How Do You Know You’re Ready to Leave Therapy?

One of the myths about therapy we hear as a Huntsville therapist is that once you start, you are committed for life. Although it might seem like forever to some, therapy for the rest of your natural life is simply not the norm. So, how do you know when you are ready for your final session? That’s what we’re going to discuss in this blog.

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The Psychotherapy Cycle

Everyone’s journey is different. Your experiences, childhood circumstances, relationships, and all other factors in life make you unique. Therefore, your involvement in therapy will be unlike others. The length of time you attend therapy, the assignments you are given, and the frequency of your visits will be customized by a Huntsville therapist to your specific needs. Will you be in therapy forever? The answer is no, and here is why. There is a process. When you begin therapy, you obviously have a reason for why you are there. Based on that reason, goals are set, and then steps are taken to achieve that goal. Typically, psychotherapy is a four-step cycle.

  1. Orientation – The first step where you and your therapist build a relationship. It might be a little awkward sharing intimate details of your life with a stranger. This is the part where you get to know your therapist and become comfortable with them.
  2. Identification – As the name implies we identify issues i this step, but goals are also discussed.
  3. Working Stage – Now the hard work begins. You’re comfortable talking to your counselor. Things you want to work on have been identified. Goals have been set, and now you start working towards achieving those goals. Be prepared. This will be the most challenging phase.
  4. Resolution – Your goals have been met, and phasing out therapy begins.

Looking For a Therapist in Huntsville?

If you have questions about starting counseling or how long you need counseling, contact one of our Huntsville therapists today at (256) 239-5662. You can also submit questions or request an appointment by following this link. We offer in-person appointments as well as virtual sessions if you prefer the comfort and safety of your own home.


Why We All Need a Mental Health Day Sometimes

You’ve probably heard the term and maybe even taken a mental health day. Although much of society (and likely your boss) may think it’s an excuse to stay home and goof off when you’re not sick, it’s a real necessity in our hectic lives. According to a recent study, mental health in Huntsville, AL is actually quite good, however, that doesn’t mean you don’t need a mental health day ever.

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What It Is… and Is Not

Stress is inevitable. Good stress or bad, it is part of our everyday lives. Those who are prone to depression and anxiety may find it more difficult to manage. In either case, when stress has you to the point of feeling like you are going to crack, it’s time to take a break. A mental health day is a day intended to focus on relieving stress and preventing burnout. Taking a day off to regroup, re-energize, and just take a break is not going to relieve you of the underlying stressors you are dealing with. However, it can give you the breather you need to keep going.

It’s not a day where you take off work to stay home and get caught up on household chores. If you’re truly taking a mental health day, you should have a plan for your day that includes doing something for yourself. A long walk, pedicure, massage, a quick trip to a peaceful place to read a book. Something that gives your mind a break from the things that lead to daily stress and anxiety.

If you find that you are wanting, or needing, to take mental health days more frequently, that could be a sign you need more than just a break. That could be a sign pointing you in the direction of a mental health professional. Therapy can help you learn how to deal with your stress and anxiety so you are less often triggered.

If You Have Questions, Garrett Has Answers

If you find yourself asking if you should take a mental health day, chances are the answer is yes. Garrett’s team of experienced counselors pride themselves in providing optimal care for your mental health in Huntsville, AL. They are available in person and online for your safety and convenience. Click here to send us your questions or to schedule an appointment, or call (256) 239-5662 today!


How to Find the Right Huntsville Therapist

So you’ve made the decision to seek help, but where do you start? Finding the right therapist to fit your needs is not a task to be taken lightly. In today’s blog, we will look at important factors to keep in mind when looking for a therapist in Huntsville.

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Determine Your Need

The first step is to determine the type of therapist you need. Although most counselors generalize in most areas, it is important to find a therapist who has experience in the area of your need. Look at what you are struggling with and decide what issue is most crucial for you to seek help. Is it anxiety or depression? Are you struggling in your relationship? Maybe you’re seeking a career change. Whatever the issue, you can find a Huntsville therapist that best suits your situation.

