiatry at Thriveworks, people can get back on the path toward better weather–and more fulfilling lives.
What Are the Different Types of Mental Health Counselors?
Finding the right counselor can be an intimidating task if you’ve never seen a mental health professional before. But this guide can help direct you to the right person for your psychological needs. Thriveworks in Lakewood, CO offers the following specialized providers:
- Licensed professional counselors (LPCs), who work with clients to find solutions to their problems. Counseling is often shorter-term than psychotherapy.
- Psychotherapists, who provide talk therapy. There are a wide variety of talk therapy approaches, including cognitive behavior therapy (CBT).
- Psychologists (usually PsyDs or PhDs), who can be counseling psychologists or clinical psychologists. They address mental and behavioral health through psychotherapy.
- Psychiatrists (MDs), who are medical doctors who can prescribe and manage medications in addition to doing psychotherapy.
- Licensed marriage and family therapists (LMFTs), who address the needs of couples and family members in intimate relationships.
- Licensed clinical social workers (LCSWs), who provide counseling and practical guidance for social services.
If you’re still not sure what kind of provider you need, the Thriveworks office in Lakewood, CO can match you to an experienced professional who can help you achieve your goals.
Should I Go to Individual Counseling or Group Therapy?
Individual counseling and group therapy can both be helpful in different ways. Good mental health involves personal goals as well as connection to family and community. The singer Pink once stated, “What I love about therapy is that they’ll tell you what your blind spots are. Although that’s uncomfortable and painful, it gives you something to work with.” We all have blind spots when it comes to our individual struggles as well as our intimate relationships.
Couples counseling at Thriveworks in Lakewood, CO can address conflicts, parenting concerns, empty nest syndrome, premarital conversations, and sex issues. Family therapy can help with family dynamics and communication. Sometimes a family’s equilibrium can be disturbed by individual problems in family members, for example:
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Bipolar disorder (manic depression)
- Anorexia or bulimia
- Body dysmorphia
- Panic disorder (anxiety attacks)
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)
- Chronic health issues
- Substance abuse
- Work stress
- Financial stress
- Behavioral problems
Oftentimes these issues overlap. Individual therapy and group therapy don’t have to be mutually exclusive. Sometimes a person starts individual therapy and after a few sessions they realize that they have unresolved issues with their family members that could benefit from a professional facilitator.
Can Primary Care Doctors Diagnose Mental Health Conditions?
Primary care doctors can and do diagnose mental health conditions, but they are not specialists and they’re more likely to misdiagnose conditions like depression and anxiety. The psychiatrists at Thriveworks in Lakewood, CO are doctors (physicians) who were highly trained in the field of mental and behavioral health. They can diagnose mental conditions and write prescriptions for treatment.
Is Counseling Affordable?
Counseling at Thriveworks in Lakewood, CO is highly affordable. Because all the mental health providers at Thriveworks are fully licensed, they accept most major health insurance plans. If a client doesn’t have medical insurance, the self-pay rates are very reasonable. Not only that, but Thriveworks offers online counseling in addition to in-person counseling. This means that scheduling is more flexible so clients may not have to take time off work to travel to appointments.
Get Exceptional Care at Thriveworks in Lakewood, CO
When you call the Thriveworks office in Lakewood, CO, you can expect to make an appointment with an exceptional, top-rated provider who can meet with you within 24-48 hours. As an additional benefit of enrollment at Thriveworks, you can reach your provider by phone and email between therapy sessions. Appointments begin on-time or early over 97% of the time, so you rarely have to wait. And Thriveworks only hires the top 4% of mental health providers in their field.
Put your mental health first with Thriveworks in Lakewood, CO. We look forward to your call!