Staff note: According to NAMI, 1 in 5 adults in the United States experience mental illness in a year. 1 in 25 adults in the United States suffer from severe mental illness that interferes with everyday life. Despite the numbers being so high, only about 41 percent (with mental illness) and 62.9 percent (with severe mental illness)receive any treatment.There are many psychotherapy offices in the Tri-Cities area. Finding one near-by is as easy as going online. There is no shame in getting help.
According to the American Psychiatric Association, psychotherapy is a way to help people with a variety of mental illnesses and emotional difficulties. Sometimes referred to as “talk therapy,” psychotherapy can help people cope with difficulties they face in their daily lives, but also help people deal with extraordinary events, such as the death of a loved one or the diagnosis of a medical illness.
Psychotherapy also can help people cope with the impact of trauma. Psychotherapy sessions can involve a single individual or be conducted in small or large groups. Short-term psychotherapy sessions to deal with immediate issues may require just a few visits with a therapist, while long-term sessions may require months or years to help people fully cope with longstanding, complex issues.
Though some might be skeptical of psychotherapy, a 2016 study from the American Psychological Association found that roughly 75 percent of people who enter psychotherapy benefit from their therapy in some way. In addition, the American Psychiatric Association notes that psychotherapy has been linked to positive changes in the brain and body.