According to the World Health Organization (WHO):
- Mental illness results in more disability in developed countries than any other group of illnesses, including cancer and heart disease.
- Half of mental health disorders begin before the age of 14.p
- 20% of the world’s children and adolescents have mental health difficulties.
- 25% of US adults currently have a mental health disorder.
- 50% of US adults will develop a mental health disorder within their lifetime.
- Stigma about mental disorders and discrimination against patients and families prevent people from seeking help.
- Contrary to expectations, levels of stigma are higher in urban areas and among people with higher levels of education.
The above statistics show just how common mental health difficulties are. After all, there are times in everyone’s life when navigating through a work or school day, interacting with family members or peers, managing stress, or making decisions proves to be overwhelming. Taking care of your emotional health is as important as taking care of your physical health as psychology impacts all life areas including family and social relationships, work or school performance, physical health and disease progression, and even financial decisions.
Therapy is a process that helps minimize troubling behaviors, beliefs, and feelings. The therapeutic relationship is like no other in that you are able to express yourself in a neutral, objective, and nonjudgemental environment. Through therapy, you can gain a better understanding of your self and learn strategies to enhance your emotional well-being. No matter your age, whether 2 or 102, it is never too early or too late to focus on emotional health.
Top 5 Counseling Myths
- Myth: Therapy is for those with “serious” issues.
Fact: No human is perfect and everyone could benefit from learning more about themselves to live life to the fullest.
- Myth: Therapy is just common sense.
- Fact: We often know what we “should” do yet the “doing” is the hardest part. Your therapist will help you “do” so you can grow, learn, and change.
- Myth: Therapists are “warm, fuzzy, new age-y folks.”
- Fact: While therapy does involve encouragement, it also involves challenging unhealthy thoughts, feelings, and behaviors.
- Myth: I don’t need therapy. I can just talk to my family and friends.
- Fact: Family and friends are important yet your relationship with your therapist is different. Therapy is all about you. It is your space to express yourself freely without judgement. Plus,therapy is confidential, so your therapist is your “secret keeper.”
- Myth: People who go to therapy are “weak.”
- Fact: Are people who go to school to “weak” to teach themselves? Are those who seek medical help to “weak” to cure themselves? No, they are seeking the expertise of those who are trained to help. Psychological health is no different. Seeking help means you are taking action.
Why Choose Us
Paulette Janus, LCSW has over 15 years of experience providing individual and family counseling for children, teens, and adults. Through guidance and a bit of humor, she focuses on enhancing each person’s strengths while minimizing negative thoughts and defeating behaviors.
What Clients Say
Paulette helped me manage the stress of a new job and the death of my mom, both of which increased tensions in my marriage. It was like having a personal trainer to keep me accountable for taking better care of myself.
She’s my “bad day” doctor.