Maybe you feel a lot of sadness, grief, guilt, fear, or other uncomfortable emotions. Maybe you have thoughts of, “I’m not good enough,” “I’m worthless,” or “I’ll never get over this.” Maybe you keep to yourself more and have difficulty leaving the house or getting out of bed or maybe memories pop into your head without warning and leave you feeling scared and unable to move.
If you have been experiencing these emotions, thoughts, and behaviors, our professionals and services can help. Counseling, also called psychotherapy or therapy, allows you to talk to a licensed therapist who can help you address these uncomfortable experiences and learn new ways to deal with them. There are two kinds of state-funded counseling for eligible people.
What Are the Benefits of Counseling Services?
If you are experiencing depression or are a survivor of trauma, counseling services can help you:
- Learn to change thoughts and behaviors.
- Feel better mentally and physically.
- See a decrease in your symptoms within three to four weeks of therapy and doing suggested assignments.
- Feel better about relationships you have with others.
- Better connect with your friends and family.
- Set and achieve goals, like getting a job, applying for college, completing tasks at home, and revisiting hobbies you used to enjoy.
Types of Counseling Services
Counseling for Depression: Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
Depression is more than just a low mood or feeling “blue.” Depression affects how you feel about yourself, others, and the world around you. It makes life more difficult to manage both day to day and for long periods of time. If you feel this way, counseling in the form of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy can help. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy is one of the most effective forms of therapy and has helped many people with depression. This therapy is short term and teaches people how to solve problems in their lives. With hard work, this therapy can help you make big, positive changes.
Counseling for Trauma or Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder: Cognitive Processing Therapy
Sometimes people go through an experience that is emotionally painful and stressful. These experiences can overwhelm your ability to manage life, leaving you feeling powerless. This is called trauma. When a person has experienced a trauma, they sometimes need to talk through that event and learn ways to cope with what has happened. While we can’t change the past, CPT can help you learn to live life in the here and now without feeling fearful or on edge. CPT is the favored treatment for adults with PTSD, including military veterans.
Who Is Eligible for Counseling Services?
People 18 and older with a primary diagnosis of major depressive disorder, who are not at risk of harming themselves or others, and can benefit from psychotherapy are eligible for CBT as part of their recovery plan.
How Do I Get Counseling Services?
- Contact your local mental health authority or local behavioral health authority.
- Call 2-1-1 and ask for the LMHA or LBHA in your area.