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Nick got into the habit of drinking alcohol recreationally in his younger years. Sure, he consumed a lot at get-togethers and social gatherings but he always deflected his friends’ concerns by saying “Don’t worry about me — I’m just a social drinker.”

As the years wore on, Nick started to drink more by himself. He would end the day with a cold one, and then one would turn into two and three. He started to feel like he couldn’t quite get to sleep without it. Nick thought he could stop drinking if he wanted to but he never did.

All that came to a head when Nick’s drinking started interfering with his relationship with Camila. She felt she was having trouble connecting with him and wondered if he was numbing himself by drinking his feelings away. She couldn’t bear it anymore and asked him to see a couples therapist with her. Nick wasn’t ready to admit he had a drinking problem but did recognize that he certainly had a relationship problem if Camila was upset.

People find their way to therapy in all sorts of ways and for all sorts of reasons. They may be having trouble in their relationships or having difficulties at work. They may be struggling with panic attacks or suicidal thoughts. The mental health issues you experience can be scary and unpredictable, but what you can control is your response.

When you’re ready to get your life back on track, consider reaching out to schedule a counseling or therapy appointment. Our psychiatrists, psychologists, therapists, counselors, and other mental health experts at Thriveworks in Santa Cruz, CA are here to help.

Who Should See a Therapist or Counselor?

Mental health professionals don’t exclusively treat clients with severe problems. Too often we trivialize our own mental health issues by comparing them to others’ experiences, thus diminishing the importance of seeking help ourselves. In reality, people seek out the help of a counselor or therapist for problems and symptoms that range from mild to severe, chronic to acute.

Some of the most common reasons people reach out to a mental health counselor include:

  • Communication issues
  • Relationship issues
  • Self-esteem problems
  • Panic attacks
  • Excessive anxiety
  • Eating disorders
  • Body image issues
  • Chronic depression
  • Mood swings
  • Substance abuse issues
  • Self-identity issues
  • Suicidal thoughts

Whether you’re experiencing one of these issues or another mental health issue entirely, we are here to support you. Our licensed professionals have years of experience treating clients with all sorts of mental illnesses and emotional disorders and we care passionately about customizing the right treatment plan for you. Give us a call at Thriveworks at Santa Cruz, CA to get started.

Counseling and Therapy Services in Santa Cruz, CA

At Thriveworks, our licensed professional counselors offer Santa Cruz residents a variety of mental health services to meet their needs. Some of those services include:

  • Marriage counseling and couples therapy
  • Depression therapy and anxiety therapy
  • Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT)
  • Family therapy and child therapy
  • PTSD counseling and trauma therapy
  • Anger and stress management
  • Grief and loss counseling
  • Career counseling and life coaching
  • LGBTQ counseling

If any of these services seems like a good match, don’t hesitate to reach out to our scheduling team. We’ll be happy to find a time slot and provider to fit your needs.

What Do Board-Certified Psychiatrists Do?

Should you see a therapist? A psychologist? A psychiatrist? The difference between the roles can be confusing and sometimes dissuades people from reaching out in the first place.

While all licensed mental health professionals are equipped to treat clients for mental health issues, psychiatrists are unique in their medical school training. As medical doctors, they can assess your psychological and physical symptoms to arrive at a diagnosis and customize a treatment plan.

They can also prescribe psychiatric medications, guide clients through psychotherapy, and provide a number of other treatment options. To start your road to recovery with a licensed psychiatrist, contact us at Thriveworks in Santa Cruz, CA.

Get Help Today at Thriveworks in Santa Cruz, CA

At Thriveworks, we are dedicated to providing our Santa Cruz community with convenient, affordable, high-quality mental health services. We look forward to helping you address your concerns, alleviate your symptoms, and begin walking a path of self-discovery and self-improvement.

When you’re ready to make an appointment, find a time slot that works for you by calling our scheduling team or clicking our booking widget. We offer evening and weekend sessions as well as both in-person and remote therapy appointments. If you want to speak with someone as soon as possible, we’ll do our best to accommodate your schedule and find a same-day or next-day appointment that works for you.

If you’re looking to turn over a new leaf this year and live your best life, consider scheduling an appointment with one of our psychiatrists, psychologists, counselors, therapists, or other mental health professionals. You can thrive — we can help.

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