Welcome to Tuesday Tips, where we gather insights from staff, participants, and community partners on navigating life’s challenges with resilience and strength. Today, we’re sharing valuable advice from Amber Borges, a clinician at Stokes Counseling and from a Mental Health Connecticut (MHC) participant. 

Amber Borges, a clinician at Stokes Counseling offers the tips below on questions to ask when finding a therapist that works well for you and your needs: 

  • Affiliations: “What professional associations do you belong to? What is your licensure?” Knowing more about a therapist’s professional affiliations and licensure can give you a better idea of their credentials, background, and current focus.  
  • Background and Experience: “What are your specialties and experience?” Making sure your potential therapist has training and experience in treating your condition or concerns means you will be more likely to get the appropriate treatment you need. Has the therapist worked with other clients who are facing similar issues? An experienced therapist can recognize the problems you are facing, which can give them greater insight into the treatments and techniques that can most help you. 
  • Cost: “What are your fees? How will my insurance claim be handled?” Not all therapists accept insurance, so it is important to consider the cost and payment before starting treatment. Rates may also vary considerably. Understanding when you will be charged and their policy on missed sessions is also a great question! 
  • Cultural Competence– Does the therapist understand and respect the cultural, racial and ethnic backgrounds that you identify with. 

These questions can help guide your search for a therapist who the right fit for you and your unique needs is. By taking the time to ask these questions and consider your options, you can feel more confident in your decision and ultimately receive the support and care you deserve. 

MHC Participants share their personal strategies for maintaining wellness:   

Carol G. says “Mental Health Awareness is very important for other people to realize that mental health is real, and it is something that EVERYBODY has to deal with. Taking medication, being involved in mental health services and trying to be a positive member of the community is essential for my mental health. Art is also essential for mental health because with art you know you can do something. You can see the work you have done and build yourself up. You could even potentially sell your art!” 

Matthew, another MHC participant says that prayer, taking medications as prescribed, exercise, reading and utilizing his DBT (Dialectical Behavioral Therapy) skills help him in his recovery.  

By implementing these tips from both the Stokes Counseling and MHC participants, you can enhance your resilience and well-being while navigating life’s challenges. Remember, facing life’s challenges is a journey best undertaken with compassion, support, and a commitment to self-care. 

Stay tuned for more Tuesday Tips to enrich your journey towards mental wellness. 

Together, we thrive. 

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