Mental Health written by Dr. Truth

I’m not crazy! I don’t need therapy!

5 reasons people seek mental health therapy (despite the cost and the stigma)

”Nearly 50% of American households have had someone seek mental health treatment this year, but many still perceive cost and lack of insurance coverage as barriers to seeking help” (American Psychological Association, 2004).

Many outpatient clinics and private practices accept insurance and have sliding scale (affordable) fees. Did you know that the average cost of therapy is a little more than the cost of a fill-up at the gas tank?

1. During a Major life transition such as marriage/divorce/breakup, a financial crisis, employment challenges, multiple life stressors, serious health issues or accidents, midlife crisis or aging related issues.

2. When dealing with emotional distress such as grief/loss, depression, anxiety, or anger management.

3. To receive support and coping skills. Many want and need to feel supported and heard. In order to learn new coping skills, stress relief tactics or ways to better manage your behavior, emotions or response to the situation.

4. Challenging blended family issues or parenting concerns. Family related issues may present challenges for parents, step-parents, and children alike. In some cases family therapy may be recommended and/or individual therapy in order to explore some behavioral patterns, emotional concerns or relationship conflicts presented within the family unit. There may be opportunities to practice newfound conflict resolution skills and effective communication skills within the therapy session. The therapist will create a plan to address your concerns in order to reach your family’s stated goals for success.

5. Outside Referrals are usually provided by professionals within the court/legal system, school/educational system, medical doctor/healthcare system, your employer, relatives or friends as a suggestion (or requirement) that you seek mental health treatment for therapy or psychological testing.

*Mental health therapy -the relationship between you and your therapist- is unlike any other relationship in your life. Whereas you release your worries or concerns while a trained therapist listens and responds empathically-without judgment and in a confidential manner, without sharing your information. Additionally, the therapist does not share their own personal challenges with you. This is a time dedicated to only you. Thus, the therapist has a genuine concern for you and your well-being.

American Psychological Association. (July/August 2004). Survey Says: More Americans Are Seeking Mental Health Treatment. Monitor on Psychology, 35, 7.

Dr. Ngonzi Truth Crushshon is a Post-Doctoral Fellow with a doctorate in Clinical Psychology from the Illinois School of Professional Psychology and over 10 years experience as a mental health therapist serving primarily children and families within hospitals, clinics, schools and jails. She can be reached at www.faithhopelovecommunity.com

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