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Help Close to Home: Therapy and Psychiatry in Wilbraham

Greetings, therapy-curious reader! How are you? Even if your answer is “fine”, take another look. Are your shoulders tight or loose? Is your breathing deep or shallow? When was the last time you slept and woke up refreshed and full of energy?

How would you like to feel?

Even for those who have considered ourselves “lucky” or “happy” their whole lives, stress can take its toll. In the face of disappointment, frustration or even downright fear, whether short-term (a big presentation) or systematic (having enough to pay the bills at the end of the month) our reaction is often to just “power through”.

But what if you took a different approach? What if you took more time to ask yourself that question we mindlessly repeat a dozen times during the day: How are you?

So where do you sign up? And what even are the benefits from speaking with a counselor or life coach? Are my problems too small (no) or strange (trust us, we’ve heard it all!)?

What is the purpose of therapy and counseling?

Let’s think about our tough times.

For Alex, it was her first year of college. She imagined it would be her big break, her long-awaited freedom far from the expectations of her family and the routine of her hometown. She was going to meet new people, learn all kinds of things and push her boundaries.

But instead of the euphoric montage of quick connections, laughter-filled classes and dreamy walks across the quad with her new clique, she found making new friends just as frightening as on the first day of kindergarten.For Alex, the disappointment gave way to depression and the nervousness to anxiety. Her coping mechanism was to remain alone to avoid the anxiety of socialising — but being alone made her feel more depressed. Worse, she sensed that each day she spent in her dorm room she missed participating in campus life she had so wanted to enjoy.

Life throws challenges big and small our way all the time. The reality is that sometimes we could use a little help figuring out how to take them on. If you are in a situation in which you could use a little help, support, or guidance, consider working with a counselor.

For Alex, recognising her depression and anxiety and getting help to overcome them might have transformed the campus from a scary place to an exciting one again, full of academic and social experiences to discover on her own terms.

Counselors are mental health professionals who are trained to help people with personal challenges. Thriveworks Wilbraham has counselors, therapists, life psychiatrists, psychiatric nurse practitioners, and psychologists, all of whom can help you in different ways!

To see what you might get out of counseling, schedule an appointment by calling (413) 372-6208 or book an appointment online. We can set you up with a provider who has the skills, training, and experience to meet your specific needs. Call us whenever you feel ready—we’ll be here.

Do I really NEED therapy?

Lots of people choose to speak with a therapist in a time of crisis. But it doesn’t need to take an emergency to start improving your mental health.

Therapy offers many benefits, and it values you as an individual above all. You may be going through difficult times right now that require strength and focus — and you are not alone.

You may be feeling loneliness and isolation stemming from the pandemic, or even other news topics. Maybe work has gotten particularly demanding. Often small changes can accumulate stress that we don’t realize is taking a toll on us. To make matters worse, we tend to set aside our own mental health worries in order to be strong for others. This is human nature — but that doesn’t mean it is healthy.

Family dynamics have been rearranged in many cases due to the pandemic.

People in some cases have been forced together — while others are isolated far apart. No matter what the configuration, communication can suffer, with a high potential of unintended emotional spillover. Our emotions and experiences are fundamental to how we carry ourselves and it can help to speak with a professional who can pensively listen and offer advice and guidance.

Make an appointment and meet with a counselor. They will be the listener you need and you deserve to feel healthy and mentally fit.

Ok, but what kind of therapy?

Maybe you don’t have a specific therapeutic need other than to feel better. In these instances, your counselor will work to understand you and then they can help you decide which therapy techniques will best help you. Your counselor is on your team and they have your best interest in mind, always.

The following are common goals for seeking mental health services through Thriveworks Wilbraham:

Again, you don’t have to come into counseling knowing exactly what type of therapy you need. Your counselor, psychologist, life coach, or therapist can work with you to determine what form of treatment is right for you.

How could therapy at Thriveworks in Wilbraham help me?

Thriveworks Wilbraham can offer many benefits, some of which we’ve already mentioned! For example, you can look forward to resolving long-standing arguments with loved ones, better managing stress, becoming better in-tune with your emotions, and more. In addition, you can look forward to…

  1. Gaining unbiased feedback and guidance
  2. Working with a professional who has years of experience under their belt
  3. Talking to someone about how you’re feeling and handling day to day stressors
  4. Beginning a relationship with a skilled, caring, and compassionate professional

The benefits are many. Not to mention that we have a couple of different options for counseling. If you choose to set up an appointment with us, you’ll get to choose between in-person and online counseling. We’re happy to accommodate whichever you pick, and we’re excited to get to work!

What if I need more?

Sometimes emotional challenges occur with such frequency or intensity that they may be diagnosed as illnesses — that’s where psychiatry comes in.

If diagnosed by a medical professional, some disorders are treatable with medication or other measures. Thriveworks can put you in touch with the right doctor to make that call as well as professionals who can help with medication management.

Some common mental illnesses include:

  1. Anxiety disorders
  2. Mood disorders
  3. Psychotic disorders
  4. Dementia
  5. Eating disorders

None of these challenges are insurmountable. The first step is deciding to reach out.

How do I schedule counseling or psychiatry in Wilbraham?

We will work with your health plan and insurance to find which path forward works best for you, whether it’s counseling, coaching, therapy or psychiatry.

Do you wonder how to find a therapist? Do you feel one is out of reach? Our licensed and professional counselors in Wilbraham are available to offer guidance, with patience and understanding.

Thriveworks can also link you with Massachusetts psychiatric services. Let our thoughtful and caring therapists and counselors work with you to unlock your potential and steady your hand in these trying times.

You own your mental health, and the fact that you have come to this page is a huge step in the right direction. Getting help for your mental health can alter your life.

The counselors at Thriveworks Wilbraham are here to offer you their help, their support, and their guidance. If you are ready to work with one of our providers for in-person or online counseling, contact us at (413) 372-6208 or reserve an appointment.


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