The famous psychologist Viktor E. Frankl once stated, “Everything can be taken from a man but one thing: the last of human freedoms – to choose one’s attitude in any given set of circumstances, to choose one’s own way.” People can cope with distressing emotions by tackling the feelings directly, or they can tackle the problem that’s causing the negative emotion. Or they can do both. Humans can actively pursue better inner lives and better circumstances. That’s part of our freedom. Choosing to see a mental health professional might be the first major step in that positive journey.
The psychologists at Thriveworks in Spring, TX excel at giving people the inner resources they need to achieve their goals. Licensed psychology can help with coping strategies, communication, managing the symptoms of mental health conditions, and helping people build resilience in the face of adversity. The mental health providers at Thriveworks have the compassion and expertise to guide clients in meaningful ways toward the lives they want to live.
What Is a Psychotherapist? Is It Different Than a Psychologist?
A psychotherapist is an umbrella term for anyone who does psychotherapy, aka talk therapy. Psychotherapists are not necessarily psychologists, though they can be. At Thriveworks in Spring, TX, psychologists are clinical psychologists or counseling psychologists. They have a master degree or a doctorate degree in psychology, like a PhD or a PsyD. Practicing psychologists are trained in a variety of psychotherapy approaches in order to treat emotional and behavioral health issues. Clinical psychology usually deals more closely with mental health conditions.
The Thriveworks team also includes the following specialized providers:
- Licensed professional counselors (LPCs), who are mental health counselors that help people solve problems.
- Licensed clinical social workers (LCSWs), who provide therapy/counseling services and support for social services.
- Licensed marriage and family therapists (LMFTs), who provide relationship support via couples counseling and family therapy.
- Psychiatrists (MDs), who are medical doctors who diagnose and treat mental health conditions like depression and anxiety. They can prescribe medication, which psychologists cannot do.
What Happens in a Session with a Psychologist?
Psychology sessions usually begin with a comprehensive discussion of a client’s goals. From there, a psychologist can conduct a full psychological evaluation and devise an individualized treatment plan. This treatment may include any of the following therapies:
- Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT)
- Eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR)
- Cognitive restructuring
- Mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR)
- Marriage counseling
- Existential therapy
- Psychodynamic therapy
- Motivational enhancement therapy (MET)
- Trauma therapy
- Anxiety therapy
- Depression counseling
- Rational emotive therapy
- Humanistic/client-centered counseling
- Behavioral activation
- Holistic treatments
- Progressive muscle relaxation
- Lifestyle modifications targeting nutrition and exercise
- Exposure therapy
- Narrative therapy
- Affect regulation
- Substance abuse counseling
- Relapse management
How Does Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) Work?
Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) is often a first-line treatment for mental health conditions like anxiety and depression. It works by identifying maladaptive thinking and belief patterns, then modifying them through psychotherapy. CBT has been proven highly effective and is frequently used alone or in tandem with psychotropic medications to treat mental health issues. Thriveworks in Spring, TX employs multiple licensed providers who specialize in CBT and mindfulness techniques.
How Do I Choose a Psychologist?
If you think that you could benefit from the expertise of a psychologist, you should not blindly begin your search for the right person. It helps to commit to some basic criteria. For example, the ideal psychologist should:
- Be fully licensed in Texas.
- Be able to accept your health insurance or be otherwise affordable.
- Be able to meet with you in a way that’s comfortable and convenient.
- Have experience in your issue or difficulty.
Fortunately, Thriveworks in Spring, TX checks all these boxes. All Thriveworks mental health providers are fully licensed in their respective states, nationwide. They accept most major forms of health insurance coverage and offer competitive self-pay rates. They offer traditional, in-person sessions at the modern office in Spring as well as secure online counseling sessions. And they have extensive experience treating diverse populations and diverse conditions like the following:
- Interpersonal conflicts
- Worries and fixations
- Depression and mood disorders
- Anxiety disorders
- Eating disorders
- Body dysmorphic disorder (BDD)
- Panic attacks
- Sex addiction
- Childhood trauma
- Substance abuse
- Existential crises
- Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)
- Post-traumatic stress syndrome (PTSD)
Get Matched with a Licensed Psychologist at Thriveworks in Spring, TX
When you call the Thriveworks office in Spring, TX during extended business hours, you can reach a real person (not a voicemail) who will match you to a fully licensed, exceptional psychologist. Most new clients can meet with their provider within 24-48 hours of their call. They can also access their provider by email or phone between sessions.
It’s never too late to start exploring your psyche and your behaviors. We look forward to helping you thrive!