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6 Methods That Counselors Use to Help With Mental Health Issues

6 Methods That Counselors Use to Help With Mental Health Issues

Life is a roller coaster ride filled with ups and downs. While it’s possible to manage the stresses of life on your own, sometimes you need a professional to work through them.

At Obstetricians & Gynecologists, PC, in Grand Island and Hastings, Nebraska, our team takes care of your whole health. We understand how vital your mental well-being is to your overall health, and we offer mental health counseling.

Our highly skilled, licensed counselor spends a lot of time getting to know you and your concerns in order to create a therapy plan that helps you manage your emotional well-being. No single therapeutic method works for everyone, even for those struggling with the same mental health concerns.

Here, we share some of the methods our counselor uses to help with mental health issues.

1. Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT)

CBT is a short-term therapy that focuses on identifying and changing unhealthy ways of thinking and behaving to improve both how you feel and how you cope with daily life. Our counselor uses CBT for patients struggling with postpartum depression, anxiety, and marital problems. 

2. Dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT)

DBT is a modified version of CBT we use to treat people struggling with intense emotions. 

It was initially developed for borderline personality disorder, a mental health condition that affects a person’s ability to handle their emotions. But DBT has also been shown to be an effective treatment for post-traumatic stress disorder, substance use disorder, and suicidal behavior.

DBT is about acceptance and change. During therapy, our mental health counselor works with you to accept your feelings and behaviors and learn from them. Then, they work with you to create the changes in your life that improve how you feel, cope, and act.

3. Acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT)

ACT is a form of mindful therapy that teaches you how to focus on the present moment and allow your thoughts and feelings to come through without passing judgment. Counselors may use ACT to treat anxiety disorders, depression, and workplace stress.

The goal of ACT is to teach you how to accept challenging experiences that are out of your control and to commit to remaining positive so you can move forward with your life.

4. Mindfulness-based cognitive therapy (MBCT)

MBCT combines meditation and mindfulness with CBT. Using meditation and mindfulness, you identify your negative thoughts and feelings and accept them without judgment. 

This form of therapy benefits people with chronic depression because it helps them get out of the negative thought patterns that bring about and worsen their low mood.

5. Client-centered therapy

You know your life and experiences best and may already have solutions to your mental health issues. Client-centered therapy is a method where you and the therapist are equal partners in the therapeutic process. You’re given the space to talk and discuss your issues in a compassionate, caring, and nonjudgmental environment. 

6. Motivational interviewing

Motivational interviewing is a therapeutic method that strengthens your motivations and commitment to change in order to achieve a set goal. 

No single method of counseling works for all patients, and we may incorporate more than one method to help you work through your mental health issue. 

If you’re struggling with a major life change or experiencing symptoms of depression or anxiety, we can help. Call our office today or request an appointment online to talk with our mental health counselor.

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