Many people around the planet suffer from depression and other mental health problems. In the United States, it has been estimated that around 16 million people suffered from at least one depressive episode in 2012. Almost 350 million people suffer from the illness around the globe.That is nearly 7% of the population. Experts say that at least 50% of people who suffer from depression never seek out any kind of treatment. This is unfortunate because therapy services can be very beneficial for those who receive it.
If you are considering seeing a therapist for individual counseling or couples counseling here are some tips to make sure you have a good experience.
- Talk to your friends, family and primary care doctor. Many people remain uncomfortable talking about any problems they may have had that could lead them to seek out therapy services. This may mean that you know a lot of people who have but they never talked about it. Getting personal referrals is a great way to find a good therapist. You can also get great reommendations from your primary care or family doctor. They may have different people they recommend for different kinds of therapy so make sure you ask about the kind you think you want. Check Yelp, Facebook and the provider\’s website for testimonials and reviews. Remember that people are much more likely to leave a complaint than a compliment so weigh any reviews you find accordingly. This is especially true if you see anonymously posted comments.
- Consult your insurance carrier. Different plans cover therapy services at different levels. Some require you to get precertification before you seek out the help of a counselor or therapist. They can also give you a list of providers who are in their network and give a decent amount of information about the different providers they work with.
- Talk to a few therapists. You need to be able to share very private details of your life with your therapist. If you do not feel like one therapist is the one with whom you can do this, you should seek out another. There are a lot of them out there so do not think you have to see the first one that you find or is recommended to you. Talk to a few and feel out their communcations style. Ask about what experience they have working with patients like you and how much they have done with other people who have similar problems. That can help you find the therapist who is the best for you and your situation.
- Remember, there is a big difference between individual and couples therapy.Couples therapy services can be very effective at helping them communicate better and work though any problems they are facing but this kind of therapy is very different from individual therapy. Do not go into this kind of therapy expecting it to be similar to what you may have experienced when you when to a therapist for yourself. If you had a great or a terrible experience in the past, try to not let that influence your new couples therapy expert. Almost 97% of couples who get this kind of therapy say it did for them what they needed it to do.
Seeking out therapy services for depression, post traumatic stress disorder or any other mental health issue can often be a hard thing to do. Seeking therapy services with a significant other can also be a challenge. Therapy for all of these problems has been shown to do a lot to help people though tough times or who are ill. If you take your time and do your research into your therapy options, you will be much more likely to have a positive experience and a good outcome from the therapy you receive.
There is often a misperception that people who receive therapy services do so for their entire lives. Most people worth with a therapist for a finate amount of time that is roughly between 10 and 20 weeks. People who try medication are normally treated that way for six weeks before it takes effect.