Mental health can be taxed by stress, life changes, relationships, finances, grief, health concerns, and other demanding life experiences. And while there are powerful ways you can cultivate positive mental health on your own (exercise and proper nutrition among them), sometimes you need the support of a therapist.
Therapy teaches coping skills that give you strength in facing life’s challenges. When you’re healthy holistically—both body and mind–relationships tend to be stronger and more fulfilling and you’re able to better manage stress.
With more than a third of the general population experiencing anxiety or depression at some point in their life, supportive therapy has never been more important.
How does it work?
Knowing when to ask for help is essential. If you’re experiencing low energy, mood swings, appetite changes, feelings of hopelessness or helplessness, shifting sleep patterns, thoughts of harming yourself or others, or any other worrisome symptoms, please call for an appointment.
Our therapists are good listeners, trained to work with you to uncover the preconceived ideas you may have about yourself, ask questions you may have been reluctant to ask, offer new perspectives, and hear what you’re saying…as well as what you’re not saying.
Commonly used approaches to therapy include mindfulness, cognitive behavioral therapy, psychodynamic therapy, and person-centered therapy. Because no two people are the same, a proficient therapist often integrates several orientations to facilitate successful therapy sessions.
What can you expect?
Therapy works best when you are open, engaged, and receptive to feedback. Your therapist may guide sessions using mental exercises, activities, questions, supportive education, and counseling to help you heal and to encourage personal growth toward your therapeutic goals.
These goals might include holding yourself accountable, making progress toward personal life goals, reducing stress, increasing healthy coping skills, or the general feeling of becoming well adjusted. Your therapist will work with you to create goals and may even provide weekly homework so you can continue to progress outside your scheduled one-hour sessions.
At WholeHealth Chicago, our therapists work closely with your doctor and other care providers so you have an entire team working toward your good health.
The mental health profession has traditionally not emphasized the beneficial effects of good nutrition, regular exercise, sunlight, and the clinically studied usefulness of Chinese medicine, herbs, homeopathy, and energy therapies like Healing Touch and yoga. Your therapy process may benefit from these and other treatments we offer.
Common issues that therapy can help include:
Mental health services are often covered by insurance. Check with your insurance provider to understand your benefits.