Seeking & Finding the Right Licensed Therapist

As humans, we look for people we can relate to in all aspects of life. Those are the people who inevitably become our friends. Why then, when looking for a therapist, would we not search with the same intention? Finding a licensed therapist you connect with is one of the most important pieces of your healing process.

sometimes finding the right licensed therapist means a black therapist or lbgqt educated one

Making That Connection

Connection is key. Have you ever walked into a room and felt the vibe? Maybe it was the doctor’s office with one other patient waiting. Perhaps it was a meeting at your child’s school. When you are in a more intimate setting with a stranger, your response is typically one of two things. You either feel comfortable enough to make small talk, or you’re uncomfortable and stay to yourself. If you are not comfortable with the licensed therapist you have chosen, you’re not going to speak as freely, which will hinder your progress. On the flip side, when you are at ease in your surroundings and the company you keep, conversation flows easily, and you are more apt to share information at a deeper level.

First impressions are important, but let’s take a look at some other factors that are important in securing the ideal counselor for you.

  • If you have had bad experiences with male providers in the past, choosing a female would be a better option (and vice versa).
  • Race is important for many clients.
  • People of the Christian faith may be better suited with a counselor who shares the same beliefs and values.
  • Counselors who specialize in the LBGQT population are better equipped to deal with this specific community.

Read reviews. Do the research. Whatever your situation is, find a licensed therapist that checks most (if not all) of the boxes that are important to you.

Need Help?

Whether you are seeking a faith-based therapist, black therapist, male, female, or someone specializing in a particular niche, contact Garrett today. Reach us by completing a brief form here, or call (256) 239-5662 today for your online or in-person consultation in Boaz, Huntsville, or Jacksonville. Connecting is the key to your success. Call today.


How an Alabama Therapist Helps with Decision Fatigue

There are just too many decisions. I am feeling overwhelmed. Sound familiar? Believe it or not, decision fatigue is a real thing. And if you choose us as your Alabama therapist, we can help!

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Defining Decision Fatigue

An article published in the US National Library of Medicine National Institutes of Health defines decision fatigue as “the impaired ability to make decisions and control behavior as a consequence of repeated acts of decision-making.” Some choices are obviously second nature, like when to get something to drink or go to the bathroom. However, for some simple daily decisions like what to have for lunch or which pair of shoes to wear can be overwhelming. When the multitude of decisions you face starts weighing too heavily, it can start affecting you mentally and physically.

What Does it Look Like?

Feeling weary could be overlooked simply because you had a busy day. However, when we learn to become aware of the “why” we’re run down, we can start regaining control and energy. When we become overstressed, it’s quite common to shut down or make impulsive choices. So it is all the more important to learn how to manage the stack of decisions we are facing before things get out of hand.

Let’s take a look at a few signs that point to decision fatigue.

  1. Indecisiveness
  2. Making impulsive decisions
  3. Procrastinating
  4. Avoiding the decision all together

Over time, feeling weary and avoiding decisions can lead to anxiety and increased stress. Through our counseling services in Alabama, we have treated many clients suffering from decision fatigue and have the expertise to help you too.

Your Alabama Therapist at Garrett

Find rest and get your life back with counseling at one of our three convenient Alabama locations. Our offices serve clients in Boaz, Huntsville, and Jacksonville. Contact us today by providing some brief information here, or call (256) 239-5662. Don’t let decisions weigh you down. Get the help you deserve!


How Long Will I Be in Therapy?

This is a common question we hear when people call for counseling services in Jacksonville or any of our other locations. We can answer some questions about therapy are easily. However, this is not one of them. Because therapy is not a one size fits all and everyone has different issues they’d like to deal with, the length of treatment will depend on various factors and be tailored to your specific needs.

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Some of these factors include:

  • Severity of presenting issues – Chronic issues generally take longer whereas acute issues can typically be treated in a shorter time frame.
  • Type of therapy approach – Different approaches may take longer than others
  • Cost – Whether you’re paying out of pocket or have insurance may play a role in how frequently and how long you meet for counseling services

Will I Have to Go Forever?

You may find that you resolve your issues in a short time. Others utilize counseling services on a continual basis. This gives them the deeper level of support they need. Some take a long time learn how to cope with issues from their past. Then there are others who find themselves needing therapy for different reasons during different seasons of life and attend multiple times with breaks in between over years or even decades. Just as you go to the doctor for a checkup to ensure your physical body is healthy, the same holds true for your mental health. Counseling services offer support and strategies to help keep you in a healthy mental state.

Counseling Services in Jacksonville

Whether your needs require therapy for a few sessions or a few years, making the decision to seek help is one that can have lasting impact on your life. Make your mental health a priority. Pride yourself on having the courage to take the next step in your overall well-being. We offer counseling services in Jacksonville, Boaz and Huntsville. Reach us at (256) 239-5662 today for your first session or fill out our contact form.