Finding a Mental Health Therapist
Life can be very stressful, and when these areas are unaddressed, they can increase your risk of long-term mental and physical health complications. It is important to address mental health concerns such as depression and anxiety, the physical symptoms experienced within the body, and co-occurring issues with substance use and mental health.
For those trying to find a therapist, it is frustrating when you call around, only to find yourself put on a waitlist, with these often being 3-months or longer. Problems don’t wait, and you shouldn’t have to wait either. CARE Counseling is proud to offer same-week availability to meet the demands of outpatient mental healthcare for individuals (children & adults), couples, and families.
Depending on your age and stage in life, you will experience various life transitions such as graduating high school or college, experiencing job changes, entering, and ending relationships, moving, adding, or opting not to add babies or fur babies, and experiencing changes in physical and mental health. Some of these events can create a sense of excitement and anticipation. A little anxiety can be a good thing! Other times, anxiety can become so intense that where it becomes excessive and persistent. Anxiety is one of the most common mental health concerns that is often experienced in response to stressful situations, especially significant life events such as those listed on the Holmes-Rahe Life Stress Inventory.
Some people may experience anxiety during periods in which adjustment to stressors is difficult, whereas others may have always been worried and anxious, perhaps going back to childhood. You may find yourself worrying about what is next and feeling afraid about the future. You may feel stuck and not know how to move forward. Making decisions can feel overwhelming. Feelings of depression can slowly set in. Other times, the onset can feel more sudden, especially in response to events such as being fired at work, suspended from school, or experiencing divorce or separation. For some people, depression can be more persistent, feeling like a cloud that is impacting the ability to experience the fullness of life.
If you have experienced early losses in life and the impact of abuse, neglect, or multiple traumas, these can impact your worldview and cloud your vision as an adult, impacting how you view yourself and others in relationships. You may find yourself reliving your trauma, struggling with self-esteem and sense of worth, and turning to unhealthy ways to cope.
The good news is that there are therapists who specialize in all these concerns, including the following:
- life transitions
- substance use and more!
CARE Counseling is excited to highlight therapists on Minnesota Public Radio (MPR) and The Current who have same-week availability to support you and your mental health. We will also have therapist bios posted online and I will be highlighting additional specialty areas of our amazing therapists throughout the month. Tune in and check us out!
Written By: Charlotte Johnson, MA, LPCC