Mental health is a critical component of overall health and wellbeing, and just like physical health, it’s important to seek specialized professionals if you find yourself struggling. Unfortunately, there is still a stigma surrounding mental health — especially in San Antonio — which can make it difficult to take necessary steps to obtain care. However, seeking treatment for mental health is essential for a number of reasons. In this blog post, we’ll explore the importance of seeking professional mental health care.
Mental health professionals have the expertise to provide effective treatment.
Mental health professionals, such as therapists, psychiatrists, and psychologist, have the education, training, and experience to provide effective treatment for a variety of mental health issues. They can provide evidence-based treatments, such as cognitive-behavioral therapy, that are proven to be effective in treating conditions like depression, anxiety, and Post Traumatic Stress. Psychiatrist can also prescribe medication when appropriate.
Mental health can be complex and require specialized treatment.
Mental health can deteriorate for a number of reasons. Many mental health professionals view themselves as detectives who are actively trying to identify the root causes of their clients symptoms. This “investigative process” can be complex and requires specialized training and treatment once identified. For example, someone with a history of trauma may need trauma informed therapy, such as accelerated resolution therapy, to address their sensations (symptoms) and feelings. Similarly, someone with a co-occurring substance use disorder may require an integrated approach, with an LCDC or a 12 step program, to address both their mental health and substance misuse.
Seeking professional help can help prevent symptoms from getting worse.
Mental health symptoms are typically progressive in nature, meaning they can get worse over time if left untreated. Seeking professional help allows for the opportunity to prevent symptoms from getting worse. Mental health professionals ultimate goal is always to alleviate all symptoms, unfortunately that is not always achievable. So we look to decrease the frequency and intensity of the symptoms to increase the clients quality of life.
Mental health professionals provide a safe and supportive space for healing.
Mental health professionals are “helping professionals” who work to provide a safe and supportive space for healing. Their offices are spaces that allow for clients to process difficult emotions, develop coping skills, and build resilience. They walk beside you as you navigate challenging life transitions and support you as you make important decisions. Mental health professionals provide comfort through crisis.
In conclusion, seeking professional mental health care is essential for a number of reasons. Mental health professionals, like the team here at Courageous Counseling & Consulting, have the expertise to provide effective treatment, specialize in complex issues, reduce symptoms, and provide a safe and supportive space for healing. If you’re struggling with your mental health, don’t hesitate to reach out for help. With the right treatment and support, you can achieve mental wellness and lead a fulfilling life.