I'm dealing with some tough things and it’s overwhelming. How will counseling help me?

Counseling works by providing a safe space for you to talk about sensitive topics with a therapist who is skilled in providing support, helping you gain a different perspective, and teaching more effective ways of coping with distress.

Honestly, therapy is for anyone who is seeking to change some aspect about themselves or their lives. This could be something like changing how you see yourself, how you choose or act in relationships, learning how to manage anxiety, or to live your life in a more authentic, meaningful way. If you are wanting and willing to strive for real change, counseling is there for you.

I work full time and don't know how I could come to sessions during the work day. How would this work?

Many employers offer paid time off (PTO) benefits that can be used for various personal appointments as long as it is requested in advance. Some employers are able to be flexible with scheduling and allow an employee to start earlier or work later to offset the time away from work. It's important to talk with your employer or Human Resources Manager to figure out what options are available to you.

My friends or family won't understand why I need to talk to someone else. How do I explain it to them?

Despite their best efforts and intentions, there are times when it's more helpful and necessary to talk over issues with someone who isn't closely involved or affected by the outcome. Counseling offers a brand new perspective and seeks to provide you with clarity so you can make choices that are best for you. A therapist is only invested in helping you get clear on how you feel and what you want.

As a new parent, how do I know if my crying, sadness, anxiety, and mood swings are part of the "baby blues," or mean something more serious?

Many moms and partners can experience the "baby blues" after giving birth. The sudden changes in hormones, lack of sleep, and trying to figure out this whole parenting thing while balancing other responsibilities can do a real number on your mental state. It's incredibly normal to feel more emotional, irritable, worried, and just not like your usual yourself during this time. A general rule is that if it's been more than a month after the baby’s birth and you're not feeling better or you are experiencing more symptoms that are worrying you, it would be a good idea to seek professional help. If your symptoms are bothering you and impacting your life in some major way, talking to someone about it can only help. 

You can learn more about postpartum depression and anxiety here.