The Coronavirus pandemic
The coronavirus pandemic has unleashed immense fear, uncertainty and grief - exacerbated by physical distancing and an economy in free fall. It is completely normal and understandable that Americans are feeling stressed, anxious, sad and irritable. But for people in an unprecedented situation dealing with unfamiliar emotions, it can be difficult to know how much anxiety or irritability is too much. Potential clients reaching out to me and my fellow therapists have been wondering how to decide whether they need professional help. They also often ask what kind of help would be appropriate and where to find it, especially if they have limited resources. Here is some guidance.
How do I know if I need assistance?
Difficult emotions are a natural part of human existence - during a pandemic or otherwise - and are best accepted as such. Social support, exercise, mindfulness and engaging in relaxing and pleasurable activities can sometimes help you maintain emotional balance. But if you have tried these measures and your anxiety, sadness or anger remain so high they affect important parts of your life, it might be time to turn to therapy.
Talk therapy is a general treatment method for nearly any psychological conflict that involves talking about your condition with a professional. Talking about your condition can help you learn more about it and identify your feelings, thoughts, mood and behaviors associated with it.
Talk therapy can help relieve problems caused by serious mental illnesses or other stressful issues including grief, anger, relationship problems, eating disorders or personality disorders. Sessions last 50 minutes and can be done alone or with family members and allies.
Talk therapy can be used alone or in conjunction with medication. It can successfully change behaviors, providing the individual with a better understanding of their situation and allowing them to positively change their ways. With the courage to be open and present, with a provider who is affirming and invested, talk therapy can be extremely successful.
I would be honored to be your therapist.