What Is A Mental Health Therapist

By BetterHelp Editorial Team|Updated April 19, 2022
CheckedMedically Reviewed By Lauren Guilbeault, LMHC

A mental health therapist is someone who helps you when you're experiencing trauma or a psychological condition. If you're going through a divorce, either yours or your parents, or if you're experiencing trauma from abuse, for example, these are things that a mental health therapist can help you with. But they can also do a great deal more than that. They can also help you with the thoughts and feelings on a normal basis and help you improve your life in any way you want. In short, this type of therapist is all about helping you live a better, happier, healthier life.

Do I Need A Mental Health Therapist?

The truth is that anyone can benefit from a mental health therapist. You don't need to have a mental health condition or a trauma in your past or present life. Absolutely anyone could benefit from having someone to talk to at least once in a while. Of course, those experiencing any psychological problem would most definitely benefit even more from this type of help and may overcome the problems they face if they reach out to a professional. So it's important to take a look at your current situation at least.

There are several different questionnaires and quizzes online that will help you better understand whether you should seek out some form of therapy, but in general, it has to do with the way that you feel. If you feel like there is a behavior or an emotion that you feel isn't normal for you, it's good to speak with someone about it, especially if it seems to worsen. If you're struggling to cope with things in your life and aren't sure how to get through even seemingly minor setbacks, you may want to speak to someone as well.

If you have recently experienced trauma or if you have trouble concentrating on things that are important to you, this can also be a problem. If you've recently lost someone close to you, even if it is from a divorce or a fight rather than death, you may need to speak to someone about the feelings that you are experiencing and going through. In general, anything that you're experiencing that doesn't seem normal to you is a reason to seek a professional and find a different way to work through the problem.

What Is A Therapist?

The therapist you speak to has done a lot of training and schooling to understand the human mind. They understand how different mental health disorders and different traumas in your life can affect your brain and how your brain's changes can affect the rest of your body. That means they can help you to understand better those changes and how you can overcome them. But you can only overcome them by talking about what you're going through and what you're feeling at the moment.

There are all different therapy types that focus on specific aspects of your personality and your childhood or even different types of trauma or different situations. Some therapists offer only group sessions or only individual sessions. Some focus on addiction, while others may focus on the loss of a loved one. The key is finding someone who can help you with the specific situation you're experiencing to start to understand yourself better and start to overcome the problems you are facing, no matter what they are.

Attending Therapy

If you decide to go to therapy, you must be completely open and honest with your therapist at all times. Remember, this person doesn't know you outside of the office, and they aren't there to judge you. Instead, that person is there only to listen and help you better understand yourself. That means you can tell them absolutely anything, and they will help you. You don't need to worry about hurting their feelings or telling them something they don't want to hear. The sole thing you need to think about is the truth and how I can overcome it.

During each session, you may be asked to talk freely and say whatever comes into your mind. You may be asked questions that you can focus on and discuss more in-depth. You may be asked to re-experience certain events in your life and explain exactly what is happening or what you're thinking or feeling throughout the event. These different treatment types can help you better understand yourself through understanding your present or your past. But it's going to depend on the specific therapist and type of therapy that you engage in.

Getting Professional Help

If you're looking for a therapist for yourself, you want to find someone you can fully open up to. This might require a little bit of additional help because there often aren't enough therapists for you to choose from. But if you check out the online options, you'll find that there are plenty more therapists available than you might have thought. My Therapist is one online resource that lets you find out more about mental health conditions and different therapists who are out there and ready to help you.

With this online service, you can reach out to anyone that you want, and you'll be able to start getting the help you need quickly and easily. Not only that, but you'll also be able to reach out from anywhere that has an internet connection. This helps you feel even more comfortable and helps you better understand what is happening throughout the therapy. From your own home, sitting in your favorite spot, you're going to feel a whole lot better about opening up about anything that's going through your mind, and that's where MyTherapist can help you.

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