People see a therapist for any number of reasons. Often a person has a specific problem they would like to address or they’ve already been diagnosed with a mental illness and are looking for an effective non-pharmacological treatment option. It’s easy for someone to search for “therapy for depression” or “therapy for anxiety,” but what about other, sometimes harder to define issues?
Our website gives a long list of all of the services we provide, ending with the phrase: “And other counseling services.” Let’s take a look at what this entails:
- Any number of medical diagnoses. Anyone who has experienced a potentially life-altering medical diagnosis can relate to the stress and anxiety that comes with it. Uncertainty, fear, stress, these are all normal reactions that a person might want a little extra help to manage. Though many medical diagnoses themselves are not treatable with therapy, some of them have been shown to get better through proper use of CBT:
- Some types of seizures
- Chronic pain
- Various sexual disorders
- Irritable bowel syndrome
- Decision making. Which college should I go to? Should I stay in this relationship? Do I quit this job that gives me so much stress? We all face difficult decisions. Fortunately there is an entire therapy model designed specifically to help people decide how or if they should make a change. Originally designed to treat substance abuse, motivational interviewing has been applied to any type of decision making. I was first introduced to the method while working for a cancer prevention research project during graduate school and often use the techniques to make decisions in my own life.
- Life transitions. There’s a myth that once we settle into adulthood we stop changing. We all experience different periods of time defined in different ways. Moving to a new home, starting a new job, beginning or ending relationships, all of these are significant transitions. Even when we move on to new and happy things, we still experience a level of stress. Change is hard. CBT can help ease the stress of change.
- Stress surrounding gender identity and sexuality. This is a subject that has received a lot of attention recently. Certainly therapy with a well-trained counselor benefits those struggling with their own gender identity. What about subtler concerns? A married person unsatisfied with their sex life, or a person whose sex drive has diminished can face depression and anxiety. These are all perfectly valid reasons to seek therapy.
- Everyday life. Let’s face it, life can be tough. Even the most well-adjusted people can benefit from having an impartial third party to talk to. In this case the therapist may act as a sounding board, there for the person to bounce ideas and concerns off of. There can be a power in having a non-judgemental person to help you work through your thoughts and reactions.
If you’re curious if CBT could be a good fit for you, give us a call.