Lupe grew up speaking both Spanish and English in Riverside, CA, but she never felt quite at home in either language. Sometimes she felt lost and disconnected, like she didn’t have a firm sense of who she was. She felt like she was one person with her friends at high school, and another person with her family at home. In both places she was starting to feel more and more insecure.
One day Lupe had a cold and lost her appetite. The next day she felt hungry, but intentionally skipped breakfast and lunch. She felt empowered by the amount of control she had over food. Soon she was restricting her calories every day, and losing too much weight. But she couldn’t stop. Controlling her eating was the only thing that made her feel better about herself, even if the relief was only temporary. Should Lupe get professional help for her eating disorder?
Lupe could get help for her anorexia and her deep insecurity by reaching out to a mental health counselor at Thriveworks in Riverside, CA. Thriveworks counselors are fully licensed and highly qualified to help individuals with eating disorders, depression, anxiety, and a host of other mental health issues. They even have licensed psychiatrists on staff to support clients with medications like antidepressants if needed. It was time for Lupe to talk to a professional counselor, and Thriveworks was just a phone call away.
What’s the Use of Psychological Counseling? Does It Work?
First, let’s define some terms. Therapy and counseling are not the same thing. In this context, therapy is psychotherapy, i.e., talk therapy. Counseling is usually short-term and focused on problem-solving. The terms therapy and counseling are often used interchangeably because both services address and support the overall psychological well-being of individuals, couples, and families. At Thriveworks in Riverside, CA, you may also see some of the following:
- Counseling and clinical psychologists (PhDs or PsyDs), who can perform counseling or psychotherapy
- Psychiatrists (MDs) who can provide counseling, psychotherapy, and prescribe medication
- Licensed marriage and family therapists (LMFTs), who can provide counseling and psychotherapy to families and couples
- Licensed clinical social workers (LCSWs), who can provide counseling and social services support
- Licensed professional clinical counselors (LPCCs), who can provide counseling
- Certified Addiction Treatment Counselor, who can provide counseling for substance abuse and addiction in California
These mental health providers at Thriveworks in Riverside, CA use a variety of evidence-based, extensively-researched therapy options like cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) to treat individuals for a wide range of issues and mental health conditions. All our providers are fully licensed and chosen by Thriveworks for their integrity, high-level skill sets, and compassion.
What Can I Expect in a Counseling Session?
In a counseling session at Thriveworks, you might expect to talk, to listen, to give feedback, to clarify, to think, to process, to be challenged, to be educated, to remember, and to do some hard psychological work. You can expect to learn a lot about yourself and how you engage with other people and the world around you. Your therapist may ask what your goals are for therapy. Maybe you want to overcome your depression. Maybe you want to feel better about yourself. Maybe you want to manage your severe social anxiety. Whatever the case may be, your Thriveworks therapist in Riverside, CA is there to offer expert, compassionate, and effective treatment and support.
Should I See a Psychiatrist or a Counselor?
Whether you make an initial appointment at Thriveworks in Riverside, CA with a psychiatrist or a counselor really depends on your symptoms. Someone who is suffering from hallucinations, severe depression, or mania may want to start with a psychiatrist because they may require a prescription for medication. But if you don’t know if you need a psychiatrist at first, that’s okay. Your counselor at Thriveworks can do your initial assessment, then refer you to a psychiatrist if necessary. Our staff works together as colleagues to deliver the best care possible.
Book Your First Counseling Appointment at Thriveworks in Riverside, CA
Our counselors and other mental health providers at Thriveworks can usually meet with you online or in-person at the office within 24-48 hours of your call. Our booking process is quick and easy, taking place either over the phone or online.
Clients come to Thriveworks because they know our counselors are all fully licensed, top-rated, and highly qualified, and their sessions are usually covered by health insurance. Thriveworks clients also love our enrollment benefits, like our flexible 23.5hr cancellation policy and our Ask-a-Coach 24hr Q&A service, where a professional counselor responds to your questions with great advice around the clock. Our enrollment benefits are unbeatable, and the quality of our counselors is unmatched. Call today to find the counselor who’s right for you, and get started on your path to mental well-being.