Therapy has many benefits. In this blog, we are going to explore those benefits and why you should find a therapist near you.
How Therapy Is Beneficial
Mental health is three-fold. It includes emotional, psychological, and social well-being. Impacts to your mental health affect how you:
- Reach developmental milestones
- Learn healthy social skills
- Develop family and peer relationships
- Develop a sense of identity and positive self-esteem
- Learn resilience
- Cope with stress
Getting mentally and emotionally healthy can benefit multiple areas of your life. A few circumstances therapy can help with include:
- Major life transitions
- Dealing with problems in a relationship or marriage
- Struggling with family dynamics
- Facing a significant crisis
It’s important to know that you do not need to be in a “bad place” mentally to benefit from therapy. Therapy can help you improve your overall mental wellness in several ways, such as improving communication skills, wanting to make positive changes to your mental or emotional health, and helping you feel empowered
Dr. Ashley Garrett utilizes the Wellness Wheel to help guide people to improve all aspects of their wellness. Dr. Garrett says, “Looking at wellness from a multidimensional lens helps us get creative when we are not thriving. There are times when a person’s emotional wellness might be amazing and their physical wellness is lacking. This holistic approach to one’s wellness allows more slack in the system. It allows a person to pull from one area when the other area has no room to give. For example, you might not have hours in any given week to make it to the gym and to therapy. Look for ways to combine experiences (can you say walk and talk therapy?)”
How Is Having A Therapist Near Me Beneficial?
Having access to counseling services in close proximity to you can have a large impact on your willingness to accept help for a few reasons:
- Reduced Travel Time
- Reduced Stress Surrounding The Commute
- Easier To Find An Appointment Time That Works For Your Schedule
According to Dr. Garrett having a therapist near you brings other benefits that might not be so obvious at first glance. She says, “Many times it might be hard to open up to someone who you could run into at Walmart or at the PTO meeting. However, it can also be helpful to talk with someone who understands the community in which you are trying to live (or escape). Your counselor has a network of other professionals to support you. These referrals can be life altering for many who are trying to make some difficult changes or even those trying to expand on the good things they have built.”
At Garrett Counseling, we are conveniently located in Boaz, Huntsville, and Jacksonville, Alabama. If you are not located near these cities, or maybe you prefer counseling from the comfort of your own space, we also offer online counseling services. Just as having a therapist near your location is beneficial, online counseling also offers those same benefits plus additional benefits like allowing access to care to those in rural, underserved areas and those who have difficulty accessing care due to impediments and illness.
How Do I Start Counseling?
We understand that it can be difficult to take the first step to start your counseling journey. Our team is eager to assist you as you get started. Click here or call (256) 239-5662 to schedule your first appointment.
This article was written by Maegen Harris, a mental health professional at Garrett Counseling in Boaz, Alabama. Learn more about Maegen here.