If you’re considering seeking mental health support from a therapist, support group, or other professional service after your experience, you’re not alone. First I’d like to congratulate you on getting to this step, regardless of what you decide considering professional support is a great gesture of self care and self respect, and you deserve all the support you can get.
You might have some questions, and that’s totally normal in this series im going to help you define your motivations and fears around seeking therapy as well as help you define your plan for finding someone you can trust and move forward in your journey with. Therapy of any sort is always a process and it can help you deal with some of the challenges you face from your experience as well as everyday life.
I’ll be speaking to you specifically about individual therapy. It's also known as counseling, psychotherapy, and mental health treatment, but I encourage you to use whatever label or secret code feels good to you (I used to call it 'a day at the brain spa').
Therapy can be a safe confidential space, a learning place to develop and practice coping skills, a resource, or even just a palce to shay your anxieties, dreams’ and everything in between. Most people enjoy therapy simple because it allows them to have their own space and someone to confide in who is completely dedicated to their personal growth and support.
In this series Ill help you defined:
what to consider when looking for a therapist
what exactly a therapist is and isn't
how to find a therapist
drafting your script and email template for reaching out to therapists
defining your motivations and fears around therapy
The term psychotherapist, or “therapist,” is an umbrella term for a mental health professional who is trained to help people who are dealing with challenges in their lives, including recovering from traumatic experiences. Therapists come from different educational backgrounds, including psychology, psychiatry, social work, or counseling, and are licensed to provide therapy services. The biggest difference among these professionals is the type and amount of training they have received. Read about the different types of mental health professionals at NAMI.