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The Average Cost of Therapy

Posted on: December 26th, 2018 by The Gooden Center No Comments

Average Cost of Therapy

Many Americans can benefit from having one on one sessions with a psychologist, however the cost of therapy can sometimes be a deterrent to getting help. Although most people feel that they cannot afford therapy, there are actually many options that can help them find mental health care in their budget. The cost of therapy can include a large range and you might have to spend some time searching to find a suitable option, but paying for therapy can be more of a possibility than people realize.

A typical therapy session will normally cost between $75 to $150 an hour and even up to $300 in certain areas. The reason for this is mainly because therapists invest a lot of money in their schooling to become mental health professionals. Therapists also work more hours than just their individual sessions and they don’t bill for that extra time.

Even though therapists typically charge a certain amount for their time, patients in need can find more affordable options. Contacting your insurance company can help you find a therapist that they will cover a certain amount of sessions for. Many insurance companies even cover residential inpatient treatment depending on the person’s psychological needs.

If you are having trouble getting insurance coverage, many therapists choose to charge their patients on a sliding scale. That means they only pay a certain percentage of their income, so that people with lower incomes are not paying more than they can afford. Lower cost therapists may sometimes be students or interns who are still working on getting their license but they have already received plenty of training and can be helpful for people in need.

The average therapist may have to charge their patients a high rate but there are also lots of possibility to find more affordable therapy if you take the time to research mental health care in your area.

Dealing With Self-Loathing

Posted on: December 10th, 2018 by The Gooden Center No Comments

Dealing With Self-Loathing

Feelings of self-loathing can sabotage relationships because one person may feel that they are not “good enough” to be with other people. Those who cope with self-loathing can sometimes become isolated because they see so many negative qualities in themselves and assume that others will eventually see them. Someone who is hyper-aware of their limitations or perceived flaws can never be convinced of their worth unless they confront the cause of their self-loathing.

It can be difficult for people with self-esteem issues to build up confidence since compliments from others might have very little effect. A good tactic for people with self-loathing issues is to try to acknowledge that they might not know themselves as well as they believe. Although they might feel that they see and understand all of their own flaws, the reality is that the way they perceive themselves is often very inaccurate.

If someone who is a self-loather can learn to understand that the way they see themselves is not necessarily the “right” way then it opens up the possibility that they might not be as flawed as they think. They might see themselves as boring, worthless or untalented but others might see them as interesting and fun. Considering other people’s perspectives can help break down some of the deeply ingrained beliefs that affect their self-esteem.

People with self-loathing issues can also work on accepting praise from others and recognizing the ways in which they are supported and loved. Other people in their lives see their value and if they are able to understand that then it can start to change their perception of themselves. With time they can start to see their own positive qualities and allow themselves more self-care.

Self-loathing is a complex problem, but it is possible to reduce feelings of self-hatred through therapy and changing perspectives.

PTSD Triggers

Posted on: July 16th, 2018 by The Gooden Center No Comments

PTSD Triggers

People that have been diagnosed with post traumatic stress disorder don’t always experience their most severe symptoms on a regular basis. Their symptoms usually occur when there is a trigger present which causes them to react as a result of their past trauma. PTSD triggers can vary depending on the individual’s experiences and how they cope with their traumatic memories.

Triggers are usually certain thoughts, feelings or situations that bring up symptoms such as flashbacks, nightmares, anxiety, or panic attacks. When someone experiences a trigger it can be either internal or external. Internal triggers can be related to certain thoughts, memories, or bodily sensations that lead to symptoms. External triggers can be certain people, places or situations that the individual encounters during the course of their day.

PTSD triggers that are internal can occur through natural feelings such as anger, loneliness, vulnerability or simply remembering specific events. A person can experience triggers through external events such as an argument, a news story that reminds them of their trauma, seeing an accident, certain dates such as holidays or anniversaries, or even seeing someone that reminds them of their traumatic event. When these triggers occur they might have physical and psychological reactions that can be uncomfortable and difficult to bounce back from.

People with PTSD can learn how to cope with their triggers through certain techniques that they can learn from a therapist. Relaxation, deep breathing and mindful awareness can all be useful in helping people deal with PTSD triggers. Those who experience anxiety and panic attacks may be able to take medication that will help them if they are confronted with a very severe trigger.

Although triggers can be unexpected and occur in a number of different situations, people with PTSD can still minimize the effects of them through treatment and therapy.

Is Hip Hop Breaking the Stigma of Mental Health Issues?

Posted on: May 23rd, 2018 by The Gooden Center No Comments

Hip Hop and Mental Health Issues

It is an unfortunate reality that seeking help for mental health conditions carries a stigma in black communities. Mental illness is a significant problem for black Americans who are 20 percent more likely to suffer from problems like depression or anxiety and yet are half as likely to get help from mental health services.

The concept of therapy and treatment has especially had a stigma for hip hop artists who often felt that a psychologist couldn’t possibly understand their experiences. Hip hop and rap artists in the past believed that their music and art is their own form of therapy and so they denied themselves any professional help. These beliefs are beginning to change however as more artists in the hip hop world are opening up to the idea of therapy.

Shows like “The Therapist” have captured the evolution of rappers engaging in therapeutic discussions. The creators of the show spoke to musicians and hip hop artists such as Young M.S., Chief Keef and Freddie Gibbs. Most significantly, major artists like Jay-Z have spoken more openly about the concept of therapy being valid and useful for people like himself.

In his recent album, Jay Z even raps about his therapist and the role of therapy in his life. He also had discussions for a video series about black mental health with celebrities like Chris Rock, Michael Che and Meek mill. In the series, Jay Z implores viewers to get help for their past traumas and look past the stigma of therapy to deal with their feelings.

As more rappers open up about their experiences in therapy it may help to encourage the hip hop community and hopefully the black community as well to be open minded about therapy and mental health treatment. These artists understand that therapy can help anyone no matter what they may have been through.