Counseling Services Can Make A Good Life Even Better
Nathan Perkins • October 4, 2019
There once was a time when many people felt that therapy and counseling were services provided only for those with drastic mental health issues. The idea that anyone could benefit from some form of participation in counseling was foreign, leaving most to go it alone without the support that a counselor could offer.
However, the mental health landscape today has changed drastically when it comes to how people view the seeking of help from therapists, licensed counselors, and mental health professionals. The stigma that once shrouded mental health services has lessened, opening new pathways to how these services are provided and received.
Perhaps the past perceptions of therapy were the results of a focus on pathology which is the medical disease model. Indeed, this model is appropriate for a range of mental health disorders such as clinical depression, obsessive compulsive disorder, eating disorders, and other issues that are rooted in the biology of a person’s brain.
Therapy is effective for these, sometimes very serious, conditions, but it is not only for those who are experiencing debilitating or traumatic situations. Therapy can help change harmful thinking patterns, negative relational or behavioral patterns, and boost a person’s ability to self navigate the challenges within their lives.
But therapy can also be used to make lives that are good even better. In today’s evolving wellness approach to medicine, mental health is getting a much needed reboot. In essence, this approach is similar to the maintaining of physical health by visits to a primary physician, just that these check-in’s are conducted with a mental health professional.
Just as going to the gym can make a person stronger and more healthy physically, regular sessions with counselors can strengthen mental and emotional health.
Therapy is unique in that it can act to treat problems as well as improve upon a person’s life. Since we are all complicated beings facing a myriad of emotional experiences at any given point in time, counseling can make paths more clear and less complicated.
As these ideas of the positive interactions people can have with therapy grow within our society, new and exciting forms of treatment and services are becoming available. Innovative counseling services such as Emote offer online therapy for members, providing professional counseling through the use of technology.
The idea that people can benefit from personalized sessions with professional counselors without physically going to an office or healthcare facility is revolutionary. Emote is changing how we receive help navigating through life, reducing any remaining stigma that may be associated with having a therapist by bringing services straight to the client.
Mental health is finally getting the break it deserves, becoming widely acceptable, and now easily accessible through the use of technology. The more people seek out and receive quality professional advice, help, and information, the better we all will be.