If you fall and scrape yourself, you might apply some antibiotic ointment and put on a bandaid while it heals. But if you sprain your ankle or break your leg, you’ll probably see a doctor so you can get the medical attention you need to heal properly.
Much like our physical health, our mental health can require different degrees of care. If you’re feeling a bit down or anxious one day, for instance, you might recognize that the feeling is only temporary and that you can do some relaxing activities to help you feel better. However, if you notice yourself starting to feel this way more consistently, you might start to wonder if there are any lifestyle changes you can make. And if your mental health continues to suffer, you might decide to make an appointment with a licensed psychologist.
Just as there’s no shame in going to the hospital for a broken bone, there’s no shame in seeking help for your mental health problems. At Thriveworks in Normal, IL, our clinical psychologists are here to provide support and care so you can lead a happy and fulfilled life.
When Should I Consult a Licensed Psychologist?
If your mental health issues have started to disrupt your life or are preventing you from doing the things you want to do, it’s a good time to consider reaching out to a licensed psychologist.
Some of the most common reasons people decide to pursue counseling include:
- Persistent sadness or hopelessness
- Constantly feeling on-edge
- Anger issues
- Difficulty sleeping or oversleeping
- Grief and loss
- Eating disorders
- Low self-esteem
- Substance abuse issues
- Mental disorders
Psychologists can also provide therapy to families and couples. These therapy sessions can help resolve tension and strengthen relationships, as well as teach many long-term skills.
If you’re concerned about your child’s mental health, child psychologists can help resolve issues such as:
- Behavioral problems
- Learning disorders
- Difficulty socializing
- Separation issues
- Anxiety or depression
You don’t need to be facing severe mental illness to benefit from seeing a psychologist. When you’re ready to speak with a licensed mental health professional, we’re here for you. Reach out to our scheduling team to book an appointment with one of our counseling psychologists today at Thriveworks in Normal, IL.
What Are the Benefits of Speaking With a Psychologist?
A licensed psychologist is a mental health expert who has obtained a master’s degree and undergone years of supervised training. Their expertise allows them to diagnose mental health issues and curate treatment plans to address specific concerns and symptoms.
To start, your psychologist will take some time to get to know you — your background, your values, your history — as well as your concerns about the issue you’re facing. Understanding who you are will allow your provider to see how you deal with the problems you’re facing so they can help you learn to resolve them. They’ll also take into account biological and situational factors.
During treatment, you may learn a number of skills that help you overcome your symptoms both in and outside of sessions. For example, psychologists can teach their clients relaxation techniques, meditation exercises, and coping skills to feel more in control of their mental health.
In some cases, a psychologist might determine that prescribed medication would help improve symptoms, especially in collaboration with talk therapy. In these cases, psychologists will typically collaborate with a licensed psychiatrist, a medical doctor who can prescribe and manage medication directly.
When you’re dealing with a mental health issue, it can feel difficult to imagine a way out. We want you to know that you’re not alone in this feeling and that help is available. At Thriveworks in Normal, IL, our team is committed to providing you with trusting and compassionate care.
Schedule a Meeting With a Clinical Psychologist in Normal, IL
When you’re ready to prioritize your mental health, we are ready to help. At Thriveworks, our psychologists are equipped to deal with a wide variety of problems, ranging from mild to severe. We offer appointments throughout the week — even in the evenings and on weekends. And if you call or click today, you might even be able to see a psychologist in the next 48 hours.
We believe in the accessibility of mental health care. That’s why we accept most major insurance plans and offer affordable rates for those paying out of pocket. We also offer remote therapy options for those who prefer to speak over the phone or by video chat from the comfort of their homes.
When you sign up with Thriveworks, you’ll also gain access to features such as:
- Text support for billing and scheduling matters
- A counselor-moderated online forum
- A flexible cancellation policy
- Access to the Therapy Buddy app
You don’t have to wait to get help. Call or click today to get started at Thriveworks in Normal, IL.