Many people learn to ride a bicycle when they’re a child. Equipped with a helmet and the gentle encouragement of their parents, siblings, or cousins, they go through the motions of learning to balance and pedal forward.
But many people don’t get the same guidance when it comes to properly caring for their own mental wellbeing. They may never learn how to get in touch with their emotions, cope with everyday stresses, or take time for self-care. Or maybe they did learn the basics but it’s been a while since they’ve put them into practice.
If it’s been some time since you’ve taken a tough assessment of your mental and emotional needs, it may be a good idea to enlist the help of a licensed mental health professional. Whether you’re going through a tough life transition or you’re struggling with symptoms of a mental health disorder, a psychologist can help you get your life back on track.
Our mental health professionals can assess your needs and devise a strategy that sets you up for emotional success. We all intend to take care of our physical and mental needs but sometimes we fall off along the way. When you’re ready to dust yourself off and get back up again, call us at Thriveworks in West Des Moines, IA. We can give you the support and encouragement you need to get going again.
What Specialty Areas Does a Psychologist Cover?
Everyone has their own share of problems. While the intensity of those problems may vary from person to person, the need to address them is universal. No matter how big or small your specific issue may be, a licensed psychologist can offer support and guidance.
Psychologists can help with a wide variety of issues, including:
- Relationship conflicts
- Intimacy issues
- Grief or loss
- Divorce or separation
- Difficult life transitions
- Stress or anger management issues
- Suicide and self-harm
- Body image concerns
- Personal growth and development
Your problem may be on this list or you may have an entirely different concern. Like many people, you may even have more than one area that needs attention. Whatever your situation may be, there’s no shame in reaching out for help.
To get started, please reach out to our scheduling team at Thriveworks in West Des Moines, IA.
Psychologists: Who They Are and What They Do
Psychologists are trained mental health providers who often have a master’s degree in psychology and have spent years studying the mental and emotional illnesses and disorders that impact our brains. The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5) lists almost 300 different mental disorders, and psychologists have background knowledge of or a specialty focus on many or most of these disorders.
Because of their wealth of knowledge, licensed psychologists are able to assist with mood disorders, anxiety disorders, and many other issues. They can address such topics as self-esteem issues and relationship problems as well as anxiety, depression, and other mental health disorders.
When you first meet with a psychologist, they’ll work closely with you to identify the scope of your problem. They may ask you questions, review your medical history, and conduct psychological questionnaires to get to the bottom of your issues.
Once they have a better understanding of your symptoms and their impact on your life, your provider can develop a treatment plan that makes sense for you. Mental health treatment usually involves some sort of therapy, medication, or a combination of the two. If medication is right for you, your psychologist can coordinate with a Thriveworks psychiatrist to get you a prescription and monitor your dosage.
Getting started with a clinical psychologist is as easy as a phone call or a few clicks on our scheduling tool. Reach out to us today at Thriveworks in West Des Moines, IA to schedule an in-person or online appointment.
Psychology Appointments Are Available in West Des Moines, IA
We all need a little bit of help and support from time to time. Our doctors, teachers, personal trainers, friends, and family all contribute to our wellbeing in one way or another. Mental health professionals are here to do the same.
At Thriveworks, you can book with a licensed psychologist seven days a week, either remotely or at our West Des Moines office. If you call today, you may even be able to be seen as quickly as tomorrow.
To make planning for therapy easier, our counseling psychologists accept many different insurance plans. If you have a question outside of your scheduled appointment time, you can always reach out to your provider via phone or email. We also offer access to a moderated discussion board and our proprietary Therapy Buddy app.
Ready to see what a licensed professional at Thriveworks in West Des Moines, IA can do for you? Connect with us today to set up your first appointment.