What is Mental Health Counseling?
You may have noticed that this blog has been writing a number of posts about mental health lately. I truly believe that there has never been a more important time for people to be getting help if they need it. The number of professionals choosing to work in the mental health field is growing, which is necessary because the number of patients seeking help is growing too.
If you think you’re in need of someone to talk to, it may be time to seek mental health counseling. The word “counseling” is really just a broad term for the giving and receiving of advice or guidance. Most importantly, a counselor gives you someone to confide in when it comes to your mental health.
A counselor can be someone from any of several different professions–social worker, therapist, even psychologists are considered counselors. Depending on your location, you may only have one or several options on finding a counselor that’s right for you.
Mental health counseling can take many forms. For nearly every problem a patient may have, there is usually a therapist who specializes in it. Some examples of specialized counseling may include marriage counseling, family counseling, or drug addiction counseling. There are also those who have certain skills in dealing with children or patients who have been through certain traumas, such as PTSD.
With so many options when it comes to finding mental health counseling, you may be wondering where to start. Not long ago I wrote an article about how you can begin your journey and find the right kind of therapist for you. Another good way to learn about counseling options is simply through word of mouth. Don’t be afraid to ask your friends and family if they know anyone who they can recommend to help with mental health issues. These days, the stigma on finding and getting help for yourself is pretty much gone, and most people are eager to share their recommendations on counselors they love. It will also help to know you are not alone in your quest for mental wellbeing.