Do Your Research

Once you have narrowed down your search to therapists who specialize in your particular area, do your research. Look at their credentials, how long they have been practicing, and read client reviews. Spending a little time to gather information about a therapist will save you time because it allows you to have all the information you need at your fingertips to make a well-informed decision. Another important step is to check with your insurance company to see what kind of coverage they offer for mental health wellness. If you do not have insurance, contact the therapy centers and ask about self-pay discounts or a sliding scale fee schedule.

Your Mental Health Professionals

If you are looking for a therapist in the Huntsville area, Garrett Counseling has you covered. We have a variety of therapists with expertise in specialized areas. Contact us today by completing the online form  here, or call (256) 239-5662. For your convenience, appointments are available in person or online with real-time video.


Huntsville, Boaz and Jacksonville, Alabama Counseling Centers

Alabama Counseling CentersIf you are looking for a compassionate counselor in Alabama, Garrett Counseling has three convenient locations to serve you and your family. We specialize in the needs of children of all ages and adults covering a variety of issues. Here is a bit more about our Alabama counseling center services and locations.


We provide service for individuals, families, adults, adolescents, and children. No matter which of our Alabama counseling locations you choose, we have counselors skilled in all areas of expertise. A partial list of targeted issues is listed below, but feel free to contact us for any therapy need:

  • Divorce
  • Grief counseling
  • Premarital counseling
  • PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder)
  • Empty nest syndrome
  • Depression (adults and adolescents)
  • Anxiety
  • Chronic illness
  • Parenting concerns/issues

Additionally, Garrett Counseling is a certified provider for AutPlay Therapy. Counseling sessions are conducted in-person and online through real-time video. In addition, teletherapy sessions are a great alternative for anyone who feels safer and more secure in their own home environment.


Our fully staffed Huntsville office is located just off of 72 and west of 255. We have experienced and dedicate counselor ready to help you or your children with a variety of issues. If you need directions, please click here and then click on “directions.”


If you live or work in Boaz area, you’ll find our office right off of 431. However, if you’re better with using landmarks, you’ll find us just north of Boaz Middle and High Schools.   Click here for more detailed directions. We have several compassionate counselors on staff ready to help you through grief, overcome anxiety or any of our other services.


Right across the street from Jacksonville High School is our Jacksonville office. You’ll find support from any one of our staff for you as an individual, for you and your spouse or for your child or children. Click here if you need further directions.

Trust Our Alabama Counseling Centers

With three locations in Alabama, Garrett Counseling has compassionate counselors with decades of experience. Of course, we accept many different insurances and are ready to help you through whatever life circumstance you, your child, or your family are facing. Call us today at (256) 239-5662 to schedule your appointment. Or, you can fill out the information form here, and one of our staff members will be in touch with you shortly.


Therapy is Self-Care

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Most of us go to the dentist twice a year and we get a physical check up once a year. Those both help us know that our bodies are in good physical shape and healthy. You should think of therapy as a mental health checkup that you do on a regular basis.

Benefits of Therapy

The stigma of therapy is that it’s for people experiencing trauma or a personal crisis. In reality, there are many things in our lives that with the help of a counselor we could more easily navigate. For example, raising children can be very challenging, and most – if not all – parents question their choices from time to time. Parenting doesn’t come with a manual, but a counselor has the experience and input from many others in your shoes and may have the answer that would work best for your family. That is only one example of a plethora of circumstances, but some of the overall benefits of therapy include:

  • Increased self-esteem
  • Better confidence in your decision-making skills
  • Improved interpersonal and communication skills
  • More effective stress management skills
  • Tools to change self-defeating behaviors
  • Confident problem-solving skills
  • Tools to utilize for conflict resolution

Talking with a licensed mental health professional does not mean that something is wrong with you. On the contrary, it takes a greater level of maturity to say, “Hey, I think therapy would be good for me.” Our experienced counselors are trained professionals equipped to address your specific needs and give you the tools necessary for optimal mental health wellness.

Whole Body Wellness

Your brain is an essential part of your overall wellness. You wouldn’t leave the house with just one shoe, so why would you get an annual physical and not keep your mental health a priority as well? Contact us at Garrett Counseling at one of our three locations, Jacksonville, Boaz, and Huntsville, to talk with one of our seasoned professionals either in person or via telemed today. Call us at (256) 239-5662.