The author Mel Robbins once stated, “Your mental health is everything – prioritize it. Make the time like your life depends on it, because it does.” So often we go through life hoping things will get better without taking action. Maybe the negative feelings will pass. Maybe the relationship conflict will work itself out. But why are we so willing to suffer when there’s an exceptional resource to help us feel better in our lives?
Professional mental health providers like those at Thriveworks in Little Elm, TX can address personal issues with insight, compassion, and expertise. Talking to a licensed professional counselor (LPC) can be like talking to a close friend, someone caring who has your best interests at heart. But counselors have extensive training and experience and mental health topics, so they can probably give you exponentially better guidance and support than a friend (no offense to friends).
The providers at Thriveworks in Little Elm, TX specialize in mental health issues like depression, anxiety, phobias, substance abuse, and many more. These providers have one singular job: to help their clients achieve their goals. Mental health care is health care, and it should be prioritized.
Are Counselors and Therapists the Same Thing?
Counselors and therapists are not quite the same thing, though many people conflate the two professions. The licensing for a counselor is unique. Counselors are trained to address specific issues and help clients find solutions to their problems. Psychotherapists (talk therapists) usually take a more in-depth, long-term look at the psyche. “Psychotherapist” is an umbrella term for any mental health provider who does talk therapy. At Thriveworks in Little Elm, TX clients may encounter any of the following additional mental health professionals:
- Licensed marriage and family therapists (LMFTs), who help couples and families navigate their interpersonal relationships.
- Licensed clinical social workers (LCSWs), who offer counseling and guidance for social services.
- Psychiatrists (MDs), medical doctors who can prescribe medications and manage short-term or long-term pharmaceutical drug treatments like antidepressants.
- Psychologists (PhDs or PsyDs), who use psychotherapy approaches tailored to the client. Psychologists can be counseling psychologists or clinical psychologists.
What Do Mental Health Counselors Do?
The role of a mental health counselor at Thriveworks in Little Elm, TX is to help clients work through their unique problems. Those individual issues might include any of the following:
- Major depression disorder and other mood disorders
- Anxiety disorders
- Mild depression
- Anorexia or bulimia
- Body dysmorphia
- Empty nest syndrome
- Alcohol use disorder (AUD)
- Behavioral problems
- Emotional regulation
- Marital problems
- Stress management
- Self esteem
- Life changes
The first thing a counselor will want to know is what the client’s goals are for treatment. Then the counselor can hone a treatment plan for their client, taking a close look at whatever topics are relevant: communication skills, thought patterns, coping strategies, stressors, and more.
What Are the Steps of Counseling?
Counseling and therapy can include a wide range of specialized approaches. These methods are not mutually exclusive, and providers at Thriveworks in Little Elm, TX might use a hybrid treatment model. Some of the various therapeutic approaches include the following:
- Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT)
- Interpersonal psychotherapy (IPT)
- Person-centered therapy (PCT)
- Existential therapy
- Gestalt therapy
- Exposure therapy, especially for phobias
- Psychodynamic psychotherapy
- Dialectical behavior therapy (DBT)
- Mindfulness therapy
- Supportive-expressive therapy
- Anger management
- Holistic treatments like progressive muscle relaxation and meditation
- Emotion-focused therapy (EFT)
- Narrative therapy
- Motivation enhancement therapy (MET)
- Eye movement desensitization and reprocessing therapy (EMDR)
- Family therapy
- Couples therapy or marriage counseling
How Do You Find a Good Therapist?
To find a good therapist, you need to bear certain basic criteria in mind:
- The mental health provider should be fully licensed in Texas. All the mental health providers at Thriveworks are fully licensed in the United States. They are recruited from the top 4% of providers in the Dallas-Fort Worth metro area.
- Therapy should be affordable. Thriveworks providers in Little Elm, TX accept most major forms of health insurance coverage. For people paying out-of-pocket, Thriveworks offers affordable self-pay rates.
- You should be able to meet with your provider comfortably and conveniently. Thriveworks counselors in the DFW area can meet with clients virtually in secure, HIPAA-compliant online counseling sessions. They can also meet clients in-person at the modern office in Little Elm, TX.
- The therapist should be experienced. Thriveworks providers treat anxiety, postpartum depression, neurodiverse children, panic disorder, and much more, so you can choose a provider with experience in your issue.
Get Support with Licensed Counseling at Thriveworks in Little Elm, TX
Call the Thriveworks office in Little Elm, TX today and meet with your licensed counselor, therapist, or psychiatrist as early as tomorrow. Thriveworks clients get premium mental health services at affordable prices–fast. We look forward to helping you with your issue so you can thrive.