Martin Luther King, Jr. once stated, “If you can’t fly then run, if you can’t run then walk, if you can’t walk then crawl, but whatever you do you have to keep moving forward.” Sometimes people don’t face their feelings because they fear they’ll be too distressing or overwhelming. But avoiding one’s problems often makes them worse. Avoidance is a step backward, not forward. Talking through your issues, on the other hand, can be a source of strength. This is especially true when you speak to someone who truly listens and can offer meaningful insights into your struggles. That is the critical role of a mental health counselor.
The licensed counselors at Thriveworks in Montgomery, AL offer clients a judgment-free, supportive zone where they can speak openly and honestly, met only with helpful guidance and compassion. Counseling is a path forward, toward whatever your goals may be. You may be battling depression or anxiety. You may be having the same argument again and again with your spouse. You may feel defeated by all the problems in society. But when you come to Thriveworks, you can find a listening partner who can help.
Are Counselors and Therapists the Same Thing?
Many people aren’t clear on the distinction between counselors and therapists. The terms are often used interchangeably. A therapist is a psychotherapist, that is, someone who does talk therapy. Psychotherapy usually takes a long-term, in-depth look at someone’s emotional life using various therapeutic approaches. Licensed counselors usually offer shorter-term guidance for specific problems. Therapists can probably do solution-focused counseling, but counselors generally don’t have the training or certifications for psychotherapy.
Thriveworks in Montgomery, AL staffs fully licensed professional counselors (LPCs) as well as psychotherapists (who may be psychologists or something else). Here’s a guide to the other mental health professionals you may encounter at Thriveworks:
- Licensed marriage and family therapists (LMFTs) help couples and families enhance their interpersonal relationships.
- Licensed clinical social workers (LCSWs) offer counseling and practical guidance for social services.
- Psychiatrists (MDs) are medical doctors who can prescribe medications and manage short-term or long-term pharmaceutical drug treatments like antidepressants, as well as provide psychotherapy.
- Psychologists (PhDs or PsyDs) tailor psychotherapy to a client’s specific needs. Psychologists can be counseling psychologists or clinical psychologists.
How Can Counseling Help Depression?
Talk therapy and counseling services can help people who suffer from depression and other mental health issues in a number of ways. When a client comes to Thriveworks in Montgomery, AL for the first time, their clinician will give them a full evaluation. If the client has depressive symptoms and is subsequently diagnosed with depression, the provider may create a personalized treatment plan. This plan may include any of the following elements:
- Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT)
- Dialectical behavior therapy (a type of CBT)
- Holistic treatments like meditation and muscle relaxation
- Mindfulness training
- Person-centered therapy (PCT)
- Family therapy or couples therapy
- Day to day lifestyle modifications addressing nutrition and exercise
- Psychosocial interventions
- Behavioral activation
- Antidepressant medications and other pharmaceuticals, prescribed by a Thriveworks psychiatrist
What Other Issues Can Counseling Help With?
But the exceptional therapists and other licensed mental health providers at Thriveworks don’t only treat depression. They can also help clients who are experiencing other issues and conditions, such as the following:
- Anxiety disorders
- Burnout or work stress
- Anorexia or bulimia
- Body dysmorphic disorder (BDD)
- Empty nest syndrome
- Alcohol use disorder (AUD)
- Addiction or substance abuse
- Behavioral problems
- Emotional regulation
- Marital problems or relationship issues
- Difficulty managing stress
- Low self esteem
- Life transitions
- Lack of meaning or purpose
What Is It Like to See a Psychiatrist?
Seeing a psychiatrist for the first time can be intimidating, which is why it’s important to find someone truly qualified, with whom you believe you can build a rapport. There are a few guidelines you should follow when selecting your provider.
- The psychiatrist should be fully licensed in Alabama. (All the mental health providers at Thriveworks are fully licensed in their respective states, nationwide.)
- Psychiatry and prescription medication management services should be affordable. (Thriveworks providers in Montgomery, AL accept most major forms of health insurance coverage and offer competitive self-pay rates.)
- You should be able to meet with your psychiatrist comfortably when it’s most convenient for you. (Thriveworks psychiatrists in Montgomery meet with clients virtually in secure, HIPAA-compliant online sessions.)
- The provider should have experience treating your issue or condition. (Thriveworks psychiatrists specialize in a number of different fields like depression or bipolar disorder, for diverse clientele.)
Call a Compassionate, Licensed Counselor at Thriveworks in Montgomery, AL
The first step toward your goals is often the most important step of all. Call Thriveworks today and a provider can meet with you as early as tomorrow or the next day. When you sign up for a Thriveworks membership, you can access your provider by phone or email between counseling sessions.
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