Mental health disorders like depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder, and bipolar disorder are complex. When present, they change behaviors and limit the quality of life. However, counseling can be effective. At Northern Illinois Recovery, we offer a range of options, including individual and group therapy, family therapy, as well as common evidence-based treatments such as CBT, DBT, and EMDR.
Common Types of Counseling Services Used in Mental Health Treatment
Counseling is an opportunity to heal. When embraced, it’s possible to see improvements such as better physical and mental health and more happiness. Some of the most common forms of counseling used for mental health include:
- Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT): CBT is the foundation of treatment for many people. It is the focus of examining negative thought patterns that lead to poor decision-making. It also helps to teach strategies for changing those thoughts so better decisions can happen.
- Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT): This type of therapy is a form of CBT but focuses more on living in the moment. It is often used to treat mental health conditions. It is very effective at helping people make better decisions using accurate information available on hand.
- EMDR: This type of therapy is excellent for those who have post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). It works to help train the brain to break the connection to trauma. This helps trauma symptoms improve and allows a person to move on from what happened to them.
These types of counseling work to improve a person’s ability to control what happens to them. When used, you gain control over the mental health disorder symptoms by using effective strategies for managing them.
Family Therapy Counseling
Another type of mental health treatment is family counseling. It brings together close members of the family to work together. The benefits of family therapy are numerous:
- Overcoming conflicts and previous trauma
- Working through addiction-related feelings
- Teaching family about addiction, as appropriate
- Improving support networks for after treatment
- Teaching about triggers and warning signs of worsening mental health symptoms
For many, the family is one of the most important components of long-term recovery from addiction or mental health challenges. Overcoming the damage done by addiction is essential for making that type of support possible.
Group Therapy Counseling
Group therapy involves working with other men and women struggling with the same type of mental health disorders. People working together like this often bond. This helps to create new relationships but also teaches about improving communication. It can be beneficial to share thoughts, ideas, and strategies that work. There is no one else that understands what those with a mental health challenge are going through besides those right there with them.
What Type of Mental Health Counseling Is Best for You?
This can be a challenge to determine until a full assessment is completed. Many people work through multiple types of therapy until they find the most effective solution. This can happen as a component of any treatment program we offer here at Northern Illinois Recovery, including:
- Women’s treatment program
- Men’s treatment program
- Intensive outpatient program
- Partial hospitalization program
- Outpatient drug rehab
Other types of counseling may help as well, including holistic treatment programs. These help to specifically rebuild a person’s health and self-esteem. They can also aid in making life more enjoyable and fulfilling. Over time, this range of therapies works to improve health outcomes.
Invest in Treatment Now – Call Northern Illinois Recovery
Don’t fear counseling and mental health support. Our team at Northern Illinois Recovery offers comprehensive treatment, including CBT, DBT, EMDR, group therapy, and family therapy. Our programs are designed to be innovative, supportive, and highly effective. To learn more, schedule a consultation with us at 855.786.1978 or reach out online.