PSYCHOTHERAPY: Is the stigma keeping
you away from the help you need?
If one feels sick or injured, one doesn’t hesitate to seek medical attention to feel better again. But if someone wants to see a therapist because work stress or personal issues have become too difficult to deal with and are interrupting their daily life, they may think twice about seeking help. Perhaps they worry about being thought of as weak, flawed or “crazy.” Unfortunately these misconceptions about therapy may discourage people from seeking help. So instead they suffer in silence hoping the issue resolves itself, but does it really?
*Problems helped by psychotherapy include difficulties in coping with daily life, the impact of trauma, medical illness or loss, like the death of a loved one, and specific mental disorders, like depression and anxiety. One out of five Americans will experience a mental illness severe enough to require treatment at some time in their lives. Mental illnesses and emotional distress do not discriminate. They affect men and women of all ages, ethnic groups and socioeconomic statuses. These disorders impair how people feel, think and act. They can interfere with how people function at work or school and affect their relationships with friends and family.
*(source: APA Brochure ‘Let’s Talk Facts About Psychotherapy’,
this brochure and more are available on the EAS RivCo Mobile App)
HOW THERAPY CAN HELP
It can be very healing to voice your worries or talk about whatever has been weighing heavy on your mind. It feels good to know someone is listening to you and wants to help like a friend or family member, but sometimes we need help that those around us can’t provide. Therapists are professionally trained and can help you get to the root of your problems. They provide a supportive environment that allows you to talk openly with someone who is objective, neutral and nonjudgmental. You and your therapist will work together to identify and change the thought and behavior patterns that are keeping you from feeling your best. By the end of your treatment you will have potentially not only solved the issue that brought you in, but you will also have learned new coping skills that will help you solve future challenges.
EMPLOYEE ASSISTANCE SERVICES
We all need assistance from time to time. The County of Riverside recognizes that any issues affecting your happiness and well-being may also affect your job performance. EAS is a free, confidential and independent employee benefit designed to assist all county employees and their immediate family members when work or personal issues are affecting their quality of life. Our goal at EAS is to help you and your family lead a productive and fulfilling life. If you’re having difficulty with life’s stressors and need support, call EAS at 1(888)829-8999. We are here to help.
Download the free mobile app EAS RivCo today. It’s available on Google and the App Store; to log-in, you will need the company ID (please call EAS at 1(888)829-8999 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org for ID code).
HELPGUIDE.ORG – Finding a Therapist Who Can Help You Heal
American Psychological Association – Understanding psychotherapy and How it works
Goodtherapy.org – Myths About Therapy
AllPsych.com – Psychotherapy Facts