Seek Therapy to Improve Your Mental Health

WIn part one of our mini blog series regarding reasons for therapy,  we briefly introduced the wide range of circumstances that could warrant seeking out a counselor. We briefly touched on a couple reasons and how therapy could be beneficial. In part two of our blog regarding reasons for therapy, we will continue to expand on the list of reasons why counseling is important to your mental health.


grief therapy for mental healthOne of the most common reasons an individual meets with a counselor is because they are going through a grieving process. People experience grief as a result of many different circumstances. Some of these life events could include losing a loved one, losing a job, the loss of a friendship, the loss of a pet, or a child moving away from home.

Working through the grieving process related to any loss in your life is a difficult process and can be extremely stressful. Having a counselor to walk through your grief helps in many ways. They can help you ease the burden of guilt you may feel, give you tools to help with the process, and be a positive emotional support.

Finding Purpose

finding your purpose helps with mental healthAnother common reason to seek the support of a counselor is finding clarity and/or purpose. Whether you’re facing life decisions that include a job, a relationship, or simply finding purpose for yourself, mental health is an important piece of the puzzle. We don’t think as clearly when stressed. When our mental health is not in optimal condition, we have a tendency to make decisions that may not be in our best interest.

Let Us Help You Today

With decades of experience, the team at Garrett Counseling is completely equipped to handle whatever your life may present before them. Contact us at (256) 239-5662 or fill out the online form here to schedule an appointment with one of our amazing team members today at one of our three locations, Huntsville, Boaz, or Jacksonville! We offer teletherapy visits and in-person visits.


Reasons for Therapy – Part 1

reasons for therapyToday we’re starting a mini-blog series on reasons for therapy. We’ll start this off by saying, if you want to go to therapy, you should. Just wanting to is a good enough reason. However, if you want to know some of the common reasons for therapy  as heard by our counselors, here they are.

Top 5 Reasons for Therapy

The top five most frequent reasons we hear from patients about the reason they are here with us are (in no particular order):

  1. Infidelity
  2. Divorce
  3. Depression
  4. Anxiety
  5. Death of a Loved One

However, these are certainly not the only reasons. Kids going off to college, a job change or loss, feelings of isolation and stress are common reasons too. Therapy can be beneficial for anyone in any new or different situation. You don’t have to experience a life-changing event or trauma to feel like you qualify for therapy or that you would even benefit from therapy.

Our Counselors Can Help

As you can see from this short list, reasons for therapy includes major things to every day stressors. If you’re facing a big life change, speaking with a counselor can help with clarity. They can also guide you through the decisions you may be trying to navigate through. They can help you with your decision process, weighing the pros and cons of each decision. If you’re feeling isolated or alone, maybe you just need someone to talk to who can offer an unbiased opinion on your thoughts and feelings.

At Garrett Counseling, our team has the expertise and compassion to help you through any emotional or mental stressors you may be encountering no matter how big or small you may think they are. With three convenient locations in Huntsville, Boaz, and Jacksonville, we are available for you. Call us today at (256) 239-5662, or fill out our contact form here.  In part two of this mini blog series, we’ll cover a few more reasons therapy is an important part of overall wellness.


Dealing With the Loss of a Loved One

grief therapy can help youLosing a loved one is one of the most difficult experiences in life we will encounter. Whether you have lost a spouse, a parent, a child, a grandparent, another family member, or even a close friend, grief can feel unbearable at times. Because grieving is a process, there is no quick cure. Grief therapy is an important part of the grieving process giving you the support and coping skills necessary for a healthy recovery through your grief.

Stages of Grief

Elisabeth Kubler-Ross, a psychiatrist born in Switzerland, outlined the five psychological stages of death in her book “On Death and Dying” published in 1969. She described the five stages of grief as follows:

  1. Denial – “This isn’t happening.”
  2. Anger – “Why is this happening?”
  3. Bargaining – “If you change this, then I’ll…”
  4. Depression – “Too sad to function.”
  5. Acceptance – “I have found peace with this.”

It is important to note that not everyone will go through each of the above stages, nor will the emotions be experienced in any particular order. They are all normal emotions to experience when dealing with the loss of a loved one. However, if you find that any of these emotions are hindering your performance at work, interfering with your family life or social circle, (i.e. you find yourself withdrawing from those around you and isolating yourself), affecting your sleep and/or eating habits, grief therapy should be the next step for you.

Grief Therapy with the Garrett Team

Grief therapy is beneficial for anyone experiencing any level of grief, not just for those encountering life-altering grieving patterns. Our compassionate and experienced counselors at Garrett Counseling are available in three locations: Jacksonville, Boaz, and Huntsville. Let us help you cope with the loss of your loved one. Contact us today at (256) 239-5662 and let our amazing team help you through this difficult time.